October 25, 2014
We gathered to work the CQ WW SSB (Phone) contest and had a great day.
I could not believe the band conditions when i started up the logging program and connected to the DX cluster. 15 meters was alive from band edge to band edge with signals stacked on top of each other. I got settled in in front of my old girl (an older ICOM IC-761), don't worry babe your my only one. Starting at the beginning of the phone band I worked my way to the top end and had a great run. I could not believe what I was hearing, country after country after country.
We had a few visitors drop by for food and drinks and even take a turn or two on the radio's. It was nice too see the guys in front of the radio's with the head sets on and their eyes wide open. I and some of the others have not seen operating conditions this good in a long time.
Yes, we were running power. I think Bill was driving the 20 meter mono bander with a great deal of power as the lights kept dimming when he keyed down. There was one time when Bill mentioned we were going to have to coordinate our transmitters as we might not have enough power from the 3000 watt inverter. Even the generator was choking under the demand. I ran my station with about 300 to 350 watts all day and the amp was reporting 35-37 degrees C.
I had about a 7 hour run on 15 meters and logged around 50 countries. John M (7TDI) was dropped off by his wife about 4:30 to help me on the second run. I was not sure what to expect as 15 drops off by early evening (around 5pm), but the band was wide open well after the witching hour. John parked himself in front of my rig and started working the second run. It was nice to just log and not work the radio. John was able too pick up around another 15 countries that added our score up quite nicely (thanks OM).
15 meters was wide open well up to about 8 pm before the propagation just quit, and I do mean it just quit. I was so shocked at the speed the band died I even checked the antenna thinking we had a problem.
A quick list of prefixes, just to name a few:
Thanks Bill for the great opportunity you have offered to a great group of your friends........
July 6, 2014 - From Jeff Franchuk:
A few notes, a few smiles and a few beads of sweat from Sunday.
If any of you were around the radio this weekend, you
sure would know that HF was just happening. I got to
Wow - great signal and the audio is great, is always a nice report to hear from my old school Icom boat anchor. Bill was chilling out on the patio as I worked a 4Z5IW station. No sooner did I hit the enter button i got a text from Bill "4Z5?", I replied Israel. not bad, 6712 M. (10802 Km). All in all I worked about a dozen stations before shutting down for day to start some of the never ending chores. Saplings needed to be cut down from around the all band vertical and a bunch of clean up was in order for the general area. Oh did I mention we put a 40 amp load on the 12 volt production batteries for about 4 or 5 hours just for something to do.
See you in two weeks Bill
Great DX to allVE7JR
September 15, 2013 - Down at the project for a few hours - Heinz joined me and we bagged a few good ones
20130915 1657 18135.0 USB VE7XS 59 PA3GSU 59 Netherlands
20130915 1701 18147.0 USB VE7XS 59 HP30 59 Panama 3.6 .5K side of MA5B FC
20130915 1706 18125.0 USB VE7XS 59 OH9TT 59 Finland 4.5M .5K MC
20130915 1713 18118.0 USB VE7XS 59 EA3BOX 58 Joan Spain 5.1M .5K FC
20130915 1722 18143.9 USB VE7XS 59 IZ6BXV 57 Tony Italy 5.5M .5K FC
20130915 1728 21380.5 USB VE7XS 59 S57DX 59 Slovenia 681 001 .7K 5.4M FC
20130915 1729 21398.0 USB VE7XS 59 UU7J 59 Ukraine 1632 002 5.4M .7K FC
20130915 1730 21408.4 USB VE7XS 59 HA30S 59 1951 003 Hungary 5.4M .7K FC
20130915 1805 21375.0 USB VE7XS 59 EB3CW 59 1772 004 Spain 5.1M .5K FC
20130915 1809 21390.0 USB VE7XS 59 DQ7Q 59 716 005 Germany 4.9M .5K FC
20130915 1818 18150.0 USB VE7XS 59 RA7T 59 European Russia 5.8M .5M FC
20130915 1829 18137.0 USB VE7XS 59 LA2PA 58 Leif Norway 4.,3M .5K FC
20130915 1837 18145.0 USB VE7XS 59 HP0INT/9 59 OTA NA203 Panama 3.7M .5K MC
20130915 1842 18126.5 USB VE7XS 59 S57S 59 Slovenia 5.3M .5K FC
20130915 1858 18158.5 USB VE7XS 59 IK6BKJ 57 Justin Italy 5.6M .5M MC
20130915 1903 18133.0 USB VE7XS 59 SV3AQR 54 Greece 5.9M .5M FC
20130915 1919 21345.0 USB VE7XS 59 MM0AMW 59 444 005 Scotland 4.3M .5K FC
20130915 1919 21337.0 USB VE7XS 59 SP9LJD 59 1210 006 Poland 5M .5K FC
20130915 1923 21330.0 USB VE7XS 59 DL5AXX 59 267 007 Germany 4.9M .5K FC
August 18, 2013 - A little operating - see below
20130825 1756 18164.5 USB VE7XS 59 J67ZF 57 Derek St. Lucia 4.2M .5K FC
20130825 1800 18155.0 USB VE7XS 59 YW5X 59 Venezuela 4.3M .5K
20130825 1816 18137.5 USB VE7XS 53 OO4JM 53 Jean Belgium 4.9M .5K FC
20130825 1828 18130.0 USB VE7XS 59 W4USR 59 Dennis North Carolina 2.2M .5K
20130825 1849 18115.0 USB VE7XS 55 KK0K 59 Frank Kansas City - Kansas 1.5M .5K
20130825 1900 21280.0 USB VE7XS 59 KH6LC 59 hil Hawaii - 2.7M .5K MA5B off back of beam
20130825 1901 21294.0 USB VE7XS 59 NH7NJ 59 Kau Hawaii - 2.7M .5K FC
20130825 1904 21285.0 USB VE7XS 59 KH7T 59 Koh Hawaii 2.7M .5K
20130825 2036 18122.0 USB VE7XS 59 S539EB 59 Slovenia 5.3K .5K MC
20130825 2117 18143.0 USB VE7XS 55 H70ORO 56 Nicaragua 3.2M .5K MA5B
20130831 1716 18145.0 USB VE7XS 59 K5ACR 59 Phil Oklahoma 1.8M .1K FC
20130907 1936 18135.0 USB VE7XS 59 IK6BGJ 58 Justin Italy - .6K 5.5M FC
20130907 1943 18129.0 USB VE7XS 59 LY777A 59 Lithuania .6K 4.9M FC
20130907 1948 18120.0 USB VE7XS 59 OH2BAD 59+ Miika Finland .6K 4.4M FC
20130907 2033 14262.4 USB VE7XS 59 DJ7EO/P 59 180 Germany .6K 4.9M FC on 20M mono bander
August 18, 2013 - A little casual operating
from the Project - mostly using the MA5B on 15 meters, a little on the
