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Title: Sked anyone?
Post by: KK0G on April 30, 2013, 09:02:36 PM
Anyone want to sked this evening? Tomorrow? Sometime? Anytime? 8)
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: cockpitbob on April 30, 2013, 09:31:36 PM
I have to warn you, I've got a wife, 2 kids and not much free time so I'm really undependable 24hrs out.  Still, how about 8:30pm(edt)/00:30z on 40M, unless you prefer 80M?

CW or SSB?
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: gil on April 30, 2013, 10:04:53 PM
Listen tomorrow 14067.5 at 11:30 EST...

Gil.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: KK0G on May 01, 2013, 08:52:40 AM
I have to warn you, I've got a wife, 2 kids and not much free time so I'm really undependable 24hrs out.  Still, how about 8:30pm(edt)/00:30z on 40M, unless you prefer 80M?

CW or SSB?

Sounds good, call me on 7.107 MHz, CW of course. I'll be listening tonight at 0030 UTC, and don't worry, if you lose your 'free time' to the family I completely understand.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: KK0G on May 01, 2013, 09:01:57 AM
Listen tomorrow 14067.5 at 11:30 EST...

Gil.

We should probably use UTC to avoid confusion of AM/PM, time zones etc. I assume you mean 0330 Z?
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: cockpitbob on May 01, 2013, 11:08:20 AM
Listen tomorrow 14067.5 at 11:30 EST...

Gil.
I assume you mean 0330 Z?
Since it's 20M I'm betting he means a.m. (15:30z).  I might be able to get to the shack for that.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: gil on May 01, 2013, 11:26:51 AM
I don't like UTC.. I like 24h  time where I live. So, 11:00 is 11:00 AM, otherwise I would use 23:00. Eastern time.

Gil.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: KK0G on May 01, 2013, 02:03:27 PM
I don't like UTC.. I like 24h  time where I live. So, 11:00 is 11:00 AM, otherwise I would use 23:00. Eastern time.

Gil.

I agree on the 24 hour time format, every time piece I own from
clocks, watches, cell phone, car stereo, etc is set to 24 hour
format if available. Whoever thought up the illogical 12 hour
format was nuts in my opinion, same thing with the M/D/Y
date format?? doesn't make sense.

The beauty of UTC is that it is always the same everywhere
on the planet, that way there's no confusion?? obviously I
was confused :o

Regardless, I'm at work during the day so it's a no go
anyway. How about try tonight with cockpitbob and me on
40 meter?
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: gil on May 01, 2013, 02:43:36 PM
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The beauty of UTC is that it is always the same everywhere
on the planet, that way there's no confusion?? obviously I
was confused
Well, when I get a watch that can display both local and Zulu time, I might use it more often.. I did set my logging program to local time because otherwise, it always involved mental gymnastic to figure out what time of day a QSO took place.. It gets old quickly. Not that I am not familiar with UTC, I learned all about it while getting my pilot's license.. I didn't like it then either, having only flown in the same time zone.. Since my radio log is for my eyes only, I don't need UTC.
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Regardless, I'm at work during the day so it's a no go
anyway. How about try tonight with cockpitbob and me on
40 meter?
Sure, I can do 40m tonight..

Gil.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: RadioRay on May 01, 2013, 03:20:52 PM
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I am QUITE certain that you fellows ACTUALLY meant to
saaaaay "Greenwich Mean Time" , eeeeh wot?
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: KK0G on May 01, 2013, 03:33:43 PM

Sure, I can do 40m tonight..

Gil.

Hope to hear you in there tonight.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: KK0G on May 01, 2013, 03:35:57 PM
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I am QUITE certain that you fellows ACTUALLY meant to
"Greenwich Mean Time" , eeeeh wot?

