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Re: Logging during activations

KFF Coordinator
 

Hi Detrick, 

You should post this on the WWFF-KFF Facebook page and you will get a bunch of responses as many seem to do it their own way. Many people prefer the free FLE software which has a template for WWFF. I could never get the hang of that so I use Amateur Contact Log by N3FJP. I also modify the screen layout and add the fields for WWFF and P2P calls. Their is a tutorial for that in the Files section of the WWFF-KFF Facebook page. 

FLE is popular because it is free (ACL is $25 for all lifetime updates) and because it puts out a basic ADIF that fulfills the WWFF log expectations. I think you still have to add the files for P2P but I am not sure. If you are interested in FLE I recommend you contact KA9JAC. His email is on the WWFF-KFF.org page as one of the upload people.

These are just a few that are used out there. 

73/44
Kraig

Re: Logging during activations

Norm Meyers N9MM
 

I agree with Kraig that a great place for this question is the WWFF-KFF FB Page. Perhaps you could search history too.

From my memory, FLE is the most popular. It’s simple and cheap. I use a different solution however, which is why I’m responding. I use N1MM+ on a laptop. It too is free, and one of the most widely used software for contests and DXPeditions. It has lots of features, but there are two I find very, very helpful when Activating. First it has Partial Call Lookup. That’s uses a file that contains over 50,000 callsigns of active contest participants. So if you you copy KA2K, it will give you a list of active stations including KA2LHO. This is very helpful when working weak stations in QSB.

N1MM+ also has Call History files, which are user generated. I have one that has over 4000 unique callsigns of stations that I have worked. This list adds to the Partial Call Lookup, and enriched it with stations that are active but do not participate in contests. This file also includes names of many of these stations, so a can call people who work me by their name. I’m old and this is a great memory crutch, plus it allows me to be more friendly by calling stations by their operator’s names.

I can help you with N1MM+ and provide you with my Call History File if you decide to go that way. It’s more complex, but these features make it worth. Oh, it handles P2P too.

Norm, N9MM


From: WWFF-KFF@groups.io <WWFF-KFF@groups.io> on behalf of KFF Coordinator <kffcoordinator@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 6:10:54 AM
To: WWFF-KFF@groups.io
Subject: Re: [WWFF-KFF] Logging during activations
 
Hi Detrick, 

You should post this on the WWFF-KFF Facebook page and you will get a bunch of responses as many seem to do it their own way. Many people prefer the free FLE software which has a template for WWFF. I could never get the hang of that so I use Amateur Contact Log by N3FJP. I also modify the screen layout and add the fields for WWFF and P2P calls. Their is a tutorial for that in the Files section of the WWFF-KFF Facebook page. 

FLE is popular because it is free (ACL is $25 for all lifetime updates) and because it puts out a basic ADIF that fulfills the WWFF log expectations. I think you still have to add the files for P2P but I am not sure. If you are interested in FLE I recommend you contact KA9JAC. His email is on the WWFF-KFF.org page as one of the upload people.

These are just a few that are used out there. 

73/44
Kraig

Re: Logging during activations

Detrick Merz
 

I find it sad that most of the activity is on Facebook. For me, I won't use it. But it is what it is, and the world doesn't have to cater to me.

N1MM+, FLE, and ACL look good. I've used N1MM+ before, although I'm typically a mac user ... still, RUMlogNG could fill the same gap. I've never found it manageable to take a laptop with me though. Not that I haven't tried, but it's tough to keep them going for more than a few hours, and less if using them to run digital modes. Plus the screen can be very difficult to see in bright light. Somehow, I've never had an issue with a tablet in bright light, and can also usually get them to operate all day before they die. They're also cheap, small, and light enough that I'll bring a second tablet as a backup. This past Sunday that was quite useful as I tried out a new bluetooth keyboard and the first tablet didn't last as long as usual before its battery went flat. But the software options I've found on tablets so far leave me wanting something better.

73, 44,

-detrick
K4IZ

On Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 8:42 AM, Norm Meyers N9MM <norm42@...> wrote:
I agree with Kraig that a great place for this question is the WWFF-KFF FB Page. Perhaps you could search history too.

