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Re: QSL / LOTW / Logging Question

Wayne Dillon
 

Hi Charlie,
Personally, If I really want the QSL I go direct, very few will ignore a direct QSL request. I even got one from a guy who had to make one on his computer specially for me. I do use both LOTW and eQSL and I have to say that I am disappointed with the level of confirmation on LOTW. eQSL now has the facility to actually print the card if you require hard copy.
So I guess with all this rambling I'm saying direct is still the best method for getting one back.
72/3 es God Bless de Wayne - KC0PMH


On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM, Charlie , W5COV <cvest@...> wrote:
 

Okay I have been a ham for 48 years and made countless contacts over the
years , but never had any interesting in collecting cards or awards .

Recently after looking at my log book I saw very little actual on the
air activity in the past few years , even though I try to work on the
bench almost every day . I have also built countless projects , but just
use them for a few contacts to make sure they work correctly and give
them away or put them on the shelf . I do operate different types of
beacons on a fairly regular basis.

Two or three months ago I decided to reset my QSO counter to zero and go
after every special event , contest , any special piece of paper , for
WAS , DXCC , VUCC any award in the books on any band from 160 though 432
MHz. on any and all modes possible .

I bought the entire N3FJP group of logging programs , and set up LOTW ,
to keep track of all the different awards . I also belong to E-QSL and
QRZ , plus of course the ARRL .

What is the best way today to collect cards both domestic and foreign ?
To me it is looking like direct might still be the best . From what I
read on the E-QSL site , the ARRL doesn't accept their QSL's for awards .

However LOTW has such a low rate of confirmation , it is almost not
worth the time to even log them and upload / download the contacts . I
just took a quick look at 50 contacts in July and only 4 of them have
been confirmed through LOTW . E-QSL has a MUCH higher confirmation rate
, but again should I even be wasting my time doing uploads and downloads
from them if the ARRL is not going to recognize them .

Any thoughts or suggestions on how to maximize my QSO confirmations in
today's world would be greatly appreciated . I am hoping some of you can
teach this old dog some new tricks .

Thanks and I hope I don't sound too ignorant for someone who has enjoyed
the hobby for this many wonderful years and now has an even greater
newly acquired interest in operating and having fun at it once again .

73 ,

Charlie , W5COV




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Re: WB0QQT de WAØITP

ka0ncr
 

Hi Terry,

Well, if he don't get this due to e-mail problems, I should see him
Saturday at our HB-QRP monthly gathering. Its our yearly
"lark in the park" weekend.. and Steve said he was calling dibs on the big tree in the park! ha.. So sounds like he is planning
on showing up.

Will pass along about the mailbox if he don't get back to you before then.

73 - Arnie KA0NCR

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, "WA0ITP" <wa0itp@...> wrote:

Steve, your email is bouncing so thought I'd reply here.

The caps are correct, you're good to go.

All: I apologize for cluttering your inbox.

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Re: Brutus Dates

ka0ncr
 

Hi Terry, and the group....

The week later would be a bit better for me. I will
use less vacation if it is that weekend. I would probably
plan on coming down a day or so early, and set up tent
and help string up antennas if needed.

Talked with Joe, K0NEB and he will not be able to make it as
he has other commitments.

Will have to see how Mike, NF0N is doing by that time... He might
or he might not. Depends on how his knee is doing.

Anyhow.. I will vote for the 14-15th..

And, for Uncle Phil.. while the site has good facilities inside, last year the attendants
were locking the building up when they went home and one would have to use a "very interesting" kybo. I think I might just bring a toilet seat
on legs and after dark use it "over the fence". (only partly joking)

Only thing you would have to look out for is the 'yotes. They
were howling about what sounded like 1/4 mile down at the section corner..one of the nights. I forget which.

Kind of creepy feeling to hear them. Would hate to meet them
while on a mission out to the grass-lands..

Maybe we can talk the site manager into locking the rest of the building and leaving the door to the thunder-mug's open?

73 - Arnie KA0NCR

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, "WA0ITP" <wa0itp@...> wrote:

GM Walter,

You're right we did settle on the 2nd weekend, and the 14th 15th is the 2nd full weekend. Lookling at the calendar I saw that the 8th was the 2nd Sunday and jumped the gun.

What say guys? How does the 14th and 15th work for you?

