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Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:43 pm
by Jocose
TNLawPiper wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 8:32 am
Jocose wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:22 pm
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The Eagle has landed.

:chili:

This key is amazing, just a slight touch and code is sent. I had no idea how great these are.

Dit dit
Stop hamming and start posting again.

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:22 pm
by TNLawPiper
Jocose wrote:
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:43 pm
TNLawPiper wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 8:32 am
Jocose wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:22 pm
Image

The Eagle has landed.

:chili:

This key is amazing, just a slight touch and code is sent. I had no idea how great these are.

Dit dit
Stop hamming and start posting again.
what is this i dont even

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:33 pm
by durangopipe
What freq. Jo?
Numbers station?

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 5:04 pm
by durangopipe
Jocose wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:22 pm
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I just learned that the finish on your Begali key is done by Beretta!

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:06 pm
by Jocose
durangopipe wrote:
Sun Aug 30, 2020 5:04 pm

I just learned that the finish on your Begali key is done by Beretta!
Ah, makes sense that they recommend a gun oil to protect the finish...

What's the deal with the SFI ? I thought things were to be improving, I actually had a few minutes to get on the air other day when the index was at 70 and made a contact with New Zealand with 5 watts but overall it looks like things have been hit and miss for the most part.

:confused:

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:11 pm
by durangopipe
Jocose wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:06 pm
durangopipe wrote:
Sun Aug 30, 2020 5:04 pm

I just learned that the finish on your Begali key is done by Beretta!
Ah, makes sense that they recommend a gun oil to protect the finish...

What's the deal with the SFI ? I thought things were to be improving, I actually had a few minutes to get on the air other day when the index was at 70 and made a contact with New Zealand with 5 watts but overall it looks like things have been hit and miss for the most part.

:confused:
It was a cruel trick. :(

Nobody can predict these things with any certainty. Solar Cycle 25 has definitely shown signs of waking up, but how quickly and how high it will rise is anybody’s guess.

I’ve been here before, but I’ve never experienced a cycle this low for this long.

80m and 40m are good at night, if you can handle the static crashes. Give them a shot.

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:19 pm
by durangopipe
Hadn't done much more than listen occasionally the past few weeks (school is taking more time than I'd expected). I finally had a little time to turn on the transmitter. Just worked EA8BWL (Tenerife Island, Canary Islands - truly beautiful place!) on the first call on SSB. He gave me a 57. Nothing is booming in, but some Europeans are coming through here.

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Then went to CW...

Got ZB2FK (Gibralter) on CW. Not terribly strong. We exchanged 559s.

And, oddly enough, in the opposite direction, JM7OLW (Fukushima, Japan) right at my noise floor - below S1, then JH1GEX (Yamanashi, Japan) better at S5 but deep QSB.

Finally (before going in for dinner) VK2GR, Allan (Ulladulla, Australia), a bit louder than Japan.

I'm running 500W and doubt I'd have had any of these QSOs without some power.

You might try 20m if you're around, Jo. Hope you're not in fire danger and the smoke isn't too bad where you are. Japan and the Pacific might be booming in there soon!

I just read a news brief that reported solar scientists are about to peg the bottom of solar cycle 24 as having occurred this past December. We're in cycle 25. Things should start getting better.

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:19 pm
by Jocose
Woot! Great stuff, Steve!

Hoping that cycle 25 is not as quiet as they say it may be, also hoping to get baxk on the air soon.

My G5RV survived the major windstorm we had last week.

Did you see the ISS put up an FM repeater ? Pretty cool.

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:33 pm
by Jocose
Finally worked MD which is getting me closer to WAS, just a few more.

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:37 pm
by durangopipe
Way to go, Jo!
You’re having one heck of a ham “career”.

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:46 pm
by Jocose
durangopipe wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:37 pm
Way to go, Jo!
You’re having one heck of a ham “career”.
Tnx OM, wish it paid better. :lol:

Worked Japan a few more times recently, (including another pirate) and finally got Chile in the logbook, WOOT WOOT

Now trying to figure out if I will need to apply for WAS in a Hybrid manner, not everyone uses LoTW, just doing some homework as I still need a few more states.

Have you nabbed and good DX lately?

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:34 pm
by durangopipe
Nothing new recently, Jo.

I was going to have a big announcement about a new set of paddles, but Begali’s payment system is messed up at the moment and I’m having trouble completing the purchase.

Bruna hasn’t gotten back to me so I don’t know where we stand.
I’ll update here when I know what’s going on.

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:53 pm
by durangopipe
:D

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Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:30 pm
by Jocose
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Hey, Steve, did Bruna get you sorted on the key?! Cant wait to see it!

Also, 40 and 20 have been great the last couple of days, been working sota like crazy, going for the "Shack Sloth" award, Hi Hi, almost halfway there.

Stay safe my friends.

Dit dit

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:52 pm
by Sir Moose
While I'm not a Hamster or a conspiracy theorist or a cold-war spook, articles like this tend to catch my eye when they pop up:

The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run
In the middle of a Russian swampland, not far from the city of St Petersburg, is a rectangular iron gate. Beyond its rusted bars is a collection of radio towers, abandoned buildings and power lines bordered by a dry-stone wall. This sinister location is the focus of a mystery which stretches back to the height of the Cold War.

