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CQ WW RTTY KB3LIX SOAB Classic LP

BILL SHEEHAN
 

Here is this past weekends FORAY into CRAZYNESS !!!!!!
Atmospherics were HORRIBLE .
The A index was running between 20-30
The K index was at 5.
Flux was very low.

Come on ole sol, calm down and get to working for US

73,

bill

---------- Original Message ----------
From: webform@b4h.net
To: 3830@contesting.com, kb3lix@comcast.net
Date: 09/27/2020 8:17 PM
Subject: CQ WW RTTY KB3LIX SOAB Classic LP


CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY - 2020

Call: KB3LIX
Operator(s): KB3LIX
Station: KB3LIX

Class: SOAB LP
Class Overlay: Classic
QTH:
Operating Time (hrs):

Summary:
Band QSOs State/Prov DX Zones
-----------------------------------
80: 145 40 11 8
40: 174 43 33 11
20: 166 24 41 15
15: 10 1 9 6
10:
-----------------------------------
Total: 495 108 94 40 Total Score = 207,394

Club: Allegheny Valley Radio Association

Comments:




Posted using 3830 Score Submittal Forms at: http://www.3830scores.com/


BARTG 75 KB3LIX Single Op LP

BILL SHEEHAN
 

This one was almost a waste of time.
Conditions here were downright terrible.
Lots of noise, and Europe signals were way down in strength.
Come on ole sol, we NEED some solar activity !!!!!!


bill

---------- Original Message ----------
From: webform@b4h.net
To: 3830@contesting.com, kb3lix@comcast.net
Date: 09/20/2020 5:26 PM
Subject: BARTG 75 KB3LIX Single Op LP


BARTG Sprint 75 - September

Call: KB3LIX
Operator(s): KB3LIX
Station: KB3LIX

Class: Single Op LP
QTH:
Operating Time (hrs):

Summary:
Band QSOs
------------
80:
40: 4
20: 22
15: 1
10:
------------
Total: 27 Mults = 18 Continents = 3 Total Score = 1,458

Club: Allegheny Valley Radio Association

Comments:

Condx here were terrible, lots of NOISE and weak signals.


Posted using 3830 Score Submittal Forms at: http://www.3830scores.com/


Re: TnQP KB3LIX SO FixedMixed LP

BILL SHEEHAN
 

I had never heard of the CW OPEN until K3LR
mentioned it on the AM net.
I figured I would give it a try. For my water-pistol station
(not a big gun, or even a little pistol in the contesting world)
I figured what the heck, Ill give it a try.
It worked out OK.

W3WC, good luck with the repairs/improvements and get the antennas
back up and running.

I have been trying to hit the AM net every morning, gives me
something to do and gives me a reason to get outta bed in the AM.
It becomes too easy to stay in bed all day when no incentive to get up.

73 guys,

bill


---------- Original Message ----------
From: Peter Albright <peteralbright1@...>
To: AVRA@groups.io
Date: 09/08/2020 1:30 PM
Subject: Re: [AVRA] TnQP KB3LIX SO FixedMixed LP


I have been a member of CWops for more than two years. Three hour-long exercises every Wednesday have helped me get functional my code speed from 25 WPM to 35 WPM and, even more important, have done wonders helping me develop muscle memory to deal with F keys. For the record, I post my score for every exercise to 3830, and always list AVRA as my contest club.
On another topic, I am always delighted to hear you (Bill and Pete) check into the NWPA Health & Wellness net!
73, 
Peter Albright, AA2AD


Re: TnQP KB3LIX SO FixedMixed LP

Pete W3WC
 

Peter,

I need some brushing up on my CW. That sounds like a good way.
Since you mentioned it, I will be off the air for a while, as I am having some work done behind the QTH, so the antennas are all down. 
For my hobby activity, I am working in earnest on a KDKA Centennial website. Hopefully it will be ready to go live sometime this month.

Pete, W3WC


Re: TnQP KB3LIX SO FixedMixed LP

Peter, AA2AD
 

I have been a member of CWops for more than two years. Three hour-long exercises every Wednesday have helped me get functional my code speed from 25 WPM to 35 WPM and, even more important, have done wonders helping me develop muscle memory to deal with F keys. For the record, I post my score for every exercise to 3830, and always list AVRA as my contest club.
On another topic, I am always delighted to hear you (Bill and Pete) check into the NWPA Health & Wellness net!
73, 
Peter Albright, AA2AD


Re: TnQP KB3LIX SO FixedMixed LP

Pete W3WC
 

I also discovered the CW Open for the first time. Seems like a good group of CW enthusiasts.


