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Re: WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? MOON BOUNCE?

w2sh@...
 

Johnny,


I've always thought the FCC's legal maximum on AM was four times the peak power of a 100-percent modulated Class C stage, or 375 Watts (times four = 1,500Watts).


Gosh, how silly of me.  Of course, the guy is in California where they play by their own rules.  Guess 550 Watts is QRP there.


72,


Charles (aka Chas), W2SH



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Sent: Sunday, July 3, 2016 4:49 PM
To: 4sqrp@...; Phil
Cc: W0UK@...
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? MOON BOUNCE?
 
 

Hmm Interesting Phil

We might get better return signals from
The moon than we do the ozone layer!!

Worked CA this am on 7.038, he was running 
550 watts so I kicked the kx3 up to 12.
He asked if I had a rig that was qro??
72
Have a fun and safe 4th!!
Johnny AC0BQ

On Sunday, July 3, 2016, 'Phil' w0xiphil@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

HEY ALL,
 
GOT AROUND TO READING JULY QST TODAY AND RAN ACROSS A VERY NICE ARTICLE ON MOON-BOUNCE (EME), PAGE 67.
DENNIS, W5RZ, DID A NICE JOB ON “NATIONAL PARKS VIA THE MOON.”
 
After that, thought I ought to add a moon-bounce contact to my ham bucket list (just turned 75 last Thursday) .
 
Dennis noted that it doesn’t take that much:
 
1. Load up K1JT’s WSJT software (free download) for the moon bounce digital mode (known as JT65B), [  physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/j1jt/    ]
2. SSB Transceiver or 432 MHz...........he used an FT-857D at 20 watts......
3. He used a 22-element Yagi..........(K1FO),
4. Determine path of the moon  (day or night)......W7GJ makes an excellent planning program called GJTracker, available as a free download  from www.bigskyspaces.com/w7jg/.
5. He uses an iphone APP to point at the moon...........called Lunatic  (nice name for buck folks) .
 
Cool stuff.
w0xi, Phil
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Re: WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? MOON BOUNCE?

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Hmm Interesting Phil
We might get better return signals from
The moon than we do the ozone layer!!

Worked CA this am on 7.038, he was running 
550 watts so I kicked the kx3 up to 12.
He asked if I had a rig that was qro??
72
Have a fun and safe 4th!!
Johnny AC0BQ

On Sunday, July 3, 2016, 'Phil' w0xiphil@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

HEY ALL,
 
GOT AROUND TO READING JULY QST TODAY AND RAN ACROSS A VERY NICE ARTICLE ON MOON-BOUNCE (EME), PAGE 67.
DENNIS, W5RZ, DID A NICE JOB ON “NATIONAL PARKS VIA THE MOON.”
 
After that, thought I ought to add a moon-bounce contact to my ham bucket list (just turned 75 last Thursday) .
 
Dennis noted that it doesn’t take that much:
 
1. Load up K1JT’s WSJT software (free download) for the moon bounce digital mode (known as JT65B), [  physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/j1jt/    ]
2. SSB Transceiver or 432 MHz...........he used an FT-857D at 20 watts......
3. He used a 22-element Yagi..........(K1FO),
4. Determine path of the moon  (day or night)......W7GJ makes an excellent planning program called GJTracker, available as a free download  from www.bigskyspaces.com/w7jg/.
5. He uses an iphone APP to point at the moon...........called Lunatic  (nice name for buck folks) .
 
Cool stuff.
w0xi, Phil
member, W0uk club, 4SQRP club.



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Re: WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? MOON BOUNCE?

Don Jackson
 

Correction to the link to W7GJ: his call has the two letters "gj" reversed in the link given.

