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I've generally placed 'em into the re-cycle bin
most places, that I've tried to give 'em to - didn't want 'em.

maybe just placing 'em, in stealth mode .. ..

well, I'm just looking some activity - - any activity.
- on any part of any band.
coz there ain't that much about.

Re: Activity around 7030 by Peter VK6ISPeter VK6IS, 12 Mar 2017 10:48

All those that enjoy getting on the Sunday CW Net Also need to jojn in on volunteering

Posting about this here is not likely to get many results. The vast majority of those that take part in the CW net are not members of, and many of them don't even have a computer or email. You have a great opportunity during the CW net when you are NCS to ask stations if they would consider volunteering, when they check in. And at the end of the net make another announcement. But best chances are to ask directly when they check in.

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Hi all,

All those that enjoy getting on the Sunday CW Net Also need to jojn in on volunteering. Looking at the current roster there is 3 stations on multiple times this month. This is unacceptable everyone that enjoys this net needs to help out and there is no excuse for not helping with another 8 volunteers the NCS only needs to work about once every three months or so. Its like I said once before its always the same that help out get left in the dark. Everybody wants the net to survive but no one, but the few do the net. I can tell you that I'm not going to be the NCS twice a month. This needs fixing as there are plenty of you out there that can help but don't want to. Come on guys be fair its not a hard thing to do, if I can do it so can others. You want the net to survive so help do your bit.

73 & 77 de Michael VK2CCW

Michael VK2CCW

Anyone notice the concentrated CW activity around 7030, all in a 3k band??
Bit like the bash!

73 es 77


Activity around 7030 by VK7MAVK7MA, 01 Mar 2017 07:24

Wow. Very Nice indeed. Great job George.
It sure has gone to a good home. I agree with Chris, well deserved!

73 es 77

That looks like a very precision piece of kit! Well done George and well deserved Lou.

Re: Brainteaser
VK5EEEVK5EEE 25 Feb 2017 04:31
in discussion Forums / General Discussion » Brainteaser

Nice one! I got all except UDA, and thus learned something! Similar to Morse, the one less behind it got the fame of the name: "It was invented in 1926 by Shintaro Uda of Tohoku Imperial University, Japan, and (with a lesser role played by his colleague) Hidetsugu Yagi." Thanks OM!

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Re: Brainteaser by VK5EEEVK5EEE, 25 Feb 2017 04:31

I'm with you on waiting rooms and more fortunate countries which will appreciate those magazines. One good place would be the Sahara DX Club in Algeria, they'd sure value those magazines. Any club that is organised and contactable. Otherwise waiting rooms is good and inexpensive, if the cost of sending, which is very high from Australia, is an issue.

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Re: Recycling radio magazines by VK5EEEVK5EEE, 25 Feb 2017 04:23

What a wonderful gift from George VK2DLF "for getting all the CW action going here in Australia" — THANK YOU George! It works a beauty! Lovely to look at, lovely to operate, and lovely sound no bounce, no scratchy dits!

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Brainteaser by Chris VK1CTChris VK1CT, 25 Feb 2017 01:28
Re: Antenna
Chris VK1CTChris VK1CT 24 Feb 2017 22:44
in discussion Forums / General Discussion » Antenna

When I first started in radio with my novice licence, I was restricted on HF to 80, 15 and 10m (if I recall correctly). At first, I tried using a commercially made G5RV. That wasn’t very successful for a number of reasons. Then I tried a homebrew dipole for 15m. I used copper wire for the elements and a 1:1 balun fed with RG213 coax. I made my first DX contacts into Japan with that antenna and I fell in love with 15m!

I also wanted to use 80m, but after the failed experiments with the G5RV, I decided that a vertical was the way to go. I pestered my parents to buy me a Butternut HF6V for Christmas in 2000. I remember putting it together on Boxing Day and after that I spent most of my radio time on 80m. My brother’s bedroom was nearest to the antenna and he could always tell when I was on-air because his stereo system would be overdriven by RF!

Fast forward to now… I use an inverted vee fed with 300 ohm ladder line. The antenna is 100 feet long and tunes all bands, some better than others! The centre support is a Spiderbeam squid pole which has been in service for just over 10 years now. Being a telescoping fibreglass pole, it used to collapse in strong winds and part of it broke in a storm. To prevent it from collapsing, I installed small self-tapping screws in each of the joins and it has been faultless ever since.

For portable operations, I use a dipole for 40m with a feedline of RG174 coax. It has a 1:1 balun which was made from a kit produced by SOTABEAMS in the UK. I recently bought an MFJ-2286 telescopic HF whip for $100(US) from DX Engineering. It is 17 feet long when fully extended and collapses to 27 inches. It comes with a loading coil for use on 40m. I’m looking forward to trying it out on-air soon.

