Any hams here with HF?


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PTT
January 30, 2013, 01:28 AM
I'd like to start an evening HF net for THR members and other gun owners. I'm thinking Tuesday evenings around 3560kHz or 7030 kHz depending on conditions.

I'd prefer to run a digital net with MT63 or PSK, but if there aren't enough set up for that, SSB voice around 3900 kHz or 7200 kHz would be great too.

Anybody want to join in?

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r1derbike
January 30, 2013, 05:58 AM
PTT, I'd love to, but I'm spending more time with my wife lately, as some health issues are keeping me down.

I love CW, SSTV, FSTV, and most digital modes, and dabbled with satellite and Mir and Shuttle crew comms., when I lived in Maryland. I have been inactive since the mid 90s, but help setup the packet radio system with modified Motorola commercial radios on mountaintops here in Arkansas, years ago, but quit that when the internet took off.

I'd love to get back into it, but just don't feel like it at the moment. I'm hoping that will change!

My call is KG5JJ, and I've been licensed since 1977. You may have seen my signature?

Aaron1100us
January 30, 2013, 09:37 AM
I have an old kenwood 830 but I need a nee mic and I need to rebuild my antenna. Maybe this Spring or Summer I can get it up and running.

73's

KC0FTC

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dpote
January 30, 2013, 11:14 AM
An HF net would be fun, but I don't do that much digital other than CW or RTTY. I could play around with some PSK again, and get back up to speed with it. I have not used MT63, so it would be interesting to find out what that's all about.

Dave

jdh
January 30, 2013, 02:02 PM
I'm rebuilding the HF station and don't have the best antenna. I'll come up on the frequency and see if I can be heard.

JDBoardman
January 30, 2013, 02:10 PM
KD5ZGX here, I'd be interested if the bands cooperate.

The_Next_Generation
January 30, 2013, 06:25 PM
Darn, now I want a HF setup..

All I have is a technician license so I'll need to fix that first.

Maybe we could do something through the WINSystem for us 2m/70cm folk? Not sure if that would work due to the obvious limitations of those frequencies.

PTT
January 30, 2013, 09:04 PM
An HF net would be fun, but I don't do that much digital other than CW or RTTY. I could play around with some PSK again, and get back up to speed with it. I have not used MT63, so it would be interesting to find out what that's all about.

Dave

I'd recommend Fldigi. You can do everything in that program.

I see you're from New Mexico...I run a 'NM Gun Talk' net Tuesdays at 7PM local time on the Megalink. If you're in range of one of the NM5ML repeaters, you should join us.

PTT
January 30, 2013, 09:05 PM
Darn, now I want a HF setup..

All I have is a technician license so I'll need to fix that first.

Maybe we could do something through the WINSystem for us 2m/70cm folk? Not sure if that would work due to the obvious limitations of those frequencies.
My goal is to set up nets for people to still be able to talk if regular comms were down. Locally, I run a statewide net on a linked repeater network, but I'm trying to get people to migrate to HF.

splattergun
January 30, 2013, 09:17 PM
A mere technician class here. Stuck on UHF/VHF

Double_J
January 30, 2013, 09:20 PM
KC5BKD here, been a LONG time since I was on the air. I lost my radio gear a few years back, this might be the "sign from God" to get started back into it. I would need to upgrade my license a couple of levels, but that has been on the to-do list for a while. (note to self, send in renewal paperwork to FCC next month).

I would love to be able to set up an emergency network, and get back into a hobby that has died away since the internet took off.

PTT
January 30, 2013, 09:34 PM
How do you all feel about setting up some rally frequencies?

Any interested parties can monitor these frequencies and when you first show up if the frequency is not active, call "CQ THR de ______" on digital or "CQ Tango Hotel Romeo this is _______" on SSB voice and see if you get a response.

Daytime
20m digital, 14.080 dial frequency+1500 PSK31 or MT63/500 if conditions are bad.
20m voice, 14.340 USB dial frequency

Evening
40m digital, 7.045 dial frequency+1500 PSK 31 or MT63/500 if conditions are bad.
40m voice, 7.270 LSB dial.

If anybody expresses interest, I'll monitor when I can and see if we get anybody. We'll just make it a roundtable informal unless it gets too busy, then we'll set up some prime time nets.

