Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KD2UHF, Feb 5, 2021.
Finally. Today. After 5-6 hours on different bands, just got S9OK now on 12m.
made some test with with the temporary vertical antenna on my terrace.
The picture shows the RBN result of 40-15m. I think a decent result for such a simple arrangement.
now looking for real QSOs.
yesterday evening 21.07:
got received by skimmer ZL4YL (New Zealand 11.600mi) on 30m
made my first CW QSO with station in Finland on 160m
some QSOs in EU
listened W1AW code practice on 40, 20, 17 and 15m (17 and 15) was best.
15m is open, got skimmed by HS8KVH in Thailand and stations in NA (east coast) and SA (north).
Today I experienced something I haven't before in my entire amateur career. I worked DX on 10, 15, 17, and 20m in one sitting, within one hour. (I don't have an antenna for 12m). I worked PY2 and L21 on 10m, JA1 and KH6 on 15m, TG2 on 17m, and finished with JA1 again on 20m, all in about 45 minutes. And, there was no contest on.
The bands really are starting to open up!
Went to Rocky Flats NWR (KFF-0225) again today. Used same 20m EFHW on 32 ft mast as last couple of weeks, but it was W I N D Y up there today !!! Nothing on the 'flats' but prairie grass and bare rocks.
The wind had the mast laying over about 30 degrees, which isn't bad since it lets the antenna wire be out away from the car farther. I have the special event call N0M for the week for 2021 Earth Science Week, so after the 1900Z CWT was over I worked people with N0M for a while.
Made 135 contacts on CW with my call, then another 40 using N0M.
Fewer occurrences of dead-zero-beat signals calling than last week but still too many. It must be tempting to poke that function on radios that have it instead of actually moving the tuning knob, but it's a lot easier to copy people even 500Hz off freq than just 2 calling on the same... Worked AH6, AL7, and a couple of EA stations.
Thanks for the Qs !! Glenn AE0Q and N0M
I was POTAing in NE Ohio and hit a dry spell on 20m after a flurry of activity. I was not able to hear anything on your spotted station freq. for a P2P attempt (I only listened for 3-4 minutes)
Eagle Creek Natural area (Garrettsville, Ohio)
I was using a SW3B (@5w) and 10/20/40 EF about 25’ in sloper configuration.
Your spot. Looks like a awesome place with unlimited horizon!
Shoot, Erik, I didn't work any other parks up there yesterday :-( Would have been great to work you and I'm sure I could have heard you, too. It's very quiet there. I wonder if you tuned to the frequency as I changed a few memories from AE0Q to N0M after the CWT was over. I moved from 14049 back to 043 at 2000Z and used N0M for a half hour.
No cell service there (and I don't have a smart-fone anyway) so I can't spot myself or see other spots, it's just "ham radio" when there
Looks like your location is a lot friendlier environment than Rocky Flats !!! Lots of places in Colorado where you have to bring your own support for a wire
Glenn AE0Q / N0M
Glenn believe it or not I will be in Aspen. I am arriving just before sunset tomorrow and plan on hitting Gypsum wildlife area shortly after for a POTA!
There is one summit SOTA spot that looks to be a most way drive up so I might try that one too. It’s never been activated so that usually means a gate or something but it’s close and I’ll give it a try.
I assembled my KK1 morse key from American Morse. It went OK, and seems to work well.
That's a beautiful key Josh! I only wished they had run their CNC mill a little slower or used a finer cut tool for the main milling operation on the base. The crosshatch is distracting, but ultimately this looks fantastic. And rugged too.