----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com




----- Original Message -----
From: Walter - K5EST
To: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2013 5:48 AM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Brutus Dates





Guess I was thinking its the 2nd weekend, 14th & 15th of September.

Honestly don't matter to me.

All we need is good winds for kite antenna flying and super propagation.

Will get it in the QRP Banner upcoming events as soon as its firmed up.

72...Walter . K5EST

On Jul 10, 2013 7:29 PM, "WA0ITP" <wa0itp@...> wrote:



What's everyone think about scheduling the Brutus outing on Sept 7 and 8? The first weekend is Memorial Day weekend and we probably don't want to conflict with that, family picnics, etc.

----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


QSL / LOTW / Logging Question

Charlie Vest
 

Okay I have been a ham for 48 years and made countless contacts over the years , but never had any interesting in collecting cards or awards .

Recently after looking at my log book I saw very little actual on the air activity in the past few years , even though I try to work on the bench almost every day . I have also built countless projects , but just use them for a few contacts to make sure they work correctly and give them away or put them on the shelf . I do operate different types of beacons on a fairly regular basis.

Two or three months ago I decided to reset my QSO counter to zero and go after every special event , contest , any special piece of paper , for WAS , DXCC , VUCC any award in the books on any band from 160 though 432 MHz. on any and all modes possible .

I bought the entire N3FJP group of logging programs , and set up LOTW , to keep track of all the different awards . I also belong to E-QSL and QRZ , plus of course the ARRL .

What is the best way today to collect cards both domestic and foreign ? To me it is looking like direct might still be the best . From what I read on the E-QSL site , the ARRL doesn't accept their QSL's for awards .

However LOTW has such a low rate of confirmation , it is almost not worth the time to even log them and upload / download the contacts . I just took a quick look at 50 contacts in July and only 4 of them have been confirmed through LOTW . E-QSL has a MUCH higher confirmation rate , but again should I even be wasting my time doing uploads and downloads from them if the ARRL is not going to recognize them .

Any thoughts or suggestions on how to maximize my QSO confirmations in today's world would be greatly appreciated . I am hoping some of you can teach this old dog some new tricks .

Thanks and I hope I don't sound too ignorant for someone who has enjoyed the hobby for this many wonderful years and now has an even greater newly acquired interest in operating and having fun at it once again .

73 ,

Charlie , W5COV


Re: Brutus

Paul Smith
 

I am sad to say that I got him to the bank and when I was lipping him my line went slack and he flopped free..... My son Richard, my grandson and Richards father in law all saw him....... That was my story for trout fishing at roaring river... I could hook em but could not land them..... I'm buying a net and heavier tippet next time ha ha
To top the trip off I broke the tip on my BRAND NEW 3 wt fly rod CRAP!!!!!!!! I have sent my 2 and 3 wt rods for repair...... Aw well it is a good story
de Paul N0NBD

Sent from my iPad

On Jul 11, 2013, at 7:48 PM, Johnny <jomatlock@...> wrote:

All right Paul 
Did you get in.
Johnny AC0BQ

Sent from my iPad

On Jul 11, 2013, at 5:52 PM, Paul Smith <psmith61@...> wrote:

 

Last Saturday I hooked a 18 inch bass in the strip pit that Brutus sits on... If radio is slow some good fishing should be available.....

de Paul N0NBD

Sent from my iPad


Re: Fingertip tapper

WA0ITP
 

GE Larry et al,
 
A finger tapper sure is a lot of fun, congrats on your purchase.  I've played with them, liked the action, and  one resides in my /P box for backup or a change of pace.   Here's some notes on a homebrew version.  
 
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2013 7:11 PM
Subject: [4sqrp] Fingertip tapper

I just received my new "Fingertip tapper". It's a wonderful little key that you tap with two fingers. It's the size of a credit card with a 30" wire and a 1/8th" sterio plug on it. It's from NJQRP Club and for $29.00 you can't go wrong. It comes in several colors and has your name and call sign on it. Just thought I'd let you guys know.
Larry W2LAC


Sunday Sprint

Walter - K5EST
 

Even if your CW is like a screen door on a submarine, have no fear we will do our best to make a QSO with you. Join in the fun.......

