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2013-08-22 01:53:08 PM
2 votes:

rvcrazy: KD8UND here. Still figuring out what todo with my license (been doing support for cycling events), but I'm interested in the next Fark QSO party.


There are like a gajillion things you can do with your license.

It's great that you're doing public service events, I do them also.  I consider it "paying the rent" for being able to use a bunch of spectrum for free.

What I would recommend is that you start looking at all the different possible things you can do.  First thing I would do, is study and upgrade at least to general class.  That gets you on HF which is where we'd be holding the QSO party.

But even before that, start looking at the possibility of helping out with your local ARES/RACES organizations.  Look at doing some mountain topping with your VHF gear.  You'd be surprised just how far you can work with a modest antenna and an FM only rig on top of a large hill.    Look into operating some of the ham radio satellites.  Maybe digital stuff is your thing, look at Echolink, or APRS.  Bunch of stuff you can do, and asking for advice on the local repeater is a good way to start.
2013-08-22 09:32:07 AM
2 votes:
Zalgo: He comes.
2013-08-22 09:12:45 AM
2 votes:
Durandal is writing headlines now?

fc08.deviantart.net
2013-08-22 08:59:58 AM
2 votes:
I'll be keeping an eye on SpaceWeather.com, and an ear to 50.090 MHz for some of that nice, raspy auroral propagation.

As of right now, the planetary K index is a 2.
2013-08-22 12:29:33 PM
1 votes:

dittybopper: Xanlexian: I'm about 5-6 weeks away from being back on the air and with a much better antenna system than I had before.

What you got going up?

I've got a better system myself:  During the last one, I had the 20 Meter J-pole, and a G5RV jr.  I've completely rebuilt the J-pole. and I took down the G5RV Jr. and put up an 80 meter end fed zepp, fed directly with ladder line, so I'm not losing anything.

Also, I got my radio retubed, so instead of the piddly 50 watts I was getting out, I can get 125 out on 20 meters, and 140 watts out on 40 meters.

Those two are my best bands, too:  The zepp loves 80 and especially 40 meters, with zero RF in the shack.  Using it on other bands I have to dial the power down so I don't kill my internet connection.  The J-pole doesn't cause any problems at full power on 20.  I've still got a position open on the tuner*, so maybe I'll whip up a 15 meter J-pole to cover the higher bands.

 *Three coax and one parallel line outputs.  20m J-pole gets a coax, as does the dummy load, and the Zepp gets the parallel.  Leaves me with another coax output to play with.


Moving into a house in a few weeks that has this beautiful attic space with no metal flashing or ductwork anywhere and is ~35ft AGL:

i112.photobucket.com

Perfect for a multiband hexbeam on a light-duty rotator!  Previously, I was on a G5RV-Max.

Still have my same bit of kit.  IC-7000 and no amps.
2013-08-22 12:23:31 PM
1 votes:

dittybopper: Hollie Maea: In 1992 I lived in a place for which the only available form of communication was ham radio.  We could use it to patch into the US phone system and talk to friends and family, but that was illegal because fark you all, we are telecoms and we own lawmakers.

Actually, phone patches have never been illegal for the US, and they certainly weren't illegal in 1992:  I used them back before cell phones were common.  A lot of repeaters had "autopatch" that would allow you to make a phone call automatically from a handheld or mobile ham radio.  If you were living within the US, or a US territory, then non-business (ie., personal use only) phone patches were legal.



Driving home with my grandfather from school/work, he would autopatch my grandmother to tell her to start dinner...mind you, everyone could hear the conversation  so it was always a bit of a giggle when she'd chew him out for being late
2013-08-22 12:18:33 PM
1 votes:

voodoomedic: [i40.tinypic.com image 640x480]

that...is...AWESOME!