On 07/03/2016 02:36 PM, 'Phil' w0xiphil@gmail.com [4sqrp] wrote:


HEY ALL,
GOT AROUND TO READING JULY QST TODAY AND RAN ACROSS A VERY NICE ARTICLE
ON MOON-BOUNCE (EME), PAGE 67.
DENNIS, W5RZ, DID A NICE JOB ON “NATIONAL PARKS VIA THE MOON.”
After that, thought I ought to add a moon-bounce contact to my ham
bucket list (just turned 75 last Thursday) Smile.
Dennis noted that it doesn’t take that much:
1. Load up K1JT’s WSJT software (free download) for the moon bounce
digital mode (known as *JT65B*), [ physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/j1jt/ ]
2. SSB Transceiver or 432 MHz...........he used an FT-857D at 20 watts......
3. He used a 22-element Yagi..........(K1FO),
4. Determine path of the moon (day or night)......W7GJ makes an
excellent planning program called *GJTracker*, available as a free
download from www.bigskyspaces.com/w7jg/
<http://www.bigskyspaces.com/w7jg/>;.
5. He uses an iphone APP to point at the moon...........called
*Lunatic* (nice name for buck folks) Smile.
Cool stuff.
w0xi, Phil


WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? MOON BOUNCE?

Phil <w0xiphil@...>
 

HEY ALL,
 
GOT AROUND TO READING JULY QST TODAY AND RAN ACROSS A VERY NICE ARTICLE ON MOON-BOUNCE (EME), PAGE 67.
DENNIS, W5RZ, DID A NICE JOB ON “NATIONAL PARKS VIA THE MOON.”
 
After that, thought I ought to add a moon-bounce contact to my ham bucket list (just turned 75 last Thursday) .
 
Dennis noted that it doesn’t take that much:
 
1. Load up K1JT’s WSJT software (free download) for the moon bounce digital mode (known as JT65B), [  physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/j1jt/    ]
2. SSB Transceiver or 432 MHz...........he used an FT-857D at 20 watts......
3. He used a 22-element Yagi..........(K1FO),
4. Determine path of the moon  (day or night)......W7GJ makes an excellent planning program called GJTracker, available as a free download  from www.bigskyspaces.com/w7jg/.
5. He uses an iphone APP to point at the moon...........called Lunatic  (nice name for buck folks) .
 
Cool stuff.
w0xi, Phil
member, W0uk club, 4SQRP club.



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Re: Checkns

Paul Smith
 

My. Tomatos are doing ok have picked 7 and. Few more are abt ready rgr on sked we can try am at lake will set up and call later 



On Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 3:43 PM -0500, "WA0ITP wa0itp@... [4sqrp]" <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

Lets try for a sked every now and then, bet we can make it once in a while, net times haven't been good to use so lets try another time of day.  
My tomatoes aren't doing much, not putting on any new growth, how's your's? 

Have a good one.

72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 6/30/2016 3:21 PM, Paul Smith psmith61@... [4sqrp] wrote:
Sounds good to me Terry. I have been listening here but hearing NADA. de Paul N0NBD

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Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:47:45 -0500
Subject: [4sqrp] Checkns



Slim pickens again this week, but thank you Johnny and Darryl. Johnny
made it in last night on 80M, he was weak, but copyable, and Darryl had
a nice signal this morning on 7122 solid 559 from AR. Thanks guys, hope
to hear you again next week.

Good to see the propagation emails from Woody and Phil. Seems like the
20M is often open to somewhere, 20M being the bread and butter band for
in SEIA. It's easier to have a QSO with a station you already hear
calling. Contrast that to calling in the blind to a targeted population
i.e a net. The Group has to be listening (and prop numbers may
discourage them) and propagation must be adequate for that population.
Four State region signals have been weak or non existent here for some
time on either 40 or 80, with only one or two chekins, sometimes none.

So I'll be taking rest of the summer off and resuming my nets again
after Labor Day. Anyone else want to give it a try? I'll be monitoring
the qrp watering holes, incl our own.

Thanks for the effort and time spent so far and in the future, cu in
September.