From my memory, FLE is the most popular. It’s simple and cheap. I use a different solution however, which is why I’m responding. I use N1MM+ on a laptop. It too is free, and one of the most widely used software for contests and DXPeditions. It has lots of features, but there are two I find very, very helpful when Activating. First it has Partial Call Lookup. That’s uses a file that contains over 50,000 callsigns of active contest participants. So if you you copy KA2K, it will give you a list of active stations including KA2LHO. This is very helpful when working weak stations in QSB.

N1MM+ also has Call History files, which are user generated. I have one that has over 4000 unique callsigns of stations that I have worked. This list adds to the Partial Call Lookup, and enriched it with stations that are active but do not participate in contests. This file also includes names of many of these stations, so a can call people who work me by their name. I’m old and this is a great memory crutch, plus it allows me to be more friendly by calling stations by their operator’s names.

I can help you with N1MM+ and provide you with my Call History File if you decide to go that way. It’s more complex, but these features make it worth. Oh, it handles P2P too.

Norm, N9MM


From: WWFF-KFF@groups.io <WWFF-KFF@groups.io> on behalf of KFF Coordinator <kffcoordinator@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 6:10:54 AM
To: WWFF-KFF@groups.io
Subject: Re: [WWFF-KFF] Logging during activations
 
Hi Detrick, 

You should post this on the WWFF-KFF Facebook page and you will get a bunch of responses as many seem to do it their own way. Many people prefer the free FLE software which has a template for WWFF. I could never get the hang of that so I use Amateur Contact Log by N3FJP. I also modify the screen layout and add the fields for WWFF and P2P calls. Their is a tutorial for that in the Files section of the WWFF-KFF Facebook page. 

FLE is popular because it is free (ACL is $25 for all lifetime updates) and because it puts out a basic ADIF that fulfills the WWFF log expectations. I think you still have to add the files for P2P but I am not sure. If you are interested in FLE I recommend you contact KA9JAC. His email is on the WWFF-KFF.org page as one of the upload people.

These are just a few that are used out there. 

73/44
Kraig


Re: Logging during activations

joe kallo N0MAP <quietglow@...>
 

On Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 06:11 am, Detrick Merz wrote:
I find it sad that most of the activity is on Facebook. For me, I won't use it. But it is what it is, and the world doesn't have to cater to me.
Agreed on this. It's unfortunate that so many groups have opted to go that route. There are some good arguments as to why this is a bad idea, but this isn't the place to discuss them I suppose.

I use a notebook with waterproof paper and a pencil in the field (pens don't work well at elevation nor in the very cold). Like you, my chicken scratch becomes more illegible as time passes from when I wrote it, so I transcribe as soon as I can. For creating electronic logs, I love FLE. It's very lightweight and fast. I'm also mostly a mac user, and I can report it runs VERY well using WINE. If you need any help getting it and/or WINE going on your machine, happy to help.

73,
Joe // N0MAP 

Re: Logging during activations

Matthew Stevens <matthew@...>
 

I typically just log on paper, and then enter everything into dxkeeper (or tqsl) after the fact.

+1 on facebook. I have an account solely to interact with groups like the wwff one. I'm not a FB fan at all, but I guess that is what it is!

73,

- Matthew nj4y
On 4/25/2018 9:23 AM, joe kallo N0MAP wrote:

On Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 06:11 am, Detrick Merz wrote:
I find it sad that most of the activity is on Facebook. For me, I won't use it. But it is what it is, and the world doesn't have to cater to me.
Agreed on this. It's unfortunate that so many groups have opted to go that route. There are some good arguments as to why this is a bad idea, but this isn't the place to discuss them I suppose.

I use a notebook with waterproof paper and a pencil in the field (pens don't work well at elevation nor in the very cold). Like you, my chicken scratch becomes more illegible as time passes from when I wrote it, so I transcribe as soon as I can. For creating electronic logs, I love FLE. It's very lightweight and fast. I'm also mostly a mac user, and I can report it runs VERY well using WINE. If you need any help getting it and/or WINE going on your machine, happy to help.