It took me roughly 20 years as a ham, and 24 years of copying Morse, before I was comfortable doing it mobile.  Even now, if you want to engage me in an actual conversation, I can't go much above 15 wpm because I can't "head copy" much faster than that for any length of time.  Yeah, I can snag your call, signal report, name, and QTH at 25+ wpm, no problem, but anything much more involved and you either need to slow down, or I need to pull over and write it down.
2013-08-22 11:32:34 AM
1 votes:

voodoomedic: dittybopper: Pick: Hey ditty, I am all for a Fark QSO party. Put me on the list.

me too,though haven't used the license in a while

/"amazed" my kids typing sentences out in code for them on board the USS Midway last week


Heh.  When I want to find the distaffbopper or littlebopper in a store, I whistle "CQ" in Morse.  Carries farther than a voice, more discreet than yelling, and it's instantly recognizable.

Yeah, I love Morse that much:

i40.tinypic.com
2013-08-22 11:22:33 AM
1 votes:

dittybopper: Pick: Hey ditty, I am all for a Fark QSO party. Put me on the list.


me too,though haven't used the license in a while

/"amazed" my kids typing sentences out in code for them on board the USS Midway last week
2013-08-22 10:46:12 AM
1 votes:

Richard C Stanford: Yeah, in that movie why the hell did the aliens only take children.


Because veal.
2013-08-22 10:38:07 AM
1 votes:

modulatemymetric: I didn't know there were hams on Fark. Makes sense though. A Fark QSO party? Add me to the list.

-KJ4SPG


Favorited as a ham.

Yes, there are quite a lot of us.  Last Fark QSO Party was largely a bust due to poor propagation, but hopefully the next one will be better.
2013-08-22 10:34:51 AM
1 votes:
I didn't know there were hams on Fark. Makes sense though. A Fark QSO party? Add me to the list.

-KJ4SPG
2013-08-22 10:09:27 AM
1 votes:

Pick: Hey ditty, I am all for a Fark QSO party. Put me on the list.


You already are.  Here is the list of people I have favorited as hams.  If you aren't on the list and you are a ham, let me know so I can favorite you:

   6M
   Andromeda [TotalFark] 
   Any Pie Left
   asciibaron
   awalkingecho [TotalFark] 
   b0rscht [TotalFark] 
   bamph [TotalFark] 
   bandy
   Barbigazi [TotalFark] 
   Bathroom Samurai
   Bio-nic
   blavo Alpha
   bmwericus
   Bob Down
   Bong Hits For Mohammed
   Boonlert Boonpan
   Centurion Wind [TotalFark] 
   ChiliBoots
   Chucklz [TotalFark] 
   cmunic8r99 [TotalFark] 
   CultureVulture
   DarkDeepMoon
   DarthBart
   dbrunker
   Deceased Clockmaker
   Deja_VooDoo
   demonwolf04
   DetroitDave
   devine [TotalFark] 
   dforkus
   Djembe
   dmegin [TotalFark] 
   Doppleganger871
   Dr. Goldshnoz
   Fark In The Duck [TotalFark] 
   Fjornir [TotalFark] 
   FlagDayGamer
   FuLinHyu [TotalFark] 
   GaidinBDJ [TotalFark] 
   gja [TotalFark] 
   Gramma
   grampy [TotalFark] 
   Great Porn Dragon
   greyw1980
   Grumpyoldgeek
   HeadbangerSmurf [TotalFark] 
   hsv_farker
   InternetSecurityGuard
   jdbob
   JohnBEsq [TotalFark] 
   just_intonation
   jwbathe
   Kaiser Bill's Batman
   KarmicDisaster [TotalFark] 
   KatieH24
   kd8our
   kf4lar
   kg4qxk
   Krikkitbot [TotalFark] 
   ku4a
   linuxpyro
   LoadShark
   MadTheologian
   Marshall Willenholly
   MBrady
   micah1701
   NedrubWerd
   neilbradley
   NEPAman
   NJ_WOP
   nnvpears
   Nogrhi [TotalFark] 
   nw_inferno
   Nyarpy
   p51d007
   paygun
   pedrop357
   Pick
   plumbicon
   Professor Science
   ProjectXBOX
   qlenfg
   quantum_jellyroll [TotalFark] 
   RatOmeter
   ravenlore
   RedPhoenix122 [TotalFark] 
   Redwing [TotalFark] 
   rico567
   schief2 [TotalFark] 
   serjohn
   Shadyman
   skillett
   smells_like_meat [TotalFark] 
   Smoky Dragon Dish [TotalFark] 
   spickus
   Stavr0
   strathcona
   Strobeguy
   sum_yung_guy
   Summa cum loudly
   Sun God
   sunlion
   Thisisridiculous [TotalFark] 
   torch [TotalFark] 
   TreeHugger
   TWX
   ucster
   unfknreal
   wambu
   weiserfireman
   willbartlett
   Xanlexian [TotalFark] 
   xenophon10k [TotalFark] 
   ZureaL
2013-08-22 10:08:03 AM
1 votes:

