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KK6MC/r itinerary

James Duffey
 

Here is my itinerary for the January VHF Contest. I have reassembled the rover into a new vehicle and fixed those things that got damaged in the accident. So, this is a shakedown rove as much as anything. 

I will have all bands 50MHz to 1296MHz. 222MHz will be transverter only at 20W, but should make most paths. I will have CW and SSB capabilities. I have a computer and interface that can do WSJT-X, but I have not fully integrated that. We will see if I can get it working. 

The usual caveats apply, times may change, some stops may get dropped if we get way behind schedule. VIrginia is driving, so I can operate in motion, although antenna pointing will be dicey.


Grid

Time in (UTC)

Time Out (UTC)

Notes

Saturday




DM54cw

1900

2015

Blue Mesa Will operate in motion to DM55

DM55cb

2045

2200

Pintaudo Point Will operate in motion to DM45

DM45xa


2230

2345


Will operate in motion to DM44

Dm44et

0115

0215

Will operate in motion until stop for night

Sunday




DM32xx

1500

1630


DM33xa

1645

1815


DM43aa

1830

2000


DM42xa

2015

2145

Operate in motion

DM34we

2345

0115

Sunset Point, operate in motion

DM45ee

0300

0359

If time, Lowell Observatory Scenic overlook


73 es GL - Duffey
James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Jan vhf W7MRF

James Duffey
 


Look for Lionel in the contest.
James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

Begin forwarded message:

From: Lionel Mongin <lionel.mongin@...>
Date: January 17, 2020 at 20:45:29 MST
To: JamesDuffey <jamesduffey@...>
Subject: Jan vhf W7MRF


Hi James

We will be QRV this weekend from florence junction DM43 starting Saturday around noon +/- setup time

6/2/1.25/70/23/10G
Good antenna / power on most band

Don’t know if you are roving this time ?

We should be ready to start around noon
Call will be W7MRF

Could you forward it to NMVHF mailing list ? We should be able to get some NM station from that location

Best 73
Lionel KW7MM

On Jan 13, 2020, at 9:33 AM, JamesDuffey <jamesduffey@...> wrote:

Caution: EXT Email

If you are roving in this weekend’s VHF contest, the Maricopa convergence (where four grids meet) is an attractive spot as you can go from one grid to another quickly. The terrain there is flat and there is good propagation to most of southern and middle Arizona. I routinely work Phoenix, Tucson, and Prescott from There and have hit Yuma and Bullhead city as well. With all the SOTA stations out, one could spend all of Sunday morning there.  Last year I had no problem working any SOTA station I heard.

The catch is that much of DM32 and DM42 are on the Ak Chin Indian Nation. They do not want operations on their land unless Tribal Council permission is granted, which, I suspect, is hard to obtain. There are spots in both grids near the convergence that are not on the Indian Nation though.  Essentially, everything south of West Peters and Nall Road is on Indian Nation land. That is indicated by the purple line on the map I have attached. If you operate south of this purple line, expect visits from Tribal Security, Tribal Police, having to move, and a loss of operating time. North of this line is a private corporate farm and I have never had problems operating there, although it is not clear who to contact to obtain permission. Just respect the property and stay on the roads.

I have attached a map and satellite photo for the convergence to this e-mail.  On the map, the Indian Nation border is indicated by a broken purple line coincident with W Peters & Nall Road. On the satellite photo, I have indicated the grid boundary as well as operating positions I have used in the past. They rotate crops a couple of times a year, so don’t expect the fields to look exactly like the photo.

Be aware that operating this close to the grid boundaries of the GPS accuracy. It may indicate a grid you are not in unless you give the GPS a longer than usual time to converge.

You can certainly operate from positions further away from the convergence, and that may be preferable if there are more than a couple of rovers who are out there. It will just take longer to get from one grid to another.

I am not sure if this will make it to the AZ weak signal group, so if you know someone who is roving and wants to go to the convergence,  please forward these maps to them. Operating from the convergence, particularly on Sunday morning should be a good introduction to roving. If there is more than one rover operating at the convergence, they will obviously need to spread out in frequency, so fixed operators should tune for stations off the calling frequency, which is good practice anyway.

Thanks and sorry for the bandwidth to those not interested in the VHF contest.



I hope that this is useful. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Re: NMVHF SLACK chat page during this weekends JANUARY VHF CONTEST

Bob Norton
 

I am no longer using satellite internet service with its slow latency. That always screwed up my attempts to communicate effectively on any chatroom. Well, kinda screwed up the chatroom too.

Have now had point-to-point high speed, fixed wireless internet access for about 2 months. Very pleased with its performance and reliability. Lobo Internet solved my dilemma by mounting their antenna up my guyed tower at about 78-79 feet, just below the Tailtwister rotator and below the HF Yagi at 86 feet. Gave me a path above the hills and trees to access the internet network via their antennas mounted on NN5K, Dave's, tower.