20130817 1749 18156.0 USB VE7XS 59 OH2BAD 57 Miika Finland 4.5M .6K FC MA5B
20130818 0015 18147.5 USB VE7XS 59 W9IMS 59 Al Indiannapolis 1.7M .5K
20130818 1916 18124.9 USB VE7XS 59 W2SO 59 Luke Lighthouse - Lake Erie - .1K
20130818 1921 18138.0 USB VE7XS 59 Z320T 59 Macedonia .6K 5.8M MC MA5B
20130818 1927 18154.0 USB VE7XS 59 UR4MSF 57 Alex Ukraine .6K 5.3M FC
20130818 1936 18130.0 USB VE7XS 59 IK8OZZ 55 Luigi Italy Naples .6K 5.5M FC
20130818 1938 18122.0 USB VE7XS 55 HA5AGS 55 Hungary .6K 5.4M FC
20130818 1945 18159.5 USB VE7XS 59 IK4UPI 55 Santos Italy .6K 5.5M FC
20130818 1952 21250.0 USB VE7XS 59 DB100AWPB 58 Frank Germany .5K 4.9M FC
20130818 2005 21284.0 USB VE7XS 59 5B4AIV 59 Cyprus .7K 6.4M MC
20130818 2010 14187.0 USB VE7XS 59 SP7HKK 56 Poland .6K 5M FC monobander
20130818 2011 14200.3 USB VE7XS 59 S539EB 59 Slovenia .6K 5.3M FC Monobander
20130818 2017 14207.2 USB VE7XS 59 HA5MY 58 Harry Budapest Hungary .6K 5.4M MC
20130818 2020 14221.6 USB VE7XS 59 G4RFR 56 John England .6K 4.6M FC
20130818 2026 14237.0 USB VE7XS 59 SZ7SER 56 Ebi Greece .6K 5.9M SC Monoboander
20130818 2039 14205.2 USB VE7XS 56 Z320T 59 Macedona .K 8M FC Monobander
20130818 2057 18159.5 USB VE7XS 59 IK4UPI 54 Santos Italy .5K 5.5M FC
July 28, 2013 - Update from the Project - here is an updated log - not including contest logs
20130605 1741 18156.7 USB VE7XS 59 SP9KR 57 Andy Poland 5M .4K on 80 meter dipole
20130605 1747 18156.8 USB VE7XS 59 SP9KR 55 Andy Poland
20130605 1748 18163.7 USB VE7XS 59 S51DX 58 Slovenia 5.3M .4K FC on 80 meter dipole
20130605 1750 18163.7 USB VE7XS 59 S51DX 59 janez
20130605 1754 18147.5 USB VE7XS 59 VE7ON 59 Gord Langley
20130605 1912 14205.0 USB VE7XS 59 LA4UOA 59 Tor Norway 4.3M .7K FC
20130607 1614 14200.0 USB VE7XS 59 HL3AKL 59 South Korea 5.1M .7K FC
20130607 1701 14174.0 USB VE7XS 57 VK6DXI 59 Mirek Perth 9.2M .8K FC
20130607 1704 14174.0 USB VE7XS 59 VK6DXI 59 Mirek
20130607 1712 14215.0 USB VE7XS 59 YB0DJ 59 Erwin Indonesia 8.2M .8K FC
20130607 1714 14215.0 USB VE7XS 59 YB0DJ 59
20130607 1754 14197.0 USB VE7XS 59 HL3AKL 59 South Korea 5.1M .7K FC
20130607 1756 14197.0 USB VE7XS 59 HL3AKL 59
20130608 1637 14241.0 USB VE7XS 59 W2W 59 Tim D-Day Commemerative Station .1K FC
20130608 1643 14257.0 USB VE7XS 55 W8VP 53 Roger Special event .1K FC
20130608 1840 50125.0 USB VE7XS 59 WA7ZWG 59 cn88 .1K
20130611 1822 18150.0 USB VE7XS 59 RA3QK 57 Alex European Russia 5.4M .4K SC
20130614 1904 14213.0 USB VE7XS 59 HF50WLA 59 Poland 5M .7K FC
20130615 1625 14215.0 USB VE7XS 59 VR2UBC 57 Hong Kong 6.4M .1K FC
20130615 1628 14215.0 USB VE7XS 59 VR2UBC 57 Yau Hong Kong
20130615 1714 14227.0 USB VE7XS 59 R5GA 57 European Russia 5.3M .1K FC
20130615 1715 14227.0 USB VE7XS 59 R5GA 57
20130615 1723 14227.0 USB VE7XS 59 R3GM 57 European Russia 5.3M .1K FC
20130618 1858 18150.0 USB VE7XS 59 VE7WJ 59 Al Little rag chewing
20130621 2223 14200.0 USB VE7XS 59 CO6YI 59 Cuba 3M .8K MC
June 3, 2013 - It has been a while since I have done an update on the Project. Band conditions have not been great, as there have been a number of solar events. On Friday, I saw the bands as completely closed - all of them on the propagation forecaster.
Here is a cut of my log - 5.4M means 5400 Miles. .7K means 700 watts. FC is First Call, SC is Second Call, MC is Many Calls.
April 28, 2013 - Jeff beat me out to the Project today - here is his account of the day. Bill's comments are (Ed:) :
Got down here around 8:30 in the morning and opened up. Kind of a nice brightness to the sky, one of those it’s going to be a great day feelings. It is real nice to see the sun shining through the sliding window. Got the place swept and put the coffee on while I slowly fired up the station. Logged into N1MM and the cluster was up. Tuned up on 15 and noticed the cluster was hot with spots. Had a run up and down a few times and yes it did sound alive. Some DX and a few just calling but enough activity to say the band was open. Bill popped up and got his rig up as well. Both of us worked a few calls and went on with other things. As some of you know there is always something to keep you busy at the Project. Noticed lots of other spots on 10 and 20 meters but I kept myself tuned in on 15. One call that stuck out in my log was from Lebanon (Ed: about 80 watts - nice) who pulled me out first call. Said a quick hello and moved on. It sure is nice to make a call into a pack of signals and have yours heard. Made a few other first calls like LA6 in Norway. We can''t say enough about our “0” noise floor because I worked a call today with a report of “5”/ “0” I read you 100%. VE7ACN I did call you a few time today but oh well. (Ed: VA7AQ and VE7ACN were on Gambier Island - Bill worked them - Jeff wasn't able to - they weren't there when he tuned up on 20 Meters).
Till next time
April 20, 2013 - Was out at the project today at 10:30 or so. Mike Z. came out, and then Al M. joined me, along with a guest. We had a good time - listened a bit, worked some DX - see below.
20130420 1755 14162.8 USB VE7XS 59 ON4UN 57 John Belgium
20130420 1800 14170.0 USB VE7XS 59 4Z5RR 59 20AD -001 Israel 6.7M .6K
20130420 1822 14208.0 USB VE7XS 59 4X4DZ 59 f12hs - 002 Israel 6.7M .5K Holyland contest
20130420 1835 14195.6 USB VE7XS 59 VA3ATW 59 Ontario QSO party
20130420 2031 14190.0 USB VE7XS 59 HB9EOU 57 lumo Switzerland 5.1M .6K
20130420 2058 14190.0 USB VE7XS 59 TC57A 59 Asiatic Turkey 6.1M .5K SC
20130420 2117 14218.0 USB VE7XS 59 DL2AA 59 Mike Germany 4.9M .5K FC
20130420 2221 21295.0 USB VE7XS 59 KX8D 59 307 Presio - BC 001
So - Israel, Switzerland, Asiatic Turkey, Germany, and not included above - some Japanese stations. There was a Chinese station in there - but he disappeared before I could work him.
