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Link Posted: 1/5/2022 1:02:08 AM EDT
[#1]
I'll probably be able to NC this week, but it's doubtful I'll be able to do the normal countdown.

Hopefully I'll be in place by 2345Z, but it will be close. If you don't hear me prior to then it doesn't mean prop is bad.
Link Posted: 1/5/2022 7:21:28 PM EDT
[#2]
Prop is looking decent based on my JS8 HB.
Link Posted: 1/5/2022 8:01:56 PM EDT
[#3]
The net has started! Got one report with very strong signals during the brief countdown.
Link Posted: 1/5/2022 8:03:28 PM EDT
[#4]
I saw your countdown in the decoder window but I wasn't at the PC during the countdown.
Link Posted: 1/5/2022 8:12:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Redbirdxx] [#5]
Sorry, gents, I'm out.


Was running fine, tuned, RX'd the warnings. Went to check in and fldigi locked up. Rebooted, but my drivers have somehow disappeared.
Link Posted: 1/5/2022 8:18:44 PM EDT
[#6]
I'm all ears if you find something better than fldigi. I'm having a hard time spending the money for HRD.
Link Posted: 1/5/2022 8:30:45 PM EDT
[#7]
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Originally Posted By Nmbmxer:
I'm all ears if you find something better than fldigi. I'm having a hard time spending the money for HRD.
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I think HRD is worth the mony if only to get the DM780 digital program.  It's all I have ever used since starting in digital work many years ago, and it just never glitches on me.  If something goes wrong, I did it.

I tried FLDIGI for about a week and gave up.  Just too many glitches.
Link Posted: 1/5/2022 8:32:04 PM EDT
[#8]
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Originally Posted By Nmbmxer:
I'm all ears if you find something better than fldigi. I'm having a hard time spending the money for HRD.
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I actually paid for a copy of HRD but haven't messed around with digital modes because...inertia, I suppose. I already knew how to use fldigi, so why fix what ain't broken? Might be time to reexamine that decision.
Link Posted: 1/5/2022 8:38:35 PM EDT
[#9]
Prop was decent, we had five stations + NC, 100% copy on the NC side for all stations.

FLdigi can be tempermental, once you have it stable it seems to be pretty reliable.

My biggest issues with it were RF-in-shack related.
Link Posted: 1/5/2022 8:40:50 PM EDT
[#10]
Only had a little of calling for check ins and some from weaponeer.
Link Posted: 1/5/2022 9:48:55 PM EDT
[#11]
Mine seems to glitch constantly, either hanging on transmit or just turning off. I log in N3FJP and like it, I don't really want (learn) to use HRD for that, Id really only use the DM780 software. Rewriting all my macros is probably my biggest hangup aside from cost.
Link Posted: 1/6/2022 11:02:06 AM EDT
[#12]
Fldigii has been mostly reliable for me, but poking around in DM870 a little last night, it seems to be a superior interface with less of that "it's still 2004" feel you get with fldigi and a lot of other ham software.

Going to see if I can get up to speed and use DM870 for the net next week.
Link Posted: 1/12/2022 4:32:07 PM EDT
[#13]
I'll be present to NC tonight's net. Hopefully prop cooperates.
Link Posted: 1/12/2022 6:17:02 PM EDT
[#14]
Just turned on the radio and caught Robmkiv testing. Literally to the second.
Link Posted: 1/12/2022 6:42:08 PM EDT
[#15]
If anybody is interested in another Olivia net, Tuesday night at 2000 Eastern the Vienna (VA) Wireless Society runs a net on 7071.5 16-500 +1500.
Link Posted: 1/12/2022 7:17:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: seek2] [#16]
2300 and 2315Z reminders are out.

Thanks for the tip on the Tuesday net!

ETA: all reminders out and the net is live on 7120 KHz.
Link Posted: 1/12/2022 8:43:08 PM EDT
[#17]
Not a bad turnout tonight!

Conditions were a bit marginal and the QRM did not help but I copied everyone OK.

7 stations + NC tonight.

Link Posted: 1/12/2022 8:44:11 PM EDT
[#18]
Got a partial "bursts here" after my report, then lost NC for quite awhile. Suddenly, NC was back calling for lates kind of rough tonight.

