Friday, September 2, 2011

This Weekends Special Event Stations & Contest-9/1-5/11

This Weekends Special Event Stations

09/01/2011 | Fort Bridger Wyoming Mountain Man Rendezvous
Sep 1-Sep 5, 0800Z-2200Z, W7R, Fort Bridger, WY.
Local Ham KF7ELU. 14.270 14.245 14.240 14.070. QSL. Clayton Lowther, PO box 201, Fort Bridger, WY 82933. This is a Special event Station that will be operating throughout the Duration of the Annual Fort Bridger Rendezvous. The Rendezvous is a celebration of the Fur Trade Rendezvous Era that occurred in the Rocky mountains Between 1825-1840. It is one of the largest mountain man Gatherings in the Nation. Custom Full Color QSLs are available please send your QSL and a SASE or 1 Dollar with your QSL.

09/02/2011 | World Championship Barbecue Goat Cook-off
Sep 2-Sep 3, 2300Z-1900Z, WA5HOT, Brady, TX. Heart of Texas Ham Operators Group (HOT-HOG). 14.213 7.213 3.813. Certificate. Heart of Texas Ham Operators Group, 1103 S China St, Brady, TX 76825.

09/02/2011 | Dragon*Con with the Atlanta Radio Club
Sep 2-Sep 5, 1200Z-2359Z, W4D, Atlanta, GA. Atlanta Radio Club. 7.270 14.270. QSL. Atlanta Radio Club, 227 Sandy Springs Pl - Ste D-306, Atlanta, GA 30358.

09/03/2011 | Ghost Town of Paradise
Sep 3-Sep 5, 1900Z-1900Z, K7RDG, Paradise, AZ. Cochise Amateur Radio Association.. 21.315 18.115 14.315 7.230. Certificate & QSL. Cochise ARA, PO Box 1855, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636. 8x10 SASE; 32nd Anniversary of Club operating from ghost town of Paradise, AZ.

09/03/2011 | 18th Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival
Sep 3-Sep 11, 1400Z-0200Z, K4S, Martin, TN. Weakley County TN ARES. Various times, modes and bands through the week from various QTHs. QSL. Roger Elmore, KJ4AJP, 426 Jowers Rd, Martin, TN 38237. Check Web for schedule

09/05/2011 | Celebrating Labor Day
Sep 5, 1215Z-1800Z, K1R, Northfield, MA. 72 Rag Chew Net. 7.271 (8:15-9AM) 7.272 (9-2PM). Certificate. Robert Lobenstein, WA2AXZ, 1985 East 36 St, Brooklyn, NY 11234.

09/07/2011 | West Alexander Fair
Sep 7-Sep 10, 1320Z-1320Z, WA3COM, Washington, PA. Washington Amateur Communications Inc/WACOM. 14.265 7.240 3.910 18.125. QSL. Ed Oelschlager, N3ZNI, 60 Carl Ave B2, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Display and operation of amateur radio in action at a local county fair.

This Weekends Contest

QRP Fox HuntSep 2
NCCC Sprint LadderSep 2
International G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key ContestSep 2-4
All Asian DX Contest, PhoneSep 3-4
Russian RTTY WW ContestSep 3
Wake-Up! QRP SprintSep 3
Colorado QSO PartySep 3-4
Brazil Independence Day BPSK31 CDX ContestSep 3-4
AGCW Straight Key PartySep 3
CWops Mini-CWT TestSep 3-4
RSGB SSB Field DaySep 3-4
IARU Region 1 Field Day, SSBSep 3-4
QCWA Fall QSO PartySep 3-4
DARC 10-Meter Digital ContestSep 4
Tennessee QSO PartySep 4-5
MI QRP Labor Day CW SprintSep 5-6

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The A index [ LOW is GOOD ]

  • 1 to 6 is BEST
  • 7 to 9 is OK
  • 11 or more is BAD

Represents the overall geomagnetic condition of the ionosphere ("Ap" if averaged from the Kp-Index) (an average of the eight 3-hour K-Indices) ('A' referring to amplitude) over a given 24 hour period, ranging (linearly) typically from 1-100 but theoretically up to 400.

A lower A-Index generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; a low & steady Ap-Index generally suggest good propagation on the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.

SFI index [ HIGH is GOOD ]

  • 70 NOT GOOD
  • 80 GOOD
  • 90 BETTER
  • 100+ BEST

The measure of total radio emissions from the sun at 10.7cm (2800 MHz), on a scale of 60 (no sunspots) to 300, generally corresponding to the sunspot level, but being too low in energy to cause ionization, not related to the ionization level of the Ionosphere.

Higher Solar Flux generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; Solar Flux rarely affects the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.

K index [ LOW is GOOD ]

  • 0 or 1 is BEST
  • 2 is OK
  • 3 or more is BAD
  • 5 is VERY VERY BAD

The overall geomagnetic condition of the ionosphere ("Kp" if averaged over the planet) over the past 3 hours, measured by 13 magnetometers between 46 & 63 degrees of latitude, and ranging quasi-logarithmically from 0-9. Designed to detect solar particle radiation by its magnetic effect. A higher K-index generally means worse HF conditions.

A lower K-Index generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; a low & steady Kp-Index generally suggest good propagation on the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.

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