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Anyone own a PYE Compak 8?

Chris Peters
 

Hello all, Just curious if anyone on here has a PYE Compak 8 manpack. I purchased one several years ago and used it for receive only. I've not used it in a couple years due to battery issues. Looking to see what options I may have to power the radio, as well as just being able to find someone else who might have the same radio.

Thanks!

Re: 17 meters

Mel Farrer, K6KBE
 

Fred, a good frequency and time on 17 is 18.164 MHz from 9:30 to 10:30 AM Pacific time.  It is a east coast propagation net that checks propagation ALL over, and we have ZL2OK check in from time to time.......

Mel, K6KBE



From: WVØH Myron via Groups.Io <S9plus@...>
To: hfpack@groups.io
Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2018 11:35 AM
Subject: Re: [hfpack] 17 meters

Hi Fred,

I cant even get any RBN hits on 17 any more.

73
WVØH Myron 
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-------- Original message --------
From: Fred Lesnick VE3FAL/CIW649 <flesnick@...>
Date: 3/17/2018 11:35 AM (GMT-07:00)
To: hfpack@groups.io
Subject: [hfpack] 17 meters


I know the bands are in the toilet but anyone been doing any operating on 17m? Weather getting nicer and the MFJ whips and counterpoise on the X5105 are just awaiting some PM operations.
Fred VE3FAL/CIW649







Re: 17 meters

WVØH Myron
 

Hi Fred,

I cant even get any RBN hits on 17 any more.

73
WVØH Myron 
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-------- Original message --------
From: Fred Lesnick VE3FAL/CIW649 <flesnick@...>
Date: 3/17/2018 11:35 AM (GMT-07:00)
To: hfpack@groups.io
Subject: [hfpack] 17 meters


I know the bands are in the toilet but anyone been doing any operating on 17m? Weather getting nicer and the MFJ whips and counterpoise on the X5105 are just awaiting some PM operations.
Fred VE3FAL/CIW649





Re: 17 meters

Mel Farrer, K6KBE
 

17 is hot and cold.  West coast to east coast and west to ZL are normal fare.

Mel, K6KBE



From: Fred Lesnick VE3FAL/CIW649 <flesnick@...>
To: hfpack@groups.io
Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:35 AM
Subject: [hfpack] 17 meters


I know the bands are in the toilet but anyone been doing any operating on 17m? Weather getting nicer and the MFJ whips and counterpoise on the X5105 are just awaiting some PM operations.
Fred VE3FAL/CIW649






17 meters

Fred Lesnick VE3FAL/CIW649
 

I know the bands are in the toilet but anyone been doing any operating on 17m? Weather getting nicer and the MFJ whips and counterpoise on the X5105 are just awaiting some PM operations.
Fred VE3FAL/CIW649

Re: Getting started need some guidance

k6acj
 

You have the correct gear. HFpacking works best on the higher bands during the day, 20 meters is very popular but long ago 17 meters, 18mhz, was where we all gathered.

Of course everything has an affect on the antenna tuning thats the reason for the auto-tuner. Connect the autotuner to the base of the antenna threads, 3/8X24 nut and run a 21 foot long dragging wire to the ground side of the Tuner. Some folks attach the dragging wire to the tuner using an alligator clip because if the dragging wire gets stuck in a rock it will pop off instead of pulling your gear off or worse. Use internal star washers on mechanical joints else things rapidly come loose. DC wire size is not an issue because its so short but use good terminals to the battery and to the antenna. Don’t expect miracles unless you are up high and in the clear. Have fun, almost anything works to some degree. Bill K6ACJ

Re: Getting started need some guidance

ERB
 

On 3/12/2018 8:38 PM, M Lu wrote:
Fellow hams

I want to experiment with pedestrian mobile.  I am trying to keep it simple with my first attempt.

I have an FT817ND and some hamsticks for each band.
FT817 draws a bunch of receive current.

I was thinking of getting an ALICE frame, attaching the hamstick, then connecting the rig to the hamstick and adding a counterpoise.
I use a 14.5 foot counterpoise drag wire loner ones get stuck in things

I have an Elecraft T1 to match the antenna if needed.  And I have a gel cell to power the radio.  Plus I have some palm mini paddles.
Only use the tuner in a manual mode so it doesn't try to auto-tune on transmit. The ground changes to much.

My questions are:

1. What is the coupling/adapter that I should use to connect to the Hamstick, and also include the counterpoise? 
I always use quick-disconnect adapters and an alligator clip for the drag wire.
2. Will the ALICE pack de-tune the hamstick if part of the stick is attached to the frame? WIl my body detune the hamstick?  I guess it does not matter if I am using the T1.
Your body will de-tune your HFpack. Check tuning with it on you not off your body.

3. Any other suggestions for my first attempt?

Thanks in advance

Mark, WD4ELG

Getting started need some guidance

M Lu
 

Fellow hams

I want to experiment with pedestrian mobile.  I am trying to keep it simple with my first attempt.

I have an FT817ND and some hamsticks for each band.

I was thinking of getting an ALICE frame, attaching the hamstick, then connecting the rig to the hamstick and adding a counterpoise.

