AG7GK QSL Card

About AG7GK

Licensed in April 2016 as KI7DUK as a Technician, General in June 2016, then upgraded to Amateur Extra in April 2017

Ham Radio Interests

  • Home Brew Antennas
  • DX - Achieved WAS twice and working on DXCC Award(at 50 Countries now)
  • Digital Data Modes including; FLDIGI, WSJTX, and SSTV
  • Off Grid Operation

Ham Equipment

  • Antennas:
  • 43ft Vertical with MFJ 1908H Fiberglass Mast, 10 ga Copper with MFJ 16010 End Fed Random Wire Tuner
  • Magnetic Loop for 20/30meters tuned with a MFJ 935B Magnetic Loop Tuner
  • G5RV tuned by a MFJ949E and now by an LDG AT-100ProII Automatic Tuner
  • Radios:
  • IC-7100 HF/VHF/UHF Base Station
  • Alinco DX70T
  • Yaesu FT2D HT
  • Baofeng UV5R
  • Other Equipment:
  • MFJ 259C SWR Analyzer - essential for tuning random wire and magnetic loop antennas
  • Samlex SEC-1235M AC/DC Power Supply
  • Windows 7 HP PC for WSJTX, FLDIGI, and MMSSTV
  • SDR Play RSP1
  • PC with various digital mode software applications
  • Android Ham Apps

Digital Modes

Digital Modes Workshop

Digital Modes Presentation at Queen Creek on 5/9/2019: PDF / PPTX

On 11/3/2018 we'll be having a digital modes interactive workshop playing with the software and devices and doing example transmissions and activities. Presentation is below:

AG7GK Digital Modes Workshop 20181103

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I presented the following powerpoint about Digital Modes to a group of about 38 fellow HAMs on 9/22/2018. The intent was to provide a survey of what it means to operate digitally excluding digital voice modes, bur rather digital for sending text and images. We're looking to create a digital net locally in the Phoenix Metro area. You can download all of the materials from the following links:
AG7GK Digital Modes Presentation 20180922.pptx
AG7GK Digital Modes Presentation 20180922.pdf (adobe PDF version)
READING MATERIALS regarding NBEMS, FLDIGI, and other Digital Mode software
SOFTWARE Download All Software, Presentation, and Reading Materials in ZIP file

Rather than host the software I have updated links to all of the software presented previously:

NBEMS FLDIGI Software by W1HKJ http://www.w1hkj.com/

FT8 / JT Modes / WSPR Software by the legendary K1JT, Joseph Taylor: https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html

MMSSTV and other related Amateur radio Software: https://hamsoft.ca/pages/mmsstv.php

http://orcadigitalnet.com/ - I've really enjoyed participating in the Orca Digital Net on tuesday evenings, I highly recommend monitoring the net for those wanting to understand how to use the FLDIGI suite of NBEMS Emcomm software modules (FLMSG, FLAMP, and FLDIGI). They recommend checking in & out the first few weeks before trying to participate in the full net.

East Valley Digital Net

We're starting a local VHF digital net in the east valley and surrounding area that can hit our digital frequency on simplex, 145.550 simplex for NBEMS practice using FLDIGI and FLMSG and 145.500 Simplex for SSTV transmissions (as per SSTV 2m Bandplan). Due to the nature of our complicated lives we have not determined a specific night for a digital simplex net, so for now I will be monitoring for 15 minutes after several voice nets and will transmit test messages three times over the 15 minute period as well as monitor for your transmissions.

Sundays at 8:45 PM (EARLY CHECKINS, 9 START)
145.550 FM Simplex, POSSIBLY 146.660 pl tone 162.2 for a repeater excercise. Always starting on simplex.
NBEMS MFSK64 Image
NBEMS MT63-2000S

 

Net Reports:

20181021_NETREPORT

20181111_NETREPORT

20181125_NETREPORT

20181216_NETREPORT

20190310_NETREPORT

Netiquette: It is important during a digital only net to keep an eye out existing traffic on your waterfall especillay if you don't have your audio turned up. Please read a wonderful quick-start guide on the Orca Digital Net for a good background on digital net etiquette: http://orcadigitalnet.com/quick-start/

Pre-Tone: Monitor for traffic, if none heard send a "tune" tone for 5 seconds and then send transmission

Message Duration: Try to keep less than 1 minute, images may take 2-3

FLDIGI Settings:

  • RSID - Read Solomon ID should be turned on for the modes we are using, see the FLDIGI users manual here: http://www.w1hkj.com/FldigiHelp/id_configuration_page.html
  • TxID and RxID buttons: Turned on:
  • RxID button - toggles the detection of Reed Solomon Identification codes.
  • TxID button - toggles the transmission of the RSID signal.
  • VideoID: This is fun but not required, you can send your call sign using tones which will write the callsign into the waterfall of the receiving stations. A good tutorial of setting up a macro and your system for this is at: http://orcadigitalnet.com/macros/
  • 1500hz Offset - we will try to maintain this convention of transmitting at 1500hz, so in the waterfall you select 1500 with your mouse click than push the LK button