Re: Antenna by Chris VK1CTChris VK1CT, 24 Feb 2017 22:44

One of the reasons I really enjoy getting my monthly copy of the RSGB Radcom magazine is the advertising material within its many pages of all things amateur radio. It’s great to see the products that are available, especially the Morse keys!

I can remember a time (not so long ago) when the WIA Amateur Radio magazine had many more advertisers than it currently does. There were ads from Andrews Communications, Strictly Ham, Harris Communications, ATRC, Dick Smith Electronics and others. Some of the retailers have sadly gone out of business, but there are new companies selling amateur radio and electronics products. Jaycar now advertises in the magazine, but a lot of their products leave much to be desired…

Nowadays there mainly seems to be the usual Icom and Yaesu glossy ads on the inside front cover and back cover of AR magazine. Is it a sign of the times, or simply apathy on behalf of the publications committee who do not actively seek out companies to advertise in the magazine?

What do you do with old (printed) radio magazines and club newsletters?

As a member of several radio organisations, I accumulate quite a number of publications each year. I could simply switch to electronic delivery where that facility exists, but I much prefer to get printed copies in the mail.

I could throw them in the recycling bin, and I have done that on occasions, but it does seem a pity to do that. So here are some alternatives. At the end of every year or so, I try to find them good homes. I advertise them on VK Classifieds, eBay or make direct contact with people I know that would appreciate them. If I offer them for sale, then the price I put on them is mainly just to cover the postage costs. I also clearly state their condition and supply a photo or two.

What else could be done with them? How about leaving a few radio magazines in the waiting room at your local dentist or GP? You never know, it may spark someone’s interest in the hobby. Or perhaps they could be donated to local schools and libraries, or sent overseas to radio clubs in less fortunate countries.

Recycling radio magazines by Chris VK1CTChris VK1CT, 24 Feb 2017 04:50

Indeed, 5W CW is equal to around 100W or more on SSB! Well done and a good reminder for some of us to get /P!

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Got up extra early this morning and drove to my favourite spot in the Royal National Park to do some portable work.

This time I took the 1:1 balun 10m pole and wire cut for 40m. I had to cut down the wire to bring it on frequency so this took about 45mins, walking back and forth lowering each leg of the inverted vee and finally hit 47 ohms 8 ohms z at 7.050 and was happy with that.

Wound the ft857 down to 5w and calling calling. I was getting 22dB rbn hits in vk4 so my signal was getting out. Not too long I had a reply from vk4tt on 7.0255 and then vk4dbj on 7.050 qsy to 7.052.

Having a listen on ssb I heard vk4fajp calling and was going clear due to no response so I grabbed the mic and replied back still on 5w. He was having some difficulty with qsb so I wound the wick up to 25w and no prob.

Time to pack up and head for home. Happy with the morning results considering low power and no cluster spots.

Going portable is really a lot of fun and enjoyable amoungst the bush surrounds.


77 de Lou, VK5EEE

ARLP007 Propagation de K7RA

Propagation Forecast Bulletin 7 ARLP007
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA February 17, 2017
To all radio amateurs

ARLP007 Propagation de K7RA

In the last reporting week (February 9 to 15) average daily sunspot
numbers declined from 21.3 to 17.6, and average daily solar flux
rose from 73.5 to 75.1. Average planetary A index dropped from 12.9
to 4.7, and mid-latitude A index from 9.9 to 2.9.

Predicted solar flux is 74 on February 17 to 19, then 77, 80, 83, 85
and 80 on February 20 to 24, 78 on February 25 and 26, 76 on
February 27 and 28, 75 on March 1 and 2, 73 on March 3 and 4, 72 on
March 5 to 7, 73 and 74 on March 8 and 9, 75 on March 10 and 11, 78
on March 12 to 15, 80 on March 16 to 18, then 82, 85 and 82 on March
19 to 21, 80 on March 22 and 23, 78 on March 24 and 25, 76 on March
26 and 27, 75 on March 28 and 29 and 73 on March 30 and 31.

Predicted planetary A index is 12, 10 and 8 on February 17 and 19, 5
on February 20 and 21, 8 and 14 on February 22 and 23, 10 on
February 24 and 25, then 5, 25, 30, 25 and 20 on February 26 through
March 2, 15 on March 3 to 5, 8 on March 6, 5 on March 7 to 12, then
8, 12 and 10 on March 13 to 15, 8 on March 16 and 17, 5 on March 18
to 20, then 10 and 15 on March 21 and 22, then 10 on March 23 and 24
and 5, 25, 30, 25 and 20 on March 25 to 29, and 15 on March 30
through April 1.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period February 17 to March
15, 2017 from F.K. Janda, OK1HH:

Geomagnetic field will be:
Quiet on February 21, 24, 26, March 8, 11 and 12
Mostly quiet on February 19 and 20, March 9 and 10
Quiet to unsettled February 17, March 4, 7, 13 to 15
Quiet to active on February 18, 25, March 3, 6
Active to disturbed on February (22 and 23,) 27 and 28, March 1 and
2, 5

Increases in solar wind from coronal holes are expected on February
16 and 17, (18 to 22, 26 and 27,) March 2 to 5
- Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.

