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Post by durangopipe » Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:53 am

Stanley76 wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:14 am
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It snowed last night and it is melting now.
The ground is wet, the nearby power poles have swollen, power line grounds are good and there's zero noise.

YB8UTI (Indonesia) is coming in at S- 3 on 40m on my vertical.
I need YB8 on 40m, but he's only answering Chinese stations because he's working the WAPC contest. :(
I hope you make contact with him. I've been POTA hunting all morning. Fun but only a few QSO contacts made West of the Mississippi River. The most distant was NG9B in Wisconsin. Had a good time though.
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Post by Stanley76 » Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:51 pm

I made my first DX contact tonight! Helio De Oliveira in Brazil.
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Post by durangopipe » Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:44 pm

Stanley76 wrote:
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:51 pm
I made my first DX contact tonight! Helio De Oliveira in Brazil.

WaHoooo!
Pretty cool.

Tell us more?
What band, Time, etc...
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Re: ham radio operators?

Post by Stanley76 » Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:06 am

durangopipe wrote:
Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:44 pm
Stanley76 wrote:
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:51 pm
I made my first DX contact tonight! Helio De Oliveira in Brazil.

WaHoooo!
Pretty cool.

Tell us more?
What band, Time, etc...
20 Meters, 14.295 7:35 EST. I told him he was my first DX QSO. I logged it into my QRZ logbook. He had a really great signal, I don't know what equipment he was using. It was close to sunset so they grey line propagation was most likely a big factor.

Speaking of logbooks, I think I'm going to order logbook and make entries as I go and will enter them into the QRZ logbook later.
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Post by durangopipe » Mon Apr 19, 2021 12:47 pm

Excellent.

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Post by Jocose » Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:24 pm

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Excellent.

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Post by Stanley76 » Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:59 pm

My Vibroplex Bug was delivered today. Cool device once I got it put together. I haven't hooked it up to anything yet but once I get a plug and wires I can use it on my FT450 in the practice mode I think. I might put a dummy load on the radio to make sure I don't transmit anything. Anyway, it's a really cool machine and it seems to be working properly but truth is I have no idea of how to use it or tune it up yet. My elmer is going to go over it and we'll get it adjusted. He's been a Ham since 1963 and was a radioman in the Coast Guard in the sixties, so he's a CW guru. In the meantime, I'm just going to admire it.

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It came with a cool case too. Smells old.
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The collection so far...
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Post by durangopipe » Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:06 pm

Very Nice, Stanley.

Good to learn more about your Elmer - he sounds like a real gem.
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Post by durangopipe » Fri Apr 23, 2021 2:14 pm

Here's a wonderful special event:
Between 1st and 30th of April 2021 Bulgarian Club BLAGOVESTNIK LZ1KCP will use the special callsign LZ1612EN, which has been created in honour of Св. препмчк Ефросин Новгородски (Sv. Prepmchk Efrosin Novgorodski) /Saint Reverend Martyr Euphrosynus of Novgorod/.

LZ1612EN counts for "All Saints - 2021" award and 10 points towards "St. Teodosii Tyrnovski" award.

http://www.lz1kcp.com

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To obtain the Diploma it is necessary to establish : For European stations 8 QSO (SWL reports), and for stations outside Europe - 4 QSO (SWL reports) with different memorial callsigns dedicated to All Orthodox Saints.

For 2021, these callsigns are 12:

LZ 21 RH from 01.01.2021 until 31.01.2021

LZ 544 SG from 01.02.2021 until 28.02.2021

LZ 250 KG from 01.03.2021 until 31.03.2021

LZ 1612 EN from 01.04.2021 until 30.04.2021

LZ 1072 BG from 01.05.2021 until 31.05.2021

LZ 308 WK from 01.06.2021 until 30.06.2021

LZ 950 TM from 01.07.2021 until 31.07.2021

be published from 01.08.2021 until 31.08.2021

be published from 01.09.2021 until 30.09.2021

be published from 01.10.2021 until 31.10.2021

be published from 01.11.2021 until 30.11.2021

be published from 01.12.2021 until 31.12.2021

The cost of the Diploma is 5 EUR and also it can be obtained free of charge in electronic form by e-mail.

