[Elecraft] Elecraft CW Net Announcement

2018-12-09 Thread Sheridan Bridge
Thanks Kevin and others who responded to my question about the SSB net. 73, Guy WB7SZI Sent from my iPhone __ Elecraft mailing list Home: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/elecraft Help: http://mailman.qth.net/mmfaq.htm Post:

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2018-12-09 Thread Kurt Cramer
Yes the Elecraft SSB net is 14.3035 at 1800 Z on Sunday. NCS is in Chicago. If you don’t copy him, stay around because there are relay stations in Caif. Oregon, Colorado , Fla. east cost, N. Texas and I forgot some. Kurt W7QHD > On Dec 8, 2018, at 9:47 PM, kevinr wrote: > > Good

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2018-12-08 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,     Only a few more weeks before the sun turns the corner and starts moving again.  That means I think I have found the proper times for the nets until the next time change.  Both twenty and forty meter nets seemed to have OK propagation.  Nothing fantastic but quiet and

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2018-12-01 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,   It has been a very wet week.  A few hours ago the rain got a little more solid.  No snow should accumulate but there will be flurries tonight and tomorrow.  Luckily, the sun is only twenty days away from turning the corner.  There is lag time in the system but I expect less

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2018-11-24 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    Rainy season is here.  A foggy, wet, gray week, great for spending time inside by the fire.  Magazines have piled up but I normally keep those for power outages.  A sunspot is trying to grow.  In a few days we're due for a solar donation.  Sometime Monday I think.    For

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2018-11-17 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    Mornings have been quite foggy but each sunset this week has been very orange.  I can't smell the smoke but it is out there.  I am glad the fog soaks all the nearby forest.  The loggers are too.  Each day I heard heavy equipment moving to a new location. Last week's test of

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2018-11-10 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    It is easier to see through the woods because almost all of the leaves have fallen.  The hours we have with which to see those woods has diminished.  I can't seem to get things done before dark because it starts so early.  Well this has effected the nets.  I plan to run both

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2018-10-27 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    I know winter is approaching.  The sun has dropped so low in the sky the mountain blocks it for much of the day.  I see it when it comes up, a little around noon, and then just before it sets. However, the non-stop rain creates a deeper layer to the gloom. In the satellite

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2018-10-21 Thread Raymond Sills
, Oct 21, 2018 9:27 am Subject: Re: [Elecraft] Elecraft CW Net Announcement The time changes just after halloween. It was moved to that date fairly recently to try to protect the small children out on the streets trick or treating. (The big ones have always gone out after dark.)73 Bill AE6JVOn 10

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2018-10-21 Thread Bill Frantz
The time changes just after halloween. It was moved to that date fairly recently to try to protect the small children out on the streets trick or treating. (The big ones have always gone out after dark.) 73 Bill AE6JV On 10/21/18 at 6:06 AM, c-haw...@illinois.edu (hawley, charles j jr)

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2018-10-21 Thread hawley, charles j jr
@mailman.qth.net Subject: [Elecraft] Elecraft CW Net Announcement Good Evening, A sunny, warm week kept me busy outside. Lots of colors but the mild weather slowed the mushrooms. The hunters keep driving by but between the local clear cutting and the private land they're not finding anything

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2018-10-20 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    A sunny, warm week kept me busy outside.  Lots of colors but the mild weather slowed the mushrooms.  The hunters keep driving by but between the local clear cutting and the private land they're not finding anything.  They need to stop following the roads along the ridges and

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2018-10-13 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,     It is spider season.  Just after the first taste of the rainy season and just before the mushrooms appear in mats.  Yes, spider season, when you can't walk more than about ten feet without getting a face full of web.  Every time I forget to walk with my arms in front of me

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2018-10-06 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    A small sunspot group appeared this week.  It was unable to improve propagation.  We had a short taste of the rainy season too.  Lows dipped into the 30s and more leaves fell.  The layer of shrubs underneath the canopy have turned yellow, gold, and red. The fir trees were

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2018-09-29 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    The sun remains quiet.  The lower noise floor helps copy of weaker signals.  There is still a solar breeze feeding ions through the cracks in our magnetic field.  Whatever it takes.    Some of the trees are turning color lower down the mountain. Up here only the shrubs

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2018-09-23 Thread Dave Sublette
Good sig here -- Wayne K4TO On Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 6:03 PM Dave Sublette wrote: > Copying VA6FAB with a good signal right on top of the net > > K4TO > > On Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM Dave Sublette wrote: > >> Me too-- K2 , 5w battery power 160M vertical... >> >> Dave, K4TO >> >> On