73,
Joe // N0MAP 

Re: Logging during activations

KFF Coordinator
 

No worries on FB. It is what it is.  I get all posts to this group sent to me as many others do so in a way it serves a similar purpose.

As you can see there are a variety of options that people use. I also have been using pen and paper prior to my recent transition to mobile (I do only mobile) logging via ACL.

ACL is a PC program so I don't know how it runs in the various pc operations available for Mac.

I did forget to mention that there is a WWFF template for HamLog that you might want to try before going elsewhere. 

Here the link to the article and the template for download:
https://www.n3vem.com/blog/wwff-logging-more-with-hamlog

My fingers just don't fit on my iphone screen trying to log but it might work well for you. 

The thing I love about this hobby and this WWFF-KFF group is that there are so many creative ways to solving problems and there is a good chance that somebody has been there, done that. 

73
Kraig

Re: Logging during activations

Wayne Robertson
 

Would somebody be so kind as to spot me on 14.2 44? Kff 1884



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: KFF Coordinator <kffcoordinator@...>
Date: 4/25/18 10:43 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: WWFF-KFF@groups.io
Subject: Re: [WWFF-KFF] Logging during activations

No worries on FB. It is what it is.  I get all posts to this group sent to me as many others do so in a way it serves a similar purpose.

As you can see there are a variety of options that people use. I also have been using pen and paper prior to my recent transition to mobile (I do only mobile) logging via ACL.

ACL is a PC program so I don't know how it runs in the various pc operations available for Mac.

I did forget to mention that there is a WWFF template for HamLog that you might want to try before going elsewhere. 

Here the link to the article and the template for download:
https://www.n3vem.com/blog/wwff-logging-more-with-hamlog

My fingers just don't fit on my iphone screen trying to log but it might work well for you. 

The thing I love about this hobby and this WWFF-KFF group is that there are so many creative ways to solving problems and there is a good chance that somebody has been there, done that. 

73
Kraig

Re: Logging during activations

Norm Meyers N9MM
 

Your call?

 

 

From: WWFF-KFF@groups.io <WWFF-KFF@groups.io> On Behalf Of Wayne Robertson
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 9:59 AM
To: WWFF-KFF@groups.io
Subject: Re: [WWFF-KFF] Logging during activations

 

Would somebody be so kind as to spot me on 14.2 44? Kff 1884

 

 

 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

 

-------- Original message --------

From: KFF Coordinator <kffcoordinator@...>

Date: 4/25/18 10:43 AM (GMT-05:00)

Subject: Re: [WWFF-KFF] Logging during activations

 

No worries on FB. It is what it is.  I get all posts to this group sent to me as many others do so in a way it serves a similar purpose.

As you can see there are a variety of options that people use. I also have been using pen and paper prior to my recent transition to mobile (I do only mobile) logging via ACL.

ACL is a PC program so I don't know how it runs in the various pc operations available for Mac.

I did forget to mention that there is a WWFF template for HamLog that you might want to try before going elsewhere. 

Here the link to the article and the template for download:
https://www.n3vem.com/blog/wwff-logging-more-with-hamlog

My fingers just don't fit on my iphone screen trying to log but it might work well for you. 

The thing I love about this hobby and this WWFF-KFF group is that there are so many creative ways to solving problems and there is a good chance that somebody has been there, done that. 

73
Kraig

Rainbow Springs Activation (KFF-1912) April 30th

Matthew Stevens <matt@...>
 

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Activation
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2018 18:11:24 -0400
From: Terry Sidelinker <kk1tls.fl@...>
To: activations@...



Last minute decision...Packing... KK1TLS will be headed to
Rainbow Springs State Park (KFF-1912)
Dunnellon, Florida Marion County
Monday, April 30 around 16:00 Z to 20:30 Z
Most likely 20 Meters SSB, possibly 40. Will post all details and spot as it happens. Again, depends on health Monday (I never know what the next day brings). Hope to hear someone!

