Date   

SVHFS 2020 Registration Through April 15th

Robin Midgett
 

SVHFS Conference 2020 Registration...The Clock Is Ticking


Pre-registration is open through April 15, 2020. Please use the registration form on the conference web page here.

 

The 2020 Southeastern VHF Society Conference will be held in Gainesville, Georgia on April 24-25, 2020. Gainesville, GA is approximately 60 miles north of Atlanta in EM84ch. It is about 1.5 miles from I-985. 

The Ramada Inn, of Gainesville, Georgia is the conference hotel for the 2020 SVHFS Conference. The hotel is now taking reservations directly. To book your room, please see the conference page or follow this information:

The conference rate is $80 per night. To secure this rate, call the hotel directly at 770-531-0907. Do not call Ramada central reservations or book through the Ramada Website.

 

Ramada Inn

400 E.E. Butler Parkway

Gainesville, GA 30501

770-531-0907

N34.297420 / W083.8222475 – Google Maps link


Thanks,
Robin Midgett K4IDC


Re: 2019 ARRL SEP contest results

Keith Morehouse
 

Here's the expanded results page for Sept VHF 2019:

..and the full line scores:

-W9RM

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


On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 12:58 PM Mike WB2FKO <mph@...> wrote:
W3DHJ/R shows up in the posted line scores with 1690 points. You didn't
make the Top-5 for the Midwest Region for Limited Rover so weren't
listed in QST.

Not making the Top-5 was the least of our problems that weekend; see
attached.

-WB2FKO

On 3/11/20 12:48 PM, Jonesy W3DHJ via Groups.Io wrote:
>   https://contests.arrl.org/ContestResults/2019/Sep-VHF-2019-FinalQSTResults.pdf
>
> It looks like I never sent in my log!  I find no evidence in my files
> here -- only that I posted my results to the 3830 Contesting site.
>
> sigh...  These Golden Years are a bitch!
>
> 73
> Jonesy




Re: 2019 ARRL SEP contest results

Mike WB2FKO
 

W3DHJ/R shows up in the posted line scores with 1690 points. You didn't make the Top-5 for the Midwest Region for Limited Rover so weren't listed in QST.

Not making the Top-5 was the least of our problems that weekend; see attached.

-WB2FKO

On 3/11/20 12:48 PM, Jonesy W3DHJ via Groups.Io wrote:
https://contests.arrl.org/ContestResults/2019/Sep-VHF-2019-FinalQSTResults.pdf

It looks like I never sent in my log! I find no evidence in my files
here -- only that I posted my results to the 3830 Contesting site.

sigh... These Golden Years are a bitch!

73
Jonesy


2019 ARRL SEP contest results

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

https://contests.arrl.org/ContestResults/2019/Sep-VHF-2019-FinalQSTResults.pdf

It looks like I never sent in my log! I find no evidence in my files
here -- only that I posted my results to the 3830 Contesting site.

sigh... These Golden Years are a bitch!

73
Jonesy
--
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Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK


New Mexico QSO Party -- Saturday, April 11

Brian Mileshosky
 

Fellow New Mexico Hams --

The 2020 New Mexico QSO Party takes place Saturday, April 11 from 8:00am MDT until 8:00pm MDT, and all Hams across New Mexico are invited to participate.  Amateur radio operators from across the United States -- and the world -- will be seeking New Mexicans on HF, 6 meters, and 2 meters during the event period, looking particularly to work hams in as many New Mexico counties as possible.  The Land of Enchantment will essentially be the "DX" on this day, making for a great time for all who participate.  Last year hundreds of amateur radio operators around the world participated, including 89 New Mexico hams and 14 New Mexico amateur radio clubs.

We are looking for hams within each and every one of New Mexico's 33 counties to participate in the 2020 New Mexico QSO Party, whether for just a few convenient hours or for the entire 12 hour period.

This is a super event for new and experienced hams alike. Operate from the comfort of your home, or combine forces with hams in your club as a club activity.  Invite a group of friends to your shack.  Hit the road as a mobile station and activate multiple counties which create much needed -- and appreciated -- point multipliers for everyone who participates in the QSO Party.  Use this event as an opportunity to introduce a neighbor or friend to ham radio.  Or rally friends and club members to set up, Field Day style, as part of the special expedition category.

ATTENTION HAM CLUBS: The New Mexico QSO Party is a superb club-building activity, and there are two special awards available just for clubs.  The first is a plaque that will be awarded to the New Mexico club with the highest aggregate score submitted by its members. Another plaque will be awarded to the New Mexico Club whose members activate the highest aggregate number of New Mexico counties around the state. It doesn't matter what operating category your members participate in, or for how long; each entrant just needs to clearly mark their club name in their individual logs and your club will be automatically entered. Complete details in the New Mexico QSO Party rules.

This year's event is hosted by the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, New Mexico.  Great-looking plaques will be awarded and participation certificates will be available for those desiring one.  Complete details, rules, prize information, and more can be found on the New Mexico QSO Party website at www.NewMexicoQSOParty.org

Are you planning to get on the air and operate from your home shack, with friends, alongside your club at its club station, mobile, or portable?  Even if tentative at this point, please visit www.NewMexicoQSOParty.org and let us know what county (or counties) you plan to operate from so we can list you on the NM QSO Party website’s activation table and interactive map.  Our goal is to have as many hams as possible operating from all of New Mexico counties during the event.