Please send applications to: lz3ga@abv.bg

For paper version of the Diploma please send: 5 EUR to the PayPal account: lz1bj@yahoo.com

QSL cards are not necessary, only an extract from the log.

For each year Diploma will be issued with a separate numbering: No / 2021 and etc.

Only memorial callsigns will be changed and Diploma can be obtained every year for QSO’s within period from January 01 until December 31 for the relevant year.
I am currently hearing LZ1612EN quite clearly, but he's fluctuating between S-0 and S-2. I called and he asked for a repeat once, but he couldn't dig me out. I have zero local noise now, and I've discovered that I can often hear stations quite well that cannot hear me even when I run the amp. I suspect it's often because their local noise is significantly higher than mine.

I'll keep trying, hoping the path improves.
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Re: ham radio operators?

Post by Jocose » Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:00 pm

durangopipe wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 2:14 pm
Here's a wonderful special event:
Between 1st and 30th of April 2021 Bulgarian Club BLAGOVESTNIK LZ1KCP will use the special callsign LZ1612EN, which has been created in honour of Св. препмчк Ефросин Новгородски (Sv. Prepmchk Efrosin Novgorodski) /Saint Reverend Martyr Euphrosynus of Novgorod/.

LZ1612EN counts for "All Saints - 2021" award and 10 points towards "St. Teodosii Tyrnovski" award.

http://www.lz1kcp.com

Image

To obtain the Diploma it is necessary to establish : For European stations 8 QSO (SWL reports), and for stations outside Europe - 4 QSO (SWL reports) with different memorial callsigns dedicated to All Orthodox Saints.

For 2021, these callsigns are 12:

LZ 21 RH from 01.01.2021 until 31.01.2021

LZ 544 SG from 01.02.2021 until 28.02.2021

LZ 250 KG from 01.03.2021 until 31.03.2021

LZ 1612 EN from 01.04.2021 until 30.04.2021

LZ 1072 BG from 01.05.2021 until 31.05.2021

LZ 308 WK from 01.06.2021 until 30.06.2021

LZ 950 TM from 01.07.2021 until 31.07.2021

be published from 01.08.2021 until 31.08.2021

be published from 01.09.2021 until 30.09.2021

be published from 01.10.2021 until 31.10.2021

be published from 01.11.2021 until 30.11.2021

be published from 01.12.2021 until 31.12.2021

The cost of the Diploma is 5 EUR and also it can be obtained free of charge in electronic form by e-mail.

Please send applications to: lz3ga@abv.bg

For paper version of the Diploma please send: 5 EUR to the PayPal account: lz1bj@yahoo.com

QSL cards are not necessary, only an extract from the log.

For each year Diploma will be issued with a separate numbering: No / 2021 and etc.

Only memorial callsigns will be changed and Diploma can be obtained every year for QSO’s within period from January 01 until December 31 for the relevant year.
I am currently hearing LZ1612EN quite clearly, but he's fluctuating between S-0 and S-2. I called and he asked for a repeat once, but he couldn't dig me out. I have zero local noise now, and I've discovered that I can often hear stations quite well that cannot hear me even when I run the amp. I suspect it's often because their local noise is significantly higher than mine.

I'll keep trying, hoping the path improves.
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Post by Stanley76 » Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:26 am

20 Meters is wide open today. I just got my 2nd DX and it's also my first European DX. S57DX in Slovenia!

Edit: Also had a DX with a guy in Italy and tried to QSO with a guy in Saudi Arabia but a lot of people in Europe were calling in and I couldn't get heard. Also a bunch of guys in the U.S.
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Post by Jocose » Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:13 pm

Stanley76 wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:26 am
20 Meters is wide open today. I just got my 2nd DX and it's also my first European DX. S57DX in Slovenia!

Edit: Also had a DX with a guy in Italy and tried to QSO with a guy in Saudi Arabia but a lot of people in Europe were calling in and I couldn't get heard. Also a bunch of guys in the U.S.
Woot!
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Post by durangopipe » Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:48 pm

Jocose wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:13 pm
Stanley76 wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:26 am
20 Meters is wide open today. I just got my 2nd DX and it's also my first European DX. S57DX in Slovenia!

Edit: Also had a DX with a guy in Italy and tried to QSO with a guy in Saudi Arabia but a lot of people in Europe were calling in and I couldn't get heard. Also a bunch of guys in the U.S.
Woot!
Woot...
and another Woot!