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2018-09-23 Thread Dave Sublette
Copying VA6FAB with a good signal right on top of the net K4TO On Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM Dave Sublette wrote: > Me too-- K2 , 5w battery power 160M vertical... > > Dave, K4TO > > On Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 5:59 PM Wayne Burdick wrote: > >> Hi Kevin, >> >> Warming up the gear. I'll see

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2018-09-23 Thread Dave Sublette
Me too-- K2 , 5w battery power 160M vertical... Dave, K4TO On Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 5:59 PM Wayne Burdick wrote: > Hi Kevin, > > Warming up the gear. I'll see you on 14.050, conditions permitting. > > Wayne > N6KR > > > > > On Sep 22, 2018, at 8:23 PM, kevinr wrote: > > > > Good Evening, > > >

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2018-09-23 Thread Wayne Burdick
Hi Kevin, Warming up the gear. I'll see you on 14.050, conditions permitting. Wayne N6KR > On Sep 22, 2018, at 8:23 PM, kevinr wrote: > > Good Evening, > >While scouting out trees to thin I found a number of new elk trails. One > poor alder tree had very little bark on the lower four

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2018-09-22 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    While scouting out trees to thin I found a number of new elk trails.  One poor alder tree had very little bark on the lower four feet of its trunk.  They like the alder thickets when they grow larger than about six inches in diameter.  The lower branches die off and a nice

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2018-09-15 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    It's been a wet week.  Not a lot of rain in total but fairly continuous.  Since last Sunday there have only been a few minutes of sun.  Mostly it's been misty verging on actual rain; enough to hear it on the roof.  The sun has quieted even farther.  Where there was a tiny,

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2018-09-08 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    I have had this site open in my browser for over a month. The warbler I was trying to identify finally returned outside my window.  A female Wilson's warbler.  Not quite as bright as its Yellow cousin.  Since it was a

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2018-09-01 Thread kevinr
Good evening,     A cool week with winds from the Pacific have cleaned the air.  The sun is yellow again and the air doesn't taste bad.  I did have to yell at a doe who thought my rhododendrons were food. She'd never heard me raise my voice before gave me a guilty look and left. The bees seem

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2018-08-25 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    I was working on a pile of brush when I heard an odd sound. It took a while to remember what it was.  At first I thought someone had snuck their old truck nearby.  It sounded like a very rusty hinge opening.  When it repeated I heard the breathy finish and knew it was elk. 

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2018-08-12 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    The smoke cleared last night when a cold front came in from the Gulf of Alaska.  I stopped sneezing soon afterward.  Most of the week the smoke from the forest fires out west have dominated the river valleys.  At my elevation the less dense smoke fills the forest.  The sun

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2018-08-04 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    A week of cool weather has lessened the fire danger and brought morning fog back to the mountains.  That fog has kept the berries fresh.  Fruit tastes better when there is no storage involved.  From an ad hoc survey of the surrounding trees about 5% of them are producing

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2018-07-28 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    The warm, sunny weather has caused quite a few flowers to bloom.  There are now four types of berries ripe for the picking: salmon berries are almost done, huckleberries seem to be around forever, black berries which last about a month, and thimble berries which are around

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2018-07-21 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,     It was a very pleasant day; sunny and mild.  The spiders are much smaller than they will be later in the season.  I had already raided the backyard and there were no more ripe black berries left.  I was on a quest for more.  So I walked in areas of my land I had not traveled

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2018-07-14 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,     We are on the edge of the dry season; true summer may be starting.  There were some summer like days this week with temperatures in the eighties.  Each morning there was a little less fog.  The fire danger sign in Manning should be posted by now.  They take it down during

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2018-07-07 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,     My field day was relaxed and fun.  No huge numbers just a few hours on the air mostly listening.  Finding the very loud signals who weren't answering the majority of the folks trying to contact them.  I concluded they were running very high power with extremely poor

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2018-06-30 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    The variety of shades of green around the mountain is astounding this week.  All the trees have their new growth of needles, many species of berry bushes are blooming or forming berries, the ferns are almost done unrolling, and the leaves of the undergrowth have all formed. 

