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I've gone through and made quite a few changes to the web site. Mostly in the file structure, so you probably won't even notice a difference. I've also added a few graphs to the solar data page, just to make it look a bit nicer.

In other news, I've been taking the CW Academy Basic course since the beginning of May, which means that at this point we are over half–way through. It's been a lot of fun, and very challenging. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to study as much as I'd like, too many other things going on, but I can take what I've learned and work on it when I have more time. Hopefully over the summer.

Speaking of CW, I've added a CW section to the web site. I really enjoy operating CW, in fact I don't really do much other operating anymore, though i do the occasional SSB and, even more rearely, FT8. I plan to expand the CW section more as time permits.

God willing and the creek don't rise, as the saying goes, I'll be participating in this year's ARRL Field Day with the Hualapai Amateur Radio Club here in Kingman. I volunteered to be the Safety Officer this year.

Additionally, this year marks the first year that the club will be using electronic logs for Field Day. One of our members purchased the Field Day logging software from N3FJP, and I have it installed on the club's computer. I also purchased the software and installed it on my logging laptop. I have them configured to share the log database, so no need to consolidate the logs.

Last week marked the final week of the CWOps CW Academy Beginner class I was taking. I really enjoyed the class. We had a great instructor and learned a lot. I went from knowing just a few letters to knowking all of the letters and numbers and some punctuation. Now, that doesn't mean that I hear a morse code character and instantly go, that's an A. Sometimes, well most of the time, it takes me a second or more to process it. Instant character recognition is not a strong suit, at least not yet.

I've also made a few CW QSOs, not the cleanest, quickest QSOs, but QSOs none the less. Each one was a little bit better than the one before it, so I'm making progress, and I'm really, really enjoying it. The contacts I've made have been great, really supportive and patient.

If you have been thinking about learning CW, I highly recommend doing it, there's no time like the present. There are two great sets of instructor lead, free courses (there may be others, but these are the two that I'm aware of). One is done by CWOps, the CW Academy, and is a structured, almost like a traditional class, course. The other is not really structured at all, and is done by the Long Island CW Club. Which you choose is entirely up to you. It all depends on the way you learn best. I haven't done any to the Long Island classes, so I can't really speak to them, but, as I said earlier, I really enjoyed the Beginner class by CWOps CW Academy. Check them out, learn a new facet of the hobby, and have fun.

Hope everyone had an enjoyable New Year. It was nice and quiet at the home QTH, which is the way my wife and I like it. Only a few fireworks were heard, which was great for our dog. The XYL went to bed early, while I stayed up watching TV and getting over the flu, or whatever it was that I had had for the whole week prior, not fun being sick, especially during Christmas. But I'm doing better, although the XYL now has bronchitis, gotta love this time of year.

I just wrote a new, short, article on Signal Reports, inspired by an ARRL post on Twitter. It’s pretty basic, but hopefully you’ll find it useful. You can find the article here.

Let’s see, what’s new? Well, I have now upgraded my license to Amateur Extra, passed the Element 4 test on Oct. 19th. Once that was done, and the FCC showed the change, I subitted my application for Volunteer Examiner (VE). I got an email from the ARRL VEC last week saying that my application had “been sent to the approving area for processing”, so I’m thinking that I should be getting my credentials any day now. Which is good, my club’s regular testing is on the thrird Saturday of each month, so that’s coming up soon.

In other news. I did a quick and dirty ham–clock. Basically a dual clock, showing UTC time and local time. I can't quite seem to do the conversion in my head. You can find that by following this link.

Trying to find information about Amateur Radio Nets (what net, when, what frequency, what the focus is, etc.) requires bouncing around all over the place, and even that is no guarantee that you will be able to find the information you are looking for. So, I've been working on a solution to that issue. It’s called NETSdb and is designed to be a single stopping point to find information about the various Mateur Radio Nets out there. (This is no guarantee either, but at least it’s a centralized location).

You can find the intial version, and more information, by following the link below. It is currently a alpha version release, which means that the basic functionality is there, but it is not yet ready for “prime&ndashtime”. I’ve decided to go ahead and put it out there in the state that it is in just to see if there is any interest in this project, before I spend too much time on it. Even if there isn't much interest, I may just go ahead and finish development for my own use.

Quick Prop. Info.

Last Updated: 14 Aug 2022 1500 GMT
Solar Flux: 124
A Index: 10
K Index: 2
SSN: 119
Band Conditions
HF
Band Day Night
80m – 40m Fair Good
30m – 20m Good Good
17m – 15m Fair Fair
12m – 10m Fair Poor
VHF
Aurora - Northern Hemi Band Closed
E–Skip
North America Band Closed
Europe High MUF
Europe — 6m Band Closed
Europe — 4m Band Closed

More detailed solar information can be found here.

Solar Data Provided By: N0NBH

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