I have an Elecraft T1 to match the antenna if needed.  And I have a gel cell to power the radio.  Plus I have some palm mini paddles.

My questions are:

1. What is the coupling/adapter that I should use to connect to the Hamstick, and also include the counterpoise? 
2. Will the ALICE pack de-tune the hamstick if part of the stick is attached to the frame? WIl my body detune the hamstick?  I guess it does not matter if I am using the T1.
3. Any other suggestions for my first attempt?

Thanks in advance

Mark, WD4ELG

Re: Alternative to a Salt Water Amplifier?

g0sbw@...
 

Apologies.  All of the text did not copy.  So here is the full text.  The photos are the same.

Yesterday I had planned to try out a new arrangement for a telescopic carbon fibre support mast  fastened to the tow bar go a VW camper van.  However, the WX was threatening, very cold, strong winds and a forecast for snow.

 

Instead I decided to do some RBN tests using a 20m whip fastened to the tailgate of the van.  The rig was a KX3 using a homemade touch paddle/keyer.  I did not have a grand plan, but basically wanted to try quantify the benefit of ‘the salt water” amplifier’.  I therefore did my first test using,10W, at an urban location close to my QTH.  I then drove a few miles, to the second test site, at a salt marsh location in the car park of the Colne Point Nature Reserve.  I have operated from here many times and know it is an easy gateway to DX - particularly N. America. 

 

After the second test I went to a third location, the Martins Farm Country Park.  I have operated from here several times as a /PM and as /P 9with a linked, inverted V dipole  and have had reasonable results.  This is an interesting site.  It began life as farmland; it then became a large sand/gravel quarry.  At the end of its life as a quarry the large hole remaining became a landfill site for domestic waste.  With the landfill completed the area was rehabilitated to become a leisure facility and nature reserve.

 

I was a little surprised by the  RBN results.  As expected the results from the salt marsh showed its DX capability (when using a vertical antenna) compared to the urban environment.  However, the results from Martins Farm also seem to show some DX capability despite being a couple of miles away from salt water.  I think this must be something to do with the nature of the ground.  I expected poor quite poor results compared to the salt marsh given the very sandy nature of the natural ground in this general area.  I thought maybe the radio nature of the ground had been improved by the underlying domestic waste.

 

A google search revealed that the general saltiness of such waste tips is increased by the leaching process of rain water percolating through the waste.  Although precautions are taken to prevent the leached water causing environmental damage it seems probable the residual waste is a good electrical earth to operate over.

 

So, if you are a long way from the sea, maybe you have an alternative ‘salt water amplifier’ closer to home ?

 

I have attached a chart compiling the results from the RBN tests.  Also attached are photographs taken at the three sites and a short video showing the DIY paddle/keyer keying the KX3

 

Alternative to a Salt Water Amplifier?

g0sbw@...
 

After the second test I went to a third location, the Martins Farm Country Park.  I have operated from here several times as a /PM and as /P 9with a linked, inverted V dipole  and have had reasonable results.  This is an interesting site.  It began life as farmland; it then became a large sand/gravel quarry.  At the end of its life as a quarry the large hole remaining became a landfill site for domestic waste.  With the landfill completed the area was rehabilitated to become a leisure facility and nature reserve.

 

I was a little surprised by the  RBN results.  As expected the results from the salt marsh showed its DX capability (when using a vertical antenna) compared to the urban environment.  However, the results from Martins Farm also seem to show some DX capability despite being a couple of miles away from salt water.  I think this must be something to do with the nature of the ground.  I expected poor quite poor results compared to the salt marsh given the very sandy nature of the natural ground in this general area.  I thought maybe the radio nature of the ground had been improved by the underlying domestic waste.

 

A google search revealed that the general saltiness of such waste tips is increased by the leaching process of rain water percolating through the waste.  Although precautions are taken to prevent the leached water causing environmental damage it seems probable the residual waste is a good electrical earth to operate over.

 

So, if you are a long way from the sea, maybe you have an alternative ‘salt water amplifier’ closer to home ?

 

I have attached a chart compiling the results from the RBN tests.  Also attached are photographs taken at the three sites and a short video showing the DIY paddle/keyer keying the KX3

WA3WSJ/pm & KB3SBC Pics from POTA K-1604 Trip yesterday!

ERB
 

Here's a link to view a few pics of KB3SBC and WA3WSJ/pm POTA Trip to Washington Monument SP, MD.

We had a great time as we first eat lunch at Nana's Irish Pub in VA.
We then drove to the park.
We really just wanted some of Nana's great food and beer again - hi!
I worked K5LN,N5WNG,W0RW
I then worked W0RW,  NE5DL and VE6UX from Top of Monument.
Take a look at some great pics of our trip using the link below.

http://wa3wsj.homestead.com/POTA.html

72,
Ed, WA3WSJ/pm

Re: Washington Monument K-1604 Today!

John <jsf106@...>
 

Listening...

Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE device

------ Original message------
From: ERB
Date: Mon, Feb 12, 2018 6:49 AM
Cc:
Subject:[hfpack] Washington Monument K-1604 Today!