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2018-06-16 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    The sun actually has a spot on it, unfortunately it poses no threat for strong solar flares.  Or so says the report on SpaceWeather.com.  Oh well, solar minimum cannot be that far off (a year?)  The tails always seem much longer than the waxing portion of the cycle.    The

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2018-06-09 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    We are between spates of solar wind says SpaceWeather.com. That means our QRN will be from storms and atmospherics; maybe some hash from Jupiter too.  There is a VHF contest so the higher frequencies will get a blast of ions.  Hopefully that will help twenty and forty meters.

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2018-06-02 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    Another cool, gray week.  No rain but the temperature barely rose above 60.  The sun had a little activity.  A few small spots which are now passing over the limb.  Flux is a little higher than during the winter but not much.  Daylight is lasting much longer, sunset today was

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2018-05-28 Thread K8TE
Kevin, Having spent "quality time" in the Manzano Mountains area surrounded by very secure fencing, cameras, sensors, armed guards, etc., I can tell you there are no nukes there today and there were no aliens (from outer space) in those facilities. If I told you anything else, I would have to

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2018-05-26 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    One activity I mixed with radio was XC skiing in the Manzanos, a mountain range south and east of Albuquerque where they store nukes and supposedly some aliens on levels far beneath.  Pat and I would take a break from school and drive south from Tijeras  to some park land

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2018-05-19 Thread kevinr
Good evening,    A cool week with some dense mist.  The ferns are getting taller but far from completely unrolled.  The bracken fern is over six feet tall while the sword fern is just getting started.  Where the bracken fern dies back with the first few frosts the sword fern only dies in the

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2018-05-12 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,     There are a few tiny spots on the sun.  The solar wind has steadied since last week but there are still aurora present. Hopefully the noise is less than last week and propagation better. Please join us tomorrow on: 14050 kHz at 2200z Sunday (3 PM PDT Sunday)   7045 kHz at

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2018-05-05 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,     More birds are arriving and you can keep the windows open part of the day.  Spring has arrived and may just stay for a while.    Solar activity is low but one sunspot tried to grow.  However, it is decaying as I write.  There is a hole in the corona through which a stream

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2018-04-28 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,     A tiny sunspot is fading and moving over the limb of the sun. SFU is at 69 but it did get as high as 76 during the week.  That is the highest I have seen in months.  Some solar wind has fed us ions so let's take advantage of them.  Hopefully the bands won't be too noisy

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2018-04-21 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    It has not snowed in three days.  The sun has actually appeared three days running.  I hate to jinx it but spring may be here.  The weekly forecast has even more sun on the schedule.  I just survived another winter.    The sun has been a little active this week.  Some solar

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2018-04-14 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    Hopefully a few of you will remember the radio play: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  It preceded the book by about a year.  Then on to both television and to the movies.  But it began life as a multilayer radiophonic tour de force in 1978.  The final episode of the

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2018-04-07 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    The wind has been howling all day but the antennas are still up and the power is still on.  So I spent the day watching the Masters and practicing CW with my left hand.  After the first week or so it felt less strange.  The biggest problem I have is to remember how to send

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2018-03-31 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    Imagine you are driving on a gravel road during a cloudy day. You come around a corner and see perfectly round spots of wet gravel surrounded by dry gravel everywhere else. A few weeks later you drive around that same corner on another gray day. This time the gravel is wet

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2018-03-25 Thread Fred Jensen
Indeed.  Westbound out of Reno NV, the CA state line isn't very far.  Just before it is the Gold Ranch Casino, a last chance just in case you haven't paid all the NV taxes on out-of-staters.  It is where they close I-80 WB when the snow gets too heavy for the plows.  Many in-vehicle GPS

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2018-03-24 Thread kevinr
Good Evening, There was a knock on my front door.  I looked out the window only to find a Washington County Deputy Sheriff in a very dirty uniform.  I opened the door and invited him in to wash up but he smiled ruefully and refused. So I walked out on the deck and handed him my garden hose. 

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2018-03-17 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    After the first loggers had cleared a path through the northern Coast Range they left open areas between the climax cedar and hemlock forests. Homesteaders filled these areas spending years clearing out the stumps and snags. Once a field was cleared they plowed it and tried

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2018-03-10 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,   The snow has finally stopped falling.  Hopefully that will be the last I see of it 'til December.  The daffodils are pushing through the crusty snow; they are ready.  After talking to a neighbor I found out why there has been so much logging in our area.  Saw log prices have

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2018-03-03 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    I actually saw sun today.  It has been a while.  The snow has been coming down every day for the last two weeks so a break was nice.  The days are also lasting longer and with that propagation has been getting better.  With all the cold days it feels good to get warm.  Cold