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I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com




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Re: Propagation

Charles W. Powell
 

I just went out after checking the forecast to see what was up.  Map looked good into EU and West Africa from the coast of MA.  Sure enough, worked Italy, Germany, and Oman, and heard strong signals from Croatia & Eastern Turkey.  Couldn’t break all the pile-ups, but what do you expect with 5 watts and a loop?  DL1DGS was amazed at my signal, and gave me peaks of 579 with QSB.  Who says QRP doesn’t work?  

Jim - if you put in your locator and hit calculate, it compensates for geographical location.  I checked the propagation from Zinga, where I go in Tanzania, and WOW! Wish I were there today. Lots of coverage into all of EU and Asia, but ZERO into the US.  Even 15 meters showed as active.

72,

Chas - NK8O


On Jun 30, 2016, at 5:39 PM, Jim Larsen jimlarsen2@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:


I had not used this version of VOACAP site before but appreciate it being brought to my attention via Chas' post.

I tried it for my QTH and much to my surprise, it matches very closely with what the RBN reports on my CQs.  Reasonably good chance to Oregon and Washington, maybe into Idaho and then sweeping on up into Canada.  At this time of day (2200Z) the rest of the US is a black hole in the 10% range.

Neat!  Except for not making QRP contacts very often and listening to a dead band all day.  I suspect even VOACAP can't handle high latitudes very well but I must say it seem to correlate with on air experience.

73, Jim

Jim Larsen, AL7FS
Anchorage Alaska 
1-907-223-3548
http://www.CSTAlaska.com/   Craniosacral Therapy
http://www.AL7FS.us/             QRP Website


Jun 30, 2016  Charles Powell doctorcwp@... [4sqrp]  wrote:
 VOACAP predictions, I have found it to be very useful 
Good if you are my current QTH (MA coast) and bad if you are in the midwest.
http://www.voacap.com/coverage.html
​   ​
72,
​  ​
Chas - NK8O





RMRc cw practice net being called now..

Dale Putnam
 

14.0625 and in about 20 minutes the net will qsy to 7.0625.. but you don't have to. 


Have a great day,
--... ...-- Dale - WC7S in Wy


Re: Propagation

AL7FS-Jim.Larsen
 

I had not used this version of VOACAP site before but appreciate it being brought to my attention via Chas' post.

I tried it for my QTH and much to my surprise, it matches very closely with what the RBN reports on my CQs.  Reasonably good chance to Oregon and Washington, maybe into Idaho and then sweeping on up into Canada.  At this time of day (2200Z) the rest of the US is a black hole in the 10% range.

Neat!  Except for not making QRP contacts very often and listening to a dead band all day.  I suspect even VOACAP can't handle high latitudes very well but I must say it seem to correlate with on air experience.

73, Jim

Jim Larsen, AL7FS
Anchorage Alaska 
1-907-223-3548
http://www.CSTAlaska.com/   Craniosacral Therapy
http://www.AL7FS.us/             QRP Website


Jun 30, 2016  Charles Powell doctorcwp@... [4sqrp]  wrote:

 VOACAP predictions, I have found it to be very useful 
Good if you are my current QTH (MA coast) and bad if you are in the midwest.
http://www.voacap.com/coverage.html
​   ​
72,
​  ​
Chas - NK8O



Propagation

Charles W. Powell
 

There was a discussion on this forum a while back about propagation forecasts. I recently started using the VOACAP predictions, because you can put in power, mode, antenna type, and sunspot numbers. I have found it to be very useful with the ZERO sunspots we’ve had recently. I have found my propagation zones most over oceans when I have been on 20 meters. Good if you are my current QTH (MA coast) and bad if you are in the midwest. Sometimes it is very surprising to see the prediction, and sometimes not. Wish I were in Tanzania right now - open to ALL of Europe and Asia, but NOTHING into the US. Anyway, try it out. You too might find it useful.

http://www.voacap.com/coverage.html

72,

Chas - NK8O


Re: Checkns

WA0ITP
 

Lets try for a sked every now and then, bet we can make it once in a while, net times haven't been good to use so lets try another time of day.  
My tomatoes aren't doing much, not putting on any new growth, how's your's? 