Please help spread the word about the 2020 New Mexico QSO Party.  With your help we look forward to all 33 counties being activated this year.  See you on the air in about a month!

Thanks and 73,
Brian N5ZGT
New Mexico QSO Party website: www.NewMexicoQSOParty.org


Re: [azvhf] [NEWSVHF] Fwd: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting

James Duffey
 

:^)=

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Feb 26, 2020, at 11:51, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


..what I mean by FT* is "FT8 or FT4"
..no un-shift needed :)

-RM

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


On Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 11:37 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
Keith - I agree and I think that this is more of an issue with newcomers to weak signal VHF not knowing the protocol for what is a complete QSO and what is not. I would find it hard to believe that anyone familiar with waiting for the last rogers and 73s in a SSB/CW QSO would have trouble waiting for them in an FT8 QSO.

I suspect that over the years that you and I have been working contests we have spent a couple of hours waiting for those last rogers and 73s.

A hard lesson to learn for newcomers is that if you have heard a person once on troposcatter, you are likely to hear them again if you wait long enough.

Don’t forget to unshift on FIGs. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Feb 26, 2020, at 09:06, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


"Reasonably confident" are the watchwords here.

Many FT* NILs are, I'm certain, caused by guys simply sending their RR73 once and moving on, no matter HOW LONG it's taken to get to that point.  If the QSO has taken a while, the chances of the other station receiving that RR73 on the FIRST OVER are slim.  The answering station never logs the Q and, bingo, a NIL !   If you're going to act like you're all big and loud, you might as well be on SSB where you can run a decent rate, instead of on a 40/hour (if that) mode.

On the other hand, when using FT* it's IMPORTANT to ACKNOWLEDGE those RR's or RR73's, at least until you copy the guy you (think) just worked you sending 73, CQ or immediately working someone else.  If a guy who's CQing is at all interested in his bust rate, he very well might not log you without SOME indication that you actually received his RRR or RR73.  I don't...

BTW, the same goes for meteor scatter modes like MSK144.  Be REASONABLY CONFIDENT and/or ACKNOWLEDGE !  Just say no to NIL !

-W9RM

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


On Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 8:21 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
This is good reading and useful information.

The first point, learning to use the alternate F1-F6 bindings, is also good for QSYing stations to other bands. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Feb 26, 2020, at 08:07, Jay <whereisjay@...> wrote:


This is worth a read.
Especially as more and more users are discovering that they can take part in VHF contests by using the digital modes.
Here is what I think is the most important part of the PDF.


As a general set of guidelines for logging in FT4/FT8 contests we recommend the following:
  • In WSJT-X, activate and learn to use the Alternate F1-F6 bindings selectable on the Settings | General tab.

  • Always log a QSO when you have received RRR, RR73, or 73 from a station you are working.

  • Log a QSO when you send RR73 if you are reasonably confident it will be copied. But be sure to watch for any indication that it was not copied, and then take appropriate action. For example, if you receive the Tx3 message (R plus contest exchange) again, hit F4 to re-send your RR73.


- Jay, N1AV

---------- Forwarded message ---------

From: Mike Seguin <n1jez@...>
Date: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 7:46 AM
Subject: [NEWSVHF] Fwd: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting
To: NEWS <newsvhf@...>


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:36:29 -0500
From: Joe Taylor <joe@...>
To: 'Pack Rats Reflector' <packrats@...>

Log checking for several recent contests that used the FT4 and FT8 modes
has shown undesirably large numbers of claimed QSOs that receive
not-in-log ("NIL") status from the other station.  The WSJT development
team has worked together with contest sponsors and log checkers to
analyze the probable causes of these NILs.  Our findings and some
operating advice for future contests are posted here:
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT4_FT8_Contesting.pdf
and will also appear in the May-June 2020 issue of NCJ, the National
Contest Journal.

      73 from the authors of the study:

     Steve Franke, K9AN
     Don Hill, AA5AU
     Ed Muns, W0YK
     Iztok Saje S52D
     Joe Taylor, K1JT

====

Mike, N1JEZ
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Re: [azvhf] [NEWSVHF] Fwd: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting

Gary
 

Hello,

Thank ya'll for the information about using keyboard bindings. I didn't know about them as they are not mentioned in the main user guides for either 2.0 or 2.1. For those
who are interested, you can find the option mentioned in https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT4_Protocol.pdf


Re: [azvhf] [NEWSVHF] Fwd: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting

Keith Morehouse
 

..what I mean by FT* is "FT8 or FT4"
..no un-shift needed :)

-RM

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


On Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 11:37 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
Keith - I agree and I think that this is more of an issue with newcomers to weak signal VHF not knowing the protocol for what is a complete QSO and what is not. I would find it hard to believe that anyone familiar with waiting for the last rogers and 73s in a SSB/CW QSO would have trouble waiting for them in an FT8 QSO.

I suspect that over the years that you and I have been working contests we have spent a couple of hours waiting for those last rogers and 73s.

A hard lesson to learn for newcomers is that if you have heard a person once on troposcatter, you are likely to hear them again if you wait long enough.

Don’t forget to unshift on FIGs. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Feb 26, 2020, at 09:06, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


"Reasonably confident" are the watchwords here.

