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W6SFM Bug Roundup is Coming!

SFMARC W6SFM
 

Announcing W6SFM's BUG ROUNDUP

The Samuel F. Morse Amateur Radio Club, a Sacramento, California based CW enthusiast club wanted a special time to bring bug operators together on the air. In the same spirit as ARRL's Straight Key Night, participants are encouraged to make simple, conversational, “chewing-the-fat” QSOs using their bug type key. This is an opportunity to exercise, share and exhibit your personalized fist. This is NOT a contest. However, there is a very easy and quick required signup form found at https://w6sfm.com/bug-roundup/. Once you are registered for the event simply Call "CQ BR" so folks know you are a Bug Roundup Participant.  So lets grab that bug, clean those contacts, and let’er fly! We want to hear that “Banana Boat / Lake Erie Swing" or that commercial KPH/WCC quality fist.

Reserve the date! The event begins on Friday November 17th (00:00 UTC) and concludes Sunday Nov. 19th (23:59 UTC), 2017
That's 4:00 PM Friday evening until  3:59 PM Pacific Time (LOCAL)

For more information, to register your station, and to help assist in spotting, potentially increasing QSOs, an On-line chat window link can be found near the bottom of Bug Roundup home page located at  https://w6sfm.com/bug-roundup/  We hope to hear you all on the air! 73,
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W6SFM
www.w6sfm.com

Re: backpacking whip/vertical?

Bonnie KQ6XA
 

Try the Super Antenna MP1DXR. 
It is designed for ruggedized operation and pedestrian mobile HF.

Re: backpacking whip/vertical?

galenow
 

I’ve used this: http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/1393  ATX WALKABOUT Mostly happy for SOTA use
Don KG5ISG

On Sep 28, 2017, at 4:23 PM, Richard Andrew Knack via Groups.Io <ihc73scout2@...> wrote:

I bought an Expedition Pack for my FT-817ND, and I was wondering what sort of antenna I could use for HF backpack/manpack "walkabout" use. I have seen the Ventenna HFp, which is supposed to fit in the web loops at the side of the pack, but at about $300 (with the backpack mount, plus shipping; even more if I opt for the 60-80 meter option), that's a bit stiff (nearly half what the radio cost me). Anybody have any recommendations?

Rich
KC8MWG

backpacking whip/vertical?

Richard Andrew Knack
 

I bought an Expedition Pack for my FT-817ND, and I was wondering what sort of antenna I could use for HF backpack/manpack "walkabout" use. I have seen the Ventenna HFp, which is supposed to fit in the web loops at the side of the pack, but at about $300 (with the backpack mount, plus shipping; even more if I opt for the 60-80 meter option), that's a bit stiff (nearly half what the radio cost me). Anybody have any recommendations?

Rich
KC8MWG

ALE Ops Needed Re: Dominica Airlift HF Support

Bonnie KQ6XA
 

ALE operators are needed to help support disaster relief flights in the Caribbean area.

Volunteer ham radio operators who live in the following areas are asked to activate their home ALE HF stations: 

+ Caribbean islands

southeastern USA

eastern USA

Central America

northern South America

areas that have good HF propagation to Caribbean

 

If you can volunteer some of your spare time to put your ALE (Automatic Link Establishment) station on the air, even on a single frequency, please see the HFLINK.NET website to text chat with other ALE ops.

 

http://hflink.net

 

We will be using the HFL (voice) and HFN (text/data/sounding) channel sets. 

The following frequencies will probably be the most active.

14346.0 kHz USB 

7296.0 kHz USB 

5371.5 kHz USB 

 

Bonnie Crystal KQ6XA 

HFLINK International Coordinator

http://hflink.net

Dominica Airlift HF Support

Bonnie KQ6XA
 

Dominica Airlift - Angels to Eden. The island nation of Dominica, in the Caribbean, was devastated by category-5 Hurricane Maria last Monday. It wiped out the buildings and the entire 70,000 population is without power or communications. The ship ferry docks were destroyed, so relief must be flown in. The Dominica Airlift is flying there with a group of planes, spearheaded by Brian Lloyd WB6RQN, to the only surviving airstrip. Brian will be taking portable satellite and HF radio gear to set up communications; he also has HF radio SSB and ALE on his plane. He is taking a Micom 3 Fly Away HF radio with ALE, to set up as for a portable base station for disaster relief. -Bonnie KQ6XA
http://hflink.com/dominica/Brian_Lloyd_plane_Spirit_loading_with_relief_supplies.jpg
Brian Lloyd loading his plane Spirit with relief supplies