Have a good one.
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 6/30/2016 3:21 PM, Paul Smith psmith61@... [4sqrp] wrote:

Sounds good to me Terry. I have been listening here but hearing NADA. de Paul N0NBD

________________________________
To: 4sqrp@... 
From: 4sqrp@... 
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:47:45 -0500 
Subject: [4sqrp] Checkns 
 
 
 
Slim pickens again this week, but thank you Johnny and Darryl. Johnny 
made it in last night on 80M, he was weak, but copyable, and Darryl had 
a nice signal this morning on 7122 solid 559 from AR. Thanks guys, hope 
to hear you again next week. 
 
Good to see the propagation emails from Woody and Phil. Seems like the 
20M is often open to somewhere, 20M being the bread and butter band for 
in SEIA. It's easier to have a QSO with a station you already hear 
calling. Contrast that to calling in the blind to a targeted population 
i.e a net. The Group has to be listening (and prop numbers may 
discourage them) and propagation must be adequate for that population. 
Four State region signals have been weak or non existent here for some 
time on either 40 or 80, with only one or two chekins, sometimes none. 
 
So I'll be taking rest of the summer off and resuming my nets again 
after Labor Day. Anyone else want to give it a try? I'll be monitoring 
the qrp watering holes, incl our own. 
 
Thanks for the effort and time spent so far and in the future, cu in 
September. 
 
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I love this radio stuff. 
www.wa0itp.com 
www.4sqrp.com 
 
 
 
 		 	   		  

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Re: Checkns

Paul Smith
 

Sounds good to me Terry. I have been listening here but hearing NADA. de Paul N0NBD

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Subject: [4sqrp] Checkns



Slim pickens again this week, but thank you Johnny and Darryl. Johnny
made it in last night on 80M, he was weak, but copyable, and Darryl had
a nice signal this morning on 7122 solid 559 from AR. Thanks guys, hope
to hear you again next week.

Good to see the propagation emails from Woody and Phil. Seems like the
20M is often open to somewhere, 20M being the bread and butter band for
in SEIA. It's easier to have a QSO with a station you already hear
calling. Contrast that to calling in the blind to a targeted population
i.e a net. The Group has to be listening (and prop numbers may
discourage them) and propagation must be adequate for that population.
Four State region signals have been weak or non existent here for some
time on either 40 or 80, with only one or two chekins, sometimes none.

So I'll be taking rest of the summer off and resuming my nets again
after Labor Day. Anyone else want to give it a try? I'll be monitoring
the qrp watering holes, incl our own.

Thanks for the effort and time spent so far and in the future, cu in
September.

--
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com



Finally a checkin

Darryl J Kelly
 

I have been incident commander for our AR Baptist Disaster Relief flood recovery team right here in my home town of Jonesboro for the last two weeks, done now and finally able to check into the net this morning.
Darryl, KK5IB



Checkns

WA0ITP
 

Slim pickens again this week, but thank you Johnny and Darryl. Johnny made it in last night on 80M, he was weak, but copyable, and Darryl had a nice signal this morning on 7122 solid 559 from AR. Thanks guys, hope to hear you again next week.

Good to see the propagation emails from Woody and Phil. Seems like the 20M is often open to somewhere, 20M being the bread and butter band for in SEIA. It's easier to have a QSO with a station you already hear calling. Contrast that to calling in the blind to a targeted population i.e a net. The Group has to be listening (and prop numbers may discourage them) and propagation must be adequate for that population. Four State region signals have been weak or non existent here for some time on either 40 or 80, with only one or two chekins, sometimes none.

So I'll be taking rest of the summer off and resuming my nets again after Labor Day. Anyone else want to give it a try? I'll be monitoring the qrp watering holes, incl our own.

Thanks for the effort and time spent so far and in the future, cu in September.

--
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


Wed. night PSK checkin.

Dick Hammond
 

WF2F  Richard,  South Bend, IN
lot's of  qrm  tonight, tnx  WF2F for  checkin.
N0TGR  Dick,  Augusta, KS  NCS


Re: Propagation doom and gloom is over rated!