Here's a screenshot of how my FLDIGI Looks with all settings selected:

FLDIGI Setup

 



Tutorials

Sending an Image with MFSK32/64 In FLDIGI

Setting up an RPI with FLDIGI and Signalink - Try this option out for installing the newest versions of FLDIGI and FLMSG/FLAMP on your pi: http://indyham.com/

Using the SDR PlayRSP1 to View Ethernet RFI (Video)

DX

LOTW UploadsI'm a big fan of DX because it combines a number of my passions in the world of mapping, electronics, and radio. When you build a 43 foot antenna out of a $25 piece of #10 gauge wire, hook it to a 25 year old radio connected to a $100 computer and can communicate with someone around the world independent of any other infrastructure I call that amazing. With the invention of spotting networks and web sites that register your radio contacts you get almost instant validation that your computer, radio, and antenna system are working and how well the radio propagation is working. It's still amazing to see my signal show up halfway around the world. Even more amazing is when I see a "WSRP" transmission sent out at less power than a mobile radio or my handheld reach out halfway around the world.

My Favorite Propagation Sites:

PSK Reporter.info Spots for AG7GK for the Last 24 Hours

PSK Reporter.info Spots for AG7GK for the Last 30 Minutes

Solar Propagation Site

Space Weather News

SolarMonitor Site

SpaceweatherLive

Contact information and DX maps available on QRZ.com

I love the following web site, QSOmap.org, that registers your contacts and puts them on a map for visualization of your radio QSO's..

QSOMap

QSO MAP thanks to qsomap.org and JT alert adi log

http://www.qsomap.org/QSOmapProduction/qsomapforQRZ.php?call=ag7gk

My Current DXCC List 80 / 100

 

DXCC Entity Mixed
1 ALASKA AL4Y
2 ANGUILLA VP2ETE
3 ARGENTINA LU5VV
4 ASIATIC RUSSIA UA0FO
5 AUSTRALIA VK3XZ
6 AUSTRIA OE3DXA
7 AZORES CU3EQ
8 BALEARIC ISLANDS EA6VQ
9 BELGIUM ON8BB
10 BELIZE V31MA
11 BOLIVIA CP4BT
12 BONAIRE PJ4P
13 BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA E76C
14 BRAZIL PY2VM
15 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS VP2V/K6NAO
16 BULGARIA LZ2WO
17 CANADA VE3RA
18 CANARY ISLANDS EA8AT
19 CAPE VERDE D44TWO
20 CEUTA & MELILLA EA9ABC
21 CHILE CE2AWW
22 CHINA BD4WN
23 COLOMBIA HK3JJH
24 COSTA RICA TI2CC
25 CROATIA 9A6W
26 CUBA CO2RQ
27 CURACAO PJ2DD
28 CZECH REPUBLIC OK2ZU
29 DENMARK OZ6HQ
30 DOMINICA J79WTA
31 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HI8PJP
32 EAST MALAYSIA 9W8DEN
33 EASTER ISLAND XR0YD
34 ECUADOR HC1PE
35 ENGLAND G0YCE
36 EUROPEAN RUSSIA RZ1OA
37 FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY DL9MS
38 FINLAND OH2ZZ
39 FRANCE F6EYD
40 FRENCH POLYNESIA TX5X
41 GUADELOUPE FG8OJ
42 GUAM KG6JDX
43 GUANTANAMO BAY KG4HF
44 GUATEMALA TG9ANF
45 HAWAII NH6RF
46 HONDURAS HR2DMR
47 HUNGARY HA7TM
48 ICELAND TF2MSN
49 INDONESIA YB1TJ
50 ITALY IU2DMI
51 JAMAICA 6Y5KB
52 JAPAN JH1APK
53 MADEIRA ISLANDS CT3MD
54 MEXICO XE2GMA
55 NEW ZEALAND ZL3NB
56 PANAMA HP8FOX
57 PHILIPPINES DU3/KB7DV
58 PUERTO RICO WP4JLU
59 REPUBLIC OF KOREA DS3CHK
60 REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA ZS2EZ
61 SAINT LUCIA J68GU
62 SAMOA 5W1SA
63 SCOTLAND MM0SJH
64 SINGAPORE 9V1XX
65 SLOVAK REPUBLIC OM3DX
66 SLOVENIA S55DX
67 SPAIN EC1DBO
68 SVALBARD JW4PUA
69 SWEDEN SM2SUM
70 SWITZERLAND HB9ACA
71 TAIWAN BV1EK
72 THAILAND E21EIC
73 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 9Z4Y
74 TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS VP5/AA5UK
75 UKRAINE US1GGP
76 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA KD0YTE
77 URUGUAY CX7SS
78 US VIRGIN ISLANDS NP2KW
79 VENEZUELA YV5KG
80 WEST MALAYSIA 9M2TO

 

 

 

 

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