“People who can’t understand why someone would use a radio to make a chance distant contact instead of a surefire text or email are the same people who would want to know exactly what they’ll catch before they go fishing, or who don’t fish at all.”—KQ2RP
Hans Summers’ Ultimate 2 QRSS Kit (which I’ve maintained is the most fun you can have legally in ham radio for $25 + shipping) has received a much-desired upgrade.
The upcoming Ultimate 3 will sport a cool new blue backlit LCD! This will make things much easier on my aging eyes in the dark, dank, spiderwebbed corner of the basement that is my shack.
For those not familiar, check out the page and read through the operating manual to see what can be done (WSPR, FSKCW, CW, Hell, etc.) with this little gem of a kit. I can’t stress enough how much of a no-brainer purchase this is at this price. The build is quite easy and the fun you’ll have far, far surpasses the cost. Just don’t buy them all before I get mine.
I have the first two generations of Ultimate QRSS Kit and this will be my third. The first (single band 30m) is out making the rounds amongst local hams, and the second has gotten much use in my shack, its 100mW WSPRs heard as much as 15000 km away down under.
Hot off the press - from Paul, NA5N, and Jan NØQT:
Countdown to the 16th Annual Zombie Shuffle - A unique on-the-air event exclusively for QRP Zombies
The whole world seems to be getting full of zombies. But - we’re the originals!!! QRP Zombies since 1998.
WHY ZOMBIE SHUFFLE?: Because Zombies don’t sprint.
THE ZOMBIE SHUFFLE is an annual event for QRPers to get on the air, have some fun, and rack up a really big score in spite of what your CW or operating skills may be. It is normally held on the Friday before Halloween to avoid the CW SS contest. It is administered strictly through the QRP-L mailing list.
Date: Friday, October 25, 2013, from sundown (Suggestion - 6 p.m. Local time) to Midnight.
Rules? (or, in case of Zombies - Suggestions?) Dig here:
If you don’t have a Zombie number, email Jan email@example.com to request one. If you’ve been issued a Zombie Number, it is good for life, or death, whichever comes first.
ELVIS STATIONS: If you have served as an Elvis station in the past 3 years, or served as a Mayan King last year, you are an Elvis station this year!!!
CQ BOO is the time tested CQ for the Zombie Shuffle.
REBIRTH RULE: You may work the same station on a band every two hours so you don’t get bored.
CODE SPEED: This is not a 35wpm event. It’s a fun event regardless of your code speed nor how rusty you may be. We want to work you as bad as you want to work us.
CONTEST PHILOSOPHY: There is no point to the Zombie Shuffle whatsoever except to get on the air and have fun with fellow Zombies and QRPers. Even with only 2-3 QSOs, you can earn a fairly large score to brag to your co-workers and QRO buddies. If you haven’t been on the air for awhile, or you are a new CW ham, your fist is “rusty,” or your code speed is slow, this is the “contest” to put a few contacts in the log. Note that the scoring is based on SERENDIPITY rather than operating skill.
So, crank down that “full gallon” a bit, crank down your CW Speed, and join the fun!
Excitement is growing as we approach the start of our 9th anniversary celebration!N#A operations will commence at 0000z Oct. 6 (Sat. evening in the Western hemisphere) and will continue through 2400z Oct12.
Stations from all ten US districts will be on the air throughout the week and a special spotting website has been created at http://naqcc.info/spot_schedule.php to help you find them.
Special QSLsand certificates will be available for working N#A stations. Instructions for getting those can be found on the club website at http://naqcc.info/main_n3a.html and will also be published in the club newsletter later this week.
Don’t forget the sprint on Tuesday evening. All ten sections will have N#Astations working the sprint so there is the possibility of getting acomplete sweep in only two hours!Nine special prizes will be given away by random drawing to participants in the sprint.
Have fun! Good luck! And 73! Paul - N8XMS NAQCC Club Manager
P.S. - Yours truly will be operating as N2A during the event.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft will fly past Earth on October 9, 2013 to receive a gravity assist from our planet, putting it on course for Jupiter. To celebrate this event, the Juno mission is inviting amateur radio operators around the world to say “HI” to Juno in a coordinated Morse Code message. Juno’s radio & plasma wave experiment, called Waves, should be able to detect the message if enough people participate. So please join in, and help spread the word to fellow amateur radio enthusiasts!
This weekend - 7 and 8 September 2013 - is The North American SOTA Activity Weekend.
SOTA (Summits On The Air) is a program where summit ACTIVATORS climb registered SOTA summits with radio equipment capable of operating on many HF and VHF bands. SOTA summit activators gain “points” for activating a summit, points are awarded to a summit by its elevation above sea level.
Likewise, summit CHASERS try to talk to the summits. The chasers are also awarded points for talking to the summits, the object being to collect enough chaser points to earn SOTA awards.
To see who is on the air right now (SPOTS) or who is planning on being on the air soon (ALERTS) go to www.sotawatch.org/.
You can expect to find CW activity near the usual QRP watering holes on 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m. For 17m, 12m and 6m, watch SOTAwatch for alerts and spots. 30m is usually around 10.115 MHz. There may also be some 80m and 60m activity in the evening if an activator stays on the summit overnight.
For SSB activity, look around 7.285, 14.3425, 18.1875, or watch SOTAwatch for spots and alerts.
There may also be activity in other parts of the world as they try to catch S2S (Summit To Summit) contacts with the many North American stations expected to be on the air over the weekend.
For information on SOTA awards (you got to do something with the points you will earn) go to: http://sota.plato.cybus.co.uk/Awards NOTE: SOTA just breaks even on the awards, no profit is gained from the cost of printing and mailing them.
So come join the fun.
Vy73 - Mike - KD5KC. El Paso, Texas - DM61rt. W5-SOTA Association Manager. NA-SOTA info: http://na-sota.org/