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CW keying

Tom Fitzpatrick <k4ie_tom@...>
 

I recently upgraded my PC to Win10.  The serial/USB converters wouldn't work with it so I upgraded and now the computer recognizes them.  The N1MM logger recognizes my K3 for rig control, but I can't get the rig to key.  I have CW set up on COM5 (rig control is on COM4) as instructed.  I can see the software is seeing the keying but is not keying the rig.  It worked fine with the old system.  I've tried all that I know.  Am I missing something?
 
Tom, K4IE


Re: Super Check Partial

Dave (NK7Z)
 

Please do consider it, I also believe it would be a good addition to the
normal logging software...

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On Tue, 2015-10-27 at 20:54 -0400, Scott & Kimberly Davis
SNKDavis@aol.com [N3FJP_Software_Users] wrote:


Hi Chuck,


Thanks for your e-mail. Super Check Partial has existed in all my
contest software for about a year now. You'll find it in the Settings
menu.


Being a general logging program, I'm not sure it makes sense for AC
Log, but I will give it some thought.

Enjoy!



73, Scott
N3FJP
http://www.n3fjp.com

Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general
logging software since 1997.

1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who
asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this
with gentleness and respect...




-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Williams wa6ctb@yahoo.com [N3FJP_Software_Users]
<N3FJP_Software_Users@yahoogroups.com>
To: n3fjp_software_users <n3fjp_software_users@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tue, Oct 27, 2015 7:27 pm
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Super Check Partial



Scott
It would be a nice addition to the General Log settings to add the
"Super Check Partial" feature to that and all your contest logs.


Thanks and good DX
Chuck
KI7DG




Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that
they look forward to the trip.– Winston Churchill
*:) happy








Re: Super Check Partial

Scott Davis
 

Hi Chuck,

Thanks for your e-mail.  Super Check Partial has existed in all my contest software for about a year now.  You'll find it in the Settings menu.  

Being a general logging program, I'm not sure it makes sense for AC Log, but I will give it some thought.

Enjoy!


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Williams wa6ctb@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: n3fjp_software_users
Sent: Tue, Oct 27, 2015 7:27 pm
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Super Check Partial

 
Scott
It would be a nice addition to the General Log settings to add the "Super Check Partial" feature to that and all your contest logs.

Thanks and good DX
Chuck
KI7DG
 


Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.– Winston Churchill




Super Check Partial

Charles Williams
 

Scott
It would be a nice addition to the General Log settings to add the "Super Check Partial" feature to that and all your contest logs.

Thanks and good DX
Chuck
KI7DG
 


Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.– Winston Churchill




Re: W6OI & ARRL Sweeps (compliments)

Scott Davis
 

Hi,

Thanks for your e-mail.  The SS and the 10 meter program capture different exchange elements, so you would not have the required exchange for contest submittal in the records you transferred by ADIF.

Thanks so much for your kind words on the software!


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: kc9uhh@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Mon, Oct 26, 2015 6:09 pm
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] W6OI & ARRL Sweeps (compliments)

 
I was hoping to sign up to be a station for 9-land for the 10-10 W6OI special event, but it's scheduled for the same weekend as ARRL Sweeps.
I wonder if when operating 10m, I could use the 10-10 QSO party log and then be able to import those into the ARRL Sweepstakes to include them in my submission?  Is there some way I could merge the two?

Also great thanks to Scott for his awesome software that I used (again) in the CQ-WW.  I can't believe I used to log contests by hand!  User-friendly, versatile and affordable!  I sing the software's praises to anyone who will listen! 


W6OI & ARRL Sweeps (compliments)

kc9uhh@...
 

I was hoping to sign up to be a station for 9-land for the 10-10 W6OI special event, but it's scheduled for the same weekend as ARRL Sweeps.

I wonder if when operating 10m, I could use the 10-10 QSO party log and then be able to import those into the ARRL Sweepstakes to include them in my submission?  Is there some way I could merge the two?


Also great thanks to Scott for his awesome software that I used (again) in the CQ-WW.  I can't believe I used to log contests by hand!  User-friendly, versatile and affordable!  I sing the software's praises to anyone who will listen! 


Re: Antennas [was CQWW DX]

Mike Clark
 

Correct call, found why I didn't see it, had partial checker over the top of the dupe box :}

Mike

On Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 9:40 PM, Scott & Kimberly Davis SNKDavis@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...> wrote:
 

Thanks for the Q Mike!  No problem on the name.  You should see my name come up, so make sure my call is correct!  :)


I had a blast!  Looking forward to the next one!

Thanks for your kind words on the software!


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: m0zdz.mike@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
To: N3FJP_Software_Users <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
Sent: Mon, Oct 26, 2015 4:37 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Antennas [was CQWW DX]

 
Hi Scott,
nice to work you over the weekend. recognised the called but sadly called you Stewart in the heat of action, sorry about that. Didnt come up on the screen as previous editions.

