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About NQ5M

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    OCAPA Secretary

Personal Information

  • First Name
    Kyle
  • Last Name
    Sloan

Ham Information

  • First Licensed
    03/01/2016
  • License Held
    Extra
  • Previous Callsigns
    KG5LXU, WW5LW
  • Radios
    HT: Yaesu FT-60R
    HF: Elecraft KX3, PX3, KXPA-100 amp
    Antennas: Most often, Chameleon MPAS configured as a sloping wire. Also use 20 & 30m dipoles on occasion in an inverted V configuration.
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  1. SOTA is a lot of fun! There are two roles: activators and chasers. Activators carry their gear to designated mountain peaks. You can work any band, any mode with the exception that you cannot use repeaters to make contacts. However, you can use the repeater to ask people to switch over to a simplex frequency and make contacts! If you make 4 valid contacts, you get to claim the points for the mountain. But you can only claim points for a designated summit once in a calendar year. Chasers usually sit at home, in the comfort of their shack and watch the SOTA spotting website and try to work activators. If you log a valid contact, you get to claim the points for the mountain. CW is very popular, even slow speed. I've worked stations at 8-10 words per minute. And, activators will gladly slow down to your speed. Most exchanges are very basic - signal report and state. 3 digits, 2 letters. CW is very popular because it is much more efficient at low power than SSB. Kyle NQ5M
  2. We operated multi-multi from a remote site in Kiowa county, owned by one of Jeff WD0GTY's coworkers. Jeff's Rig: 80m OCFD antenna, oriented east-west on 28' feet of military mast Kenwood TS-480 Bencher Mercury CW Paddles Laptop running N3FJP logging software, K1EL WinKeyer Perry's Rig: 40m OCFD antenna, oriented north-south attached to the trailer, 28' of military mast Icom IC-7300 Bencher Mercury CW Paddles Laptop running N3FJP logging software, K1EL WinKeyer We drove out to Kiowa county, south of Roosevelt, Friday after lunch and started setting up. We were able to get the trailer leveled and secured, then started working on setting up antennas. We drove back into Hobart to eat dinner at Big A burger. And that's not "BIG A" burger, it's pronounced "BIGGA" burger! A big concern was the weather. Friday night had a thunderstorm move through, and some strong winds. Everything stayed up, but the stand-alone military mast needed the guylines tightened up. We worked on fried bacon, eggs, toast & coffee, and then got to work on the radio. The weather on Saturday was awesome! We left the side door and the rear door of Jeff's trailer open most of the operating session. The downside was some of local insect population -- including yellowjackets -- were already out and about. We feasted on fried catfish nuggets and fried potatoes & onions. Saturday night turned much colder, with another round of wind. Sunday morning was coffee, biscuit & sausage gravy. And the task of tearing down in the cold weather and driving winds. Jeff & Perry setting up the radios Jeff checking the 80m OCFD Jeff likes the catfish nuggets & fried potatoes Jeff working on an issue with the Winkeyer while Perry works Jeff is looking for a clear spot on 40m Jeff's Kenwood station. The head of the unit is on the table, while the transceiver is on the shelf above. This was a cool thing, as it saved a lot of table space. Bencher Mercury key is on the right. Kyle operating Perry's IC-7300. More of Kyle on the 7300. I moved his Bencher Mercury back, and hooked up my N3ZN keys ZN-9Z for the CW work. My CW has improved enough that Perry can take a break rather than babysitting me 🙂 Perry works to dig a station out of the noise. Perry testing the Bencher Mercury with the WinKeyer. Surprise! The uneven terrain made antenna setup..... interesting. 28' of military mast with a yardarm on Jeff's trailer. Note that the trailer is level, and the ground ain't so much. I'm in the back of the trailer, probably running coax or something.
  3. OCAPA 16-FEB-2019 Minutes.pdf
  4. I've seen a few 3D printed ideas out there, but wasn't sure if Duane had a case in mind yet or not. I have a friend in Sapulpa studying for General, and have thought about buying a uBitX as a "graduation" present for him.
  5. Saw today (2/21/19) that one of the common aftermarket cases for the uBitX builds is on sale for $8.99. https://miscdotgeek.com/qrp-bitx40-and-ubitx-case-on-sale/?fbclid=IwAR3enPxSlYh4jeCAO0dWoDdwKt6KSCZhxSFzRefIQgWRc-mBsSjMc7w0qRA
  6. OCAPA 19-JAN-2019 Minutes.pdf
  7. NQ5M

