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Re: Normal or whacky band conditions?

Paul Zoba
 

What do you guys use to keep track of the sun and sun spots? I’ve been using this one.

Spaceweather.com

The solar flux today is 88 but it has been as high as 93 in the last week. These numbers are much higher than it has been for the past year (my ham lifetime - Dec 2019 licensee) so this should boost propagation.

Paul, W7PEZ


On Nov 12, 2020, at 8:59 AM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:

My observation is that as a general thing I have been seeing wonky conditions on 20m for the past few days.  I’ll sitting there listening to what looks and sounds like a dead band, then all of a sudden, I’ll be looking at stations in New Zealand, or Belgium.  That will persist for a few minutes, then poof, gone.  Same thing to the east coast of north america - I’ll be chatting along in a FB QSO with a ham in Baltimore, fine strong signals, then suddenly he’s just… gone.

But in general propagation has been better lately and I’m seeing a lot more PSK31 on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m.  So I imagine hams over in Asia might well be getting more active as well.



-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Nov 12, 2020, at 8:48 AM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

Is it just unusual band conditions or normal that there are a bunch of foreign (sounds like Chinese?) AM stations all over the 14meter band in the morning. Any explanations? Is that normal?  Does anybody have an explanation?
--
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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Re: Normal or whacky band conditions?

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Thanks Paul. What I’ve been hearing sounds more like radio stations… continuously on, playing music, etc… its not distant QSO… Strange...

On Nov 12, 2020, at 8:59 AM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:

My observation is that as a general thing I have been seeing wonky conditions on 20m for the past few days.  I’ll sitting there listening to what looks and sounds like a dead band, then all of a sudden, I’ll be looking at stations in New Zealand, or Belgium.  That will persist for a few minutes, then poof, gone.  Same thing to the east coast of north america - I’ll be chatting along in a FB QSO with a ham in Baltimore, fine strong signals, then suddenly he’s just… gone.

But in general propagation has been better lately and I’m seeing a lot more PSK31 on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m.  So I imagine hams over in Asia might well be getting more active as well.



-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Nov 12, 2020, at 8:48 AM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

Is it just unusual band conditions or normal that there are a bunch of foreign (sounds like Chinese?) AM stations all over the 14meter band in the morning. Any explanations? Is that normal?  Does anybody have an explanation?
-- 
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************



***********************************
Howard Mahran
(425) 864-5104
***********************************





--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************


Re: Normal or whacky band conditions?

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

My observation is that as a general thing I have been seeing wonky conditions on 20m for the past few days.  I’ll sitting there listening to what looks and sounds like a dead band, then all of a sudden, I’ll be looking at stations in New Zealand, or Belgium.  That will persist for a few minutes, then poof, gone.  Same thing to the east coast of north america - I’ll be chatting along in a FB QSO with a ham in Baltimore, fine strong signals, then suddenly he’s just… gone.

But in general propagation has been better lately and I’m seeing a lot more PSK31 on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m.  So I imagine hams over in Asia might well be getting more active as well.



-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Nov 12, 2020, at 8:48 AM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

Is it just unusual band conditions or normal that there are a bunch of foreign (sounds like Chinese?) AM stations all over the 14meter band in the morning. Any explanations? Is that normal?  Does anybody have an explanation?
--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************


Normal or whacky band conditions?

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Is it just unusual band conditions or normal that there are a bunch of foreign (sounds like Chinese?) AM stations all over the 14meter band in the morning. Any explanations? Is that normal?  Does anybody have an explanation?
--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************


Re: NanoVNA Demo Thursday 6pm?

Bob Otis
 

I would like to join as well. Looks like Howard set it up.

Thanks and 73,
Bob (KI7RMO)

-----Original Message-----
From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ryan - KJ7GIE
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:02 AM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io
Subject: [SnoVARC] NanoVNA Demo Thursday 6pm?

Would the group be interested in a short NanoVNA demo on Thursday 6pm before the Rookie Roundtable? A couple people have requested this and, with the social distancing, it will be a while before I can bring it to an in-person event... so let's Zoom it!

Based on responses and availability of others we'll make a decision in the next 48 hours but I'm ready to do it if you'll join. Let us know!

I'll be focusing on using the NanoVNA as an SWR tester for antennas. The topics will include:
· Hardware overview
o Example hardware / where to get
· Set to show SWR (easy)
o Trace
o SWR
o Scale (.25 a line)
o Stimulus
· Calibrate
· Save Calibration
· Recall Calibration
· Sweep 2m and 70cm
· Zoom to 70cm
· Show two different antenna tunes
· Sweep HF ant
· Identify where HF ant is “tuned”


Re: NanoVNA Demo Thursday 6pm?

