KB6NN

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Name: Howard Lang
Call: KB6NN
QTH: Eureka, California
Grid: CN70ws


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Portions of the KB6NN station log, reverse chronological order - newest entry on top: Date-Time, Callsign, Frequency, Mode/Power, Notes. Dates/Times are UTC (Zulu) except where noted. 

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10-Feb-13-UTC2255-2306 - WB6ZFG, Randy, Bishop, California, CW on 40 meters, our reports both 559, some qsb, both with dipole antennas and barefoot rigs.  Straight key a little rusty - not the key, my keying!  Thanks to Randy for putting up with my stiff sending, not helped one bit by the new puppy who wanted attention as soon as I got on the air!
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19-July-12-UTC0226-0240 - KE1R, Tom, Santa Fe, New Mexico, CW on 20 meters, his CQ, 589 reports, slowed down for me (thanks). I was using a ham stick style mobile antenna out the window and running 50 watts. Got some "bite" in the shack so cut back to 10w but the band condx were adequate, so we both got most of what was sent in spite of qsb as the band went out. My A/B test dipole under eaves vs. ham stick put the ham stick slightly better, but not by much. This was a good test of a makeshift setup. Why not make every day a field day of sorts? There's something to be learned from every trial and error, so go for it!
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11-July-12-UTC-2004-2045 - W7IZ, Scott, Clatskanie, Oregon, CW on 40 meters, with qsb and qrn, me running 100 wats to call CQ and make the contact, then reduced to 50W because my keying envelope was a little hard. I was using the untuned dipole under eaves of house (tuned by antenna tuner). Switched off using bug and keyer, liked each for different reasons (my bug has a wire extension out the back with solder wrapped around it to slow it down).
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28-Jun-12-UTC-0137-0149 - AA5AE, Fred, Las Cruces, New Mexico, CW on 20 meters, me running 100 watts into a ham stick attached to a mag mount attached to the flashing at the edge of the roof. QRN constant S-6, neighborhood evening electronic noise from televisions and other home electronic devices nearby. Fred was running 100 watts into a tri-bander up 30 feet. Testing ham stick 20 meter vertical against a non-resonant horizontal dipole, the dipole up 8 feet under the eave of the house (system tuned by antenna tuner for lowest SWR). The 20 meter ham stick (system also tuned by antenna tuner for lowest SWR) won out for better signals both sending and receiving. Don't know if it was the extra height or the fact that the vertical was made for the band.
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24-Jun-12-UTC-1904 - KK4AM, Field Day Contact CW on 20 meters, me running 5 watts using battery power stationary mobile from a roadside stop. Me=1C-SF, KK4AM=1B-CO.
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24-Jun-12-UTC-1843 - K9WZB, Field Day contact CW on 20 meters, me running 5 watts using battery power stationary mobile from a roadside stop. Me=1C-SF, K9WZB=1D-AZ.
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24-Jun-12-UTC-1832 - VE7SQ, Field Day contact CW on 20 meters, me running 5 watts using battery power stationary mobile from a roadside stop. Me=1C-SF, VE7SQ=1D-BC.
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07-Dec-11-UTC-2333-2347 - W6RO, Jim again, this time got QSO # A122 (and received QSL card some months later - thanks W6RO QSL bureau volunteers). Jim says the Queen Mary gets poor gas mileage - about 15 feet per gallon.
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07-Dec-11-UTC-2317-2325 - W6RO, Jim, operating the ham station aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Ca. QSB sharply cut off this CW QSO on 20 meters before getting the required QSO # for the QSL card.
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26-Mar-11-UTC-2204-2245 - WA6SEU, Phil, was on a Johnson Viking Ranger running 50 watts, listening on a National NC300. A pleasant QRS hand-key QSO, each of us reporting 599 signals. I had tuned up on 7050, sent my call a couple times, and he came back a few hundred cycles lower on the band. 40 meters was kind to us, in spite of the S-5 weekend consumer electronics noise on the band this afternoon.
