Friday, April 25, 2014

Some things

Got an answer from Terry G4POP regarding my Log4OM issue regarding the distances being shown in kilometers, rather than miles (even though I chose the miles option):

 "Distance in miles is only for display, when the record is saved to your log it has to conform with the ADIF (Amateur Data Interchange Format) format which requires Km."

Since I'm not the software or ADIF expert, I'll accept that answer, although HRD and other logging programs I have played with seem to work around it.  In light of how good the program seems to me so far, it's a minor inconvenience, and in the scheme of things I can live with that.  What's more important to me is that the CAT (Computer Aided Tuning) works well.  The KX3 seems to obey whenever I point and click on a frequency.

The DX Cluster and the loading and downloading to and from eQSL and LotW work especially well. Callsign lookup is lightning fast. In short, Log4OM is easy to use (it has a very short learning curve), it makes sense, works well and is aesthetically pleasing too. It's easy on the eyes and to many, that may be superfluous, but to me it is important. 

Another big plus is that the Website offers for download a comprehensive User Manual that is complete, but is still a manageably sized document that I can keep on my tablet for easy reference.

The evaluation of logging software is very subjective. What works for one person is useless to another. Log4OM works very well for me, and if you're looking for something new, or a nice package, be sure to check it out.  It might not be your cup of tea; but then again it might.

Here's a VERY COOL special event that is going on tomorrow. I want to help spread the word:

"A Special Event honoring 20 years of the AZ ScQRPions QRP Club will be held April 26, 1400-2330 UTC at the unique relic of the cold war nuclear deterrent: the TITAN MISSILE MUSEUM in Green Valley AZ dedicated by Ronald Reagan to creating an ongoing awareness of the Armagedon that would result from a nuclear exchange. Everyone should be guided through the silo andcontrol rooms to get a sense of the reality of it all.

The CLUB will use the site's primary antenna -- a broadband 90' DISCONE with a fairly flat SWR from 1.8-30 Mhz, with low nodes in most of the ham bands. We will operate with QRP rigs such as the KX3, K3, QRP+, ICOM-703, ATS-4, Wilderness Sierra and who knows what else. QRP frequencies will be used to the extent they produce steady contacts. Otherwise take note of the following operating Fregs: SSB -- 14270Mhz, 18130Mhz, 21280Mhz, & 28370Mhz, +/-20Khz; c.w. --14020, 18072, 21030, 28015, +/-10Khz. We will call " CQ TITAN de K7T".

Details and photos of the DISCONE monster can be viewed at the following links:

http://www.wa0itp.com/titandiscone.htmlhttp://www.wa0itp.com/ttm%202010.htm

http://www.gvarc.us

Special QSL on receipt of your QSL to:

Ade Weiss W0RSP, 810 N. Placita la Canoa, Green Valley, AZ 85614

QRO stations certainly invited to let us know we're getting out -- and to practice copying weak DX signals and local QRP signals! Win-win!

Check http://www.QRPSPOTS.com for most current frequency info.

Simultaneous operation of three stations on the Discone is planned using a triplexer and bandpass filters. An in-band SSB 20m - 10M experiment will be attempted with additional antennas separated from the Discone. Note that 12M, 17M CW/SSB and 30M may also be used as this is not a contest, but an outdoor operating event on a nice 90F+ spring day!

Drop by for a QSO! Make our day! CU de TITAN!

Also ...... tomorrow, Saturday April 26th is International Marconi Day.  You may hear a lot of stations on the air around the world using an "IMD" suffix.  That's what that is all about.  You can read more about it on the ARRL Letter, if you get that, or by going here:  http://g4usb.net/IMD/the-award/award-classes/

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

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