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 on: Yesterday at 11:00:49 PM 
Started by AF6D - Last post by AA6YQ
Working over the Equator is generally much easier, than across the auroral oval.

Yes, when your QTH is near an auroral oval, look for long path openings.

 on: Yesterday at 10:38:42 PM 
Started by KC8KTN - Last post by KC8KTN
In all honesty I did not want this thread to turn into an argument I hope it does not get locked out.When I said I am thinking about Icom 7300 I meant it.I have ben running an Icom 718 for 7 years now and thought it was about time to upgrade.I will have 4 days off thanksgiving weekend if a couple of us out here can set up a time or even this weekend we can all just try to talk on the air i have some time all this weekend someone pick a frequency and a time and we can go from there. Take care all 73s.. Please no arguments on the air. Again everyone take Care be safe.73zzz

This makes me thinks of W.L.S 780 back in the middle 70,s

 on: Yesterday at 10:29:31 PM 
Started by AF5CC - Last post by HS0ZIB
I know of VK9C and TI9, where is the 3rd one?

In the Bay of Bengal, near Burma.

Well, almost.  The Myanmar islands are 'Coco' not 'Cocos'.

The chances of Great Coco Island being activated are pretty remote at the moment. 

I asked my contacts here in Naypyidaw about foreigner access to the islands.  It was allowed briefly around 2010, but was then withdrawn.  There is a military base on the island, but the restriction on foreigners is not for military reasons, but for political reasons.

The islands are a political ward of Yangon and there were various charges of fraud and corruption about the prospective member of parliament at the last election.

So the authorities do not want the profile of the islands raised in any way LoL.

That being said, I will continue trying to get approval to make an initial visit to the island.....

 on: Yesterday at 10:19:26 PM 
Started by KA1VF - Last post by VK5EEE
For once I totally agree with K8AXW too, well said, great example of a WHY Smiley

Maybe Original Poster could explain to us though why he asked the question? Why does he think there should be a speed limit on CW?

 on: Yesterday at 09:42:04 PM 
Started by KA1VF - Last post by K8AXW
For once I agree with EEE.  What the hell....go as fast as you long as you find someone to chat with at that speed.  I used to watch in awe as two blind kids chatted for an hour or more at 45wpm. They didn't write anything down....being blind....what for.  They were conversing! What's more they were enjoying themselves.  Oh yes, both were using bugs and we recorded them.....played it back at half speed and the character formation was as close to perfect as you could expect.

Now, the military and commercial operators and their speed.  Both copied  verbatium on paper and accuracy was paramount!

The second reason the military limited their operators to no more than 25wpm was because they were monitored and copy was on paper, verbatim.  Many intercept operators could not stay with them at higher speeds and maintain accuracy using a mill.

If an operator can't go faster than 15wpm, go find someone using the same speed and leave the fast guys alone.  It's great to QRQ and head copy CW!

 on: Yesterday at 09:32:37 PM 
Started by KF0QS - Last post by NO2A
With today's solid state rigs there's no benefit to leaving them on for long periods unless your vfo is really drifty. It's possible some qrp or homebrew rigs might drift when cold. Not an issue with your Elecraft. If you were using an old tube transceiver that had drifting issues it would help to warm it up for an hour before use. I would if that was the case. But not in your situation. I wouldn't worry about the shock of inrush current. That's why we have capacitors in radios and power supplies. But I understand your concern. If it was a linear amp I'd be concerned with to many on/off cycles in a day,but not for a modern radio.

 on: Yesterday at 09:15:15 PM 
Started by IK0OZD - Last post by WO7R
Cool. Can you post a screenshot?  I'm not going to burden them or me with Yet Another Signon just to see what it looks like.  Be nice to see it first.

 on: Yesterday at 08:38:31 PM 
Started by WX0V - Last post by KC1BMD
HRO and DX Engineering are saying December delivery, so it sounds like a few weeks before shipments start in US.

 on: Yesterday at 08:36:34 PM 
Started by VK5EEE - Last post by VK5EEE
You think I am being silly?
Yes I do, let's play spot the psychopath:

...     don't park one kHz below QRP frequency and say UP UP.

Why not? No frequencies are "reserved".

So let us all go 1 kHz below the DX Pedo and call CQ and "UP". That will be fun a new sport of UP UP. After all, we'll be on clear frequencies, and no frequencies are reserved. Thanks K3STX for an absolutely brilliant idea. I love it. I'm sure many others will too. The end of Pedos is nigh.

And I AM rock-bound with only a handful of crystals. Amazingly, none of them are on your "designated" QRP frequencies.

So let's have this confirmed so there is no doubt about it: you said you are rock bound and only have frequencies none of which are the IARU (not my) designated QRP frequencies. What frequencies are those? Confirm that you ARE in fact rock bound in that you do NOT have a VFO.

 on: Yesterday at 08:34:47 PM 
Started by I2YSB - Last post by N5VYS
I just worked J5T on 160m for #119.  They have the best signal I've hard thus far.  The IDT has done a fabulous job thus far.  Best of luck to everyone who needs them on 160m.

Jonathan W6GX
Good catch Jonathan.

Obie N5VYS

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