==Here is a message Brian sent out today. ==
This is what has happened in Dominica Airlift - Angels to Eden in the last 36 hours:
1. I have received a donation of an Iridium satphone.
2. I have acquired a small Honda generator to power the communications equipment and charge batteries.
3. I have finally completed the 100-hour maintenance on my aircraft.
4. Barry Hancock has confirmed that he will be contributing his time and his Beechcraft D18 "Twin Beech" to the relief and rescue effort.
At this point I am starting to pack up the airplane and get her ready for the trip down.
I am still waiting to hear from PALS [Patient Air Lift Services] as to where they think their staging point will be. We had a bit of a difference of opinion as to where it should be. I want it to be in Martinique so we can do more sorties Dominica with fewer aircraft but they are talking about basing out of St. Martin to be more central to all the islands.
Regardless, my route down now will be via Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and down through the Bahamas rather than down through the Gulf of Mexico to Jamaica. I don't need to refuel before reaching Dominica and then can refuel in Martinique. After that, we'll see what happens.
We are still looking for more pilots and aircraft to help out. We have lots of people who want to donate supplies but without the airlift going, the supplies can't get to Dominica. Please help!
Still planning to head down on Wednesday [27 September], arriving in Dominica on Thursday [28 September] . I'll overnight in Ft. Lauderdale with my son Josh. I will keep everyone posted.

 
Video footage from a flyby of Dominica.



Where is Dominica? Here is a map.

http://hflink.com/dominica/Dominica_Airlift_Angels_to_Eden_2017_map.jpg
Map of
      Dominica Airlift - Angels To Eden

Re: 40 meters in wv usa very good todsy

Peter Gottlieb
 

Moose and squirrel net today at noon on 60m had fantastic propagation.  Last week I could barely make it through with 150 watts but this week I got great reports using the PRC-515 with 20 watts.

On 9/23/2017 8:31 PM, Dave WD8CYV via Groups.Io wrote:
helped run a special events station at Mountwood  Park near Dallison, WV
steam and gas engine festival


Volcano Days - Mountwood Park

call W8PAR
40 METERS was in great shape about 190 stations worked and open from at least
10 am to 6pm eastern time and worked stations all over the country and a bunch
in Canada
dave wd8cyv     !00 watts and a wire did the job / excellent signals all day

40 meters in wv usa very good todsy

Dave WD8CYV
 

helped run a special events station at Mountwood  Park near Dallison, WV
steam and gas engine festival

Volcano Days - Mountwood Park

call W8PAR
40 METERS was in great shape about 190 stations worked and open from at least
10 am to 6pm eastern time and worked stations all over the country and a bunch
in Canada
dave wd8cyv     !00 watts and a wire did the job / excellent signals all day

Re: Worst Solar Cycle for HF Since Radio Invented

Hugh Bahar
 

I was on 80M on Sunday at 3pm EST and it was dead.  I heard one SSB signal on 20M but didn’t bother to wait for a call sign or scan other bands.

 

I was very successful with SSB ground wave @100 watts on 80M from my QTH to AB2RA (10 miles) with both of us using dipoles as we conducted audio tests. 

 

HF blackouts are an opportunity to challenge yourself to think of and try other modes that will work  J

 

73,

Hugh WA2LXB

 

From: hfpack@groups.io [mailto:hfpack@groups.io] On Behalf Of Bonnie KQ6XA
Sent: Sunday, September 10, 2017 2:50 PM
To: hfpack@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hfpack] Worst Solar Cycle for HF Since Radio Invented

 

Another X-class flare happened 3 hours ago.
see attached graph.
The entire HF spectrum is in a blackout condition here at my QTH at this moment.
I can't even copy WWV or WWVH, on any frequency.
This is a temporary blackout.
I predict that we will see enhanced band openings from 20 meters to 10 meters within the next few days.