    OCAPA Club Meeting

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    February club meeting at Rose State. Click HERE for directions. VE testing starts at 9am.
  8. https://www.contestuniversity.com Take a look in the FILES section for presentations from previous years. Tom Webb (WA9AFM) shared one from 2018 "How to Adapt Your DX Contest Strategies for Low Solar Activity" at the club meeting on January 19, 2019. There are numerous presentations & videos for download.
  9. NQ5M

    Winter Field Day

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    https://www.winterfieldday.com/ Not affiliated with ARRL. This is pretty much like ARRL Field Day, except hosted by a different group with a few different rules. You can participate as a home station on commercial power. You just lose access to lots of bonus points. But if you're playing for fun, looking to make some QSO's toward an award, or maybe thinking about test driving a new operating mode (such as FT8 this year), this might be what you're looking for!
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    http://www.k5cm.com/okqp2019rules.pdf
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    http://www.k5cm.com/okqp2019rules.pdf
  12. NQ5M

    FIELD DAY 2019

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    THE big radio event of the year! http://www.arrl.org/field-day Rules will not be released until March. Discussion thread in the forums --> CLICK HERE
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    6 hours (from 1800 to 2359 UTC) http://www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup NEW RULES - MORE ROOKIES! • You can be a Rookie if you were first licensed in 2018, 2017 or 2016 - send the year you were first licensed in the exchange. • If you were licensed before 2016 you can also be a Rookie if you made your first Amateur Radio contact during 2018, 2017 or 2016 or if you haven't made any contacts on the contest mode (SSB, CW, or RTTY) before the Rookie Roundup contest, send the current year (2018) in your exchange - either of these reasons qualify you as a Rookie for just one year. • Rookies will attempt to make as many contacts as possible during this 6-hour event. Rookies work everyone - and non-Rookies work only Rookies. This is a great way to try out contesting in an event designed for newcomers.
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    6 hours (from 1800 to 2359 UTC) http://www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup NEW RULES - MORE ROOKIES! • You can be a Rookie if you were first licensed in 2018, 2017 or 2016 - send the year you were first licensed in the exchange. • If you were licensed before 2016 you can also be a Rookie if you made your first Amateur Radio contact during 2018, 2017 or 2016 or if you haven't made any contacts on the contest mode (SSB, CW, or RTTY) before the Rookie Roundup contest, send the current year (2018) in your exchange - either of these reasons qualify you as a Rookie for just one year. • Rookies will attempt to make as many contacts as possible during this 6-hour event. Rookies work everyone - and non-Rookies work only Rookies. This is a great way to try out contesting in an event designed for newcomers.
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    6 hours (from 1800 to 2359 UTC) http://www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup NEW RULES - MORE ROOKIES! • You can be a Rookie if you were first licensed in 2018, 2017 or 2016 - send the year you were first licensed in the exchange. • If you were licensed before 2016 you can also be a Rookie if you made your first Amateur Radio contact during 2018, 2017 or 2016 or if you haven't made any contacts on the contest mode (SSB, CW, or RTTY) before the Rookie Roundup contest, send the current year (2018) in your exchange - either of these reasons qualify you as a Rookie for just one year. • Rookies will attempt to make as many contacts as possible during this 6-hour event. Rookies work everyone - and non-Rookies work only Rookies. This is a great way to try out contesting in an event designed for newcomers.
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