30-Meter Digital Multi Mode Weekend – March 16th & 17th 2019

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30 Meter Multi Mode Weekend
When: March 16th and 17th 2019
Where: 10 MHz – 30 Meter Band (10.100 – 10.150)
Objective: To promote experimenting and using different digital modes on the unique 30 Meter Band

Please join in if you have time this weekend. Those of you who want to participate using the more common modes of CW, FT8, BPSK31, RTTY, we welcome that, but those wanting to try other less used modes please do so and turn your RSID/TXID on to help others know what mode you are transmitting (common modes i.e. BPSK31/RTTY no need for RSID, do use RSID on the less common/exotic modes i.e. QBSK/HELL/MSK/DOMINOEX/ THOR/THROB/CONTESTIA/OLIVIA/etc.).

A number of digital mode groups will be participating this weekend so if you have wanted to try out a new digital mode or make some contacts using less common digital modes this weekend might be of interest to you. There are a number of multi-mode digital software programs so this is also a chance to get on the 30 Meter Band to try them out.

Most of them have RSID/TXID (Reed Solomon Identifier- automatic mode detection and tuning which will help or aid for the less commonly used digital modes so turn on the RSID/TXID).

This event is NOT a contest…no set times…no rules…no exchanges…no logs to send in or to anyone….no winners other than
those that participate with casual use of the 30 Meter Band knowing that others with like interests will be on this weekend to experiment, ragchew, DX and have some fun trying different digital modes!

Where on the 30 Meter Band to find different digital mode activity:
(Note: these are suggested only and observations of known digital
mode activity….all dial frequencies are USB for digital modes….. below ” **** ” indicates for the more active or used frequencies & modes)

10.100 – 10.130 CW ****
10.130 – FT8Call
10.132 – SSTV-Narrow (MP73-N) Region 2
10.132 – 10.134 ROS Region 1 (Region 2 – note not legal in USA)
10.135 – OPERA
10.136 – FT8 (WSJT) ****
10.138 – JT65 JT9 (WSJT)
10.1386 – MEPT/WSPR
10.138 – 10.140 – JT65 (WSJT)
10.1405 – PROPNET & PropNet Robots (BPSK31)
10.140 – 10.141 BPSK31 QRP
10.140 – 10.142 BPSK31 – DX Region 1,2,3 (or
BPSK/QPSK,31,63,125,etc.) ****
10.142 – 10.144 RTTY
SIM31,etc. -note:Turn on TXID/RXID
10.144 – FeldHELL (10.137 – 10.144)
10.144 – SSTV-Narrow (MP73-N) Region 1
10.142 – 10.144 – ALE-400hz
10.145 – 10.148 – ALE-2khz
10.147 – 10.148 PSKMail/APRS
10.1491 – 10.1495 APRS
For a more detailed 30 Meter Band Utilization Chart our digital
friend Ian G3NRW has helped us on that so please go here:
http://g3nrw.net/30m/ http://g3nrw.net/30m/

Operating hints for the weekend:
– Do use RSID (RXID/TXID) for the less common/exotic modes (i.e. Contestia,Olivia,Domino,etc)
– Do CQ with RSID for more than just a few of CQ’s, don’t
expect to have someone to reply on a less common used mode the first few CQ’s…give it a while for others to find you and the mode being used
– Do use good operating habits – clean signal, lowest wattage to
complete the QSO, QRL in common mode first, if band is busy or crowded spread out or use narrower width modes (i.e. if band is busy don’t use OLIVIA 8/500 in the middle of the 30 Meter PSK 10.141 portion of the Band-not good operating habit if the band is busy and you will not make many friends)
– Do not let not having a dedicated 30 meter antenna stop you from
joining in….load up what antenna you do have and give it a go on 30 meters.
– Do have fun and compare modes, wattage, antennas, etc with other operators that are interested to do the same..most the 30 Meter Digital Operators are not Call,599,73 most want a QSO (even DX) but also keep in mind that for poor band conditions or weak signal work WSJT modes of FT8 (JT65/9) is hard to beat!
– Do use http://www.HamSpots.net http://www.hamspots.net/ for
spotting, announcements of mode, etc.