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11-Mar-11-UTC-1844-1859 - W6XF, Tom, was testing on 40 meters from Sun Valley, NV. I called him, he said QRZ?, and we made a contact. QSB and strange band conditions. My 589 signal sounded QRP. His 579 signal was good copy except for QSB. Missed whether or not he was QRP or QRO.
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07-Mar-11-UTC-1548-1557 - W6JL, was calling CQ on 40 from Fallbrook. Worked Don before in November 2009. He runs all homebrew, all CW. I did not need to have him QRS. My CW has improved, at least on the receiving end. His RST was 599, mine 559, with a chirp, probably due to running on battery early in the morning. I have been running 12v solar since November of last year. Will look for signal reports at the end of a sunny day.
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27-FEB-11-UTC-1522-1532 - WB6RDO, was calling CQ on 40 meters CW just as the band started to fade on this cold morning. Our contact was too brief.
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26-FEB-11-UTC-2230-2233 - JM7OL, Suke, was calling CQ DX during this opening on 15 meters. Solid copy, many stations active in the low portion of the band and contacts were brief.
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24-FEB-11-UTC-2200-2214 - WD7Y, Ed, was calling CQ on 40 meters from a location near Santa Cruz. His 5w QRP was 579-QSB here. My 100 watts to an experimental dipole design was 589 at best. The band was fading, but the nighttime noise had not picked up yet.
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28-JUN-10-UTC-15:40-15:48 - K9AC, Tom, Eureka, Ca. Both of us trying out magnetic loop antennas. His signal was better than mine, so I switched back to wire antenna.
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10-JUN-10-UTC-18:21-18:55 - K6TBW, Sandy, Alturus, Ca. Answering his CQ. He was using a long wire, I was using a W3EDP antenna ten feet off the ground. We were both 5/7/9.
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06-JUN-10-UTC-18:08-18:13 - N6NZE, Joe, Eureka, Ca. First AM contact. We were both trying to contact the club station at the museum ship with no luck, but we heard each other. Strictly ground wave. We were closer to each other than either of us was to the ship.
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06-FEB-10-UTC-17:26-17:34 - W6XF, Tom, Sun Valley, Nv. Heard him calling CQ with a strong signal. I was testing battery power with battery charger plugged in to AC. I heard a hum coming from under the desk. Tom says not on my signal. Did QRT to check out. With radio off, hum is not coming from under desk. Is from fan in next room!
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21-JAN-10-UTC-04:19-04:31 - K6FWT, 3545/CW, Jim, Eureka, Ca. I heard Jim calling CQ GB and I thought Great Britain? But no, it was Glowbugs! Jim's 6L6 transmitter was putting out a copyable QRP signal over 4 miles of ground wave in the rain-soaked trees.
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21-NOV-09-UTC-15:55-16:24 - W6JL, 7041/CW, Don in Fallbrook, Ca. I was using an FT-101F running about 50 watts into a 40 meter dipole. Some QSB but not bad. Don runs homebrew and is a good CW op, patient and courteous with me as I struggled with my code.
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08-09-NOV-09-UTC - ARRL CW SS contacts - made two contacts in about an hour on 20 meters, running 100 watts from a TS-120S into an indoor antenna. Worked W0ZA and K6NA. It was fun to work my first Sweepstakes with such a modest station, and I wish I had started earlier in the weekend.
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31-JUL-09-UTC-03:54 - W3JTM, 7.054.0, CW/100W, Jack, Morgan Hill, Ca. Local noise level S6 on 40 meters tonight. Some QSB. Band got stronger, then started to fade toward end of QSO. Smooth copy medium speed CW, relaxed and easy going.
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21-JUL-09-UTC-04:03 - KI6PCS, 7.034.0, CW/100W, Patrick, Topanga, Ca. Local noise level S7 on 40 meters tonight. Conditions changed and signals faded in and out of the noise.
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28-JUN-09-UTC - Field Day Contacts, CW/100W:
15 meters: K0RV (2A CO), N7KQ (2A AZ) - amazing band opening
40 meters: KE6YLH (2D SV), K6KZV (1E SCV) - good band conditions
