W1AW Portable Operations Summary Sheet

Several people have asked how I keep track of the W1AW portable stations I have worked.

Attached is a PDF for the next few weeks, if you are looking for a summary sheet.  I came up with this format when the stations first started the portable operations in January.  It allows you to quickly see if you need a station on any given band/mode or if you have already worked them.

W1AW Portable Summary 2014-05-28

The reason I have the band/mode ghost printed in alternating columns, is I found out real quick as you get over towards the right side of the page, it is hard to make sure which line you are on without them as a guide.

I high light the band/mode in yellow as I work them.  When they are confirmed in LoTW, I go back and black them out.  That way you can make sure you are not missing a spot that you thought you had when the stations activate for their 2nd week.

The lines for CW, SSB and RTTY at the bottom let you mark the different operating modes, if you are trying to get the special WAS for each individual mode.  For instance, mark the CW block when you work your first CW station for that state, and you know you have that mode out of the way.

Hope this helps out.

73’s

Paul – ND4X

W1AW Portable Summary 2014-05-28

WebSDR

Here is an interesting  site that will keep you busy for a while.  On this page you can listen to and control a short-wave receiver located at the amateur radio club ETGD at the University of Twente.  In contrast to other web-controlled receivers, this receiver can be tuned by multiple users simultaneously, thanks to the use of Software-Defined Radio.

WebSDR

To give it a try go to http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/ and prepare to spend some time in front of it.  It actually seems to work better for me on a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone.   The mobile site is http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/m.html.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Contests

Here are some of the contests that will be active this weekend.  The CQ WW WPX CW Contest is always a big event.
 
Of course, NY W1AW/2 and CO W1AW/0 are also on right now through Tuesday 23:59 UTC.
 
73’s
 
Paul – ND4X

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THIS WEEK’S CONTESTS:
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CWops Mini-CWT Test: 1300Z-1400Z, May 21 and 1900Z-2000Z, May 21 and 0300Z-0400Z, May 22
Mode: CW
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
Classes: Single Op (QRP/Low/High)
Max power: HP: >100 watts
LP: 100 watts
QRP: 5 watts
Exchange: Member: Name + Member No.
non-Member: Name + (state/province/country)
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: 1 point per QSO
Multipliers: Each call once
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: 0400Z May 24, 2014
Post log summary at: http://www.hornucopia.com/3830score/
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.cwops.org/onair.html

NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint: 0030Z-0230Z, May 22
Mode: CW
Bands: 80, 40, 20m
Classes: (none)
Max power: 5 watts
Exchange: RST + (state/province/country) + (NAQCC No./power)
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: 1 point per QSO with non-member
2 points per QSO with member
Multipliers: Each state, province, or country once
Key Type Mult: 2x if straight key, 1.5x if bug, 1x if other
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults x key type mult
Submit logs by: 2359Z May 25, 2014
Upload log at: http://naqcc.info/sprintlog.html
Mail logs to: John Shannon, K3WWP
478 E. High St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
USA
Find rules at: http://naqcc.info/sprint201405.html

RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW: 1900Z-2030Z, May 22
Mode: CW
Bands: 80m Only
Classes: (none)
Exchange: RST + Serial No.
QSO Points: 1 point per QSO
Multipliers: (none)
Score Calculation: (see rules)
Submit logs by: 2359Z May 29, 2014
Upload log at: http://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/hfenter.pl
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2014/r80mcc.shtml

NCCC RTTY Sprint: 0200Z-0230Z, May 23
Mode: RTTY
Bands: (see rules)
Classes: (none)
Exchange: (see rules)
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: May 25, 2014
E-mail logs to: (none)
Post log summary at: http://www.3830scores.com/
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.ncccsprint.com/rttyns.html

NCCC Sprint Ladder: 0230Z-0300Z, May 23
Mode: CW
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20m
Classes: Single Op
Max power: 100 watts
Exchange: (see rules)
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: NA station: 1 point per QSO
non-NA station: 1 point per QSO with an NA station
Multipliers: Each US state (including KL7 and KH6) once per band
Each VE province once per band
Each North American country (except W/VE) once per band
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: May 25, 2014
E-mail logs to: (none)
Post log summary at: http://www.3830scores.com
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.ncccsprint.com/rules.html

