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Rocks a flying
With yagis up now, I found time on March 18th to
check out the 6 meter meteor calling frequency (50.260). I
immediately started hearing strong bursts of raspy MSK144 signal. I
started up the WSJT-X software and then logged in to the Ping Jockey web
site to see what was happening (
After that, I conducted QSO's with KE5RV
(Arkansas), K2DRH (Illinois), and W5TN (Texas). The next morning, I
added WB4JWM (Georgia), and W8BYA (Indiana). So,
Gerry K2HIG, you have the same 6m yagi that i do. Get on and chase
March 24th update: Another good morning for
meteors. I called CQ and was called by two stations, one after the
other, WB4JWM again (Georgia) and K0TPP (Missouri). Several times, I
saw bursts from 2 or 3 stations within the same 15-second frame. At
1427Z, I worked AK5QR (Alabama), and then was cold-called by XE2YWH.
My first new country on meteor scatter. Jose is 535 miles south of
here in Zacatecas, Mexico. Here's the "Roger" and
"73" transmissions at 1430Z and 1431Z:
And, finally, I asked W5LDA to give it a shot via
the PingJockey web site. We connected within 3 or 4 sequences.
Big signal from Oklahoma City!
March 31 update
turned on the 6m station this morning and immediately decoded a meteor CQ
from XE2JS in Chihuahua (449 miles). After calling him for several
minutes, someone broke in on SSB. It was XE2OR in Coahuila, 151
miles away, with a 59+ ground wave signal. After that QSO, I
returned to calling XE2JS, and we finally connected. He is my second
Mexico QSO on meteor scatter. A few minutes later, I worked N0LL in
Kansas (693 miles). I switched over to 2 meters to see what I could
see. On 2m, I'm only running 60W barefoot until I get the PTT cable
made up for the linear.. The first decodes I received were from
XE2AT in Aguascalientes, Mexico (689 miles). I pointed the beam
south and, after 10 minutes or so, I worked him, my first 2m meteor QSO
(of recent times), and my first 2m DX entity at the same time!
FT8 Digital Mode
I spoke with Gerry K2HIG at Saturday ham breakfast
a week ago. He expressed an interest in trying FT8 but asked if we
could do a demo at a club meeting, I said yes, and that will be the
program for a future meeting. I will bring in a radio, interface
devices, laptop computer, and an improvised dipole antenna and we will
give it a shot. If you've never operated digital and are curious how
it goes, please come to that meeting (it will be announced).
On a separate note, I have worked quite a bit of
DX on FT8. To me, it seems a lot easier than fighting the CW and SSB
pileups you hear when a rare one comes on. It's hard to compete with
the super stations with multiple towers, stacked beams on every band, and
full legal limit amplifiers. There is a distinct advantage when the
DX station can pull your weak signal out of the noise and get a perfect
copy in the presence of lots of other stations. Software has now
replaced the human ear. Yeah, it almost sounds like cheating, but
you can't look at it that way. Technology keeps improving the hobby.
I bet very few of you run vacuum tube radios anymore, nor are most of your
solid state rigs without modern Digital Signal Processing. Think of
it this way: instead of aspiring to be like the muscle stations and
overpower everyone on frequency, you don't need to any more. IMHO,
this opens up the door for many, many more hams to make more contacts
rapidly without the mega-buck expense.
Nevertheless, as the popularity of FT8 grows, we
are starting to see DX pileups. The problem is, you can have dozens
of signals spread across the 2 kHz wide FT8 channel and the software
decodes and displays all of them every 15 seconds. A DX station sees
all the stations calling him but the software only lets you respond to one
station at a time. Until now. The ARRL reported that a beta
version of a new FT-8 contest mode software was tested recently. A
DX station (the Fox) can now conduct multiple QSOs simultaneously.
Fox can select the number of responses (Hound stations) he wants to deal
with. He can also call region-selective CQs. When Fox
responds, his transmission consists of multiple simultaneous signals sent
to selected Hound stations, each on their own frequency. Sounds
crazy. And it's not simple. Users are encouraged to study the
operating guide and not try to wing it (
). Contest mode will never be used in established FT8 channels,
rather a specific frequency to be announced beforehand. On 20m, the FT8
channel is 14.074-14.076 MHz. During the recent beta test of
contest mode, they used 14.105 MHz. The test results were positive.
Expect to see this used by real DXpeditions. But get some some
conventional FT8 time in before you try it.