TnQP KB3LIX SO FixedMixed LP

BILL SHEEHAN
 

Busy weekend,


In addition to TNQP, here are results for
CW Open. (First time in CW Open)

CW Open Q's Points Mult
40 cw 39 39 27
20 cw 34 34 34

Totals: 73 73 61
SCORE: 4453

---------- Original Message ----------
From: webform@b4h.net
To: 3830@contesting.com, kb3lix@comcast.net
Date: 09/06/2020 11:20 PM
Subject: TnQP KB3LIX SO FixedMixed LP


Tennessee QSO Party - 2020

Call: KB3LIX
Operator(s): KB3LIX
Station: KB3LIX

Class: SO FixedMixed LP
QTH:
Operating Time (hrs):

Summary:
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs Mults
-----------------------------------
160:
80: 27 13 1 30
40: 53 25 4 53
20:
15:
10:
6:
2:
222:
432:
-----------------------------------
Total: 80 38 5 83 Total Score = 30,627

Club: Allegheny Valley Radio Association

Comments:




Posted using 3830 Score Submittal Forms at: http://www.3830scores.com/


Re: NAQP SSB

BILL SHEEHAN
 

I totally forgot about NAQP.

 My 80m dipole is lying in my backyard.
A BIG limb came down about 3 days ago and snapped
the wire, so I couldn't use 80 or 160 meters for NAQP.

I have been working the SARTG RTTY contest on the higher bands,
but haven't been wildly successful.

I'm surprized 10m has not been more successful as the CBers are screaming
in here on 11m but on 10 I can hear the crickets chirping.

Oh well, back to SARTG.

73, y'all

bill

---------- Original Message ----------
From: kb3orr <kb3orr@...>
To: AVRA@groups.io
Date: 08/16/2020 9:39 AM
Subject: Re: [AVRA] NAQP SSB


I also worked the contest.  I am back on the radio from home.  I was shocked when I looked at my log and noticed I had been off the air for four years.

 

117 Qs

40m - 37

20m - 45

15m - 25

10m - 10

 

-Brian, KB3ORR

 

From: AVRA@groups.io [mailto:AVRA@groups.io] On Behalf Of Pete W3WC
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2020 8:58 AM
To: AVRA@groups.io
Subject: [AVRA] NAQP SSB


100 Q's, 75 on 40, 25 on 80; 41 Multipliers. 4100 points.



Re: NAQP SSB

kb3orr
 

I also worked the contest.  I am back on the radio from home.  I was shocked when I looked at my log and noticed I had been off the air for four years.

 

117 Qs

40m - 37

20m - 45

15m - 25

10m - 10

 

-Brian, KB3ORR

 

From: AVRA@groups.io [mailto:AVRA@groups.io] On Behalf Of Pete W3WC
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2020 8:58 AM
To: AVRA@groups.io
Subject: [AVRA] NAQP SSB

 

100 Q's, 75 on 40, 25 on 80; 41 Multipliers. 4100 points.


NAQP SSB

Pete W3WC
 

100 Q's, 75 on 40, 25 on 80; 41 Multipliers. 4100 points.


Re: NAQP CW KB3LIX Single Op LP

Pete W3WC
 

I also ran the N3FJP online scoreboard for my amusement. It is also attached. If you or anyone else is interested in using it, please let me know.


Re: NAQP CW KB3LIX Single Op LP

Pete W3WC
 

Bill,

Great to hear from you again. Glad you're getting along.

I started this groups.io as a way to keep AVRA open. The idea of an online-only club may still catch on, I keep thinking. 

AVRA is still listed as a contest club with ARRL, but when I publicize it, I refer to it as an online community of amateurs in Western PA. I am thinking about it in reverse - i.e. it was started as a contest group, but now I am wondering if it could be interesting to non-contesters, and that they might become interested in contesting after joining.

I operated casually for a few hours. Here are my results.



NAQP CW KB3LIX Single Op LP

BILL SHEEHAN
 

I don't see much from AVRA these days, but I am still here
despite about a half dozen hospital stays since January.
This is the first contest I have felt well enough to spend
any amount of time "in the chair"

Anyhow, all the best guys.
Hope everyone is OK.

bill

---------- Original Message ----------
From: webform@b4h.net
To: 3830@contesting.com, kb3lix@comcast.net
Date: 08/02/2020 12:15 AM
Subject: NAQP CW KB3LIX Single Op LP


North American QSO Party, CW - August

Call: KB3LIX
Operator(s): KB3LIX
Station: KB3LIX

Class: Single Op LP
QTH:
Operating Time (hrs): 10

Summary:
Band QSOs Mults
-------------------
160: 32 17
80: 74 26
40: 102 31
20: 72 33
15: 8 7
10:
-------------------
Total: 288 114 Total Score = 32,832

Club: Allegheny Valley Radio Association

Team:

Comments:




Posted using 3830 Score Submittal Forms at: http://www.3830scores.com/


Re: Field Day 2020

Pete W3WC
 

Sections worked. This is a feature of N3FJP software, included in his programs for major contests.


Re: Field Day 2020

Pete W3WC
 

Online Totals page at the end of Field Day.


Re: Field Day 2020

Pete W3WC
 

Online W3RA page at the end of Field Day.


Re: Field Day 2020

Pete W3WC
 

The station with mascots prominent. That's Whiskey Charlie on the left, the Pirate Parrot on the right.