If this works out, I'll put up another thread and ask the mods to sticky it.

PTT
January 30, 2013, 09:42 PM
If you don't have HF capability, find another THR member locally if at all possible to relay you in.

If you have HF capability, post your city, state or grid square here to advertise availability. Try something like 146.55 MHz or 446.5 MHz to get in touch by simplex if at all possible. If not, use a repeater.

My grid is DM62OJ and I have VHF/UHF FM capability. I can get into most of El Paso, TX via repeaters and can get all of NM via the NM Megalink VHF/UHF.

Gottahaveone
January 30, 2013, 10:42 PM
I'm game. On HF I run PSK almost exclusively, but I'll use voice if I have to :)

I'm in upstate SC, grid EM94 and seem to have a duct into Texas.......

PTT
January 30, 2013, 10:57 PM
Over the weekend I'll monitor the PSK rally frequencies off and on as I can, and maybe do a bit of SSB. Hope to meet one of you on the air.

Hopefully we can get this thing to the point where there's always a frequency we can hop onto if THR were to suddenly not work for whatever reason...

joeschmoe
January 30, 2013, 11:17 PM
A mere technician class here. Stuck on UHF/VHF
Then you must have gotten the question on band privilages wrong. You have voice privilages on 10m and CW/RTTY on most of the HF bands. You can talk around the globe with a tech license alone.

rjrivero
January 30, 2013, 11:18 PM
I picked up my General Licesne a while ago, but I don't even own a Radio yet.

Maybe someone could help a new Ham out?

talldragon
January 31, 2013, 01:10 AM
Tech. license here as well. Even though I got my ticket when you had to take 2 tests to get it; I am aware of the "plus" privileges we have now. I have a Kenwood TS-520 w/remote VFO. First yr. model, 12v capable, no WARC bands.
Sadly, CCR's prevent me from having a good antenna. I am mostly on 1.25m. (Kenwood Tri-bander) I go to 2m when it's dead on 220mhz. 70cm is useless here, 5 watt limit due to PAVE PAWS.
This is a great idea, PTT! Hopefully, we can find a way to make it work. I was thinking Echolink or IRLP? Not sure what works anymore. I'll watch this thread for updates :) .

Clinton
January 31, 2013, 01:34 AM
Im 33 and use to be from 18 to 28. No code tech. Kb9rzu.

Clinton

taliv
January 31, 2013, 10:57 AM
my mobile rig is down at the moment, so all i have is QRP on HF. i'll listen in though, if you remind me tuesday haha. i'll have forgotten by then.

but yeah, the rally freq are a great idea. need a more specific time though, as i won't be able to listen all night.

dt466ih
January 31, 2013, 11:21 AM
I'm a ham, extra class. Louisville ky. only doing "phone" at the moment . HF/ VHF-UHF/ 11 meter (cb) via r.c.i 2570n2 and imax 2000 ,40ft high . long time reader (1998) first time poster , well first time in many years ! i had to re -register :)

mje
January 31, 2013, 11:27 AM
Like another responder, my mobile rig died leaving me with just my FT-817. Don't think 5 watts is enough to make it ;-) I suspect radio and firearms both appeal to the kind of person interested in technology and DIY.

I'm W8MJE, ex KE8YY, ex KA8OSZ.

dogrunner
January 31, 2013, 11:33 AM
I truly believe that you are NOT going to get the sort of lively interplay and full discussion on any of the digital modes that are truly workable. Especially relative to the issues that brought us to the High Road to begin with.............I, for one am a competent CW op, but I'm a bit old fashioned and still use a hand key.........at my age and stage I'm not likely to change and in truth round tabling major issues digitally might be just too much to bear.

As an aside, I've seen this very same suggestion fielded on several sites I frequent and the only one that has had even minimal participation to my knowledge is the AR15 one and even that seems to be an off and on again thing.

I'm game, I'm an extra, I have the gear and HF anywhere into the U.S. is OK by me. I'll avoid dropping my call sign until something jells in terms of f/t/d and mode.

By the way, my take is that 60m, might just be a good call..........one at least has generally open spectrum even if the power restrictions are minimal..............just an idea

taliv
January 31, 2013, 12:20 PM
fyi, i started a thread awhile back (geez has it been 6 years??) about this. http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=174605

so there are a bunch of folks who have dropped their call in here

i didn't know other boards were doing this. got a link to the arfcom thread? when do they meet?