nekom: Any chance of getting northern lights at 40°N?  Only saw them here once in my life, very subtle but awesome to have seen.


I saw them on the Cape (42.0N) in August once. Very faint, but at the same time as the Perseid meteor shower,  and the bay coast was lined in phosphorescent plankton. I sat up all night on the beach, except for a couple of swimming breaks. It was a once in a lifetime experience; completely amazing.

I saw the NL one other time, two nights in a row. Potsdam, NY (44.6N). They were vivid, bright, and colorful, and  covered the entire sky. It was freakin' amazingly cold, like neg 15F, but I wrapped up in all the blankets and spent two nights on the hood of my car. You couldn't not watch them. There was no way to go inside and go to bed when that was going on in the sky.
2013-08-22 10:07:29 AM
1 votes:

Hollie Maea: dittybopper: Moral of the story:  Get your ham radio license if you are going into some God-forsaken corner of the World.  Then you don't have to worry about third party agreements.

Don't get me wrong...we (my mother, actually) had the license, and we used it to talk to people in the US.  It was just that a lot of the people we wanted to talk to, such as my grandparents, didn't have ham radios.  Hence the need to phone patch.  Which we were forbidden to do (but did anyway).


Got it.  Makes sense.
2013-08-22 10:06:55 AM
1 votes:
Hey ditty, I am all for a Fark QSO party. Put me on the list.
2013-08-22 10:06:42 AM
1 votes:

Xanlexian: dittybopper: MountainClimber: usttsdw: dittybopper: I'll be keeping an eye on SpaceWeather.com, and an ear to 50.090 MHz for some of that nice, raspy auroral propagation.

As of right now, the planetary K index is a 2.

I have no idea what you are talking about, but I am intrigued. Links?


http://www.n0hr.com/radio_propagation.htm

I don't have you favorited as a ham.  Are you one?  I keep a list for the next Fark QSO Party.

Sorry for the threadjack, but I'm about 5-6 weeks away from being back on the air and with a much better antenna system than I had before.  Is there going to be another Fark QSO Party?  I'd love to do another one of these!  Will it be announced on The Zed?


I'd like to do one, maybe sometime this Fall.

I'd certainly announce it here on Fark.  Don't know if I would on QRZ.
2013-08-22 10:06:01 AM
1 votes:

dittybopper: Moral of the story:  Get your ham radio license if you are going into some God-forsaken corner of the World.  Then you don't have to worry about third party agreements.


Don't get me wrong...we (my mother, actually) had the license, and we used it to talk to people in the US.  It was just that a lot of the people we wanted to talk to, such as my grandparents, didn't have ham radios.  Hence the need to phone patch.  Which we were forbidden to do (but did anyway).
2013-08-22 10:04:49 AM
1 votes:

dittybopper: MountainClimber: usttsdw: dittybopper: I'll be keeping an eye on SpaceWeather.com, and an ear to 50.090 MHz for some of that nice, raspy auroral propagation.

