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February 29, 2008 Comments off

Well, in a couple of hours the MBARC QRP contest will be history for this year and the QRPers will go on to other things for awhile.

Yesterday I processed 6 Silver Salmon, so they went into the brine at about 10PM last evening. So I was up at 4 AM to remove them from the brine and start the air drying before the smoker was started. They smoked 5 hours, then we canned them in pints. They turned out pretty well. While I was up early I listened but 20 was dead. 40 was open to Japan for about an hour before it closed. Managed to work some. Since I don’t have the dedication to get up that time of night on a regular basis, I don’t get the DX that rolls in. Later when KM0U from Blaine called me with a 599 signal, I said hi neighbor! Turned out he was in Blaine, MN.

Well, 4 states eluded me this time. Never heard Delaware, Kentucky, Rhode Island, but Hawaii was in there but didn’t hear me calling. 7 countries and 6 provinces this time. Although I worked Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, it was not my most distant contact. LU7YZ, Alex, in Las Calas, Venezuela was 6,796 miles, at 1359.2 miles per watt. Not as good as last year.  Worked Japanese stations in Hiroshima, Yokohama, Chiba, Iwate.  I met my personal goal of surpassing 300 q’s this year.

See you on the band with better conditions next year, Stan, N7OC.

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N7OC Log

February 28, 2008 Comments off

Last year at this time the contest was nearly over, but this year we have a bonus day. After spending last evening until nearly 2 AM on the FEMA NIMS and ICS training, I was not too quick to get on the radio. In fact decided to push through and finish the 100 level courses before getting back on the radio. Well, at nearly 3PM I had my certificate printed which they emailed to me for completing of the course.  200 and 700 levels and maybe 800 levels to go. Later.

I did work some CW anyway. I was wondering what AK3W was doing in Boise, ID. Next, Mark from Bellerica, MA. answered my cq. Dave from Delton, MI., near Kalamazoo was using a Vibroplex bug and putting in extra dots where ever they fit. Next Tom in Honeoye, NY., was using his WD8 call running his neat old Heathkit gear. Steve was still using his Parasit 4 watt rig and regen rcvr from Mayre Island, BC. Jerry, K0RHK was still camping and running qrp from Zion (Joshua Tree) Nat’l Park, CA., using the new dipole he put up today. He was actually stronger on his longwire strung through the cactus. I think I worked my first Wyoming today when Gary came on with his K2 and 10 watts. He said his vertical was up 5 feet and the temp was 30 and windy.

Well, the DX has avoided me this year.  Maybe the sunspots will be spottier next year!

Stan, N7OC.

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Digital QRP

February 28, 2008 Comments off

In a last ditch effort before then end of our QRP Contest on Friday (02/29) I will try to roundup some of the PNW VHF/UHF guys who like to QRP via the Digital Modes as well as lots of CW.

Can’t hurt and might be a fun way to end this year’s event.

Rodger-KK7LK

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February 28, 2008 Comments off

maybe this works

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KK7LK-Log

February 28, 2008 Comments off

v v v v v v de kk7lk

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KK7LK-Log

February 28, 2008 Comments off

 Tuesday’s activity on 40 meters

40 meters was almost totally dead EXCEPT for the Digital portion of the band (7.070+)

There were at least 5 qso’s going on til way past 10pm.  Almost all PSK31 but a couple of Olivia modes. But of course I could hear them (W6 and W0) but they couldn’t hear me???

Very little activity on 40 meters tonight. Some 20 – 25 wpm starting up on 7.040. Tomorrow is the last day.  Still trying to get some of the PNW VHF/UHF members to work some digital and cw.

73’s  -kk7lk

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N7OC Log

February 27, 2008 1 comment

Worked Tex on his sailboat using his backstay for an antenna from Beach Park, IL. N0B was still on from the Black Hills University celebrating the 125 year anniversary with a special events station call from Spearfish, SD. Martin was mobile in Pittsfield, ME., in a snow storm and had nearly 4 feet of snow. Barry was using a school club station in Philadelphia, PA. Kevin from Lummi Island just finished a new QRP rig called a Basic QRP Rig with RX micro W2 from QST. I was his first QSO on it.

Bill from Smithville, NC was on his vintage Heathkit DX-60 and tube receiver with VFO. My DX for the day was LU7YZ Alex in Neuquen, Argentina. Louis from Sitka, AK., had everything Collins equipment in his shack. My last QSO of the evening was with a new Ham from CA. Helen was sending at about 3 or 4 wpm and I really had to work at it with my keyer paddles to get it right. We both hung in there and made a contact with the basics, but it took almost half an hour. She was a brand new Ham.

73, Stan, N7OC.

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