|Lloyd F Housh|
|PO Box 331|
|Sarcoxie, MO 64862|
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****4/24/2019 Placing this bio input at the TOP...Please update your online log books, I do so on a regular basis, here/QRZ.COM/LoTW at ARRL. Out of as of this date I have logged 829 QSO's, 349 verified with 60 countries contacted, and over 1100 views of this biography. This 349 verified is bothersum ....see my point(I hope). Yes I know, not everybody is a QRZ member but there is also LoTW...I upload and download frequently between the both(sometimes 2-3 times a day). Please do your part in keeping logs up to date, much appreciated.....73/Lloyd.
Hi handle here is Lloyd, General Class HAM, formerly KE0TLA, N6QXB and WH2AKZ. I live along the I-44 highway corriador between exit 26 & 29, at the northwestern range of the Ozark Mountains in southwestern Missouri State. Getting back into ham radio after a 30 year absence. A current member also of A.R.R.L. Mailing address is PO Box 331, Sarcoxie, MO., 64862. I am also on Facebook and my email address is "firstname.lastname@example.org". I am retired now as my age is 63. I am also a retired U.S. Naval Radioman "RM" or "Sparks" 1972-1992. The joys of transitioning shipboard from HF to Sattelite communications. I remember those days well. Commands served at during my Navy years working communications are:
NAVCAMS(Naval Communications Area Master Station) WESTPAC(Western Pacific) Guam Is., Call Sign NPN
NAVCOMSTA(Naval Communications Station) San Diego, CA.,, Call Sign NPL
NTCC(Naval TelecommunicationsCenter) Subic Bay R.P.,
NTCC Nimitz Hill Guam Is.,
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va.,
NAVLINKSTA (Microwave Relay Station) Mount Santa Rita R.P.,
U.S.S. Ashtabula, Call Sign NZAU
U.S.S. Duncan., Call Sign NDBD
U.S.S. Mobile., Call Sign NYSJ
U.S.S. Monticello., Call Sign NGDV
U.S.S. Hepburn., Call Sign NAAP
Countries visited and ports of call: Canada, Alcapoco Mexico, Yokosuka Japan, South Korea, South Vietnam, Pattaya Beach Thailand, Borneo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Diego Garcia, Bermuda, Mombasa Kenya, White Beach Okinawa, Luzon Philippines (Subic Bay and Manila), Agana Guam Marianas Islands., Costa Rico, Saint Thomas Is, Saint John Is, San Juan Puerto Rico, Soon to Germany and hopefully other neighboring countries while there including HAM CLUBS- Spring/Summer of 2019!
Have been through or visited or lived in all 50 states of the U.S.
Homeports while shipboard of Long Beach, Ca, San Diego, Ca., and Pearl Harbor, Hi..
Home station is a barefoot Yaesu FTDX 1200(100 watts) with a 8 band (40,30,20,17,15,12,10,6 mtrs, yes I can tune these bands using a AT2KD PalStar, all showing power out with a 1:1 ratio ) 3 element Cushcraft Yagi, primarily CW and USB/LSB voice, FT8. I started Hamming in the middle 80's on Guam Island in the western pacific while assigned at Naval Area Master Communicatins Station(NAVCAMS WESTPAC) Guam Island, the joys of creating a traffic jam when calling CQ on the hf bands laughs.
These days I enjoy hamming it up - working hard on increasing my copy speed on CW(using a Gordon West study coarse)and trout fishing on TaneyComo Lake in southern Missouri and with taking care of my two dogs(GSD and a Rat Terrier) or grilling a steak on the bar-bee. Enjoyng life in my golden years with my significant other Nikki (from Heidenheim, Germany).
Sorry, for right now I use a straight key on CW or a lambic keyer for between 5-10 words a minute. I am working to build my copying speed. I do not use a computer or a encode/decode cw device. I am old school. To me this is the true art of copying/sending CW.