PTT
January 31, 2013, 04:39 PM
1/31/13 20:37 UTC:
I'm on 14.080 monitoring for PSK-31 right now. I'll be in and out of the room, so if you don't hear something, just wait a bit and I'll get back to you.

I'll switch to 40m sundown and monitor part of the evening as well.

PTT
January 31, 2013, 09:12 PM
Now monitoring 7045 +1500 PSK 31 and occasionally switching to 7270 LSB. Looks like 7270 is crapped out by a broadcaster, so not much luck there. Will move to 7280 and see how that lasts.

KAC1911
February 2, 2013, 01:02 PM
I have a nice Yaesu 990 but don't have an ant up. Had a nice 1000' long wire when I live in NY. Kinda paranoid of all the lightning down here in FL where I live now. Do miss operating though. Hold a Advanced ticket.

73's

dogrunner
February 2, 2013, 07:00 PM
Well, PTT I've tried it several times on 240 and the SSB 40 M suggestions you made.............both voice and CW............I MAY have heard something on CW this PM, but I really can't say for sure. I am absolutely positive that somebody could have heard me at 1M watts using a Sterba pointed in your direction......................any further suggestions?

Incidentally, the high end of 40 is usually crapped up with FB in the PM...............at least on the east coast.

tecrench
February 2, 2013, 07:55 PM
Can run SSB or any the digital modes

Ed N.
February 2, 2013, 10:03 PM
I haven't been on the air for a few months now, and I need to get back to it. I'll try sometime in the next few days and see if anyone's around.

I have an Extra class license, but a very minimal station. Just a Yaesu 897 barefoot with an MFJ tuner into an 80m dipole. I'm feeding the dipole with window line, so it works pretty well on all bands. I work SSB most of the time but I also do some PSK.

PTT
February 3, 2013, 01:35 AM
I had to be away from my station today unexpectedly. I'll try again tomorrow.

Kybill
February 3, 2013, 06:22 PM
Used to be beginning when I was a freshman in high school N2ADG (don't want to date myself but I built my HW 101 at that time) Loved CW, let my license lapse in the mid 80's and now the gear is so expensive and time so limited but I do miss it at times.

PTT
February 4, 2013, 12:20 AM
I changed the night frequency to 5403.50 USB or PSK. Makes it easier to monitor for both voice and digital simultaneously.

See the frequency thread for details:http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=700208

hueyville
February 4, 2013, 02:07 AM
I have five HF rigs in operation. Two at work shack, one in each truck and one at house but its unhooked as I am remodeling the gun room and shack. I have HF, UHF, VHF, D-Star, etc. I abhor 40 meters, and usually use 20 meters or digital modes on 30. PSK or OLIVIA on 30 most reliable communications. I have a purpose built 80 meter NVIS antenna that gives me complete coverage of east coast most any time. Lately my shack time has been short.
AA4BA

JERRY
February 4, 2013, 02:16 AM
This is someting id like to try if i make it to retirement....

SleazyRider
February 4, 2013, 12:05 PM
N2INT here. I'm just a lowly tech, so I guess I'll have to watch (listen) from the cheap seats. I'll have to look into getting my General, although last time I was motivated I couldn't find a mentor and club nearby. The other problem is I take down my Butternut vertical antenna a few years ago to re-roof the house, and my wife won't let me put it back up because it's an "eyesore." Winter's a bad time for putting up an antenna anyway.

Maybe this is the boost I need!