Mike Z. brought his FT1000 down. He threw together a dipole vertical (yeah - had me going as well) on 17 meters. He put it up in the 'bushes' at the project - so the base of the dipole was at about three feet above ground level, and a vertical element went up to about eight feet. He plugged it into his radio, and first call, worked a Russian station on CW on 17 meters - awesome!
April 13, 2013 - Got to the
Project about noon today - didn't run the generator, just brought up the
About an hour later, I came back and
could just hear the Togo station calling - listening up 5 Khz. I
March 9-10, 2013 - Casual
operating at the project over the weekend. Neil King, VA7DX was in
town and he
20130309 2021 14201.5 USB VE7XS 59+ OH5BM 59+ Tap Finland 5x5 monobander .1K
20130309 2021 14201.5 USB VE7XS 59 OH5LF 59 Kery Finland .1K
20130309 2023 14201.5 USB VE7XS 57 OH6Y 58 Finland .1K first call
20130309 2027 14206.0 USB VE7XS 59 9K2OD 59 Osama Kuwait City.1K 7M First call
20130309 2041 14173.0 USB VE7XS 59 5B/R2DX 59 Cyprus 6.5M .1K
20130309 2045 14159.0 USB VE7XS 59 2W0VOW 59 Beth Wales .7K working with some Algerian stations
20130309 2118 14194.5 USB VE7XS 59 KL7Y 59 Mike Alaska 1.5M .1K
20130309 2126 14207.6 USB VE7XS 59+ LA2HGA 59 Arnulf Norway Arctic 4.3M .1K FC
20130309 2131 14189.0 USB VE7XS 56 SP2Y 55 Mark Poland 5M .1K FC
20130309 2143 14205.0 USB VE7XS 59 UA0KBU 59 Asiatic Russia 2.4M .1K FC
20130309 2153 14162.0 USB VE7XS 54 G0HWK 56 Mike England 5M .7K Initial contact .1K
20130309 2202 14168.0 USB VE7XS 57 7X5NZ 57 Algeria 6.1M .7K FC
20130309 2237 14225.0 USB VE7XS 59 JY4CI 59 Jordon 6.7M .7K SC
20130309 2241 14202.0 USB VE7XS 59 WA6FIZ 59 Mickey S. California .9M .1K
20130310 1757 14190.0 USB VE7XS 59 HS0ZCW 57 Charlie Thailand .1K 7.5M SC
20130310 1828 14201.0 USB VE7XS 59 RG61PP 59 Russia .7K 4.5M
20130310 1851 21270.0 USB VE7XS 59 5B/R2DX 59 Cyprus .6K 6.5M FC
20130310 1856 21246.0 USB VE7XS 59 MW0YVK 59 Eddy Wales .9K 4.5M
20130310 2213 14183.0 USB VE7XS 59 Z81D 59 South Sudan .9K VA7DX operator
March 3, 2013 - Met Jeff at
the project today, and worked a little 20 meter DX. There was a
20130303 1821 14303.5 USB VE7XS 59 SO8T 59 500W Poland Barefoot
20130303 1818 14297.0 USB VE7XS 59 SJ2W 59 1KW Sweden Barefoot
20130303 1815 14289.3 USB VE7XS 59 OZ7X 59 1KW Denmark Barefoot
20130303 1814 14286.0 USB VE7XS 59 SN3X 59 500Watts Poland Barefoot
20130303 1803 14271.5 USB VE7XS 59 HG7T 59 1KW Hungary Barefoot
20130303 1802 14269.0 USB VE7XS 59 IK6SNR 59 500 Watts Italy Barefoot
20130303 1801 14266.0 USB VE7XS 59 HB9CXZ 59 1KW Switzerland Barefoot
20130303 1757 14263.8 USB VE7XS 59 LY4G 59 1KW Lithuania Barefoot
20130303 1754 14256.3 USB VE7XS 59 LZ9W 59 1KW Bulgaria Barefoot
20130303 1751 14254.0 USB VE7XS 59 4O3A 59 1KW Montenegro .6KW
20130303 1733 14248.0 USB VE7XS 59 UW5Q 59 1KW Ukraine Barefoot
20130303 1731 14223.8 USB VE7XS 59 SN8N 59 500Watts Poland Barefoot
20130303 1730 14220.0 USB VE7XS 59 RX6AM 59 1KW Russia Barefoot
20130303 1728 14202.0 USB VE7XS 59 UT4UO 59 100 Watt Ukraine Barefoot
20130303 1725 14199.5 USB VE7XS 59 UY5ZZ 59 1KW Ukraine Barefoot
20130303 1721 14201.8 USB VE7XS 59 KH6RC 59 Randy 100W Hawaii Barefoot
20130303 1658 14165.3 USB VE7XS 59 S58FA 59 1KW Slovenia Barefoot
20130303 1654 14169.0 USB VE7XS 59 YU1EXY 59 1KW Serbia Barefoot
20130303 1649 14174.5 USB VE7XS 59 M0WLF 59 400 Watts England Barefoot
20130303 1646 14183.5 USB VE7XS 59 SG0X 59 1KW Sweden Barefoot
20130303 1633 14187.3 USB VE7XS 59 YO3VU 59 1KW Romania Barefoot
20130303 1630 14201.3 USB VE7XS 59 UT8UO 59 100W Ukraine Barefoot
20130303 1626 14223.0 USB VE7XS 59 RA3M 59 1KW Russia Barefoot
20130303 1619 14240.0 USB VE7XS 59 E7DX 59 1KW Bosnia Barefoot
20130303 1615 14283.5 USB VE7XS 59 OH8X 59 1KW Finland Barefoot
20130303 1614 14281.3 USB VE7XS 59 9A1P 59 592 1KW Croatia Barefoot
20130303 1613 14276.5 USB VE7XS 59 3Z8T 59 1KW Poland Barefoot
20130303 1612 14273.0 USB VE7XS 59 YL3FT 59 Yuri 1KW Latvia Barefoot
20130303 1611 14261.0 USB VE7XS 59 OH0X 59 1KW Aland Islands Barefoot
20130303 1611 14254.3 USB VE7XS 59 OH8L 59 1KW Finland Barefoot
20130303 1606 14246.5 USB VE7XS 59 IT9RGY 59 500W Italy Barefoot
20130303 1605 14242.0 USB VE7XS 59 9A8DX 59 Darko 1Kw Croatia Barefoot
20130303 1603 14236.5 USB VE7XS 59 LY5W 59 1Kw Lithuania Barefoot
20130303 1554 14215.0 USB VE7XS 59 UR7EN 59 400W Ukraine Barefoot
20130303 1552 14207.8 USB VE7XS 59 RZ1ZZ 59 1Kw Russia Barefoot
20130303 1549 14197.8 USB VE7XS 59 RY3D 59 1Kw European Russia Barefoot
February 24, 2013 - Was down at the Project yesterday and today. Jeff and his buddy Jason were down on Saturday, and worked on the concrete base for the 60 foot crank-up. Gary was down working on the vertical. Al and I went down there today, and checked and all things were fine. Nice work Jason and Jeff on the 15 odd bags of concrete mixed by hand in a wheel barrow!
