N5TGL, yes I think you were the one who worked me. I heard you work the other UFO too. You said something about, you UFOs are flying all around here...
Do you know if there are any plans for regular operations from the TEXAS? I heard the pile-ups when you all were on 20M and 15M but the signals skipped over most of us in state. Do you think the noise problems on 40 were a local QRN or just due to band conditiions? We really appreciate you guys operating from the Texas considering the sweltering conditions this time of year.
Anyone get the Missouri? I caught them on the air around midnight CST. Good signal into the midwest.
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""""Anyone get the Missouri? I caught them on the air around midnight CST. Good signal into the midwest. """
Yup that is when KK5W got the big MO too
Haha, yep, that was me. Well, good to meet you! Should have clicked from seeing your call on here, but I was a bit bleary at that point I think!
Originally Posted by KG0UFO
Yep, we have several events that we do every year. This year was a bit special as we did one event for the centennial of the ship in May. Our normally scheduled events are Museum Ships weekend, Texas QSO party and Pearl Harbor day memorial. You're welcome to come operate with us, and with advance notice, you can overnight on the ship. Usually we get some sort of air-conditioned berthing space. We do have an A/C in the room we operate from, but that just keeps it tolerable. Even though a 14,000 BTU A/C is a pretty good size, it's no match for 27,000 tons of steel painted dark blue out in the sun!
Originally Posted by KI5JF
Our plans were to operate 20m/15m and potentially 10m during the day, then switch to 80m/40m at night. 20m and 15m went well, but a rather intense Es layer formed, which was responsible for some very short skip -- we were getting Dallas and SE Texas on 20m. Conditions were really funky and didn't work out that great for us. So, as night set on, we moved to 80/40, but QRN was an absolute killer. We were seeing S9+10 static crashes continuously on 40m, and 80m was worse. I checked the US radar map, didn't show big clusters of storms, but there were a lot of little ones everywhere. Last year, we were made aware that many local folks wanted to work us, but 40m was going right over them, so we were committed to working 80 this year. Well, condx being what they were, it just didn't work out. We called for about 30m on 80m and got 1 response, and the QRN was even worse on 80m as one would expect. So, it was back to 40m for us, where we lasted to right at 1am. We only had 1 other op for the night shift, and we decided it was better to hit the sack and get on in the morning and work stations there rather than staying up late and not wanting to work anyone in the morning because we didn't get enough rest.
Sunday morning was better, but conditions still weren't as good as last year, at least from our perspective. So the next event is the Texas QSO party, we did well last year, came in second in our division, not too bad for our first contest. We can always use more ops, so folks in the local area are welcome to come participate.
Info on upcoming events will be posted on our website, http://www.na5dv.org. I'm going to put up a subscription page today hopefully, so you can type in your email and whenever we make a new post on there, you'll get a email notification that there is new info on our page. It's the best way to keep track of what we're up to.
We got the "Might Mo" (KH6BB) on 20 Meters on Friday evening from Southern California. Near the end of the event, (Sunday late afternoon) 15 Meters was getting flaky, as 20 Meters had gone dead.
Originally Posted by N0WYO
Heard KH6BB a solid "5x9" calling CQ on 15 Meters with no response, so gave a quick call, just to say hello from our club station, and they welcomed an additional contact on another band; exchanged a few comments about the event, and signed to allow each of our stations to try to make more contacts with only about a half hour left to the event. Ten minutes later, KH6BB was just barely able to heard above the noise level! Such are the vagaries of propagation.
Sorr, duplicate post. Website glitch!
Last edited by WA9SVD; 06-05-2012 at 04:29 PM.
I never got "the Mighty MO" the signals on 15 and 20 during the day just weren't there. I was able to get the New Jersey and the Wisconsin though.
Originally Posted by N0WYO
"If it aint broke don't fix it. "If you can't fix it get a bigger hammer."
I had a blast baking in the 10 by 10 radio room of USS Stewart for almost 24 hours non stop.
And yes, at times I did operate “.... 59 “ QRZ?... “DX” style.
The objective was to answer all calls so you guys could get as many ships as possible.
Unfortunately some of “you guys” did not listen to my pleas to keep the reply to callsigns only and that slowed things down a tad.
But during the “break in pileups” we gladly rag chew with anybody who wanted to do so.
As far as propagation goes, I'll say it as I feel about it. All you wimps who bag it when band goes sour – you missed a great opening on 20 around 4 AM Pelican Island time - “worked” ZL, VK, DK, ON , JA , UA0, KH2, OK(!)... All in a span of about 20 minutes! Just like the “good o'l days”, whole world!
And all of this DX stuff on the original WWII vintage , about 70 feet long, inverted L antennas!
Yes, we hooked up BOTH of them to the tuner and nothing smoked, so we put 100 watts into it.
I called it “smokestack special” since it goes vertically about 40 feet and than horizontally about 30 feet to the smokestack. When Bill described it to one one ham , he said something about American ingenuity! We hand a good laugh about the comment.
Than when the band went poof, I found Danny on Guam , again, and we chew the fat for almost 15 minutes with NOBODY else on the band!
The highlight of the event – it was an honor meeting WWII seaman first class who actually served on the sub Cavalla. He was so proud showing us around - “... and here is the bunk I slept on... here we played poker.. and I did crawl inside this torpedo tube to clean it up with diesel fuel...”
I still feel that the event is not about the ships , but about the folks who endured in them serving their country. No matter what language they spoke.
And there it is......
Originally Posted by AA7EJ
A tip of the hat to you. And them.