2019 August NAQP SSB M/2

Call: W5WZ
Operator(s): K5ER KA5M W5LA W5WZ WM5H
Station: W5WZ

Class: M/2 LP
QTH: LA
Operating Time (hrs): 10:53
Location: USA

Summary: Compare Scores
Band QSOs Mults
160: 2 2
80: 57 24
40: 434 48
20: 627 52
15: 0 0
10: 0 0
Total: 1120 131 Total Score 146,720

Five members of the Louisiana Contest Club gathered at W5WZ for a M/2 effort.
Having operated the past three NAQP SSB as a M/2 team, Bobby WM5H and Scott W5WZ, were the anchors, joined by periodic station guests Mark K5ER, Marsh KA5M and Jim W5LA.

For this contest, the SO2R station was split between Run 1 and Run2. Additionally,
for the first time at W5WZ we added an in-band S&P station interlocked with Run 2. This S&P 2 was furnished with its own set of independent antenna: KT-34, 40m dipole and 80m dipole. Bandpass filters and front-end protection was employed on all three tranceivers.

We opened with a 262 QSO first hour; hopes were high! The rate decayed to a second
hour of 159, followed by 140 in the 3rd hour.
W5WZ Max Rates:
2019-08-17 1821Z – 8.0 per minute (1 minute(s)), 480 per hour by W5WZ
2019-08-17 1829Z – 5.1 per minute (10 minute(s)), 306 per hour by KA5M W5WZ
2019-08-17 1904Z – 4.5 per minute (60 minute(s)), 272 per hour by KA5M W5WZ

At 2240z, we heard what every contester dreads on a summer day – booming thunder.
Looking at a real-time lightning strike website, we quickly made the decision to
disconnect and safe the station until the slow-moving storm passed. No rain ever
fell at W5WZ, and the strongest part of the storm passed a few miles to our west.
W5WZ – Off Times >= 30 Minutes
2019-08-17 2253Z – 2019-08-17 2359Z 01:07 (67 mins)

No signals ever heard on 10 or 15. Even though 20m was the QSO total king, the mult
count was low. 40m QSO total was lower than our expectations, but the big
disappointment was 80m. Even with the beverage receive antennas, because of the nearby storms and static crashes, we were sorely disappointed in our 80 meter QSO totals.

Carribean stations were not heard; logged 2 Puerto Rico, 2 British VI, and 1 Barbados.

Beginning around 2130z, QSB on 20m was fast and deep, and it wasn’t much better on 40m.

But, with all that, the station performed flawlessly. Operators new to interlocked
transceivers gained valuable experience that will be most helpful for November SS SSB. We employed N1MM+’s “partner mode” on Run 2 and S&P2, with the partner having a separate computer while listening to the same receiver audio stream as the rig operator.

My elmer, Jim W5LA, is a CW guy. He says he doesn’t like SSB contesting. However,
he remarked during the contest that operating a SSB multi-op contest was one of his
bucket list items. Don’t be going anywhere Jim! We’ll make an SSB op out of you yet!

Without the help and contributions of the team, this couldn’t have happened and been
such a success

My wife, Sharon KW5MOM, tolerating all of us!

Bobby, WM5H, for 2 days of assistance in the sweltering heat to get the outdoor antenna work and other preparations completed. And as always, for ensuring that the team is well-fed (to find out how well-fed, you’ll have to be on the W5WZ team for a contest)!

Jim, W5LA for bringing a few pieces of needed equipment to make the partner mode a
success, and for crossing over to the dark side of SSB contesting! It was great to
operate with my elmer at my side (BTW, it is his fault I’m a ham!).

Mark K5ER, for giving up a valuable Saturday away from his wife and other of life’s
necessary responsibilites and priceless opportunities with family.

Marsh KA5M, for making the longest drive to join us- last time he joined the W5WZ team was 2010 CQ WW SSB- he should come back more often!

Thanks for all the QSOs!

73 from Scott W5WZ

Jan 2019 NAQP SSB – 10 minute audio clip

Here’s a 10-minute audio clip of W5WZ running 20 meters during the Jan 2019 NAQP SSB. The rate was 264 QSOs per hour, or 4.4 QSOs per minute.  Keep in mind this is a 100-watt maximum power contest.

Here is the audio clip

View the 10 minute period, which pretty much coincides with the audio file.

Recording made using QSORDER by K3IT
https://qsorder.hamradiomap.com/

I use SH5 to generate analytical reports about each contest. Link to reports on yesterday’s NAQP SSB contest:
https://www.w5wz.com/sh5/w5wz/2019/2019-01_naqp-ssb_w5wz/

North American QSO Party, SSB – January 2019

Call: W5WZ
Operator(s): W5WZ WM5H
Station: W5WZ

Class: M/2 LP
QTH: LA
Operating Time (hrs): 12:00

 Band  QSOs  Mults
——————-
  160:   39    19
   80:  223    47
   40:  586    55
   20:  723    60
   15:    2     1
   10:    0     0
——————-
Total: 1573   183  Total Score = 287,859

Club: Louisiana Contest Club

November Sweepstakes, Fourteen Years Ago

11/24/2004 | W5WZ Our family was on a camping trip to Daisy State Park on Lake Greeson in Arkansas. I had hoped to spend a significant amount of time in the contest. However, as my first solo portable operation, it wasn’t as successful as desired.

W5WZ operating 2004 Nov SS SSB at Lake Daisy State Park in Arkansas (Photo by KW5MOM)

I brought an fan dipole for 80/20, and also a trap dipole for 40/15. But, I didn’t bring any soldering irons or antenna analyzers. The 80/20 antenna was up about 25 feet, on the east side of a steep slope near the edge of the lake. The 40/15 dipole had an unknown problem; it wouldn’t tune up anywhere. So I gave it a shot with only the 80/20 antenna.