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2018-02-24 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    The solar wind is helping propagation on the lower bands.  40 meters was open to the East Coast, SW, SE, and up into Canada last week.  The reverse beacon net heard me all over the place.  Fast QSB was a problem with a little noise.  Hopefully all the snow I have received

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2018-02-17 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    The world DX contest is filling the bands and will do so until z February 19th.  The first net won't have room to run but the second one will.  From the sounds of things the ionosphere has been perked up by the recent impact of a CME and the ongoing solar wind.    Last

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2018-02-10 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    “What’s that?!”, my visual cortex rapidly scanned its card catalog seeking a best fit solution.  Another part of my brain was trying to decide flight or fight while further processing power was devoted to wondering why there was a bush where none had been before.  Then the

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2018-02-06 Thread Fred Jensen
Participation may be a little thin ... SB starts at 1530 PST. I haven't heard you on 20, even remote from W7RN with a very large coefficient of aerial aluminum, in months. Usually rounding up dinner by 1700. 73, Fred ["Skip"] K6DGW Sparks NV DM09dn Washoe County On 2/4/2018 11:58 AM, kevinr

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2018-02-06 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,     It's early February and the Pennsylvania rodent says winter will last a little longer.  But here I actually saw sun, for twenty minutes at least.  Then the mountain ran into a cloud.  It pays to have a plan when it comes to the PNW's rainy season.  A stack of text books, a

[Elecraft] Elecraft CW Net Announcement for the third time

2018-02-06 Thread kevinr
Good _Evening, _ Morning,     It's early February and the Pennsylvania rodent says winter will last a little longer.  But here I actually saw sun, for twenty minutes at least.  Then the mountain ran into a cloud.  It pays to have a plan when it comes to the PNW's rainy season.  A stack of

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2018-01-27 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,     The rainy season coincides with the logging season. Since it is so wet fire danger is near zero. Skidding logs during the dry season can start fires just from the friction between logs. During the wet there is little need for the fire watch crew to stand guard for a week

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2018-01-20 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,     It has been a very good day to sit by the fire and read.  The best time to catch up on my reading is when the power goes out; there is nothing else to do :)  A few days reading by kerosene lantern is enough to get caught up on month's of books and magazines.  When those are

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2018-01-13 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,     It was a beautiful day to take a hike. Sunny, 50 degrees, with spiders building webs in hope of catching the early insects. The bracken fern has died back to where the contours of the ground are exposed allowing me to find footing with little danger. Normally they range from

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2018-01-07 Thread Bob Stevens
Make that a SSB net, hi Sent from my iPad On Jan 7, 2018, at 6:37 AM, Bob Stevens wrote: Is there a sub net also? Thanks, Bob K9ING K line owner Sent from my iPad On Jan 6, 2018, at 10:45 PM, kevinr wrote: Good Evening, Weather has

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2018-01-07 Thread Bob Stevens
Is there a sub net also? Thanks, Bob K9ING K line owner Sent from my iPad On Jan 6, 2018, at 10:45 PM, kevinr wrote: Good Evening, Weather has returned to normal: foggy, rainy, and mild. I remember the cold of Wisconsin winters and am not missing it. Hopefully the folks

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2018-01-06 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    Weather has returned to normal: foggy, rainy, and mild.  I remember the cold of Wisconsin winters and am not missing it. Hopefully the folks out east will get a reprieve from the icebox soon.  Plumbers will be making a lot of money as they repair the numerous broken pipes.  

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2017-12-16 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    A foggy, rainy, quiet day; very nice to spend time next to a warm fire reading.  The sun may be out of sight but not out of mind: SFU 72 and sun spot number at 0.  The way things are going we'll have had 100 spotless days before January 1st.  We're at 97 days with only 14

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2017-12-09 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    A dusting of snow started this sunny week.  Each night into the upper 20s, each day up into the 40s.  Great week to collect wood and bring it home.  I have enough to get me through the end of the year now to get another two month's worth in before the rains return.  Since I

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2017-11-25 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,    I hope you are all having a great Thanksgiving weekend.  Soon it will be back to work; but before that comes our way you can try the Elecraft CW Net.  The sun, even though it is quiescent, is still throwing ions our way, enough to allow propagation.    ECN is a directed net. 

