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Welcome and thanks for the contact!
You will receive QRZ Log, LoTW and eQSL confirmations within 24-hours of working AK9S.
*** Click on the Log a NEW Contact with AK9S link above to confirm our QSO ***
Traditional QSL Card Confirmations - US ONLY
For those who prefer to collect cards, I reciprocate QSL cards received from US contacts via DIRECT mail.  No need for SASE, postage or funds.  Due to International mailing costs, I do not participate in overseas card exchanges.
73 de AK9S - Sergio Zoruba, Ph.D., P.E. ("Serge")
The current number of QSOs vs. QRB (distance) per band:
Kenwood TS-990S
Palstar AT5K (HF-AUTO shown)
OM2000+ Amplifier (AL-80B shown)
Heil PR-781G Microphone, W2IHY 8-Band EQ + EQPlus
DX Engineering RF Pro 1B Active Magnetic Loop: 160M High-SNR Receive Antenna @ 18 ft (5 m) AGL
Modified Zero Five 45-ft (13.7 m) Elevated Ground Plane Vertical w/Wire Counterpoise (not shown) @ 15 ft (4.6 m) AGL for 160M thru 10M
Array Solutions AS-200-T, 4:1 UNUN, 10 KW
Array Solutions AS-50-L1N, Line Isolator, 10 KW
Andrews LDF5-50A (7/8-in) Hard Line Coax (lowers high SWR feed line loss on 160M)
Icom IC-2300H
TE Systems 1452G Amplifier
Hustler G7-144 Vertical @ 30 ft (9.2 m) AGL w/Andrews LDF4-50A (1/2-in) Hard Line Coax
6M STATION (Usually FT8 Sporatic E and MSK144 Meteor Scatter)
Kenwood TS-990S
OM2000+ (1.5 KW on MSK144, no time limit)
Rigblaster Advantage
M2 6M3 Yagi @ 20 ft (6 m) AGL w/Andrews FSJ4-50B (1/2-in) Superflex Coax
Below are MSK144 meteor scatter contacts made during the August Perseid shower...thanks to everyone on Ping Jockey Central (pingjockey.net) for mentoring me on this high-speed digital mode.




