Many FT* NILs are, I'm certain, caused by guys simply sending their RR73 once and moving on, no matter HOW LONG it's taken to get to that point.  If the QSO has taken a while, the chances of the other station receiving that RR73 on the FIRST OVER are slim.  The answering station never logs the Q and, bingo, a NIL !   If you're going to act like you're all big and loud, you might as well be on SSB where you can run a decent rate, instead of on a 40/hour (if that) mode.

On the other hand, when using FT* it's IMPORTANT to ACKNOWLEDGE those RR's or RR73's, at least until you copy the guy you (think) just worked you sending 73, CQ or immediately working someone else.  If a guy who's CQing is at all interested in his bust rate, he very well might not log you without SOME indication that you actually received his RRR or RR73.  I don't...

BTW, the same goes for meteor scatter modes like MSK144.  Be REASONABLY CONFIDENT and/or ACKNOWLEDGE !  Just say no to NIL !

-W9RM

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


On Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 8:21 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
This is good reading and useful information.

The first point, learning to use the alternate F1-F6 bindings, is also good for QSYing stations to other bands. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Feb 26, 2020, at 08:07, Jay <whereisjay@...> wrote:


This is worth a read.
Especially as more and more users are discovering that they can take part in VHF contests by using the digital modes.
Here is what I think is the most important part of the PDF.


As a general set of guidelines for logging in FT4/FT8 contests we recommend the following:
  • In WSJT-X, activate and learn to use the Alternate F1-F6 bindings selectable on the Settings | General tab.

  • Always log a QSO when you have received RRR, RR73, or 73 from a station you are working.

  • Log a QSO when you send RR73 if you are reasonably confident it will be copied. But be sure to watch for any indication that it was not copied, and then take appropriate action. For example, if you receive the Tx3 message (R plus contest exchange) again, hit F4 to re-send your RR73.


- Jay, N1AV

---------- Forwarded message ---------

From: Mike Seguin <n1jez@...>
Date: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 7:46 AM
Subject: [NEWSVHF] Fwd: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting
To: NEWS <newsvhf@...>


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:36:29 -0500
From: Joe Taylor <joe@...>
To: 'Pack Rats Reflector' <packrats@...>

Log checking for several recent contests that used the FT4 and FT8 modes
has shown undesirably large numbers of claimed QSOs that receive
not-in-log ("NIL") status from the other station.  The WSJT development
team has worked together with contest sponsors and log checkers to
analyze the probable causes of these NILs.  Our findings and some
operating advice for future contests are posted here:
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT4_FT8_Contesting.pdf
and will also appear in the May-June 2020 issue of NCJ, the National
Contest Journal.

      73 from the authors of the study:

     Steve Franke, K9AN
     Don Hill, AA5AU
     Ed Muns, W0YK
     Iztok Saje S52D
     Joe Taylor, K1JT

====

Mike, N1JEZ
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Re: [azvhf] [NEWSVHF] Fwd: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting

James Duffey
 

Keith - I agree and I think that this is more of an issue with newcomers to weak signal VHF not knowing the protocol for what is a complete QSO and what is not. I would find it hard to believe that anyone familiar with waiting for the last rogers and 73s in a SSB/CW QSO would have trouble waiting for them in an FT8 QSO.

I suspect that over the years that you and I have been working contests we have spent a couple of hours waiting for those last rogers and 73s.

A hard lesson to learn for newcomers is that if you have heard a person once on troposcatter, you are likely to hear them again if you wait long enough.

Don’t forget to unshift on FIGs. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Feb 26, 2020, at 09:06, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


"Reasonably confident" are the watchwords here.

Many FT* NILs are, I'm certain, caused by guys simply sending their RR73 once and moving on, no matter HOW LONG it's taken to get to that point.  If the QSO has taken a while, the chances of the other station receiving that RR73 on the FIRST OVER are slim.  The answering station never logs the Q and, bingo, a NIL !   If you're going to act like you're all big and loud, you might as well be on SSB where you can run a decent rate, instead of on a 40/hour (if that) mode.

On the other hand, when using FT* it's IMPORTANT to ACKNOWLEDGE those RR's or RR73's, at least until you copy the guy you (think) just worked you sending 73, CQ or immediately working someone else.  If a guy who's CQing is at all interested in his bust rate, he very well might not log you without SOME indication that you actually received his RRR or RR73.  I don't...

BTW, the same goes for meteor scatter modes like MSK144.  Be REASONABLY CONFIDENT and/or ACKNOWLEDGE !  Just say no to NIL !

-W9RM

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


On Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 8:21 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
This is good reading and useful information.

The first point, learning to use the alternate F1-F6 bindings, is also good for QSYing stations to other bands. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Feb 26, 2020, at 08:07, Jay <whereisjay@...> wrote:


This is worth a read.
Especially as more and more users are discovering that they can take part in VHF contests by using the digital modes.
Here is what I think is the most important part of the PDF.


As a general set of guidelines for logging in FT4/FT8 contests we recommend the following:
  • In WSJT-X, activate and learn to use the Alternate F1-F6 bindings selectable on the Settings | General tab.

  • Always log a QSO when you have received RRR, RR73, or 73 from a station you are working.

  • Log a QSO when you send RR73 if you are reasonably confident it will be copied. But be sure to watch for any indication that it was not copied, and then take appropriate action. For example, if you receive the Tx3 message (R plus contest exchange) again, hit F4 to re-send your RR73.


