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HAM Radio & Survival.

Started by Hoofer, January 10, 2021, 04:04:47 AM

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Hoofer

Mostly the repeater club nets, because I'm usually driving.

Old Miss net, I've listened a bit on the maritime net on 20meters (14.300Mhz?).

My little test on the solar near-miss was interesting, Local stations were diminished, but stations 500mi away were right there, all morning and into mid day - like what you'd expect at night.   It was pretty much back to normal 2 days after the event.  I had wanted to get up on 80 meters, or 160 and play around, but my big antenna was on the ground.  That's the thing with these Solar Events, absolutely nobody can really predict what's going to happen - even base on past events, because just like ground conductivity, what I got at my place can be completely different than 5 miles away.

For instance, we know radio waves, via ground effect, travel pretty much on the surface, right?
What if the guys who dug out my basement, spread all that highly conductive magnetite sub-soil across the surface?   I can literally "pick up dirt" with a magnet in my front lawn.  The only places grass is growing (growing well) - where ever the ducks & chickens crap - dark green!  It'll take decades to ever have a decent looking front lawn... speaking of which... they noticed me through the window... asking for Popcorn....  :popcorn:
All animals are created equal; Some just take longer to cook.   Survival is keeping an eye on those around you...

Rick

Yes the maritime net at 14.300. Old Miss net is new to me.

Yoy just need to shape that dirt into a ground plane
I dream of the day a chicken can cross the road with out it's motives being questioned.

Hoofer

Quote from: Rick on April 02, 2021, 05:35:25 AM
Yes the maritime net at 14.300. Old Miss net is new to me.

Yoy just need to shape that dirt into a ground plane
Close to the house, I don't have radials, just drive a stake or two, and that's it!
Pity those guys who bury miles of wire... but, I have no real lawn, just clumps of green here and there.
All animals are created equal; Some just take longer to cook.   Survival is keeping an eye on those around you...

Hoofer

OMISS OPERATES ON THE FOLLOWING FREQUENCIES AND TIMES, PLUS OR MINUS QRM AND PROPAGATION:

Band.. Net Time & Frequency ... ............ ......Day .............  Band Coordinator

10m    1800z ---> 28.665 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Sat & Sun 1   WB6RAB, DAVID, #7380
12m    1630z ---> 24.980 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Tue, Thur (Early)   N4UP, PETER, #9203
12m Late    2030z ---> 24.980 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Sat, Sun (Late)   N4UP, PETER, #9203
15m    1630z ---> 21.395 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Sat & Sun 1   N5GGG, DAVE, #9395
17m    1900z ---> 18.158 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Sat & Sun 1   K8MPW, CLAUDE, #9757
20m    1830z ---> 14.290 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Daily   N0JOY, LEE, #12097
40m    0100z ---> 7.185 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Daily   WA5CAT, ED, #11055
40m Late    0400z ---> 7.185 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Sat & Sun 1   WA5CAT, ED, #11055
80m    0300z ---> 3.825 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Daily   WN4WDE, ERIC, #12197
80m Late    0500z ---> 3.825 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Sat & Sun 1,2,3   WN4WDE, ERIC, #12197
160m    0400z ---> 1.930 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Sat & Sun & Mon 2,3   K7CTM, THOMAS, #10452
All animals are created equal; Some just take longer to cook.   Survival is keeping an eye on those around you...

Rick

I dream of the day a chicken can cross the road with out it's motives being questioned.

Hoofer

This is the time of year, cable and telecom (internet) companies start sending out tasks to their techs to do "Preventative Maintenance" at those remote sites.   If you know anyone who works in the industry, buy 'em a soda, case of water, beer and ask, "I'm looking for some big batteries, for my HAM station - you know, that kind of stuff for emergency communications?   I want to keep it going during those power outages & rolling blackouts."

When someone asks *me* & tells me why they want the batteries, emergency communications, I'll give them as many as their vehicle can carry!  If they say, "for our club repeater" since I already know what that is, they'll get the best I can give them.  If I got an odd number of batteries, which is less than 4  of the 12volt variety (our systems are 48volt based, 1-3 batteries will not work & we can't "mix" them, size, age, type.) - they'll get them.