Bonnie KQ6XA

Re: Worst Solar Cycle for HF Since Radio Invented

George Csahanin
 

With about 2-3 years to minimum it will get worse. But I know how it feels like its bad. Seems as in the past even small sunspot numbers or flux just above the 60's and we had communications possible. It just isn't working that way. Summer is always not good on the upper bands 15-10. But I even hear evenings on 20 aren't as active as before.

Or is is just fewer rigs "on"?

FWIW, just did a McD-run at halftime and was hearing the 40M Irma activity from Florida. Not strong, but keeping the squelch open on the Micom-2

GeorgeC
W2DB
Crowley, TX

Re: French Amateur Radio

Dave/KC3GPM
 

Bonjour et bienvenue!

Welcome!

73,
Dave
KC3GPM

French Amateur Radio

Jean Philippe Antoine
 

Best 73 de F8AZK
I 'm à New menber of HF Packs Group.....
Opérateur name: Jean-Philippe
Call: F8AZK First class on FRANCE
Télégraphie Class.

73

Re: Worst Solar Cycle for HF Since Radio Invented

Bonnie KQ6XA
 

Another X-class flare happened 3 hours ago.
see attached graph.
The entire HF spectrum is in a blackout condition here at my QTH at this moment.
I can't even copy WWV or WWVH, on any frequency.
This is a temporary blackout.
I predict that we will see enhanced band openings from 20 meters to 10 meters within the next few days.

Bonnie KQ6XA

Saturday Operations

Fred Lesnick VE3FAL/CIW649
 

Anyone going to be around on either 20 or 17 meter HFPack frequencies this afternoon? Sun is out and may set up the rig on the picnic table outback today

Cheers

Sent from my iPhone
Fred VE3FAL/CIW649

Re: echo on 40 meter qso's 09 07 2017

Bonnie KQ6XA
 

If you have a recording, you can look at the echo on a scope. 
Time the length of the echo, and determine the distance the radio wave traveled. 
Perhaps long path echo?

Also on Thursday, I noticed strange echo-like phase distortions on many signals, including WWV and WWVH on 10 MHz. 
I'm estimating by ear that they seemed to be around 100 milliseconds. 

Magnetosphere ducting and other types of phenomena are possibly responsible for long-echo propagation. 

echo on 40 meter qso's 09 07 2017

Dave WD8CYV
 

was on a rag chew QSO Thursday night about 730 eastern time
BIG  echo on all stations in group 3 in west central wv at parkersburg wv
1 near boone nc    one in north fla    1in wisc 
all less than 100 watts    VERY LOUD ECHO'S on all stations on freq 7285

and all could hear each other
have not heard sigs like this since working backscatter on 10 meters in the late 70;s early 80's
DAVE wd8cyv

Re: Worst Solar Cycle for HF Since Radio Invented

Bonnie KQ6XA
 

Perhaps we should call it the zombie solar cycle.
We are in the bottom of this awful solar cycle, but today we are experiencing a solar flux that is about the same level as it was during the peak of this cycle.

An X-class flare caused a temporary HF blackout on the lower HF bands (3 MHz to 14 MHz range) .

But, we are also seeing enhanced propagation on the upper HF bands. It is very unusual.
Look for unusually strong, short term, band openings via F2 layer, trans-equatorial, and multi-hop Sporadic-E (Es) in the 14 MHz to 54 MHz range.
5 MHz - 14 MHz will probably be good late into the night.
It is noon here... 28 MHz is open, I'm listening to Florida on it.

Bonnie KQ6XA
California

Re: Veit Nam Radio on 10116/14061/14280 kHz, 4 Sept 17, 1500z

galenow
 

Great info and good luck!
We have 77's and 352's in our club
Cheers
Don KG5ISG 

Sent from my iPhone

On Sep 4, 2017, at 15:07, w0rw <w0rw1@...> wrote:

w0rw/pm using a Viet Nam PRC74 backpack radio,  5 Sept 2017, Tuesday.
Times & Freeks: 

 1500z  (1100 EDT),  10116 kHz +/- 1.

