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February 28, 2009 Comments off

THANK YOU MBARC QRP CW CONTEST for making February go away. It sure helps me get past the cold wet month by getting to know some new Hams and renew old friendships.

Today was the last day of the month, so also the end of the CW fun. I threw in the towel about 8 PM because we were again inundated with RTTY right on top of our QSO. Anyway, I had a nice round figure with which to call it quits for this year.

A couple of interesting QSO’s happened today. Yuri, UA0LKM/MM called me from his ship somewhere near Vladivostok, Russia. He didn’t give out much information.

Also, Steve, NoTU answered my CQ from Monument, Co., about 50 miles south of Denver. He was 5 watt pedistrian mobile (PM) out on his deck with a 4 foot whip on his portable pack trailing a counterpoise wire. He is known as “The Goat Man” and has a number of videos on U-TUBE of his pack goats Rooster and Peanut. To my surprise he sent me an email with the recording of our QRP QSO. His attachment also included the video hyperlink of his recent trip to the Caribbean on a DXpedition.

This was one of my better days with 34 Q’s.

For those of you still battling it out, you have until midnight to work the multitudes.

CW ROCKS!

72/73 until next year, Stan, QRP CW Contest Chairman.

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n7oc

February 27, 2009 Comments off

I worked Dick, N7RO/QRP today in Bellingham, Wa. His signal was a beautiful 599 and his fist was as smooth as silk.

Tomorrow is the last day of February, and for those who haven’t already done so, it’s time to get on the air and work some QRP CW in the MBARC contest. Make at least one contact. Put off those chores until March.

There are some very interesting stories out there. Share them on this blog.

Stan, N7OC.

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February 26, 2009 Comments off

Icom 706 is fixed… Operator error (Full Break-in was off)

Finally made some cross country QSO’s. This afternoon worked K1IQI, Chester in Monson, MA; W1KX, Bill in Monmouth, MA and W1XR, James Welch in Mashpee, MA. (Mashpee ???)

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n7oc

February 26, 2009 Comments off

It was a good day on the bands today as I finally broke my 1K miles per watt barrier to Brazil at 6830.3 miles for OE9APV/PP5. The two JA1 stations that called me had to work me off the back corner of the beam as the rotor is stuck on east. It may have a bad capacitor in the controller. They must have wonderful antenna systems in Japan. I had the privilege of working a Softrock SDR 40 and a Flex 1000 SDR and both had absolutely horrid raspy sounding cw notes. Both use the Flex software. They must get something changed or they will lose the cw guys.

Two days to go and it will be history for this year – CW FOREVER!

Stan.

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n7oc

February 23, 2009 Comments off

I had a nice chat this morning with Bob, N7ODM in Bozeman, Mt. If you recall he was the ham who heard the distress signal from the hiker in the Cascades with a broken leg last summer who used his Rockmite 40 to call for help. Bob summoned local SAR to pack him out with horses.

Later, Don, N8JIW near Cleveland, OH. said he was using a Ten-Tenna. You have to check this antenna out for yourselves. His 40 meter half wave dipole is 30 inches long, and it works! The 40 meter model can be used on up to 10 meters with a tuner. Don was on 20 meters with his Ten-Tenna with a 559 signal.

Ken, NL7HJ lives in Danali Park, Ak., and said Jeff King, world champion musher and winner of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race lives just up the road from him and he has known him for 30 years. The race starts in early March from Anchorage to Nome, over 1,000 miles by dog sled!

Still no DX, but fun to learn to know other Hams and just “Chew The Rag”, Stan.

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Hearing but not Heard

February 23, 2009 Comments off

Well the DX ‘test was kind of a bust for me.  We had a big family outing on Saturday and I was just too beat to chase DX into the morning hours.  I called a lot of stations on 40 and 80 but only worked a Hawaiian that was blasting in with 1/2 KW.  Darn Rodger- bad luck on the 706.  I hope it is a cheap fix.  I will try to get my RockMite on the air tonight and maybe we can make the two mile connect!

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ARRL DX Contest

February 22, 2009 Comments off

WOW! What a pileup all across the band on 20 and 40 meters. CW speed was 25 – 30 wpm. I’m a 20 wpm guy so this was very difficult for me. I would copy down about 3 letters and on the next call I would copy down the next 2-3 letters, etc., etc. until I would have the complete text. I got Briane Edwards in Texas, W5KFT on 40 meters at 6:30UTC and Joseph Barr in Hawaii at 6:58 on 40 meters, and then……. my 706 totally shut down, but only the CW mode. I could hear, but zero output on the transmitter.

Have to send the radio to HRO for repair $$$$$$$$
I guess it’s back to the Rockmite )-; 73’s

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