AL7FS-Jim.Larsen
 

This is an interesting topic.  My northern high latitude (61+ degree North) is really nasty for propagation.  Still, I do get on and call CQ, usually on 14.059.49...Alaska is the 49th state.  I usually can get a hit from the RBN but mostly in WA and OR.  I suppose it is tough due to propagation and distance.  It is 1450 miles to Seattle.  Most days I don't even hear SKCC QSOs.  Today I copied W1AW at about S-4.  That means no other stations heard.  If W1AW gets up to S-7 or better, it is time to flip on the K2.

Don't tell anyone...but I have been known to run 100 watts from time to time since the sun calmed down.  Even then, it is not a slam dunk.

See you on the air.

73, Jim

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Anchorage Alaska 
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On Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 5:38 PM, Johnny Matlock jomatlock@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:


Hey Woody
Great idea, we all just need to try to do it more!
A few months ago whike i was building Diz's one waters, I kept a rig on the bench tuned to one of the Qrp watering holes.
Made quite a few quick Qso's!!
Some old friends and made some new contacts as well.
Just need to find time to build more!
72
Johnny AC0BQ

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, fghester@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

Preaching to the choir here but just have to say that ignoring the propagation numbers / forecasts may be a good idea.  For the first time in my 38 year Ham career, I recently moved a rig into my home office (from my basement shack).  I now monitor, and occasionally call CQ at the QRP frequencies no matter what the prop. numbers say as I'm working in the office.  I work many other QRP stations throughout the day, and the RBN always picks me up somewhere.  Often, when calling CQ at 5W, the RBN spots me at 10db or better in many different states but no response.  Are too many of us believing the bands are dead when they aren't?  Sure, sigs are sometimes weak and I have to wear the cans but I'm making Qs.  Good old W2KJ (Joe) and I carried on a fun 2 X QRP rag chew on 20M this morning.  He on his new KX2 and me on my IC-7200 at 5W.  Come on guys.  Join the party! / Woody / WD9F



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Re: Propagation doom and gloom is over rated!

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Hey Woody
Great idea, we all just need to try to do it more!
A few months ago whike i was building Diz's one waters, I kept a rig on the bench tuned to one of the Qrp watering holes.
Made quite a few quick Qso's!!
Some old friends and made some new contacts as well.
Just need to find time to build more!
72
Johnny AC0BQ


On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, fghester@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

Preaching to the choir here but just have to say that ignoring the propagation numbers / forecasts may be a good idea.  For the first time in my 38 year Ham career, I recently moved a rig into my home office (from my basement shack).  I now monitor, and occasionally call CQ at the QRP frequencies no matter what the prop. numbers say as I'm working in the office.  I work many other QRP stations throughout the day, and the RBN always picks me up somewhere.  Often, when calling CQ at 5W, the RBN spots me at 10db or better in many different states but no response.  Are too many of us believing the bands are dead when they aren't?  Sure, sigs are sometimes weak and I have to wear the cans but I'm making Qs.  Good old W2KJ (Joe) and I carried on a fun 2 X QRP rag chew on 20M this morning.  He on his new KX2 and me on my IC-7200 at 5W.  Come on guys.  Join the party! / Woody / WD9F



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72
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..




Re: Propagation doom and gloom is over rated! [1 Attachment]

RWeeks <neotoxo54@...>
 

I do keep a check on propagation reports but really pay attention to them about as much as I do the local weather man...they are a 'best guess'...like many others I have made contacts when the reports said it wasn't worth trying....I figure it is kinda like surfing...gotta wait, watch and time you effort to the best set of waves and hopefully pick the biggest one and ride it for all it is worth...

