Posts Tagged ‘ECARS Net’

Friday at Weston Park

October 12, 2013

Having being tasked by She who must be obeyed (SWMBO to you bachelor types) to drop off a book at the local branch of the Library I decided that since I had to be out anyway why not take the backpack with me and set up for a little while at Weston Park.  As you know its only a short 15 minute walk from my place to the park so ….  Off I went…

Arriving at the park just before 1130EDST or 1530 UTC I managed to get my Par End Fed set up in its usual sloper configuration and my FT817 on the air…

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The only problem I had is that the City Staff has moved some of the Picnic tables around so this time I had to operate from a Park Bench instead.  If this is the biggest issue I have today… its a good day…

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10m was “just a hopping” and I heard stations in Switzerland and Spain fairly strongly one minute then down in the mud the next…  The band was not that constant yet….  I tried  for a while and then said well either I try something new or just pack up because the higher bands just are not there for me yet…

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I switched over to 40m and on the ECARS frequency of 7.255 I had no trouble being heard by WA4THR.   Vic is just over 300 miles due south of Ottawa and I have worked him in the past a time or two…  Now feeling a bit more confident I ventured back up to 10m and managed to easily get one of the stations I could not contact earlier in the visit.

EA2AAZ (this time) was an easy contact.  He is in Northern Spain and just over 3500 miles south east of me.  Like I said it was an easy contact at the time but if you had asked me 30 minutes earlier I would have said something not repeatable on the air…

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Next on the list was F5BBD Daniel from France on 17m.  Once again a very strong station who was able to hear my QRP signal so we had a nice chat for a few minutes…  Another contact just over the 3500 mile mark and just slightly north east of me

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However after making only 3 contacts (which was 3 more than I had yesterday) I decided I should head back home so I could get back to all I was supposed to be doing…

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Its was a great way to spend just over an hour and the scenery was great as well…  Not many good days like this before I start to need my winter coat when I go out to play at Weston Park…

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73bob

But you know that already…

July 9, 2012

Good Monday Morning….

The weekend (Radio Wise) was not a total bust but to be polite the bands are less than optimal…  To be honest…. They would have to improve to be concidered Poor…

But you know that already!!!

I managed a couple of QRP Contacts on Friday PM from the Mer Bleu Swamp on 20m and 40m but not much else after that.  On Saturday I had a couple of great contacts from home including CK6S which is a special event station from the Calgary Stampede in Calagry Alberta (VE6).  That contact was a bit of a teaser as I listened along for about an hour after and I heard everyone that made contact with Calgary.  I thought things were starting to look up…  Like I said it was a teaser…

Later in the afternoon I walked over to VA3PSJ’s qth and we jumped in his jeep and took his IC703 over to Mer Bleu and tossed his Par End Fed into the air and tried to make some contacts…  Although it was not rare DX we did manage a couple of contacts on 40 and 20 but we did have to work for it… The 13 colonies special event stations did help and they were strong and were also listening…

Yesterday (Sunday) was a complete bust…  Nothing in the log although I did try a few times….

Actually with the exception of the RAC Canada Day Contest there have not been many log entries made this month and the RAC Log does not get posted in HRD as I  use the RAC logger for that one and can’t figure out an easy way to merge the logs…  Its on my list of things to do…

This week the plan is to try and get some yardwork done today and tomorrow (Tuesday) with the main idea being to get the radials for the S9 Vertical stretched out a bit better and then cover them with a topsoil and grass seed mixture so I won’t continue to trip when I walk in the back yard…  From my previous posts you should remember that the back yard is only 20 feet X 20 feet so its not as strenous as it sounds…

I’ve managed to check into the ECARS Net on 7.255 so far today with K1WTX in Turner Maine, who was the NCS for the hour.   Guess the band was a bit long…  Thats about 275 miles East-South-East of my home in Ottawa.  Not booming but he was a solid 5/7.

I guess its about time to head over and find the grass seed and the bags of topsoil that is available at the Property Managers Office and get to work before the sun gets too hot for yardwork…

73bob

 

 

 

Day 3 in Weston Park…

March 19, 2012

Well today made it 3 days in a row where I operated Portable from Weston Park…

The band conditions were not the best but I did manage to make a couple of contacts on 40m and on 20m in the short time I could devote to playing radio today…

Contacts were made on 20 m with NF5B Richard near Memphis TN on the Maritime Mobile Service Network 14.300 as well as on the MIDCARS net on 7.258 with George K8HLJ in Vermillion OhioOn 7,255 I managed a contact with Luke KA1SE in Wallingford CT who was the NCS for the ECARS Net that hour.

In addition I was able to check in with the YL Systems Net on 14.332 but (and your gonna laugh) but I can’t read my own handwriting on the notepad I brought to the park so I don’t know who checked me in…  It was my first contact of the afternoon and after trying a few times I thought I was going to strike out for the day…  When the NCS pick me up out of the pile I quickly scribbled the info and …  I shoulda slowed down a bit cause now any of the calls I thought it could of been don’t jive with QRZ.com so….

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So there you have it…  I managed 4 voice QRP contacts on a day the bands were not that good.  Yes all 4 of them were checking into Nets but the NCS was able to hear me and on a day like today was not too shabby for 5 W.  The 817 and the Par came though again…  One of these days I guess I should dust off the Buddistick and see if it still works as I know the Par works and the W3EDP works…

73bob

I have heard the enemy and it is … us???

May 29, 2009

Good Friday morning,

This morning just around 1130 eastern I was spinning the dial on the 40m band and stopped in on the ECARS Net on 7.255.  The net control station was WB3GVD Joe in Delaware…  We made the contact rather easily which proves the inverted L likes 40m as welll as 20 and 80m so things are good.

Now comes the rant part….  There were one heck of a lot of “Whistles, Tuner uppers, am carriers and much more deliberate interference.  Now unless every pirate station was sitting on 7.255 we have to assume that most of this interference came from the amateur community.

All I can ask is WHY???  If you don’t like the net then spin the dial…  If you don’t like the NCS then come back an hour later and there will be a new NCS….  If you don’t like me then come back in 5 minutes and someone else will be checking in…  If you don’t like amateur radio take up stamp collecting or some other hobby…

This makes no sense….

73bob


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