Thursday, April 5th, at the new Kendall EMS
building. Our inaugural meet there was last month, and the meeting
room is quite spacious. Be sure you come next time. We will be
kicking off planning for Field Day, hear about changes to the club web
site and a presentation of some thoughts on participation and involvement
in the club by Steve Lazar. This month, I promise we will have
coffee available on the food bar.
73's and good DX,
Dave Moore, N7RF
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The Latest news on the Repeater
During the past three weeks I have spent a lot of time in
Boerne at the Tower Road site trying to wrap this long project up before
the end of March.
Greg Stone helped me install the wall insulation and we got the new
plywood floor installed. Weather conditions kept me from getting anything
else done that month.
But this month I have spent many hours at the site getting
things done. The new plywood sheathing was measured, cut and installed on
the walls. The electrical
outlets and switches got installed. Thanks to Ron Wood for coming out to
pick up the old building materials and trash that was tore out of the
building. That helped a lot for me to be able to access the tower and
hard-line and get around the West side of the building.
plywood floor was then primed thanks to Gerry Numan for the primer.
The next day I applied the first coat of floor paint, and on the
third day the 2nd coat was applied.
In the next few days I primed and painted the baseboard at
home so it would be ready to install. I had pre-coped one end and then
just had to cut to length and install once I was back onsite.
Then the door threshold was cut and installed followed by the door
seal being adjusted to seal around the door.
After I replaced some more outside screws on the building,
I then loaded up all the equipment I have had at the site these past 5
months and brought it all back home. I still have some small items to take
care of but they are not urgent and we should be able to start moving the
.64 machine and other hardware over to the site very soon.
The renovation of this building started back in October
last year when I stripped out the paneling to get a good idea of how bad a
shape the building was in. It
was in pretty bad shape from not being maintained for the past 30 years.
Water leaking into a building has a tendency to rot things. I came
up with an estimate, however I also did find some more hidden issues as I
went along. Material prices were up and down but mostly up because of the
hurricane rebuilds in South Texas.
I had presented an estimate to the board of $550.00 for
materials that I would have to purchase. This was passed with a motion not
to exceed $600.00. I
just totaled all my receipts for the materials and they added up to
$600.69! I also donated a lot
of building materials and hardware to this project myself.
does not include the new air conditioner for the building. When we
discussed this at the club meeting in January, the club had made a motion
early last year to replace the A/C unit and battery for the generator so
we decided that that expense was already covered although it had not
gotten replaced. The county
decided to abandon the site before this was replaced, so a motion was
passed at the last meeting that the A/C was not included in the materials.
I also purchased 2 cable entry bulkheads and all the boots
and donuts to bring the Heliax into the building correctly and keep the
water out. I also purchased 2
copper grounding buss bars and
grounding kits for 4 Heliax cables. I am donating all of these items to
the club since I came to the $600 limit and I wanted this rebuild
completed in a professional setup for the clubs repeater site.
So all this was accomplished in the last 5 months. I was
driving 25 miles one way to and from the site, I would have to load up and
unload every time and I kept somewhat of a log of the hours I spent on
site, which was approximately 110 hours. So I’m happy to come to the end
of the project. Also had an
additional 35 hours of help at different times from the following
Stephen Schwarz KA5WJY , Greg Stone AB5I, Ron Wood KF5SIJ, Steve Lazar W5SCL, Rodney Vorndam K9ROD, Gerry Nunan K2HIG.
Thanks to each of you for your time and help.
I appreciate it greatly and I’m sure the club does too.
MHz and Above
MHz and Above
American Meteor Society
Meteor Shower Calendar
activity picks up a bit during April as the Lyrids become active during
the month. They are active from the 14th through the 30th, with a
pronounced maximum on the 22nd. Sporadic rates during April are steady as
seen from both hemispheres with southern observers enjoying twice the
activity that can be seen from the mid-northern hemisphere.
this period the moon will reach it’s full phase on Saturday March 31. At
that time it will be located opposite the sun and will remain above the
horizon all night long. As the week progresses the waning gibbous moon
will rise later in the evening but will still hamper the more active
morning hours making meteor observing difficult at best. The estimated
total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is 2 as seen
from mid-northern latitude (45N) and 4 from the southern tropics (25S).