February 10, 2013 - Was at the Project this morning - got down there about 9:30 and left just before noon. Heinz was down working on a shelf in the electrical room to put his equipment on. Some great DX - but couldn't stay to play - Daniel's birthday today
20130210 1739 14183.0 USB VE7XS 59 TM10AAW 59 East France 5M .7W first call
20130210 1754 14174.0 USB VE7XS 59 R2KW 57 Vladimer Kaliningrad 5M .7W First Call
20130210 1803 14244.0 USB VE7XS 59 I8QLS 59 Pat Naples 5.5M .9K Italy
20130210 1808 14192.0 USB VE7XS 59 2M0XAT 57 Ross Scotland 4.3M .9K
20130210 1810 14187.0 USB VE7XS 59 IZ1LEJ 59 Enzo Italy 5.5M .9K
20130210 1815 14251.0 USB VE7XS 59 9A9RR 59 Croatia 5.4M .7K First call
20130210 1819 14225.0 USB VE7XS 59 IW6NBX 55 Italy 5.5M .7K
20130210 1912 14245.0 USB VE7XS 59 5X8C 59 Uganda 8.6M .9K First Call
20130210 1926 14210.0 USB VE7XS 59 IZ0VXF 58 Italy 5.5M .7K
February 1, 2013 - Was advised that we won the RAC Canada Day contest, Multi-operator, Multi-station for BC.
December 29, 2012 - I worked the RAC Winter Contest at the project over the last 24 hours. The original goal was to work it as a team, but that kind of fell apart. No problem - I worked it using my own call, VE7XS for four hours on Friday night (at the beginning of the contest), and was out there at 8:30 for an additional seven hours today. I worked 80 meters through 10 meters. Next year I need to add in six meters, 2 meters and 440.
Basically, I tripled my score over last year. In 2011, I ran a multi-operator, single station, high power. This year I ran single-operator, single station, high power. I have to check the rules, but I think I will have to claim multi-operator, single station, high power. Although I did not use any spotting aids, I did post two spots, one for a Falkland station and I believe one for a South African station. I worked some serious DX - on what is really a Canadian contest, with our cousins to the South playing as they saw fit. Here is my raw score:
Band Mode QSOs Pts Sec
3.5 LSB 47 434 6
7 LSB 34 282 6
14 USB 111 812 11
21 USB 72 366 8
28 USB 17 114 2
Total Both 281 2008 33
So my score last year, where I won my category, was 21,840 points. So I basically tripled my score over last year. That is awesome. Now what is even more important, is that I worked most of my contacts first call. That is what it is all about - being able to hear your contact, and then have the antennas and power to work them aggressively.
I also worked some great DX in this contest. Note that you get more points for a Canadian station (10 points) then for any other station (2 points), so it is really important to work the Canadian stations when you can. However, who can turn down DX - I worked the Falkland Islands, two or three contacts into Cuba, two contacts into South Africa, and a couple of contacts into Brazil and Mexico! Falkland and South Africa is about 10,000 miles, and the other contacts are half that at 5,000 miles.
Great contest - worked a lot of RAC stations coast to coast. Thanks All. Bill
November 10, 2012 - From Jeff VE7JR - Nice sunny day at the project. Made up a bunch of RF jumpers for the coax room, 12 for the record. We now have a lighted volt meter on the 12 volt supply of bench three, as we had a breaker left on. We need to spend time in the third can one of these day and go through some of the bins and boxes.
Great fire and a fine lunch thanks Bill (thanks for burning my paper work Al). Worked a while on the Japan contest to hone up on logging skills as the BCQP is fast approaching, what a blast. Messed around here till 15 went quiet and shut down. Batteries up, ran the propane gen for a while ran ok @#$%^&* (Editor - hit and miss - usually miss on this generator - no rhyme or reason.)
QSO: 21294 PH 2012-11-10 2152 VE7JR 59 03
JF2QNM 59 20
October 21, 2012 - Was down to the project today - at about 9:40 a.m. Later then normal. Bands were hopping. Worked my first contact on 20 Meters at 9:51 - A submarine in Wisconsin. I then switched to 10 meters, and holy cow, was it ever busy. When 10 opens, you can work the world. I worked France, Scotland, Gibraltar, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Spain, Netherlands, French Polynesia, Canary Islands and the Azores. AWESOME! Saudi Arabia was a tough one - huge pileup 7,300 miles away. Took me a awhile, but got him in the log book. If you look at a map, you can see I was working East and West, North and South - big time opening.
Most of the DX was worked on first call - which is amazing. I worked the 10 meter stations off of the A4S - as the 10 meter mono bander has a problem, and doesn't rotate. My last contact was at 11:23 local - and Mike showed up shortly afterwards. So about 1.5 hours on the radio for me. Mike then worked my station until three p.m. - and got some decent contacts, but I don't have his log to share today.
20121021 1651 14241.0 USB
VE7XS 59 NB9QV 59 Steve USS Cobia In
VE7XS - Bill
October 20, 2012 - Got down to the project today at about 11:30 a.m. - by the time I finished my other commitments. Al showed up later in the day, and we now have pressurized water into the kitchen - excellent. A big thank you.
Band conditions were pretty reasonable. I didn't work it real hard - and here is what I did.
17 German stations - it was Worked All Germany (WAG) contest - so was cherry picking some contacts. Mostly on 20 meters. it is a wonderful feeling to get unsolicited reports that your signal was blasting into Germany with great audio. Most of these contacts were first call.
3 Western Kiribati - 10, 15 and 20 meters (5,000 Miles) - http://www.mdxc.org/t30py/
About 5,000 miles - worked two of the three contacts first call - awesome!
I worked one each of Slovak, Australia (11,799 Miles) and Japan - all first call
I also worked Svalbard, 5,600 Miles and a huge pileup
20121020 1831 14155.0 USB
VE7XS 59 DL50LINDAU 59 Markus Germany 5M .5KSpecial Event
VE7XS - Bill
October 8, 2012 - Canadian Thanksgiving - Work continues to be work - lots of it and not a lot of time to play radio this summer. Have managed to get some good time in the RV - could stay the nights and weekends in the bus - but had to work some hours (lots of)
This was a Canadian long weekend - managed to get to the project for a chunk of Saturday and Sunday - played a bit of radio - worked on the bus, started cleaning up the project a bit. There is an unbelievable amount of antennas, parts of antennas, towers laying around. With John M.'s and Greg B.'s assistance we got all of the new coax on the roof - a weekend or so ago.
So - mostly by myself - an hour or two here and there, here is an excerpt from my log today. On Thanksgiving I was down there for about 7:00 a.m. but had to leave at 10:00 or so - managed to work an Island that hasn't be activated before off of the Baja P. and into New Zealand - where I got an awesome audio report (was running 900 watts). Highlight of the weekend had to be a YL (Lady Operator) who was running 10 watts (no typo) out of Wales - awesome!
