Sunday, December 26, 2010

addendum to contest season

When I did my contest season summary; I completely forgot to mention the following.
I placed 3rd in the Hawaii QSO party from 5 land.
As a kama'aina from  Kihei, Maui; I always enjoy working the guys in the islands.
So, I am really pleased with this accomplishment.

Mahalo nui loa to all the Hawaiian hams that allowed me the opportunity to work them during the contest.

As always, I look forward to the next opportunity to visit with you all.

73 and Good DX
Leslie, ad5wb
Galveston Island, Texas


Friday, December 24, 2010

contest season

The contest season for me is, for all practical purposes, over. 
I normally participate, in a major way, in three contests:  The IOTA contest, the Texas QSO Party and the W/VE Island qso party.  So far it has been a good season for me.  My best yet, in fact.  Much of this is due to the current antenna installation and the amplifier I ran, until it broke.  (See amplifiers woes).
In the IOTA contest, I came in 11th overall in my class: high power, single op, unassisted, 12 hour, phone.  This is much better than I did previously when I was in the middle of the pack.  I think this result is as much install, as mentioned above, and strategy.  I chose my working hours carefully.  Still there is great room for improvement in this contest.
In the Texas Qso Party, I came in 3rd in my class:  single op, high power, phone, fixed, in state.  This is by far my best showing in this contest.  I knew, or felt that I did good, but I was still surprised to see the results.
In the w/ve qso party, we are still waiting on the results.  I can only say it was a good time.  And, I did much better than last year.  The pile up on 20 meters, on Saturday (I think), was pretty good at times.
If you read this blog, you will know that I also made a half effort at the ARRL ten meter contest this month (December, 2010).  I do not know when the results from this contest will be released.  I can only say that propagation to Galveston Island was not that grand!
Well there we go.
The contest season in a nutshell.  I am sure you have noticed that the major contests are not listed.  This is because I do not really participate in them.  I will call people to give them contacts/points but these contests require more of a commitment than I can give.  So for now the contests listed above are my major contests.
Wishing you all:  73 ya'll and good propagation
Hope to meet you on the bands
Leslie ad5wb
Galveston Island, Texas

Monday, December 20, 2010

screenshot of error in ham radio deluxe

This screen shot is posted here only to allow the help people at HRD access to the photo.  I have difficulties in getting the screen shot to upload to the HRD forums.  It may well be my computer, it is old, and/or  user error on my part; I am older than the computer; HIHI.
Here is the problem:

I am using HRD version 5.0 build 2777.
Operating system windows xp, I have office 2010 on the computer.

When I enter a contact into the log entry window it shows the distance between my station and the one I am contacting.  I have everything set up in miles.  However, when I actually send the entry to my log it shows up as a different distance. 
The screen shot below, shows the log entry window with a contact I made yesterday.  It shows the distance as 945 miles.  Look at the log entry behind the entry window and you will see the contact distance listed a 7665.  This figure is too large for it to be in kilometers. 
In examining my log I see all of the my recent contacts in the continental US are listed with the same distance of 7665.  This has happened to all us contacts made since 12/17/10 when I upgraded to the current beta.
Any suggestions?  You can click on the image to enlarge it.

HRD really is a fantastic program.  I don;t use all of it's capabilities but hope to in the future.

wishing you good DX and 73
Leslie, ad5wb
Galveston Island, Texas

Sunday, December 12, 2010

updates to ham radio life

It has been a while since I made any entries in the blog of my ham radio life.  Work has been busy and life has been busy.  There has even been one weekend without (gasp) any radio at all!
But there have been highlights in my little world of ham radio.

The ZL8X dxpedition to to Raoul Island/Kermadec Islands occurred, it is over now.  I was fortunate to have been able to work them on four bands.  With 100 watts and vertical I can only say that they had some real good ears!

I am trying again to make contact with Masa, JO3AXC.  We have had an on again, off again sked for some time now.  We have never been successful in establishing two way contact.  He had heard me at least once fairly well but so far we have not spoken to each other.  But, conditions are improving and there is hope for the future.

As I write this the ARRL  10 meter contest is ongoing.  I have worked about 85 or 90 stations but the pickings are slim!  Lots of qsb, maybe poor participation, and I must admit that I am not the serious about this contest.  It is hard to be enthusiastic when you call for 10 or 15 minutes with no responses.  It truly is enough to make you wonder if the antenna is still there.  It is, thankfully, HI!

I am still getting some qsl cards in from the summer contest season and the N5I special event station.  I am a month behind in sending out qsl requests of my own.

Through work I had an interview with the Houston Chronicle regarding ham radio.  They got some things wrong but none the less it was an honor to represent ham radio.  If anyone is interested the article should be at the following URL:

Well 10 meters is starting to open up.  So I am going to see if I can pick up a few more contacts for the contest.

73 and good dx
Hope to meet you on the air
Leslie, ad5wb
Galveston Island, Texas