It is thought to be the headquarters of a radio station, “MDZhB”, that no-one has ever claimed to run. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the last three-and-a-half decades, it’s been broadcasting a dull, monotonous tone. Every few seconds it’s joined by a second sound, like some ghostly ship sounding its foghorn. Then the drone continues.

Once or twice a week, a man or woman will read out some words in Russian, such as “dinghy” or “farming specialist”. And that’s it. Anyone, anywhere in the world can listen in, simply by tuning a radio to the frequency 4625 kHz.

It’s so enigmatic, it’s as if it was designed with conspiracy theorists in mind. Today the station has an online following numbering in the tens of thousands, who know it affectionately as “the Buzzer”. It joins two similar mystery stations, “the Pip” and the “Squeaky Wheel”. As their fans readily admit themselves, they have absolutely no idea what they are listening to.

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:36 pm
by durangopipe
Sir Moose wrote:
Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:52 pm
While I'm not a Hamster or a conspiracy theorist or a cold-war spook, articles like this tend to catch my eye when they pop up:

The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run
In the middle of a Russian swampland, not far from the city of St Petersburg, is a rectangular iron gate. Beyond its rusted bars is a collection of radio towers, abandoned buildings and power lines bordered by a dry-stone wall. This sinister location is the focus of a mystery which stretches back to the height of the Cold War.

It is thought to be the headquarters of a radio station, “MDZhB”, that no-one has ever claimed to run. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the last three-and-a-half decades, it’s been broadcasting a dull, monotonous tone. Every few seconds it’s joined by a second sound, like some ghostly ship sounding its foghorn. Then the drone continues.

Once or twice a week, a man or woman will read out some words in Russian, such as “dinghy” or “farming specialist”. And that’s it. Anyone, anywhere in the world can listen in, simply by tuning a radio to the frequency 4625 kHz.

It’s so enigmatic, it’s as if it was designed with conspiracy theorists in mind. Today the station has an online following numbering in the tens of thousands, who know it affectionately as “the Buzzer”. It joins two similar mystery stations, “the Pip” and the “Squeaky Wheel”. As their fans readily admit themselves, they have absolutely no idea what they are listening to.
I have no idea what they’re listening to. :D

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:42 pm
by durangopipe
Finally was advised by Bruna just to order my key through the website and use PayPal. Got it ordered yesterday - then Bruna wrote to tell me they’re sold out again, but will have more ready to ship late next week. I get the feeling that after the Simplex, the Pearl in palladium finish base is their best selling key.

I also understand (from a Begali Facebook page) that shipping is being held up in Paris.

Sooooo .....

I have a Pearl set up like this one on the way:

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With no idea when it will arrive.
I’ll post when it arrives. I can hardly wait.

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:46 pm
by durangopipe
Jocose wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:30 pm
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Hey, Steve, did Bruna get you sorted on the key?! Cant wait to see it!

Also, 40 and 20 have been great the last couple of days, been working sota like crazy, going for the "Shack Sloth" award, Hi Hi, almost halfway there.

Stay safe my friends.

Dit dit
That’s great, Jo.
Since my return, I haven’t had time to get on the air.

I’m glad you’ve been able to be active.

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 4:26 pm
by Jocose
durangopipe wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:36 pm
Sir Moose wrote:
Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:52 pm
While I'm not a Hamster or a conspiracy theorist or a cold-war spook, articles like this tend to catch my eye when they pop up:

The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run
In the middle of a Russian swampland, not far from the city of St Petersburg, is a rectangular iron gate. Beyond its rusted bars is a collection of radio towers, abandoned buildings and power lines bordered by a dry-stone wall. This sinister location is the focus of a mystery which stretches back to the height of the Cold War.

It is thought to be the headquarters of a radio station, “MDZhB”, that no-one has ever claimed to run. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the last three-and-a-half decades, it’s been broadcasting a dull, monotonous tone. Every few seconds it’s joined by a second sound, like some ghostly ship sounding its foghorn. Then the drone continues.

Once or twice a week, a man or woman will read out some words in Russian, such as “dinghy” or “farming specialist”. And that’s it. Anyone, anywhere in the world can listen in, simply by tuning a radio to the frequency 4625 kHz.

It’s so enigmatic, it’s as if it was designed with conspiracy theorists in mind. Today the station has an online following numbering in the tens of thousands, who know it affectionately as “the Buzzer”. It joins two similar mystery stations, “the Pip” and the “Squeaky Wheel”. As their fans readily admit themselves, they have absolutely no idea what they are listening to.
I have no idea what they’re listening to. :D

Re: ham radio operators?

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 4:27 pm
by Jocose
durangopipe wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:42 pm
Finally was advised by Bruna just to order my key through the website and use PayPal. Got it ordered yesterday - then Bruna wrote to tell me they’re sold out again, but will have more ready to ship late next week. I get the feeling that after the Simplex, the Pearl in palladium finish base is their best selling key.

I also understand (from a Begali Facebook page) that shipping is being held up in Paris.

Sooooo .....

I have a Pearl set up like this one on the way:

Image

With no idea when it will arrive.
I’ll post when it arrives. I can hardly wait.
:chili: :chili: :chili: