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Author Topic: what i learned at FD this year  (Read 1029 times)
AI4WX
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« on: June 28, 2009, 02:35:52 PM »

well this was my first FD experience and i learned alot actually, but 2 things really stuck out in my mind. first, i got to use some 100W rigs and i learned if the band isnt open, 100W is useless. That actually surprised me. and secondly, satellite comm is really neat. I wouldnt mind getting into that, althought it is a bit of a hurry up and wait kinda thing. This was my first time ever using anything HF related and i did learn a little bit to actually help me pick out a HF rig later on.
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N5LRZ
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2009, 05:11:00 AM »

AS of July 1st 09 at about 7 AM...

AL4WX is not in the FCC Data Base.  It may be a vanity call BUT until the call hits the FCC Database its an illegal call, IF I remember my FCC Rules and Regs Correctly...

My search results...

Per the FCC Web Page Call Sign lookup results


Call Sign like AL4WX
 
 
No matches found To try again, you can perform a new search or refine your existing search.
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KD0BKH
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2009, 05:54:37 AM »

Not wanting to start a war, I think that second letter is "India", not "Lima".....  

73,

Ed, KD0BKH
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K1WJ
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2009, 07:25:29 AM »

What? LRZ mistaken.......Can't be....

K1WJ
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N5LRZ
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2009, 10:43:07 AM »

Could be, BUT note that an "I" has two dashes on the top and bottm.  IF it is an I and not an L then the board font should be changed to permanently avoid possible confusion.  

Let the I be an I distinct from an L.

It is such little things that lead to confusion.
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N5LRZ
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2009, 10:45:31 AM »

AHHH I see the problem--by reading MY POST that my I does not have the two dashes on the top and bottom and the postings are for some reason NOT using the fonts used by the poster.  I will have to contact the board administratior about this problem.

My thanks for pointing out this flaw to me.
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N5LRZ
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2009, 10:58:00 AM »

Now that we got that somewhat cleard up for the time being...

To the original poster, there is an obvious reason why 100 watts sucks pond scum during field day.  The VAST majority of stations use just radio output--100 watts.  This makes for much equality but very poor superiority.  And where only the points count, being the superior signal is extremely important--propogation being equal for all of course.

SO your statement of 100 watts not being worth much is pretty well much true if ones goal is to actually win the contest.  Since 100 watts is considered high power class for FD why NOT just have someone, next year, let you borrow their max power amp for field day and run only CW mode (double your ponts per contact) at 20 plus wpm.  You will be amazed the number of contacts you will make.
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W0FM
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2009, 01:41:44 PM »

I've long been under the impression that eHam forces the call sign of a poster to be in ALL CAPS.  This is good, because then I and L can't be confused by the use of a lower case L among all caps in the rest of the call.

Then again, when I see more "texting"-type posts here with routine lower case typing (RE: what i learned at FD this year) I really can't be sure anymore either.

Terry, WØFM
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KE4DRN
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2009, 05:05:56 PM »

hi,

his call is valid

http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/license.jsp?licKey=2900751

even if he did not have a valid call,
FD is open to anyone as long as a control op
was present.

FD great way to see different radios in action
and learn from the hard core fd ops as well as
the casual and entry operators.

73 james ke4drn  (yes it is real)
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N3OX
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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2009, 06:50:50 AM »

"Now that we got that somewhat cleard up for the time being... "

Why did you bring it up in the first place?  Why did you search his call?
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73,
Dan
http://www.n3ox.net

Monkey/silicon cyborg, beeping at rocks since 1995.
N8UZE
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« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2009, 07:57:31 AM »

If the band is not open, it doesn't matter how much or how little power you are using so that's no surprise.  However, it's good to learn these things as now you know that an amplifier isn't the solution to all problems.
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WA4PTZ
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« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2009, 10:06:15 AM »

I have been using 100 watts for 32 years and I have
talked to folks all over the planet. Yes, if the band
is not open you may not talk very far. But even with
1000 watts you still won't get far when the band is
dead. Good antennnas and skill are more important than
power, in my opinion. Different strokes.
73 ,
Tim WA4PTZ
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N2EY
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« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2009, 05:19:30 PM »

My experience this year:

I was part of a multiclub group that ran 100 watt rigs and wire antennas only. The stations consisted of the following:

1) HF CW (TS-450SAT and OCF dipole): 580 QSOs

2) HF 'phone (IC-746 and G5RV)

3) HF 'phone (TS-450S and trap dipole)

4) HF 'phone (IC-7000 and G5RV)

5) HF 'phone and digital (IC-706 and G5RV)

Stations 2), 3) 4) and 5) made a total of 690 'phone and 85 digital QSOs

All HF setups ran 100 watt class rigs and wire antennas.

6) 6 meter 'phone (rig unknown, 5 element Yagi): 20 QSOs

100 watts can do the job with a decent antenna and operators.

73 de Jim, N2EY
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