Will give Slack Chat a try/listen this weekend.

73, Bob N5EPA


On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 11:39 AM Mike WB2FKO <mph@...> wrote:

No formal invite needed. Use the link in the upper-left corner here:

http://www.nmvhf.org/chat/

WB2FKO

On 1/14/20 12:14 PM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
A reminder to all - the club has a Slack workspace page that has been quite useful in past contests.  It's super easy to switch back and forth between it and the VHF Slack pages formed by N5TM, which is widely used as a chat hub here in the SW and NW USA.  These Slack workspaces have become one of two normal places to meet and set up 50 MHz+ skeds (the other being PingJockey).


If you're not currently signed up for it, there is an "invite" process, although I'm not sure who has to do the inviting.

-W9RM

Keith J Morehouse
Managing Partner
Calmesa Partners G.P.
Olathe, CO


Re: AA5PR/R roving plans

KC7QY
 

John,

I'll be looking for you Saturday late afternoon and Sunday. I probably won't be on before about 0100Z due to other commitments. I'll be on with my usual 3 band setup. Too bad I'll miss you in DM51 and 61, both needed. I will be chasing you for sure in DM53 Sunday morning.

Jim KC7QY
DM64


On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 08:13:59 PM MST, John Klem <klemjf@...> wrote:


I'll be roving southwest NM this weekend for the contest.  I'll be on
NMVHF Slack chat and wherever else I can find takers.  Feel free to text
me at 505-373-4671 if you want to get my attention. Times are
approximate - I intend to provide updates on Slack.

50 MHz  100 W  Moxon
144 MHz 100 W  6 el.
432 MHz 50 W  11 el.

All modes.

Saturday
1900-2030Z  DM52ta
2100-2230Z  DM51tx
2345-0115Z  DM61bx
0145-0300Z  DM62ba
Sunday
1900-2000Z  DM53xx
2030-2130Z  DM54xa
2200-2300Z  DM64aa

John AA5PR





Re: from DM63

Tom
 

Well put!!!!
Tom
N7GP
73
Tom

From: "Keith Morehouse" <w9rm@...>
Sender: main@nmvhf.groups.io
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:49:29 -0700
To: <main@nmvhf.groups.io>
ReplyTo: main@nmvhf.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] from DM63

...a LOT of evidence.  And no, there was no reported sporadic E.  I talked to 'DRH later in the day and he verified it was meteors.  1100 miles is at the high end of what I consider the M/S 'sweet spot' distance of 900-1100 miles, where two decently equipped station can make contact pretty much 12-18 hours a day.

This is the same distance where two WELL equipped stations (running KW into 4-5+ elements) can connect on ionoscatter during most of the day.  If you're persistent on 6, you don't need no steekin' Es...

The practical limit for M/S is somewhere between 1300-1500 miles, same as Es - this is single "hop", of course.  You may note that the 2M M/S record is MUCH farther then that, which has had many people, me included, sceptical for years.  But, that's a conversation for another time.

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

On Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 11:14 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
Don’t know about Es yesterday morning, but most of the meteor ionization is at the same altitude as the E layer, so the distances involved would be about the same.

There is some evidence, although far from conclusive, and lots of conjecture, that the ions in the E layer contributing to Es are the result of meteors. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

> On Jan 16, 2020, at 10:51, Steve London <n2ic@...> wrote:
>
> Was there also some Es happening ?
>
> 73,
> Steve, N2IC
>
>> On 01/16/2020 10:22 AM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
>> K2DRH in EN41 was also calling Bruce, but was running very low power due to antenna icing.  That's probably close to 1000 miles.  Nice job from a portable setup.
>> I was watching PSKREPORTER while Bruce was CQing and he was getting reported as far away as Alabama.
>> -W9RM
>> Keith Morehouse
>> via MotoG
>> On Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 10:13 AM Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@... <mailto:bruceaa5b@...>> wrote:
>>     >> Can you give us details on your best DX?
>>    Looks like EM48, St Louis area, >800 miles.
>
>
>





Re: from DM63

Keith Morehouse
 

...a LOT of evidence.  And no, there was no reported sporadic E.  I talked to 'DRH later in the day and he verified it was meteors.  1100 miles is at the high end of what I consider the M/S 'sweet spot' distance of 900-1100 miles, where two decently equipped station can make contact pretty much 12-18 hours a day.

This is the same distance where two WELL equipped stations (running KW into 4-5+ elements) can connect on ionoscatter during most of the day.  If you're persistent on 6, you don't need no steekin' Es...

The practical limit for M/S is somewhere between 1300-1500 miles, same as Es - this is single "hop", of course.  You may note that the 2M M/S record is MUCH farther then that, which has had many people, me included, sceptical for years.  But, that's a conversation for another time.