Was that a British or a Canadian accent? LOL
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: cockpitbob on May 01, 2013, 07:09:43 PM
Sked:  how about Gil's favorite frequency of 7,067.5 at 00:30z?  KK0G de AB1LT
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: KK0G on May 01, 2013, 07:27:45 PM
Sked:  how about Gil's favorite frequency of 7,067.5 at 00:30z?  KK0G de AB1LT

I'll be there.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: KK0G on May 01, 2013, 09:15:48 PM
Thanks for hanging in there Bob. I hated having to fire up TS-2000 with it's power sucking 100 watts but unfortunately it just wasn't gonna happen with QRP. My multiple mistakes were from quickly throwing a different keyer in line once I gave up on the KX1, it kept trying to add extra dahs where I didn't want them, sorry bout that.
Let's do it again soon, hopefully QRP next time. In the meantime I'm still in the shack if anyone wants to try another one this evening.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: gil on May 01, 2013, 09:19:03 PM
I just got home, sorry guys. 22:00 EST?

Gil.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: KK0G on May 01, 2013, 09:30:31 PM
I just got home, sorry guys. 22:00 EST?

Gil.

7.0675?
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: gil on May 01, 2013, 09:34:34 PM
Sure.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: KK0G on May 01, 2013, 10:09:52 PM
Sorry Gil, if you were in there I never heard a single dit. At 0205 I did send my call about about 6 or 7 times at 100 watts in hopes you might at least hear me.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: gil on May 01, 2013, 10:11:01 PM
Let's try again now...
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: KK0G on May 01, 2013, 10:14:42 PM
OK
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: gil on May 01, 2013, 10:15:28 PM
Calling...
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: gil on May 01, 2013, 10:22:37 PM
I heard you, weak but readable. You were 159, just above noise level. The band isn't doing too well tonight. Maybe another time..

Gil.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: KK0G on May 01, 2013, 10:22:50 PM
I barely copied part of my call but other than that I had no copy Gil, I have about an S5-S7 noise floor and you're just below it.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: gil on May 01, 2013, 10:25:13 PM
Yep, I have S5 noise here. Thunderstorms all around today... Thanks for trying  :)
I'm going to park myself on 7030 for a while, see if I hear anyone...
I was using 12W.

Gil.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: KK0G on May 01, 2013, 10:38:40 PM
Yep, I have S5 noise here. Thunderstorms all around today... Thanks for trying  :)
I'm going to park myself on 7030 for a while, see if I hear anyone...
I was using 12W.

Gil.

Well we gave it our best shot but if the propagation's not there it's just not there, thank you as well. I'm in the shack most evenings so just post in this thread whenever you want try again.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: cockpitbob on May 01, 2013, 11:30:20 PM
Thanks for hanging in there Bob. I hated having to fire up TS-2000 with it's power sucking 100 watts but unfortunately it just wasn't gonna happen with QRP. My multiple mistakes were from quickly throwing a different keyer in line once I gave up on the KX1, it kept trying to add extra dahs where I didn't want them, sorry bout that.
Let's do it again soon, hopefully QRP next time. In the meantime I'm still in the shack if anyone wants to try another one this evening.
Chris,
When you were using the KX1 I could occasionally hear the faintest tones in my S7 noise.  Not copyable, but I could tell someone was sending and figured that was you.  Thanks for wimping out and firing up the big gun!  Don't appologize for the keying mistakes.  At least you had a reason.  My situation (problem) is that I've spent all my time learning to copy and very little time getting on the air.  My shack is in the basement and it was just wasn't a fun place to be this winter, but it's warmed up now.  Thanks for putting up with my inexperienced fist, and yes, let's do that again!

I've got a few road trips planned for the summer, so after I signed off and got the kids in bed I spent almost 2 hours running wires from the back of my SUV to the front seat center console (gawd, I hate how modern cars are built).  I'm mounting my FT-857 on the wall in the back and using the remote mount kit to put the head on a gooseneck at the center console.  And yes, in addition to running the speaker and mic cables I'm running a cable for the key up there 8) .  I would never try to send code while moving, but I'm not above pulling over for a QSO. ;D

It's interesting to see how conditions change.  A while ago Gil was talking 800 miles on 4W and tonight we had trouble going 1,200 miles on 100W.  All part of the fun.
 
