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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #180 on: January 25, 2015, 01:25:02 PM »
Had lot of fun,worked Alan with strong signals on 40 meters and added a Hot Springs Ark station to book.
Heard a bit of Alan on 20 meters and that is rare. Talked to Vancouver and Toronto Canada before I could get away for PSK testing.

And worked an Illinois station on 20 meter PSK at 599 (signals don't get better than that) for a bit ...then worked Baton Rouge on 6 meters and TWO meters for points (for them) in a contest running today.

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #181 on: January 25, 2015, 01:49:05 PM »
Carl, on 7275 I heard: "25 miles north west".... Alan said it was you, so I guess that's a contact!

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #182 on: January 25, 2015, 03:37:24 PM »
It was me ,Talking to Hot Springs Arkansas

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #183 on: January 25, 2015, 05:25:52 PM »
I was having fun with S8 noise down here.  Carl, is it true that cold, dry wind behind a front causes background noise?

Still, all a fun, partial success.  Learning more each week.

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #184 on: January 25, 2015, 05:37:05 PM »
I was having fun with S8 noise down here.  Carl, is it true that cold, dry wind behind a front causes background noise?

Still, all a fun, partial success.  Learning more each week.

YEP, and nature made noise tends to be heaviest in the daylight with wind static and ,believe it on not celestial noise (from the stars ,our sun is one of them stars) But it was fun...had many stations calling me from Canada ,Illinois ,and Hot Springs...worked the radio for an hour or so then back to the Peppermint Mines....

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #185 on: January 25, 2015, 06:17:51 PM »
It was me ,Talking to Hot Springs Arkansas

That's cool, in the HAM world is that considered a contact?

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #186 on: January 25, 2015, 08:43:18 PM »
YEP, and nature made noise tends to be heaviest in the daylight with wind static and ,believe it on not celestial noise (from the stars ,our sun is one of them stars)
Thanks!  Sure explains a lot.  It was about the steadiest noise I've ever heard, without the usual harsh notes from man-made noise.  Windy, dry, sunny, that was today.

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But it was fun...had many stations calling me from Canada ,Illinois ,and Hot Springs...worked the radio for an hour or so then back to the Peppermint Mines....
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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #187 on: January 26, 2015, 01:26:32 AM »
That's cool, in the HAM world is that considered a contact?

Usually a contact has been made when both side exchange call signs and some other piece of data like their state or grid square ,or signal report.(5X9)

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #188 on: January 26, 2015, 06:19:09 AM »
Good conditions yesterday.  Today, Monday, not so good:


Even the ionosphere has a case of the Mondays.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AB9zPfXqQQ

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #189 on: February 01, 2015, 12:57:32 PM »
I am guessing,like most of the world,the Super Bowl has pre-empted life and Ham radio.

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #190 on: February 01, 2015, 01:10:50 PM »
For some, for me it's the 6 inches of global warming on the ground and 6 more on the way :'(

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #191 on: February 01, 2015, 01:25:16 PM »
For some, for me it's the 6 inches of global warming on the ground and 6 more on the way :'(

Snoow can cause 'sparkles' of static at times as it is DRY and I used to enjoy hearing it when I was a Short Wave Listener living in Colorado and Washington DC. Here in Louisiana ,snow is wet and often muddy.

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #192 on: February 01, 2015, 01:36:20 PM »
Snoow can cause 'sparkles' of static at times as it is DRY and I used to enjoy hearing it when I was a Short Wave Listener living in Colorado and Washington DC. Here in Louisiana ,snow is wet and often muddy.


Ill turn it on and give it a listen..

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #193 on: February 01, 2015, 02:29:11 PM »
I am guessing,like most of the world,the Super Bowl has pre-empted life and Ham radio.
Impromptu, suddenly urgent nap following an evening of parade-watching and pub-crawiling in the Quarter last night...

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #194 on: February 01, 2015, 02:32:56 PM »
Impromptu, unplanned, suddenly urgent nap following an evening of parade-watching and pub-crawiling in the Quarter last night...

The dawg ate my antenna,and other excuses,I am sure will follow.....I guess everyone just needed a day off


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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #195 on: February 02, 2015, 09:32:15 AM »
 For band conditions like Sunday and Monday try PSK31. Lots of stations to the south of me. FL, TN, the Dominican Republic. I also worked Canada to the north. Four contacts in about 90 min.
  By the way is that a G5RV the dog ate? 73

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #196 on: February 02, 2015, 09:50:28 AM »
G5RV , sort of ...it was a linear loaded dipole. a 70 foot per side dipole in only 30 feet per side length. I modified the design in this link.

http://www.af2cw.com/license/dipole.pdf

The dog thought it was a fun toy. It had worked pretty good till it got digested.

