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Author Topic: N0D - The End of the World is Coming! December 20-22.  (Read 12989 times)
AE5QB
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« on: November 25, 2012, 12:41:25 PM »

N0D-Now Zero Days

That’s right Amateur Radio Operators. Better get all your fun in before Dec 21st. After Doomsday, all bets are off. You’ll have three chances to work N0D. Dec. 20th, the day before. Dec. 21st, we’ll be on the air as destruction rains down upon us. Dec. 22nd. Well, that’s a little iffy right now.

We’ll be on the air on 10-through 80 meters at various times as power is available and antennas stay up. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to work N0D.   QSL with SASE via KK5W . . . If we make it!

December 20th, Pre-Doomsday Celebration
December 21st, The real deal or
December 22nd, If we are still here. Plans for December 22nd are a little iffy right now.

Remember, it just might be your last QSO.

We designed a unique QSL for Doomsday, you can see it on our the Doomsday website at

http://www.nowzerodays.com/qsl.html
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K9RFZ
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2012, 01:38:46 PM »

Do you have a list of operating frequencies and range of time you'll be operating?
Joseph, K9RFZ
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AE5QB
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2012, 07:39:19 PM »

No we don't Joseph.  It will largely depend on volunteer operator capabilities.  We are still putting that list of operators and their capabilities together.  Will post more info if I get it from the head organizer.  Keep an ear open and watch those spots.  I am sure we will get spotted unless the world goes dark....
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AE5QB
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012, 02:36:23 AM »

Some potential frequencies available via QRZ.com

http://qrz.com/db/N0D

Become an official N0D station by registering at http://www.nowzerodays.com/  If you would like to become an official N0D operator and earn the opportunity to use the potentially last special event call sign ever, please contact the event organizers with date(s), times, and modes you can be on the air at N0D.Doomsday@gmail.com.  Don't want to be an official operator?  That's Ok! if you just contact 10 or more of the 100's of already registered official N0D stations around the world, your call will receive special recognition via the N0D website.

Get your official N0D apparel while you still can.  These claims have not been substantiated by independent scientific laboratories, but an official N0D T-shirt may be your only hope for protection from lethal gamma radiation - if that is the way we are to go.

Act now, don't wait.  And if you happen to have any inside contact with Tom Cruise, could you ask him to have the mother ship standing by please?  Beam me up Scotty, there is no intelligent life down here!


 
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AE5QB
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2012, 08:48:13 PM »

Doomsday participants,

When participating in the Doomsday festivities, Do not use the call sign N0D.  Only the specifically designated control operators for N0D can use this call sign.  Identify yourself as a Doomsday station by calling CQ Doomsday or QRZ Doomsday and by using your own licensed call sign followed by a suffix which includes your Doomsday Number.  The normal exchange is Signal Report and Doomsday number if you have one. For Example:

KK5W/Doomsday9999 for phone and digital
KK5W/DD9999 for CW
Where 9999=equals your Doomsday Certificate number.

If you registered but do not receive a certificate before Doomsday begins on Dec 20th, substitute 0000 for your Doomsday Number.

Initial operating frequencies are 28.400, 21.400, 14.200, 7.150. But all bets are off as destruction rains down upon us. We may have to change bands or frequencies at a moments notice. We will also be trying some CW and digital contacts.

You may submit logs to the QSL Manager at KK5W in ADIF Format

Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 2997
Sugar Land, Tx 77487-2997

If you are requesting a QSL Card, please send your card with a SASE.  Better wait to see if we survive Doomsday though.   
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K4EZD
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2012, 07:55:51 AM »

I think it may be more appropriate for many of us to use the hell digital mode for this special event.    Wink
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2012, 05:10:59 PM »

this was a blast!  had a great time working other stations!! 

NØFPE/Doomsday 1186
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AE5QB
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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2012, 03:08:59 PM »

From Ron, K5HM:

It was 0001 UTC on December 22nd as we carefully cracked the seal on the secret underground bunker. A couple of us peered out cautiously to see if there was any movement. So far, so good; no red dawn, no volcanic ash. Although everything looked normal. Though it sounded like propagation was still working we were not fully convinced.

Our newest operator Waldo, was a nice kid, long face, big ears laughed like a mule. He confessed that he’d left his cell phone in his car outside. If the big EMP didn’t happen, maybe we are all right after all. Waldo, crept outside and darted to his car, bending low to avoid possible sniper fire. Waldo had a big imagination. He picked up his cell phone and ran back to the bunker, It was time for dinner, so Waldo speed dialed the local pizza joint. The pizza guy on the other end said, “Doomsday? What’s that? You want large or jumbo?” We made it.

Like the pizza, Doomsday operations were a lot of fun. Judging from the comments of our Doomsday operators and the stations they worked, they had a blast.

In total, N0D made 2,799 contacts. We worked every state and 54 countries. At one point or another we were on every band from 2 meters to 160 and satellite. Satellite operations accounted for 142 of these. Based on the feedback from our operators, it was instant pile up every time N0D worked a band.

Doomsday awareness was cultivated by our website, www.nowzerodays.com. Amateurs from around the world became members of the Official Doomsday Network, by registering on the web site. Registered members received a certificate along with theit official Doomsday ID number. The web site became so popular that the demand for Doomsday Certificates outstripped our ability to produce them in time for the event. All who registered on the web site will receive a certificate. We regret that we couldn’t get them all out prior to Doomsday.

N0D kicked off activities on December 15th with the launch of the Doomsday Balloon. BLT-32. To the End of the World. Trackers on the balloon were signing N0D. We didn’t quite make it that far but BLT-32 reached an altitude of 104,000 feet before the balloon burst. The package landed somewhere north of Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Satellite, HF and VHF activity commenced shortly thereafter and continued through 2359 UTC, Sunday December 22nd.

As the rarest of rare DX, volunteer N0D operators reported heavy pileups as soon as they got on the air. On Wednesday night, December 19th, with the help of John, K5LKJ, Bill WS5h and Robert, KK5TC, the BVARC Ragchew Net used N0D as the net control call sign, allowing check ins to log a contact with N0D.

Along with N0D operators, members of the Doomsday Network around the world, network got on the air themselves. Calling CQ Doomsday, using their own call sign and their Official Doomsday number, Most reported having multiple contacts and having to manage pileups of their own!

Some on the air comments evidenced their own Doomsday humor in the spirit of the event. Some of the most interesting comments were from stations that posted spots on the DX clusters:
Avoid Doomsday, leaving planet now; Use Forever Stamps for QSL; Ready for Doomsday- Maxed all my credit cards; Got my ARES GO kit ready

My thanks to all those who helped put N0D on the air.
Allen, N5AFV; Andy, W5ACM; Bill, WS5H (TDXS); John, K5IZO; John, K5LKJ; Matt, K5NGU; Frosty, K5LBU (TDXS); Nizar, K0NM; Rick, W5RH; Theresa, KE5MUX; Michael, N5TGL (KARS); Dick, KE5TGZ(TDXS); Robert, KK5TC (SETXAC); J-Mag, KD5SBI (KARS)

73,
Ron, K5HM
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