hueyville
February 4, 2013, 01:01 PM
Jerry et all:
Getting your Technician licence is currently quite easy. If you have a basic understanding of electricity, especially DC then you are one to two evenings of study away from your license. I teach one day classes where people walk in cold and walk out with a license. No morsel code is required now. I have had people from ten years old to 84 pass the class and have a 99.9% pass rate over hundreds of students. Only failure was a person who I don't know how they found the class or drove there. If you are smart enough not to shoot yourself then the Tech license is close. You would have some 10 meter privileges and D-star VHF/UHF irlp linking has you talking world wide. Google search your local area for testing sessions, all the study guides you need are free online and you can take free online practice tests. Testing fee is 10 to 20 bucks according to group. My guess is most people are 4 to 16 hours away from a Tech license. General gets you 90% of all available privileges. It does take some effort but once you start, the step to General is not as hard as you think. My one day General cram class runs 80% success rate. Most men with some electrical knowledge need about 24 hours total study time to ace General. Once again, all study material needed and practice tests are free online. Extra class is the top of Amateur Radio although the older Advance Class test was harder than current Extra. I also have my MROP, GROL and Radar Endorsement. My latest hobby is buying used and broken Marine radars for cheap on eBay, fix them then hack them into ground to air radar systems to watch those predator drones spying on me. Haha. Just watch the local airport traffic for kicks. For guys who think tweaking a rifle/handload combo to shrink a group to one hole, taking a radio the size of a cereal box, some scrap aluminum and wire for a home brew antenna and talk around the world is a blast. Also, hams are the most connected into situational awareness during any type emergency. Get your news from the source with your own two way equipment running off a car battery.

hueyville
February 4, 2013, 01:07 PM
Sleazy, I can send you links or pdf files with all the General study stuff boiled down to bare essentials. Most of my good contacts have come off a wire so thin wife can't even see it hung from a tree. You can buy a good wire antenna for 50 bucks or make it for 20. All you need is a tree with a limb 30 feet or higher to launch your signal.

Lj1941
February 4, 2013, 02:12 PM
I am an extra class and I hang out on 40 SSB on 7.255 ECARS. I am located in EPA just south of the Pocono Mts.I am retired and my schedule is very flexible.I can operate all HF with TT Eagle and AL 811. Only have wire fed with ladderline-works fine on 40,60 and 75.

Lj1941
February 4, 2013, 04:13 PM
I will try 5403.5 after sundown tonight
Lou n3od

SleazyRider
February 4, 2013, 10:05 PM
Sleazy, I can send you links or pdf files with all the General study stuff boiled down to bare essentials. Most of my good contacts have come off a wire so thin wife can't even see it hung from a tree. You can buy a good wire antenna for 50 bucks or make it for 20. All you need is a tree with a limb 30 feet or higher to launch your signal.
I appreciate that, sir, and have PM'd you with my email and contact information. Is it possible to study the materials and take the exam at a local amateur radio club without formal classroom study and mentorship? Is code no longer a requisite skill?

sonick808
February 5, 2013, 12:27 AM
fb OM :) amateur here since 08. However, I just moved from an apt with a compromise antenna to a house with a nice sized lot and NO HOA. So, It'll be awhile before I'm back on HF since I"m going to put up a tower of some sort.

After that, I'm always on during RTTY contests, frequently on Feld-Hellschreiber (member #1173) around 14.064. Also frequently on PSK-31 on 14.07. I enjoy JT-65 /WSPR as well. I am still very slow at CW so I occasionally visit the FISTS callling freqs since they slow down for me. SSB as well, just not as much.

73 de KE7VZW

sixgunner455
February 5, 2013, 04:40 AM
Sleazy - yes, you can study on your own and test w/o a mentor or class time. I just took the Technician (passed) and General (um, not! lol) tests at the local club. Most of the people testing had taken the previous month's class, but there were several who just walked in. Most everybody passed whatever test they were on, too, and two folks who'd taken the Tech class had also actually studied for General (unlike me), and they both aced the General. Had a guy who'd self-studied for Extra show up, surprising the test examiners, but he passed that, too.

Just waiting on a call sign, and making up my mind on equipment. Don't know that I'm mentally ready to step up to this kind of distance comms, b/c my interest is primarily local emergency, community activity, and SAR - type stuff. Probably just gonna get a dual band HT and a decent antennae for now.

Dave Markowitz
February 5, 2013, 05:05 PM
CQ THR de KB3MNK.

A THR net is a great idea. Several of us over on Arfcom have been doing SSB and Olivia 16/500 nets. I'm certainly willing to give MT63 a try as it's a mode I haven't used yet.

FWIW for those of you considering getting licensed -- I suggest studying for and taking the Tech and General class exams at the same time. The exams are similar. I wish I had done this when I first got licensed in 2005.

rogers606
February 6, 2013, 05:58 AM
Moving this spring, within CT, just need an HF rig
and gadgets for digital modes.

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