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.