Program worked faultlessly as normal, entered SO HP (400w is our legal limit) 20M.
Ended with 2,045Q's 151Multi's (119/32) with 566,854 claimed score less adjustments. All field day style out of the back of a van.

Hope you had fun.

Mike
M0ZDZ
G7Y



Re: Antennas [was CQWW DX]

Scott Davis
 

Thanks for the Q Mike!  No problem on the name.  You should see my name come up, so make sure my call is correct!  :)

I had a blast!  Looking forward to the next one!

Thanks for your kind words on the software!


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: m0zdz.mike@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Mon, Oct 26, 2015 4:37 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Antennas [was CQWW DX]

 
Hi Scott,
nice to work you over the weekend. recognised the called but sadly called you Stewart in the heat of action, sorry about that. Didnt come up on the screen as previous editions.

Program worked faultlessly as normal, entered SO HP (400w is our legal limit) 20M.
Ended with 2,045Q's 151Multi's (119/32) with 566,854 claimed score less adjustments. All field day style out of the back of a van.

Hope you had fun.

Mike
M0ZDZ
G7Y


Re: Antennas [was CQWW DX]

Mike Clark
 

Hi Scott,
nice to work you over the weekend. recognised the called but sadly called you Stewart in the heat of action, sorry about that. Didnt come up on the screen as previous editions.

Program worked faultlessly as normal, entered SO HP (400w is our legal limit) 20M.
Ended with 2,045Q's 151Multi's (119/32) with 566,854 claimed score less adjustments. All field day style out of the back of a van.

Hope you had fun.

Mike
M0ZDZ
G7Y


Re: Converting ACL to Cabrillo format

Scott Davis
 

Hi Ed,

Thanks for your e-mail.  You'll find that FAQ here:

Can I use AC Log to create a Cabrillo file for contest submission?

73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: sunset392@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Mon, Oct 26, 2015 4:02 pm
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Converting ACL to Cabrillo format

 
Hi Scott and the group,

I have a need to convert a AC Log file to a Cabrillo format and can not figure out how to accomplish this.  Can it be done, and if so how?

Thanks for the assistance,

de KN4KL ed


Converting ACL to Cabrillo format

Ed Williams
 

Hi Scott and the group,


I have a need to convert a AC Log file to a Cabrillo format and can not figure out how to accomplish this.  Can it be done, and if so how?


Thanks for the assistance,


de KN4KL ed


Re: Antennas [was CQWW DX]

Scott Davis
 

Hi Chris,

We were both running 500 watts. Gary was using an inverted Vee with the apex at about 60 feet.  I was using a sloper.  The high end of my sloper is about 70 feet, but the low end is only about 10 feet (it REALLY slopes).


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: nu1oscar@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Mon, Oct 26, 2015 2:15 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Antennas [was CQWW DX]

 
Scott,
 
What was your friend using on 40 meters when I worked you guys on 10/19?  My log shows you at 59 +20 and WC3N at 59+30.  Were you two using the same power?
 
73,
 
Chris  NU1O
 
In a message dated 10/26/2015 6:28:25 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, N3FJP_Software_Users@... writes:
 
Hi Bob,

I don't have any experience with OCF dipoles.  I can tell you that the combination of my two antenna sets of traditional dipoles, each at 6/10 of a wavelength high and delta loops (which also work well - about as the same as dipoles) at 90 degree from each other continue to perform fine (http://www.n3fjp.com/antennas/index.html).  Another local ham, Gary, WC3N, who has a hex beam and I have done a lot of comparative testing.  In most cases I'm 1/2 - 1 S unit lower than the beam, which is about the 3 - 6 db you would expect.  

During this past weekend's CQ WW SSB, I wound up with 733 Qs, while my hex beam buddy worked 927.  This is not a direct comparison of a hex beam to dipoles as we were not operating at 100% identical times, but subjectively I think it is pretty reflective of how they compare.  I could work just about all the stations that Gary could, but on the random occurrences where we both happened to call a station at the same time, Gary got through before me almost every time.  Spending time breaking pile ups is a QSO rate killer and the primary reason for the hex beam's better result.

The article below well covers what we are experiencing here.  I'm overcoming a good bit of the dipole nulls the article discusses with my two sets of antennas at 90 degrees.  That all said, Lord willing, I may put up a hex beam next year for that additional S unit.  We will see...