****Please note we are secondary users of the 30 Meter Band and to use good operating procedures


Have fun and hope to see you on the waterfall!

Thanks from the 30 Meter Digital Group (30MDG) celebrating over 10 years and 10,000 members on the 10mhz 30 Meter Band!

Don kb9umt 30MDG#00001
http://www.30mdg.org/ http://www.30mdg.net/

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Summary of 2019 ARRL SSB Contest

2019 ARRL SSB Contest

Enjoy this exceptionally well written results article by K5TA and AA5B.
This is how I’d love to see all contest reports presented.


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A New Way To Learn Morse Code

To those wishing to learn CW, here is a new site passed along to us by the Stamford/Norwalk clubs…have fun!!

Learn Morse Code

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How Social Media Killed The QSL Card

The bygone days of QSL card collecting

An offbeat look at the demise of the QSL  including citizen band cards from the days when you had a callsign.

DE Ed  then KMD 4346 (in circa 1967 CB land)

now WX2R



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Dxers Unlimited’s weekend edition for Sunday  17 March 2019

By Arnie Coro
radio amateur CO2KK

Hola mis amigos radioaficionados… Yes my friends living North and South of the Equator…. we are all now enjoying the typical spring equinoctial  propagation conditions on the short wave bands especially HF band openings  that are happening around local sunset and again near sunrise.

And now a  detailed solar activity update

After 33 consecutive days without a single sunspot : Sunspots came back for 8 days, from March 5 to  12. The average daily sunspot number rose from 4.4 to 9.9 the reporting week, March 7 – 13. Average daily solar flux barely changed from 70.6 to 70.9. The average planetary A index declined from 12.6 to 5.1, and the average middle latitude A index dropped from 9.7 to 3.9.

The vernal equinox occurs on March 20, when the Southern and Northern hemispheres will be bathed in equal amounts of solar radiation.

Predicted solar flux (March 12 forecast) is  16 – 19; 69 on March 20 – 28; 70 on March 29; 71 on March 30 – April 8; 70 on April 9; 69 on April 10 – 24; 70 on April 25, and 71 on April 26.

Sunspot numbers for March 7 – 13 were 14, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, and 0, with a mean of 9.9. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 70.9, 71.8, 70.7, 71.1, 70.4, 70.7, and 70.8, with a mean of 70.9. Estimated planetary A indices were 8, 5, 5, 4, 3, 7, and 4, with a mean of 5.1. The middle latitude A index was 5, 3, 4, 3, 3, 5, and 4, with a mean of 3.9. The sporadic e  layer events are few and of short duration at this time, but that will change by the end of April. The summer E skip season is still a couple of months away. Now let me say that the Six Meters band, spanning from 50 to 54 megaHertz is very much underused and activity on it is very low, something that puts that frequency band assignment in jeopardy, as there are many potential users for that marvelous part of the lower VHF spectrum.

This is Radio Havana Cuba, the name of the program is Dxers Unlimited , and it is on the air twice weekly… Here is now, at the request of several listeners  information of our schedule. Dxers Unlimited’s weekend edition, the one that you are listening to now, is on the air just after the top of the hour Radio Havana Cuba’s newscast… The program is on the air several times all along the Sunday and Monday UTC days…. Our mid week edition is on the air just after the half hour news, with the reruns programmed for Tuesday and Wednesday UTC days. I must add that the scripts of the two shows are totally different, and also that both of them include our exclusive and not copyrighted short wave propagation update and forecast…

NOW  our next radio hobby related item follows… news about amateur radio stations that will be active from several African nations ,

TOGO,  country prefix 5V. that is five victor…   Members of the EI Ireland DX Group are QRV as 5V7EI until March 26. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes with five stations active.  QSL via British station  M0OXO.

UGANDA, country prefix 5X.  Members of the Italian DXpedition Team are QRV as 5X3C until March 25.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. Also they report being active as 5X3E using FT8 digital mode.  QSL direct to I2YSB.

