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Equipment / Put away your slingshots and arrows, get a Big Shot
« on: November 18, 2019, 2229 UTC »
I've used an EZ Hang (combo slingshot and fishing reel) for about two decades to put ropes in trees for antennas. Works great in theory, in practice the finish line often gets tangled in tree branches, and snaps when you pull on it.

So look what my wife got me for my birthday:



The Big Shot "throw line launcher" from Notch. It's basically a giant sling shot. There's two four foot poles that snap together. You can put a lot of stored energy into the band, and easily launch a 12 ounce throw weight over a tree. 

I played with it a little the other day, but the weather was not conducive to staying outside very long. Still I was able to get a few ropes up as a test. I used the 12 ounce throw weight and yellow rope that came with it. I had the trigger at the bottom of the top pole, which really only gives you enough "oomph" to get up about 30 or 40 feet.

I finally got to try it out for real today, and more than doubled the height of my 20m dipole antenna. It took just two tries to get the first line over a tree, got the second one on the first try. This time I used mason's twine instead of the rope that came with the throw weight. The lighter weight of the twine may have helped a little, I also lowered the position of the notch on the poles to the top of the lower pole, so I had more energy in the band. I am not a great judge of height, but it's easily twice as high up as it was before, probably in the 60 ft range, maybe a bit more. I'm curious to see how it performs tomorrow when the band opens again. I did some spot checks on 19m and signals were noticeably stronger than before.

Here's the link to the Big Shot itself:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075VYX31B?tag=blackcatsyste-20

And the Trigger (you want this):
https://www.amazon.com/NOTCH-Big-Shot-Trigger-50011/dp/B07885BY9L/?tag=blackcatsyste-20

This is the 12 ounce throw weight and 150 ft rope:
https://www.amazon.com/Weaver-Arborist-Throw-Weight-Line/dp/B00VO2HZ0G/?tag=blackcatsyste-20

I'm going to order an 8 ounce throw weight and see if that gets more altitude:
https://www.amazon.com/Bullet-Throw-Weight-Weaver-Leather/dp/B0044U4QMA/?tag=blackcatsyste-20&th=1&psc=1

I'm sold on this. Next step is to raise the 43/48 meter folded dipole.   Well, the next step is to order some more antenna rope  :)

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DGPS / DGPS Logs 17-18 Nov 2019
« on: November 18, 2019, 1639 UTC »


Count    ID   ref1 ref2 kHz   Baud City                           Country              Lat      Lon      km     Deg
14       891  282  283  295.0 100  Level Island, AK               Alaska               56.467   -133.098 4,415  314
3        906  306  307  300.0 200  Sandspit, BC                   Canada               53.242   -131.814 4,339  309
3732     907  304  305  320.0 200  Richmond, BC                   Canada               49.114   -123.183 3,753  302
2966     972  901  902  302.0 200  Miraflores                     Panama               8.993    -79.585  3,425  185
12880    971  903  904  307.0 200  Gatun                          Panama               9.261    -79.937  3,398  186
37       946  344  345  299.0 200  Rigolet, NL                    Canada               54.25    -58.5    2,127  34 
22850    944  342  343  310.0 200  Cape Norman, NL                Canada               51.509   -55.831  2,091  44 
8421     940  338  339  315.0 200  Cape Race, NL                  Canada               46.661   -53.075  2,076  60 
8753     942  340  341  288.0 200  Cape Ray, NL                   Canada               47.636   -59.241  1,671  52 
1465     814  028  029  293.0 200  English Turn, LA               United States        29.886   -89.947  1,608  231
33434    925  320  321  313.0 200  Moise, QC                      Canada               50.202   -66.119  1,443  32 
9421     934  336  337  307.0 200  Fox Island, NS                 Canada               45.361   -61.097  1,442  59 
2389     936  332  333  319.0 200  Point Escuminac, NB            Canada               47.075   -64.8    1,278  46 
21479    831  102  103  298.0 100  Upper Keweenaw, MI             United States        47.233   -88.628  1,257  316
4772     937  330  331  298.0 200  Hartlen Point, NS              Canada               44.583   -63.45   1,238  60 
41847    935  334  335  312.0 200  Western Head, NS               Canada               43.993   -64.67   1,124  61 
36291    939  326  327  295.0 200  Partridge Island, NB           Canada               45.239   -66.056  1,085  52 
45491    926  318  319  300.0 200  Riviere du Loop, QC            Canada               47.762   -69.606  1,073  31 
47969    927  316  317  309.0 200  Lauzon, QC                     Canada               46.821   -71.165  920    29 
46087    836  112  113  292.0 200  Cheboygan, MI                  United States        45.656   -84.475  901    320
54500    799  044  045  290.0 200  Penobscot, ME                  United States        44.453   -68.776  858    49 
52330    929  312  313  296.0 200  St Jean Richelieu, QC          Canada               45.324   -73.317  693    24 
116      918  310  311  286.0 200  Wiarton, ON                    Canada               44.75    -81.117  656    330
49582    838  116  117  319.0 200  Detroit, MI                    United States        42.306   -83.103  590    301
246      919  308  309  306.0 200  Cardinal, ON                   Canada               44.783   -75.417  579    12 
54281    772  198  199  306.0 200  Acushnet, MA                   United States        41.749   -70.889  561    64 
55566    844  094  095  324.0 200  Hudson Falls, NY               United States        43.272   -73.542  489    35 
32842    839  118  119  322.0 100  Youngstown, NY                 United States        43.239   -78.972  427    338
31708    803  006  007  293.0 100  Moriches, NY                   United States        40.794   -72.756  378    70 
54466    804  008  009  286.0 200  Sandy Hook, NJ                 United States        40.475   -74.02   266    70 