Thanks for running net tonight.
Link Posted: 1/12/2022 9:15:25 PM EDT
[#19]
Yes, right towards the end prop got really strange, it was lights on/lights off on my end.

I though initially it might have been AGC pumping but I think it was just strange propagation as 40M died.
Link Posted: 1/12/2022 10:01:20 PM EDT
[#20]
It was in and out on my end that was really only for NCS and GreenDragon. Nothing intelligible from the rest.
Link Posted: 1/12/2022 10:18:21 PM EDT
[#21]
I couldn't hear Mach but heard everyone else. Greendragon got stepped on by Winlink pretty bad at the end but otherwise was fine. I turned the power up all the way and it seemed to help.
Link Posted: 1/13/2022 5:43:17 AM EDT
[Last Edit: Mach] [#22]
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Originally Posted By Nmbmxer:
I couldn't hear Mach but heard everyone else. Greendragon got stepped on by Winlink pretty bad at the end but otherwise was fine. I turned the power up all the way and it seemed to help.
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I was using 400 watts

I never heard you either

usually you are very strong

very strange unusual prop

I was on 40m FT8 a few hours earlier and the prop was crazy. It would  be awesome into Falklands, Mongolia, Australia, then just disappear for several minutes  and only a couple scattered reports in the US would show up for a while

It was like some one was flipping a switch
Link Posted: 1/19/2022 4:21:31 PM EDT
[#23]
I'll be present to NC tonight.

Starting next week I'll be away from the radio for two or three weeks and we'll need volunteer NCs.
Link Posted: 1/19/2022 7:10:49 PM EDT
[#24]
First reminder out at 2310Z after getting fldigi to chill out.
Link Posted: 1/19/2022 8:30:32 PM EDT
[#25]
Prop was middle of the road. I had 100% on everyone, a little flutter for the most distant stations.

I saw my first ever 10dB reading on SNR tonight on weaponeer's battery powered signal.

Five stations + NC tonight.

Link Posted: 1/19/2022 8:33:52 PM EDT
[#26]
Good net tonight, thanks.

I did my SNRs during last calls. I knew that I couldn't scratch them out quick enough during report.
Link Posted: 1/19/2022 8:45:13 PM EDT
[#27]
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Originally Posted By seek2:
Prop was middle of the road. I had 100% on everyone, a little flutter for the most distant stations.

I saw my first ever 10dB reading on SNR tonight on weaponeer's battery powered signal.

Five stations + NC tonight.

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My Bioenno 100 AHr battery was providing 12.4 VDC continuous to my FTDX3000 even as it was pumping out the full 100 watts to my  low 40 meter dipole at about 15-18 feet at the feedpoint.  (Wind blew the antenna down last weekend so I had to re-string it in the trees.)  Battery voltage dropped to 12.3 by the end of my transmission.  Back on receive the voltage went back to 13.1 VDC.

I'm amazed at how well and how long that battery will run my whole station, HF, VHF/UHF, and my computer.

And I still say we must have some kind of optimum path between us!
Link Posted: 1/26/2022 5:42:49 PM EDT
[#28]
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Originally Posted By seek2:
I'll be present to NC tonight.

Starting next week I'll be away from the radio for two or three weeks and we'll need volunteer NCs.
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I will be present to NCS tonight. I'll do my best to get a couple warnings out before the net.
Link Posted: 1/26/2022 7:21:37 PM EDT
[#29]
First warning is out.

Locally I have S9 noise, hopefully Olivia does it's thing and we can all connect at net time.
Link Posted: 1/26/2022 8:31:32 PM EDT
[#30]
Net closed at 1930L with 3 check-ins + NCS. We had one new participant who joined us this week.

Seems like the band closed, I never got a comment from one station.
Link Posted: 1/26/2022 8:39:50 PM EDT
[#31]
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Originally Posted By Nmbmxer:
Net closed at 1930L with 3 check-ins + NCS. We had one new participant who joined us this week.

Seems like the band closed, I never got a comment from one station.
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I had you at 100% pre net. As soon as net was set to start, silence. I saw weaponeer and the new guy checkin. I tried to get get a relay in.
Link Posted: 1/26/2022 8:42:33 PM EDT
[#32]
To be fair, sometime during the preamble I knocked the vfo up 2khz while fooling with an audio cable
Link Posted: 1/26/2022 8:48:31 PM EDT
[#33]
I lost NCS after the move back to 1500.