SENEGAL, country prefix six whisky  6W.  Jacques, F6HMJ will be QRV as 6W7/F6HMJ from March 19 to April 28.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using mostly CW with some SSB.  QSL to home call.

Here is now YOU HAVE questions and Arnie tries to answer them as soon as possible… Today’s question came from     Ireland, where listener Ian who lives near the big Shannon airport tells me about his excellent monitoring of aircraft VHF frequencies from 118 to 136 megaHertz…. He is also monitoring SSB voice aircraft to ground long range HF signals, on frequencies as low as two point eight megaHertz… Yes amigos monitoring aviation communications is certainly one of the many interesting ways of spending your spare time.

By the way , I have operated aeronautical mobile amateur radio on the twenty meters band many years ago while crossing the Atlantic Ocean between Hamilton , Bermuda and Santa Maria field in the Azores islands, two stopovers for the early nineteen sixties Bristol Brittania and Iliushin 18 turboprop aircraft. Both planes had excellent high power single side band and CW HF stations that used wire antennas from the top of the vertical rudder at the tail, to a short mast located above the cockpit…. In the case of the Bristol Brittannia four engine turboprop passenger plane the HF transceiver used a seven digits frequency selecting panel and automatic tuning after changing frequencies so it was very easy to operate. The aircraft had two such transceivers, so one was kept on the aviation frequencies and the other , when in route, and with permission from the captain, was used for amateur radio 20 meters band aeronautical mobile …

Last minute update… more activity from the Caribbean islands during the Russian DX contest: CURACAO, nation prefix is PJ2.  Andreas, DK5ON is QRV as PJ2/DK5ON until March 30. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters, including 60 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  This includes being active in the Russian DX contest. QSL to home call delta kilo five oscar november, d k five o n . And now just before going QRT here is our exclusive and not copyrighted Arnie Coro’s HF plus low band VHF propagation update and forecast… Solar flux will hover very near 70  and solar activity will remain very low, and there no chances for  solar flares during the next two to three days.

Send your signal reports and comments to inforhc at enet dot cu, and send your written on paper reports directly to your’s truly Arnie Coro, Radio Havana Cuba, Havana, Cuba

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FOR SALE: XIEGU X1M Pro Transceiver

XIEGU X1M Pro Transceiver :

QRP Unit for SSB, CW from 80-10 meters.
Has a Pre-amp, you can work split, has computer control
cable and microphone with it. Very small unit.

Price:  $200

Lee Smith <leecsmith@aol.com>
Cell:  215-307-6036


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By Arnie Coro
radio amateur CO2KK

Hola amigos radioaficionados all around the world and enjoying our wonderful hobby in so many different ways…. I am Arnie Coro , radio amateur CO2KK , your host here at this edition of Dxers Unlimited, our long time effort devoted to promote amateur radio .

Here is now item one:  Sad news coming from the United Kingdom … the G QRP Radio Club has sent a note telling about the passing away of Reverend George Dobbs, G3RJV the founder of that prestigious organization open to world wide membership . George promoted the use of low power home brew amateur radio equipment by writing a column named QRP published by the famous SWL Magazine. His outstanding contributions to the amateur radio hobby were recognized by a large number of e-mail messages sent to the G QRP club yahoo mailing list….

The G QRP Club publishes SPRAT, spelled sierra papa romeo alpha tango, SPRAT that contains a valuable collection of articles presenting to readers the possibilities of home brewing simple receivers, transmitters, transceivers, accessories , test instruments and antennas…. The G QRP Club has a compact disc that I recommend to anyone interested in learning more about amateur radio .