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Post by Stanley76 » Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:17 pm

durangopipe wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:48 pm
Jocose wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:13 pm
Stanley76 wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:26 am
20 Meters is wide open today. I just got my 2nd DX and it's also my first European DX. S57DX in Slovenia!

Edit: Also had a DX with a guy in Italy and tried to QSO with a guy in Saudi Arabia but a lot of people in Europe were calling in and I couldn't get heard. Also a bunch of guys in the U.S.
Woot!
Woot...
and another Woot!

:D
I logged in two more after I posted this. Another in Italy and one in Scotland.
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Post by durangopipe » Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:26 pm

Stanley76 wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:17 pm
durangopipe wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:48 pm
Jocose wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:13 pm
Stanley76 wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:26 am
20 Meters is wide open today. I just got my 2nd DX and it's also my first European DX. S57DX in Slovenia!

Edit: Also had a DX with a guy in Italy and tried to QSO with a guy in Saudi Arabia but a lot of people in Europe were calling in and I couldn't get heard. Also a bunch of guys in the U.S.
Woot!
Woot...
and another Woot!

:D
I logged in two more after I posted this. Another in Italy and one in Scotland.
Fantastic.

You’ve upgraded your license just in time to experience the waking up of the sun after several years of doldrums.
Keep reporting!

I’m entering finals week and a lot of grading, but I’ll be DXing with you soon.
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Post by Jocose » Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:16 am

Waiting for that sun to wake up on 10, 12 and 15

I did manage Puerto Rico, Argentina and Brazil on 20 meters yesterday.

Also finally located a somewhat difficult to find Zephyr bug, it should be here next week :chili: :chili: :chili:
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Post by durangopipe » Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:31 am

Jocose wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:16 am
Waiting for that sun to wake up on 10, 12 and 15

I did manage Puerto Rico, Argentina and Brazil on 20 meters yesterday.

Also finally located a somewhat difficult to find Zephyr bug, it should be here next week :chili: :chili: :chili:
Great on the DX, Jo.

It’s going to be awhile yet before openings on 10, 12 and 15 are frequent and long - but there are openings now if you watch the DX clusters. Soon, I’ll tune my vertical for 15m - it’s been tuned for 40m forever. :D

Great news on the Zephyr. They are hard to find and frequently misidentified. I wish I’d known you were looking for one. I saw one listed as a Lightning Bug on eBay recently. (Maybe that’s the one you got.)

Post photos when it arrives!
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Post by Stanley76 » Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:33 am

Jocose wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:16 am
Waiting for that sun to wake up on 10, 12 and 15

I did manage Puerto Rico, Argentina and Brazil on 20 meters yesterday.

Also finally located a somewhat difficult to find Zephyr bug, it should be here next week :chili: :chili: :chili:
Congratulations on the Bug. I worked a guy in Northern Ireland this morning on 17 Meters. My Elmer told me the higher bands are getting ready to open up. Not that I would know but he said that a lot of new guys like me are going to be pleasantly surprised.
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Post by durangopipe » Thu Apr 29, 2021 11:04 am

Stanley76 wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:33 am
Jocose wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:16 am
Waiting for that sun to wake up on 10, 12 and 15

I did manage Puerto Rico, Argentina and Brazil on 20 meters yesterday.

Also finally located a somewhat difficult to find Zephyr bug, it should be here next week :chili: :chili: :chili:
Congratulations on the Bug. I worked a guy in Northern Ireland this morning on 17 Meters. My Elmer told me the higher bands are getting ready to open up. Not that I would know but he said that a lot of new guys like me are going to be pleasantly surprised.
Congratulations on Northern Ireland!

Hopefully, as early as this summer things should be opening up on the higher bands more regularly. For the next few years the bands should be very different than they have been for the past few.

Interestingly, there are two quite contradictory forecasts for this new cycle. The dominant position is that, although things will be better than they were at solar minimum, the peak will not be a high one and conditions will not reach the heights of previous cycles. The minority position, using a new model, predicts something approaching an all-time high.

We shall see ...
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Post by Stanley76 » Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:59 pm

It's almost 9:00 here in NC and 20 meters is still wide open. Worked a guy in Western France a few minutes ago. This is FUN!
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