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Looks interesting! 1720 is a good frequency choice as 1710 is blocked by several TIS stations here in the east.

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Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925.7 AM 2239 UTC 17 Nov 2019
« on: November 17, 2019, 2244 UTC »
2239 Signed on
2243 Very weak music, SIO 111
2250 Punk music? Still weak
2253 Off

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2134 Just signed on, SIO 444
2154 Mix ID

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Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6955 USB 2105 UTC 17 November 2019
« on: November 17, 2019, 2112 UTC »
2112 SIO 333 or so.
2115 SIO 444
2124 SIO 555

7
Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6935.5 AM 2043 UTC 17 Nov 2019
« on: November 17, 2019, 2045 UTC »
2043 Weak audio noted along with the carrier.
2052 OM speaking?
2133 Music, still weak. SIO 222 ?

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Software / Re: eQSL Factory
« on: November 17, 2019, 1639 UTC »
eQSL Factory version 0.2.3 is out, and can be downloaded from:

https://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/eQSL_factory_qsl_design_software.html

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DGPS / DGPS Logs 16-17 Nov 2019
« on: November 17, 2019, 1520 UTC »
I don't buy the 0539z decode from Potato Point, but the 0828z seems plausible. Of course it could just be a corrupted decode from Upper Keweenaw, MI.

Potato Point, AK:
Sunday, November 17, 2019 05:39:40
Sunday, November 17, 2019 08:28:27


Level Island, AK:
Sunday, November 17, 2019 08:10:20
Sunday, November 17, 2019 08:10:32
Sunday, November 17, 2019 08:10:33
Sunday, November 17, 2019 08:10:38
Sunday, November 17, 2019 08:10:44
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:38:49
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:39:02
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:39:05
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:39:37
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:39:48
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:40:00
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:40:04
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:40:07
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:40:09
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:40:54
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:40:55
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:46:36
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:47:37
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:55:24
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:58:39
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:58:54


Sandspit, BC:
Sunday, November 17, 2019 08:04:39
Sunday, November 17, 2019 08:34:46
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:01:28
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:42:32
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:45:26
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:45:34
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:45:39
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:45:46
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:45:53
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:46:10
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:46:40
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:47:07
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:49:11
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:49:20
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:49:23
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:51:57
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:52:04
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:52:15
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:53:28
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:53:52
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:53:53
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:53:56