As of right now, the planetary K index is a 2.

I have no idea what you are talking about, but I am intrigued. Links?


http://www.n0hr.com/radio_propagation.htm

I don't have you favorited as a ham.  Are you one?  I keep a list for the next Fark QSO Party.


Sorry for the threadjack, but I'm about 5-6 weeks away from being back on the air and with a much better antenna system than I had before.  Is there going to be another Fark QSO Party?  I'd love to do another one of these!  Will it be announced on The Zed?
2013-08-22 10:02:20 AM
1 votes:

Hollie Maea: Yeah, we were in Papua New Guinea.  The phone system was in fact part of the government owned Post and Telecom Corporation.  But it was also 200 miles to the nearest phone service so there wasn't really any system to sidestep....


That would explain it.

Moral of the story:  Get your ham radio license if you are going into some God-forsaken corner of the World.  Then you don't have to worry about third party agreements.
2013-08-22 09:56:21 AM
1 votes:

dittybopper: Hollie Maea: In 1992 I lived in a place for which the only available form of communication was ham radio.  We could use it to patch into the US phone system and talk to friends and family, but that was illegal because fark you all, we are telecoms and we own lawmakers.

Actually, phone patches have never been illegal for the US, and they certainly weren't illegal in 1992:  I used them back before cell phones were common.  A lot of repeaters had "autopatch" that would allow you to make a phone call automatically from a handheld or mobile ham radio.  If you were living within the US, or a US territory, then non-business (ie., personal use only) phone patches were legal.

The problem is when you are talking about transmitting from a foreign nation that doesn't have a third-party traffic agreement with the US.   Here is the ARRL page about it, with a list of current nations we have third-party agreements with.  Often there isn't an agreement because the government owns the telecommunications agency, through the national post office, so they don't want you to side-step their system by using ham radio.


Yeah, we were in Papua New Guinea.  The phone system was in fact part of the government owned Post and Telecom Corporation.  But it was also 200 miles to the nearest phone service so there wasn't really any system to sidestep....
2013-08-22 09:46:37 AM
1 votes:
Had to... Sorry.
2013-08-22 09:43:28 AM
1 votes:

soopey: Snooze. Wasn't even an M class flare.


Yep.

For those who don't know, in order of severity solar flares are classed as A, B, C, M, and X class.  C is the middle class.  The ones you really have to worry about are the X class flares, especially the more powerful ones.
2013-08-22 09:31:03 AM
1 votes:

Hollie Maea: In 1992 I lived in a place for which the only available form of communication was ham radio.  We could use it to patch into the US phone system and talk to friends and family, but that was illegal because fark you all, we are telecoms and we own lawmakers.


Actually, phone patches have never been illegal for the US, and they certainly weren't illegal in 1992:  I used them back before cell phones were common.  A lot of repeaters had "autopatch" that would allow you to make a phone call automatically from a handheld or mobile ham radio.  If you were living within the US, or a US territory, then non-business (ie., personal use only) phone patches were legal.

The problem is when you are talking about transmitting from a foreign nation that doesn't have a third-party traffic agreement with the US.   Here is the ARRL page about it, with a list of current nations we have third-party agreements with.  Often there isn't an agreement because the government owns the telecommunications agency, through the national post office, so they don't want you to side-step their system by using ham radio.
2013-08-22 09:23:43 AM
1 votes:

dittybopper: It's been happening more lately because the Sun is near the peak of the 11 year solar cycle.  That means more CMEs, and more powerful CMEs.   That's why it seems like you're hearing about it more than you used to, say, 5 years ago.

Oddly enough, this cycle is much weaker than the ones that have preceded it.  I've been watching them now for about 23 years now.  I got my first ham radio license back in 1990, at the peak of the cycle 22, and man, it was *GLORIOUS*.  Using 25 watts from my car, I talked all over the place using voice on 10 meters (28 MHz).  The next cycle was nearly as good.