For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 5 as
seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 8 from the southern tropics
(25S). The actual rates will also depend on factors such as personal light
and motion perception, local weather conditions, alertness and experience
in watching meteor activity. Rates are reduced during this period due to
interfering moonlight. Note that the hourly rates listed below are
estimates as viewed from dark sky sites away from urban light sources.
Observers viewing from urban areas will see less activity as only the
brighter meteors will be visible from such locations.
radiant (the area of the sky where meteors appear to shoot from) positions
and rates listed below are exact for Saturday night/Sunday morning March
31/April 1. These positions do not change greatly day to day so the listed
coordinates may be used during this entire period. Most star atlases
(available at science stores and planetariums) will provide maps with grid
lines of the celestial coordinates so that you may find out exactly where
these positions are located in the sky. A planisphere or computer
planetarium program is also useful in showing the sky at any time of night
on any date of the year. Activity from each radiant is best seen when it
is positioned highest in the sky, either due north or south along the
meridian, depending on your latitude. It must be remembered that meteor
activity is rarely seen at the radiant position. Rather they shoot
outwards from the radiant so it is best to center your field of view so
that the radiant lies near the edge and not the center. Viewing there will
allow you to easily trace the path of each meteor back to the radiant (if
it is a shower member) or in another direction if it is a sporadic. Meteor
activity is not seen from radiants that are located far below the horizon.
The positions below are listed in a west to east manner in order of right
ascension (celestial longitude). The positions listed first are located
further west therefore are accessible earlier in the night while those
listed further down the list rise later in the night.
sources of meteoric activity are expected to be active this week.
Details of each
source will continue next week when lunar interference will be much less.
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The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.
DX @ ARL $ARLD014
Bulletin 14 ARLD014
CT March 29, 2018
all radio amateurs
DX ARL ARLD014
week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral
QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
7Q. Members of the EIDX Group
are QRV as 7Q7EI from the
of Lake Malawi until April 2. Activity
is on 160 to 10
using CW, SSB and RTTY with four stations active.
9G. Richard, 9G5AR is now
licensed and QRV from Accra. He
generally active on 20 meters using SSB during his weekdays and
QSL via N4GNR.
VERDE, D4. Mike, CT1IUA plans
to be QRV as D41A from Santa
Sal Island, IOTA AF-086, from April 1 to 9.
Activity will be
style on 40 to 10 meters using mainly CW with some SSB.
IRELAND, GI. Special event
station GB106TBC will be QRV
April 2 to 9 to commemorate the sinking of the RMS Titanic on
15, 1912. QSL direct to
HS. Members of the Digital
Thailand DX Association are
as HS8JCV/p from Lipe Island, IOTA AS-126, until April 2.
is on the HF bands. QSL via
LU. Special event station
AZ36H is QRV until April 2 to
the 36th anniversary of the Falkland Islands War.
LZ. Members of the Bulgarian
Radio Club Blagovestnik are
as LZ362ME during April to honor the memory of Bulgarian Saints.
PA. Special event station
PF2018SLO is QRV from Sloten
April during the context of the 11th Cities Marathon.
is on the HF bands. QSL via
RUSSIA, UA. Special event
stations UE12APR, R12APR, R108M
UE57G will be QRV from April 1 to 15 to mark Cosmonauts Day to
the first flights in space. QSL
VE. Special call VD1BOOM is
QRV on Saturdays and Sundays
April to mark the 40th anniversary of a mysterious explosion
the Bell Island Boom that happened April 2, 1978 on Bell
IOTA NA-198, one of Newfoundland's coastal islands.
is on 20 meters. QSL direct to
AND CAICOS, VP5. Bernie,
KD5QHV plans to be QRV as VP5/KD5QHV
April 2. Activity is on 40,
20, 17 and 15 meters using CW and
QSL to home call.
XW. Champ, E21EIC is QRV as
XW1IC until March 31. Activity
on 40 to 6 meters. QSL to home
Z6. Gab, HB9TSW is QRV as
Z68GB until April 19. Activity
on 80 to 17 meters using CW. QSL
to home call.
ZB. Special Event
Station ZB2RAF will be QRV from April
to July 29 to honor the first Centenary of the Royal Air Force.
ZEALAND, ZL. Special event
station ZM50GW will be QRV during
to commemorate the loss 50 years ago of the ferry TEV Wahine.
WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The
Russian World Wide MultiMode
QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint,
Hell Sprint, UK/EI DX CW Contest and the RSGB 80-Meter RoLo SSB
are all on tap for this weekend.