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On Learning Humility; An Evening with Bugs in Florida

Wayne Robertson
 

You might enjoy this yarn at www.hamdom.com

Re: On Learning Humility; An Evening with Bugs in Florida

Detrick Merz
 

A good read, thanks. I was left with a few questions:

Power? Mode(s)? Radio?

73, 44,

-detrick
K4IZ

On Tue, May 1, 2018, 12:42 Wayne Robertson <k4wk@...> wrote:
You might enjoy this yarn at www.hamdom.com

Re: On Learning Humility; An Evening with Bugs in Florida

Wayne Robertson
 

Good questions: 100 watts, SSB on 14 (got zero) and 7 Mhz, Icom 706 MarkII.  Antenna a Par EndFedz for 40 and 20m.

Hope to work you on future activations.


On 5/1/2018 12:54 PM, Detrick Merz wrote:
A good read, thanks. I was left with a few questions:

Power? Mode(s)? Radio?

73, 44,

-detrick
K4IZ

On Tue, May 1, 2018, 12:42 Wayne Robertson <k4wk@...> wrote:
You might enjoy this yarn at www.hamdom.com

Re: On Learning Humility; An Evening with Bugs in Florida

Detrick Merz
 

Very good, and thank you for the additional info. Your experience sounded, overall, somewhere between a bad and an average day for me. But I use a KX3 and work primarily CW at 15W.

I spent a couple weeks in FL last December. During my trip I had my first activation to successfully reach at least 44 contacts on one attempt. In the days before that activation I built a new antenna and spent some time in the backyard as a hunter to see how it performed. It seemed like all the acticators I hunted were running hard, easily reaching 44 contacts in no time. A few times, when the other activator seemed slow, I asked how much power they were running. 100W was the constant answer. I don't have a way to run 100W in a park, so I did the next best thing: I brought a laptop with and ran FT8 to give myself a fighting chance. It worked, but I also found that CW contacts seemed to come more easily than they had in the past at 5W. My biggest lesson was to run 15W for as long as I could, and 10W once battery voltage had dropped too far for 15W. The additional power, meager as it may seem, has let me skip using FT8 ever since. But an activation is still an all day event for me (but no complaints here).

I'm surprised to hear of someone having such a hard time with 100W. But also somewhat comforted. It gives me hope that sometimes it's just bad condx or a slow day and not my meager power output.

73, 44,

-detrick
K4IZ


On Tue, May 1, 2018, 13:44 Wayne Robertson <k4wk@...> wrote:

Good questions: 100 watts, SSB on 14 (got zero) and 7 Mhz, Icom 706 MarkII.  Antenna a Par EndFedz for 40 and 20m.

Hope to work you on future activations.


On 5/1/2018 12:54 PM, Detrick Merz wrote:
A good read, thanks. I was left with a few questions:

Power? Mode(s)? Radio?

73, 44,

-detrick
K4IZ

On Tue, May 1, 2018, 12:42 Wayne Robertson <k4wk@...> wrote:
You might enjoy this yarn at www.hamdom.com

Re: On Learning Humility; An Evening with Bugs in Florida

Wayne Robertson
 

Detrick, you've given me some good ideas.  For one, maybe I'm not staying in the saddle long enough.  You say most yours are all day affairs.  Maybe I was spoiled to get 49 qso's in an hour Sunday, and 39 in an hour on a weekday a few wks ago.  Flukes?

For two, you use CW (I note your straight key in your qrz photo); I've been using SSB cuz I'm lazy but in truth, I really like and sometimes prefer CW.  About 15 wpm for me. 

As for power, I had an 817 until recently and had been consistently disappointed with results on 5w CW.  Phone on 5w was, for me, a complete waste of electrons.  Thus I bought the Icom 706; bigger and heavier, but still smaller than a normal base station unit.  I like it, so far, but we're still just dating.  With 100w and the EndFedz antenna I received a number of 59's from Massachusetts and beyond.  I even had a ham stop in at 7184 to tell me, in a very nice way, that I was interfering with their net in NY at 7185!  I took that as a compliment, then courteously scrammed. 