20121006 1634 14200.0 USB
VE7XS 59 XE1RK 55 Ralph Mexico - 2M .2K
VE7XS - Bill
April 15, 2012
Lets see shall I sleep in or go to the project and play radio. The alarm went off at 5am but the feet did not hit the floor until 530am. Out the door by 545 and hit the drive through for that daily cup of Jo and onto the project. Spoke to Bill on the Langley Repeater and he was headed in the same direction. Obviously suffering from the same addiction. Did the usual unlocking the C-cans and trying to open the door realizing there is still one puck lock to go. Happens all the time. Had to wait for Bill to arrive to go over the power up procedures again as some things have changed since I was last down. Wow, never saw the cans so clean. Worked several stations on the Georgia QSO Party along with Belgium, and Cologne. Filled up the generator so its ready for the next time. With 930am approaching it was time to pack up to head home to work on the to do list. Thanks Bill – looking forward to the next time.
April 14, 2012
Donna and arrived at the project around 3pm to enjoy the sunshine and the company. Bill , Ben , Gary, Jeff were sitting around the table enjoying the new deck. Looks great. Jeff could not sit still for too long and with Ben started to do some more work on the roof of the c-cans. The pro-pane generator was taken down as its not running well so off to the shop for repairs. Moving a few things in Bills trunk it fit in just fine. Ben’s wife and 2 kids came down as well as John TDI and Doreen. The new fire pit was tested and worked great. The cool ones went down just fine along with the wine. Everyone had to run with the exception of TDI and Jeff who stayed to play radio. Back in the morning……
12-02-26 - Work has been pretty stupid the last three weeks. 70 to 90 hour work weeks have not left a lot of time for playing radio. This weekend I spent time at the project - not a lot of radio, some work, and some troubleshooting of the propane generator. In addition, we worked on the drainage south of the existing C cans. Thanks Ben - today Paul came down and placed the three railroad ties for the new C Container. Al and I had gone down to measure it on Saturday, but the compound was not open. I had forgotten that they were not available on the weekends. Al got an estimate of the size of the can and that is what we put the railroad ties in to support the cans.
The propane generator has been flaky lately. I left the 12 and 24 volt banks almost completely topped up today. It took some patience with the generators, and Jeff's new transfer switch, which works awesome!
On Saturday, Mike dropped by for a visit with his daughter Sasha. Sasha went out to the truck to get a map, and came back in to say a herd of deer were outside. There were a family of five deer grazing in the field. We watched them for a while - it is so cool seeing wild life like that.
So - I worked the radio a bit this weekend. Some of it was with the Yaesu 897D and the Cushcraft MA5B five band antenna - just running 100 watts into a compromise antenna at 18 feet. It performed amazingly well. Big opening into Central and South America on 15 meters today. Some of it was on the Flex 5000 and significant power. Added some new countries on 15 today - was great!
12-02-18 Bill - Had some free time today so I spent it out at the project, Got there about 9am and stayed till around 5pm. Wow what a rain storm we are having, i had the wipers on full speed and they still didn't keep the windshield clear. I got things opened up and turned on and then went straight to the roof pod to change the air filter on the generator. Things all looked fine on the roof and with the new filter in place I closed up the pod.
Now back on the ground I started the gen set as I was planning on running the AL 811H (Ed – amplifier). But in about 15 minutes the generator had a hiccup and quit. Well this was the time for me to build the automatic transfer switch we have needed for a while now. As I was putting together the transfer switch I had 15 meters on and there was quite a lot of activity. By the time I completed the assembly and gave it a good test run between the two generators I was getting hungry for logging a few contacts.
Sitting down in front of my station I warmed up the AL 811H and went looking for some DX. 15 meters was in great shape, there were signals all across the band. Seems there was a CW contest on this weekend and the phone portion of the band was still active with great signals.
Calling CQ delta x-ray, CQ delta x-ray a few times netted me some interesting log entries.
· ZS2XD South Africa
· PY2LED Brazil
· HC5EG Ecuador
· X5AA Serbia
· YB5OX Indonesia
· 9M6TMT East Malaysia
I also work a few North America special event stations and even another "JR" suffix. Seem in the last while I have been working and exchanging QSL's with other "JR" suffix operators.
12-02-05 - Bill VE7XS stopped by the project today. We did the BC QSO party there yesterday, but I had to work - so spent the day on a conference call. Look for a write up on the QSO Party separate from this write up.
I was talking to Jeff on the phone when I heard 6V7S come up on 15 meters - I politely hung up on Jeff and worked Senegal. A few minutes later I heard ZS2CR calling - and no one answering her. I worked her - she was running about 100 watts. I posted her on the cluster and she got very busy working North America. A while later I worked Barni in South Africa as well - big pileup and he was working them by the numbers. Got him second or third call.
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59 V5/DJ2HD 59 Namibia 9.5M .1K fourth or
12-01-29 - From Jeff VE7JR
Had a few hours free so I stopped by the project. It was nearing 7:30pm and I wasted no time turning things on. Tuned up on 15 and swept the band a few times but it was very quiet. I loaded up on 20 to find some nice conditions. I worked VP6T with 300 watts and the A3S, a nice entry in the log. Made a few other contacts and decided to move on to 40 meters. To my surprise there was VP6T's loud signal. I called quite a few times, but they had a huge pile up so I had to turn up the power. 600 watts first call and my report was 5/9. I hung around on 40 for a while working a few USA calls and then pulled the plug.
12-01-09 - From Jeff VE7JR -
12-01-02 - Woke up this a.m. with a major cold - have been feeling it coming for a while - but it hit full throttle today. Was feeling a little out it - and was sitting in the Home Theater at home when Ben texted me. He had a pass. So I met him at the project and we spent some time working DX. Ben worked into Australia, Aruba and Alaska - not bad for a miserable looking afternoon. Thanks for dragging me out today Ben - enjoyed the company, and I enjoyed working some DX - not a lot, but some. Long path in Australia isn't too bad either Ben!
28475.0 USB VE7XS 54 VK4JGH 57
Graham va7bkl, Australia, 7.4m.7k longpath
12-01-01 - Worked into New Zealand, Namibia and Australia today - N1MM was acting up - would go to log a contact and realize ten minutes later it wasn't in the log? WTF? Not sure what happened - but I missed some contacts again today.
20120101 1943 28516.0 USB VE7XS
57 N9ZWL 53 Keith
Nice to get this from Tom today -
111231 - Mostly working 100 watts - on 17 meters, Worked into Jamaica and Namibia - first call - awesome! What a great way to spend a few hours.
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59 KCT9 59 IL BC
111204 - Work has been a little challenging of late - got to the project today around 7:00 a.m. Was there for most of the day by myself. Heinz had to cancel. Al dropped by for a while - and then Jeff showed up late afternoon. Here is what I worked today:
20111204 1551 14207.0 USB VE7XS
59 IW2CLM 57 Dom Italy 5.5M .4K
So not a bad day at the field office. Had a great chat with several hams - especially Mike - W9MNC - we spent some time in Germany at the same time - he was just 14 years older then I was, and in uniform! Great day for radio.
111120 - Got to the project today around 9:00 a.m. Big contest on - bands were alive - and it was a contest I wasn't playing in. I came up on 17 meters and there were lots of great signals. It was really cold outside, and inside the project! My amplifier was registering 2C - and it doesn't like to operate at that temperature. So - I worked just 100 watts for the first few contacts. Didn't seem to matter - I was getting out big time.