- Jay, N1AV

---------- Forwarded message ---------

From: Mike Seguin <n1jez@...>
Date: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 7:46 AM
Subject: [NEWSVHF] Fwd: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting
To: NEWS <newsvhf@...>


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:36:29 -0500
From: Joe Taylor <joe@...>
To: 'Pack Rats Reflector' <packrats@...>

Log checking for several recent contests that used the FT4 and FT8 modes
has shown undesirably large numbers of claimed QSOs that receive
not-in-log ("NIL") status from the other station.  The WSJT development
team has worked together with contest sponsors and log checkers to
analyze the probable causes of these NILs.  Our findings and some
operating advice for future contests are posted here:
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT4_FT8_Contesting.pdf
and will also appear in the May-June 2020 issue of NCJ, the National
Contest Journal.

      73 from the authors of the study:

     Steve Franke, K9AN
     Don Hill, AA5AU
     Ed Muns, W0YK
     Iztok Saje S52D
     Joe Taylor, K1JT

====

Mike, N1JEZ
______________________________________________________________
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Re: [azvhf] [NEWSVHF] Fwd: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting

Keith Morehouse
 

"Reasonably confident" are the watchwords here.

Many FT* NILs are, I'm certain, caused by guys simply sending their RR73 once and moving on, no matter HOW LONG it's taken to get to that point.  If the QSO has taken a while, the chances of the other station receiving that RR73 on the FIRST OVER are slim.  The answering station never logs the Q and, bingo, a NIL !   If you're going to act like you're all big and loud, you might as well be on SSB where you can run a decent rate, instead of on a 40/hour (if that) mode.

On the other hand, when using FT* it's IMPORTANT to ACKNOWLEDGE those RR's or RR73's, at least until you copy the guy you (think) just worked you sending 73, CQ or immediately working someone else.  If a guy who's CQing is at all interested in his bust rate, he very well might not log you without SOME indication that you actually received his RRR or RR73.  I don't...

BTW, the same goes for meteor scatter modes like MSK144.  Be REASONABLY CONFIDENT and/or ACKNOWLEDGE !  Just say no to NIL !

-W9RM

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


On Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 8:21 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
This is good reading and useful information.

The first point, learning to use the alternate F1-F6 bindings, is also good for QSYing stations to other bands. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Feb 26, 2020, at 08:07, Jay <whereisjay@...> wrote:


This is worth a read.
Especially as more and more users are discovering that they can take part in VHF contests by using the digital modes.
Here is what I think is the most important part of the PDF.


As a general set of guidelines for logging in FT4/FT8 contests we recommend the following:
  • In WSJT-X, activate and learn to use the Alternate F1-F6 bindings selectable on the Settings | General tab.

  • Always log a QSO when you have received RRR, RR73, or 73 from a station you are working.

  • Log a QSO when you send RR73 if you are reasonably confident it will be copied. But be sure to watch for any indication that it was not copied, and then take appropriate action. For example, if you receive the Tx3 message (R plus contest exchange) again, hit F4 to re-send your RR73.


- Jay, N1AV

---------- Forwarded message ---------

From: Mike Seguin <n1jez@...>
Date: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 7:46 AM
Subject: [NEWSVHF] Fwd: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting
To: NEWS <newsvhf@...>


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:36:29 -0500
From: Joe Taylor <joe@...>
To: 'Pack Rats Reflector' <packrats@...>

Log checking for several recent contests that used the FT4 and FT8 modes
has shown undesirably large numbers of claimed QSOs that receive
not-in-log ("NIL") status from the other station.  The WSJT development
team has worked together with contest sponsors and log checkers to
analyze the probable causes of these NILs.  Our findings and some
operating advice for future contests are posted here:
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT4_FT8_Contesting.pdf
and will also appear in the May-June 2020 issue of NCJ, the National
Contest Journal.

      73 from the authors of the study:

     Steve Franke, K9AN
     Don Hill, AA5AU
     Ed Muns, W0YK
     Iztok Saje S52D
     Joe Taylor, K1JT

====

Mike, N1JEZ
______________________________________________________________
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Re: [azvhf] [NEWSVHF] Fwd: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting

James Duffey
 

This is good reading and useful information.

The first point, learning to use the alternate F1-F6 bindings, is also good for QSYing stations to other bands. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Feb 26, 2020, at 08:07, Jay <whereisjay@...> wrote:


This is worth a read.
Especially as more and more users are discovering that they can take part in VHF contests by using the digital modes.
Here is what I think is the most important part of the PDF.


As a general set of guidelines for logging in FT4/FT8 contests we recommend the following:
  • In WSJT-X, activate and learn to use the Alternate F1-F6 bindings selectable on the Settings | General tab.

  • Always log a QSO when you have received RRR, RR73, or 73 from a station you are working.

  • Log a QSO when you send RR73 if you are reasonably confident it will be copied. But be sure to watch for any indication that it was not copied, and then take appropriate action. For example, if you receive the Tx3 message (R plus contest exchange) again, hit F4 to re-send your RR73.