From:


Hexagonal beam vs Dipole

How does the hexagonal beam compare with a dipole?
The dipole is actually a pretty good antenna. You can build one with very little expertise and only a few dollars, using trees as masts. They perform well in many cases and for the low frequency bands such as 80, 40 and 30 meters, they are not competing with directional antennas so everybody can be on a level playing field. Get an amplifier and become the big signal on your 75 meter net.
How about for DX and the bands above 30 meters? Well, the dipole still is a good performer and is even easier to install because it doesn’t take a large lot to put one up. Plus, you can get a respectable takeoff angle for good skip with a dipole at only 40 feet or so. When stations are broadside to the dipole, the dipole performs only slightly less than a hexagonal beam. The hexagonal beam has gain of about 3 dB over a dipole when the target is broadside to the dipole as shown on the azimuthal radiation pattern chart to the right. The Blue trace is the dipole pattern and the red trace is the hex. So if a DX station (shown North in this example) is broadside to the dipole, the dipole station is going to break the pileup about as well as the hex. So the dipole really does a decent job in some directions.
But what about a station that is off the end of the dipole (east in this example)? Well, this is a different story altogether and shows the big advantage of a hex. The hex just turns east toward the DX target and you can see the difference on the chart below. Now the dipole has a 10 dB disadvantage or about 1/10 of the signal that the hex has. This is the most obvious advantage of a directional antenna. But that’s not all.
The dipole station while sending a signal only 1/10 of the hex signal, is receiving signals from stations north and south that it really has no interest in. This is QRM big time. So the dipole station has troublehearing the DX station because the DX signal is down 10 dB compared to how the hex station is hearing it and on top of that the dipole station is getting all that QRM from unwanted stations. Notice that the hex is not getting this unwanted QRM because the hex suppresses reception from unwanted directions.
These two factors, directionality and back/side signal suppression are what make the hex a huge winner over a dipole in most instances. Again when broadside, the dipole does a respectable job but because it can’t be rotated, more times than not it has a big handicap in snagging the DX. This limitation of the dipole is generally the case for any fixed wire antennas such as G5RV’s, doublets, windoms or whatever.




73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert rit001@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
To: N3FJP_Software_Users <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
Sent: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 1:52 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
Scott good morning,

Just viewed you video on antennas, very helpful thank you. I'm using a Windom OCF antenna up about 20'. Your thoughts. 

73 Bob
WA6MBL



On Oct 25, 2015, at 2:02 AM, Scott & Kimberly Davis SNKDavis@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...> wrote:

 
Thanks Larry,

I was up to about 300 Qs as of 2:00 PM eastern yesterday with my dipoles and loops (http://www.n3fjp.com/antennas/index.html) but then we got some unexpected, (but delightful) company, who stayed the rest of the day.  Conditions are GREAT!!!!  Getting ready to get cranked back up now!

Bill, there isn't a way to show reverse path at this time.

Have fun all!


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: 'Larry Stowell' lclarks@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
To: N3FJP_Software_Users <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
Sent: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 4:36 am
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
Thanks Scott
 
I am enjoying!!
 
73 Larry K1ZW
 
Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2015 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX
 


Hi Larry,
 
CTRL+Shift+C Display Bearing as compass heading

Enjoy!
 
 
73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: lclarks@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
To: N3FJP_Software_Users <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
Sent: Sat, Oct 24, 2015 7:26 pm
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
I know I'm missing something simple. I don't see how I change the bearing from compass to degrees?
I know where it is in ACLog appearance and my othe contest programs came up with  degrees.
 
73 Larry K1ZW


Re: ACLog eQSL and "S Conf By" update

Scott Davis
 

Hi John,

Thanks for your e-mail.  Muti select the records you wish to mark.  Then, from the menu options click Edit > Mark Selected Records as QSL Sent.  You will have the opportunity to specify E.

Enjoy!


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: jhhuber@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Mon, Oct 26, 2015 1:59 pm
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] ACLog eQSL and "S Conf By" update

 
Hello Group,

I've not been able to find an answer by searching, so I'll try by asking :-)

When I upload contacts to eQSL via ACLog (using the "selected records" button), the records are marked with an "E" in the "S Conf By" field.

When I have uploaded a big batch of contacts to eQSL(via the eQSL website) after a contest (using the same ADIF file I import into ACLog), and followup with an ACLog "Download All Since", the "E" does NOT show up in my log (like the L shows up for LotW after a "Download All Since").

Am I missing a step, or is there a way to get the E in "S Conf by" for eQSL records NOT uploaded directly from ACLog?

Thanks es 73,

John / N8FYL 


Re: Antennas [was CQWW DX]

Christopher Scibelli
 

Scott,
 
What was your friend using on 40 meters when I worked you guys on 10/19?  My log shows you at 59 +20 and WC3N at 59+30.  Were you two using the same power?
 
73,
 
Chris  NU1O
 

In a message dated 10/26/2015 6:28:25 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, N3FJP_Software_Users@... writes:
 

Hi Bob,


I don't have any experience with OCF dipoles.  I can tell you that the combination of my two antenna sets of traditional dipoles, each at 6/10 of a wavelength high and delta loops (which also work well - about as the same as dipoles) at 90 degree from each other continue to perform fine (http://www.n3fjp.com/antennas/index.html).  Another local ham, Gary, WC3N, who has a hex beam and I have done a lot of comparative testing.  In most cases I'm 1/2 - 1 S unit lower than the beam, which is about the 3 - 6 db you would expect.  