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2017-11-18 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,     High humidity days are very common in the Pacific Northwest during the rainy season. You need to work slowly so you don’t overheat when the humidity is at or near 100%. When I walked through the fog I cut a path, leaving eddies in my wake. After slowly moving a few bucked

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2017-11-11 Thread kevinr
Good Evening,     It is definitely the rainy season; only a few times has the rain actually stopped.  No gulley washers, just steady, soaking rain.  The smell of the forest changes a great deal from the dry summer spice to the musky, wet scents of decay.  If anything the steady rain of fir

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2017-11-04 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening,    Walking through a temperate rain forest varies from following the game trails to breaking new ground.  When you step off the trails you can sink a foot or more into the pile of decomposing needles.  If you dig into that mass you’ll find a wide variety of fungi busy changing

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2017-10-28 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening,    A very mild, dry week brought color changes to my elevation.  Lots of ferns turned gold and red with many other plants yellowing too.  I've done my best to modify the elk trails by clearing out dead trees.  They had better be patient because it will take another week to buck

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2017-10-21 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening,    When I first moved to the Pacific Northwest I had to learn the subtle difference between showers and rain.  Rain can start on Monday and keep going for the entire week, or more.  Showers admit the possibility of cessation.  The probability of seeing the sun during a rain

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2017-10-14 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening,   After a cold, wet week the sun is out for the weekend.  High of 60 today.  Too bad there are not more leafy trees up here because in the valleys they are reaching peak color.  I do have a few vine maple but the colder air is settling much lower down the mountain so they have

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2017-10-07 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening,   A mostly dry week let me cut a lot of firewood.  Falling trees on a hill makes it tricky to read how they will fall. But the laws of physics can be bent.  A come along helps a lot.  Moving all the wood is a great way to get a little exercise.  I am sleeping well. The sun is

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2017-09-30 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening,   After a wet rainy week the sun came out.  We are gradually working our way into the rainy season :)  The forest is green except for the odd deciduous tree; they are turning gold and red.  When the sun pops out the foggy view is pleasant.    Our sun has repopulated itself with

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2017-09-23 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, After a week of rain the sun has returned.  Only now the sky is blue and the smoke is gone.  What a summer of fires. Luckily the rain was heavy enough to allow a lot of fire fighters to go home. Tomorrow the nets may be farther from the noted frequencies due to the ongoing

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2017-09-16 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, The weather has turned.  It may be the start of the rainy season tomorrow.  At least the forecast has no breaks in the showers for the 'known' future.  The sun has gone back to a more quiet state; at least until that big sunspot rolls around again. Please join us tomorrow on:  

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2017-09-09 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good evening,   The sun has been pretty active this week.  Repeated solar flares have raised the solar flux to 129 and higher.  The auroral oval has calmed to where it's not radiating much noise.  A few days back it was very loud here.  Propagation should be favorable tomorrow.   Some much

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2017-09-02 Thread Phil Hystad
Just this afternoon I looked at some of those sizable spots. I stopped by the Telescope store (Cloud Break Optics) in Ballard (Seattle) to look at telescopes. They had one big 12 inch reflector telescope set up in the parking lot looking at the sun (with a solar filter of course). I got a

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2017-09-02 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good evening,    The sun has some sizeable spots.  The solar wind is causing strong auroras. Twenty meters should be open and noisy.  After a week of clear skies the smoke is back.  During the middle of the day the sky is an odd orange color.  The fir trees which are normally green have a

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2017-08-26 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good evening,     It pays to know the produce manager of your local store.  He had a fresh batch of Hatch chilies and made sure to tell me.  Today I roasted four of them while I toasted tortillas.  The beans were already on the stove.  The smell was fantastic but the glow after eating three

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2017-08-19 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, I must have been two or three years old when I first really experienced radio.  I was seated high enough so I could see the back of our little Emerson radio.  My mom turned it on and I watched the tubes turning orange.  The odd sounds of a warming up radio and then music came

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2017-08-12 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, It has been another very smokey week but there is rain in the forecast. After two weeks of heat (quite out of character for Oregon) I was getting used to working in it. The first week I spent at ground level to acclimate but I was on the ladder just yesterday. The wood

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2017-08-05 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, This week has been hot and very smoky. Only today is there enough breeze to see the surrounding mountains. All week it was very calm and the smoke thick. Sleeping is not easy when the smell of smoke wakes you up all the time. Your natural instinct is to find the fire but

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2017-07-29 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good evening, I took a break from painting today to walk around the property scouting for next year's firewood. An area I had thinned under the alder had been visited recently. From the residual scent I could tell there had been elk sleeping there within the last two or three days. We

