Thank you for looking me up here on QRZ.com-- If you want to read more about my earlier operating history, my original website is here. If you are on Facebook, you can find me here. Here's a few links on solar activity; a second link and a third link. If you are learning about HF propagation, they might be useful.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT for users of LOTW:
PLEASE take a moment and examine the file size of your TQ8 file before uploading it. Here's some helpful info--
If your intention is to update 1000 or so contacts,
If your intention is to update 100 or so contacts,
For less than 100 contacts, the file should be smaller than 25Kb.
If your TQ8 file is much bigger than 150Kb and you weren't intending to upload more than a few hundred contacts, PLEASE review your procedure for creating the update, and compare the file size in relation to the number of contacts you are planning to send BEFORE uploading it or emailing to LOTW.
Your logging program should have an option to export QSO data by a range of dates. If it doesn't have such an option, you are encouraged to ask the author to add such a feature.
If your logger doesn't, export just to ADIF only, then run TQSL afterward and select a date range to apply to the ADIF and create your TQ8 file so that your next upload only contains the most recent QSO data you want to update to LOTW.
Please QSL responsibly when uploading to LOTW.
In Oct. 2012 I helped out at the KM1W superstation with N1TB and W1KM for CQWW SSB, running M/2 netting about 3600 Q's in 35 hours of operating and scoring well over 6 Million. It was a blast getting some runs on 10 meters! Thanks to everyone who called! UPDATE: According to the pileup.ru website, our log for Saturday around the 1200z hour clocked 340, the fastest hour rate for a Multi-Two in the contiguous lower 48 states. Thanks again to all, as we couldn't have done it without your disciplined and orderly help on the other end!
In Oct. 2012 I participated in my 6th consecutive year helping with network communications for the Head of the Charles Regatta. If you haven't done any public service work before, I've written up some ideas and info about effective communication in an inner city environment at a sizeable public event. Over 9000 rowers and more than 300,000 spectators swarm the Charles river during this event, so it pays to come prepared.
In April 2012 I operated along with W1KM (center, in photo below) to activate K1T, a Special Event Station at Wellfleet's original Marconi Site on Cape Cod's National Seashore marking the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Below we are seen working with one of the National Park Staff to set up the station, and we observed radio silence during a wreath laying ceremony marking the tragedy. A very big THANK YOU to Barbara, N1NS for inviting us to do this very privileged portable operation inside a delicate ecosystem within a National Park.
I have received some very nice SWL reports from time to time. If you are an SWL and want a QSL from me please email me directly at the email address above and I can send you a card much sooner. Just remember to include your SWL callsign if you have one, and the usual info you'd put on your card.
I have activated East Chop Lighhouse for a few Lighthouse Society events. If you are using N1MM v.10 or newer, I've created a User-Defined-Contest file (I know, I know, Lighhouse events are NOT contests.) that will format your N1MM logging window specifically for logging in ARLHS Lighthouse events. It includes serial number, ARLHS member number, and Lighthouse ID input fields; you can save it by right-clicking this link and saving the .UDC file (2k) in your "UserDefinedContests" folder inside the N1MM logger folder. If you have N1MM running, you'll have to restart it and then select "New Log in Database", and choose "LCL-2010" from the event list. If you are ambitious, you might even tweak the .udc file to suit your own preferences or update it to a future ARLHS event. Have fun! Bottom line, N1MM is a darn good logging program, even if you aren't contesting. The user-defined contest file given above could be taken as a template to modify for your event, if N1MM doesn't already include it.
If you make a contact with me during a lighthouse activation, please bear in mind the guidlines for all ARLHS events require a serial number for the logbook. If you haven't made any other contacts during the event, then just say it's contact #1.
In April 2010 I activated East Chop Lighthouse during Lighhouse Spring Lites QSO party in memoriam of a friend and co-worker, Dwight Magowan. Dwight and I worked together at 2 different companies since 1982, and Dwight also once served in the Coast Guard; so it is fitting that this activation was in his memory.
On the weekend of Jan. 2-3, 2010, I activated the East Chop Lighthouse for the LCL operating event. It was very productive, landing a new one for some ARLHS members, and I made over 450 contacts. One highlight was getting a call from Fiji, another was working Lebanon, thanks! I hope to activate East Chop lighthouse again, and to see you on the air during future Lighhouse events.
In 2008 I moved about 2 miles to a new QTH; I have a tower and tribander up, currently a Hygain TH-6 at 60 feet, and a homebrew 5-el 6M beam.
My shack currently is Multi-Two and SO2R capable with 3 operating positions. Rigs currently are: Yaesu FT-736R, two Kenwood TS-850SAT, a Kenwood TS-430S, with a Collins 30L-1 and an Acom 1000A amplifier. I use a Vibroplex Iambic Deluxe and Heil BM-10 and Heil Proset headsets for the "Human Interfaces".
Thanks for answering my call if you were picking me out of the pile-ups!!!
Many folks have had trouble getting set up with LOTW (Logbook of the World). ARRL's instructions haven't always been very effective, and using the system can seem especially daunting for a newcomer to computers. I am hopeful that ARRL will continue to make improvements to their system.
As of December 2012, only 27% of ALL submissions BY EVERYONE ever made to LOTW have resulted in a confirmation. Of the twenty-eight thousand plus log entries I've submitted, less than 33% (no surprise there) matched up with a confirmation. Well, at least this is improving with time, but anything less than 50% is a sign that the system is still more complicated than necessary, or lacks the sort of features that will motivate new potential users to get involved.
LOTW has been around since 2003, prior to the existence of FACEBOOK. By comparison, FB has saturated the online user world with over 800 million users, and even if YOU aren't using it, many of the people you know are. LOTW has not done as well against its target audience. It can take weeks to complete the process of setting up your LOTW account if you are a NON-US station. It only takes a few minutes for ANYONE to create a Facebook account.
One suggestion I'd offer LOTW is to provide an interface for SWL confirmation: something like this, as this is a major help for SWL's and in some instances, SWLing is a prerequisite to becoming licensed in some countries. LOTW should directly support this important pathway leading into getting licensed by promoting and providing this kind of interface to everyone. Why hasn't this tool been more actively promoted?
Another problem is that LOTW leaves you in the dark about tracking the progress of how it processes your uploaded log files. There is a span of time between uploading a file and the uploaded information being integrated with the rest of your prior data. Users cannot tell if their file has actually landed in the system with any success. The resulting uncertainty drives many users to re-upload the file, adding a significant amount of redundant load on the system. LOTW is designed to allow a user to make corrections to their existing data. In other words, the system can't be made "smarter" about this because it has to allow us to revise existing data when we discover we made an error in our own log. If LOTW had a more informative interface, it would eliminate this problem.
The LOTW instructions may seem complex if you don't use computers a lot, so I wrote a "how-to" below.
There are some individual preferences regarding the use of passwords when getting started with LOTW, so pay careful attention to what you do regarding passwords; there will be more than one to remember.The setup instructions currently provided by LOTW have improved, but it might be easier to summarize how you get started with LOTW as follows:
If you have trouble with LOTW, try to hang in there; things will eventually get easier. The instructions are better now than they have been in earlier times.
There are several ways to use your certificate to sign QSO data for LOTW; some are more automated than others. Some logger programs incorporate LOTW updates into their features, while others don't. Review the features of your logging software and choose accordingly.
Some logging programs may even try to update in near-real-time if you have an internet connection. If you are a casual operator, that might do just fine for you. If you are a contester, I believe that would be a bad idea at best, and possibly a violation of the rules of the contest at worst. If you are operating in a contest, wait until after log submission deadlines have passed before uploading to LOTW.
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