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

On Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 11:14 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
Don’t know about Es yesterday morning, but most of the meteor ionization is at the same altitude as the E layer, so the distances involved would be about the same.

There is some evidence, although far from conclusive, and lots of conjecture, that the ions in the E layer contributing to Es are the result of meteors. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

> On Jan 16, 2020, at 10:51, Steve London <n2ic@...> wrote:
>
> Was there also some Es happening ?
>
> 73,
> Steve, N2IC
>
>> On 01/16/2020 10:22 AM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
>> K2DRH in EN41 was also calling Bruce, but was running very low power due to antenna icing.  That's probably close to 1000 miles.  Nice job from a portable setup.
>> I was watching PSKREPORTER while Bruce was CQing and he was getting reported as far away as Alabama.
>> -W9RM
>> Keith Morehouse
>> via MotoG
>> On Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 10:13 AM Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@... <mailto:bruceaa5b@...>> wrote:
>>     >> Can you give us details on your best DX?
>>    Looks like EM48, St Louis area, >800 miles.
>
>
>





Re: from DM63

James Duffey
 

Don’t know about Es yesterday morning, but most of the meteor ionization is at the same altitude as the E layer, so the distances involved would be about the same.

There is some evidence, although far from conclusive, and lots of conjecture, that the ions in the E layer contributing to Es are the result of meteors. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jan 16, 2020, at 10:51, Steve London <n2ic@arrl.net> wrote:

Was there also some Es happening ?

73,
Steve, N2IC

On 01/16/2020 10:22 AM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
K2DRH in EN41 was also calling Bruce, but was running very low power due to antenna icing. That's probably close to 1000 miles. Nice job from a portable setup.
I was watching PSKREPORTER while Bruce was CQing and he was getting reported as far away as Alabama.
-W9RM
Keith Morehouse
via MotoG
On Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 10:13 AM Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@gmail.com <mailto:bruceaa5b@gmail.com>> wrote:
>> Can you give us details on your best DX?
Looks like EM48, St Louis area, >800 miles.


Re: from DM63

Steve London
 

Was there also some Es happening ?

73,
Steve, N2IC

On 01/16/2020 10:22 AM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
K2DRH in EN41 was also calling Bruce, but was running very low power due to antenna icing.  That's probably close to 1000 miles.  Nice job from a portable setup.
I was watching PSKREPORTER while Bruce was CQing and he was getting reported as far away as Alabama.
-W9RM
Keith Morehouse
via MotoG
On Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 10:13 AM Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@gmail.com <mailto:bruceaa5b@gmail.com>> wrote:

>> Can you give us details on your best DX?
Looks like EM48, St Louis area, >800 miles.


Re: from DM63

James Duffey
 

1119 miles according to this:


1800 kM, not too far from the maximum meteor scatter distance of about 2000kM. Very good for your relatively simple setup. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jan 16, 2020, at 10:23, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


K2DRH in EN41 was also calling Bruce, but was running very low power due to antenna icing.  That's probably close to 1000 miles.  Nice job from a portable setup.

I was watching PSKREPORTER while Bruce was CQing and he was getting reported as far away as Alabama.

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

On Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 10:13 AM Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@...> wrote:
>> Can you give us details on your best DX?

Looks like EM48, St Louis area, >800 miles.


Re: from DM63

Keith Morehouse
 

K2DRH in EN41 was also calling Bruce, but was running very low power due to antenna icing.  That's probably close to 1000 miles.  Nice job from a portable setup.

I was watching PSKREPORTER while Bruce was CQing and he was getting reported as far away as Alabama.

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG


On Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 10:13 AM Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@...> wrote:
>> Can you give us details on your best DX?

Looks like EM48, St Louis area, >800 miles.


Re: from DM63

Bruce Draper
 

>> Can you give us details on your best DX?

Looks like EM48, St Louis area, >800 miles.


AA5PR/R roving plans

John Klem
 

I'll be roving southwest NM this weekend for the contest.  I'll be on NMVHF Slack chat and wherever else I can find takers.  Feel free to text me at 505-373-4671 if you want to get my attention. Times are approximate - I intend to provide updates on Slack.

50 MHz  100 W  Moxon
144 MHz 100 W  6 el.
432 MHz 50 W  11 el.

All modes.

Saturday
1900-2030Z  DM52ta
2100-2230Z  DM51tx
2345-0115Z  DM61bx
0145-0300Z  DM62ba
Sunday
1900-2000Z  DM53xx
2030-2130Z  DM54xa
2200-2300Z  DM64aa

John AA5PR


Re: from DM63

James Duffey
 

Nice work Bruce. Can you give us details on your best DX?