Field Day 2020

Pete W3WC
 

All set for Field Day at home with the club call W3RA, operating as a 1E using the generator.

Good luck to all who are participating, and be safe! 

(If you are interested in an online scoreboard, see my earlier post.)

73
Pete


Online Scoreboard

Pete W3WC
 

Below is an excerpt from this week’s ARRL Contest Update. It includes a discussion of online scoreboards for contests.

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Cutting-edge contesters are always looking for opportunities to increase their scores. They will try and discard many techniques before finding something that will repeatedly yield increases. Their competition will likely notice the increase in score and try to follow the leader. The main group of contesters will use something if they perceive that it's not too difficult to set up, and that it will increase their scores. If they perceive the effort to set it up will not be rewarded with better scores or more fun, they won't do it.

Let's take an example technology that should be appealing for a contester -- online scoreboards. The big multi-multi stations have generally been aware of their competitors score during contests because it's just part of the job - with or without online scoreboards. Reasons why a mainstream contester might be interested in participating in an online scoreboard include:

  • Increased motivation by competing directly against peers in their geographic or affiliation group
  • Better situational awareness of multiplier or band contact opportunities

Today, there are still some roadblocks to get started, including:

  • Deciding which online scoreboard service to use
  • Signing up for an online scoreboard on the online scoreboard website
  • Configuring club or other affiliations on the online scoreboard website
  • Filling scoreboard configuration information into a contest logging program
  • Understanding how information is going to be used
  • Learning how best to use information provided by an online scoreboard

Looking at just two logging programs and how they integrate with online scoreboards, let's start with N1MM Logger+. It has an overwhelmingly dominant "market share" as the contest logger for most contests and is maximally configurable to be able to work with any of the online scoreboard systems. The downside of flexibility is that scoreboard configuration is made more complicated by this, and many mainstream contesters just won't complete it.

N3FJP (he has different programs for different contests) thinks the sweet spot for contest scoreboards is to foster intra-club competition, and so over the past few years, N3FJP's software has focused on making it as easy as possible for a club to publish scores on their own servers, with minimal configuration required by individual club members. A club member who just wants to report their score using N3FJP's software just needs to enter three pieces of information into the logging program - no interaction necessary with a third-party website, no additional email address confirmations. They can view their scores versus their peers on a club website. It just works. Only one reasonably computer-savvy club member is required to set up the server.

No logger I'm aware of (yet) displays information gathered from an online scoreboard in any of the logging windows. A contester today uses an additional web browser window to display competing scores. No display will yet provide encouraging or insightful messages during a contest such as "you've just moved up a spot to #4!" or "if you work another multiplier right now you can move up a position!"

Now that we're all more familiar with remote meetings, single-click software upgrades, and minimal initial configuration as a consequence of being more online during social distancing, I hope we all can better appreciate the value of user-friendly configuration, and that our contesting software continues to incorporate thoughtful ways to get more people using new capabilities without requiring extensive configuration. And once we have access to more tools and information, think of the new skills and higher scores that can be built on top of those!

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This link is for the entire Contest Update on ARRL’s website. http://www.arrl.org/contest-update-issues?issue=2020-06-24

 

I have prepared the necessary support to make N3FJP’s online scoreboard available to AVRA. Two sample pages are attached, showing the totals page that shows all users together in a list (the total score for all participants is shown at the top of this page), and the individual page that shows each user’s statistics.

Send a reply if you are interested in using this feature for Field Day, or if you want more information. If you want to try it out, you can, even if you are not planning to submit your score under AVRA, but you must be running N3FJP Field Day software to use it. The modified rules for this year’s Field Day makes it possible for individual operators to associate their scores with a club, in the same way as in the more typical contest activities. Field Day, after all, is not primarily a contest.

 

(P.S. I have no financial interest in N3FJP Software, but Scott is a friend. We became acquainted through my cousin Steve W3JX, who is in the same club with Scott. It is known as NEMARC, the Northeast Maryland Amateur Radio Club. I use Scott's entire software suite of programs for contesting.)

)


Re: This Year's Field Day Patch

Pete W3WC
 

Hey Scott, good to hear from you. 

Congrats on the new rig and on going mobile too! I have started to think about a mobile setup as well.

I hope to put W3RA on the air from here as a 1E, using the generator. I might try to run the amp off the generator too. You lose the 2x power multiplier, but it might be good to see how well the amplifier works this way.

Otherwise, I am still making plans for the KDKA centennial. It has morphed from my original ideas, but hopefully some activities will come together by November. I have learned a lot about early KDKA history that I was not aware of only a year ago. Most of it is about their shortwave activity in Saxonburg during the 1930's. They even had a 400,000 watt transmitter there at one point. It rivals the stories I had heard about WLW in Cincinnati with their 500K transmitter. The Saxonburg shortwave equipment ended up in Hull, Massachusetts at the current site of WBZ. It became part of the Voice of America during World War 2.

Good luck with FD. I will look for you on the air! Look for me too!

73
Pete W3WC

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