FT8 Tips & Tricks
  • Turn off all DSP receiver processing and use a fast AGC
  • Adjust your ALC somewhere between 0 and 50% to improve decodes by receiving stations
  • Use EVEN timing mode in the US (00 and 30 sec start times) when calling CQ
  • Set your decoder to DEEP mode if you are running a moderately fast computer to increase the number of decodes
  • If a slot is in use on your waterfall, try not use it, as it reduces successful decodes when one signal is much stronger than the other (even though signal subtraction is used)
  • Try to avoid slots directly adjacent to ones in use, as receiver overload may result, thereby compromising weak-signal reception for you as well as others
  • When working a pile-up, best to transmit a slot or two away from the DX station so you can stand-out and be seen
  • The use of a notch filter to prevent receiver overload from strong signals is not only smart, but sometimes necessary to pull out weak signals and DX
  • If you can reduce your bandwidth on your receiver, you will be rewarded with improved reception of weak signals
  • Like CW, FT8 is a weak-signal mode and not necessarily a QRP mode due to the reduced sensitivity over JT65 and JT9
  • Use the minimum power necessary to complete a contact, which sometimes may be several hundred watts to establish a discernible signal at the other end of the World, or QRP for a Regional contact
  • Always confirm contacts (LoTW, eQSL, QRZ log) for Award credits, as most folks do not want to waste time using this mode to simply exchange signal reports (the reason why PSK Reporter exists)
  • If someone calls CQ and you work them, remember afterwards to move away from their slot.  It is likely in use by the station you just worked
  • Pay attention to your control point...do not call CQ and then ignore your waterfall, as you may be causing QRM and not realize it
  • Use selective CQ calls, such as CQ EU, NA, SA, AS and OC to increase your worked DX count
  • Enable Auto Sequence to ensure automatic response sequencing, thereby increasing contact rates and reducing human errors
  • Disable Call 1st when calling CQ DX, CQ EU, etc. so you can avoid automatically interfacing with non-DX stations if they happen to accidentially call you
  • Due to the increasing number of users, it is becoming acceptable to extend out beyond the traditional 2,000 Hz ceiling to find an empty slot to use
  • What may appear to be deliberate QRM or overt stupidity are usually operating mistakes made from people learning the software, caused by those whose operating skills are still being developed or a direct consequence of the software itself...
    • You call CQ on EVEN and another station then calls CQ on ODD within the same slot
      • Usually caused by a station which previously used the slot and then decides to call CQ again, failing to check for current activity on their waterfall
    • You are working a contact and suddenly a strong station starts using your slot
      • A weak station which you cannot decode may be calling CQ and a stronger station answers their call oblivious to your using the same slot
    • You work a moderately strong station, but it keeps repeating the same response (say RRR) for several cycles
      • This usually indicates the receiving station can no longer hear you, typically due to QSB (fading) below the decoder threshold limit, overload of their receiver by a strong station, lightning crashes, local QRN, etc.
    • You call CQ DX and find stations within your same ARRL entity (say country) responding
      • Due to the fast nature of this mode, people sometimes will quickly click on your callsign and not notice your specific request for DX stations only. This mode allows anyone with HF priviledges to work the World with minimal equipment, antenna and operating skill.  Everyone should place an effort to continual improve their operating habits, as digital modes display operator errors on screens for several minutes at a time which can sometimes result in embarrassment for new operators
    • Someone responds to you on the waterfall, but after many cycles, you still cannot decode them
      • Their ALC might be set too high, preventing your decoder from working properly
      • You or they may be starting each cycle more than 3 seconds late due to a lack of time syncing from an online atomic clock server
      • Your receiver might be slightly overloaded, reduce bandwidth and/or use your notch to clean up the slot for improved decoding
    • Someone responds to you and they suddenly disappear from the waterfall after several cycles
      • Sometimes computers crash and radio modems malfunction due to RF infiltration, or simply the other station quickly pressed the OFF button on their radio due to an upset XYL.  She usually is more important than a weak signal buried -20 dB below the noise, at least according to her smiley.                              

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - AK9S
Latest Contacts for AK9S at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
ZS6JES 2018-02-19 17m FT8 KG43FX37 South Africa Jess Clark
SV1JDX 2018-02-19 17m FT8 KM18vb Greece MAKIS ANTONELLOS
F8NHF 2018-02-19 17m FT8 JO10qj France Denis Douliez
EI1DG 2018-02-19 17m FT8 IO63tj Ireland Paddy McGrath
SV1GSP/8 2018-02-19 17m FT8 Greece
ON4CN 2018-02-19 17m FT8 JO10VJ55 Belgium CLAUDE DEMAN
MI0LLG 2018-02-19 17m FT8 IO65re Northern Ireland Stephen H
CT7ABD 2018-02-19 17m FT8 IM59KP44 Portugal Fabiano Moser
GM0VRP 2018-02-19 17m FT8 IO86ac Scotland RAYMOND PHILLIPS
EB5GC 2018-02-19 17m FT8 EB5GC Spain Antonio Martinez Ramirez
F6HRP 2018-02-19 17m FT8 IN88kn France Alain PUILLANDRE
9A9TT 2018-02-19 17m FT8 JN76wd Croatia Zeljko Roginic
DL8CKL 2018-02-19 17m FT8 JN57tw Germany Klaus Luecht
CU3EM 2018-02-19 17m FT8 HM68iq Portugal PAULO JORGE MARTINS BORGES
DL4MK 2018-02-19 17m FT8 JN57es Germany Marco Frey

Book Totals: 6160 qso's   4839 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

DX World Award#4724
Granted: 2016-11-17 11:40:02   (AK9S)

United States Counties Award#1634
Granted: 2016-07-19 21:35:10   (AK9S)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 500 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
United States Award#1714
Granted: 2016-01-02 16:00:02   (AK9S)

  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 80 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 80 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#9569
Granted: 2015-10-29 02:20:02   (AK9S)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    160 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    6 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 160 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    6 Meters Digital
    80 Meters Digital
    Mixed Digital
  • Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#10962
Granted: 2015-10-29 02:20:02   (AK9S)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    80 Meters Digital
    Mixed Digital
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