Among the articles available in the digital collection of SPRAT MAGAZINE, I remember building two solid state regenerative receivers, one under the name HF9 that provided amazing performance from a very simple circuit… Si amigos, the HF9 is a really fun to build and a pleasure to listen to the frequency range from three to eighteen megaHertz

The Sun continues showing very little activity…. the most recent long period of zero sunspots lasted for thirty five consecutive days with a blank SUN… Nada, zero active magnetic regions in sight, a clear indication that solar minimum is here…. Then a small high latitude sunspot came under scrutiny to see if it showed the reverse magnetic polarity from the cycle 24 spots…. But no, it was not a cycle 25 sunspot , so we must wait maybe a few more weeks to see the first solar cycle 25 sunspot active region…

Yes, there is no doubt that we are now well into a period of very low solar activity that resembles what happened during the end of solar cycle 23 in 2008. Despite solar flux figures that have hovered near 70 units and even lower values, the propagation conditions on the HF bands will show a slight improvement that can be attributed to the Earth now entering into the equinoctial period, when both northern and southern hemispheres receive the same illumination for a few weeks…

Yes you are listening to the middle of the week edition of Dxers Unlimited, Radio Havana Cuba station’s long lasting contribution to the development and enjoyment of the wonderful hobby we all know as RADIO… I am your host Arnie Coro, radio amateur CO2KK and here is now item three of today’s show:

Yes this Radio Havana Cuba broadcasting to the world from sunny , beautiful Cuban archipelago , condolences for the passing away of QRP radio icon George Dobbs G3RJV continue to reach the G QRP Club yahoo mailing list…. here is one sent from Spain by famous QRP Operator Jon Echo Alpha two sierra november ,

Dear family of QRPers, On behalf of the Spanish QRP community, our sincere condolences to the family and many friends of George, G3RJV. He visited the EA-QRP Convention in 2012 and we shared a wonderful time with him and JoAnna in Sinarcas. He leaves a long and deep trace on all of us, QRPers, with passion and joy of making more with less. As Thomas Campbeel wrote: “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”

jon, ea2sn Spanish rep for the G-QRP-Club

Among the notable efforts led by G3RJV was an original project of a amateur radio single band QRP transceiver kit that could be sent by international parcel post services under the terms of electronic parts, so Customs duties could be duty free or a small service charge could be imposed…. By the way , the machine where I had kept all the information on the G QRP CLUB 20 meters transceiver kit, broke down and the hard drive proved to be impossible , so amigos, if any of you have at hand the information package, please send it to my coro at enet dot cu email address, so that I can republish it for the benefit of the regular visitors of the Cuban Federation of Amateur Radio website, located at http: //www.frcuba.cu

QSL on the air… QSL on the air to the many of Radio Havana Cuba listeners that are reporting picking up our streaming audio via Internet from http://www.radiohc.cu, again the URL of our website from where we stream live audio programming is http://www.radiohc.cu, and let me add that we have received several very interesting reports of our FM band transmissions on 102.5 and 103.1 megaHertz picked up by several of the cruise ships that sail to the port of Havana for a typical tour. The 103.1 frequency was reported as far as forty miles North of the Cuban coast as the big cruise ships set their compass heading to the beautiful port of Havana.

Now at the end of the show an update about solar activity amigos…

SOLAR INDICES FOR 11 Mar 2019 WOLF NUMBER FROM CATANIA OPTICAL OBSERVATORY OF ITALY    : 011 10CM SOLAR FLUX        : 070 AK index at CHAMBON LA FORET observatory    : 006 ESTIMATED A planetary disturbance indicator at a nice low     : 002 ESTIMATED International sunspot number          : 012, BASED ON 27 STATIONS. As we continue to approach the equinox, worldwide HF propagation conditions are showing a slow but constant improvement that will last for the next five to seven weeks.

Send your signal reports and comments about this show and other RHC programs to inforhc at enet dot cu, again inforhc at enet dot cu , and for postal reports send via air mail to Arnie Coro, Radio Havana Cuba, Havana , Cuba

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David Sarnoff Radio Club March 19 2019

Randy Smith, WU2S will give a presentation to the David Sarnoff Radio Club on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm. The club meets at the American Red Cross, 707 Alexander Rd Suite 101, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Randy will show that high-speed multimedia mesh networking is a 21st century solution for hams who provide communications support to emergency responders. This presentation will showcase recent advancements in the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) project, how people are deploying it, and examples of applications and services provided.

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