Dale Smith
 

I am interested.

Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE device

------ Original message------
From: Rowland
Date: Tue, Nov 10, 2020 9:36 AM
Cc:
Subject:Re: [SnoVARC] NanoVNA Demo Thursday 6pm?

I am  interested 

On Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 8:01 AM Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:
Would the group be interested in a short NanoVNA demo on Thursday 6pm before the Rookie Roundtable? A couple people have requested this and, with the social distancing, it will be a while before I can bring it to an in-person event...   so let's Zoom it!

Based on responses and availability of others we'll make a decision in the next 48 hours but I'm ready to do it if you'll join. Let us know!

I'll be focusing on using the NanoVNA as an SWR tester for antennas. The topics will include:
· Hardware overview
o Example hardware / where to get
· Set to show SWR (easy)
o Trace
o SWR
o Scale (.25 a line)
o Stimulus
· Calibrate
· Save Calibration
· Recall Calibration
· Sweep 2m and 70cm
· Zoom to 70cm
· Show two different antenna tunes
· Sweep HF ant
· Identify where HF ant is “tuned”





--
Thanks,
Rowland


Re: NanoVNA Demo Thursday 6pm?

Dan Pflugrath
 

Ryan,
I am very interested in you zoom session. Could you also make available any slides or reference material you will be using for the presentation.
Thanks for what you are doing.

73,
Dan KA7GPP

-----Original Message-----
From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io [mailto:snovarc@snovarc.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ryan - KJ7GIE
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:02 AM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io
Subject: [SnoVARC] NanoVNA Demo Thursday 6pm?

Would the group be interested in a short NanoVNA demo on Thursday 6pm before the Rookie Roundtable? A couple people have requested this and, with the social distancing, it will be a while before I can bring it to an in-person event... so let's Zoom it!

Based on responses and availability of others we'll make a decision in the next 48 hours but I'm ready to do it if you'll join. Let us know!

I'll be focusing on using the NanoVNA as an SWR tester for antennas. The topics will include:
· Hardware overview
o Example hardware / where to get
· Set to show SWR (easy)
o Trace
o SWR
o Scale (.25 a line)
o Stimulus
· Calibrate
· Save Calibration
· Recall Calibration
· Sweep 2m and 70cm
· Zoom to 70cm
· Show two different antenna tunes
· Sweep HF ant
· Identify where HF ant is “tuned”






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Re: NanoVNA Demo Thursday 6pm?

Rowland
 

I am  interested 

On Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 8:01 AM Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:
Would the group be interested in a short NanoVNA demo on Thursday 6pm before the Rookie Roundtable? A couple people have requested this and, with the social distancing, it will be a while before I can bring it to an in-person event...   so let's Zoom it!

Based on responses and availability of others we'll make a decision in the next 48 hours but I'm ready to do it if you'll join. Let us know!

I'll be focusing on using the NanoVNA as an SWR tester for antennas. The topics will include:
· Hardware overview
o Example hardware / where to get
· Set to show SWR (easy)
o Trace
o SWR
o Scale (.25 a line)
o Stimulus
· Calibrate
· Save Calibration
· Recall Calibration
· Sweep 2m and 70cm
· Zoom to 70cm
· Show two different antenna tunes
· Sweep HF ant
· Identify where HF ant is “tuned”





--
Thanks,
Rowland


Re: NanoVNA Demo Thursday 6pm?

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I would love to see all this. Count me in.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Nov 10, 2020, at 8:01 AM, Ryan - KJ7GIE <@KJ7GIE> wrote:

Would the group be interested in a short NanoVNA demo on Thursday 6pm before the Rookie Roundtable? A couple people have requested this and, with the social distancing, it will be a while before I can bring it to an in-person event... so let's Zoom it!

Based on responses and availability of others we'll make a decision in the next 48 hours but I'm ready to do it if you'll join. Let us know!

I'll be focusing on using the NanoVNA as an SWR tester for antennas. The topics will include:
· Hardware overview
o Example hardware / where to get
· Set to show SWR (easy)
o Trace
o SWR
o Scale (.25 a line)
o Stimulus
· Calibrate
· Save Calibration
· Recall Calibration
· Sweep 2m and 70cm
· Zoom to 70cm
· Show two different antenna tunes
· Sweep HF ant
· Identify where HF ant is “tuned”





Re: NanoVNA Demo Thursday 6pm?

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Ryan,

Here is the Zoom invite for your meeting. Looking forward to it!