Tuvalu - 100 watts - worked them first call - first time on 17 meters. Slovenia - 100 watts off the back of the beam. Then I worked Spain and Italy - again at 100 watts.
The 'Project' was cold - left the heat turned up when I left around 3:30 - John VE7EEX and Al VA7MP had come down for a visit, and we had a few laughs. Jeff VE7JR, is going to the project after he drops his buddy Jason off tonight, and he will work a little radio for 3 or 4 hours tonight. I left the two main battery banks charged up - so Jeff can operate tonight without having to run the generator.
All of the following contacts were on 17 meters - 5.3M means 5,300 miles, .1K means 100 watts or 10% of a kilowatt
20111120 1743 18147.0 USB VE7XS
59 T2T 59 Tuvalu 5.3M .1K
111119 - Was at the project for a few hours today. A contest started at 1:00 p.m. local today, but wasn't in the mood to play. Only made three contacts - but two of them were 'excellent'
Namibia was tough to get - big pileup - took me a couple of hours - but did work him.
Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia (Afrikaans: Republiek van Namibië, German: Republik Namibia), is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek. Namibia is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations.
Then I worked Cedric on Madeira Islands - NW Africa V51B - worked him first call!
Madeira Island was top left off of the African Coast, Namibia is highlighted in a darker colour on this map - lower left.
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CT3FT 59 Cedric
Madeira Islands - NW Africa 1st call 5.1M .7K
111113 - Spent a bit of time at the project the last day or so - the log follows. Some highlights are included as well.
T2T - Tuvalu - DXPedition there - huge problems getting there to run the DX pedition - 5,700 Miles away -
Tuvalu formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbours are Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa and Fiji. It comprises four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 10,472 makes it the third-least populous sovereign state in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. In terms of physical land size, at just 26 square kilometres (10 sq mi) Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City at 0.44 km2 (0.17 sq mi), Monaco at 1.95 km2 (0.75 sq mi) and Nauru at 21 km2 (8.1 sq mi).
From QRZ.com "
KH0O - Northern Mariana Islands - formerly known as Saipan - about 5,500 Miles - huge pileups
Awesome conditions again today - Al came down and fixed the muffler banging against the pod. I ran my station off of my EU2000 Honda - and was running some significant power. Great conditions -spent a lot of time trying to work a rare station or two - some pileups I did not break!
111105 - Got to the project about 10 today - ran the generator, charged the batteries, and worked a little DX. Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Ukraine, Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Spain, France, Michigan, Curacao, Fiji, Bonaire (Caribbean), and Cuba. I was there about 3.5 hours. Spent a couple of hours trying to work Namibia and Guyana - no luck though
20111105 1700 14216.0 USB VE7XS
59 HG8C 59 231 - 001 Hungary 5.4M .3K
111022 - Cut and pasted my log below - Got to the project later in the day - stayed about three hours - was working the world - not a lot of Q's, but it was fruitful - got some new band / country combos on ten and seventeen meters
20111022 2008 28425.5 USB VE7XS 59 HI3TEJ
Dominican Repulblic .2K 3.5M
111016 - Cut and pasted my log below - several days worth of contacts. Some great propagation - and I wasn't working it that hard - just keeping busy. Here are my logs:
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111015 - Saturday - The following from Jeff - VE7JR
Another day at the project hanging with
the bro in the hood.
111008 - Had a great couple of
hours at the project today. Here is what I worked - cut and pasted
it backwards - but you get the idea:
111008 - Haven't been very good about keeping this up to date. Was down at the project yesterday - working from the Field Office, and worked the following:
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ZL2WL 52 Wayne New Zealand 7.4M .7K
Eastern Kirbati Christmas Island - big DX pedition there.
110731 - Was down at the project this a.m. - ran the generator for a while - but not long enough to fully charge the battery banks. It has been getting really warm in the pod that holds the generator, and I'm not sure if it is too warm. I dialed back on the charging amperage, with the idea of not pushing the generator too hard in hot temperatures. It is showing over 60C in the pod. It is open to the bottom, and I have a 10 inch barn exhaust fan running near the top on the side. I'm wondering if the vent cover we put on it might be causing the high heat - as it is not letting the hot air vent out as fast as before?
So band conditions deteriorated by noon. First thing in the a.m. I worked into South Korea - second call with .5 Kw. I worked some special event stations around North America - Indianapolis and Osh Kosh if I remember correctly. John S. picked up an antenna to use at his station.
110715 - Was down at the project today and yesterday, for a few hours. Today I worked into Thailand with 100 watts, Brunei with 100 watts - nice chat with a retired Lt. Colonel for about 40 minutes. John VE7EEX also worked him from my station. I also worked Croatia. The island of Crete on 17 meters (using an 80 meter dipole) and 500 watts. Finished charging up the batteries - ran the generator for a total of about five hours between yesterday and today. We need that Solar installed!
110422-23-24 - Not a lot of radio but some
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VE7XS 59 T31A 59 Central
Kiribati 4.6M 800 watts
T31A – Population 24 or so http://www.t31a.com/kanton.php
NQ4I – Aeronautical Mobile - http://www.nq4i.com/
Mayotte – Long way from here! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MayotteCorsica Island – belongs to France – close to Italy - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corsica
110417 - Not a lot of radio - mostly working on the project
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Croatia 5.4M 800w
110410 - Worked the project on Sunday - was down there early and spent a good chunk of the day down there. The ones with John VE7EEX were calls worked by John, from my station, but using his call sign.
110407 - Worked from the field office for a few hours today - had a tradesman working on the kitchen floor. Just had an ear out and worked the following:
110328 - Worked the CQ WPX SSB contest on the weekend. 337 contacts - 67 Entities (Countries)
110320 - Was down at the project at 6:00 a.m. today - bands weren't great, but I managed to work a few stations. Highlights were East and West Malaysia - I've worked one of the stations before - but it was great to work him again. The 5.5K is 5,500 mile - all distances are in Miles.
I had a great couple of chats with Mike B. VE7WY. Mike was on 17 meters, at his home QTH in Chilliwack and had a great run on 17 meters. I was impressed; I listened to him quite a bit, and he was excellent at working the pileups - Mikey - awesome. I have to use my 80 meter dipole with a tuner on 17 meters - I can get out, I just can't manage a pileup at this time. We have a five band Cushcraft yagi ready to set up, and I am looking forward to it.
110319 - I went down to the project today -
I was working the radio, and not hard, for about three hours. I had VE7BX drop by to upgrade a VHF radio (thanks Dave) and I was pretty steady Search and Pounce. Only 20 meters was open, so all of these contacts were on 20 meters. There are 22 district entities represented here. I was running power - 700 to 900 watts - and got most of the contacts on the first call.
110316 - I went down to the Field Office early today. Worked down there for most of the day. I had the radio on in the background, and we had some awesome openings. Took advantage of them and worked a little DX - most of it first call. Here is the list of contacts today:
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59 DK1AX 57 Klaus Germany 5K
miles - 900 watts
So - I worked a lot of these stations with power - as I had 'real work' to do - and was working stations on my coffee and lunch breaks ;>}} I accidently worked Latvia on 26 watts - forgot to bring the Amplifier on line. Worked the Northern Ireland station barefoot - he was booming in and they were so pleased to be working North America - was a Saint Patrick Day's special event station. You can see that a lot of these contacts were in the 4.3K to 5.5K mile range.