Those old UPS units, some are 24volt, some 36volt, and the big ones are 48volt.  If they have a fan on them, and better yet, a big battery PLUG, might be yellow, blue, black.  That plug allows you to ADD massive battery banks for extended run time (must have a FAN for cooling!!!).   Well, some of the batteries we're cycling out of our systems, will run those UPSes for -days-   

When we had our spring ice storm just a couple of months ago, I kept my furnace blower running (LPG heat) for 2 days, house warm, without running a generator - big old UPS, 10yr old batteries.  Yup, vintage 6-11, sticker right on the front of them.    These came from a data center, and basically sat there, as emergency backup to the gear, only 2x did they ever get called upon.  Both times, they kept it all humming along, 14hrs and about 7-8hrs the second time.   The rest of the time, they were sitting there, no stress at all, fully charged.   I got them, and they sat outside my basement door for 3 years, till last fall, when I brought them in -- Hey, the test set says they're still good!?   So I pressed them back into service!

If you know a Cable TV guy, Telephone / Internet guy... or see a guy hunched over a big light green terminal on the side of the road - *ask* them.  It's worth the try - and make sure you mention you/your club needs newer batteries for emergency communications - (all volunteers, not much money, donations welcome, you provide backup communications for ems/police/fire if other systems fail.. like theirs).   

Not saying it'll work everytime, but, as one of those guys who's delivered batteries by the hundreds, maybe thousands... to clubs, repeaters, home HAM radio operators - I can tell you, "When I got them, I need to know WHERE they can go TODAY... 'cause I'm not gonna carry those things around on my service truck tomorrow!"  Right now... I know "Jerry" is looking for 8x  40ah batteries for his UPS.  He asked me 2 weeks ago.  Probably have them within the month.  They'll be used, but still good.  He'll need to meet me on short notice, we can do the transfer, he buys me a soda or bottle of water.

Who I absolutely will not give batteries to:  The jerk who is just going to take them and cash in on the lead.   "Oh, you're just giving these away, I'll take them all and turn them into the recycler!  (thanks, sucker!!!  that's a great freebe!  snicker-snicker!) - nope, if I find out that happened, I stop offering them to that person or club.  I got people who will put them to good use, who do public service at their own expense - when the batteries are dead, they can recycle them.   

BTW... go BIG on them, not the small batteries, get the biggest you can, with one exception - not the flooded cells (have water in them, water you can see, usually glass case). 

Just get your name & phone number out there with the guys doing the work, even talk to a manager - tell them what you do, public service, emergency communications, etc...  and call them every 2-3 weeks, to gently remind them, "If you can help us, we'd really, really appreciate it!"  Who knows, you might end up with some brand new, big batteries.
All animals are created equal; Some just take longer to cook.   Survival is keeping an eye on those around you...

Hoofer

A Co-worker said, "come and help us out, you like those bigger batteries, we got a rack with 2 trays of them" - meaning 8 total.  Well, he led me to believe they were bigger than what was actually there, they were 100ah instead of 170ah.  Bummer, I took them anyways.  Except, there was 4 trays of them, 16 total.
Darn right, it was worth the trip.

Some will end up as part of the 12volt system, the rest will add to the 48volt system.  We have enough batteries - and UPSes to graduate to the next phase of our plan, energy independence (semi-independence)!  Solar panels are next.

These batteries are going on the well pump, not having clean water during an extended outage is not good for a farm.  We got power for the communication part settled, for about 10 years.  Doing this on a shoestring has had it's moments, it's always a "we'll see what happens / breaks next.." on the farm.  For now, we'll just relax a little, fire up the grill for a couple of steaks and rejoice in an awesome score.
All animals are created equal; Some just take longer to cook.   Survival is keeping an eye on those around you...

Hoofer

IMO... and NVIS antenna is a *must* for HAM radio.

Usually, we HAMs end up with NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) sort of by accident, because we cannot get the wire up high enough for a good pattern.  We wanted the radiation pattern on the RIGHT, but got the pattern on the LEFT.


