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Re: Upcoming FT8 DX Contest

Kermit Lehman
 

So, what sub-bands?  They would be wise not to use the normal FT8 frequencies.  

73,
Ken, AB1J


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Kennedy <astro_va@...>
To: GAPA@groups.io <GAPA@groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Apr 11, 2019 12:41 am
Subject: Re: [GAPA] Upcoming FT8 DX Contest

FT8 DX Contest 2019

Rules
1 – Date
Begins: 13-April-2019 | 12:00 UTC
Ends:    14-April-2019 | 12:00 UTC
2 – Bands and mode
80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters on FT8 mode. Any station may work any other station. Stations may be worked once per band.
POWER MAX = 100 WATTS !!


From: GAPA@groups.io <GAPA@groups.io> on behalf of Kermit Lehman via Groups.Io <ktfrog007@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 7:08 PM
To: GAPA@groups.io
Subject: Re: [GAPA] Upcoming FT8 DX Contest
 
What frequency sub-bands are to be used?  I didn't see anything in a quick look at the rules.

73,
Ken, AB1J


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Kennedy <astro_va@...>
To: GAPA@groups.io <GAPA@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Apr 10, 2019 6:33 pm
Subject: [GAPA] Upcoming FT8 DX Contest

Hello GAPA'ians:

This is the first real FT8 only DX contest sponsored by the European FT8 Club, and an opportunity to pickup some new grids/prefixes !

Here is the link for the rules, hours, exchange, etc. : FT8 DX Contest

You don't have to 'enter the contest and submit a score' to play - you can simply monitor and pick out those stations/grids that you want to contact.

Additionally, propagation has been open the last two weekends on 15M (and some on 10M) to South America.  I managed to pick up two new grids in Brazil.

GL, 73, Rich, K3VAT

Re: Upcoming FT8 DX Contest

Richard Kennedy
 

FT8 DX Contest 2019

Rules

1 – Date

Begins: 13-April-2019 | 12:00 UTC
Ends:    14-April-2019 | 12:00 UTC

2 – Bands and mode

80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters on FT8 mode. Any station may work any other station. Stations may be worked once per band.

POWER MAX = 100 WATTS !!


From: GAPA@groups.io <GAPA@groups.io> on behalf of Kermit Lehman via Groups.Io <ktfrog007@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 7:08 PM
To: GAPA@groups.io
Subject: Re: [GAPA] Upcoming FT8 DX Contest
 
What frequency sub-bands are to be used?  I didn't see anything in a quick look at the rules.

73,
Ken, AB1J


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Kennedy <astro_va@...>
To: GAPA@groups.io <GAPA@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Apr 10, 2019 6:33 pm
Subject: [GAPA] Upcoming FT8 DX Contest

Hello GAPA'ians:

This is the first real FT8 only DX contest sponsored by the European FT8 Club, and an opportunity to pickup some new grids/prefixes !

Here is the link for the rules, hours, exchange, etc. : FT8 DX Contest

You don't have to 'enter the contest and submit a score' to play - you can simply monitor and pick out those stations/grids that you want to contact.

Additionally, propagation has been open the last two weekends on 15M (and some on 10M) to South America.  I managed to pick up two new grids in Brazil.

GL, 73, Rich, K3VAT

Re: Upcoming FT8 DX Contest

Kermit Lehman
 

What frequency sub-bands are to be used?  I didn't see anything in a quick look at the rules.

73,
Ken, AB1J


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Kennedy <astro_va@...>
To: GAPA@groups.io <GAPA@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Apr 10, 2019 6:33 pm
Subject: [GAPA] Upcoming FT8 DX Contest

Hello GAPA'ians:

This is the first real FT8 only DX contest sponsored by the European FT8 Club, and an opportunity to pickup some new grids/prefixes !

Here is the link for the rules, hours, exchange, etc. : FT8 DX Contest

You don't have to 'enter the contest and submit a score' to play - you can simply monitor and pick out those stations/grids that you want to contact.

Additionally, propagation has been open the last two weekends on 15M (and some on 10M) to South America.  I managed to pick up two new grids in Brazil.

GL, 73, Rich, K3VAT

Upcoming FT8 DX Contest

Richard Kennedy
 

Hello GAPA'ians:

This is the first real FT8 only DX contest sponsored by the European FT8 Club, and an opportunity to pickup some new grids/prefixes !

Here is the link for the rules, hours, exchange, etc. : FT8 DX Contest

You don't have to 'enter the contest and submit a score' to play - you can simply monitor and pick out those stations/grids that you want to contact.

Additionally, propagation has been open the last two weekends on 15M (and some on 10M) to South America.  I managed to pick up two new grids in Brazil.