The weekly ARRL Newsletter (published every Thursday online) carried
a fascinating and timely article this week about the reactivation of
the HAARP facility in Alaska via Professor Chris Fallen, KL3WX:

The ARRL Newsletter also runs a weekly preview of this ARRL
Propagation Bulletin. Here is the latest version of the HAARP blog:

The ARRL International DX CW Contest begins this evening, UTC.

Starting tonight is also the Novice Rig Roundup, which is an on-air
activity concentrating on operating old Novice ham transmitters from
the 1950's and 1960's, which was all crystal controlled and 75 watts
or less, CW only (except for AM on 2 meters). Let's see. Where is
my old DX-20?

Stations using modern rigs are welcome also. Check it out at .

Thanks to David Moore for this, concerning a slower spinning Sun:

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL
Technical Information Service at For an explanation of
numbers used in this bulletin, see

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at

More good information and tutorials on propagation are at

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at

Sunspot numbers for February 9 through 15, 2017 were 15, 18, 18, 18,
16, 15, and 23, with a mean of 17.6. 10.7 cm flux was 75.4, 74,
75.7, 76.2, 74.8, 74.5, and 74.8, with a mean of 75.1. Estimated
planetary A indices were 7, 8, 5, 3, 5, 2, and 3, with a mean of
4.7. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 5, 5, 3, 2, 2, 1, and 2,
with a mean of 2.9.

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Ok folks, it's time to break out that 2NT', DX-20, DX-35, DX-40, DX-60, AT-1, T50, T60, T100… I could go on and on. The Novice Rig Roundup started today and runs all the way through this coming week, completing on Sunday Feb 26th at 2359Z. The premise is simple. Get on the air with those great Novice rigs of yesteryear! So grab some 'rocks', or that drifty VFO and get the tubes warm up!

The Novice Rig Roundup (NRR) is structured as a week long contest, but you certainly don't have to treat it like a contest. Most NRR QSOs go beyond the stated contest exchange to add additional details and pleasantries. You'll likely hear those chirpy, whoopy, drifty signals that once filled the Novice bands. Remember to tune around across the band after CQing to grab other crystal controlled stations.

Extra points are gained by using crystal control, and for lower power levels. There are also bonus points for working stations with the old WNx, KNx novice callsigns and the number of different novice rigs you use through the week. You may also hear NRR enthusiast group numbers exchanged.

For more information, check out the Novice Rig Roundup homepage at:
There's also a 'SKED' page where real-time chat occurs during the event:

Paul N6EV NRR #122
'dit dit'

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Novice Rig Roundup - This Week by VK5EEEVK5EEE, 18 Feb 2017 11:39

See details of the sessions, statistics of SSN-3 here:

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

With thanks to HB9FXW:

There are 3 levels of morse keys: manual (you have to form each element), semi-automatic (the dots are made automatically) and fully automatic (fixed dots and dash length, you only control spacing). With a setting change in modern transceivers/keyers or a wiring change, an automatic key can be used as a semi-auto or a manual key, and a semi-auto can still be used as a manual.

Vibroplex is a brand, they are especially famous for their semi-automatic keys but made other kinds of keys too. Their logo is a red bug, so "bug" and "semi-automatic key" are now synonyms. Bugs are mechanical and don't need any electronics to make their dots.

Cootie and sideswiper are synonyms. They are manual and made of a single lever. They use a lateral movement rather than a vertical one, and have contacts both sides instead of just one

"Single lever" keys usually designate an automatic key made of (surprise!) a single lever.

Straight/Pump keys are your typical manual up and down keys, the one you most often see in the movies.

Iambic is a way to use dual paddles automatic keys by pinching them and has then shifted its meaning to designate the key itself; some hams say they use a iambic key while they never close both contacts at the same time.

Almost all automatic keys (single lever and dual paddles) need an electronic device called a "keyer" to make them work. A lot of recent transceivers include a keyer but you often need an external keyer with older or simpler rigs.

Construction-wise, semi-automatic keys are the most complex. Well, I've heard of a few mechanical fully automatic keys, but they're very rare.

For fully automatic mechanical key see the AutoMorse by made by the Hitchcox Brothers of Adelaide around 1920. Visually the most impressive bug around, the Triple Lever Automorse had a lever for automatic dots, one for manual dashes, and a third to produce automatic dashes.

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

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