As WB5NHL describes so well:
"NVIS Antenna
The Near Vertical Incident Skywave (NVIS) antenna is one that provides the majority of its radiation at an extremely high angle. That is to say the major lobe is between 75 and 90 degrees to the earth's surface. This will provide excellent omni-directional communication out to a distance of 300 to 500 Kilometers. The maximum frequencies involved will be as low as 1.8 Mhz under very poor conditions to as high as 14 Mhz under excellent conditions (which we have not seen in many years), with the most usable being between 3.5 Mhz (80M) and 7.3 Mhz (40M).

Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) is a propagation mode which uses high angle radiation to send signals almost straight up to be reflected back to Earth for very effective short to medium distance communications. This mode of operation makes it ideal for in-state communications during disasters or other emergency situations. The military has used NVIS techniques for decades to provide short haul communication with other units on the ground."



Many HAMs have *only* NVIS antennas, such as full wave horizontal loops, because they're simply wire, easy to put up, are not height dependent, and cover a lot of bands with minimal tuner help.  If you've got the trees or objects to hold up wire, you're half way there.  The Horizontal Loop Antenna is just like it sounds, it is wire horizontal to the actual ground.  the goal is to enclose as much real estate as possible for best performance (to hear the best), just get it off the ground, 20' or more.

Another NVIS antenna is an Inverted V which is just like a Dipole antenna, but the center is high, the ends are sloping towards the ground.   It looks like an upside down "V" that's spread out to 90 degrees or more - the center takes a mast, the ends are anchored above the ground.

Still another NVIS antenna as a Dipole... that's just too low to have a nice figure-eight pattern (two deep NULLS on the ends of the wires).  This happens often, because we just can't really get them high enough for the lower bands.  They're OK for the higher bands, but 80m & 160 .... meh, a little too low.

The DOWN side of an NVIS antenna, no DX.  They do not work much past a couple hundred miles.
The UPSIDE side might not be immediately obvious without a picture.

Blue=line-of-sight, which is blocked by mountains or other taller objects.
Red=anything bounced off the Ionisphere.

Since the earth is curved, and radio waves don't tend to "bend" much, and NVIS antenna might be the ONLY way you can communicate with someone within 10 miles from you, unless you live on a hill, or have a tall tower to place your antenna.

When we lived in SE Wisconsin on a farm, we had a +60 silo, and mounted a Moonraker 6 on top of it, aimed right up I-94 towards Milwaukee, about 30 miles away.  It's a flat area of the state, and we had really good reception into Milwaukee metro.  I could talk with wifey easily on USB channel 32.
Growing up in SW Wisconsin, we had the 2nd highest elevation, and a CB antenna mounted +30' high on a metal roof, we could easily talk to stations in Milwaukee, 100mi away.  From that place, we could see the lights of Madison, 30mi away, from a location probably 100' lower in elevation of the antenna.

If you don't have the elevation, and can't seem to reach anyone locally - NVIS antennas & the Ionisphere are your friend.
All animals are created equal; Some just take longer to cook.   Survival is keeping an eye on those around you...

Hoofer

Arrgh... what failed to make it into that last post...

Although we could reach out a long way with the vertical antennas our farm & silo, even the slightest obstacle, hill, or valley, effectively cut off anyone we thought we should have been able to reach.  Anyone in line-of-sight was easy, but the guys living in a "hollow" we couldn't even hear them, or vice versa.
All animals are created equal; Some just take longer to cook.   Survival is keeping an eye on those around you...

Hoofer

Now is the time to start thinking and preparing for the annual, ARRL Field Day.
http://www.arrl.org/field-day

"Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio."

a.  you do NOT need a license to operate - just gotta find a group of HAMS who have set up (they will be posting signs, advertising, trying to get you to join them).  Do so!
b.  the HAMs set up a GOTO station (get-on-the-air), which is for people who "just walk in, with no experience, just to check it out"
c.  usually... there's food & drink... as the day wears on... everyone has gotta eat and wet that dry throat from talking on the air, or get a fresh shot of coffee to keep those fingers jittering, more caffeine, the faster you code, right?
d.  you can learn at zero expense!  HAMs just *love* talking about their shiny, blinky, buzzing, clicking flashy toys! 
e.  the weather is almost perfect.  Some guys set up in tents, some on picnic benches in parks, some on high elevations - get out and stretch your legs!
f.  the most important learning experience you're gonna get for Survival communications.
g. actually SET UP a radio & REAL working antenna - see and learn, how to get an antenna to function, is not as easy as Hollywood makes it look.