Now, however, I'm having trouble using Morse (which has a significant signal-to-noise ratio advantage over voice) at the same power level with a more efficient antenna.  Propagation is spotty, some days it's there, most days it isn't, whereas back in 1990 - 1992 it was open pretty much every day, well into the night, with solid propagation.


In 1992 I lived in a place for which the only available form of communication was ham radio.  We could use it to patch into the US phone system and talk to friends and family, but that was illegal because fark you all, we are telecoms and we own lawmakers.
2013-08-22 09:20:11 AM
1 votes:
I remember the 2003 flare in October. Here in Maine, I saw an Aurora in he middle of the day.
Friggin awesome.
2013-08-22 09:20:07 AM
1 votes:

MountainClimber: usttsdw: dittybopper: I'll be keeping an eye on SpaceWeather.com, and an ear to 50.090 MHz for some of that nice, raspy auroral propagation.

As of right now, the planetary K index is a 2.

I have no idea what you are talking about, but I am intrigued. Links?


http://www.n0hr.com/radio_propagation.htm


I don't have you favorited as a ham.  Are you one?  I keep a list for the next Fark QSO Party.
2013-08-22 09:18:54 AM
1 votes:
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and so it begins
2013-08-22 09:15:47 AM
1 votes:

dittybopper: Now, however, I'm having trouble using Morse (which has a significant signal-to-noise ratio advantage over voice) at the same power level with a more efficient antenna. Propagation is spotty, some days it's there, most days it isn't, whereas back in 1990 - 1992 it was open pretty much every day, well into the night, with solid propagation.


When the zombies come and the world crumbles, can I come to your camp of survivors?
2013-08-22 09:13:38 AM
1 votes:

some_beer_drinker: doesn't this happen, like, all the farking time??


Sort-of.

It's been happening more lately because the Sun is near the peak of the 11 year solar cycle.  That means more CMEs, and more powerful CMEs.   That's why it seems like you're hearing about it more than you used to, say, 5 years ago.

Oddly enough, this cycle is much weaker than the ones that have preceded it.  I've been watching them now for about 23 years now.  I got my first ham radio license back in 1990, at the peak of the cycle 22, and man, it was *GLORIOUS*.  Using 25 watts from my car, I talked all over the place using voice on 10 meters (28 MHz).  The next cycle was nearly as good.

Now, however, I'm having trouble using Morse (which has a significant signal-to-noise ratio advantage over voice) at the same power level with a more efficient antenna.  Propagation is spotty, some days it's there, most days it isn't, whereas back in 1990 - 1992 it was open pretty much every day, well into the night, with solid propagation.
2013-08-22 09:09:02 AM
1 votes:

IdBeCrazyIf: Someone open up that time capsule and get out the page of numbers

/that better not be obscure


I don't watch crummy Nic Cage movies, no matter how much Ebert bragged on them. 0
2013-08-22 09:06:34 AM
1 votes:

usttsdw: dittybopper: I'll be keeping an eye on SpaceWeather.com, and an ear to 50.090 MHz for some of that nice, raspy auroral propagation.

As of right now, the planetary K index is a 2.

I have no idea what you are talking about, but I am intrigued. Links?



http://www.n0hr.com/radio_propagation.htm
2013-08-22 09:05:29 AM
1 votes:

dittybopper: I'll be keeping an eye on SpaceWeather.com, and an ear to 50.090 MHz for some of that nice, raspy auroral propagation.

As of right now, the planetary K index is a 2.


They're only expecting a K4.  This isn't even worth paying attention to, unless you run a power distribution network in the arctic or operate satellites.  Even then, it's probably just another day at the office.
2013-08-22 09:00:31 AM
1 votes:
Thank goodness for pollution in our atmosphere to save us.
2013-08-22 08:59:13 AM
1 votes:
doesn't this happen, like, all the farking time??
 
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