During this past weekend's CQ WW SSB, I wound up with 733 Qs, while my hex beam buddy worked 927.  This is not a direct comparison of a hex beam to dipoles as we were not operating at 100% identical times, but subjectively I think it is pretty reflective of how they compare.  I could work just about all the stations that Gary could, but on the random occurrences where we both happened to call a station at the same time, Gary got through before me almost every time.  Spending time breaking pile ups is a QSO rate killer and the primary reason for the hex beam's better result.

The article below well covers what we are experiencing here.  I'm overcoming a good bit of the dipole nulls the article discusses with my two sets of antennas at 90 degrees.  That all said, Lord willing, I may put up a hex beam next year for that additional S unit.  We will see...

From:

http://www.k4kio.com/hexagonal-beam-compared-with-a-dipole/

Hexagonal beam vs Dipole

How does the hexagonal beam compare with a dipole?
The dipole is actually a pretty good antenna. You can build one with very little expertise and only a few dollars, using trees as masts. They perform well in many cases and for the low frequency bands such as 80, 40 and 30 meters, they are not competing with directional antennas so everybody can be on a level playing field. Get an amplifier and become the big signal on your 75 meter net.
How about for DX and the bands above 30 meters? Well, the dipole still is a good performer and is even easier to install because it doesn’t take a large lot to put one up. Plus, you can get a respectable takeoff angle for good skip with a dipole at only 40 feet or so. When stations are broadside to the dipole, the dipole performs only slightly less than a hexagonal beam. The hexagonal beam has gain of about 3 dB over a dipole when the target is broadside to the dipole as shown on the azimuthal radiation pattern chart to the right. The Blue trace is the dipole pattern and the red trace is the hex. So if a DX station (shown North in this example) is broadside to the dipole, the dipole station is going to break the pileup about as well as the hex. So the dipole really does a decent job in some directions.
But what about a station that is off the end of the dipole (east in this example)? Well, this is a different story altogether and shows the big advantage of a hex. The hex just turns east toward the DX target and you can see the difference on the chart below. Now the dipole has a 10 dB disadvantage or about 1/10 of the signal that the hex has. This is the most obvious advantage of a directional antenna. But that’s not all.
The dipole station while sending a signal only 1/10 of the hex signal, is receiving signals from stations north and south that it really has no interest in. This is QRM big time. So the dipole station has troublehearing the DX station because the DX signal is down 10 dB compared to how the hex station is hearing it and on top of that the dipole station is getting all that QRM from unwanted stations. Notice that the hex is not getting this unwanted QRM because the hex suppresses reception from unwanted directions.
These two factors, directionality and back/side signal suppression are what make the hex a huge winner over a dipole in most instances. Again when broadside, the dipole does a respectable job but because it can’t be rotated, more times than not it has a big handicap in snagging the DX. This limitation of the dipole is generally the case for any fixed wire antennas such as G5RV’s, doublets, windoms or whatever.




73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert rit001@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 1:52 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
Scott good morning,

Just viewed you video on antennas, very helpful thank you. I'm using a Windom OCF antenna up about 20'. Your thoughts. 

73 Bob
WA6MBL



On Oct 25, 2015, at 2:02 AM, Scott & Kimberly Davis SNKDavis@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...> wrote:

 
Thanks Larry,

I was up to about 300 Qs as of 2:00 PM eastern yesterday with my dipoles and loops (http://www.n3fjp.com/antennas/index.html) but then we got some unexpected, (but delightful) company, who stayed the rest of the day.  Conditions are GREAT!!!!  Getting ready to get cranked back up now!

Bill, there isn't a way to show reverse path at this time.

Have fun all!


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: 'Larry Stowell' lclarks@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
To: N3FJP_Software_Users <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
Sent: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 4:36 am
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
Thanks Scott
 
I am enjoying!!
 
73 Larry K1ZW
 
Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2015 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX
 


Hi Larry,
 
CTRL+Shift+C Display Bearing as compass heading

Enjoy!
 
 
73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: lclarks@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
To: N3FJP_Software_Users <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
Sent: Sat, Oct 24, 2015 7:26 pm
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
I know I'm missing something simple. I don't see how I change the bearing from compass to degrees?
I know where it is in ACLog appearance and my othe contest programs came up with  degrees.
 
73 Larry K1ZW


ACLog eQSL and "S Conf By" update

John Huber
 

Hello Group,

I've not been able to find an answer by searching, so I'll try by asking :-)

When I upload contacts to eQSL via ACLog (using the "selected records" button), the records are marked with an "E" in the "S Conf By" field.

When I have uploaded a big batch of contacts to eQSL(via the eQSL website) after a contest (using the same ADIF file I import into ACLog), and followup with an ACLog "Download All Since", the "E" does NOT show up in my log (like the L shows up for LotW after a "Download All Since").