Snoqualmie Valley Radio Club is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NanoVNA SWR Tester Demo
Time: Nov 12, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 931 964 1698
Passcode: 3UJNed
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Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aeMuNlgHG


On Nov 10, 2020, at 8:01 AM, Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:

Would the group be interested in a short NanoVNA demo on Thursday 6pm before the Rookie Roundtable? A couple people have requested this and, with the social distancing, it will be a while before I can bring it to an in-person event...   so let's Zoom it!

Based on responses and availability of others we'll make a decision in the next 48 hours but I'm ready to do it if you'll join. Let us know!

I'll be focusing on using the NanoVNA as an SWR tester for antennas. The topics will include:
· Hardware overview
o Example hardware / where to get
· Set to show SWR (easy)
o Trace
o SWR
o Scale (.25 a line)
o Stimulus
· Calibrate
· Save Calibration
· Recall Calibration
· Sweep 2m and 70cm
· Zoom to 70cm
· Show two different antenna tunes
· Sweep HF ant
· Identify where HF ant is “tuned”







***********************************
Howard Mahran
(425) 864-5104
***********************************





--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************


Re: NanoVNA Demo Thursday 6pm?

Paul Zoba
 

I would be interested, Ryan. You'll have to figure out how to get the camera on that small device!

On Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 8:01 AM Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:
Would the group be interested in a short NanoVNA demo on Thursday 6pm before the Rookie Roundtable? A couple people have requested this and, with the social distancing, it will be a while before I can bring it to an in-person event...   so let's Zoom it!

Based on responses and availability of others we'll make a decision in the next 48 hours but I'm ready to do it if you'll join. Let us know!

I'll be focusing on using the NanoVNA as an SWR tester for antennas. The topics will include:
· Hardware overview
o Example hardware / where to get
· Set to show SWR (easy)
o Trace
o SWR
o Scale (.25 a line)
o Stimulus
· Calibrate
· Save Calibration
· Recall Calibration
· Sweep 2m and 70cm
· Zoom to 70cm
· Show two different antenna tunes
· Sweep HF ant
· Identify where HF ant is “tuned”






Re: NanoVNA Demo Thursday 6pm?

Ralph Lease
 

Let's zoom it! 

Ralph
KC7QXD 

On Tue, Nov 10, 2020, 8:01 AM Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:
Would the group be interested in a short NanoVNA demo on Thursday 6pm before the Rookie Roundtable? A couple people have requested this and, with the social distancing, it will be a while before I can bring it to an in-person event...   so let's Zoom it!

Based on responses and availability of others we'll make a decision in the next 48 hours but I'm ready to do it if you'll join. Let us know!

I'll be focusing on using the NanoVNA as an SWR tester for antennas. The topics will include:
· Hardware overview
o Example hardware / where to get
· Set to show SWR (easy)
o Trace
o SWR
o Scale (.25 a line)
o Stimulus
· Calibrate
· Save Calibration
· Recall Calibration
· Sweep 2m and 70cm
· Zoom to 70cm
· Show two different antenna tunes
· Sweep HF ant
· Identify where HF ant is “tuned”






NanoVNA Demo Thursday 6pm?

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

Would the group be interested in a short NanoVNA demo on Thursday 6pm before the Rookie Roundtable? A couple people have requested this and, with the social distancing, it will be a while before I can bring it to an in-person event... so let's Zoom it!

Based on responses and availability of others we'll make a decision in the next 48 hours but I'm ready to do it if you'll join. Let us know!

I'll be focusing on using the NanoVNA as an SWR tester for antennas. The topics will include:
· Hardware overview
o Example hardware / where to get
· Set to show SWR (easy)
o Trace
o SWR
o Scale (.25 a line)
o Stimulus
· Calibrate
· Save Calibration
· Recall Calibration
· Sweep 2m and 70cm
· Zoom to 70cm
· Show two different antenna tunes
· Sweep HF ant
· Identify where HF ant is “tuned”


Fw: LWHC Technician Class -- Oct 27-Dec 8th (2 nights per week)

Irvina Mizell
 

Just a reminder that LWHC has offered to have folks teach parts of their online classes.  I'm sure they would appreciate if anyone wants to help test too.

