NEW FEATURES on the CTRI.Club web site
K1JSM

NEW FEATURES on the CTRI.Club web site

1. All members can now edit their own posts.

2. A password protected Member Directory has been added to the menu at the top.

When the directory page is open:

Enter a name or call in the Search box at the top.

You can sort the directory by call, first name, last name, or email address by clicking on the small black triangles in the column heading.

If your phone number is blank its because you did not enter it in your profile.

If you do not want your data in this directory, send me an email message or add a comment to this post.

3. A link to the CRTI facebook page has been added in the column on the right. Page down to see it.

Solar Eclipse QSO Party – Aug 21
K1JSM

The Solar Eclipse QSO Party on August 21 runs from 1400 until 2200 UTC. Stations will exchange a signal report and six-character grid locator on 160 through 6 meters (excepting 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters). Participants may work the same station again after 10 minutes have passed. Preferred modes are CW, RTTY, and PSK31, because automated receiving networks will record the contacts, but phone and digital contacts are okay too.

see more:  http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-participation-is-key-to-university-solar-eclipse-experiment

The N1MM+ log type:   ECLIPSE

score summary
K1JSM

 

FD Summary Sheet

Start Date : 2017-06-24

CallSign Used : KE1S
Operator(s) : KE1S

Operator Category : MULTI-OP
Assisted Category : ASSISTED
Band : 6M
Power : LOW
Mode : MIXED
Default Exchange : 2A RI
Gridsquare : FN41TT

Name : John Spigel
Address :
City/State/Zip :
Country : UNITED STATES

ARRL Section : RI
Club/Team : CTRI Contest Group
Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6421.0

Band   Mode  QSOs     Pts  Pt/Q
3.5  CW     304     608   2.0
3.5  LSB    280     280   1.0
7  CW     238     476   2.0
7  LSB    272     272   1.0
14  CW     133     266   2.0
14  USB    160     161   1.0
21  CW     140     280   2.0
21  USB     26      26   1.0
50  CW       1       2   2.0
50  USB      7       7   1.0
Total  Both  1561    2378   1.5

 

Score : 4,756
Rig :

Antennas :

Soapbox :

 

I have observed all competition rules as well as all regulations
established for amateur radio in my country. My report is
correct and true to the best of my knowledge. I agree to be
bound by the decisions of the Contest Committee.

 

 

Date : 2017-06-25        Signature :

 

CTRI Field Day 2017:  Final Update #3
K1JSM

By John Lindholm, W1XX

 Field Day Site:  47 Peeptoad Rd., North Scituate, RI, Seagrave Observatory

Field Day Dates:  Sat – Sun, June 24 – 25

 

Well folks, Field Day is almost upon us – this coming Sat-Sun, June 24 – 25.  It will be a fun event to which any and all are invited to join us.

Last Thursday. K1DM, K1SD, and W1XX largely cleared out the overgrown field of brush where the 40/20 wire beam is installed with a rope boom between huge trees.  Getting this antenna airborne will be project #1 Field Day morning and requires multi-hands to tie down the inverted-V elements.  W1XX, KW2G and K1SD will shoot lines over trees this upcoming Friday (10 AM)  prior to FD.

      We need all hands on deck on Saturday morning at 9 AM.  Advisory:  Bring long pants, work boots, bug spray with DEET.

       CTRI’s KE1S will be in the 2 transmitter class plus 6 meters and GOTA station – all at 100 watts from a generator.  Additional antennas are an 80 meter dipole, 6 meter Moxon, Triband beam, and GOTA antennas for 20 and 40.  All stations are set up indoors in the Seagrave assembly hall.

Our esteemed Commissary Captain KB1RFJ needs a final headcount on meals.  If you have not already been counted at the recent club meeting or responded to the website menu – wa1rr [dot] org – please e-mail Mike directly at:     visich4zoo@gmail.com

Indicate your presence at the following meals:  Sat lunch, Sat dinner, Sun lunch.

A word about operating goals.  We are a contest club.  We aim to be competitive.  At the same time we will have ample assistance to anyone needing help to gain familiarity with the radio or logging program.  Field Day should be a learning experience.

Bring a 5-spot for the best guess total QSO raffle.

Have fun!

CTRI June Meeting
K1JSM

BY K3IU, ON JUNE 9TH, 2017

Since nobody else seems to be doing anything just thought I’d put this up.

Check the Events Calendar on the right sidebar for time and place. I will pick up a few gut bombs from Ma’s Donuts on my way.

Be ready to learn all about out Field Day efforts.

73, Ken K3IU

CTRI Field Day:  Update #2
K1JSM

By John Lindholm, W1XX

 Field Day Site:  47 Peeptoad Rd., North Scituate, RI, the Seagrave  Observatory

Field Day Dates:  June 24 -25

CTRI Pre-FD meeting:  Sat. June 10… 10 AM, N. Kingstown Free Library, Wickford

    Since Update #1, Field Day plans have progressed nicely.  This Saturday’s CTRI meeting is very important to nail down any last minute details.  Your attendance and commitment is urgently encouraged.  Since our last update and still upcoming:

  1. K3IU will be copying the special W1AW Field Day message on Friday night.
  2. K1DM will captain our “alternate power” effort for bonus points with a solar panel.
  3. KW2G expects to have his potato gun launcher to augment W1XX’s bow-n-arrow for shooting lines for antennas on Friday afternoon prior to FD.
  4. KE1J has created an event for Field Day on Facebook – good for bonus points.  See  https://www.facebook.com/CTRI-301157730323702/
  5. We really need a participation headcount by the close of Saturday’s meeting primarily for food prep purposes. I can’t emphasize enough that this is an open invitation – member or not – to participate.  We need to know who will be at Field Day and when. Please try to make Saturday’s meeting to let us know of your intentions. Otherwise, e-mail John at w1xx [at] cox [dot] net.
  6. The “all hands on deck” time for Saturday Field Day setup is 9 AM at Seagrave.
  7. Important need: (1  The special 40/20 inverted-V wire Yagi is installed in the ‘back 40” – which requires brush clearing with gas powered weed wackers. We need 3 or 4 volunteers with equipment to do the job sometime next week – date TBD in coordination with Skyscrapers.  Bring bug spray with DEET.  (2)   We also need a couple of volunteers to assist KW2G/W1XX in launching lines for antennas to be installed the morning of Field Day.
  8. There will be plenty of assistance on Field Day to become familiar with the radio and logging program. One can also brush up ahead of time on the attached essentials of N1MM Logger+.
  9. All are reminded to bring a fin for our annual raffle for best guess on number of QSOs. Always fun…especially when you win!
  10. Final update post-Saturday’s meeting.  73!  — John, W1XX

CTRI Field Day 2017:  Update #1
K1JSM

Field Day 2017

By John Lindholm, W1XX

 

Field Day Site:  47 Peeptoad Rd., North Scituate, RI, the Seagrave Memorial Observatory

Field Day Dates:  June 24 -25

 

  1. Call: KE1S
  2. Category: 2A Two transmitter 100 watt club category plus 6-meter free transmitter and a “Get On The Air” station.
  3. Antennas: (a) Special K1JX designed FD 2-el 40-meter + 20-meter 4-el wire inverted-V Yagi w/single feed-line using a tree supported rope boom. (b) 80-meter dipole w/ladder line to tuner. (c) 6-meter Par Stressed Moxon on a fiberglass pole. (d) Hy-gain TH3 tribander on approx. 40 feet of military masts. (e)  Simple GOTA antennae including 20- meter vertical dipole.
  4. Generator: Honda 2 KW (KB1RFJ provided)
  5. Radios: K3,  FT-100MP, TS-2000, + TBD

 

We are renewing our unique partnership with “Skyscrapers” for our third Field Day from the Seagrave Observatory – thus a comfortable indoor operating venue. What has made the first two operations FUN from all accounts has been the fantastic operating site, the camaraderie of everyone pitching in to help, no heavy duty tower installations, and not to forget – great culinary delights.

 

Volunteer captain assignments oversee various aspects of the operation, namely:

Radios/computers:  W1AN

Commissary:  KB1RFJ + KE1J

GOTA Coach:  KS1J

Safety Officer:  W1WBB

Social Media:  KE1J

Log Submission:  K1DM

 

One of the highlights of our Field Day is the installation of the “killer” 40/20 wire beam that requires a host (plethora, bevy, or a lot) of hands to attach the many nylon strings dropping to ground level. Everyone participates with the overall installation as well as operating.

This is an open invitation to any and all to join us for Field Day – members, prospective members, interested folks.  This means YOU.  Further details in upcoming updates.  What do you need to do now?  Mark your calendar to keep Field Day weekend free – June 24 – 25.   Let us know of your interest either at the next CTRI meeting (June 10 at 10 am at the North Kingstown Free Library, Wickford), or e-mail me at W1XX [at] cox [dot] net.

TNX & 73! – John, W1XX, Field Day Chairman

Logging Essentials using N1MM+
K1JSM

This listing pulls together a dozen (or so) keyboard commands that are extremely useful in N1MM+ Logger.

General
· Esc : stop, exit, abort, back out of whatever you are doing

Logging
· Spacebar or Tab : move between exchange elements
· Enter : log a completed valid QSO
· Ctrl+Alt+Enter : log an incomplete/invalid QSO with a note in the log
· Ctrl+N : add a note to the log
· Ctrl+O : to enter the operator’s name or call sign (or type OPON in call sign field)
[optional, use to keep track of who was operating when]
· Alt+W : wipe whatever is entered so far (Alt+W again to undo the wipe)

Changing logged contacts
· Ctrl+D : delete last QSO from log
· Ctrl+Q : Quick Edit last QSO
o while in Quick Edit (blue background), use Ctrl+Q to go to earlier QSO in log, or
Ctrl+A to go to later one
o Enter to accept changes, Esc to abort and return to logging

Changing current frequency & mode
· To change modes, type CW or SSB or RTTY or PSK into Entry window, hit Enter – or,
if your radio is interfaced for radio control, just change modes on the radio
· To change frequency, type the frequency in kHz into the Entry window, hit Enter – or, if
your radio is interfaced for radio control, change frequency on the radio

CW/SSB/Digital (needs CW keying interface/voice keyer/Digital interface respectively)
· Alt+U : switch between Run & S&P mode and messages
· F1 : send CQ message and switch to Run mode
· F4 : send your own call sign (S&P)
· ; key or Ins : send his call sign + exchange message (F5 + F2)
· key : send TU and log QSO (F3 + Enter)
· = key : re-send last function-key message
· Alt+K : edit current function-key message buttons
· Ctrl+K : ad lib keyboard CW/digital text (use Enter or Esc or Ctrl+K to end)
· PgUp/PgDn : CW speed up/down