Why & How? Survival...?

Field Day is where we yank the radios OUT of the little HAM Shack, drag it to a sort of public location, in a short time window, set everything up, batteries, genset, solar panels, whatever it takes - to get on the air in less than ideal conditions.  PERFECT practice for a SHTF scenario! 

Field Day is a time for literally everyone who is capable of operating in a SHTF, will be operating, the airwaves will be CROWDED with people and noise.  Perfect time to experience EVERYONE, all experience levels, Novice (never did anything before, lots of mistakes), to Expert levels (going for points, moving fast though calls) - and everyone in between.

Field Day is where, YOU, the casually interested, potential HAM for Prepper - gets to check out rigs you'd actually use in an emergency situation, not think about it, dream, or read about it online, no, actually sit down, and DO IT, learning on actual operating gear.  You'll internalize all those thoughts, "Is this too big?  How long will the batteries last?  Can I really talk far enough, or close enough to my neighbors?  What about this frequency, does it work for where I want, or that frequency?  What works during the Day, or at Night?

Day vs Night communications - yep, it's a +24hr event, and the radio bands / airwaves behave differently throughout the day.  Low bands 80-160 meters open up for DX (distance exchange) at night, sometimes open during the day.  20 & 40 meters are great during the Day, night... eh...  you get the idea, Low bands at night, higher bands during the day.

*  But... I only got this Bad-fang, china-made walkie talkie... now what?  Bring it WITH you! 
*  I'm not a licensed HAM, can I really USE it?  YUP!  During this event - you use the "club callsign", not your name, your licensed call (if you're a HAM, tech licensed, whatever, we all use the club's call, members or not).
*  What kind of people are gonna be there..?  The people you're gonna be talking to, in a SHTF scenario, and HAMs, they're exactly what / where / how you get your feet wet!  Meet & greet the people on the other end of the spectrum!  Sometimes there's Prepper talk, but, 90% of the time, it's just about "how do we make this radio work, how do I make a contact, log it, and find someone else?"
*  Operating... a big radio... scary!  Trust me, nobody is gonna let you F-k up their radio.  They *want* you to be successful, you'll learn VERY fast, it's a fast paced day, calls are brisk, and operating a radio is an ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY SKILL.  What you learn in 1/2hr, could save your life, 10 years from now. 

The Hollywood movie crap, an actor, plane crash, stranded in the middle of nowhere, broken leg - reached for the radio, turns it on, and starts calling, "help us, someone please help us!"  Like magic, there's practically no HISS or STATIC or anyone else talking - and like the voice of a Marvel Comic book "god", "Yes, we hear you, are you OK, where are you, help is coming"

- WRONG!!!

Reality is like...  Turn on the radio = static, lots of it... "Is this damn thing working...?" your thinking.
Now what do I do... Hmmm... turn up the RF Gain, yeah, like a CB radio, just crank it up until you can't think and all the rabbits, squirrels & birds scurry away, holding their ears.
Oh... just "click the tuning knob, till you hear something..."  <clickety-click-clickety-click>  "nothing..."

If there's a real disaster ... I expect to hear practically nothing, seriously, it's gonna be SEARCHING for a 'contact' - that's a necessary skill, just as CALLING (CQ-CQ-CQ) is an absolutely necessary skill.  Well, WHERE on the dial (HAM bands) do I start looking?  You need pre-armed with information, like calling frequencies - ahead of time.  Knowing WHERE to find people across that vast bandwidth, is your biggest battle.


