1/6/2016 Since two days before Xmas, I have been having fun by operating my Kenwood TS530SP on JT65 and other digital modes. It works quite well and I have made about 350 JT65 contacts on it and 250 RTTY. Good radio despite it's age. I also have an SB220 connected to it. Both were taken out of storage and setup just for the fun of it. The SB220 did well on RTTY. Expect to give the radio a good workout on Cw this weekend during the NAQP. I have setup HRD and N1MM on a notebook and have it interfaced with the radio. The log was began a new so if you find me working you again, please understand it is with the new radio. I am using JTAlert so I won't be trying to work you twice on the same band with the new radio. I will upload all contacts to EQSL and LOTW at some point. in the next few weeks. When I am done I will import the logs from this radio into my general logging program and upload all of the contacts to LOTW and EQSL. The Kenwood TS530sp is a hybrid radio. Solid state except for a 12by7a driver and two 6146b final tubes. Works very well. Has a 270 hz cw filter in it. I do not presently have a microphone for it but I may connect one for the NAQP phone contest in a couple of weeks. Not a big phone op but since I am giving the radio a good test I may as well try it on phone as well. That's pretty much the latest. 73 and HNY.
1/6/2016 Encroachment and poor operating on JT65. JT65 is a fun mode but I have been on the receiving end of some unnecessary QRM. Last nite I found a clear frequency on 80 meters and was making contact after contact without any problems. Then all of a sudden I have people on top of me. What's going on? Some were trying to work a YV station. I run 50 to 75 watts so it's not like I can't be heard. YV is not rare DX. Why QRM someone to work a common dx station?
Let me tell you a secret I have worked the best DX on JT65 not by calling the DX but by them calling me. The problem with JT65 is that it's not a pilup mode and if you turn it into one you usually don't get anywhere because the DX can't decode the signals being hurled at him. That's why it's better to just call CQ in many cases. I did have a VP8 call me out of the blue last nite. Falkland Islands which was a nice surprise. Another time a 4S7 Sri Lanka called me.
I also ran into one station who decided to start calling CQ on the opposite minute but exactly on frequency to where I had been operating for the last couple of hours. What's up with that?
If you need me to move you can send a text via JTAlert and if the request is reasonable I will be happy to help out.
73 and good DX.
Duplicate contacts on JT65....
There seems to be a trend where people are sending B4 and refusing to work a station because they already worked them. I'd like to recommend against this practice. It seems quite rude and unfriendly.
I use JT-Alert and I think that most others use that program or a similar program. I generally don't call someone if I have worked them previously on the same band. I think that most people don't either. So, if someone calls you and you're tempted to tell them you've worked before. Maybe you haven't. Maybe you aren't in their log.
They may have a reason for working you again. I had a station in Australia that called me on an almost nightly basis. He was using a mag loop and I have to assume was testing it over the 11,000 mile path. I was glad to help. There is a station on Mauritious Island that calls me from time to time. I don't know why, probably testing something but it doesn't matter. I'm sure he has his reason and it isn't a problem.
I do see people from time to time who answere my CQ and show up that I worked them before. No big deal. I work them again. If they continue to do it, maybe I'd send them an email asking if they are doing somne testing and see if I can do anything to help.
I am certainly not going to send them a rude B4 message and refuse to work them.
I had someone tell me we worked before and HE CALLED ME. Go figure. I know we worked before. JTalert told me we did. If we worked before, two questions, why are you telling me and why did you call me? Let me guess, you called me to tell me that we worked before? Does that make any sense?
As I say, I recommend against this practice.
Update 11-2015, haven't done an update for quite a while. Replaced the FT1000D with an FT2000D as the main radio in the last year.
Had some trouble with the 706MKII2. Sent the radio to N1EQ, Mike Nadeau in Maine. I was most impressed and amazed with his service. First off the total repair time was 1 week door to door. Shipped it Monday, received it back next Monday. The price was a lot less than I though. Despite being a challenging repair he did not charge for research and "head scratching time." He also kept me advised of the progress step by step via email. At no time did I feel like I needed to contact him because he kept me up to date. I recommend checking this guy out if you need a radio repaired. Look at his reviews on Eham. I looked at them after I had the radio repaired. It was no surprise that they were all perfect reviews. Hats off to N1EQ for doing a great job.
Did some mobile work over the summer, worked China, Djibouti, and some reasonably good dx from the car on CW. Had some ragchews on CW while driving. Usually on 30, or 40 meters.
