Monday, November 30, 2015

AutoEZ: Transmission Lines - Tuners - Stacks - Stubs

AutoEZ: Transmission Lines - Tuners - Stacks - Stubs

Wow !!!  This is an awesome tool set !

I am far from a EZNEC Guru

but AutoEZ makes using the software so much easier AND Brings much more to the table
Like telling me where my stub should be placed in the line for harmonic suppression !
Very versatile tool !

Many thanks to Dan for developing this app !




Saturday, November 28, 2015

A tip for CW contesting.......

In ARRL SS CW many ops just send ss de their call
it is short , fast and efficient

However the Reverse Beacon Network will not spot you !!!

Butt, if you send Test de yourcall

You will quickly and accurately get spotted by the RVBN Robot


Wednesday, July 08, 2015

A phone version of the weekly CW Test The SSB Fray....

I like where he is going with this
as the CWT have been fun the few I have entered
But I am def more of a phone op that a cw type :)

The proposed rules for a weekly SSB event are listed below.  While the start date is TBD, please send me an email ( with comments/suggestions and let me know if you're inclined to participate.  Should be great for fast-paced NAQP practice and welcoming new contesters of all skill levels.
Thank you, 73, Dean, NW2K
--------------------------------------Phone Fray
The NCCC NS and CWops CWT are enjoyable and challenging weekday CW events.  The Phone Fray is a 30-minute weekday SSB event that is based on NAQP and NS.
Wednesday, 0230-0300 UTC (Tuesday evening, in NA)
15, 20, 40, 80, 160
Suggested:  21275 to 21375, 14200 to 14275, 7125 to 7225, 3700 to 3790, 1845 to 1925
Power & Mode
100 watts, SSB
Operator name and station location (S/P/C)
Per band.  50 US states, 13 Canadian provinces/territories (AB, BC, NL, MB, NB, NS, NT, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK, YT) and other NA entities as defined by the ARRL DXCC List.  DC counts as MD.
Multiply total valid contacts by the sum of the number of multipliers worked on each band.  Use the NAQP SSB module in your logging software.
Post to within 48 hours.  Scores will be accumlated at the Phone Fray website (TBD).
    East (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, NY, NJ, DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, QC, NF, LB, NB, NS, PE, VP9, OX, FP, CY0, CY9, 4U)
    E. Central (MI, OH, WV, IL, IN, WI, KY, TN, AL, MS, ON)
    W. Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, OK, TX, AR, LA, MB, SK, NU)
    West (CA, AZ, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, UT, WY, AK, CO, NM, HI, AB, BC, NT, YT)
    South (Southern NA DXCC)
Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn (approximately 10 weeks each).  Keep best 7 out of 10.  Prizes TBD.
Nominal Rules
Single op, no amps, no assistance, no logs.  When in doubt, check NAQP rules or email NW2K.  Special Frays will be held on occasion and may have different rules, which will be communicated in advance.
0.1 May 18 2015, 0.2 July 7 2015,

Friday, June 26, 2015

KG5VK was W1AW/5 LA

What a really nice gift from the ARRL for taking time to offer W1AW/5 LA
from my station during the 100th year celebration last year !

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CQ WW Contest Blog » Blog Archive » UT5UGR Log Padding in CQ WW

CQ WW Contest Blog » Blog Archive » UT5UGR Log Padding in CQ WW

I am glad to see The CQ sponsors demanding integrity in our sport !

It is sad that someone had to pursue the level of cheating they did.

But it is good to see the rules enforced !




Friday, June 19, 2015

Why you might want to try an Amateur Radio Contest by Stan K5GO

Amateur radio can be a pass time like playing solitaire on a computer. 
It can be a hobby like building a model airplane....or it can be a game
like any sport or activity that may involve more than one player.  While
some may play games just for the fun of it or to get some exercise,
most people keep score and compare to others - golf, bowling,
volleyball, monopoly, football, basketball, baseball, bridge, etc. The
list goes on forever and in every case you are trying to beat someone or

Contests are similar to any other activity in which most people keep
score.  You may try to beat your own previous performance, beat someone
in your area or compete for the top ten or overall win.  You choose your
level of competition and make it just within reach on a good day. 
Wanting to do your best, in addition to improving your operator skills,
you can also have fun doing what you can to make your station as
efficient as possible and see the results of your work.  This is an area
where amateur radio is unlike many of the other sports.  You can buy a
new bowling ball or a new deck of cards or a new set of clubs, but for
the most part there is little improvement that can come as a result of
better infrastructure.  Better infrastructure coupled with improved
skills makes a huge difference in results and is quite rewarding in
sense of accomplishment.

