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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: New-In-the-Box Icom OPC-587 Sep Cable for 706 & 703

George S Leaf Sr
 

Ed

Hows  $10 and 5 for postage sound.

If it is still available.



George Leaf
K8MYN
2705050326


Sent from my iPad

On Jan 11, 2018, at 2:32 PM, ERB <WA3WSJ@...> wrote:

Hello all,

I'm cleaning the shack and I found a brand new-in-box Icom OPC-587 Separation Cable 5M in length.
This cable works with  Icom 706 and Icom 703 Series Transceivers.

I have no idea what it's worth today, but if someone needs one, email me with a price.
You pay S&H too.e sound.


72,
Ed, WA3WSJfor postag

New-In-the-Box Icom OPC-587 Sep Cable for 706 & 703

ERB
 

Hello all,

I'm cleaning the shack and I found a brand new-in-box Icom OPC-587 Separation Cable 5M in length.
This cable works with  Icom 706 and Icom 703 Series Transceivers.

I have no idea what it's worth today, but if someone needs one, email me with a price.
You pay S&H too.

72,
Ed, WA3WSJ

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.
...

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

good turns
 

Very nice. 
I hope they got free leaving long wire unharmed and sprinkled magic dust, opening the bands.
Merry Christmas from Marion.
K9ZZP


On Dec 25, 2017, at 12:08 AM, Bonnie KQ6XA <bonniekq6xa@...> wrote:

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.
...

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

Bonnie KQ6XA
 

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.
...

Strong Sporadic E propagation today 10 meters open

Bonnie KQ6XA
 

Today, we have very strong Sporadic E propagation. 

10 meters is open. 

18 MHz is open.

 

"Sporadic E" also known as "Es" provides excellent HF and VHF propagation that works well, even for very low power  portable or /Pedestrian Mobile operation.

 

It won't last long, so, get out and enjoy it. 

 

-Bonnie KQ6XA

Re: KK4NQQ FT-857 Build

KK4NQQ
 

So I purchased the FT 891 and have begun assembling the components.  I will have to take a few pics of the inside when I have everything wired up.

Re: 6Y6Y

Paul Benstead
 

Hi all , I’m new to the group.
I operate an Icom 703 mobile and a Clansman 320 ( British army radio ) man pack for portable opps.
M3WBW - Paul Benstead

Sent from my iPhone

On 1 Dec 2017, at 20:51, Fred Lesnick VE3FAL/CIW649 <flesnick@...> wrote:

Heard 6Y6Y calling cq at 2030z on 17 meters, I fired up the 5 watts QRP ssb with my X5105 and my wire antenna and all he caught was my QRP, but he heard something, band is dropping, was loaded with action today.

--
Fred VE3FAL/CIW649



6Y6Y

Fred Lesnick VE3FAL/CIW649
 

Heard 6Y6Y calling cq at 2030z on 17 meters, I fired up the 5 watts QRP ssb with my X5105 and my wire antenna and all he caught was my QRP, but he heard something, band is dropping, was loaded with action today.

--
Fred VE3FAL/CIW649

Re: 17 meters

Chuck Stephens
 

There is a group of us that get on everyday @ 1800Z on 18.1575. Right now there is a station in Jamaica for the winter callsign 6Y6Y AKA W8YCM and he'll be there for about 3 months His name is Les and he's good on QRZ. He's running an Icom 7300 to a dipole on the beach. Your liable to hear him calling CQ at any time or just give him a call. There's a good chance he'll hear you.
WB6FQZ

Re: 17 meters

Mel Farrer, K6KBE
 

A good group to keep in mind for propagation conditions is on 18.164 USB.  From about 9 to 10:30AM west coast time.  Stations in daylight from around the world have checked in, ZL and VK and all sections of the US.  They give signal reports and conditions.  FYI.

Mel, K6KBE



From: Mark Wickens <mark@...>
To: hfpack@groups.io
Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2017 2:37 PM
Subject: Re: [hfpack] 17 meters

This is a great explanation of how a ground tuning unit works: http://www.vk5pas.com/uploads/1/3/9/8/13982788/-guide_to_building_a_portable_station_complete_with__gtu__1_.pdf
I have worked groundwave to G4AKC/PM a couple of times from SOTA summits with his trolley-based pedestrian mobile system - from The Old Man of Consiton summit in May he was talking to a VK station!

Regards, Mark

On 30 November 2017 at 22:22, Bonnie KQ6XA <bonniekq6xa@...> wrote:
I notice some activity on the HFpack calling frequency 18157.5 kHz USB today. 
Propagation is better.
-Bonnie KQ6XA



Re: 17 meters

Mark Wickens
 

This is a great explanation of how a ground tuning unit works: http://www.vk5pas.com/uploads/1/3/9/8/13982788/-guide_to_building_a_portable_station_complete_with__gtu__1_.pdf
I have worked groundwave to G4AKC/PM a couple of times from SOTA summits with his trolley-based pedestrian mobile system - from The Old Man of Consiton summit in May he was talking to a VK station!