Am I missing a step, or is there a way to get the E in "S Conf by" for eQSL records NOT uploaded directly from ACLog?

Thanks es 73,

John / N8FYL 



Re: Antennas [was CQWW DX]

Scott Davis
 


Thanks so much for your very kind words Bob!

Enjoy!


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Tucker rit001@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Mon, Oct 26, 2015 12:20 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Antennas [was CQWW DX]

 
Hi Scott,

Thanks for the information. Unfortunately in this area would not be able to put up a hex beam. I may try to add height to the dipole and see if that helps.

I know you get some crazy emails about ACLOG but let me tell you that after spending 100's of dollars on other programs yours is the best. I use it all the time and have never had a problem. If people would just refer to the manual and watch the videos you have supplied, your life would be a lot easier. Please keep up the great work, and thanks again for all your help. I look to you as my ELMER.

73 WA6MBL
Bob

 

From: "Scott & Kimberly Davis SNKDavis@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]" <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
To: N3FJP_Software_Users@...
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2015 3:28 AM
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Antennas [was CQWW DX]

 
Hi Bob,

I don't have any experience with OCF dipoles.  I can tell you that the combination of my two antenna sets of traditional dipoles, each at 6/10 of a wavelength high and delta loops (which also work well - about as the same as dipoles) at 90 degree from each other continue to perform fine (http://www.n3fjp.com/antennas/index.html).  Another local ham, Gary, WC3N, who has a hex beam and I have done a lot of comparative testing.  In most cases I'm 1/2 - 1 S unit lower than the beam, which is about the 3 - 6 db you would expect.  

During this past weekend's CQ WW SSB, I wound up with 733 Qs, while my hex beam buddy worked 927.  This is not a direct comparison of a hex beam to dipoles as we were not operating at 100% identical times, but subjectively I think it is pretty reflective of how they compare.  I could work just about all the stations that Gary could, but on the random occurrences where we both happened to call a station at the same time, Gary got through before me almost every time.  Spending time breaking pile ups is a QSO rate killer and the primary reason for the hex beam's better result.

The article below well covers what we are experiencing here.  I'm overcoming a good bit of the dipole nulls the article discusses with my two sets of antennas at 90 degrees.  That all said, Lord willing, I may put up a hex beam next year for that additional S unit.  We will see...

From:


Hexagonal beam vs Dipole

Posted by: Leo Shoemaker April 19, 2015 in Hex Ed. Leave a comment
How does the hexagonal beam compare with a dipole?
The dipole is actually a pretty good antenna. You can build one with very little expertise and only a few dollars, using trees as masts. They perform well in many cases and for the low frequency bands such as 80, 40 and 30 meters, they are not competing with directional antennas so everybody can be on a level playing field. Get an amplifier and become the big signal on your 75 meter net.
How about for DX and the bands above 30 meters? Well, the dipole still is a good performer and is even easier to install because it doesn’t take a large lot to put one up. Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 5.20.08 PMPlus, you can get a respectable takeoff angle for good skip with a dipole at only 40 feet or so. When stations are broadside to the dipole, the dipole performs only slightly less than a hexagonal beam. The hexagonal beam has gain of about 3 dB over a dipole when the target is broadside to the dipole as shown on the azimuthal radiation pattern chart to the right. The Blue trace is the dipole pattern and the red trace is the hex. So if a DX station (shown North in this example) is broadside to the dipole, the dipole station is going to break the pileup about as well as the hex. So the dipole really does a decent job in some directions.
But what about a station that is off the end of the dipole (east in this example)? Well, this is a different story altogether and shows the big advantage of a hex. The hex just turns east toward the DX target and you can see the difference on the chart below. Now the dipole has a 10 dB disadvantage or about 1/10 of the signal that the hex has. This is the most obvious advantage of a directional antenna. But that’s not all.
The dipole station while sending a signal only 1/10 of the hex signal, is receiving signals from stations north and south that it really has no interest in. This is QRM big time. So the dipole station has troubleScreen Shot 2014-06-27 at 4.51.43 PMhearing the DX station because the DX signal is down 10 dB compared to how the hex station is hearing it and on top of that the dipole station is getting all that QRM from unwanted stations. Notice that the hex is not getting this unwanted QRM because the hex suppresses reception from unwanted directions.
These two factors, directionality and back/side signal suppression are what make the hex a huge winner over a dipole in most instances. Again when broadside, the dipole does a respectable job but because it can’t be rotated, more times than not it has a big handicap in snagging the DX. This limitation of the dipole is generally the case for any fixed wire antennas such as G5RV’s, doublets, windoms or whatever.




73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 




-----Original Message-----
From: Robert rit001@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
To: N3FJP_Software_Users <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
Sent: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 1:52 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
Scott good morning,

Just viewed you video on antennas, very helpful thank you. I'm using a Windom OCF antenna up about 20'. Your thoughts. 