Hello all,

Please listen for KB3SBC and WA3WSJ/pm as we activate Washington Monument SP in Maryland today!
We should start operating around 2-3pm.
This is the first monument dedicated to George Washington in the US in 1827.
I will try to operate from on top of the monument!

Ed, WA3WSJ/pm

Washington Monument K-1604 Today!

ERB
 

Hello all,

Please listen for KB3SBC and WA3WSJ/pm as we activate Washington Monument SP in Maryland today!
We should start operating around 2-3pm.
This is the first monument dedicated to George Washington in the US in 1827.
I will try to operate from on top of the monument!

Ed, WA3WSJ/pm

POTA: Washington Monument SP, MD Activation!

ERB
 

Please listen for KB3SBC and WA3WSJ/pm as we activate Washington Monument SP in MD.
We will drive to Nana's Irish Pub in Virginia for lunch.
After lunch, we will drive to the park and activate it for POTA (K-1604).
Listen for KB3SBC operating as portable from his truck and me, WA3WSJ/pm
operating pedestrian mobile.
We should be on the air by around 2 - 3pm or so EST.
Listen for WA3WSJ/pm on 14.061mhz and 7.031mhz.
I will be using my Elecraft KX2.
72,
Ed, WA3WSJ/pm

Re: 10 meters

ham operator
 

Hi Bonnie,
I love   10 meters.  In fact  i look back in my log and   i see   africa, india, china on 10 meters.   this happened   over    20 years ago.
I am chomping  at the bit  to experience that again.
10 is the band  that makes us  get our shack in shape.   believe me.

check out my blog   Bonnie     KA1ULN.BLOGSPOT.COM
also my    qrz.com  page.

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Scared of operating HF portable in public?

Peter Parker
 

Those wary of operating portable in public might enjoy this video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPOxee919fo

73, Peter VK3YE

MOC 2018 Turns into Winter Frozen Wonderland!

ERB
 

W3BQC MOC Event & POTA

KFF-3379 - Delaware Water Gap, NJ
K-1619      - High Point SP, NJ

Hello again,

Well, MOC 2018 is now a thing of the past, but we had fun!
First thing to note is that we lost power at the lodge most of Friday evening and most of Saturday during the day.
Saturday found NK1N working the birds near the AT in High Point Park, NJ.
He also had a group KB3SBC, KA3RMM and WB3GCK with him.

I, WA3WSJ decided to hike over to High Point Monument with my HT.
Well, after I came upon the lake, the winds were a steady 30mph and gusting over 30mph with a temp of around 16'F!
So as I gazed at the monument and pondered the hike, the wind convinced me not to hike -hi!

Plan B was activated so I walked back to my truck.
After setting up my Up & Outer Antenna, my gloved hands were frozen.
So I turned on the truck heater and placed my hands in the warm flow!
The ground was frozen solid so I attached the antenna to my truck using bungee cords!
Then the wind tried to blow it over so I had to place a weight next to the bottom to keep it up.

Using my KX2, I managed to work seven states and one DX.
Here's the list of stations worked:
20M: AE5X
40M: K1YAN, KE3YW, WA3WAW, KM4ZZ, N8RZO, KB3VQU, AB2DE, WA3RNC, VE1RP
2M Simplex: KD2MZC

The bands had lots of QSB and I received good signal reports stating QSB.
I will post pics on our website soon.
Look for them later today.

Man! It was frigid up there at over 1800' ASL.

Re: Strong Sporadic E propagation today 10 meters open

Bonnie KQ6XA
 

Very strong signals here on 18, 21, 28 MHz today.
Short skip sporadic E.
-Bonnie KQ6XA

Re: Strong Sporadic E propagation today 10 meters open

Peter Parker
 

It's great fun.  A lot of people think that 10m dies when the sunspots vanish but that's not completely true. 

A video from a few days ago 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvEEr5GzFJQ

 

Re: A Visit from Ham Santa twas the night before and all through the

Foster W. Nye
 

Happy Holidays Bonnie and the group
--------------------------------------------
On Mon, 12/25/17, Bonnie KQ6XA <@BonnieKQ6XA> wrote:

Subject: [hfpack] A Visit from Ham Santa twas the night before and all through the
To: hfpack@groups.io
Date: Monday, December 25, 2017, 1:08 AM

A Visit from Ham Santa
by Bonnie Crystal
 
'Twas the week before Straight Key, when all
through the bands, 
No linear amp was whirring, nor warming our
hands. 
Digital modes playing like flutes in the
air, 
Hoping Ham Santa soon would be there. 
 
The SDRs were nestled, plugged into their
ports, 
Decoding some callsigns... We heard some strange
snorts! 
Snow in the meadow, ice on the long wire, 
Reindeer hooves pounded, or was that a
choir? 
 
Were we really dreaming, actually sleeping in
bed,   
As visions of pile-ups simply danced in our
head? 
 
Sounded quite odd, as we threw off the earphone,
And that's when we noticed, no, we ain't
alone. 
But, the noise was real and the dial lights
glowed,
A team of reindeer, in the field where it
snowed! 
 
We got up from the chair and stoked up the
fire, 
Ham Santa's sleigh was caught on a guy wire.
...