(it's even got prepper stuff near the back, $20, shipping included
https://www.qrz.com/db/KJ4ADN

Field Day is the EASIEST time to cover literally all the bases, over a 24hr period, remote, emergency type situation, actually operating, the whole nation will light up the airwaves at 2pm EDT for 24hrs, and everyone is gonna be looking for YOU, to make contact with THEM.  Perfect!  Mark you calendar, check out the ARRL website, look for a HAM club, find out where they're setting up (usually Saturday morning, or about noon), and show up.  If you want to help set up, I'm confident you can pull on a rope, or stick a stake in the ground, etc.  Show up ahead of the action, and get the experience - you'll "bond" with people, good people, they're always anxious to learn, just like you are.

Mark your calendar - start looking, the HAMS are starting to plan.  Which bands, antennas, radios, batteries, location, sending out invites, what hours, just daytime or 24hrs?  All that stuff is gonna be talked about during the May club meetings - find a club, and talk to them.  Or, just show up - it's that kind of event. 
All animals are created equal; Some just take longer to cook.   Survival is keeping an eye on those around you...

Hoofer

If you're looking for early warnings to EMP events, CME events ... check this out.  Subscribe.
https://weatherboy.com/solar-wind-traveling-1118468-mph-due-to-hit-earth-sunday/

Solar Wind Traveling 1,118,468 mph Due to Hit Earth Sunday

"Just days after Earth was hit by a coronal mass ejection (CME), it appears another blast of solar wind is due to impact Earth on Sunday; it is currently traveling at a brisk 1,118,468 mph towards the planet.

A minor G1-class Geomagnetic Storm is possible late Saturday into much of Sunday as the solar wind interacts with the Earth's magnetic field. While the National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center has not issued any advisory for this solar wind yet, a watch or warning could be posted tomorrow for this event.

In the scheme of geomagnetic storms, a G1 is considered the weakest. While there could be some weak power grid fluctuations especially at northern latitudes, this type of event is more impactful to satellites that orbit Earth in space.  A G1 event could also trigger a display of the Northern Lights or aurora as far south as Michigan and Maine.

While typically known for their weather forecasts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its National Weather Service (NWS) is also responsible for "space weather." While there are private companies and other agencies that monitor and forecast space weather, the official source for alerts and warnings of the space environment is the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). The SWPC is located in Boulder, Colorado and is a service center of the NWS, which is part of NOAA. The Space Weather Prediction Center is also one of nine National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) as they monitor current space weather activity 24/7, 365 days a year.

Experts have indicated that we are entering an active solar cycle now and incidents like this will increase with frequency and intensity in the coming months."

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I liken this to HAM communications will be changing through the Amateur Bands, when the LOW Bands 80-160 meters go LONG, the higher bands, 20-6 meters (yes, 11m is the CB band included) will go short and vice versa.   It's *not* a bad thing, unless you've only got one radio and can't do the other bands.  It's really a welcome thing for 6, 10, 11 meters - when they go LONG, a little 5 watt walkie talkie can talk a thousand miles!  (well, for a minute or two).

Scratch the idea, "Everything is gonna be wiped out!!! fear!" - just disconnect your outdoor antenna from the radio, unplug it, and relax.  If we have a nuclear EMP attack ... meh... it's only the guys who kept their "spare radio" buried in an EMP proof box would likely have working radios - but, how do you know WHEN it's safe to retrieve it?  And what if there's a second, delayed EMP to catch the rest of 'em, a day later?   Heck, if I was gonna EMP the USA, I'd do it 2-3 times, a day or two apart, hit the west coast, then east, and then the middle.

Since, we ARE moving to greater solar activity - it's been QUIET a long time, all the weaker Chinese electronics ... meh, you got what you paid for, it was cheap, poorly filtered, it'll be first to go.  The old Tube stuff could last though some pretty robust, repeated, hard EMP/CME hits.
All animals are created equal; Some just take longer to cook.   Survival is keeping an eye on those around you...

Hoofer

May 02, 2021, 06:40:39 AM #71 Last Edit: May 02, 2021, 06:44:52 AM by Hoofer
Check this out - a lot more information ... might be easier to understand.

https://www.spaceweatherlive.com/

While I'm not worried at all...  if there was some major CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) coming, I'd hope to get a day's notice to disconnect radio's from their outdoor antennas.  If anyone has a decent site, up-to-date, that sends out alerts, please post it.

