It finally has come to an end and I was able to clear my workbench
After last nights SKCC sprint I wanted to see how many more QSOs I would
need to reach Centurion status with the group. For thos who don’t know it, the
Centurion status is given to those members who made contact with 100 SKCC
Thankfully CQRlog has MySQL in the backend so what easier way to find out
than a quick SQL query.
Here’s what it looks like:
select distinct callsign, club_nr2 from cqrlog_main where club_nr2 > 0 and mode = "CW";
What a surprise. I did score indeed 1st place in the W7 division in the 100th NAQCC sprint. It was fun, but now some work to do to get more Qs in the log during the next one.
SWA Category - W7 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K5TRI 20 19 39 10 390 x2 780 OCF Dipole @30 ft. K9JWV 15 15 30 11 330 x2 660 43' vertical; seventy elevated radials W7GAH 8 8 16 8 128 x2 256 240' Rand Wire @ 60' W7TAO 11 10 21 10 210 210 575' loop at 40' NU7T 9 8 17 5 85 x2 170 Fence top 80m dp WB7EUX 6 5 11 6 66 x2 132 Windom@30 ft KE7YTE 5 4 9 5 45 x2 90 Vertical Dipole, 18 ft. @ feed point AA7CU 7 6 13 6 78 78 Mobile vertical @ 12' NU7Y 6 6 12 4 48 48 Attic Dpl@25' WU7F 3 1 4 3 12 x2 24 Vert mounted nr gnd w/2 radials K7DJO 3 2 5 2 10 x2 20 Gnd mtd vert K7HAP 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Vert@10' K7EX 2 1 3 1 3 3 Trapped dipole in attic @20' @WD7Y 19 19 38 12 456 456 88 ft Dublet 30 ft high
This weekend was the ARRL DX CW contest. I played a little bit to get a
few new countries and just for fun. I started with N1MM but looked if
there was a way to do it on Linux. There is. The combination of xlog
and eepKeyer was working quite ok. Export of the Cabrillo file and also
scoring was a different story though. But it’s a start. eepKeyer uses
cwdaemon for keying, so the interface I built a few weeks ago worked as
Who needs big amps and beams when 5w into a vertical will do 🙂
Got around to hooking up the Adafruit LCD display via I2C bus to save some connections,
and also got rid of the garbled text when load was applied to the relays (a 10uf cap did the
trick). In addition I also solved the reset issue when rotctl re-connected (another 10uf cap)
and now need to figure out where some of the weird readings come from and how to make
the buttons work for manual control. Progress is being made.
Finally got around to build the interface for cwdaemon so that
CQRlog can key the radio for CW if need be. It’s not very complex
but still a productive day. Now back to debugging the rotor controller.
It’s a simple switching circuit with a 2n2222 transistor. I also
put in a 3.5mm jack so I can hook up the straight key.
Since I didn’t need the PTT portion, I only built the upper part.