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22nd October, 2017

Another QRP Hours contest is on, this time for 40M only. Please have a look at the contest rules HERE

now I'm convinced that there is more activity on 7030 than there is on 7050 .. ..
so - - what about coming up - this Summer ? ?.

try around 1400 - 1800 in the AESTz
- things seems to be working much better around then.

Re: Activity around 7030 by VK6ISVK6IS, 25 Sep 2017 13:00

it's been a few months or so,
but this afternoon, there was a ZL talking to EA & both side of the SSB QSO were heard.

and both 30m & 20m were alive & well - - on both CW & SSB . .
Italy,, Spain,, Germany were all worked - yah !.

Summer must be coming ..

Re: Active State's by VK6ISVK6IS, 25 Sep 2017 12:57
Active State's
VK6ISVK6IS 08 Aug 2017 04:52
in discussion Forums / General Discussion » Active State's

What have you heard this week?.

Do post, here, what stations that you've heard,
- - That Were Not In Your State .. ..

Just so that others may know, that you heard them,
or managed to get a QSO with them:

and note those contacts - - Here.

Active State's by VK6ISVK6IS, 08 Aug 2017 04:52

So annoying these bloody SSB users on 30m, the band is open for DX even during the day and they go on 10115 wiping out 10114-10118kHz, in the CW band! 10125 to 10135 the new SSB band which is a privilege for VK SSB users is completely unused. We can't ask the whole world to shift up there for CW and skip the prime centre of our CW band just for a few pig headed SSB ops!

I have been preaching tolerance and understanding to allow SSB users to continue to use 30m, I think it is time to change that, as they are not at all observing the band plan and causing QRM. Now that I am back on 30m after a long QRT on HF, I see that nothing has changed, and they clearly have no intentions of doing the simple thing purely because they have been used to having 10115.000 and 10120.000 on their dials and want to resist change instead of having 10125.000 and 10130.000 on their dials. If that isn't pig headedness, what is?

I now side with those who do not believe Australia should have an exceptionalism, especially in these years of sun spot minima when even around mid day we have DX opportunities on 30m. It is time to start logging all QRM and complaining, and to ask for SSB to be removed from 30m. I can confirm that these 30m SSB operators, which I thought were ALL gentlemen based on the conversation I had with ONE of them, KNOW full well about the band plan and are thus being pig headed in refusing to adjust when there is no down side to them, but plenty to us.

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

there has been some East Coast stations,
being heard - both SSB & CW talking to each other,
but I'm still not able to make contact, with any of them, as a rule.

but, there has been the odd contact, & on CW too :)

Re: Activity around 7030 by VK6ISVK6IS, 22 Jul 2017 10:35
Chris VK1CTChris VK1CT 16 Jul 2017 05:53
in discussion Forums / General Discussion » SOTA

Thanks David
I have mainly been using 40m and the condx are very variable at the moment. Yes, the low noise up on the hills is great. Hope to make a contact with you from a summit before long.
73, Chris

Re: SOTA by Chris VK1CTChris VK1CT, 16 Jul 2017 05:53
David VK2JDRDavid VK2JDR 14 Jul 2017 12:09
in discussion Forums / General Discussion » SOTA

Hi Chris, I've seen you a few times on Parks n Peaks, yet to make the contact.

Field radio is a lot a fun and not much RF noise compared to the suburbs.


Re: SOTA by David VK2JDRDavid VK2JDR, 14 Jul 2017 12:09
Chris VK1CTChris VK1CT 14 Jul 2017 05:18
in discussion Forums / General Discussion » SOTA

Over the last few weeks I have become more involved in the SOTA scheme by activating summits.

If you like the challenge of radio operating in the great outdoors, then SOTA is for you. It's also a great way to improve your trip planning skills, test radio and hiking equipment, and improve your level of fitness.

Have a look at the SOTAWATCH website where you can see upcoming activations and the current activity that has been spotted.

My radio gear for portable operating includes a K1 and also an MTR4B - both are CW only rigs.

I have been learning something new on every trip. I'm looking forward to hearing more CW operators out on the summits.

For more info, see:

SOTA by Chris VK1CTChris VK1CT, 14 Jul 2017 05:18

I've got a new 80m dipole,
so anyone who is on 80m, give me a shout.

my noise level is quite good

Re: Activity around 7030 by VK6ISVK6IS, 28 Jun 2017 04:06

Hi Peter,

I currently don't have any antennas up other than 80m GPA so I'm not on 40m!
What antenna(s) are you using?