- Jay, N1AV

---------- Forwarded message ---------

From: Mike Seguin <n1jez@...>
Date: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 7:46 AM
Subject: [NEWSVHF] Fwd: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting
To: NEWS <newsvhf@...>


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: [Packrats] FT4 and FT8 Contesting
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:36:29 -0500
From: Joe Taylor <joe@...>
To: 'Pack Rats Reflector' <packrats@...>

Log checking for several recent contests that used the FT4 and FT8 modes
has shown undesirably large numbers of claimed QSOs that receive
not-in-log ("NIL") status from the other station.  The WSJT development
team has worked together with contest sponsors and log checkers to
analyze the probable causes of these NILs.  Our findings and some
operating advice for future contests are posted here:
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT4_FT8_Contesting.pdf
and will also appear in the May-June 2020 issue of NCJ, the National
Contest Journal.

      73 from the authors of the study:

     Steve Franke, K9AN
     Don Hill, AA5AU
     Ed Muns, W0YK
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[SVHFS] SVHFS Conference 2020 Registration & Call For Papers

Robin Midgett
 

SVHFS Conference 2020 Registration & Call For Papers

 

The 2020 Southeastern VHF Society Conference will be held in Gainesville, Georgia on April 24-25, 2020. Gainesville, GA is approximately 60 miles north of Atlanta in EM84ch. It is about 1.5 miles from I-985. 

The Ramada Inn, of Gainesville, Georgia is the conference hotel for the 2020 SVHFS Conference. The hotel is now taking reservations directly. To book your room, please see the conference page or follow this information:

The conference rate is $80 per night. To secure this rate, call the hotel directly at 770-531-0907. Do not call Ramada central reservations or book through the Ramada Website.

 

Ramada Inn

400 E.E. Butler Parkway

Gainesville, GA 30501

770-531-0907

N34.297420 / W083.8222475 – Google Maps link

 

Conference Pre-registration:

Pre-registration is now open through April 15, 2020. Please use the registration form on the conference web page here.

 

Call for papers:

Papers and presentations are solicited on both the technical and operational aspects of VHF, UHF and Microwave weak signal amateur radio. The deadline for the submission of papers and presentations for this year’s conference is March 7, 2020. Please indicate when you submit your paper or presentation if you plan to attend the conference and present your paper in person or if you are submitting solely for publication.  Papers and presentations are being handled by Charles Osborne, K4CSO, and they should be sent to Charles via K4CSO@.... Charles can be contacted at the same email address if you have any questions.

 

Please see http://svhfs.org/wp/conference/call-for-papers/ for complete details concerning papers and presentations.

Some suggested areas of interest are:

Transmitters

Receivers

Transverters

RF Power Amplifiers

RF Low Noise Pre Amplifiers

Antennas

Construction Projects

Test Equipment And Station Accessories

Station Design And Construction

Contesting

Roving

DXpeditions

EME

Propagation (Sporadic E, Meteor Scatter, Troposphere Ducting, etc.)

Digital Modes (WSJT, etc.)

Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Software Defined Radio (SDR)

Amateur Satellites

Amateur Television

Unexpected project challenges, things that didn't go right at first; this information helps others avoid the issues.


Thanks,
Robin Midgett K4IDC


Re: need help with vhf/uhf demo

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

On Tue, 11 Feb 2020, Bruce Draper wrote:

The meeting went very well. Very smart kids, supportive parents. Their main
interest was emergency communications, but we covered a lot of other
ground. We talked about HF, VHF, UHF. Listened to ssb, cw, rtty, ft8.
Showed them everything from battery powered HTs and QRP HF rigs to 1.5 kW
desktop setups. Even had a mobile station in the driveway, and
generator-powered setup outside. I think we might have a couple new hams
soon ;-)

-Bruce AA5B
Wow! Good on you, mate!!
That sounds Very Close to being a HamFest. HI!HI!

73
Jonesy
--
Marvin L Jones | W3DHJ | W3DHJ | https://W3DHJ.net/
Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK


Re: need help with vhf/uhf demo

Bruce Draper
 

The meeting went very well. Very smart kids, supportive parents. Their main interest was emergency communications, but we covered a lot of other ground. We talked about HF, VHF, UHF. Listened to ssb, cw, rtty, ft8. Showed them everything from battery powered HTs and QRP HF rigs to 1.5 kW desktop setups. Even had a mobile station in the driveway, and generator-powered setup outside. I think we might have a couple new hams soon ;-)

   -Bruce AA5B

 

On Thu, Feb 6, 2020 at 8:29 PM Bruce Draper via Groups.Io <bruceaa5b=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I was contacted by a teacher/coach of a small group of kids who would like to hear more about ham radio, and especially emergency comm stuff. They're 10-11 years old and part of a home-schooled robotics team. I can show them HF, CW, phone, RTTY, both fixed and mobile (and portable with the generator), antennas, etc. But she also specifically mentioned "walkie talkies, emergencies, and Red Cross." Can any of you come to my house in Los Ranchos in the next several days and bring an HT and/or some mobile setup for show and tell with these kids?

   -Bruce AA5B


need help with vhf/uhf demo

Bruce Draper
 

I was contacted by a teacher/coach of a small group of kids who would like to hear more about ham radio, and especially emergency comm stuff. They're 10-11 years old and part of a home-schooled robotics team. I can show them HF, CW, phone, RTTY, both fixed and mobile (and portable with the generator), antennas, etc. But she also specifically mentioned "walkie talkies, emergencies, and Red Cross." Can any of you come to my house in Los Ranchos in the next several days and bring an HT and/or some mobile setup for show and tell with these kids?