Station equipment: YAESU FTDX-1200 TRANSCEIVER, PALSTAR AT2KD ANTENNA TUNER, MFJ DELUXE VERSA ANTENNA TUNER II, MFJ 989D ANTENNA TUNER, SIGNALINK USB COMPUTER TO TRANSCEIVER INTERPHASE, AMERITRON ARB-704 INTERPHASE KEYER BETWEEN LINEAR AMPS AND TRANSCEIVER, PALSTAR LA-1KW LINEAR AMPLIFIER, AMERITRON AL-811H LINEAR AMPLIFIER 800W, SAMLEX POWER SUPPLY SEC-1235M, CUSHCRAFT ANTENNA A3S WITH 40/30 MTR ADD ON KIT, VIBROPLEX DUAL PADDLE CW KEY, YAESU DESK MIKE, VARIOUS COMPUTER ACCOMPANIMENTS WITH A ASUS DESKTOP HIGH SPEED WITH MAX RAM(RAM IS OUR FRIEND WHEN EXTENDING LIFE OF A COMPUTER). WISH LIST IS ANOTHER HF TRANSCEIVER AND VERTICAL MULTIBAND ANTENNA(hot cup of coffee with pink stuff for sweetner).
All QSL's are via QRZ.com/LoTW, or direct mail. I generally upload all QSO/QSL'S every three days to QRZ.COM and Lotw.
Update 3/7/19 as of yesterday I got bitten by the data craze. First it was the thought of using less and less power and less and less bandwidth. First is was PSK31(using FLDGI software) which is what I would use in talking keyboard to keyboard. But then next is what hit me for just a simple QSO using the lowest power and the narrowest bandwidth, like 50 hz(cw is a 1khz tone). I am talking about data in its fastest-weakest form. using 5 watts or less WSJT-X software and the FT8 mode. I went on a youtube crash lastnight/this morning in researching this FT8 mode with the WSJT-X software..The software is free GOOGLE it. "WSJT-X" and look for the link at Princeton Universty. But first look up the youtube WSJT-X by MicroHams do your own research first to see if it is something you might be interested. I am sold on it for the thought of it makes a contact in 15 seconds for a QSO send and receive, narrow bandwidth. I've got my SignaLink-USB on order and can't wait to give this FT-8 mode a long look at.
The WSJT-X FT8 MODE
IS A BLAST TO MY QSO LOG almost 10 pages of QSO's in my update log...with a couple days of use!
The FT8 mode reminds me of the earlier days of Naval broadcast communications with a 16 channel tone pack using a UCC-1 converter from audio to dc that is ancient history lol, in this case FT8 is like 50 hertz wide per QSO channel with a 11 to 16 bit QSO data burst. If you only new ....from punched paper tape on teletype messages to now with just bits of data so much more and easier it is today.
One of the things I have noticed on the FT8 mode, using WSJT-X software is the use of or should I say lack of use of is procedural display(my Navy experience talking here)....When I give a CQ out on a specific frequency channel...every 15 seconds a CQ goes out until I receieve a response on "that" CQ'd frequency that I was transmitting on...likewise I listen for the next 15 seconds on the same channel frequency that I was transmitting on, so make sure when you are listening for a response from me on the frequency I was transmitting on..it will make your QSO a lot smoother.
Secondly, when logging my QSO as well I wait till I get a RR or RR73 from you on the other end, this is a conformation that you received my DB level report. Do not assume that I log contacts just on a DB level reports...I am waiting till you acknowledge with a DB level response and a RR or RR73. (After three attempts) In response to your DB level response if you have not acknowledged my DB level report to you I move on to another CQ and I will not log you as a completed QSO! I take the time to rotate my antenna to make the QSO solid on your estimated position as well...After I observe no response to my transmissions(3 times) of "your" DB level report in the QSO I move on to the next CQ QSO attempt.
(Yes I do look your location up either at ARRL or at another website that provides the same information so I know which way to turn my beam approximately to "your" location. This is what I call red carpet QSO service your contact is important to me!)
Thirdly if I am QSO'ing lets say in VE land and you are attempting to contact me from a Florida location give me time to RR 73 the VE land contact, then I will rotate my antenna south easterly to establish a response to you, this takes a minute or a half to do this. So please be courtious and wait a few to contact you...Sometimes I get swamped with CQ responses, I work with first in first out in response..SO please be patient.
Fourthly I upload to QRZ.com and LoTW my QSO log approximately every three days worth. Twice a week on the average.