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Re: Activity around 7030 by VK5EEEVK5EEE, 26 Jun 2017 12:22

there has been some activity in recent days,
on both CW & SSB as well.

it's a bit one sided, though, as ES sig are strong,
but mine are not, apparently.

Re: Activity around 7030 by VK6ISVK6IS, 22 Jun 2017 07:44

In the early days of Amateur Radio signal reports were always given accurately, and most often without any exact metering system. Reports were given by ear.

In the last days of Amateur Radio signal reports are often not given at all, no matter the signal strength, 599 or 5NN is given.

The majority of those who give accurate signal reports use the RST system and appear to use it correctly as it has always been intended, assigning the correct number to the situation, more on that below.

A minority of those who intend to give accurate signal reports use the RST system but use it incorrectly: they read the value off their S-meter. More on this below, and why this approach is not correct.

First, let us acknowledge that the actual basis of the Amateur Radio License is experimentation and self-education in communications, and this is the basis upon which the ITU world wide defines amateur radio.

For many of us, we still enjoy building our own equipment, even if only our own antennas, and also the study of propagation. To this end, we wish to receive accurate signal reports. Inaccurate signal reports are not helpful at all.

So what is an accurate signal report? And what constitutes an inaccurate report?

It is difficult to give an entirely accurate report. However, there are way to use and not use the S-meter in the giving of "accurate" reports. First, let us look at the "R" part of the RST system:

R1 = UNREADABLE (Comment: that means TOTALLY unreadable, not even occasional words)
R2 = BARELY READABLE, Occasional words distinguishable

The "R" part of the signal report cannot be measured by a meter on a radio, that is clear. The R is an easy part of the report to give accurately. It WILL be influenced in some circumstances by your ability: your hearing, your interpretation skills, your code skills. It will certainly be influenced by factors such as signal to noise ratio, fading, interference. But there are clear differences between each of the 5 steps:

If you have total arm chair copy it is R5. If not, R4 if no difficulty but ANYTHING LESS than PERFECT COPY. If you have any real difficulty copying, but are still able to copy (even if with repeats), then R3 is appropriate. If you only get little bits here or there, it is R2. If you cannot make anything out it is R1. So the R part of the system is very simple.

So what about the S (Signal Strength)? This is the most difficult part of the system and the one that is, these days, used in different ways, which renders it unhelpful. As stated earlier, some always give it as S9. That is WRONG. Others read it directly off the S-meter: that too is wrong, and here is why:

The S-meter is dependent upon many things: receiver model, receiver settings (bandwidth, notch, attenuator, pre-amp, etc). It thus serves ONLY as a guideline (more on that below) but can be useful in direct antenna-switching comparisons. The wrongful use of the S meter leads a minority of stations to directly read e.g. S1 on the meter, for a signal that is actually around S5 to S7, due to having pre-amp off, and perhaps even attenuator on, and/or a sluggish S-meter.

Just as it is more accurate to decode Morse Code even in the age of supercomputers BY EAR (with an experienced operator) so it is also more accurate to give an S report (not S METER report) by EAR. One has to compensate and consider a number of factors, when doing so, for example:

On higher frequencies, such as 28MHz, the noise level may be virtually nothing, allowing for very weak signals to be heard. On a typical receiver, the S meter at 28MHz is very sluggish, it may not even move until a signal is strong. Many QSO the S meter will be showing S0 but the signal is R5 and loud. If we look at the OFFICIAL S-scale, we can see there is NO S0 in existence, since S0 would actually mean NO SIGNAL AUDIBLE AT ALL:

S1 = Faint signal, barely perceptible
S2 = Very weak
S3 = Weak
S4 = Fair
S5 = Fairly good
S6 = Good
S7 = Moderately strong
S8 = Strong
S9 = Very strong signals

From the official S scale above, we can see very clearly that this is NOT AT ALL intended for direct measurement from any S meter! Otherwise, there would be S0, and there would be options for S9+10db etc, and the scale would not be given in broad human interpretation terms, but instead would be given as a measurement of e.g. Micro Volts etc.

So, returning to the example of a very quiet 28MHz band with a loud signal not moving the S-meter on the radio. Clearly it is not RST509, so what is the actual S value to be given? This is where you can use your experience of your radio, and its response, and also the feel of how strong the signal is: if the signal is NOT barely perceptible, it's obviously not S1. Is it VERY WEAK (S2), or just WEAK (S3)? Is it FAIR (S4) or even FAIRLY GOOD (S5)? Or even GOOD (S6)? You decide, and give the report accordingly.

