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October 2012

70cm UHF Repeater Build Up, Update 1

70cm UHF Repeater Build Up, Update 1. Have been looking into what radios and what controller to use for my 440MHz repeater.

Repeater frequency coordination process.

Just  a quick update on the frequency coordination process for a 70cm repeater.   Wow... Who knew it would be so much work to pick a pair of frequencies for use for an amateur radio repeater. You would think with 120 frequency pairs in the 70cm band plan that....

The Repeater

KC2ZPK Repeater in the 70cm Band

2012 New York QSO Party

So , New York had their QSO Party this past weekend, and while I did not get a lot of time to be on air, I did manage 40 or so SSB QSOs in the two hours or so i had to operate. I am still having mixed feelings about the new OCF Dipole I put up earlier in the spring. While the noise is better (further away from the buildings) I am losing more in line loss, just how much remains to be seen, or calculated. I tried e-mailing the tech dept of the cable manufacturer, but have not heard a reply. I am going to give them a call in a few days if I don't hear back soon.

2012 CQ World Wide DX Contest

The 2012 CQ World Wide DX contest is coming up quick, actually I didn't realize it was so soon, until someone pointed it out. This should be a good test for the OCF Dipole. This will be my first run in this contest, but I have to wonder what the difference between 'CQ WW WPX', and 'CQ World Wide DX' is? Well... I did some asking around and got my answer. CQ WW WPX is "Worked all prefix"  and CQ World Wide is just CQ zones and countries. It doe seem the this one, CQ WW DX, is "The Big One" We'll see how it plays out.

Contest Record

Record of Contests




Well, my first semi major milestone was reached during the 2012 CQ WW SSB Contest. When I imported my contest log into Ham Radio Deluxe I was pleasantly surprised to see that I have 103 DX entities worked !!

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