73 Bob
WA6MBL



On Oct 25, 2015, at 2:02 AM, Scott & Kimberly Davis SNKDavis@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...> wrote:

 
Thanks Larry,

I was up to about 300 Qs as of 2:00 PM eastern yesterday with my dipoles and loops (http://www.n3fjp.com/antennas/index.html) but then we got some unexpected, (but delightful) company, who stayed the rest of the day.  Conditions are GREAT!!!!  Getting ready to get cranked back up now!

Bill, there isn't a way to show reverse path at this time.

Have fun all!


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: 'Larry Stowell' lclarks@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
To: N3FJP_Software_Users <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
Sent: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 4:36 am
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
Thanks Scott
 
I am enjoying!!
 
73 Larry K1ZW
 
Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2015 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX
 


Hi Larry,
 
CTRL+Shift+C Display Bearing as compass heading

Enjoy!
 
 
73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: lclarks@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
To: N3FJP_Software_Users <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
Sent: Sat, Oct 24, 2015 7:26 pm
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
I know I'm missing something simple. I don't see how I change the bearing from compass to degrees?
I know where it is in ACLog appearance and my othe contest programs came up with  degrees.
 
73 Larry K1ZW



Re: Antennas [was CQWW DX]

Robert
 

Hi Scott,

Thanks for the information. Unfortunately in this area would not be able to put up a hex beam. I may try to add height to the dipole and see if that helps.

I know you get some crazy emails about ACLOG but let me tell you that after spending 100's of dollars on other programs yours is the best. I use it all the time and have never had a problem. If people would just refer to the manual and watch the videos you have supplied, your life would be a lot easier. Please keep up the great work, and thanks again for all your help. I look to you as my ELMER.

73 WA6MBL
Bob

 


From: "Scott & Kimberly Davis SNKDavis@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]"
To: N3FJP_Software_Users@...
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2015 3:28 AM
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Antennas [was CQWW DX]

 
Hi Bob,

I don't have any experience with OCF dipoles.  I can tell you that the combination of my two antenna sets of traditional dipoles, each at 6/10 of a wavelength high and delta loops (which also work well - about as the same as dipoles) at 90 degree from each other continue to perform fine (http://www.n3fjp.com/antennas/index.html).  Another local ham, Gary, WC3N, who has a hex beam and I have done a lot of comparative testing.  In most cases I'm 1/2 - 1 S unit lower than the beam, which is about the 3 - 6 db you would expect.  

During this past weekend's CQ WW SSB, I wound up with 733 Qs, while my hex beam buddy worked 927.  This is not a direct comparison of a hex beam to dipoles as we were not operating at 100% identical times, but subjectively I think it is pretty reflective of how they compare.  I could work just about all the stations that Gary could, but on the random occurrences where we both happened to call a station at the same time, Gary got through before me almost every time.  Spending time breaking pile ups is a QSO rate killer and the primary reason for the hex beam's better result.

The article below well covers what we are experiencing here.  I'm overcoming a good bit of the dipole nulls the article discusses with my two sets of antennas at 90 degrees.  That all said, Lord willing, I may put up a hex beam next year for that additional S unit.  We will see...

From:

http://www.k4kio.com/hexagonal-beam-compared-with-a-dipole/

Hexagonal beam vs Dipole

Posted by: Leo Shoemaker April 19, 2015 in Hex Ed. Leave a comment
How does the hexagonal beam compare with a dipole?
The dipole is actually a pretty good antenna. You can build one with very little expertise and only a few dollars, using trees as masts. They perform well in many cases and for the low frequency bands such as 80, 40 and 30 meters, they are not competing with directional antennas so everybody can be on a level playing field. Get an amplifier and become the big signal on your 75 meter net.
How about for DX and the bands above 30 meters? Well, the dipole still is a good performer and is even easier to install because it doesn’t take a large lot to put one up. Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 5.20.08 PMPlus, you can get a respectable takeoff angle for good skip with a dipole at only 40 feet or so. When stations are broadside to the dipole, the dipole performs only slightly less than a hexagonal beam. The hexagonal beam has gain of about 3 dB over a dipole when the target is broadside to the dipole as shown on the azimuthal radiation pattern chart to the right. The Blue trace is the dipole pattern and the red trace is the hex. So if a DX station (shown North in this example) is broadside to the dipole, the dipole station is going to break the pileup about as well as the hex. So the dipole really does a decent job in some directions.
But what about a station that is off the end of the dipole (east in this example)? Well, this is a different story altogether and shows the big advantage of a hex. The hex just turns east toward the DX target and you can see the difference on the chart below. Now the dipole has a 10 dB disadvantage or about 1/10 of the signal that the hex has. This is the most obvious advantage of a directional antenna. But that’s not all.
The dipole station while sending a signal only 1/10 of the hex signal, is receiving signals from stations north and south that it really has no interest in. This is QRM big time. So the dipole station has troubleScreen Shot 2014-06-27 at 4.51.43 PMhearing the DX station because the DX signal is down 10 dB compared to how the hex station is hearing it and on top of that the dipole station is getting all that QRM from unwanted stations. Notice that the hex is not getting this unwanted QRM because the hex suppresses reception from unwanted directions.
These two factors, directionality and back/side signal suppression are what make the hex a huge winner over a dipole in most instances. Again when broadside, the dipole does a respectable job but because it can’t be rotated, more times than not it has a big handicap in snagging the DX. This limitation of the dipole is generally the case for any fixed wire antennas such as G5RV’s, doublets, windoms or whatever.




