Cheap paddle switch

So with the arrival of a new rig for SO2R operation (TS-590SG) the need arose for switching
keys between radios. There are expensive ways, and there’s the ham way. Total cost less than
$8 including parts from the junk box. These old PC switches are still of good use.

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NAQP RTTY June 2015 in the books

And another NAQP RTTY is in the books. This time was a first for me operating SO2R. Lots to learn,
and lots learned already. Here are some stats again as it is so much fun to geek out over that with N1MM+.

NA QSO RTTY – 2015-07-18 1800Z to 2015-07-19 0600Z – 227 QSOs
K5TRI Max Rates:

2015-07-18 2332Z – 3.0 per minute  (1 minute(s)), 180 per hour by K5TRI
2015-07-19 0257Z – 1.2 per minute  (10 minute(s)), 72 per hour by K5TRI
2015-07-19 0314Z – 0.7 per minute  (60 minute(s)), 44 per hour by K5TRI

NA QSO RTTY – 2015-07-18 1800Z to 2015-07-19 0600Z – 227 QSOs
K5TRI – Off Times >= 30 Minutes

2015-07-18 1800Z – 2015-07-18 1809Z     00:10  (10 mins)   (Start late)
2015-07-19 0027Z – 2015-07-19 0147Z     01:21  (81 mins)
2015-07-19 0359Z – 2015-07-19 0559Z     02:00  (120 mins)   (End early)

Total Time Off 03:31  (211 mins)
Total Time On 08:29  (509 mins)

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Split between bands and radios

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Conditions were not so great this time, so interesting to see which band netted the most contacts.

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And a more interesting view on times and propagation to various areas of the country.

All in all, lots of fun. Now more refining of the station for SO2R operation.

Let there be audio

Quick hack with an LM-386 for an audio amplifier I needed for one
of our rooms.

From this:
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Then this:
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And finally found an enclosure:
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Signals looked nice and clean on the scope and sound is sufficient for it’s
purpose.

ARRL June VHF+ Contest

And another VHF contest in the log. Did much better this time. Of course if
the 70cm beam would have worked properly the score could’ve been better.
Ah well, there’s always next contest. Fantastic opening on Sunday on 6m into
California, Mexico, and Texas!

Band   Mode  QSOs     Pts  Grd
    50  CW      25      25    7
    50  USB     66      66   16
   144  USB     24      24    6
   420  USB      1       2    1
Total  Both   116     117   30
Score: 3,510
1 Mult = 3.9 Q’s

CQ WPX CW May 2015

And another one in the books .. err .. log. Had some more time this weekend to spend
working in the contest but as usual could do more. Lesson learned: need a better antenna.
It is kinda fun to geek out with the statistic function of N1MM+.

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Zones worked by hour

 

WPX  CW – 2015-05-30 0000Z to 2015-06-01 0000Z – 200 QSOs
K5TRI Max Rates:

2015-05-31 0502Z – 2.0 per minute  (1 minute(s)), 120 per hour by K5TRI
2015-05-30 0325Z – 0.7 per minute  (10 minute(s)), 42 per hour by K5TRI
2015-05-30 0330Z – 0.4 per minute  (60 minute(s)), 24 per hour by K5TRI

WPX  CW – 2015-05-30 0000Z to 2015-06-01 0000Z – 200 QSOs
K5TRI – Off Times >= 60 Minutes

2015-05-30 0000Z – 2015-05-30 0004Z     00:05  (5 mins)   (Start late)
2015-05-30 0106Z – 2015-05-30 0218Z     01:13  (73 mins)
2015-05-30 0357Z – 2015-05-30 1320Z     09:24  (564 mins)
2015-05-30 1345Z – 2015-05-30 1521Z     01:37  (97 mins)
2015-05-30 1729Z – 2015-05-30 2018Z     02:50  (170 mins)
2015-05-30 2109Z – 2015-05-30 2222Z     01:14  (74 mins)
2015-05-31 0534Z – 2015-05-31 1540Z     10:07  (607 mins)

Total Time Off 26:30  (1590 mins)
Total Time On 16:17  (977 mins)

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Wiring cleaned up

Finally finished the new antenna cabling with proper grounding
and no more RG8x (for the most part). All cables now enter the
house through a nice and clean box and all except the dipole use
LMR-400.

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