P.S. What I say here is not written in stone. Do as you may, but it is food for thought and procedure. These are my procedures that I follow.
Remember I use a beam, there is a frontal lobe and a 180 degree rear lobe. If your on my backside lobe with good reception DB levels I will attempt a response without turning my antenna rotor. Forward frontal gain on my beam for 40 meters is approximately 3 db in gain, 20, 15, 10 meters is approximately 6-8 DB gain on the frontal lobe.
Learning to not get discouraged with attempting QSO's with out of the U.S using FT8 mode.. I suspect as I use a YAGI (I can hear them, but they can't hear me) that they are either using a wire diapole or 1/4 wave vertical and it effects their capability to be able to hear my transmissions on DX. (yes it get's very frustrating at times) or they are using linear amplifiers out powering their capabilities for recepition.(whats the use of of using a linear when they can't hear responses when trying to DX). I have no problem with QSO's here in the U.S. I have a couple of new pieces of equipment on order to make those long distance DX contacts a little better. But only if I had the land and funds to build a Rhombic and a elephant cage antenna.
4/22/2019 2308 local time
Well I am really enjoying the FT-8 mode....when will I ever get any sleep, laughs, 2308 local time. "I remember when, a sea story, " I was shipboard on my first ship in the U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Ashtabula AO-51, and there where like 12 radiomen assisned to the ship. They all had come down with the flu. Myself and another radioman stood watch for like 3 days straight till the other guys got well. It was like litterally no sleep for three days straight staying on watch not even thinking of sitting down cause I would fall asleep. I can still hear the mechanical rythem of the teletypes running, and could tell by their sound of the printing that the reception was garbled from across the work space. I have a ton of sea stories and memories.
A hint is all I will say using FT-8 HF using WSJT-X software...this has worked for me a lot...try using duplex( sending on one sub band for transmit and another for example that a hunted call sign is using on your receive). If your a advid FT-8 mode user as myself the savy HAM operator will do this is if the band is open both ways. Find a open clear spot to transmit on while keeping the call sign your attempting to contact on your receive side. The hunted stations do this alot to have smooth uncrowed communications. This WSJT-X software is designed for simplex/duplex operations, but if your using simplex be prepared for a long wait in making your QSO.
Also, please, there is a difference between "CQ DX N0NAV EM27" and "CQ NONAV EM27". The "DX" is the difference here, it means I am looking for a contact from "other" countries than my own - with the exception of Hawaii and Alaska, and our U.S. Territories. You will even see it by HAMs from other countries doing the same. You might even see this one, example
"CQ CA N0NAV EM27", "CQ EU N0NAV EM27" the difference being one I am looking for a QSO from California State, the other is looking for a QSO with the European Union or maybe even "CQ DA N0NAV EM27" looking specifically for a German call sign QSO. And if your wondering what the EM27 is, it's my four digit grid location. I am just bringing this up as some of us within our hobby of HAMing are trying for awards such as W.A.S. working all states and DXCC for different countries.
You all can see my desk picture the LA1K PalStar linear amplify is on my desk, yes I joined the 1k watt club. Even though I have a Ameritron 811H also, hands down the LA1K is the best. It automatically senses the frequency and band your on and it is all solid state. The warranty service is super. Note there are no plate and grid current knobs to fiddle with...and I am well pleased with its capibilities.
"As always, what I say here is food for thought as a hobby, I do not mean to come across as a silly person that is trying to say its my way or the highway, or a know-it-all. I am a totally open individual when it comes to communications as it changes daily, my email is "email@example.com". I do leave politics to the politicians, I do follow and obey all federal laws and FCC regulations pertaining to my hobby as a amateur radio operator and honor all countries amateur radio operational requirements pertaining to same.
73 Lloyd, N0NAV, U.S.N.-Ret. Radioman(1972-1992)."
|DXC||DX de OK1ZVP: 14074.0 N0NAV FT8 -23dB from EM27 731Hz 1840Z||2019-04-23 18:40:00|
|DXC||DX de YB7HE: 14074.0 N0NAV Tnx 1524Z||2019-04-21 15:24:00|
|DXC||DX de KG5UMH: 7182.0 N0NAV 2343Z||2018-12-15 23:43:00|