4State QRP 2nd Sunday Sprints

July 14th at 7 to 9 PM (cdst)

any mode and band, except WARC & 60 mtrs, no NCS, 5 watts maximum
output regardless of mode. The Sprint keeps the keys, mics, and
keyboards active and collect the valuable QSO contacts that are needed
to achieve the W25 awards.

 <http://www.4sqrp.com/ActivityRecognition.php>

 Suggested calling idea is.....CQ 4S....and obtain the stations 4SQRP
number for W25 awards. Please stop by the 7.122 MHz club hang-out
frequency to allow the crystal bound stations to have fun, also! Also
some folks have not changed their Pig Rig from 7.030.7 MHz. Probably staying around QRP watering hole will yield many QSOs.

Exchange, RST and club member number or None if non-member.

 There is more at stake than the W25 awards, the most QSO contacts
station by October 1st, 2013, wins  the club callsign WQ5RP for the
October 4x4 Sprint. (in case of a tie of QSOs, then we shall draw a
winner). With a massive multiplier attached, this may be the most
coveted contact in your logbook for the 4x4 Sprint!

 Reporting is easy.....send me an email to

spike55@...

Put SPRINT in the subject line then in the text body, indicate your
number of QSO contacts and what mode.

......I will compile the total of entries and post them on the club
yahoo groups reflector!

CU in the Sprint!

72....Walter . K5EST


Re: Brutus

Johnny AC0BQ
 

All right Paul 
Did you get in.
Johnny AC0BQ

Sent from my iPad

On Jul 11, 2013, at 5:52 PM, Paul Smith <psmith61@...> wrote:

 

Last Saturday I hooked a 18 inch bass in the strip pit that Brutus sits on... If radio is slow some good fishing should be available.....

de Paul N0NBD

Sent from my iPad


Re: Brutus

Paul Smith
 

You betcha S SW is the prevailing summer wind average I think 7 mph.....them Lobsterconners will have nothing on us he he with kite antennas......

de Paul N0NBD

Sent from my iPad

On Jul 11, 2013, at 6:24 PM, Walter - K5EST <walter.k5est@...> wrote:

 

Paul, great fishing!

Since we hope to be flying kites for antenna skyhooks, would you have any idea of the prevailing wind at Brutus? From the charts it seems to be from the southwest.

72....Walter . K5EST

On Jul 11, 2013 4:45 PM, "Paul Smith" <psmith61@...> wrote:
 

Last Saturday I hooked a 18 inch bass in the strip pit that Brutus sits on... If radio is slow some good fishing should be available.....

de Paul N0NBD

Sent from my iPad


Fingertip tapper

Larry Clement W2LAC
 

I just received my new "Fingertip tapper". It's a wonderful little key that you tap with two fingers. It's the size of a credit card with a 30" wire and a 1/8th" sterio plug on it. It's from NJQRP Club and for $29.00 you can't go wrong. It comes in several colors and has your name and call sign on it. Just thought I'd let you guys know.
Larry W2LAC


Re: Brutus

Walter - K5EST
 

Paul, great fishing!

Since we hope to be flying kites for antenna skyhooks, would you have any idea of the prevailing wind at Brutus? From the charts it seems to be from the southwest.

72....Walter . K5EST

On Jul 11, 2013 4:45 PM, "Paul Smith" <psmith61@...> wrote:
 

Last Saturday I hooked a 18 inch bass in the strip pit that Brutus sits on... If radio is slow some good fishing should be available.....

de Paul N0NBD

Sent from my iPad


Brutus

Paul Smith
 

Last Saturday I hooked a 18 inch bass in the strip pit that Brutus sits on... If radio is slow some good fishing should be available.....

de Paul N0NBD

Sent from my iPad


Cyclone 40

Dan Reynolds
 

I will be away from home for a few days, planning to spend the weekend in Indianapolis and attending the Indy hamfest .

There will be no shipments - parts or kits - till early next week. If you email me a request for parts or order a kit it will be shipped early next week. 

Everything I have received orders on through July 10th has been shipped, including parts requests.

Thanks for your understanding. 

73
Dan -- KB9JLO


WB0QQT de WAØITP

WA0ITP
 

Steve, your email is bouncing so thought I'd reply here.
 
The caps are correct, you're good to go.
 
All: I apologize for cluttering your inbox.
 