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Here's a no-brainer, reminder.  If you have "sets" of rechargeable batteries, in devices and standby.. set a reminder to swap them (monthly, or every even month), pull the ones in the flashlights, radios, etc. - swap them from the chargers.   We all get complacent, I sure do.
All animals are created equal; Some just take longer to cook.   Survival is keeping an eye on those around you...

Rick

I dream of the day a chicken can cross the road with out it's motives being questioned.

walkstall

A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.- James Freeman Clarke

Always remember "Feelings Aren't Facts."

Hoofer

State QSO Parties!   These are FUN!  Make a lot of contacts, during a time when HAMS are really active in each state - it's a contest, and they want to talk to YOU!

(a "test" of the Table function... I used TABS)

STATE      CONTEST            DATE-TIME

February
Vermont      + Vermont QSO Party      0000Z, Feb 6 to 2400Z, Feb 7, 2021
Minnesota   + Minnesota QSO Party      1400Z-2400Z, Feb 6, 2021
South Carolina   + South Carolina QSO Party   1500Z, Feb 27 to 0159Z, Feb 28, 2021
North Carolina   + North Carolina QSO Party   1500Z, Feb 28 to 0059Z, Mar 1, 2021
 
March
Oklahoma   + Oklahoma QSO Party      1500Z, Mar 13 to 0200Z, Mar 14, 2021 and 1500Z-2100Z, Mar 14, 2021
Idaho      + Idaho QSO Party      1900Z, Mar 13 to 1900Z, Mar 14, 2021
Wisconsin   + Wisconsin QSO Party      1800Z, Mar 14 to 0100Z, Mar 15, 2021
Virginia   + Virginia QSO Party      1400Z, Mar 20 to 0400Z, Mar 21, 2021 and 1200Z-2400Z, Mar 21, 2021
 
April
Louisiana   + Louisiana QSO Party      1400Z, Apr 3 to 0200Z, Apr 4, 2021
Mississippi   + Mississippi QSO Party      1400Z, Apr 3 to 0200Z, Apr 4, 2021
Nebraska   + Nebraska QSO Party      1300Z, Apr 10 to 0100Z, Apr 11, 2021 and 1300Z-2200Z, Apr 11, 2021
New Mexico   + New Mexico QSO Party      1400Z, Apr 10 to 0200Z, Apr 11, 2021
Georgia      + Georgia QSO Party      1800Z, Apr 10 to 0359Z, Apr 11, 2021 and 1400Z-2359Z, Apr 11, 2021
North Dakota   + North Dakota QSO Party   1800Z, Apr 10 to 1800Z, Apr 11, 2021
Michigan   + Michigan QSO Party      1600Z, Apr 17 to 0400Z, Apr 18, 2021
Florida      + Florida QSO Party      1600Z, Apr 24 to 0159Z, Apr 25, 2021 and 1200Z-2159Z, Apr 25, 2021
 
