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Author Topic: "Thirteen Colonies" is good practice for new CW OPS.  (Read 2253 times)
K1HMS
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« on: June 29, 2017, 07:14:52 PM »

"Thirteen Colonies" starts Sat 7/1 9AM EST, and runs through 7/6.

It is especially good practice for new CW ops;
You send just your call sign, name, and state abbreviation
There are only 15 call signs
Thirteen of the call signs are only 3 characters: K2A - K2M.  So really it is only K2 and A thru M that you need to copy. It is definitely easier than the alphabet soup during field day.

http://www.13colonies.net

K1HMS
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K8PRG
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2017, 04:26:52 AM »

When we look for these stations will we hear "CQ de K2A" etc??....I'm sure they will all have a pile up.
Thanks, sounds like fun.
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K1HMS
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2017, 11:09:04 AM »

When we look for these stations will we hear "CQ de K2A" etc??....I'm sure they will all have a pile up.
Thanks, sounds like fun.

Maybe "CQ de K2x" or CQ CQ test K2x K2x  (x=A-M) or similar...

Pile Ups? At times it will be busy, at other times it will be crickets. Each state has 10-20 stations and it is a week long.  Also spots will be used.
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KC4ZGP
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2017, 11:38:55 AM »


Alrighty. I shall be listening on 17 and 20 meters. Paddle at the ready.

Be careful everyone.

Kraus
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N9AOP
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2017, 04:52:24 PM »

ZGP, you are in CONUS not overseas.  Better use 40 and 80 the way propagation is.  Last year most of my 13 colony contacts were there.  The ops were not bad although I wish more had worked split.
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K1HMS
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2017, 07:30:45 PM »


Alrighty. I shall be listening on 17 and 20 meters. Paddle at the ready.

Be careful everyone.

Kraus

I was on CW on 20 for a while and mostly 40m and do not see you in the log. Maybe tomorrow.
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K1HMS
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2017, 07:40:08 PM »

ZGP, you are in CONUS not overseas.  Better use 40 and 80 the way propagation is.  Last year most of my 13 colony contacts were there.  The ops were not bad although I wish more had worked split.
Art
ZGP, you are in CONUS not overseas.  Better use 40 and 80 the way propagation is.  Last year most of my 13 colony contacts were there.  The ops were not bad although I wish more had worked split.
Art
Hello Art,
The congestion caused by special events irks some people. Working split increases the bandwidth used. We are discouraged from doing it.

K2K/K1HMS
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2017, 05:57:20 AM »

Herr K1HMS,

Today OK. I will listen. Will 14.050-060MHz OK?

On twenty meters right now, 0058UTC, no CW, no PSK, one JT-65 and one phone.

The band is dead, dead I say!

Kraus


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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2017, 06:33:01 AM »


K1HMS,

Alrighty. All ready and waiting on 14.054MHz. I heard two CWers. Fast!

KP3Z on the RBN hears me.

Kraus
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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2017, 11:09:02 AM »

Gentlemen,
I know split causes trouble on SSB but on CW a 'two up' uses almost no space at all.  This event is not like FD where there were wall to wall contacts.
Art
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K1HMS
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« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2017, 04:23:25 PM »

Gentlemen,
I know split causes trouble on SSB but on CW a 'two up' uses almost no space at all.  This event is not like FD where there were wall to wall contacts.
Art

Well, it was suggested we not work split. There were quite a few OMs that were up to 2kHz off the zero beat when things got really busy. They must of had trouble with zero beating, we worked them anyway. But we never worked split... Wink
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« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2017, 08:03:14 PM »

I worked several of the 13 colonies stations on CW today, on 20 and 40 meters.
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KC4ZGP
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« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2017, 08:05:07 AM »



K1HMS,

I made it into the K2K New Hampshire log at 14:52UTC, SSB. Abby said I was 59
but then she probably tells that to all the handsome radio guys like you and I.

I reckon since my EB-104 at about 400 watts made it through the pileup, improvements
are in order.

I have copper sheeting on the way. I am to build a faraday cage for it. Much easier than
trying to aim a drill to make holes.

And as I lift off the cover to make voltage checks, I can say, "And this evening's treat.
Voila! An EB-104, done right."

I heard the Massachusetts station. I gotta run.

Kraus


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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2017, 08:12:28 AM »

K1HMS,

Sorry to bother you again. I'm now in the K2E Massachsetts log at 15:08UTC, SSB.
He said I was about 57. I'd say 55. The band is WOW!

Eleven to go. Maybe I'll snag one via Morse.

I love my EB-104.

Kraus
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« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2017, 08:21:58 AM »

Aha K2F Maryland, 15:20UTC.

I must really be strong. All three came back after first callout.

Randy is on duty.

I love my EB-104.

Kraus
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