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Author Topic: Work all states question  (Read 785 times)
N6OIX
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« on: November 17, 2004, 12:03:15 AM »

I am getting back in to ham after 10 years off and
upgrading to general or extra in a week. I have alway
wanted to "work all states" .

Can any one here offer any hints, logging software for
this use, advise, etc?

I don't want to use a BAND NET and would like to complete
this on my own.

Any advise would be great Smiley

Thanks

73,s

Steve
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N8UZE
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2004, 04:58:39 AM »

I like the N3FJP ACLog program.  It has nice features for tracking awards information.

I'm like you as far as finding the states on my own rather than using a net or other group.  Contests such as the ARRL November Sweepstakes or the ARRL Field Day are good for picking up a lot of states in a hurry or for finding states that are otherwise sometimes hard to find at all.

The main thing is to have fun.
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N8CPA
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2004, 08:52:23 AM »

The only thing I will add is that the Phone SS is this weekend.  Read the rules at www.arrl.org/contests.  You could easily get WAS in a single weekend if you're committed and make the effort.  They will all be on several times over.  At least one in each state will QSL, if your send one first.  Explain that you're pursuing WAS when you send your card.  
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W4OY
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2004, 08:06:29 PM »

Hello,
Just completed the ARRL Sweepstakes and had a lot of fun.  Did not try for any high score but like to work on the 5-band WAS award.  Was able to log all states except Alaska and Wyoming with about six hours of operating. In addition, there is a 10 meter contest in December, and you can add a number of states easily.  As has been indicated, getting QSL cards is another story.  

Look at this little progam:  Log-eqf --  Have used it many, many years, and it has done a great job for me. The best thing is that it is operator friendly.  
Try the free version- Dos or Windows- and see it if fills your needs. It has a regular logging features and contest mode.

http://www.eqf-software.com/

73 and welcome to the general class.  It is a great world out there!  Enjoy it.

Otis, W4OY
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W4TYU
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2004, 09:41:48 AM »

Keep Records on paper, Do not depend completly on a computer to do it for you--They break.

Make a matrix  which will show bands across the top and states down the page. Or better still go to the ARRL site and down load the WAS application and Record sheet.  

I once lost a card from a much needed state So I dreamed up this idea. Purchase an inexpensive photo album. These have three cards per page side. Number one slot is for the state name, and then you have a pocket for each band used for the award.

I am a WAS award checker and do read each card offered and only once found an error. The gentleman had picked up a card for a contact made on a repeater instead of the proper one.

The County Hunters nets are good for a number of states.

Ole man JEAN





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KC5IJP
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2004, 11:46:48 AM »

I didn't know that we could use a contest to persue WAS.  If this is so, that puts me much closer to WAS from working the Nov. Sweeps.

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TECH2005
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2004, 03:50:33 PM »

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NG1I
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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2004, 02:02:38 PM »

I too was off for ten years and came back feb 2004. You will NOT be sorry for getting N3FJP ACLog program.

Forget about ANY other logging programs others may suggest. Go with #1

GL with WY...I can't get it or HI either!  (:

Frank
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WB2LCW
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2005, 02:41:29 PM »

I keep a paper log and I use Logger32!

Logger32 is free and it has many features..

Search for it in yahoo or google!

There is nothing wrong with WAS nets and contests.

Or 10-10 nets etc.

73

Mike
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N2MG
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2005, 04:41:47 AM »

Good for you for wanting to avoid the nets.

Domestic contests are good ways to gather states, but contesters can be rather lax about return QSLing (an SAS will help)

Check the eHam (or other online) calendar(s) for schedules and rules.

73 Mike N2MG
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N3ZKP
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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2005, 06:42:07 AM »

<< Good for you for wanting to avoid the nets. >>

Why? A contact is a contact, whether it's from a ham all by himself, a DX pileup or several hams on the air with someone to help keep the unwashed masses in some semblence of order.

This elitist attitude the DX nets and WAS nets are somehow evil is the same as saying an autograph received at a book signing is somehow tainted, as opposed to one chasing down the author in a taxi cab and cornering him to get the autograph.

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KI4CYB
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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2005, 11:29:05 AM »

I use Logic7, its not free but can be customized to suit all your needs...

I don't blame you for not wanting to use the nets....  There's nothing wrong
with Nets, but why? Just pick a band and start calling CQ... and start logging..
The fun part is not knowing who will respond and from where...

And for DX, there is nothing more fun than breaking a pileup...


73 - KI4CYB
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