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2017-07-22 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good afternoon, I was high on a ladder scraping my house and birding by ear when I began musing how listening is a learned skill. Perceiving the difference between a veery's call and that of a crow or a pileated woodpecker is simple; determining which species of finch is a far different

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2017-07-15 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, The dry season must be here; at least it has not rained in over two weeks. Only the morning fog has relieved us from the sight of the sun. Not having it for six months a year makes us sensitive to light :) The population of small aircraft has increased. I live just below the

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2017-07-08 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, It's been a very pleasant week. It has warmed up a little now; all the way to 75 degrees. The fog comes up the mountain each morning and then flows back down a little later. The trees stay green that way. Propagation may have improved; I checked Spaceweather.com and found a

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2017-07-05 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, Field Day was unseasonably hot, at least for this region. Temperatures got to 100 even at my elevation. But it has cooled. The foxgloves in front of the house weren't blooming last Sunday. Now they are 3/4 filled. Normally they take another month to progress that far.

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2017-06-17 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, After a very cool, wet week the sun may come out again tomorrow. It has been a long spring this year. The Doug fir are putting on a lot of new growth but it's been too wet to take a decent walk. Hopefully the upcoming change of seasons will finally bring with it the dry

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2017-06-10 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, Please join us tomorrow on: 14050 kHz at 2200z Sunday (3 PM PDT Sunday) 7045 kHz at z Monday (5 PM PDT Sunday) 73, Kevin. KD5ONS - __ Elecraft mailing list Home:

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2017-05-27 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, It may just be summer. The sun has come out for four days in a row. That's just not common unless it's summer in the PNW. The smell of the forest has changed too. The spice of cedar and terpenes fill the air. Lots of new growth too. The grouse have been pretty common this

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2017-05-20 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, Spring, with a few sunny days, has brought flowers, birds, and the biting flies. This year's crop of no-see-ums is vicious. I get about thirty seconds outside before they start burrowing into the corners of my eyes. Uck! Anyone from Alaska or Canada know any remedies? HF

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2017-05-13 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, Please join us tomorrow on: 14050 kHz at 2200z Sunday (3 PM PDT Sunday) 7045 kHz at z Monday (5 PM PDT Sunday) 73, Kevin. KD5ONS - __ Elecraft mailing list Home:

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2017-05-06 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good evening, The sun has been active but not overly so. The SFU hovers around the mid to low 70s as it has all winter. There is a CME due sometime around the 10th; maybe that will perk things up a bit. But you never can tell. Predictions need to be tested. Please join us tomorrow on:

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2017-04-29 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, I lost another one of my mentors recently. Royal Robbins was 82. He joins another mentor who left us in 2012: Herb Conn. Between these two I learned how to climb and how to cave. I owe many of my wilderness ethics to them. While I never climbed the big walls of California

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2017-04-22 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, The sun has been tossing ejecta at us for the last few days. The ionosphere is bouncing all over the place in response. So I guess the ionosphere is active but not necessarily good for comms. I expect QSB and a number of types of noise. However a lot of ions also may mean

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2017-04-15 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, The sun has continued to be quiescent. A CME just grazed us and another high speed stream of wind is on the way for tomorrow. Ions are getting to the ionosphere but nothing like last spring. Spinning the knob gives me not much to nothing on the higher bands while lower down

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2017-04-08 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, The sun was quite active during the early part of the week. It has since quieted. Last Sunday the sfu was over 100. Currently it is hovering around 70 again where it seems to have been stuck all winter. The strong auroral oval tells me there are ions coming in so the lower

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2017-04-01 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, There is some good news on spaceweather.com Not only are there spots on the sun, the ones which are there are big and unstable. The SFU is at 91, higher than it's been all winter. If it's not too noisy tomorrow there should be decent propagation. On Thursday there

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2017-03-25 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, After two spotless weeks the sun has a new speckle. There was a decent solar breeze earlier in the week too. Auspicious thoughts here. I am hoping for more band noise and better reception. They seem to correlate. If the band sounds like I am in the middle of cotton ball

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2017-03-18 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, The sun has been on a stretch of spotless days (& nights). Even the solar wind is desultory. Maybe a good contest with all the Elecraft linears filling our dreams would revivify the ionosphere. However, tales from the lower bands are more enticing. During the breaks in the

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2017-03-11 Thread kev...@coho.net
Good Evening, The sun has been spotless for the last few days. A CME just missed the earth earlier this week. Plus the SFU is getting rather anaemic at 71. But the right time of day on the right band can work wonders. Late at night on the low bands has been fun; the higher bands not

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