CQ WW WPX Contest, CW: 0000Z, May 24 to 2359Z, May 25
Mode: CW
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
Classes: Single Op All Band (QRP/Low/High)(Tribander/Rookie)
Single Op Single Band (QRP/Low/High)(Tribander/Rookie)
Single Op Assisted All Band (QRP/Low/High)(Tribander/Rookie)
Single Op Assisted Single Band (QRP/Low/High)(Tribander/Rookie)
Multi-Single
Multi-Two
Multi-Multi
Max operating hours: Single Op: 36 hours with offtimes of at least 60 minutes
Multi-Op: 48 hours
Max power: HP: 1500 watts
LP: 100 watts
QRP: 5 watts
Exchange: RST + Serial No.
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: 6 points per 160/80/40m QSO with different continent<pts>
<pts>3 points per 20/15/10m QSO with different continent
2 points per 160/80/40m QSO with same continent different country
1 point per 20/15/10m QSO with same continent different country
4 points per 160/80/40m QSO between stations in NA
2 points per 20/15/10m QSO between stations in NA
1 point per QSO with same country
Multipliers: Prefixes once
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: May 30, 2014
E-mail logs to: cw[at]cqwpx[dot]com
Upload log at: http://www.cqwpx.com/logcheck/
Mail logs to: CW WPX Contest
P.O. Box 481
New Carlisle, OH 45344
USA
Find rules at: http://www.cqwpx.com/rules.htm

The Day of YLs: 0600Z, May 24 – 1800Z, May 25
Mode: CW, SSB, RTTY
Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, VHF
Classes: YL
OM
Exchange: RS(T) + YL/OM
Work stations: Once per band per mode
QSO Points: (see rules)
Multipliers: (none)
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points
Submit logs by: June 26, 2014
E-mail logs to: f5isy[at]orange[dot]fr
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.qrz.com/db/F5ISY

SARL Digital Contest: 1300Z-1600Z, May 25
Mode: PSK, RTTY
Bands: 80, 40, 20m
Classes: (none)
Exchange: RST + QSO No.
Work stations: Once per mode per band
QSO Points: (see rules)
Multipliers: (see rules)
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: June 1, 2014
E-mail logs to: contest[at]sarl[dot]org[dot]za
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.sarl.org.za/Document_Store/CONT_20140101_SARL_Contest_Manual_2014.pdf

QRP ARCI Hootowl Sprint: 2000 local – 2400 local, May 25
Mode: CW
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
Classes: All Band
Single Band
High Bands
Low Bands
Exchange: RST + (state/province/country) + (ARCI no./power)
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: 5 points per QSO with ARCI member
4 points per non-member QSO with different continent
2 points per non-member QSO with same continent
Bonus: 5000 points if you operate portable using battery power and a temporary antenna
Multipliers: States, once per band
VE Provinces, once per band
Countries, once per band
Power Mult: >5W=x1, 1-5W=x7, 250mW-1W=x10, 55-250mW=15x, <55mW=20x
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x (state mults + province mults + country mults) x power mult) + bonus points
Submit logs by: June 8, 2014
E-mail logs to: contest[at]qrparci[dot]org
Mail logs to: ARCI Hoot Owl Sprint 
c/o Jeff Hetherington
139 Elizabeth St. W.
Welland, Ontario L3C 4M3
Canada
Find rules at: http://www.qrparci.org/contests/hoot-owl-sprint-2014

May Monthly Meeting

The May meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was another successful one with 23 in attendance.

Among subjects discussed was our annual Christmas dinner.  The Christmas party this year will be at Casa Mexicana on December 8th at 6 PM.  This is a nice opportunity to hang out with other hams and have a good dinner.  Don’t miss out.

Also discussed was that there will only be one more meeting before Field Day.  Ed noted we will have 4 stations operating 3A, with a GOTA station. The Icom 7200 will be the GOTA rig,  Ed’s Omni           VII for CW.  More Field Day preparation to be discussed at the June     9th PARA Club meeting.

Net control operators were set for the next 4 weeks.  To see the NCO’s go to the Net Control Operator page.

We’re still needing some “Shack” pictures for the website.  Thanks to the stations that have submitted pictures.  They all look good and we’re finally building the page nicely.  If you have pictures that you can send me email them to me here.  The “Show Us Your Shack” page can be viewed here.

Congratulations to Tristan Jones of Wickliffe, KY.  He passed his technicians class exam.  One more ham in the mix.

Big thanks to Gene – N4FZ for the help with the website updates.