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jan 15, 2020, at 10:48, Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@gmail.com> wrote:

Here's a photo from my DM63 operation on Wednesday morning. Worked W9RM on MSK144 for his last NM grid, along with about 15 other guys, plus 2 more on FT8.

Bruce AA5B



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Re: from DM63

Bill
 

Well done guys!


On Jan 15, 2020, at 10:52 AM, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


Bruce, you had good, consistent scatter pings whenever you were pointed my direction.  Real good for 300-350 miles. Thanks for going out and for the last DM-field grid.

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

On Wed, Jan 15, 2020, 10:48 AM Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@...> wrote:
Here's a photo from my DM63 operation on Wednesday morning. Worked W9RM on MSK144 for his last NM grid, along with about 15 other guys, plus 2 more on FT8.

Bruce AA5B




Re: from DM63

Michael Daly
 

Bruce,
That's a lot of weight on the trailer hitch.
Good going.
Mike, n5sj

-----Original Message-----
From: main@nmvhf.groups.io [mailto:main@nmvhf.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bruce
Draper
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 10:48 AM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: [nmvhf] from DM63

Here's a photo from my DM63 operation on Wednesday morning. Worked W9RM on
MSK144 for his last NM grid, along with about 15 other guys, plus 2 more on
FT8.

Bruce AA5B


Re: from DM63

Mike WB2FKO
 

Congratulations, I imagine you are getting close to FFMA?

Mike WB2FKO

On 1/15/20 12:52 PM, Keith Morehouse wrote:
Bruce, you had good, consistent scatter pings whenever you were pointed my direction.  Real good for 300-350 miles. Thanks for going out and for the last DM-field grid.

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

On Wed, Jan 15, 2020, 10:48 AM Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@...> wrote:
Here's a photo from my DM63 operation on Wednesday morning. Worked W9RM on MSK144 for his last NM grid, along with about 15 other guys, plus 2 more on FT8.

Bruce AA5B




Re: from DM63

Keith Morehouse
 

Bruce, you had good, consistent scatter pings whenever you were pointed my direction.  Real good for 300-350 miles. Thanks for going out and for the last DM-field grid.

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG


On Wed, Jan 15, 2020, 10:48 AM Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@...> wrote:
Here's a photo from my DM63 operation on Wednesday morning. Worked W9RM on MSK144 for his last NM grid, along with about 15 other guys, plus 2 more on FT8.

Bruce AA5B




from DM63

Bruce Draper
 

Here's a photo from my DM63 operation on Wednesday morning. Worked W9RM on MSK144 for his last NM grid, along with about 15 other guys, plus 2 more on FT8.

Bruce AA5B


New Mexico TechFest -- Presentation lineup, Online registration

Brian Mileshosky
 

Greetings — 

This note is to announce that the presentation, posterboard, and demo lineup for this year’s New Mexico TechFest has been released.  In addition, online registration for the event is now open!

Please visit https://www.rmham.org/wordpress/new-mexico-techfest to view the lineup, read the abstracts, and register to attend TechFest.

The sixth annual New Mexico TechFest, an ARRL-sanctioned operating specialty event sponsored by Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, will take place on Saturday, February 29, 2020.  TechFest features a day of quality presentations and demonstrations provided by some of New Mexico and Colorado’s leading technical hams on a variety of emerging and relevant topics within amateur radio.  Its purpose is to facilitate the sharing of technical knowledge and collaboration within the amateur radio community, and to encourage the discussion of new ideas with one another.

TechFest is open to all interested hams and will occur at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Event Center located at 1100 Louisiana Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.  Admission is $10.

Presentation-related prizes will be drawn throughout the event. Refreshments including coffee, water, and light snacks will be available. Optional lunch, catered by local small business, will be available at an additional cost.

In addition, this year’s TechFest will feature the launch of a pico balloon, intended to travel across the country and possibly the world while carrying a VHF APRS or HF WSPR beacon.  Ham will be able to track the location of this balloon online once launched.

Additional details about the New Mexico TechFest can be found at http://www.rmham.org/wordpress/new-mexico-techfest 

73,
Brian N5ZGT
Rocky Mountain Ham Radio — New Mexico


FW: Selling Icom IC-706MKIIG

Michael Daly
 

This from Jim who moved to Albuquerque recently from the east.

Mike

 

From: Jim Kunowsky [mailto:K4ECP@q.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 4:13 PM
To: Mike Daly <arrowengineering1@...>
Subject: Selling Icom IC-706MKIIG

 

Hi Mike,

 

I thought you may know of someone looking for a nice rig.  I am wanting to sell my 706 as I want to upgrade to the IC-7100.  I will be asking $560.00 for a local buyer.  If I don’t sell it locally I will either list it on QRZ and/or Ebay for more to cover fees and shipping.  It would include the rig, power cable and hand mic.

 

Please let me know if you happen to know of anyone looking for a good used rig -

 

73 Jim K4ECP

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