Thanks to the W1AW portable operations, I am at 147 confirmed WAS contacts for Triple Play, missing only Indiana in digital mode and Maine and Mississippi in phone mode. I collected the CW WAS a few days back.
For a new experience, I tuned 50.276 MHz and worked JT65 on six meters for the 1st time. The band was open, and in two sessions about a week apart, I added 10 new grids confirmed in LOTW to get me to 91 in the VUCC. I like JT65 for grid chasing, it’s really like shooting grids in a barrel – just watch for one you need and go for it.
Next time I post, I may have 4 new certificates on the wall.
That’s what you title a catch-all post, I think.
So the phone bands have been so atrociously bad lately that 90% of my recent QSOs have been CW, with a fair mix of countries in the group. Most of this has been on 15, but the last few days 17 meters has been a better choice in the 14:00 – 17:00 Zulu times when I am out in the truck, and most active.
Anyone who worked me on CW the last few weeks and thought my keying was a little strange? I probably was trying to merge into freeway traffic while sending. I can pull that off very well, but have to sacrifice some of my accuracy.
One happy score was today’s contact with BD4CQ on 17 meters. He must have amazing ears to pull me out of the noise.
I just recently received an Acer Aspire One from Amazon.com to be my main ham laptop. The Aspire is a neat little netbook with a 1.6 GHz Atom processor and is running VE7CC, MMTTY, Digipan, and JT65HF successfully under Windows 7. The only software that is not running correctly now is N1MM logger, which times out on the COM port. I hope to have that rectified shortly. It runs MMTTY with the EXT-FSK plugin with no problems in true RTTY mode on the IC7000, no worries about audio levels. But it also runs JT65 and PSK31 without any problems. The Dell laptop that is my main PC had big problems with RF and would freeze if the audio level was turned up too high.
I am very happy to be back into digital modes, and have already added some new countries to my count on those modes.
I will be walking around HAMCOMM in a few weeks so if you see me there, say hello.
I spent way too much time yesterday replacing a PowerPole connector whose wire had pulled out.
I have one word of advice to anyone using these: go ahead and spend the 40 bucks for the crimp tool. That’s got to be better than what I went through.
Ordered these online from Office Depot.