There was a station from India in there -
I couldn't work him today - too bad, as I don't think I have India.
There were some other DxPeditions in there as well - didn't work them
either - but I will!
One of the herds of deer were down there - all three of them
110313 - Spring ahead today - lost an hour's sleep, and woke up really early. Got out quickly, picked up some coffee and some breakfast, something for lunch and headed to the project. Charged the batteries for a couple of hours, did a bit of work, and worked on getting DDUTIL working better. I identified an issue, and Steve, the author, skyped into me and we walked through my concerns. At the time I thought we had settled them, but some more testing, and I'm not convinced I have a belt and suspender solution yet - it is possible for someone using my radio to accidently overdrive the amplifier. I will follow up with Steve. Regardless - thank Steve for taking the time on a Sunday to help me out - it is appreciated.
Bands were a little funny today. Here is what I worked:
110312 - Went to the project today - got there about 10:30 or so. I made a contact or two, and then mucked into getting DDUTIL working. I made some pretty good progress, but ran into a few problems. I posted my issues on the Yahoo Groups for DDUTIL, and Steve Nance (the author of the software) got back to me very quickly and got me pointed in the right direction. I still have to do some more testing - but I know that I am going in the right direction. I now have N1MM - the logging program, following the VFO - so my logs will get that much better by having the correct frequency in there for the log.
I also have it controlling my SPE Expert 1K amplifier. I need to spend some more time with it - after Steven pointed me in right direction, I had it working. However, I would like to test it some more and make sure that I have all of the bases covered. So Al (VA7MP) and John (VE7EEX) dropped by for a visit - and we had a good chat.
Big opening today on 15 and 10 meters. I didn't have enough time to work what I would have liked to, but managed to work the following:
110212 - Was at the project today. Gary VE7AS and his wife Theresa dropped by for a visit. Gary, thanks for fabricating the stand for the antenna rotator - works huge. Dave VE7DPe, dropped by and updated the firmware in the wireless gear we will use for bringing in the Internet. He also worked my station, and bagged Cameroon in Africa - third or fourth call with power.
I was down there about five hours. Miserable, cold, windy and rainy day. I was nice and warm in the shack; about 7 degrees Celsius outside. Band conditions started out slow - then starting picking up. Worked some North American stations barefoot at 100 watts. Had a very nice chat with a gent in Chicago. Then the band opened up and I worked Namibia, Saint Helena, Cameroon, Japan and Trinidad. There were some big pileups on some of the stations, but they were mostly polite.
Now to put it in perspective, Namibia in Southern Africa is about 8,200 miles from Langley. Saint Helena is a tiny island, one of the most isolated islands in the world. Cameroon is in Africa as well. Japan - I worked him long path, so around the world the long way. The Trinidad station had some big pileups going, and was working the stations by the numbers. I worked him second call.
All of the above were on 20 meters. I checked into the 40 meter noon time net, barefoot, and got a 40 over signal report. Our stations are really getting out from the 'Project'.
Fifteen meters had an opening earlier in the day, and there was some North American activity. Two weeks ago, I worked a few good DX stations. Gibraltar - 100 watts and he was a mobile station. Azores - 100 watts. British Virgin Islands. St. Lucia - huge pileup, a Canadian who had just put up a 65 foot tower and a new beam - 1.2KW and finally the Marshall Islands - 1.2 KW. The Marshall Islands is a Micronesian nation of atolls and islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, just west of the International Date Line and just north of the Equator.
This isn't intended to brag - just to share some of the DX thrills - and to document how the 'Project' continues to get out well. Given the state of propagation the last few years, I'm pretty happy with these results.
As I was leaving, I saw four deer out in front of the location. Picture is kind of lousy - but you can see the deer and the miserable day that was down there.
101120 - Went back to the Project this afternoon - and spent a few hours down there by myself - working North America. Here is a picture of my Pan adapter -big signals - in tight with each other. The filters on the Flex are amazing - and I was able to work a number of stations. Work got in the way of things though - I'll go back tomorrow.
Was down at the project this a.m. - Big Al was with me for a while. Everything seemed to have survived the storm last night, although I had a bit of a challenge getting up the driveway when I left. I'm going back there this afternoon to work the Sweepstakes for a few hours. Weather is cold, windy and snowy. Sun is coming out - and the 'Project' is nice and toasty warm.
Here is my workstation - cleaned up - believe it or not. Flex 5000A, SPE 1.2Kw all band, solid state amplifier.
101119 - Jeff was at the project yesterday - added another radio to his bench -he is getting 'diversity' reception by adding multiple transceivers!
101114 - Was down at the project by myself for a half a day today. Worked into the US, coast to coast, then worked Brazil, Martinique, Guatemala, Falkland Is. and Japan. 15 was open, off and on - worked a lot of these barefoot at under 100 watts
Operating notes from Oct/30/2010-Oct/31/2010 - courtesy of Jeff - Bill was back in Ottawa at a RAC Board / Executive Special Meeting
Well for the first full blown contest we operated in I must say this, Thanks everyone.
It was because of everyone’s help that this event went so well
I got to the farm around noon and unpacked the goodies from my truck.
Changed the oil in the generator and left the pod door opened for extra ventilation. I proceeded to clean up the shack a bit while firing up station two.
All I heard was CQ contest, CQ contest. I spun the VFO and again all I could hear was a band full of contesters. It’s been quite some time since I have contested and the heterodyne was music to my ears. 20 meters seemed to be full from band edge to band edge. I did not make any calls as I was waiting for the others to show up.
The first person to show was Dave (7DPE); we got his station up and running on Bill’s bench (sorry Bill we had to move a bunch of wires on your bench). Dave started to work 15 meters as I had a good handle on 20, so we started to log contacts. Al (7MP) swung by with some chicken and salads for lunch but only stuck around for a while. Dave and I continued to work contacts for a few hours until John (7TDI) was dropped off by his wife Doreen (7WAR). I then got John up to speed on 40 meters. I know 40 can be a difficult band to work but John took to the challenge.
At this point we now had three stations on the air and we were all logging contacts left right and center. This went on for a few hours until around 6:30pm. At this time I started to cook up dinner. Ben (7BKL) and a friend dropped by for dinner and to play radio. Ben gave his buddy a tour of the project then joined us for burgers. Al (7MP) was with us at this time, so we shut down for dinner
After dinner it was back to the radios. We kept the three stations on the air for several hours but the bands were not as productive. Al, Ben and his friend left, leaving only Dave, John and I to hold down the fort. The three of us worked the world for many hours logging contacts. As most contesters know the contact ratio drops off quite a bit in the wee hours of the night, but we kept on working anyone who heard our calls.
It was about 3am when Dave unpacked his big comfy fold up cot. John passed out on the couch for a while but my excitement working the world kept waking him up. Dave decided to hit the pillow some time after 3am and went down only for a few hours. The next thing I knew Dave’s alarm was ringing and he returned to the radio. I think I fell asleep at the helm because John said I was quite a loud snorer (sorry guys). Now that Dave and John were up and logging contacts I went down for a few hours of rest.