My station was an IC-756 ProII, a laptop with NA by K8CC for logging and rig control, with the requisite Heil proset and footswitch, all on the picnic table at the campsite.

My family had other plans for the camping trip; as much rain was expected, during the non-rainy periods I was expected to be with them. The first evening, the temperature was falling quickly ahead of the rain, which soon followed, so I packed up and went to bed  in the RV. With 4 kids under age 7 in the RV, indoor operating was not going to happen on this trip.

The next morning, it was very damp and windy, so I decided to set up in the cab of the truck. With the 756 on the dash, laptop in my lap, the passenger seat was mighty comfortable. The kids provided plenty of interruptions, along with the nature hike and my turn at cooking for the family, so once again operating was not the priority. After all, this was my vacation! I did learn that an automobile bucket seat should be considered for an operating chair.

My operating position had one heck of a great view! And the rest of the trip was beautiful, too! — W5WZ

2018-August NAQP SSB M/2 LP (W5WZ+WM5H)

North American QSO Party, SSB – August

W5WZ running stations in NAQP

WM5H running stations in NAQP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North American QSO Party, SSB – August

Call: W5WZ
Operator(s): W5WZ WM5H
Station: W5WZ

Class: M/2 LP

QTH: LA
Operating Time (hrs): 12

Summary:
Band QSOs Mults
——————-
160: 0 0
80: 113 31
40: 537 52
20: 616 57
15: 27 12
10: 0 0
——————-
Total: 1293 152 Total Score = 196,536

Club: Louisiana Contest Club

Comments:

Bands were terrible; lots of noise. And that was before the thunderstorms! Never was able to run on more than one band.

Watching Contest Online Score Board made the progress interesting – N5ZO was chasing us down, narrowing our QSO lead to only 16 at one point, and in the last 20 minutes came up with some multipliers to move ahead in total score.

Whew! That was a long 12 hours. 500 QSOs less than our January effort.

Posted using 3830 Score Submittal Forms at: http://www.3830scores.com/

General class “Ham Cram” July 27 & 28

My elmer, Jim W5LA will be teaching a General Class Ham Cram on July 27,28. If you or anyone you know is interested in being in the class, go to w5la.net/general/ for more information and to register for the class.

Registration is required so I can know how many are coming.

I realize the time is short so I need you to register and pay as soon as possible so I can order the General Class study guides.

Thanks and 73,
Jim W5LA

New Life for old EZ Way Tilt-over Crank-Up Tower

 

Several years ago I acquired an unidentified tilt-over crank-up tower.  Manual winches, it appeared to be about 60 feet tall.  The deal was take it down and it is yours.  So it has sat behind my shop for about 10 years.

Recently, I saw a picture on the internet of an identical tower, and it was identified as an EZ Way, not that it mattered much to me at the time.  However, the motorized trailered tilt-over crank-up tower that our club has used for Field Day for many years isn’t available this year.  Ah-hah!  Now I have a reason to be interested in the EZ Way.  Of course, it was designed to be ground mounted.  But I have a heavy trailer, and began considering the possibility of mounting the tower, temporarily and safely, on the trailer.

Short story is I reinforced the under frame at the four anchor bolt points for the tower base, and  also fabricated a support for the long end of the tower to rest on when in transit. 

All attachments to the trailer are bolted, so the installation is easily reversible to return the trailer to normal utility use.  The project turned out quite nice!

For FD, I don’t expect to need to crank up to more than 45 feet.  Exercising the KISS principle, I’ll install a flat top plate with a 3 ft pipe stubbed up.  Then, I can slide the larger diameter mast over it, and rotate it by a pull rope attached to one end of the boom.  The antenna will be a KT-34.

Many thanks to Jim W5LA, Mark K5MSB and Shawn WA5VQP for the helping hands on the labor to make this all possible. 

N1MM+ Local Area and Distributed Wide Area Networking

Networking N1MM+ on a local area network is both easy to do and functionally desirable for a multi-operator station.

Did you know that it is also possible and relatively straight-forward to do the same thing over a Distributed Wide Area Network?  Why, you may ask?  I can think of several reasons:  1) some contests allow distributed operating, such as IARU HQ stations  2) Special events – here in Louisiana we recently hosted the W5L Louisiana Purchase Special Event, and just a few years back the W1AW/5 ARRL Centennial Event.  3) For a contest where one or more participants is operating the rig remotely

N1MM Logger+ networking is automatic within a single subnet, which is usually the case in local area networks. However, if you want to network across a Wide Area Network, or in rare instances where your network involves more than one subnet, auto-configuration will not work. In that case you will need to fill in computer addresses in the “Edit Computer Addresses” table exactly as assigned by the network(s). For WAN networking you must enter the external IP addresses of each LAN and also port numbers for all the computers you wish to connect to, in the format XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX:port number}. The port number is needed to permit operators to set up forwarding through their router firewalls to the right computer. If going subnet-to-subnet, you do not need to enter port numbers and the IP addresses would be the internal IP address.

The details are found on the official N1MM+ documentation site near the bottom of the page.  The diagram by N9KT is very helpful.  I suggest using it as a pattern to create your own cheat sheet, specific to your network.

http://n1mm.hamdocs.com/tiki-index.php?page=Network+Status+Window

Your router must be capable of configuring the proper port forwarding, and your “world-facing” IP address really should be a static IP address.  As long as every station’s internet router is capable of port forwarding AND can specify the translation between internal and external ports per host, it is pretty easy to set up.  Every computer that will be included must have the same version of N1MM+, and must be set up for the same contest with the same configuration for the contest.

73, W5WZ