Finally here is a great article from Clint – W5CPT on “How to attach a standard PL-259 to ½” Cable TV Hardline.”  This is an excellent article and a must read.  To view the article click the link below.  Thanks Clint for this presentation.

How to attach a standard PL-259 to ½” Cable TV Hardline

Until next time….73’s Rob KC9VFV

WA2USA’s European River Cruise and Ham Radio

A friend of mine in Evansville, who I check cards for, sent the attachment about his River cruise in Europe.  Dennis is WA2USA who many of you have probably worked during his Island hoping in North America and SOTA adventures.  Every time he travels I normally check his cards for WAS after his return.

Ed……AB4IQ

Click the link below to read the article.

WA2USA_River_Cruise2014

Florida QSO Party April 26th and April 27th

The Florida QSO Party April 26th and April 27th, 2014

Object: Everyone works Florida, Florida works Everyone.

Activate and/or work ALL Florida counties. Have fun!

When:  April 26th and April 27th, 2014

Two – 10 hour operating periods (20 Hours total):

Saturday April 26th 16:00z (Noon EDT) –  01:59z April 27th 2014, (9:59pm EDT 26th)

Sunday April 27th 12:00z (8am EDT) – 21:59z (5:59pm EDT) April 27st 2014

Exchange: RST and County (Florida stations)

RST and QTH (ST, Prov. or Country (DXCC Prefix) for Outside FL)

Where: 10, 15, 20, and 40 Meter bands (Approximate frequencies)

CW :  28.030, 21.030, 14.030, 7.030  (+- 30KHz)

SSB:  28.485, 21.345, 14.270, 7.190  (+- 20KHz)

(Approximate center frequencies, There is lots of activity!)

Mobile stations can be found listed below. Fix Stations may be found above and below:

CW:  7.025-7.035,  14.040-14.050,  21.040-21.050,  28.040-28.050MHz*

SSB:  7.180-7.190,  14.265-14.275,  21.340-21.350,  28.480-28.490 MHz*

* Fixed Stations, Please refrain from CQing in the Mobile Window

Categories: (Many!)

Single Op, SO Assisted, Multi Op, Multi-Multi, Mobile, and School.

Three power categories: QRP, Low Power, and High Power.

Use CW, SSB or a mix of the two.

 

Prizes: Beautiful color certificates for top participants

Plaques for top Winning entrants.

Send logs to:  <mailto:logs@floridaqsoparty.org> logs@floridaqsoparty.org

Web Site:  <http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/> http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/

Please visit for detailed rules, mobile routes, past results, and county maps. http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/rules.html

Florida Counties on the Air

http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/cota.php

K0RC: Awesome workbooks:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m638wzw9ehxm489/Kj-KTsw5R3

NO5W:Awesome Maps and mobile list:

http://www.no5w.com/FQP2014_AnnouncedPlans.html

April Monthly Meeting

April’s meeting has come and gone and we had another good turnout with 23 in attendance.  Our new room in the Emerging Technology Building at WKCTC is very nice.  It’s nicely equipped with projectors and WiFi to make future presentations enjoyable.

Field Day 2014 was a big topic as usual this time of year.  Testing out the new routers for the logging programs  was discussed using Paul’s ND4X router configuration.  If you haven’t read this yet it’s a very detailed and interesting read.  You can find Paul’s article here.  We are also needing to get an idea on how many operators and helpers we’ll have this year.  If you are interested in operating at Field Day or even help setup (hang antennas, set up tables, ect…) just email one of the club officers here.  Any help is appreciated and Field Day is a lot of fun.  Just let us know what you can do.  Field Day is June 28th and 29th.

Net control operators were set for the next month.  The net meets every Sunday night at 9PM on 147.060 PL 179.9 and all amateur radio operators are invited to check in.  Net control operators are listed here.

Ed – AB4IQ gave a great demonstration of the VE7CC DX Cluster software.  A DX Cluster is in essence a “chatroom” or node into which amateur DX hunters can post information about DX either worked or heard.  For more information about cluster software or W4NJA’s cluster info click here.

We’re still needing some submissions for our “Show Us Your Shack” portion of our web page.  We only need 1 or 2 pictures submitted.  These are a really good way to get different ideas for your own shack by seeing what other hams are doing.  You can email your photos to me here.  Be sure to include your callsign in the email.

Our next PARA meeting will be May 12th at 7PM.

73’s

Rob KC9VFV