If I go backpacking, and if, someday, the bands improve, I'd use my NorCal40 CW xcvr tuned for 7024 or 7044.  By the way, do you know why there's two?  Is one for General and the other for Extra?

In your qrz photo you have an interesting battery resting on your handrail.  Is that what I think it is?  Great idea.

100 w to 15 w is 8 dB, pretty significant difference.  The ratio of 100w to the 5w of an 817 is 13 dB; hugely significant, IMHO. 

73, Wayne


On 5/1/2018 2:49 PM, Detrick Merz wrote:
Very good, and thank you for the additional info. Your experience sounded, overall, somewhere between a bad and an average day for me. But I use a KX3 and work primarily CW at 15W.

I spent a couple weeks in FL last December. During my trip I had my first activation to successfully reach at least 44 contacts on one attempt. In the days before that activation I built a new antenna and spent some time in the backyard as a hunter to see how it performed. It seemed like all the acticators I hunted were running hard, easily reaching 44 contacts in no time. A few times, when the other activator seemed slow, I asked how much power they were running. 100W was the constant answer. I don't have a way to run 100W in a park, so I did the next best thing: I brought a laptop with and ran FT8 to give myself a fighting chance. It worked, but I also found that CW contacts seemed to come more easily than they had in the past at 5W. My biggest lesson was to run 15W for as long as I could, and 10W once battery voltage had dropped too far for 15W. The additional power, meager as it may seem, has let me skip using FT8 ever since. But an activation is still an all day event for me (but no complaints here).

I'm surprised to hear of someone having such a hard time with 100W. But also somewhat comforted. It gives me hope that sometimes it's just bad condx or a slow day and not my meager power output.

73, 44,

-detrick
K4IZ


On Tue, May 1, 2018, 13:44 Wayne Robertson <k4wk@...> wrote:

Good questions: 100 watts, SSB on 14 (got zero) and 7 Mhz, Icom 706 MarkII.  Antenna a Par EndFedz for 40 and 20m.

Hope to work you on future activations.


On 5/1/2018 12:54 PM, Detrick Merz wrote:
A good read, thanks. I was left with a few questions:

Power? Mode(s)? Radio?

73, 44,

-detrick
K4IZ

On Tue, May 1, 2018, 12:42 Wayne Robertson <k4wk@...> wrote:
You might enjoy this yarn at www.hamdom.com


Re: On Learning Humility; An Evening with Bugs in Florida

Matthew Stevens <matt@...>
 

I had a similar experience during FLSPOTA a few weeks ago. Saturday I was at Colt Creek SP (KFF-1848). I was using an end fed up about 20' like yours, as an inverted vee. I started at 10am, and operating until 5pm made a whopping 20 Qs on 20m and 40m, with 100w on SSB and CW.

Sunday, I went to Van Fleet trail (KFF-3627). This time I used a hamstick vertical with 2 elevated radials, up maybe 15' on a buddipole tripod. I got started late in the afternoon, and worked 40 stations in 2 hours before the rain started and I had to pack up. Different antennas helped some I think, with the vertical performing better. But mostly I just have to chalk it up to weird propagation. I'd be hearing someone, then they would totally fade out. Then 3 minutes later someone else would be calling be 59+20... I started a nice qso with a gentleman in SC testing his new hexbeam, easy copy at the beginning of the contact. A few minutes later, he was s1 and fading into the noise. Nothing had changed on either end, just the ionosphere playing fickle on us.