 1530z (1130 EDT),  14061 kHz +/- 1.

1600z (1200 EDT),   14280/14285 kHz.


Listen for WWV on 15 MHz, if you can hear them i will be 6 "S" units weaker.
Equipment:  PRC74B which is a solid state, fully synthesized, 1964 military backpack radio.  
It runs 20 watts output, (You need 20 W these days).
This radio spent 40 years in a junk yard and is now back on the air !
(See pictures and info at : <http://www.n6cc.com/anprc-74b-hf-manpack-transceiver>.

It is mounted on an ALICE backpack frame with the AS-1887A 8 foot antenna and drag wire.
I use a special low pass filter to block the 2nd harmonics, See  QRP Quarterly  July 2016, p.37.
i have an Elecraft T-1 tuner on it to get the final match.
The entire rig weighs 31 (heavy) pounds and that's with the light  Li-Ion (3S2P) battery pack.
The PRC74 is a Special Forces Radio used for long range comms.
Other radios used in Viet Nam were the PRC25 and PRC77 for short range FM communications,
30-76 MHz, 2W.
QTH: Out in the park, Not a SOTA.

 You can read more about those radios in KI0PF's, book..."MIL SPEC RADIO GEAR",
or see a PRC74 Video at
< http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8m5NuLvw6k>
made by Steve wg0at.
My QSL Card is a color picture of the PRC74B on an ALICE Pack.
Paul   w0rw
Colorado


Worst Solar Cycle for HF Since Radio Invented

Bonnie KQ6XA
 

"This solar cycle 24 is the worst for HF propagation since the invention of radio."
-Bonnie Crystal, KQ6XA, 4 September 2017.

You can quote me on that.

But, there is an HF propagation anomaly currently in progress for this
week, that might give us a temporary boost.
Look for unusually strong, short term, band openings via F2 layer and
Sporadic-E (Es) in the 14 MHz to 54 MHz range.

We are near the bottom of our 11-year-long Solar Cycle 24, but today we
are seeing space weather that is similar to the higher part of this cycle.
A recent, fast-growing earth-targeted sunspot, combined with increased
x-ray flux, is associated with the anomaly.
The x-ray flux has reached sustained M-class levels, and could impulse
higher to X-class bursts.

This can also temporarily cause short-term HF blackouts for NVIS and
regional HF communications below 15 MHz.
An R2 level blackout just happened a couple hours ago, which obliterated
the mid-day 7 MHz ham radio nets in North America.

At this moment, we currently have highly unusual solar numbers for this
part of the cycle:

Sunspot Number = 96
Solar Flux = 183
X-ray Flares = M5
K-index Kp = 4
A-index = 14

That Solar Flux is very high for the valley of the solar cycle we are in.
The highest solar flux in this cycle, Solar Flux =237,  happened during
the peak of this cycle in January 2014.

-Bonnie KQ6XA

see attached graphs.

Re: Czech RF-10 Spares

Brian Haren
 

Charles, 

Thanks for the information. I was able to confirm that the problem is in the handset and not the radio. A friend and I switched handsets around between radios and it's clear where the problem lies. It's interesting that the handsets overall are not that sturdy - certainly not up to something like a NATO standard for ruggedness and water resistance. But when they work they work well.

Brian
W8BYH

On Sun, Sep 3, 2017 at 11:50 AM, Charles Agosti <charlesagosti@...> wrote:
One of the buttons on the habdset should make a beep beep when pressed I'm not sure if you need to PTT at same time it will test if tx modulator is working 

On Sep 2, 2017 8:33 PM, "Brian Haren" <brian.haren@...> wrote:
Hello All!

Over the past month I picked up two Czech RF-10 radio sets from a dealer here in the US. Both sets are in overall excellent condition, but one of the handsets is inoperative. It will break squelch, but there is no audio, so I suspect a bad mic element. The dealer I got them from does not have replacement parts, so I'm wondering if anyone on this group knows of a source for replacements. I'd like to get a good working handset and if possible an extra battery pack.

Thanks in advance!

Brian
W8BYH




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Brian Haren