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06-JUN-09-UTC-21:43 - K6YVM, 7.040.4, CW/100W, Steve, operating K6YVM, the Victory Amateur Radiio Club station, aboard the USS Red Oak, in Richmond CA, during Museum Ship Weekend. My dipole cut for 40 meters, 10 feet off ground under eave of house, loads well.
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29-JUL-08-UTC-0532 - K9WZB, 14.027.3, CW/10W, Field Day weekend. Exchange: sent-1DSF, received-1DAZ, band was about to change, my first Field Day contact in many years. My random wire in back yard does not load well.
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12-OCT-07-UTC-0025 - AB0BM, 14.040, CW/10W, Gary, Quimby Iowa, his power 100W, much QSB, band was about to change, my first hf contact in many years.
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02-OCT-07-Local-2035 - W6KOZ, 52.500, FM/2W, Del, at HARC meeting QSO party, much fun using military gear set up on tables at club meeting, my first six meter contact.
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Aug-2007 - unpacked ham gear from where it had been stored for many years, set up HF station, TS-440S, antenna is random wire at about 8 feet, got out code practice tapes.
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Jan-2003 - packed ham radio gear away since had not been used in several years.
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Still older entries start here (reverse chronological order):
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22-JUL-00-UTC-0535 - KM6DI, 7174, SSB/100W, Mike, QRM
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22-JUL-00-UTC-0530 - KM6DI, 3849, SSB/100W, Mike, sked, QSY
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19-MAY-98-UTC-0357 - WD6DCG, 14.055, CW/1W, John, Eureka, 5W
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23-MAR-98-UTC-0614 - KM6DI, 3805, SSB/100W, Mike, sked.
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09-MAR-98-UTC-0457 - KM6DI, 3820, SSB/100W, Mike, sked.
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29-MAR-93-UTC-0543 - KM6DI, 3840, SSB/100W, Mike, sked.
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26-MAR-93-UTC-1725 - W6NPB, 7110, CW/100W, Ted, sked.
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22-MAR-93-UTC-0530 - KM6DI, 3820, SSB/100W, Mike, sked.
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03-MAR-93-UTC-1724 - W6NPB, 7110, CW/100W, Ted, sked.
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22-FEB-93-UTC-0529 - KM6DI, 3820, SSB/100W, Mike, sked.
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19-FEB-93-UTC-1722 - W6NPB, 7102, CW/100W, Ted, sked.
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18-FEB-93-UTC-0532 - KM6DI, 3820, SSB/100W, Mike, sked.
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Second log book started 14-DEC-92
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Upgraded to Extra, 07-14-91
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Mostly scheduled contacts before this back to 18-JAN-91
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First ARRL log book filled from 01-JUN-78 through 11-DEC-92
Original call sign, Novice, was KA6AAZ, issued 05-19-78

Upgraded to Advanced, new call, KB6NN, 05-29-79
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See you on the bands.

73,

Howard Lang, KB6NN

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QTH:
Eureka, California
Grid: CN70ws

Eureka is located in the middle of Humboldt County, California. Humboldt County is in Northern California, on the coast, about 80 miles south of the Oregon border.

Howard's Amateur Radio Memberships:

Humboldt Amateur Radio Club 

Far West Repeater Association

Ten-Ten International (#25696)

American Radio Relay League 



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Upgraded to Advanced, new call, KB6NN, 05-29-79
Upgraded to Extra, 07-14-91

Log page:   1 2

See you on the bands.

73,

Howard Lang, KB6NN

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QTH:
Eureka, California
Grid: CN70ws

Eureka is located in the middle of Humboldt County, California. Humboldt County is in Northern California, on the coast, about 80 miles south of the Oregon border.

Howard's Amateur Radio Memberships:

Humboldt Amateur Radio Club 

Far West Repeater Association

Ten-Ten International (#25696)

American Radio Relay League 



Content and photos copyrighted. © All rights reserved.

Hosted by humsites.com.



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