Count    ID   ref1 ref2 kHz   Baud City                           Country              Lat      Lon      km     Deg
2        895  290  291  298.0 100  Potato Point, AK               Alaska               61.061   -146.706 5,174  321
21       891  282  283  295.0 100  Level Island, AK               Alaska               56.467   -133.098 4,415  314
22       906  306  307  300.0 200  Sandspit, BC                   Canada               53.242   -131.814 4,339  309
6132     907  304  305  320.0 200  Richmond, BC                   Canada               49.114   -123.183 3,753  302
2160     972  901  902  302.0 200  Miraflores                     Panama               8.993    -79.585  3,425  185
6675     971  903  904  307.0 200  Gatun                          Panama               9.261    -79.937  3,398  186
290      946  344  345  299.0 200  Rigolet, NL                    Canada               54.25    -58.5    2,127  34 
29812    944  342  343  310.0 200  Cape Norman, NL                Canada               51.509   -55.831  2,091  44 
17025    940  338  339  315.0 200  Cape Race, NL                  Canada               46.661   -53.075  2,076  60 
17568    942  340  341  288.0 200  Cape Ray, NL                   Canada               47.636   -59.241  1,671  52 
627      814  028  029  293.0 200  English Turn, LA               United States        29.886   -89.947  1,608  231
35935    925  320  321  313.0 200  Moise, QC                      Canada               50.202   -66.119  1,443  32 
18077    934  336  337  307.0 200  Fox Island, NS                 Canada               45.361   -61.097  1,442  59 
6526     936  332  333  319.0 200  Point Escuminac, NB            Canada               47.075   -64.8    1,278  46 
19967    831  102  103  298.0 100  Upper Keweenaw, MI             United States        47.233   -88.628  1,257  316
7015     937  330  331  298.0 200  Hartlen Point, NS              Canada               44.583   -63.45   1,238  60 
44379    935  334  335  312.0 200  Western Head, NS               Canada               43.993   -64.67   1,124  61 
40437    939  326  327  295.0 200  Partridge Island, NB           Canada               45.239   -66.056  1,085  52 
44089    926  318  319  300.0 200  Riviere du Loop, QC            Canada               47.762   -69.606  1,073  31 
49759    927  316  317  309.0 200  Lauzon, QC                     Canada               46.821   -71.165  920    29 
43549    836  112  113  292.0 200  Cheboygan, MI                  United States        45.656   -84.475  901    320
56636    799  044  045  290.0 200  Penobscot, ME                  United States        44.453   -68.776  858    49 
51683    929  312  313  296.0 200  St Jean Richelieu, QC          Canada               45.324   -73.317  693    24 
131      918  310  311  286.0 200  Wiarton, ON                    Canada               44.75    -81.117  656    330
45711    838  116  117  319.0 200  Detroit, MI                    United States        42.306   -83.103  590    301
312      919  308  309  306.0 200  Cardinal, ON                   Canada               44.783   -75.417  579    12 
57048    772  198  199  306.0 200  Acushnet, MA                   United States        41.749   -70.889  561    64 
58295    844  094  095  324.0 200  Hudson Falls, NY               United States        43.272   -73.542  489    35 
32962    839  118  119  322.0 100  Youngstown, NY                 United States        43.239   -78.972  427    338
34392    803  006  007  293.0 100  Moriches, NY                   United States        40.794   -72.756  378    70 
57255    804  008  009  286.0 200  Sandy Hook, NJ                 United States        40.475   -74.02   266    70 

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Shortwave Broadcast / Re: UNID 6900 USB 2156 UTC 16 Nov 2019
« on: November 16, 2019, 2200 UTC »
This is 6900 AM, in parallel with 6870 AM, most likely the Chinese Jamming Service against Sound of Hope Taiwan.

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European Pirate / Charleston Radio Int. 5140 AM 2106 UTC 16 Nov 2019
« on: November 16, 2019, 2106 UTC »
2106 Presumed to be Charleston, just a carrier, but I rarely even get that from them

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European Pirate / Re: Laser Hot Hits 6205 AM 0810 utc 16 Nov 2019
« on: November 16, 2019, 2105 UTC »
2105 SIO 111, maybe 222 on peaks

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European Pirate / Re: Radio Harmony 5780 AM 0808 utc 16 Nov 2019
« on: November 16, 2019, 2103 UTC »
2103 SIO 333

14
Shortwave Pirate / Nuttin' On Shortwave 6925 AM 2023 UTC 16 Nov 2019
« on: November 16, 2019, 2023 UTC »
2023 Just signing on now, music, ID, SIO 444
2036 Got cranky about the error in the ID and went QRT.

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Shortwave Pirate / WAOR 6950 USB 2009 UTC 16 Nov 2019
« on: November 16, 2019, 2010 UTC »
2009 IDs, said testing, SIO 444, then into music.
2016 Off

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