Irvina



From: Irvina Mizell <irvina.mizell@...>
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2020 9:31 AM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Subject: Fw: LWHC Technician Class -- Oct 27-Dec 8th (2 nights per week)
 
FYI

Irvina


From: Dave Wickert <dwickert@...>
Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2020 2:46 PM
To: Irvina Mizell <Irvina.Mizell@...>; Rowland Brasch <rowland.brasch@...>; Lanea Miller <hawaii.heaven@...>; Backstrom, Larry <admin@...>
Cc: Ronald Poole KF7YHQ <snwbird1111@...>; jcwickert@... <jcwickert@...>; johndsullivan@... <johndsullivan@...>
Subject: LWHC Technician Class -- Oct 27-Dec 8th (2 nights per week)
 

Hi All.

If you know of anyone interested in getting their Technician license, the Lake Washington Ham Club will be putting on a technician class on Zoom for the coming couple of weeks. Exams (for all license classes) are also available online via Zoom.  If you can please help spread that word we would appreciate it. Dates and registration steps are in the info below.

 

Info at: http://www.lakewashingtonhamclub.org/classes-2/

 

We are also looking for instructors, so if you know of anyone interested in teaching a unit or two pass them along too. We have slides and videos already done for them.

 

Thanks.

 

73.

 

_-_-_ Dave AE7TD

dwickert@...

Lead Instructor

 

 


Re: tonight's meeting

Irvina Mizell
 


I guess it's the same as last month.

Irvina



From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> on behalf of Irvina Mizell <irvina.mizell@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 5, 2020 6:15 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Subject: [SnoVARC] tonight's meeting
 
hi all,

I can't seem to find the link to tonight's meeting.

Help?

Irvina


Re: tonight's meeting

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

https://zoom.us/j/9319641698?pwd=czVPNHdjenY1MXRTVGtXaVp2VHcwQT09

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Nov 5, 2020, at 6:15 PM, Irvina Mizell <irvina.mizell@...> wrote:

hi all,

I can't seem to find the link to tonight's meeting.

Help?

Irvina


tonight's meeting

Irvina Mizell
 

hi all,

I can't seem to find the link to tonight's meeting.

Help?

Irvina


Re: SnoVARC gathering for W7ABD (sk), our friend Jim

Robin Amundson
 

We had 10 in attendance at Big Rock to remember Jim. All had an opportunity to share about their experiences, impressions, and feelings about Jim. Firm consensus on his fine and honorable qualities, universally noted and appreciated. RIP Jim WA7ABD(sk).


Re: SnoVARC gathering for W7ABD (sk), our friend Jim

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Thank you Robin for organizing the gathering. It was nice to see everyone and to remember and honor Jim


Giliberto (KD7HCW) via groups.io <louis.giliberto@...> wrote:

Sorry for the late reply, but I will be there.


Sent from ProtonMail mobile



-------- Original Message --------
On Oct 31, 2020, 11:59 AM, Ken Kosters < kenkosters@...> wrote:

I will try to make it also.

Ken W7ECK

On Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 12:05 AM Kirt White / K7KDW <kirtwhite@...> wrote:
I'm going to try to make it. 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> on behalf of Irvina Mizell <irvina.mizell@...>
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2020 4:12 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] SnoVARC gathering for W7ABD (sk), our friend Jim
 
I'll be there.

Irvina



From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> on behalf of Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...>
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2020 12:45 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] SnoVARC gathering for W7ABD (sk), our friend Jim
 
Please respond here or email me if you plan to be at Big Rock Ball Fields in Duvall at 1 p.m. Sunday with masks and your own food/drink to be together at a safe distance outdoors for a little while in honor of Jim, WA7ABD. If there are only a few takers this gathering will be postponed. Time for a headcount. Thank you.

73,
Robin, WA7CPA
wa7cpa@...


--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************


Re: SnoVARC gathering for W7ABD (sk), our friend Jim

Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW)
 

Sorry for the late reply, but I will be there.


Sent from ProtonMail mobile



-------- Original Message --------
On Oct 31, 2020, 11:59 AM, Ken Kosters < kenkosters@...> wrote:

I will try to make it also.

Ken W7ECK

On Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 12:05 AM Kirt White / K7KDW <kirtwhite@...> wrote:
I'm going to try to make it. 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> on behalf of Irvina Mizell <irvina.mizell@...>
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2020 4:12 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] SnoVARC gathering for W7ABD (sk), our friend Jim
 
I'll be there.

Irvina



From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> on behalf of Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...>
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2020 12:45 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] SnoVARC gathering for W7ABD (sk), our friend Jim
 
Please respond here or email me if you plan to be at Big Rock Ball Fields in Duvall at 1 p.m. Sunday with masks and your own food/drink to be together at a safe distance outdoors for a little while in honor of Jim, WA7ABD. If there are only a few takers this gathering will be postponed. Time for a headcount. Thank you.

73,
Robin, WA7CPA
wa7cpa@...