Mike Armstrong <armstrmj@...>
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Steve, you might, at some point, give the power company a call and let them know there is an issue. If they have some experience, they will get right on it normally..... Because that arcing is power being wasted that nobody is paying for...... If they aren't experienced, you may have to try to help them df it. Since you didn't mention it bothering other bands, it is probably some distance from you qth, so you would have to DF it with a vhf rig (once you are fairly close to the arc).
Believe it or not, hi-tension lines are usually the quietest lines and for good reason..... Arcing there costs serious money and can damage equipment. Again, just a suggestion. I have a pretty good relationship with "my" power company..... I live in an older neighborhood and ot has problems on a fairly regular basis. When I call them now, they take me very seriously (and not in a threatening sense.... They know that when I call, there really is a problem). In my case, 160 and 80 seem to get hammered first...... 40, for some reason seems to get skipped almost always.... 20 and 17 are usually pretty bad and 15/10 usually experience no noise on any occasion. Needless to say, that usually means the arc is some distance from my house..... I hear certain harmonics and not others.
Anyway...... Good luck with the noise hunt, if you decide to don your hunting suit and radio-shotgun..... LOL.
Kuhi no ka lima, hele no ka maka
On Nov 17, 2012, at 3:07, blitz716 <blitz716@...
I come to find out theres a newer version, I downloaded/installed it
and noticed two things, first the dark blue initial waterfall screen
stayed put unlike the prev version which changed randomly &
relegated viewing the waterfall useless. The default pallets are of no
use to one like me with impaired vision. Second, I finally copied some
of the 'ear-heard' stations, (nothing wrong in my audio dept) and
decoded them fine.
By this time, Dave & I were not hearing each other, and the band
had gone out on us.
160 is trash here, not going there, might use 80 and 40 and hopefully
30m daytime. I'll try 160 in deep cold winter when its quiet, but its
not viable now.
I think I accomplished getting both tx and rx up tonite, i got online
reports i was seen and decoded, and i got two hams decoding on rx on my
end. Things looking up.
Will screw with it more tomorrow, progress made. :-)
Mike Armstrong wrote:
Steve, that is true..... If you aren't getting it to decode
under good conditions, then it isn't ready for prime time testing on
the band(s) it was really intended for. Good point! Maybe we can try
to wet-noodle-antenna on 160 later. :). Got to get the software to work
well first! Which, by the way, I haven't yet. I am thinking operator
error on this end since I haven't gotten a successful passive decode
yet. I won't say there is anything wrong with the software until I am
certain I didn't do something boneheaded first.
That much I know from my long career in IT :)
Kuhi no ka lima, hele no
I can concur with all that Mike, but job #1 is to
signal, see what it looks like and commence a contact, even IF its not
under conditions the mode may very well be able to support.
Right now Ive not 'seen' a signal, (heard some via ear, I believe) but
not one copied, or returned to me.
Once I figure how the engine starts, I'm more than willing to test
Mike Armstrong wrote:
I hear you..... But I guess my real point is that this
particular mode was and is being designed with high noise as its reason
for living..... Which is not a bad reason for living on 160 and 80, too
for that matter.
I understand that 160 is out for some folks. I live in the
middle of Phoenix, AZ on a typical postage stamp lot. I AM lucky that
my next door neighbor happens to be my mother in law (it really IS an
advantage.... She is sweet) and I am using the palm tree in her front
yard as the bitter end of my 160 L antenna, which also serves as a half
wave on 80 and a long wire for all bands above that. It works well,
either as an L on 160 or as an OCFD with the feedpoint closer to the
shack. It is only 40 feet high, but I did pretty well in last year's
CQWW 160 with it playing as a hasty OCFD. You would think the thing
would have been terrible, but in less than 48 hours I had worked 38
states AND 9 countries, includ! ing JAPAN AND CHILE, not to mention
Hawaii, Alaska and several countries in the Caribbean. Think about my
antenna for a moment and you will know why I was astounded by the
result. Oh..... I didn't have a low noise receive antenna.... If I had
used one I think I would have collected a few more..... There were
people answering me that I just couldn't quite dig out of the noise.
The above was just to let you know that I am not sitting on
acres or have 4000 foot long beverages or anything like that. In fact,
for the Inverted-L I only have one radial at the moment, but it gets
out quote well in that configuration..... Seems to be better than the
OCFD way of using it. So ,yes, I understand LIMITS on acreage and
line-noise being exuded by the high tension lines behind my property.
I am just saying that those kinds of limits should be what makes this
mode really sing. Like the poor guys living in apartments who are usi!
ng mobile antennas and 25 watts to work DX with psk or JT-65hf..... Th
ey are getting out and having a ball doing it because of what these new
modes allow...... I say, even if you have to use a 160 meter mobile
whip, give it a shot. This mode may astound us all, just like his
other modes have on the higher bands...... With no antenna and no
power..... Know what I mean?
Not pickin', just sayin' we should really give this puppy a
real workout and see what the limits are..... It may end up redefining
what is doable on 160 (or 80 for that matter) when you don't have room
for the ultimate ON4UN antenna farm..... Or 1000000 foot long
beverages..... He he he
Kuhi no ka lima,
Problem IS, 160 is NOT an option for many of us
I for example could hear you guys last night on 160 by ear, but the
pulsating line noise (insulator arc-over) made decoding impossible.
Period, end of story.
Perhaps we can try a higher band, like 80m but as far as 160 goes, for
some of us It's just going to happen.
Mike Armstrong wrote:
Guys, please remember tho that the high noise
reason for these modes. If you are in a low noise environment, you
would be better served with a faster digital mode that can take
advantage of that lower noise environment. Know what I mean? :)
My thought here is to give it a go ESPECIALLY when you
noise on 160 (and who doesn't?).... Give this mode a real shakedown
under worst case conditions and see what it can do. Low power, less
that perfect antennas, HIGH NOISE and 160 meters...... What a
combo..... He he he.
Kuhi no ka lima,
160 is terribly noisy for me here,
the only time its usable is mid winter.
is anyone doing JT9 on 30 meters? If so what freq, Id like to try
tonight to see someone. Im assuming it would be JT9-2?