   -Bruce AA5B


MCL MMIC wanted

Keith Morehouse
 

..anybody have any Mini Circuits PHA-13LN+ MMICs they would like to part with ?  Minimum purchase quantity on the MCL vendor site is 20 pcs - I only need a small quantity (under 5) and can't find any other source.

https://www.minicircuits.com/pdfs/PHA-13LN+.pdf  

TIA

-W9RM

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


K0NR and K0JJW

Arne N7KA
 

Received email from Bob and they will be on Mt Lemon, DM42ok, about 1PM today.

Arne N7KA


Re: DM86 - June and July VHF contests

KC7QY
 

There was a news item on local TV in the past couple of weeks about there having been some pretty serious washout on the Capulin road. They were just about to reopen it as a single lane. Not sure what the timeline is for full repair but I'd suggest a call to the ranger station before planning on going there this year.

Jim KC7QY


On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 09:05:04 AM MST, James Duffey <jamesduffey@...> wrote:


I have operated from a couple of locations in DM86.

In CQWW VHF 2018, I operated from the upper parking lot of Capulin Volcano. This location has good sight lines from just east of north around to the west to just east of south. This is good for most of NM and the front range of CO, if those guys ever got on and pointed south.  I worked W9RM easily from here, and Albuquerque also easily. I heard, but dont remember if I worked N2IC and K5LA. I pointed north and called you, Jonesy, and we easily worked. I may have picked up K0NR that trip as well. There was some Es to the northeast which is pretty much blocked by the volcano, so it is not completely useless in that direction, but I wouldn't rely on it. It is pretty much due south of your usual rover location near Rocky Ford. It is easy to drive up the volcano although the parking lot can get crowded in summer. The ranger up there had no problem with my parking there and operating, but I only took up one parking spot. I would return there.  

I also operated from the side of Mt. Dora, near Clayton, in 2009 and that was a good spot. You can drive to the top, but need to get a key from the guy who owns the land in Texas. I did not do that as it seemed too far out of the way. This was a memorable operation as there was widespread Es, including 2M, from that location. This spot further removes one from the population centers of NM and it has the problem of the front range guys not turning their beam, so I have not returned. 

I have also operated DM86 from the Texas panhandle, I don’t remember the exact spot, but that is pretty far from any activity and it has the problem of the front range guys not turning their beams. I did work KB0HH from there, but I think Gary has given up on his multi-multi operation. 

I think Jon, W0AMT, who carries his station in a backpack could hike to the high point of the volcano as there is a good trail that circumnavigates the volcano and operate, thereby negating the problem of blockage to the east. 

I echo John’s comments on looking for low horizons, particularly if you can find one with a negative horizon, as troposcatter signals strongly depend on the scatter angle, and the use of the < heywhatsthat.com > app. It is hard to find a perfect site, but compromising with good site lines in the direction of major activity centers is a good start.

I hope that this helps. - Duffey KK6MC
 

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Feb 3, 2020, at 21:13, John Klem <klemjf@...> wrote:



Jonesy -

I suggest you take a look at your candidate locations using heywhatsthat.com, which will generate panoramas showing your horizon.  You'll be in the neighborhood of some pretty significant peaks.  You might want to check these out to see if they are blocking directions you hope to point.

I believe Duffey likes Capulin Volcano in that area, at least for looking south.  I haven't been there myself, only quite a bit further east in DM86.  I will say that it can be a bit too quiet in that area unless you get a good opening.  I typically gravitate toward areas with horizons of about 1 degree or less all around, but finding a spot with a negative horizon to at least one population center could be a better strategy.

John AA5PR

On 2/3/2020 4:02 PM, Jonesy W3DHJ via Groups.Io wrote:

At the risk of losing my Black Belt In Procrastination [*], I am toying with the idea of including DM86 in my Rover route in the June, and probably July, VHF contests.
 
So I am soliciting suggestions and comments from those of you in The Land Of Enchantment -- who might have experience with the location I natter on about below.
 
In going over paper maps and Google Maps, it looks like a good choice for a site would be south of Branson, Colo. on CO 389 -- which becomes NM 551 at the border. Specifically, it is a Good DM86 Site for me to get to from Pueblo AND also include the other S.E. Colorado Grids I want to activate. (i.e., my "usual" grids)
 
 
If you zoom in once, you'll see where the railroad and the highway cross the border is called Emory Gap. A "gap" does NOT sound like a Great Place for a Rover location.
 
Zooming back out once and you see a place called "Negro Mesa" to the ESE. . I believe it may be the "butte" I see from the roadside - below:
 
It's definitely ranch country  --  I see cattle in some of the zoomed views I've done.
 
Surprisingly there is a "Google Street View"   Actually 2: one from 2008 and one from 2012.
 
At MM 6 on NM 551 I see steel gates at dirt tracks on both the east and west side -- probably both padlocked with a chain. That's what the little sign said: "6".  But it can't be even a mile south of the border -- and. in the other direction, it must be over 10 miles from the junction of NM 456.  (Maybe miles are "different" in NM.  HI!HI!)

The best spot I could locate by driving "street view" seems to be a little futher south at:
 
 
... if I park up on the bank next to the road -- by the fence -- I would seen to have an acceptable horizon all-way-round.
 