With the breaking of the new day we were all up and I made a pot of coffee. 15 and 20 meters were starting to liven up with signals so it was back to logging contacts. I guess with the morning coffee comes the morning constitution so a trip to the local sitting stall was required. While I manned the fort, 15 meters was full of new stations. I got into a pattern and the hit ratio was increasing. The next thing I saw was the ratio meter showing 18 contacts in 1 minute (not bad for a rusty old man).
By mid morning the sounds of our empty tummies were too much too listen to so I made up some pancakes. The rest of the morning went on without a problem, and it wasn’t long before we had some drop in visitors. John (7EEX) and Erik (7ESA) were in the shack snooping around and taking some pictures (thanks for the shots John; I’ll add them to my report). John and Erik sat in front of the radios and started increasing our scores. Erik mentioned we worked most of the stations he heard as they kept coming up as dupes in the log. John got his first taste of contesting on 20 meters and seemed to like it.
It’s now lunch so I put together some sandwiches for the gang (thanks John ((7TDI)) for the supplies). Al dropped in again (can’t get enough hey Al), and so did Robert (7AXC). We snacked on some sandwiches and had some drinks at the radio benches. Dave was too busy to stop for lunch, his meal sat around for a while as he continued working QSO’s.
By around 3pm we decided to shut down the farm, so we cleared with a sad QRT report. As some of you know shutting down the farm is no small task, off go the rigs, off go the power inverters, off goes the heat, off goes the lights.
Thanks for everyone’s help with cleaning up the place.
In closing I have to extend a huge THANK YOU to Bill (7XS) for what he has put together with his friends. There are very few people around the Amateur word who have access to such a great station, Thanks again Bill (we missed you).
It took me a few days to collect and proof our log book but here is what we came up with.
101026 - From Jeff - VE7HPS
Here is a quick note from yesterday at the farm.
I spent the day out at the farm working “DX” and “DX” did I work.
To get the day started I posted some documents at my station (see picture)
ARRL contest awards
RAC contest awards
And a few colored band plans
The morning started off on 20 meters, the band was a bit light but stable.
Worked some friends down south on 14.332 http://www.ylsystem.org/ (just to warm up the rig)
I checked the prop logger and 15 meters looked like it was in fair shape so off I went.
As some of you know 15 meters is my favorite band, so to spend a day chasing DX on 21 MHz is just fine.
The band started of good and strong, not too much QSB with a fair number of operators working the DX window.
I worked the band for several hours and managed to add a bunch of new countries to my log.
Later in the afternoon the band (15m) became unstable (the way 15 is most of the time, lots of QSB), but with NO NOICE FLOOR it was no problem working who ever I heard.
I think the best part of the day was breaking a HUGE pile up on 21.335. There must have been 1000 stations calling out after the “DX” station said QRZ.
There were so many stations calling all you could hear was noise. I had to call a few times but when “HC8A” from the Galapagos Islands said the portable station only I knew I had him.
“Thanks for the 5/9 you are also 5/9”
The band (15m) started to change direction in the late afternoon and I had a shack full of Japan in no time. I could not resist working a few JA’s and JO’s just to mention a few.
After a while I tuned up on 40 meters to check in on the ARORA net (7.055MHz) and found the band was in great shape.
I stayed on 40 for a while and worked a nice long QSO with a station down south (AB3LS).
The band was experiencing some static crashes that grew louder as the storm settled in.
Off to 80 meters so I could check the BC Net. Band conditions were in good shape VE4’s had “S9+ signals.
I did not stick around on 80 for long due to 40 being in such great shape so I QSYed.
Now back on 40 meters I heard a great big pile up so I hung a round for a while and am I glad I did.
I was able to work a “ZS3” from South Africa. Not to bad as he was working a 3 element beam and 600 watts.
All I had to play with was a 40 meter rotatable dipole and 50 watts.
After about 12 hours at the farm I figured I had enough so I started shutting down. Just another great day out at the farm.
101024 - Bill went to he project today - he was there at about 7:30 a.m. - ran the generator for a couple of hours. He wired in the 80 meter dipole to a two position coax switch at his workstation. One side was wired to the Flex, the other to the Amplifier. This allowed him to bring up the second receiver in the Flex - when the dipole was turned to the Flex option. This allowed him to try diversity reception - utilizing the dipole and the A3S beam. When turned to the Amplifier - it allowed the primary receiver to receive and transmit on the 80 meter dipole. Some good learnings today - but lots more to come!
He also wired in some 8 gauge wire from the batteries under his bench (160 amp/hours * 2) to the Rigrunner. Future, is a 24 to 12 volt converter - but it is a week or more away. Al dropped by the Project today - it was his birthday - so a big thank you for taking the time. I worked at the project until about 1:00 p.m. - worked Mozambique for the first time. Had a great chat with a ham on the Big Island in Hawaii - his station was off of the grid - as was his house. Wow - We were impressed. We had another ham from Texas join in, and offer some opinions on wind turbines. And Jeff - it was on 15 meters!
Bill - I need to work on my soldering skills - the patch cables were a little painful to make - and I need a wack more of them. Great day at the project - weather sucked - wind, rain and cold outside. But it was still a great day
101021 - The project is a lot more operational than it was before. We are spending more time at the Project, actually working the world - and I wanted to create a place to document what was going on down there. We won't document every visit - but some of the ones that stood out. Here are a couple!
101021 - Jeff (VE7HPS) and John (VE7TDI) spent the day at the project. Here is a picture and a summary of the operating times. Enjoy.
Just letting you know how yesterday went.
Spent 80% of the day on battery power
Started the generator but found not needed only charging 17 amps @ 24 volts.
Gen ran fine no over speeding
Charged station one’s 12 volt bank started at 20 amps but dropped to 5.
Couple pots of coffee made on 24v.
1 minute of microwave 94 amps @ 24 volts
13 amps @ 24 volts to run two rigs
Had two HF stations on together
100 watts each
10 meters through 80 meters
Very little cross band interference
10-15 ok, 15-20 ok, 20-40 not good
Propagation was low, bands had operators on them just had to find them
8 DX contacts 6 new countries (some seem simple but a new log book for the site)
CO6, HK1, VP5, I8U, PJ4, VO1,
20 meters was strong but I think 15 meters was better (15 meters RULES)
40 meters VE4’s S-9 on my meter when it was not reading “0” yes I do mean “0”
Bill dropped in for lunch and a few hours of work (real man’s work ((I don’t know how you do it)))
I took a photo of him but he is hard to see sitting at his station with all those wires
Hey bill?????????? WHAT WIRE GOES WHERE???????
Worked on the project only a bit this time needed a good dose of “RF”
Put on a few electrical cover plates
Cleaned up a bit
Thanks again Bill
And Gary VE7AS
Gary worked a little DX - and checked in on the 40 meter noon time net on 5 watts - not bad eh?
"F-A-N tastic!! I have never been able to
get 100% contact on the first call when working DX. And all with a 5-9
signal report! Working the Flex5000 was amazing -- click on a signal,
step of the foot PTT switch and log a 59 contact! It was that simple! No
S9 noise level like my QTH, just signals everywhere on just about every