Was going to be short time, anyway, so I left the rig up and listening but had to attend to some other stuff.
Link Posted: 1/26/2022 8:50:09 PM EDT
[#34]
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Originally Posted By Nmbmxer:
Net closed at 1930L with 3 check-ins + NCS. We had one new participant who joined us this week.

Seems like the band closed, I never got a comment from one station.
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I copied most of the comment from the last station, but it went to 10% copy at the end.  I was going to try to relay it to you, but you were only about 50% here as you closed the net.  There was lots of QSB.
Link Posted: 1/26/2022 10:15:22 PM EDT
[#35]
Thanks for being NC, NMBMXER!

Another couple weeks and I should be back once the heavy part of my work is over for the quarter.
Link Posted: 2/1/2022 5:04:51 PM EDT
[#36]
Reminder that we need a volunteer NC this week. Should be back next week if all goes well.
Link Posted: 2/1/2022 5:39:17 PM EDT
[#37]
I should be around tomorrow as long as something catastrophic doesn't go wrong while finishing up changing the radiator on my wife car after work today. Wife's car > radio, at least that's what she says lol.
Link Posted: 2/2/2022 7:10:48 PM EDT
[#38]
I see some QRM on 7120, lets use 7114 tonight. I'm going to send out a net warning and then probably won't be back at the shack until just before net time.
Link Posted: 2/2/2022 7:41:19 PM EDT
[#39]
Bump to 7.114 mHz, got it.
73,
Rob
Link Posted: 2/2/2022 8:41:01 PM EDT
[#40]
Net closed at 1940L with 6 check-in's, good group tonight and much better prop than last week. I lost Greendragon and the new guy was weak here but every one else was booming.
Link Posted: 2/2/2022 8:43:48 PM EDT
[#41]
How much did you get of me? Was it strong and dropped off?
Link Posted: 2/3/2022 8:48:10 AM EDT
[#42]
Your check in was good, 100%. When I asked for a comment I heard it start up and then nothing else, I though we lost the band but then Mach boomed in so idk.
Link Posted: 2/3/2022 11:14:30 AM EDT
[#43]
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Originally Posted By GreenDragon:
How much did you get of me? Was it strong and dropped off?
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I copied your comment all the way to the end.  You were the strongest signal of all here in Central Texas.  S9 +20 and over +20 dB.
Curious how much power you were running?
I was running my usual 100 watts to my low (abt 15') 40m dipole.
Link Posted: 2/3/2022 11:58:19 AM EDT
[#44]
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Originally Posted By weaponeer1911:


I copied your comment all the way to the end.  You were the strongest signal of all here in Central Texas.  S9 +20 and over +20 dB.
Curious how much power you were running?
I was running my usual 100 watts to my low (abt 15') 40m dipole.
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Glad I made it through to the end, I was hoping my system didn't catch a glitch.

I use 40w typically on digital, i will rarely do 50w, on a 135' doublet that runs 300*N and 130*S about 25' AGL.
Link Posted: 2/9/2022 11:47:12 AM EDT
[#45]
I should be present to NC tonight. Next week is about 50/50 right now.

Link Posted: 2/9/2022 7:38:36 PM EDT
[#46]
SOLID copy on Robmkiv testing.

0000Z, 0015Z, 0030Z notices are out so far.
Link Posted: 2/9/2022 7:58:17 PM EDT
[#47]
Hmmmm, prop seems kinda weak here tonight.  Barely hearing the net warnings on any of three different antennas.  
The BuddiPole vertical I just put up in the back yard sounds best so far.  Hope it gets better.
Link Posted: 2/9/2022 8:00:05 PM EDT
[#48]
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Originally Posted By weaponeer1911:
Hmmmm, prop seems kinda weak here tonight.  Barely hearing the net warnings on any of three different antennas.  
The BuddiPole vertical I just put up in the back yard sounds best so far.  Hope it gets better.
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I had solid copy on your test on this end.
Link Posted: 2/9/2022 8:04:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Nmbmxer] [#49]
I've got no copy on any of the warnings or anything else.

Edit: I can't copy NCS, I saw weaponeer1911, Greendragon and Rob.
Link Posted: 2/9/2022 8:11:04 PM EDT
[#50]
Strange as usual, prop was great before the net.
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