After operating at the north edge of DM86, I would pull back over the edge of DM87 and attempt to hand out that grid to the NMVHF contesters -- and whoever else...  Then I would trek on up towards the 4 corners of DM87-DM88-DM77-DM78 and contest as Rover for the rest of the weekend(s) from there.

And, yes, I know the Colorado/New Mexico border is not necessarily located exactly on the 37th parallel from Kansas to Utah.
 
Comments?  Even something like, "DON'T GO THERE!" would be useful.

[*]
I don't actually HAVE the black belt for procrastination.
The ceremony keeps being postponed...

73
Jonesy W3DHJ
https://W3DHJ.net/



Re: DM86 - June and July VHF contests

Keith Morehouse
 

What ??  Colorado front-rangers don't turn their antennas ??

No !  Say it isn't so !!

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG


On Tue, Feb 4, 2020, 9:04 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
I have operated from a couple of locations in DM86.

In CQWW VHF 2018, I operated from the upper parking lot of Capulin Volcano. This location has good sight lines from just east of north around to the west to just east of south. This is good for most of NM and the front range of CO, if those guys ever got on and pointed south.  I worked W9RM easily from here, and Albuquerque also easily. I heard, but dont remember if I worked N2IC and K5LA. I pointed north and called you, Jonesy, and we easily worked. I may have picked up K0NR that trip as well. There was some Es to the northeast which is pretty much blocked by the volcano, so it is not completely useless in that direction, but I wouldn't rely on it. It is pretty much due south of your usual rover location near Rocky Ford. It is easy to drive up the volcano although the parking lot can get crowded in summer. The ranger up there had no problem with my parking there and operating, but I only took up one parking spot. I would return there.  

I also operated from the side of Mt. Dora, near Clayton, in 2009 and that was a good spot. You can drive to the top, but need to get a key from the guy who owns the land in Texas. I did not do that as it seemed too far out of the way. This was a memorable operation as there was widespread Es, including 2M, from that location. This spot further removes one from the population centers of NM and it has the problem of the front range guys not turning their beam, so I have not returned. 

I have also operated DM86 from the Texas panhandle, I don’t remember the exact spot, but that is pretty far from any activity and it has the problem of the front range guys not turning their beams. I did work KB0HH from there, but I think Gary has given up on his multi-multi operation. 

I think Jon, W0AMT, who carries his station in a backpack could hike to the high point of the volcano as there is a good trail that circumnavigates the volcano and operate, thereby negating the problem of blockage to the east. 

I echo John’s comments on looking for low horizons, particularly if you can find one with a negative horizon, as troposcatter signals strongly depend on the scatter angle, and the use of the < heywhatsthat.com > app. It is hard to find a perfect site, but compromising with good site lines in the direction of major activity centers is a good start.

I hope that this helps. - Duffey KK6MC
 

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Feb 3, 2020, at 21:13, John Klem <klemjf@...> wrote:



Jonesy -

I suggest you take a look at your candidate locations using heywhatsthat.com, which will generate panoramas showing your horizon.  You'll be in the neighborhood of some pretty significant peaks.  You might want to check these out to see if they are blocking directions you hope to point.

I believe Duffey likes Capulin Volcano in that area, at least for looking south.  I haven't been there myself, only quite a bit further east in DM86.  I will say that it can be a bit too quiet in that area unless you get a good opening.  I typically gravitate toward areas with horizons of about 1 degree or less all around, but finding a spot with a negative horizon to at least one population center could be a better strategy.

John AA5PR

On 2/3/2020 4:02 PM, Jonesy W3DHJ via Groups.Io wrote:

At the risk of losing my Black Belt In Procrastination [*], I am toying with the idea of including DM86 in my Rover route in the June, and probably July, VHF contests.
 
So I am soliciting suggestions and comments from those of you in The Land Of Enchantment -- who might have experience with the location I natter on about below.
 
In going over paper maps and Google Maps, it looks like a good choice for a site would be south of Branson, Colo. on CO 389 -- which becomes NM 551 at the border. Specifically, it is a Good DM86 Site for me to get to from Pueblo AND also include the other S.E. Colorado Grids I want to activate. (i.e., my "usual" grids)
 
 
If you zoom in once, you'll see where the railroad and the highway cross the border is called Emory Gap. A "gap" does NOT sound like a Great Place for a Rover location.
 
Zooming back out once and you see a place called "Negro Mesa" to the ESE. . I believe it may be the "butte" I see from the roadside - below:
 
It's definitely ranch country  --  I see cattle in some of the zoomed views I've done.
 
Surprisingly there is a "Google Street View"   Actually 2: one from 2008 and one from 2012.
 
At MM 6 on NM 551 I see steel gates at dirt tracks on both the east and west side -- probably both padlocked with a chain. That's what the little sign said: "6".  But it can't be even a mile south of the border -- and. in the other direction, it must be over 10 miles from the junction of NM 456.  (Maybe miles are "different" in NM.  HI!HI!)

The best spot I could locate by driving "street view" seems to be a little futher south at:
 
 
... if I park up on the bank next to the road -- by the fence -- I would seen to have an acceptable horizon all-way-round.
 
After operating at the north edge of DM86, I would pull back over the edge of DM87 and attempt to hand out that grid to the NMVHF contesters -- and whoever else...  Then I would trek on up towards the 4 corners of DM87-DM88-DM77-DM78 and contest as Rover for the rest of the weekend(s) from there.