Another example, on 80m, the S meter may be over responsive on some rigs. Noise levels will have a big factor often on lower frequencies. If a signal is buried in the noise, one cannot give an accurate S report, however, the R report will evidently be 3 or less, and that will give a clue as to the S report being a "wild guess", e.g. "339 LOCAL QRM5" will be clear to the receiving station that the "S3" is only a guess. With strong local noise of "S8" the buried signal may be in fact S6.

Fading (QSB) makes giving signal reports on relatively low powered amateur radio signals difficult, as signals will typically fluctuate by even several S scale levels: a signal could be fading between Strong (S8) and Weak (S3) but usually a fade of one or 2 S points is normal on HF even in good conditions. Thus the amateur S scale is not so practical for general use unless a range is given as e.g. RST539/579 or RST53/79 etc.

This is why the commercial QSA code has only a scale of 1 to 5 making it much easier to give a report unaffected by normal levels of fading: E.g. QSA3, would cover from around S4-6, QSA 4 would cover from around S7-8, and QSA5 covers S9 and "above"… Note that on the S scale, there is NO such thing as "S9+10DB" etc. ONLY S9. S9 means VERY STRONG SIGNALS — no matter that is S9 or S9+60dB. The S meter can of course be used, but it is not the official, standard and intended use of the S scale as in the RST system.

For this reasons, some, including this author, have suggested alternative systems to RST, which can be adopted among regular QSO partners or some nets, to make things shorter, quicker, and simpler. E.g. the T in RST is almost invariably T9. If it isn't, QRI is available: QRI1 means good tone, QRI2, variable tone, QRI3 bad tone. Since 99.9% of T reports are T9 these days, we can safely drop it. The "Q" report suggested at is one such system.

Although radio amateurs, especially if taking the modern understanding of the word "amateur" as being "non professional" are under no obligation to follow any standard, and can do as they please. Thus we have those who can hardly copy you, giving a 599 report, and those who copy you very loud and clear giving a 519 report. But it certainly helps if we are on the same page, and if standards are adhered to. Otherwise, one should create alternative systems.

It has been suggested to create an alternative to "599" for those who don't wish to give a signal report. Meanwhile, if using RST, please refer to the above tables for the PROPER STANDARD. As stated, amateurs can do as they please, and it is a hobby and for most of us it is about having fun. From time to time it is necessary for us to remind ourselves of what the actual standard is, otherwise it gets lost and the majority abandon it.

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

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CW News Publication Launched by VK5EEEVK5EEE, 20 May 2017 02:06

G'day All!

As per the winter schedule will kick in now so the net will be at 0930Z on 7051.2 followed by QSY to 3515 KHz. Tonight I will run the net as usual at 0830Z, announce the new schedule, then rerun the net at 0930Z.

73 & 77 de Peter VK4QC

Hi all,

For those learning to use the key and can read CW starting Monday week, i'll be listening from 7pm Monday to Friday on 3550 plus or minus QRM for 30 minutes writing up CW practice sessions, for those who wish to try there fists to see how your fists are going. Those interested in joining in are most welcome and this will give you the chance to overcome your fears. Every second Thursday I will not be available due to work comments. Speed is not the point, but to overcome your fears.

73 & 77 de Michael VK2CCW

Michael VK2CCW

80m CW Learners net by Michael VK2CCWMichael VK2CCW, 07 Apr 2017 09:28
0830Z CW Net
VK4QCVK4QC 05 Apr 2017 01:01
in discussion Forums / General Discussion » 0830Z CW Net

Hi All,

Propagation has been no good these last few days for short distance QSO's so if there are no check-ins within 5 mins we will QSY to 3515 Khz.

73 Peter VK4QC

0830Z CW Net by VK4QCVK4QC, 05 Apr 2017 01:01

Let's hope 7050 could some day become like this

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Watch this final transmission at EAC to understand this: there is nothing more SERIOUS than the FINAL transmission on 500kHz after almost 100 years but look how casual — walking around, smoking, chatting, and at the same time sending messages as such OPs lived and breathed CW every day as easy as chatting among friends

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

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 .. ..

Re: Recycling radio magazines by VK6ISVK6IS, 12 Mar 2017 10:51
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