73

- Matt nj4y

On 5/1/2018 5:20 PM, Wayne Robertson wrote:
Detrick, you've given me some good ideas.  For one, maybe I'm not staying in the saddle long enough.  You say most yours are all day affairs.  Maybe I was spoiled to get 49 qso's in an hour Sunday, and 39 in an hour on a weekday a few wks ago.  Flukes?
For two, you use CW (I note your straight key in your qrz photo); I've been using SSB cuz I'm lazy but in truth, I really like and sometimes prefer CW.  About 15 wpm for me.
As for power, I had an 817 until recently and had been consistently disappointed with results on 5w CW.  Phone on 5w was, for me, a complete waste of electrons.  Thus I bought the Icom 706; bigger and heavier, but still smaller than a normal base station unit.  I like it, so far, but we're still just dating. With 100w and the EndFedz antenna I received a number of 59's from Massachusetts and beyond.  I even had a ham stop in at 7184 to tell me, in a very nice way, that I was interfering with their net in NY at 7185!  I took that as a compliment, then courteously scrammed.
If I go backpacking, and if, someday, the bands improve, I'd use my NorCal40 CW xcvr tuned for 7024 or 7044.  By the way, do you know why there's two?  Is one for General and the other for Extra?
In your qrz photo you have an interesting battery resting on your handrail.  Is that what I think it is?  Great idea.
100 w to 15 w is 8 dB, pretty significant difference.  The ratio of 100w to the 5w of an 817 is 13 dB; hugely significant, IMHO.
73, Wayne
On 5/1/2018 2:49 PM, Detrick Merz wrote:
Very good, and thank you for the additional info. Your experience sounded, overall, somewhere between a bad and an average day for me. But I use a KX3 and work primarily CW at 15W.

I spent a couple weeks in FL last December. During my trip I had my first activation to successfully reach at least 44 contacts on one attempt. In the days before that activation I built a new antenna and spent some time in the backyard as a hunter to see how it performed. It seemed like all the acticators I hunted were running hard, easily reaching 44 contacts in no time. A few times, when the other activator seemed slow, I asked how much power they were running. 100W was the constant answer. I don't have a way to run 100W in a park, so I did the next best thing: I brought a laptop with and ran FT8 to give myself a fighting chance. It worked, but I also found that CW contacts seemed to come more easily than they had in the past at 5W. My biggest lesson was to run 15W for as long as I could, and 10W once battery voltage had dropped too far for 15W. The additional power, meager as it may seem, has let me skip using FT8 ever since. But an activation is still an all day event for me (but no complaints here).

I'm surprised to hear of someone having such a hard time with 100W. But also somewhat comforted. It gives me hope that sometimes it's just bad condx or a slow day and not my meager power output.

73, 44,

-detrick
K4IZ


On Tue, May 1, 2018, 13:44 Wayne Robertson <k4wk@... <mailto:k4wk@...>> wrote:

Good questions: 100 watts, SSB on 14 (got zero) and 7 Mhz, Icom
706 MarkII.  Antenna a Par EndFedz for 40 and 20m.

Hope to work you on future activations.


On 5/1/2018 12:54 PM, Detrick Merz wrote:
A good read, thanks. I was left with a few questions:

Power? Mode(s)? Radio?

73, 44,

-detrick
K4IZ

On Tue, May 1, 2018, 12:42 Wayne Robertson <k4wk@...
<mailto:k4wk@...>> wrote:

You might enjoy this yarn at www.hamdom.com
<http://www.hamdom.com>

2m calling channel

Wayne Robertson
 

Are many/any activations successful on 2m, if you're not in a densely populated area?  I am thinking of the Smoky Mountains.  I would have only 5 watts but on a j-pole up 25' on a mountain top.

KFF-1921 this Saturday

Matthew Stevens
 

This Saturday I’ll be camping at Suwanee River state park, KFF-1921 (and SUW for Florida State Parks On the Air). This is primarily a test run along with N4ESS and KE4AL for our VHF/satellite grid expedition in July to the Dry Tortugas (KFF-0023 in EL84np). I’ll be testing my portable 6m rig this weekend, mostly on FT8 to work out any kinks with the laptop/signalink/857 that crop up, and to get a feel for how long my batteries will last running digi.

However we will still be operating some HF this weekend from Suwanee (weather permitting), mostly 20 and 40, maybe 80 if we can get that much wire up in the campground. CW and sideband. So, if you hear us, or see us spotted stop by and give us a call! This will be my first “real” KFF activation using my own callsign (NJ4Y) instead of the club call, so I’d like to rack up at least 44 Qs for a successful activation!

73, nj4y

- Matthew

Re: KFF-1921 this Saturday

Wayne Robertson
 

I don't use FT-8 but I'll look for you on phone or CW.

