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by K1GC
Wed Sep 14, 2022 4:41 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: POTAPlus Chrome Browser Extension
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: POTAPlus Chrome Browser Extension

I finally had a chance to check this out. At first I was a little unsure about what it was doing, but once I got everything setup (there is not much you need to do), I saw the usefulness of it. In addition to alerts, I like that it also shows you QSO total with an activator or park and the direct RB...
by K1GC
Tue Sep 13, 2022 12:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: POTA on 30M?
Replies: 12
Views: 330

Re: POTA on 30M?

Update from IARU! As I mentioned, I sent an email to IARU seeking clarification on this. I got a prompt and helpful response from Joel W5ZN, IARU Secretary. For complete transparency, I am going to post all messages in order below, but the short answer is: POTA/SOTA may be viewed as a parallel to e...
by K1GC
Mon Sep 12, 2022 3:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: POTA on 30M?
Replies: 12
Views: 330

Re: POTA on 30M?

I have an email to IARU asking if they have weighed in on this topic. I will be sure to share if I get a response. One thing I noted in searching the IARU site, was how they define a contest: Contesting consists of making the maximum number of contacts with other radio amateurs in a defined time. Th...
by K1GC
Sun Sep 11, 2022 12:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: POTA on 30M?
Replies: 12
Views: 330

Re: POTA on 30M?

Thanks for the thoughts on this so far. Skip, your point/question is one I have seen elsewhere and why I was trying to understand this better. While POTA is not a contest in the traditional sense, it has similar elements and was not the intent of the WARC rule to prevent overloading relatively small...
by K1GC
Fri Sep 09, 2022 11:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: POTA on 30M?
Replies: 12
Views: 330

POTA on 30M?

Where do people stand on POTA using 30M or other WARC bands that have the rule " Contest activity shall not take place on the 10, 18, and 24 MHz bands? " I have hunted park activators on 30M and always feel a little awkward, knowing some say it is fine and others are dead against. Today I ...
by K1GC
Fri Sep 02, 2022 11:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What QRP Rigs do you have, and how do you use them?
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: What QRP Rigs do you have, and how do you use them?

Right now I have a MTR-4B V2, TR-35, KX1, KX2 & KX3. Paired with them I have about a dozen antennas that I experiment with. Most of those are homemade dipoles, linked dipoles and EFHW, but I do have a four from commercial makers. I usually don't need an external tuner, but when I do I use a T1 o...
by K1GC
Mon Aug 29, 2022 8:55 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: TR-35 group/forum
Replies: 27
Views: 2502

Re: TR-35 group/forum

I have only briefly used a Palm Pico, so I don't think I can comment with any accuracy. The AME Ultra Porta Paddle (note Porta Paddle is different model) is a very nice paddle with magnetic return with good adjustability on the spacing and magnets. It should be noted that the forward adjustment scre...
by K1GC
Sat Aug 27, 2022 9:55 am
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: POTA & FT8 Data
Replies: 8
Views: 338

Re: POTA & FT8 Data

If you decided to give CW a go, also have a look at the Long Island CW Club. https://longislandcwclub.org/

I never thought I would learn CW, and while I am still honing the skill (one probably always is) it quickly became my favorite mode.
by K1GC
Thu Aug 25, 2022 8:32 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: Question for FT-891 users
Replies: 6
Views: 480

Re: Question for FT-891 users

Thanks for that input. I think I have decided that the 891 is not a good fit for me. I am going to find it a new home, and if I get 100W itch for POTAI will get a KXPA100 for the KX3 or KX2. I think I am most happy when doing CW at 5-10W, so more power is probably not worth the effort or expense for...
by K1GC
Fri Aug 19, 2022 6:21 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: POTA & FT8 Data
Replies: 8
Views: 338

Re: POTA & FT8 Data

Ditto to considering CW. I thought I would never learn it, and now it is 95% of what I do on air. You just have to commit to it and practice a little every day. The learning curve is steep at first, but progressively eases into a long slow climb of improving comprehension and speed. CW makes an exce...