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #197 on: February 07, 2015, 06:50:03 AM »
OK...The Super Bowl is over,some dysfunction but no uniform malfunction. I am working at the BOL and look to have things in line for another antenna test and get-together on Sunday....anyone can come to the chat room and anyone can listen in of the HF bands as we do announce ,in the chat room,where we are testing the antennas.

about 1 PM CST check in with the chat room and join in on HF Ham.

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #198 on: February 07, 2015, 07:30:06 AM »
about 1 PM CST check in with the chat room and join in on HF Ham.

Definitely!

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #199 on: February 07, 2015, 08:28:10 AM »
I'll be listening....

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #200 on: February 07, 2015, 08:31:34 AM »
Great Chad,good to know you are doing OK.

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #201 on: February 07, 2015, 08:42:56 AM »
Doing good, ended up with about 13in of snow, even had to snowblow a patch in the backyard so the dog could do what dog's do!

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #202 on: February 08, 2015, 07:47:04 AM »
Forecasts for today's net synchronized cat swimming:


40 meter LSB:


20 meters USB:


10 meters USB:


The same old set of notes and disclaimers from two weeks ago still apply (scroll to the bottom of the post):
http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=50979.msg618365#msg618365

For starter frequencies here's the same set as before:
1:00 CST: 40m 7.275 LSB
1:15 CST: 20m 14.320 USB  (and stay away from 14.313, it's the FCC-designated troll freq)
1:30 CST: 10m 28.570 USB
We can refine what to actually use on the fly, via the chat room.


So much for SSB phone.  How many people have some PSK31 capability?  Those predictions look a tad sunnier:

40m psk31:


20m psk31:


10m psk31:


Much more robust, but how many people have PSK31 on hand? (there's still time to download and sort it out on your smartphone or pad)  Also, if we do go with PSK31, I suggest that we step slightly away from the main calling frequencies.  It's not that I want to exclude anyone but rather, we're trying to make contact with each other.  Explaining what we're doing to all the folks looking for yet another LOTW confirmation sort of gets in the way.  I suggest we move up by 5KHz from the usual calling frequencies, i.e.: 7.085, 14.075, 28.125.

Note, this is IF we choose to do PSK31.  And it's just a suggestion.  Maybe we'll just stick to SSB phone today.  Comments?  Stick with SSB?

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #203 on: February 08, 2015, 08:49:57 AM »
I tried downloading PSKer app but my iPhone's ios is not updated, I don't have a home computer to update my iso, is there a way to update my iso without a home computer?

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #204 on: February 08, 2015, 08:59:22 AM »
I tried downloading PSKer app but my iPhone's ios is not updated, I don't have a home computer to update my iso, is there a way to update my iso without a home computer?

Well,that is not a big problem now Chad, as we are mostly using voice modes for now anyway because ,for voice a voice and a radio are all that is needed. But ,when you upgrade phones ,I would remember the extra utility you can get...for now ,it's not a big deal.

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #205 on: February 08, 2015, 09:24:31 AM »
I guess I could back my iphone up to Idrive or some cloud and then upgrade to the new iPhone and then download the stored data, I really do need a new phone.

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #206 on: February 08, 2015, 09:29:39 AM »
I guess I could back my iphone up to Idrive or some cloud and then upgrade to the new iPhone and then download the stored data, I really do need a new phone.

Don't do it just for the very minor utility of the PSK app, the risk of losing data is small,but BITES when it happens.

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #207 on: February 08, 2015, 09:40:02 AM »
If anything the PSKer app is the catalyst.. my iPhone is a hot mess.

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #208 on: February 08, 2015, 12:37:23 PM »
After action report: Good contact with Carl (300 miles away) on 40m, one other guy in south TX jumped in.  No contacts on 20m, nor 10m.

Back to the garden, the weather here is amazing.  73 deg, dry, and clear!

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Re: 40m NVIS for this coming Sunday
« Reply #209 on: February 15, 2015, 08:16:42 AM »
Not sure if cold weather will help today but I got it...-7 actual -26 wind chill