Archive for July, 2018

July Wrapup

July 31, 2018

Six meters has continued to amaze and amuse with frequent openings throughout July. The summer season shows signs of winding down as expected for late July, but there are still stations to work.

I operated the North American QSO Party – RTTY for the first time in awhile. I organized the teams for the Kentucky Contest Group and we had a good showing. We had a Top Ten finish in this contest within the last year or so, and I’m hoping we can duplicate that feat again soon.

The most popular contest logging software is N1MM+. I have never used it, but have installed it and have been plowing through the 800+ page manual. I think I’m getting familiar enough to be able to use it soon, possibly in the NAQP CW contest this Saturday.,

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June Wrapup

July 3, 2018

My primary antenna for 20, 15 and 10 meters broke during Field Day last June. I finally found somebody willing to climb up the tower and fix it for me and he did a good job. So I am able to operate those bands once more. For 2018 I operated Field Day from home as I commonly do, using battery power and 5 watts of output. In 9 hours I made 234 contacts, of which 199 were on CW.

We are in a hot spell right now and expect a heat index of 100 on the Fourth of July. I am not planning on any cookouts or fireworks displays so will be happy to stay in the air conditioning.

Six meters has continued good, and I’ve been able to work a lot of new grid squares using the FT8 digital mode. FT8 was designed with six meters in mind, and it works great.

With the antenna fixed I was able to operate the 13 Colonies special event for the first time in a couple years. I got 12 of the 13 in two hours Sunday. After a lunch break, a nap and a break for passing storms, I caught South Carolina to complete the sweep of all 13 colonies.