GL, 73, Rich, K3VAT

Re: Confirming those elusive grids/prefixes

WL7CG
 

All,


I encourage use of eQSL as well. I chase the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) awards and they only recognize eQSL and not LOTW. They want you to be able to print out the QSL card. They have a great program, if you have not looked into it, give it a go.


ClubLog has become important to fans of the IOTA Program, offering island credit for log matches posted to their site. It worth posting your adi files here.


73 Alan WL7CG


On 4/6/19 9:49 AM, Richard Kennedy wrote:
Have you ever worked a new, somewhat elusive or rare grid, only to find that the station you worked does not QSL in any manner whatsoever: no LoTW, no eQSL, no paper QSL.  Any there is no email address to even communicate with him/her?

About 1 percent of all new grids/prefixes fall into the category of "no confirmation likely".  One saving grace to all of this is that folks who once were "Zero QSLers" convert and upload their logs to one of the QSL services recognized by GAPAwards.  This happened recently to me with a Russian in an elusive grid that I happened to work in 2014.  When I did my daily download of LoTW confirmations there he was!!  Two years ago a similar incident took place: a QSO from 2002 with Indonesia confirmed via LoTW for a new grid. 

That's why I talk up LoTW and eQSL primarily, as well as ClubLog (seems popular with Europeans and some Japanese) and even HRD.  LoTW, ClubLog, HRD and others are free - eQSL is a dollar a month.

You can maximize your grid/prefix count by subscribing to multiple QSL services.  Check with Ernie if you have questions on exactly what a "GAPA confirmation" is.

GL, 73, Rich, K3VAT

Confirming those elusive grids/prefixes

Richard Kennedy
 

Have you ever worked a new, somewhat elusive or rare grid, only to find that the station you worked does not QSL in any manner whatsoever: no LoTW, no eQSL, no paper QSL.  Any there is no email address to even communicate with him/her?

About 1 percent of all new grids/prefixes fall into the category of "no confirmation likely".  One saving grace to all of this is that folks who once were "Zero QSLers" convert and upload their logs to one of the QSL services recognized by GAPAwards.  This happened recently to me with a Russian in an elusive grid that I happened to work in 2014.  When I did my daily download of LoTW confirmations there he was!!  Two years ago a similar incident took place: a QSO from 2002 with Indonesia confirmed via LoTW for a new grid. 

That's why I talk up LoTW and eQSL primarily, as well as ClubLog (seems popular with Europeans and some Japanese) and even HRD.  LoTW, ClubLog, HRD and others are free - eQSL is a dollar a month.

You can maximize your grid/prefix count by subscribing to multiple QSL services.  Check with Ernie if you have questions on exactly what a "GAPA confirmation" is.

GL, 73, Rich, K3VAT

Re: Upcoming QSO Parties of Interest - "semi-rare" grids activated

Richard Kennedy
 

Hello 
There are several grids in the state of Texas that are quite difficult to work, primarily because there are just too few ops.  Among these "semi-rare" grids are: DM71; DM85, 86; DM90, 91, 94; DL89; DL98, 99.

This weekend is the Texas State Parks Party and a number of these grids, along with several other 'difficult' grids will be active on FT8.  You can see which parks are planned for activation, unfortunately, their grid isn't included, but I've started compiling a list of parks and their grids - email me if you're interested.  You'll see many stations signing W5ABC/pota which is a clue that these stations are participating.  

GL, 73, Rich, K3VAT

Recent Posts

WL7CG
 

All,

I have gotten this blurb in eham and QRZ.

https://www.eham.net/articles/42869

https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/the-grid-and-prefix-award-program-gapa.651959/

The Wireless Institute of Australia and Amateur Radio Newsline say they will post it. A copy of the text is in the file section, if you can think of a group that might post it.

73 Alan WL7CG

Re: Maritime Mobiles and new grids

WL7CG
 

I hadn't thought of using the same callsign/mm to claim additional grids. Need to pay more attention to that.

Alan WL7CG

Maritime Mobiles and new grids

K3VAT
 

All,

Yuri, UT1FG/MM is starting back across the south Atlantic headed for Europe.  He's available ft8 most every day on 20M and 40M, sometimes on 17M and 80M.  He always has a good signal and is a good op.  I've managed to follow him back and forth across the south and central atlantic a few times, but since there are lots of grids I often find him in a new one.  GL, 73, Rich, K3VAT

A Start

WL7CG
 

All,

Once I was able to send out invitations for the list, we started getting people to join. I am hoping we can use this list as a vehicle to promote and improve the GAPA Program. I think it's great, but most people have no idea it exists.

The is a list of email in the file section of the people I could identify as participating in GAPA. If you think of anyone that would be interested, let them know to sign up. An email to GAPA+subscribe@groups.io will do it. There is also a form that we could add to the GAPA website.

Thanks for joining.

73 Alan WL7CG