Regards, Mark

On 30 November 2017 at 22:22, Bonnie KQ6XA <bonniekq6xa@...> wrote:
I notice some activity on the HFpack calling frequency 18157.5 kHz USB today. 
Propagation is better.
-Bonnie KQ6XA

Re: 17 meters

Bonnie KQ6XA
 

I notice some activity on the HFpack calling frequency 18157.5 kHz USB today. 
Propagation is better.
-Bonnie KQ6XA

Re: 17 meters

Douh Henry
 

Fred, I tried to call but bands dead.

Doug 

On Nov 25, 2017 2:43 PM, "Fred Lesnick VE3FAL/CIW649" <flesnick@...> wrote:
Anyone around on HF Pack 17 meter frequency

It is 1843z

--
Fred VE3FAL/CIW649




17 meters

Fred Lesnick VE3FAL/CIW649
 

Anyone around on HF Pack 17 meter frequency

It is 1843z

--
Fred VE3FAL/CIW649

Re: backpacking whip/vertical?

ERB
 

Take a look at my website.

http://wa3wsj.homestead.com/HF-Pack.html

72,
Ed, WA3WSJ/pm


On 11/24/2017 4:53 PM, Richard Andrew Knack via Groups.Io wrote:
Pedestrian mobile. I already have a Blue Star P1 I can set up for ultra-compact portable use on 80m-10m. I was looking for something I can use on HF while actively hiking.

Rich
KC8MWG


On Friday, November 24, 2017, 1:50:33 PM EST, Mel Farrer via Groups.Io <farrerfolks@...> wrote:


Hey Rich,

Is this for a portable set up, that is like camping or walking mobile?  One weekend, we were camping and the results on 40 were not good, and I spy'd the roll of aluminum foil.  You guesses it.  I rolled out >30 feet and tied it to the ground terminal.  l just layed the foil on the ground and put rocks on it to hold it down.  When finished I just rolled it back up for next time.  Worked great.

Mel, K6KBE



From: Richard Andrew Knack via Groups.Io <ihc73scout2@...>
To: hfpack@groups.io
Sent: Friday, November 24, 2017 10:19 AM
Subject: Re: [hfpack] backpacking whip/vertical?

Yeah, I need something that is NOT salt-water dependent for performance. Nearest salt water is over a thousand miles away, for me...LOTS of fresh water, though!

Rich
KC8MWG
On Friday, November 24, 2017, 12:20:43 PM EST, Peter Parker <vk3ye@...> wrote:


I'm biased, but I'd have to go with the Wadetenna described at http://home.alphalink.com.au/~parkerp/projects/projwade.htm .  Build it for <$50.  Great performance on all bands 7 - 50 MHz. 
You need to be walking in salt water for the lower HF bands but this is much less important on higher frequencies. 


Re: backpacking whip/vertical?

Richard Andrew Knack
 

Pedestrian mobile. I already have a Blue Star P1 I can set up for ultra-compact portable use on 80m-10m. I was looking for something I can use on HF while actively hiking.

Rich
KC8MWG


On Friday, November 24, 2017, 1:50:33 PM EST, Mel Farrer via Groups.Io <farrerfolks@...> wrote:


Hey Rich,

Is this for a portable set up, that is like camping or walking mobile?  One weekend, we were camping and the results on 40 were not good, and I spy'd the roll of aluminum foil.  You guesses it.  I rolled out >30 feet and tied it to the ground terminal.  l just layed the foil on the ground and put rocks on it to hold it down.  When finished I just rolled it back up for next time.  Worked great.

Mel, K6KBE



From: Richard Andrew Knack via Groups.Io <ihc73scout2@...>
To: hfpack@groups.io
Sent: Friday, November 24, 2017 10:19 AM
Subject: Re: [hfpack] backpacking whip/vertical?

Yeah, I need something that is NOT salt-water dependent for performance. Nearest salt water is over a thousand miles away, for me...LOTS of fresh water, though!

Rich
KC8MWG
On Friday, November 24, 2017, 12:20:43 PM EST, Peter Parker <vk3ye@...> wrote:


I'm biased, but I'd have to go with the Wadetenna described at http://home.alphalink.com.au/~parkerp/projects/projwade.htm .  Build it for <$50.  Great performance on all bands 7 - 50 MHz. 
You need to be walking in salt water for the lower HF bands but this is much less important on higher frequencies. 
Latest use of it at

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