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 


Re: Big Brutus Outing

WA0ITP
 


Brutus is 22 miles SW of Pittsburg, KS at West Mineral. Restrooms are available in the museum building.  This is a really nice /P outing QTH -  wide open spaces, low man made noise, Brutus dominates the scenery, inexpensive camping, neat well kept parklike grounds, and a few medium sized trees.  There are 10 campsites with electricity for trailers or motor homes, and lots of area for tents.  Camping fees were $10/nite for tents and $15/night for campers.
 
More info here:
 
This year Walter and I are going fly kites to hoist antennas.  It will be a sight to see so bring your cameras..

----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2013 7:30 AM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Brutus Dates

Please excuse my ignorance...........but where is this Brutis Machine...........saw pics of it once.....
and are their bathrooms there? Hi....

Uncle Phil, W0XI



Re: Brutus Dates

WA0ITP
 


GM Walter,
 
You're right we did settle on the 2nd weekend, and the 14th 15th is the 2nd full weekend.  Lookling at the calendar I saw that the 8th was the 2nd Sunday and jumped the gun.
 
What say guys?  How does the 14th and 15th work for you?

----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2013 5:48 AM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Brutus Dates

Guess I was thinking its the 2nd weekend, 14th & 15th of September.

Honestly don't matter to me.

All we need is good winds for kite antenna flying and super propagation.

Will get it in the QRP Banner upcoming events as soon as its firmed up.

72...Walter . K5EST

On Jul 10, 2013 7:29 PM, "WA0ITP" <wa0itp@...> wrote:
 

What's everyone think about scheduling the Brutus outing on Sept 7 and 8?  The first weekend is Memorial Day weekend and we probably don't want to conflict with that, family picnics, etc.

----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 

 


Re: Brutus Dates

Phil Anderson
 

Please excuse my ignorance...........but where is this Brutis Machine...........saw pics of it once.....
and are their bathrooms there? Hi....

Uncle Phil, W0XI



Re: Brutus Dates

Bruce Winkelman <bdwink@...>
 

If you're a fan of fried chicken, you can't do better than Chicken Annie's (some will say Chicken Mary's!). When my mother-in-law was still with us (she lived in Parsons, KS), we always made it to Chicken Annie's Annex just south of Pittsburg any time we visited. Their onion rings are the best I've ever had!!!

Not sure if I can make it to Big Brutus but ya' never know!

72/73
Bruce AA5CO

(Will be getting my Cyclone 40 (Ol' #52) from Ed WG5F this weekend. Thanks, again Ed!)


Re: Brutus Dates

Wayne Dillon
 

Hey jeremy,
how much and what gauge wire d you need?
Wayne - KC0PMH


On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 12:57 AM, Jeremy Utley <jerutley@...> wrote:
 

Sounds good to me too!  I'm actually planning to camp this year.  Maybe by then I'll have the new KX3 I'm saving up for, but if not, I'll bring the 817.  Have a new portable antenna I'm getting ready to build too - first deployment will be in a couple weeks at Toronto State Park when WA6CML and I go camping.  Basing the new antenna on this setup by KC8VWM:  http://www.eham.net/articles/21744  Just need to track down some smaller gauge wire to wind into the reels (all I have hanging around is 14AWG, and I want to fit enough in there to get a full size 80m dipole if possible.  Will try to take pictures of the setup during the trip!

Jeremy, N9PH
Iola, KS

On 7/10/2013 7:28 PM, WA0ITP wrote:
 

What's everyone think about scheduling the Brutus outing on Sept 7 and 8?  The first weekend is Memorial Day weekend and we probably don't want to conflict with that, family picnics, etc.

----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 

 




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The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - KC0PMH

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Re: Brutus Dates

Walter - K5EST
 

Guess I was thinking its the 2nd weekend, 14th & 15th of September.

Honestly don't matter to me.

All we need is good winds for kite antenna flying and super propagation.

Will get it in the QRP Banner upcoming events as soon as its firmed up.

72...Walter . K5EST

On Jul 10, 2013 7:29 PM, "WA0ITP" <wa0itp@...> wrote:
 

What's everyone think about scheduling the Brutus outing on Sept 7 and 8?  The first weekend is Memorial Day weekend and we probably don't want to conflict with that, family picnics, etc.
 
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com