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The E skip opening continues and I am racking up 10m contacts now towards the Midwest 😁

Just made my first Sporadic-E contact on 10m FT8. It was wild. I'm told this time of year around 1700 is the time to sit on 10m FT8 and sure enough a bunch of Texas stations come blasting in! Cool!

@M0YNG for me, FT8 is thrilling. The contacts you can make with a modest setup are mind blowing. Nothing I've done in the hobby has compared so far

Went to borrow a book for the Internet Archive and found that you have to register an account with Adobe and use their brain damaged software (with no Linux support) to view the books. Screw that!

@Hawk1291 the interface itself isn't great. The real value is PKI-confirmed contacts and thus verifiable awards

@M0YNG it is slightly more complex for non-US amateurs I believe but the good news is you only have to do it once per callsign and you get the benefits of easily applying for DXCC and Worked All States

Hams, it's 2020. There's no reason not to:

1. Use Logbook of the World
2. Set it up so your logs are uploaded right after a digital contact

Happy Easter to all of the Fediverse! He is Risen!

Lockdown = bands are jumping! Just nabbed Switzerland, Germany, and Poland in quick succession! All on 17m FT8

Worked my first 10m band opening today on FT8 - South American stations coming in very strong for a short period of time

Quarantine or not, I'll watch "The Princess Bride" anytime it's on tv. Definitely a top 5 movie for me

Almost had Ecuador but couldn't quite complete the contact. Next time!

Very good propagation on 17m today - worked some European stations along with Guadeloupe and Guantanamo Bay (!). All with 15 watts into the slinky antenna!

@sir only used it for very basic personal backups but it's been awesome. If you email, you immediately talk to an actual engineer who is empowered to solve issues.

In other ham news, I've now contacted stations in 48/50 states...Alaska and Hawaii are going to be tough from the East coast with my modest setup....

The MUF actually got high enough that I made a contact on 15 meters - to South America even! Idk if all hams know about this site but it tells you the highest frequency likely to produce ionospheric propagation at 3000km. Very helpful for seeing which bands are "open"

prop.kc2g.com

I work in IT which is the reason this house has:

- mechanical windows
- mechanical door locks
- no Alexa/HomeKit/Google
- no Internet connected thermostats, lamps, or whatnots
- a dumb TV
- wall switches for lights

TBH I don't even know what she meant by that and she didn't explain

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My 7 year old niece upon seeing the HTs and various receive equipment on my desk: "are you a YouTuber?" LOL

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