 
 
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: gil on May 01, 2013, 11:34:02 PM
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A while ago Gil was talking 800 miles on 4W

Same distance on 100mW once! Propagation and low noise level make all the difference..

Gil.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: madball13 on May 02, 2013, 08:36:26 AM
Thanks for hanging in there Bob. I hated having to fire up TS-2000 with it's power sucking 100 watts but unfortunately it just wasn't gonna happen with QRP. My multiple mistakes were from quickly throwing a different keyer in line once I gave up on the KX1, it kept trying to add extra dahs where I didn't want them, sorry bout that.
Let's do it again soon, hopefully QRP next time. In the meantime I'm still in the shack if anyone wants to try another one this evening.
Chris,
When you were using the KX1 I could occasionally hear the faintest tones in my S7 noise.  Not copyable, but I could tell someone was sending and figured that was you.  Thanks for wimping out and firing up the big gun!  Don't appologize for the keying mistakes.  At least you had a reason.  My situation (problem) is that I've spent all my time learning to copy and very little time getting on the air.  My shack is in the basement and it was just wasn't a fun place to be this winter, but it's warmed up now.  Thanks for putting up with my inexperienced fist, and yes, let's do that again!

I've got a few road trips planned for the summer, so after I signed off and got the kids in bed I spent almost 2 hours running wires from the back of my SUV to the front seat center console (gawd, I hate how modern cars are built).  I'm mounting my FT-857 on the wall in the back and using the remote mount kit to put the head on a gooseneck at the center console.  And yes, in addition to running the speaker and mic cables I'm running a cable for the key up there 8) .  I would never try to send code while moving, but I'm not above pulling over for a QSO. ;D

It's interesting to see how conditions change.  A while ago Gil was talking 800 miles on 4W and tonight we had trouble going 1,200 miles on 100W.  All part of the fun.

What are you going to run for an antenna? I just got a ATAS 120A off of QRZ and will pick it up locally on Saturday.
Title: Re: Sked anyone?
Post by: KK0G on May 02, 2013, 08:52:23 AM
Thanks for hanging in there Bob. I hated having to fire up TS-2000 with it's power sucking 100 watts but unfortunately it just wasn't gonna happen with QRP. My multiple mistakes were from quickly throwing a different keyer in line once I gave up on the KX1, it kept trying to add extra dahs where I didn't want them, sorry bout that.
Let's do it again soon, hopefully QRP next time. In the meantime I'm still in the shack if anyone wants to try another one this evening.
Chris,
When you were using the KX1 I could occasionally hear the faintest tones in my S7 noise.  Not copyable, but I could tell someone was sending and figured that was you.  Thanks for wimping out and firing up the big gun!  Don't appologize for the keying mistakes.  At least you had a reason.  My situation (problem) is that I've spent all my time learning to copy and very little time getting on the air.  My shack is in the basement and it was just wasn't a fun place to be this winter, but it's warmed up now.  Thanks for putting up with my inexperienced fist, and yes, let's do that again!

I've got a few road trips planned for the summer, so after I signed off and got the kids in bed I spent almost 2 hours running wires from the back of my SUV to the front seat center console (gawd, I hate how modern cars are built).  I'm mounting my FT-857 on the wall in the back and using the remote mount kit to put the head on a gooseneck at the center console.  And yes, in addition to running the speaker and mic cables I'm running a cable for the key up there 8) .  I would never try to send code while moving, but I'm not above pulling over for a QSO. ;D

It's interesting to see how conditions change.  A while ago Gil was talking 800 miles on 4W and tonight we had trouble going 1,200 miles on 100W.  All part of the fun.
 
 
 

Yeah, I could tell you were sometimes thinking of the correct character to send by the pause. No worries though, you're fist was perfectly copyable and with regular practice it'll become second nature. The best thing I ever did for my code comprehension when I started learning was to get on the air everyday and making QSO's.

Lets do it again soon.