On 5/16/2018 11:20 PM, Matthew Stevens wrote:
This Saturday I’ll be camping at Suwanee River state park, KFF-1921 (and SUW for Florida State Parks On the Air). This is primarily a test run along with N4ESS and KE4AL for our VHF/satellite grid expedition in July to the Dry Tortugas (KFF-0023 in EL84np). I’ll be testing my portable 6m rig this weekend, mostly on FT8 to work out any kinks with the laptop/signalink/857 that crop up, and to get a feel for how long my batteries will last running digi.

However we will still be operating some HF this weekend from Suwanee (weather permitting), mostly 20 and 40, maybe 80 if we can get that much wire up in the campground. CW and sideband. So, if you hear us, or see us spotted stop by and give us a call! This will be my first “real” KFF activation using my own callsign (NJ4Y) instead of the club call, so I’d like to rack up at least 44 Qs for a successful activation!

73, nj4y

- Matthew


KFF-4588 Activation Attempt

Detrick Merz
 

Planning to head out to KFF-4588 on Saturday, July 14. Hiking in, looks like about 2 miles up the mountain, hoping to find a good spot to set up on the ridge. Looks like a very nice hike. High temp of 91F, should be good fun :)

Looks like the first activation attempt for this park, so help me make it a success. I'm not checking out right at 44 contacts if I don't have to, I'll hang out until the battery or water runs out. Spots are greatly appreciated if you can hear me. I'll try to self-spot, but can only afford to carry in so much extra battery power for the cell phone (along with water, lunch, etc.). Will be bringing the KX3+6Ah LiFePO4 and running at a full 15W until voltage starts to drop, and then as much power as it'll do until the battery shuts off. Usually 6-8 hours is not a problem. Focus will be on CW, but I'll watch the spots; please post in the spot info if you need/want SSB or PSK31, and please also know it might take me a few minutes to see it and QSY. I'll also happily QRS; if you need 5wpm and everything repeated 10 times I'm happy to oblige. I'm willing to give any of these modes a try, but CW will likely be the most fruitful (and PSK hardest on the battery).

Generally all HF bands seem to be available to me with the antenna setup I've been running. Primary (and first) focus will be on 20m, then likely 40 & 30, and on to any other bands as needed. If you're semi-local we can try 80 and 6, and I'll bring an FM HT in case anyone wants to try 2 (line of sight is in theory good to almost Baltimore and DC).

Tnx es 73,

-detrick
K4IZ

Re: KFF-4588 Activation Attempt

Sgt Grunt
 

We will definetly pass the word 


On Jul 10, 2018, at 1:21 PM, Detrick Merz <detrick@...> wrote:

Planning to head out to KFF-4588 on Saturday, July 14. Hiking in, looks like about 2 miles up the mountain, hoping to find a good spot to set up on the ridge. Looks like a very nice hike. High temp of 91F, should be good fun :)

Looks like the first activation attempt for this park, so help me make it a success. I'm not checking out right at 44 contacts if I don't have to, I'll hang out until the battery or water runs out. Spots are greatly appreciated if you can hear me. I'll try to self-spot, but can only afford to carry in so much extra battery power for the cell phone (along with water, lunch, etc.). Will be bringing the KX3+6Ah LiFePO4 and running at a full 15W until voltage starts to drop, and then as much power as it'll do until the battery shuts off. Usually 6-8 hours is not a problem. Focus will be on CW, but I'll watch the spots; please post in the spot info if you need/want SSB or PSK31, and please also know it might take me a few minutes to see it and QSY. I'll also happily QRS; if you need 5wpm and everything repeated 10 times I'm happy to oblige. I'm willing to give any of these modes a try, but CW will likely be the most fruitful (and PSK hardest on the battery).

Generally all HF bands seem to be available to me with the antenna setup I've been running. Primary (and first) focus will be on 20m, then likely 40 & 30, and on to any other bands as needed. If you're semi-local we can try 80 and 6, and I'll bring an FM HT in case anyone wants to try 2 (line of sight is in theory good to almost Baltimore and DC).

Tnx es 73,

-detrick
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