All Things HF: July 2018

The best laid plans etc.etc. and then there’s Murphy’s Law so that’s how it is sometimes in this hobby that we’re consumed with or…the hobby that’s consumed us. The first conundrum was the DXpedition to Bouvet that was suddenly aborted within sight of the Island, next was the much anticipated DXpedition to Baker/Howland that went QRV at the appointed hour with some of the poorest propagation of sun cycle 11. This operator spent literally hours listening for even the faintness signal of CW or SSB to no avail. There were no sunspots at the start of the DXpedition and no sunspots during nor at the end of the DXpedition. There was some sort of propagation for some regions of the globe but…nothing to my station. The operators on Baker Island did a terrific job of making 64,000 contacts with 17,000 unique call signs. I have an acquaintance in Hamilton, Ohio NØFW who filled 21 band slots out of 30 available indicating a propagation path for Pete who is an avid DXer. In all, KH1 on Baker Island made 11,000 CW contacts on 20-meters and 8,000 SSB contacts on 20-meters to North America. There’s no doubt that disappointment runs deep because of the poor band conditions. I suspect the low numbers to North America were a disappointment to those on the Island pounding brass and those on phone along with digital modes that expected the overall numbers to be closer to 100,000. I applaud those folks for their efforts to bring this rare ATNO to the worldwide DX community…they’re deeply appreciated. I’m disappointed that 2 good ones got away from me. Sunspot cycle for the most part was not as good as it could have been plus it has a couple of years to go. Hopefully we will see better band conditions soon. In the meantime, I still work HF almost daily connecting mostly with stations in the U.S. and occasionally a DX so the hobby is alive and well here at my station. Be sure to keep HF radio alive by calling CQ because someone somewhere is listening for your call, don’t disappointment them. So long from my station in Huntersville to your station wherever it may be.

Best 73 es gud DX de Bob/WØZPE

2018 BAARC Field Day Results

W0UJ's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-FIELD-DAY
Created by N3FJP's ARRL Field Day Contest Log
Version 5.8

Total Contacts = 287
Total Points = 452

Operating Period: 2018/06/23 19:30 - 2018/06/24 12:55

Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

Band   CW Phone Dig Total %
----   -- ----- --- ----- ---
  80    0     0   5     5   2
  40   27     2  28    57  20
  20   71   112  22   205  71
  15   12     1   0    13   5
   2    0     6   0     6   2
  70    0     1   0     1   0
----   -- ----- --- ----- ---
Total 110   122  55   287 100

Total Contacts by Operator:

Operator Total   %
-------- ----- ---
AD0HJ      114  40
K0LFV       69  24
K0GOP       55  19
KC0NAF      30  10
W0NY        14   5
KE0RUG       4   1
KE0AFZ       1   0

Total = 7

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All Things HF: June 2018

Happy Field Day guys and gals…I wish I were with you but having an old white haired dude with a pony tail using a walker to get from point A to point B doesn’t really represent today’s Ham Radio Operator. I’m going to have to be satisfied in working Field Day making contacts from my comfort zone in my airconditioned cave. Good luck and good fortune working your contacts today.

The Baker/Howland DXpedition has left Pago Pago by ship with all their gear, food, shelter expected to arrive at KH1 on the 26th in a couple of days. Propagation isn’t the best but it’ll be all the sweeter getting that ATNO in the log if we have to work harder to get the job done. Unfortunately their permit does not allow directional beam antennas plus…they are restricted to 48 feet of antenna height so we’re going to be working verticals that are omni-directional without the good gain of a Yagi antenna.

It is what it is so plan to make the best of what we’re offered. I suppose these restrictions have something to do with protecting the Island’s bird inhabitants. I’ve been working on improving my CW skills just in case I miss making contact on SSB. Failure is not an option so I’m getting myself psyched up in preparation for next week’s fun on the globe’s equator. That’s about it for this month from my station in Huntersville to your station once again wishing you luck on Field Day. Remember to activate your station and start calling CQ so the station awaiting your call can answer you from out there somewhere someplace in radioland…


Best 73 es gud DX de Bob/WØZPE

All Things HF: May 2018

All Things HF
It seems like I spend more time keeping my station free of dust these days than I do using it. After all, it is summer (almost) so lots of time is spent below the pergola on the back deck nursing a cold beverage. After our very long and very cold winter, sitting outdoors watching the wildlife is almost as rewarding as getting into a rag chew on HF. What I really needed to do was to peak my interest in getting back on the air.

I decided to improve my CW skills by a daily practice session at my desk rather than using the built in radio CW practice set-up. My desk set-up includes a Vibroplex CW paddle connected to a battery operated keyer with automatic dits along with adjustable speed controls. The keyer is manufactured by GHD and is available from Morse Express.

In the meantime, the DXpedition to Baker/Howland Islands scheduled for June, is going to get my undivided attention for an ATNO on both phone and CW. Both my antenna systems and radio station are capable of making the trip but the propagation Gods are will determine the outcome. I have my fingers crossed…

That’s all for this month so remind yourself to sit at your station and call CQ (you might consider using CW) because someone somewhere is listening for your call, don’t disappoint them. So long from my station in Huntersville to your station wherever it may be.

Best 73 es gud DX Bob/WØZPE