If someone has any interest in counting countries, states, counties,
etc, they will want to operate contests to build those numbers.  As for
the  underlying purpose of amateur radio, observe the non contest
operator at FD passing traffic versus a top notch contester and evaluate
what the difference would be in case of an emergency.

73...Stan, K5GO

A contest Excel file for planning and watching your stats over the year from Ve1za

here is the file, this thing is pretty sweet



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ham Radio at Area 57 the journey begins

As we start building our new place in North Texas
on 57 acres of land, affectionally named Area 57

I thought I would post some images of our progress

 My very first antenna at the new QTH,  A Vee Beam feed point about 35 feet above the ground with very long legs (aprox 8 wave lengths long on 20m)
 Closer look at the feed point,  fed with ladder line to the balanced input on the back of an antenna tuner

How's it work pretty darn well, I will post more info soon.

Logging contacts during ARRL FD with N1MM+

The Movie showing N1MM + basics used during ARRL FD

by the way ARRL FD this year is the 27 & 28th of June
K5SAR operation at KG5VK's QTH will QRT at Noon on Sunday.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

K1DG and N0AX are inducted in to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame !!!

The 2015 inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame are:

Doug Grant, K1DG - is
not only a world-class contester, but has not hesitated to share his
knowledge and skills with others. He has built or helped to build
several championship contest stations, is a founding member of the
Yankee Clipper Contest Club, a founding director of the World Wide Radio
Operators Foundation, is a regular instructor at Contest University and
has run the Contest Forum at the Dayton Hamvention® for the past 20
years. In addition, Doug has competed in five World Radiosport Team
Championships (WRTCs), and has medaled three times.

Ward Silver, N0AX -
has been a contester for over four decades and has operated from some
of the world's top contest stations, spanning four continents. A founder
of the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) competitions in 1990,
Ward is currently Secretary of the WRTC Sanctioning Committee. He is
also president of the YASME Foundation, which supports DXpeditions and
contest operations around the world, QST contesting editor and author of
Ham Radio for Dummies and Circuitbuilding Do-It-Yourself for Dummies.

I know Ward really well, went to High School with him
I know Doug as well, went on the Ti5N contest expedition with him
Congrats to both of them !


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wow what a close race between the W5RU team and the W6YI team in November 2014 ARRL SS Phone

Awesome writeup by Steve London N2IC

Who was the first to earn a Clean Sweep this year?
That honor goes to team W5RU who made the sweep in the
Multioperator, High Power category at 0024Z. This is the
same team that made the first Sweep last year, using the
call sign KG5VK. Their last section? Virgin Islands.
Multioperator, High Power (MH)
72 teams competed in the Multioperator, High Power
category. 13 new section records and 4 new division
records were set. This year, there was a close battle
between the W6YI team (K6AM, N6AN, N6KI,
W2PWS, W6YI) in San Diego and the W5RU team
(KN5O, K1DW, K5ER, W5WZ, KG5VK) in Louisiana.
When the dust settled, team W6YI emerged victorious by
a mere 14 QSOs. 
Note: Team W5RU also set new division and section records - KG5VK

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HFTA assistance from stu on getting an HFTA plot done

Web Site of the Week - Stu K6TU has automated the process of generating terrain profiles for use with N6BV's HF Terrain Analysis (HFTA) program. To support HFTA's modeling, a user must first obtain a terrain profile which describes the height of terrain around the antenna location. This process is cumbersome and time consuming as the source of the data must be located, downloaded, then processed with MicroDEM. Terrain Profile Requests are available to any user with a registered account on K6TU.NET at no charge and no subscription to Stu's propagation prediction service is necessary. Stu's site maintains copies of both the USGS National Elevation Dataset (for the United States) and the NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission dataset enabling fast turnaround of requests.