Spending time on PhantomNet here in N.E. MA. It's a group of linked repeaters. Good group of people. 444.1 is where most people come into the network. I use 224.52 most of the time. Am also on 224.68 88.5 pl listening. That's a standalone repeater in Methuen.
Also get on Harry's repeater, WA1VVH in Pepperell MA. 224.62, no pl.
I like 220. Nearly the range of 2 meters but as quiet as 440. Five of the repeaters that I use don't even use PL. It's not really needed. 220 also has 20 kHz spacing so you don't get interference from adjacent channel repeaters.
Using a TYT9000D 50 watt FM mobile. Not a bad radio. Surprisingly good actually. I'm very happy with it.
That's the latest. Thanks for stopping by.
Still uploading to LOTW, just not as often, problem with my logging software and automatic uploading. I can do it semi-manually which is what I do. If you are waiting for an LOTW confirmation, you should get it within a week. If there is a problem, please email. me.
73 and Happy Holidays.
Update 7/14. Began operating mobile this month using an IC706MK2G. Operating 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, and 6 meters. May try 60, and 80 in the fall. So far, results have been good.
I have been operating from the north east part of MA, southern NH, and southern Maine. Counties include so far, Essex County MA, Rockingham County NH, and York County Maine. Grid squares FN42 and FN43. I like to operate near the ocean.
So far operation has been on CW using a Bencher paddle sitting on the seat. Works very well and is easy to use while underway.
I have not been transferring the contacts into my electronic log. If you need a QSL please email me. I can upload the contact to LOTW with the correct county, state, and grid square or I can send a paper card with the correct information written in.
I keep minimum information for these contacts, band, mode, time of beginning, ending, or somewhere in the middle of the contact. I usually don't keep signal reports but I do make a note of where I made the QSO from so I can put it on the card. That meets minimum requirements for a QSL card.
FT-1000D Replaced by FT2000D
80 Meter OCF dipole.
Double L / Lazy U for 160.
I work mostly CW and JT65 as well as the very occasional phone or digital contacts using other modes besides JT65.
I casually participate in many CW, Digital, and SSB contests and belong to the YCCC. (www.yccc.org)
I am not current active on any bands above 29.6 mHz although I do have a vhf/uhf FM mobile radio in the car.
I am currently working on WAS all bands 160 through 10, including 60 and the warc bands, using JT65 and confirming via LOTW.
As of late Jan 2013 I have succeeded on 80, 40, 30, 20, and 17 meters in getting JT65 confirmations of all states on LOTW. Need 2 states on 15, 4 on 12, and about 12 on 10 meters. On 160 I'm about half way. On 60 I only have 3 states. Just started.
As for the DXCC Challenge I'm at 1152 as of Jan 24, 2013.
Have confirmed on LOTW 100 or more countries on all HF bands except 12 and 60.
I need another 8 on 12 and only have 3 or 4 on 60.
On 160 I'm at 40 confirmed on LOTW. I have 48 states in mixed mode on 160. Need AK and ND to finish up in mixed mode.
Thus far I have not been using skeds, with a couple of exceptions, but I am willing to setup a sked with anyone who may need MA on JT65 or other mode.
JT65 is a really great mode and I enjoy it very much.
At this time I am not receiving enough cards to have to ask for return postage. A self addressed envelope though would be appreciated, if you have some, please include one. I haven't fully automated the qsl process yet and my handwriting is pretty bad.
All QSO's are uploaded to LOTW and EQSL within a few days of the QSO.
If you QSL direct, please address the card to Scott Currier as opposed to James S. This will eliminate delays due to mail forwarding issues.
If you would like a QSL via the bureau, please send me one of your QSLs via the bureau as well as an Email request so I can send your card out right away instead of waiting for your card and then sending one back. I use Global QSL for bureau cards. They're pretty quick and do a nice job.
While LOTW is good for ARRL awards and EQSL good for CQ awards, I still like the paper QSL's so please send your QSL via the bureau even if you use LOTW and / or EQSL.
I prefer to have both electronic and paper confirmations.
If you need MA, Essex County MA, or the KT1 prefix for awards, please send me an email and I'll send out a card direct and you can send me yours at the same time.
Don't forget to check your email spam folder. I have replied to some emails and didn't hear back from the person, making me wonder if my reply ended up unnoticed in their spam folder.
I have been spending quite a bit of time lately using JT65A on HF. Excellent mode for weak signal work.
I have also been spending a lot of time on 30 meters. Recommend looking into the 30 Meter Digital Group if you operate that band on either digital or CW. They have an impressive award system which is software based, it reads your log and lets you apply online for the award. www.30mdg.net is their site.
73 and Good DX.
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