73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 




-----Original Message-----
From: Robert rit001@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 1:52 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
Scott good morning,

Just viewed you video on antennas, very helpful thank you. I'm using a Windom OCF antenna up about 20'. Your thoughts. 

73 Bob
WA6MBL



On Oct 25, 2015, at 2:02 AM, Scott & Kimberly Davis SNKDavis@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...> wrote:

 
Thanks Larry,

I was up to about 300 Qs as of 2:00 PM eastern yesterday with my dipoles and loops (http://www.n3fjp.com/antennas/index.html) but then we got some unexpected, (but delightful) company, who stayed the rest of the day.  Conditions are GREAT!!!!  Getting ready to get cranked back up now!

Bill, there isn't a way to show reverse path at this time.

Have fun all!


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: 'Larry Stowell' lclarks@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
To: N3FJP_Software_Users <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
Sent: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 4:36 am
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
Thanks Scott
 
I am enjoying!!
 
73 Larry K1ZW
 
Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2015 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX
 


Hi Larry,
 
CTRL+Shift+C Display Bearing as compass heading

Enjoy!
 
 
73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: lclarks@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
To: N3FJP_Software_Users <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
Sent: Sat, Oct 24, 2015 7:26 pm
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
I know I'm missing something simple. I don't see how I change the bearing from compass to degrees?
I know where it is in ACLog appearance and my othe contest programs came up with  degrees.
 
73 Larry K1ZW



Re: Antennas [was CQWW DX]

Scott Davis
 

Hi Bob,

I don't have any experience with OCF dipoles.  I can tell you that the combination of my two antenna sets of traditional dipoles, each at 6/10 of a wavelength high and delta loops (which also work well - about as the same as dipoles) at 90 degree from each other continue to perform fine (http://www.n3fjp.com/antennas/index.html).  Another local ham, Gary, WC3N, who has a hex beam and I have done a lot of comparative testing.  In most cases I'm 1/2 - 1 S unit lower than the beam, which is about the 3 - 6 db you would expect.  

During this past weekend's CQ WW SSB, I wound up with 733 Qs, while my hex beam buddy worked 927.  This is not a direct comparison of a hex beam to dipoles as we were not operating at 100% identical times, but subjectively I think it is pretty reflective of how they compare.  I could work just about all the stations that Gary could, but on the random occurrences where we both happened to call a station at the same time, Gary got through before me almost every time.  Spending time breaking pile ups is a QSO rate killer and the primary reason for the hex beam's better result.

The article below well covers what we are experiencing here.  I'm overcoming a good bit of the dipole nulls the article discusses with my two sets of antennas at 90 degrees.  That all said, Lord willing, I may put up a hex beam next year for that additional S unit.  We will see...

From:

http://www.k4kio.com/hexagonal-beam-compared-with-a-dipole/

Hexagonal beam vs Dipole

How does the hexagonal beam compare with a dipole?
The dipole is actually a pretty good antenna. You can build one with very little expertise and only a few dollars, using trees as masts. They perform well in many cases and for the low frequency bands such as 80, 40 and 30 meters, they are not competing with directional antennas so everybody can be on a level playing field. Get an amplifier and become the big signal on your 75 meter net.
How about for DX and the bands above 30 meters? Well, the dipole still is a good performer and is even easier to install because it doesn’t take a large lot to put one up. Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 5.20.08 PMPlus, you can get a respectable takeoff angle for good skip with a dipole at only 40 feet or so. When stations are broadside to the dipole, the dipole performs only slightly less than a hexagonal beam. The hexagonal beam has gain of about 3 dB over a dipole when the target is broadside to the dipole as shown on the azimuthal radiation pattern chart to the right. The Blue trace is the dipole pattern and the red trace is the hex. So if a DX station (shown North in this example) is broadside to the dipole, the dipole station is going to break the pileup about as well as the hex. So the dipole really does a decent job in some directions.
But what about a station that is off the end of the dipole (east in this example)? Well, this is a different story altogether and shows the big advantage of a hex. The hex just turns east toward the DX target and you can see the difference on the chart below. Now the dipole has a 10 dB disadvantage or about 1/10 of the signal that the hex has. This is the most obvious advantage of a directional antenna. But that’s not all.
The dipole station while sending a signal only 1/10 of the hex signal, is receiving signals from stations north and south that it really has no interest in. This is QRM big time. So the dipole station has troubleScreen Shot 2014-06-27 at 4.51.43 PMhearing the DX station because the DX signal is down 10 dB compared to how the hex station is hearing it and on top of that the dipole station is getting all that QRM from unwanted stations. Notice that the hex is not getting this unwanted QRM because the hex suppresses reception from unwanted directions.
These two factors, directionality and back/side signal suppression are what make the hex a huge winner over a dipole in most instances. Again when broadside, the dipole does a respectable job but because it can’t be rotated, more times than not it has a big handicap in snagging the DX. This limitation of the dipole is generally the case for any fixed wire antennas such as G5RV’s, doublets, windoms or whatever.