And, yes, I know the Colorado/New Mexico border is not necessarily located exactly on the 37th parallel from Kansas to Utah.
 
Comments?  Even something like, "DON'T GO THERE!" would be useful.

[*]
I don't actually HAVE the black belt for procrastination.
The ceremony keeps being postponed...

73
Jonesy W3DHJ
https://W3DHJ.net/



Re: DM86 - June and July VHF contests

James Duffey
 

I have operated from a couple of locations in DM86.

In CQWW VHF 2018, I operated from the upper parking lot of Capulin Volcano. This location has good sight lines from just east of north around to the west to just east of south. This is good for most of NM and the front range of CO, if those guys ever got on and pointed south.  I worked W9RM easily from here, and Albuquerque also easily. I heard, but dont remember if I worked N2IC and K5LA. I pointed north and called you, Jonesy, and we easily worked. I may have picked up K0NR that trip as well. There was some Es to the northeast which is pretty much blocked by the volcano, so it is not completely useless in that direction, but I wouldn't rely on it. It is pretty much due south of your usual rover location near Rocky Ford. It is easy to drive up the volcano although the parking lot can get crowded in summer. The ranger up there had no problem with my parking there and operating, but I only took up one parking spot. I would return there.  

I also operated from the side of Mt. Dora, near Clayton, in 2009 and that was a good spot. You can drive to the top, but need to get a key from the guy who owns the land in Texas. I did not do that as it seemed too far out of the way. This was a memorable operation as there was widespread Es, including 2M, from that location. This spot further removes one from the population centers of NM and it has the problem of the front range guys not turning their beam, so I have not returned. 

I have also operated DM86 from the Texas panhandle, I don’t remember the exact spot, but that is pretty far from any activity and it has the problem of the front range guys not turning their beams. I did work KB0HH from there, but I think Gary has given up on his multi-multi operation. 

I think Jon, W0AMT, who carries his station in a backpack could hike to the high point of the volcano as there is a good trail that circumnavigates the volcano and operate, thereby negating the problem of blockage to the east. 

I echo John’s comments on looking for low horizons, particularly if you can find one with a negative horizon, as troposcatter signals strongly depend on the scatter angle, and the use of the < heywhatsthat.com > app. It is hard to find a perfect site, but compromising with good site lines in the direction of major activity centers is a good start.

I hope that this helps. - Duffey KK6MC
 

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Feb 3, 2020, at 21:13, John Klem <klemjf@...> wrote:



Jonesy -

I suggest you take a look at your candidate locations using heywhatsthat.com, which will generate panoramas showing your horizon.  You'll be in the neighborhood of some pretty significant peaks.  You might want to check these out to see if they are blocking directions you hope to point.

I believe Duffey likes Capulin Volcano in that area, at least for looking south.  I haven't been there myself, only quite a bit further east in DM86.  I will say that it can be a bit too quiet in that area unless you get a good opening.  I typically gravitate toward areas with horizons of about 1 degree or less all around, but finding a spot with a negative horizon to at least one population center could be a better strategy.

John AA5PR

On 2/3/2020 4:02 PM, Jonesy W3DHJ via Groups.Io wrote:

At the risk of losing my Black Belt In Procrastination [*], I am toying with the idea of including DM86 in my Rover route in the June, and probably July, VHF contests.
 
So I am soliciting suggestions and comments from those of you in The Land Of Enchantment -- who might have experience with the location I natter on about below.
 
In going over paper maps and Google Maps, it looks like a good choice for a site would be south of Branson, Colo. on CO 389 -- which becomes NM 551 at the border. Specifically, it is a Good DM86 Site for me to get to from Pueblo AND also include the other S.E. Colorado Grids I want to activate. (i.e., my "usual" grids)
 
 
If you zoom in once, you'll see where the railroad and the highway cross the border is called Emory Gap. A "gap" does NOT sound like a Great Place for a Rover location.
 
Zooming back out once and you see a place called "Negro Mesa" to the ESE. . I believe it may be the "butte" I see from the roadside - below:
 
It's definitely ranch country  --  I see cattle in some of the zoomed views I've done.
 
Surprisingly there is a "Google Street View"   Actually 2: one from 2008 and one from 2012.
 
At MM 6 on NM 551 I see steel gates at dirt tracks on both the east and west side -- probably both padlocked with a chain. That's what the little sign said: "6".  But it can't be even a mile south of the border -- and. in the other direction, it must be over 10 miles from the junction of NM 456.  (Maybe miles are "different" in NM.  HI!HI!)

The best spot I could locate by driving "street view" seems to be a little futher south at:
 
 
... if I park up on the bank next to the road -- by the fence -- I would seen to have an acceptable horizon all-way-round.
 
After operating at the north edge of DM86, I would pull back over the edge of DM87 and attempt to hand out that grid to the NMVHF contesters -- and whoever else...  Then I would trek on up towards the 4 corners of DM87-DM88-DM77-DM78 and contest as Rover for the rest of the weekend(s) from there.

And, yes, I know the Colorado/New Mexico border is not necessarily located exactly on the 37th parallel from Kansas to Utah.
 
Comments?  Even something like, "DON'T GO THERE!" would be useful.

[*]
I don't actually HAVE the black belt for procrastination.
The ceremony keeps being postponed...

73
Jonesy W3DHJ
https://W3DHJ.net/


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