May
Arizona      + 7th Call Area QSO Party   1300Z, May 1 to 0700Z, May 2, 2021
Idaho      + 7th Call Area QSO Party   1300Z, May 1 to 0700Z, May 2, 2021
Montana      + 7th Call Area QSO Party   1300Z, May 1 to 0700Z, May 2, 2021
Nevada      + 7th Call Area QSO Party   1300Z, May 1 to 0700Z, May 2, 2021
Oregon      + 7th Call Area QSO Party   1300Z, May 1 to 0700Z, May 2, 2021
Utah      + 7th Call Area QSO Party   1300Z, May 1 to 0700Z, May 2, 2021
Washington   + 7th Call Area QSO Party   1300Z, May 1 to 0700Z, May 2, 2021
Wyoming      + 7th Call Area QSO Party   1300Z, May 1 to 0700Z, May 2, 2021
Indiana      + Indiana QSO Party      1500Z, May 1 to 0300Z, May 2, 2021
Delaware   + Delaware QSO Party      1700Z, May 1 to 2359Z, May 2, 2021
Connecticut   + New England QSO Party      2000Z, May 1 to 0500Z, May 2, 2021 and 1300Z-2400Z, May 2, 2021
Maine      + New England QSO Party      2000Z, May 1 to 0500Z, May 2, 2021 and 1300Z-2400Z, May 2, 2021
Massachusetts   + New England QSO Party      2000Z, May 1 to 0500Z, May 2, 2021 and 1300Z-2400Z, May 2, 2021
New Hampshire   + New England QSO Party      2000Z, May 1 to 0500Z, May 2, 2021 and 1300Z-2400Z, May 2, 2021
Rhode Island   + New England QSO Party      2000Z, May 1 to 0500Z, May 2, 2021 and 1300Z-2400Z, May 2, 2021
Vermont      + New England QSO Party      2000Z, May 1 to 0500Z, May 2, 2021 and 1300Z-2400Z, May 2, 2021
Arkansas   + Arkansas QSO Party      1400Z, May 8 to 0200Z, May 9, 2021
 
June
Kentucky   + Kentucky QSO Party      1400Z, June 5 to 0200Z, Jun 6, 2021
West Virginia   + West Virginia QSO Party   1600Z, Jun 19 to 0400Z, Jun 20, 2021
 
July
Missouri   + Missouri QSO Party      1400Z, Jul 31 to 0400Z, Aug 1, 2021 and 1400Z-2000Z, Aug 1, 2021
 
August
Maryland   + Maryland-DC QSO Party      *1400Z, Aug 8 to 0400Z, Aug 9, 2020
Hawaii      + Hawaii QSO Party      *0400Z, Aug 22 to 0400Z, Aug 24, 2020
Ohio      + Ohio QSO Party      *1600Z, Aug 22 to 0400Z, Aug 23, 2020
Kansas      + Kansas QSO Party      *1400Z, Aug 29 to 0200Z, Aug 30, 2020 and *1400Z-2000Z, Aug 30, 2020
 
September
Colorado   + Colorado QSO Party      *1300Z, Sep 5 to 0400Z, Sep 6, 2020
Tennessee   + Tennessee QSO Party      *1800Z, Sep 6 to 0300Z, Sep 7, 2020
Alabama      + Alabama QSO Party      *1500Z, Sep 12 to 0300Z, Sep 13, 2020
Texas      + Texas QSO Party      1400Z, Sep 18 to 0200Z, Sep 19, 2021 and 1400Z-2000Z, Sep 19, 2021
Iowa      + Iowa QSO Party      *1400Z, Sep 19 to 0200Z, Sep 20, 2020
New Hampshire   + New Hampshire QSO Party   *1600Z, Sep 19 to 0400Z, Sep 20, 2020 and *1600Z-2200Z, Sep 20, 2020
New Jersey   + New Jersey QSO Party      *1600Z, Sep 19 to 0359Z, Sep 20, 2020
Washington   + Washington State Salmon Run   *1600Z, Sep 19 to 0700Z, Sep 20, 2020 and *1600Z-2400Z, Sep 20, 2020
Maine      + Maine QSO Party      *1200Z, Sep 26 to 1200Z, Sep 27, 2020
 
October
California   + California QSO Party      *1600Z, Oct 3 to 2200Z, Oct 4, 2020
Arizona      + Arizona QSO Party      1500Z, Oct 9 to 0500Z, Oct 10, 2021
Nevada      + Nevada QSO Party      *0300Z, Oct 10 to 2100Z, Oct 11, 2020
Pennsylvania   + Pennsylvania QSO Party   *1600Z, Oct 10 to 0500Z, Oct 11, 2020 and *1300Z-2200Z, Oct 11, 2020
South Dakota   + South Dakota QSO Party   *1800Z, Oct 10 to 1800Z, Oct 11, 2020
New York   + New York QSO Party      *1400Z, Oct 17 to 0200Z, Oct 18, 2020
Illinois   + Illinois QSO Party      *1700Z, Oct 18 to 0100Z, Oct 19, 2020
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