IQRP Quarterly Marathon and RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship
scheduled for April 2.
ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for April 3.
UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW
are scheduled for April 4.
ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.
see March 2018 QST, page 85, April QST, page 84, and the ARRL
WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.
prior to the April meeting
Minutes – March 1st 2018
23 Members were presented to make a quorum; President David Moore,
N7RF opened the meeting at 7:05 pm. The
Preamble of the Club’s Mission
Statement was read by the President.
and Guests stated their names and call signs.
There were 21 members and 2 guests present.
were Michael Marinesi KG5IWQ & Brad Peace KG5YOX
The minutes were read by the Secretary, Rod Vorndam, K9ROD
motion to approve the minutes was made by Ken Nichols and second by Al
Walters. Minutes approved by
Report was read by Ron Wood, KF5SIJ.
Please see the attached copy.
Center, KI5SC newsletter chairman asked that anyone who does not receive a
newsletter, please send him your email so that it can be added to the
License Testing: VE’s reported no testing was done this
Web Page: Al
Walters, K5NOF has been trying to update the Club’s web page this last
month. He has made arrangements with Network Solutions to host the web
page. There will be new
content and a new look to the web page in the near future. Be sure to
check regularly for updates.
Al asks that anyone with content and pictures submit the
information to him via email. Marsh Pronneke, WA5OBO suggested that we
have a “Swap Shop” page for members to post for sale
items. Al stated that this was
in the works, and a member need only send him the information and he would
add it to the web site.
Pronneke, WA5OBO has been doing an excellent job on renovating the
building that will house the 146.640 repeater in the new location. Proper
bulkheads were installed and the incoming coax will be terminated just
inside the building and grounded properly, and connected to a lightning
suppressor to prevent damage by a near-by lightning strike.
Marsh is ready to put up the interior walls and paint the floor.
Anyone have about a 4 foot length of copper pipe to donate, please contact
Marsh. David, N7RF donated
several hardline coax grounding units to the cause.
Steve Lazar, W5SCL has been working on an APRS digipeater to place
at the new site. This will
give us a better picture of the coverage area of the site. There are still
plans to put up a DMR Repeater, a WinLink System, and connect the Fusion
Repeater to the internet either by microwave or a WiresX device. Steve is
bata testing everything at his house before moving it to the repeater
needing an application for membership, please see the Secretary, Rod
Vorndam, K9ROD for an application.
Russ Locke, K5FJR who spoke at the last meeting provided a report
of activities the club or a club member could get involved in.
There are several things going on in April, but Russ suggested if
you want to try something out the October MS-Ride to the River is a good
place to start. About 1500
bikes ride from New Braunfels to San Antonio.
This event is always looking for volunteers.
If interested contact Russ for more information.
There is also the Fiesta Wildflower Event April 22nd that starts at the Rolling Oaks Mall in San
Antonio and the BPMS 150 in Houston April 28th & 29th.
It was mentioned that the Club participated in the HEB110 a few
years ago. For more
information on that, please check their web site.
New Business: Field
Day is just around the corner, June 23rd & 24th. More planning to come, but
more operators are needed. If
you would like to help, please consider operating during this event. Last
year we worked 5F and placed 13th nation wide!
Nichols mentioned that Bass ProShop has small parts boxes on sale at a
very good deal – 5 for $10.
raffle was held by Ron, KF5SIJ. $39 was raised.
Ron won the raffle and donated the money back to the club.
6 Meters – “The Magic Band” was presented by Rod
Vorndam, K9ROD. The topic covered Rod’s experience as a new ham on the 6
meter band. He pointed out how
much fun a new ham could have with very little cost that was very similar
to hunting DX on HF. Rod emphasized the importance of propagation and
provided a link to his propagation web page -
was adjourned at 8:52 pm
provides and maintains the following repeaters with the call sign KB5TX
145.19 (-) pl tone 88.5
146.64 (-) pl tone 88.5
Becker, W5VEO, provides and maintains two UHF repeaters for our use
444.900 (+) pl tone 123. [Temporarily
off the air]
444.750 (+) pl tone 162.2
B. David Moore, N7RF
President: Steve Lazar, W5SCL
Rodney Vorndam, K9ROD
Ron Wood, KF5SIJ
Al Walters, K5NOF
Marsh Pronneke, WA5UBO
Starr Center, KI5SC
Starr Center, KI5SC email: