9/09/2008

2008 Grip Dip Results

An interestting e-mail arrived in my inbox this afternoon. Mixed in with the usual stuff about license plates and lighthouse come the Grid Dip results. This was the first PSK contest I actively participated in meaning I sent in my logs. It wasn't really to score points, but just like everything else on ham radio I decided to just go for it. Imagine my surprise when I found out 28 QSO'S was good enough to takeFOURTH PLACE in my category!! I wasn't even trying to compete but I just wanted to see what happened!! There were three operators ahead of me, N3FX,N5PFW and W4EEH, respectively. All of them are serious contesters, so it was a real honor to be on the board with them!!

I also would also like to add that I have been expanding my police scanner site to be more inclusive of ham radio. The direct link page is located here:KC2GIK's PSK-31 Webpage

Below are some links off of Bergenscanner.com to my logs for not only the Grid Dip but other c ontests as well.

Links:

KC2GIK's PSK-31 Webpage

KC2GIK Grid Dip Log

2008 TARA Grip Dip Results

9/05/2008

CQ Lighthouse--N8ET/mm




A few weeks ago was the annual Lighthouses on the Air Event. In previous years I just listened to the contact on SSB mainly because I was only working QRP. Combine that with my speech contacts would be impossible!! Now I have been a member of the ARLHS for a few years, but haven't had that much success with lighthouse contacts. Usually when people activate lighthouses there's a massive pile-up. Fellow members of the ARLHS have tried to work me but band conditions have been iffy. Then the end of June Bill,N8ET announced he was going to activate some lighthouses on Lake Michigan from his boat Wings. Everyone one was excited, me included. Some of the sharper members realized this might be my big chance, as it was I had been striking out the last few times people have gone out to activate. One of the Jim,KA3UNQ, was just as determ ined as I was for me to make a lighthouse contact on phone! I heard Bill for a few minutes and decided to wait for a clearing. Finally the bands cooperated as much as possible, I just dropped my call and prayed.Bill only got my parital call, I tightened up and belted out my call again, I could picture Bill adjusting his squelch and volume. Finally after my fifth tried, I heard the best three words imaginable, "Is this Justin?" I squeezed the PTT as hard as I could and with all the strength I had left belted out the letters, "Q", "S","L". I had my first multiple lighthouse contact on 20 Meter Phone! Since he was in sight of three Michigan lighthouses, I got all three in one shot!!! As soon as the QSO was over I ran, ok stumbled, downstairs to find my mom. My eyes glowing as if I just hit a double blackjack in Atlantic City.
I wanted to write this entry that very day, but I decided to hold off until the QSL card arrived in my mailbox to prove this fantastic feat! My hats off to Bill N8ET who had the patience and the ears to help me pull this one off.