The Club’s New Portable Beam
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I volunteered to assemble the new portable, foldable, 6 band wire beam when John, W1XX, asked for someone to assemble it, because of his storm related workload. Remind me not to volunteer again. 🙂  I have attached below some photos of this beam. It is not beautiful, but hopefully lack of physical beauty won’t adversely impact its performance. Right now with the tower only about 5 feet off the ground, the resonance/SWR indicates that it is indeed an antenna, but I don’t think I should attempt any adjustments because I can’t get it any higher in the air to provide more accurate readings.

This beam will require additional tweaking in the air before it is ready for Field Day but unfortunately I am unable to do it. I am going to copy and/or prepare some unpacking and repacking instructions and put them in plastic sleeves to be kept with the beam and the spare parts that were purchased with it. I will also do a practice “fold it up and put it away” and “unfold it and put it up” routines.

So I need to hand off this project to someone else who can get it higher in the air than I can and then see how the resonance and SWR look.

Here are the pictures. It is kinda tough to see any details of the antenna. I am not sure how this is going to work out on the web site, it’s worth a try..

73, Ken K3IU
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P.S. (11:15AM, Sat 5/26) – It’s now Sat morning and I guess I was crying “wolf” yesterday when I wrote the above. I spent a couple of hours this morning (after a good night’s sleep) making adjustments to the driven elements to move the resonant freq up into the bottom portion of each band using the MFJ-259B first and then connecting the beam to my K3s and Diamond SX-200 SWR & Power meter. Both methods more or less agree and indicate lowest SWR near/at the bottom of all bands. Unless I am mistaken, and I could well be, I believe that raising the beam up in the air will move the resonant freq up a bit on all bands and perhaps move the SWR downwards as well. The internal ATU on the K3s easily handles the maximum SWR seen. I do not have a push-up mast I can not test this. The fiberglass spigot at the bottom of the center post that must be inserted into a mast with a 1 inch ID. There needs to be holes drilled in the mast-top and the fiberglass spigot for inserting a thru bolt to keep the antenna from free wheeling. This can’t be done until the push up mast is identified and available.

The plan this afternoon is to fold up the antenna, and pack it away. Then one day next week, I will try to set it up.

73, Ken K3IU

 

ARRL DX CW Contest Results
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I’ll start a posting for the results….

I operated about 9.5 hours from home and intended to head for W1AN to help out, however, conditions were pretty poor and I didn’t think the hour + 15 min each way for 2-3 hours BIC time would be that productive. Anyway… here are my results. Feel free to post your results here as a comment. 73, Ken K3IU
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Call: K3IU

Class: SOAB HP
QTH: RI
Operating Time (hrs): 9.5

Summary:
 Band  QSOs  Mults
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  160:    0     0
   80:    3     3
   40:  107    50
   20:  282    75
   15:   46    25
   10:    0     0
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Total:  437   153  Total Score = 200,583

Club: CT RI Contest Group

2017 CQWW CW Contest Results
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Guess I’ll start things rolling. Please report your contest results here. Don’t know how many operated, but I worked John, W1XX, on 80m at about 0600 local on Sunday morning. Didn’t hear/work any other club members. I kept my butt-in-chair for about 9 hours. Not my best ever effort, but I’ll take it! 73, Ken K3IU

       Band     QSOs     Pts   ZN  Cty  Pt/Q
         3.5      21      42    8   14   2.0
           7      73     205   15   39   2.8
          14     217     623   21   76   2.9
          21     117     324   17   61   2.8
          28       3       9    3    3   3.0
       Total     431    1203   64  193   2.8

Score : 309,171


 

2017 SSCW Contest Results
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Don’t know if anyone besides me and XX operated in this contest. Didn’t hear you, John. Mid-level effort from here with about 9.6 hours BIC time. Managed to almost get a clean sweep, but missed NNY, VI, EWA and MB. Heard nothing on 10, 15 was open nicely on Sunday afternoon, but as usual for me, it was a 2 band contest… 40 meters and the rest of them. About half of my Qs were 40m.
73, Ken K3IU

K3IU SOAB HP
Band  QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
 3.5    5   10   0  2.0
   7  153  306  35  2.0
  14   95  190  24  2.0
  21   65  130  20  2.0
Total 318  636  79  2.0
 Score : 50,244

Excess Jacket Left at Field Day Site
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Someone is missing a zipper front Levi Strauss & Co Blue Denim jacket with a blue plaid cotton lining. I have checked with W1WBB and it is not his. The size label says “L”. There is nothing in the pockets.

Please pass the word around so we can find the owner.

It is presently located in Portsmouth, RI.

73, Ken Wagner K3IU
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CTRI Field Day 2017: Final Update #3
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CTRI Field Day 2017:  Final Update #3

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

Check the message in RED in 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 2017
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CTRI Field Day:  Update #2

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

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Logging Essentials using N1MM+

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

CTRI Field Day 2017
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CTRI Field Day 2017:  Update #1

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.

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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

 

2017 NEQP Results de K3IU
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Here are my meager results from this years NEQP event. I put in a l’il bit over an hour right at the beginning. It was all on 2o meters and all runnin’ n gunnin’.  Didn’t work or hear any CTRI guys that I recall.

All 20 meters

Qs           101
Mults       34

Score     6868

73, Ken K3IU

W1XX 160 T-Vertical Victim of Recent Storm
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By John Lindholm, W1XX

   Lew McCoy, W1ICP (SK) often said that if an antenna didn’t at some time fall down, it wasn’t up high enough.  Seemingly, my 160 meter T-vertical with 72 feet vertical was high or tall enough. Here’s the result of the recent ice/snow/rain/wind storm where winds were recorded at 70 mph on Block Island.  I can see Block Island (but not Russia) from my house. I think we’ve seen this story before.

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It’s been over 3 years since CTRI manpower raised the antenna at a CTRI pre-meeting…so members willing, after repair, hopefully we can schedule a CTRI meeting again at my house for an antenna raising.  We’ve always had great attendance at the W1XX venue, so we’ll plan on hotdogs and hamburgers again in the near future. Thankfully, I made it through the CQ CW and SSB 160 Contests unscathed before catastrophe.

Hope all your antennas made it through the storm. 73!!