73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert rit001@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 1:52 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
Scott good morning,

Just viewed you video on antennas, very helpful thank you. I'm using a Windom OCF antenna up about 20'. Your thoughts. 

73 Bob
WA6MBL



On Oct 25, 2015, at 2:02 AM, Scott & Kimberly Davis SNKDavis@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...> wrote:

 
Thanks Larry,

I was up to about 300 Qs as of 2:00 PM eastern yesterday with my dipoles and loops (http://www.n3fjp.com/antennas/index.html) but then we got some unexpected, (but delightful) company, who stayed the rest of the day.  Conditions are GREAT!!!!  Getting ready to get cranked back up now!

Bill, there isn't a way to show reverse path at this time.

Have fun all!


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: 'Larry Stowell' lclarks@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
To: N3FJP_Software_Users <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
Sent: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 4:36 am
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
Thanks Scott
 
I am enjoying!!
 
73 Larry K1ZW
 
Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2015 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX
 


Hi Larry,
 
CTRL+Shift+C Display Bearing as compass heading

Enjoy!
 
 
73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: lclarks@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
To: N3FJP_Software_Users <N3FJP_Software_Users@...>
Sent: Sat, Oct 24, 2015 7:26 pm
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] CQWW DX

 
I know I'm missing something simple. I don't see how I change the bearing from compass to degrees?
I know where it is in ACLog appearance and my othe contest programs came up with  degrees.
 
73 Larry K1ZW


Re: Printing Address Labels Problem

Scott Davis
 

Hi George,

Thanks for your follow up.  The current version of AC Log is 5.3, but there hasn't been any changes to the sections of code you are referring to in quite some time.


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: George K4GM k4gm@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 7:48 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Printing Address Labels Problem

 
Thanks, Scott.  I will double check with QRZ.com but I think I am ok.   What is the most recent beta version of ACLog?

On 10/25/2015 6:45 PM, Scott & Kimberly Davis SNKDavis@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] wrote:
 
Hi George,

Thanks for your e-mail.  I'm sorry that you are having trouble.  Make sure the addresses you are seeing when you tab are not saved from previous contacts.  I can't think of any scenario where actual retrieved data would appear in one place but not the other.  The most likely explanation is your subscription has expired.


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: George K4GM k4gm@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 4:53 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Printing Address Labels Problem

 
That's not it , Pat.   I am logged in because ACLog pulls in all  the QRZ.com info when I tab from the call sign in the log. Also I verified that I am able to login to QRZ.com just fine.   I am logged in and my subscription is still valid. 

George K4GM

On 10/25/2015 2:48 PM, 'Pat Whelton' pwhelton@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] wrote:
 
George.  It sounds like either 1. you are not logged on or 2. your subscription has expired.
 
73,
 
Pat - KZ5J
 
Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2015 1:21 PM
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Printing Address Labels Problem
 
 
When I import an address from QRZ.com to print an address label, the
import omits the street and the zip code? Otherwise I can print a nice
label. Using version ACLog 5.3. What am I doing wrong???? FWIW the
QSL strips print fine.

George K4GM



Re: CQWW DX

Richards
 

Can you get that OCF dipole any higher?   Can you orient it so the stations you want most lie broadside to its course?   Is your transmission line oriented at a strict 90 degree perpendicular from the dipole elements?  Do you have an effective common mode choke on the  feed line?  I have been closely following, and occasionaly participating in a research project by a a German antenna engineer measuring the effects of CMC on OCF dipoles, which are particularly subject to the same.  Little things, like allowing the feed line to favor one side or the other can increase CMC and alter SWR, etc.   It being so close to the ground, you are not getting the best reflections off the near field earth surface, and more.   The ARRL Antenna Book has some helpful info on this, and a super good publications is the monograph entitled  "Bibliothek 15 - Windom -und Stromsummen-Antennen" published by the German ham radio organization FunkAmateur.  

Just a few random thoughts on your low slung OCF dipole...  good luck.   It's all good.

------------------------------ James -K8JHR  ---------------------------