AF5AF

SENT FROM MY IPAD MINI
Rocky Weeks, AF5AF
East Arkansas Fur Takers, FTA Chap 29B
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On Jun 29, 2016, at 11:23, Charles Powell doctorcwp@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

QTH: Wareham MA, portable, next to Tobey Hospital. 14027 KHz  QSO end time 0048 UTC.  M0IKE in Chesterfield, England, 100 watts with 2 el quad (Yaesu FT-5000 MP).  My station: Elecraft KX2 & homebrew magnetic loop.  Report to him - (true) 599 QSB, report to me - 549 with QSB to S0, QRK 5.  We had a nice chat.  He dropped to 5 watts at one point and remained QRK 5 but went back up to 100 w at the end of the QSO.  Not bad for the current solar conditions!  Being on the coast helps, I’ll grant.  I also worked Czech Republic last evening.

I also note that when the bands are abandoned by others, I often have 2x QRP rag chews.

73,

Chas




On Jun 29, 2016, at 12:14 PM, fghester@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:


Preaching to the choir here but just have to say that ignoring the propagation numbers / forecasts may be a good idea.  For the first time in my 38 year Ham career, I recently moved a rig into my home office (from my basement shack).  I now monitor, and occasionally call CQ at the QRP frequencies no matter what the prop. numbers say as I'm working in the office.  I work many other QRP stations throughout the day, and the RBN always picks me up somewhere.  Often, when calling CQ at 5W, the RBN spots me at 10db or better in many different states but no response.  Are too many of us believing the bands are dead when they aren't?  Sure, sigs are sometimes weak and I have to wear the cans but I'm making Qs.  Good old W2KJ (Joe) and I carried on a fun 2 X QRP rag chew on 20M this morning.  He on his new KX2 and me on my IC-7200 at 5W.  Come on guys.  Join the party! / Woody / WD9F




Tonights 40m net

Wayne Dillon
 

Sorry folks, I'm not available for net control tonight. Y'all get on and have some fun though.
72/3 es God Bless de Wayne NQ0RP

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Re: Propagation doom and gloom is over rated!

Phil <w0xiphil@...>
 

Nice story Woody..................I’ve found your process to be true here too.
 
I’ll often leave my rig on, including the P3 panadapter............and a signal pops up now and then.....and often work them
 
uncle Phl
 
w0xi
 
Lawrence, KS
 

Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:14 AM
Subject: [4sqrp] Propagation doom and gloom is over rated!
 
 

Preaching to the choir here but just have to say that ignoring the propagation numbers / forecasts may be a good idea.  For the first time in my 38 year Ham career, I recently moved a rig into my home office (from my basement shack).  I now monitor, and occasionally call CQ at the QRP frequencies no matter what the prop. numbers say as I'm working in the office.  I work many other QRP stations throughout the day, and the RBN always picks me up somewhere.  Often, when calling CQ at 5W, the RBN spots me at 10db or better in many different states but no response.  Are too many of us believing the bands are dead when they aren't?  Sure, sigs are sometimes weak and I have to wear the cans but I'm making Qs.  Good old W2KJ (Joe) and I carried on a fun 2 X QRP rag chew on 20M this morning.  He on his new KX2 and me on my IC-7200 at 5W.  Come on guys.  Join the party! / Woody / WD9F


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FOX: Fox announcement

Dale Putnam
 

Found on the qfox reflector


Have a great day, 
--... ...-- Dale - WC7S in Wy



 

I will be your other Fox for the 2016 Summer Hunt season. 

I will be operating from Mar Vista, CA.  3 miles East of Venice Beach.  Rig will be my K3 at 5W and the antenna will be swinging around to find all you hounds.  Look for me between 14.050 and 14.070  starting at 0100Z.  Key is set for 22-23 WPM.  Send to me at your comfortable speed and I will adjust.  Oh, yes, I will be sending up at the beginning of the hunt.  Spread out 1-3 Khz.

Just a reminder.  The exchange is RST, state or Provence,name and power. 559,CA, Don, 5w.  There  might be a few instances of dead air or auto CQ's while I blow my nose. (Don't ask!) 

Have fun.

Good luck and happy hunting.

Don,NK6A
Mar Vista, CA


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Don
NK6A


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