First HF contact, I think

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KJ7VAB, Jun 15, 2021.

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  1. KJ7VAB

    KJ7VAB Ham Member QRZ Page

    On a whim, I ran some 75 ohm coax to my gutters using the house's electrical ground as the ground.
    Did a quick scan with the nanoVNA and found I was @ 1.1 or less on 3.4 and still 1.3 at 4MHz.
    So I hooked up my brand new 818 and found a net operating at 3.975 in Washington State.
    I was out in the back yard running on the internal battery (2.5 watts through my gutters!!) and eventually someone read back my call sign correctly, I think.

    Anyhow, is there someone that knows how to verify if they actually got it correct and which Net it might be? It was around 6:20 PST.
    I'm a complete newbie (don't be fooled by my extra license). This would be my first HF contact.
    Fun stuff for me anyway.
    My dog doesn't seem to get it, he's probably a closet CB guy.

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  2. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congrats on the antenna experimentation!

    The key words there are "I think" ...

    Translation: "I'm not certain the operator had my call correct."

    Uh...check the guy's call on QRZ and see if he has an email addy on his page? Hello?

    ^ Trifecta male privilege sentence! SCORE!
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2021
  3. K3RW

    K3RW Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    My guess it is the WARTS net, since its located in WA state and meets about that time.

    If that one looks about right I'd email the Net Control person and see if they have you in the check-ins for Monday.

    I'm up for HF skeds as well, being in Vancouver WA.

  4. KJ7VAB

    KJ7VAB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I couldn’t recall my wife’s mom’s name today....
    Probably should lower your expectations of me :-D
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  5. KJ7VAB

    KJ7VAB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thx! Maybe I’ll ping you next I think I’m set up to contact you.
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  6. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    What's this "wife" thing you speak of?
  7. KJ7VAB

    KJ7VAB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wife. Noun: The only thing that keeps me from becoming a farm animal.
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  8. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

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  9. VK4HAT

    VK4HAT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congrats Tim.
  10. KC3PBI

    KC3PBI Ham Member QRZ Page

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    congrats & welcome!

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