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 89 / 100

DXCC Entity Mixed
1 ALASKA AL4Y
2 ANGUILLA VP2ETE
3 ARGENTINA LU5VV
4 ARUBA P4/K3DMG
5 ASIATIC RUSSIA UA0FO
6 AUSTRALIA VK3XZ
7 AUSTRIA OE3DXA
8 AZORES CU3EQ
9 BALEARIC ISLANDS EA6VQ
10 BELGIUM ON8BB
11 BELIZE V31MA
12 BOLIVIA CP4BT
13 BONAIRE PJ4P
14 BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA E76C
15 BRAZIL PY2VM
16 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS VP2V/K6NAO
17 BULGARIA LZ2WO
18 CANADA VE3RA
19 CANARY ISLANDS EA8AT
20 CAPE VERDE D44TWO
21 CENTRAL KIRIBATI T31EU
22 CEUTA & MELILLA EA9ABC
23 CHILE CE2AWW
24 CHINA BD4WN
25 COLOMBIA HK3JJH
26 COSTA RICA TI2CC
27 CROATIA 9A6W
28 CUBA CO2RQ
29 CURACAO PJ2DD
30 CZECH REPUBLIC OK2ZU
31 DENMARK OZ6HQ
32 DOMINICA J79WTA
33 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HI8PJP
34 EAST MALAYSIA 9W8DEN
35 EASTER ISLAND XR0YD
36 ECUADOR HC1PE
37 EL SALVADOR YS1RS
38 ENGLAND G0YCE
39 EUROPEAN RUSSIA RZ1OA
40 FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY DL9MS
41 FINLAND OH2ZZ
42 FRANCE F6EYD
43 FRENCH POLYNESIA TX5X
44 GUADELOUPE FG8OJ
45 GUAM KG6JDX
46 GUANTANAMO BAY KG4HF
47 GUATEMALA TG9ANF
48 HAITI HH2AA
49 HAWAII NH6RF
50 HONDURAS HR2DMR
51 HONG KONG VR2XRW
52 HUNGARY HA7TM
53 ICELAND TF2MSN
54 INDONESIA YB1TJ
55 IRELAND EI7HDB
56 ITALY IU2DMI
57 JAMAICA 6Y5KB
58 JAPAN JH1APK
59 MADEIRA ISLANDS CT3MD
60 MEXICO XE2GMA
61 NETHERLANDS PE0FK
62 NEW ZEALAND ZL3NB
63 PANAMA HP8FOX
64 PHILIPPINES DU3/KB7DV
65 PORTUGAL CT7ACG
66 PUERTO RICO WP4JLU
67 REPUBLIC OF KOREA DS3CHK
68 REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA ZS2EZ
69 ROMANIA YO9HP
70 SAINT LUCIA J68GU
71 SAMOA 5W1SA
72 SCOTLAND MM0SJH
73 SINGAPORE 9V1XX
74 SLOVAK REPUBLIC OM3DX
75 SLOVENIA S55DX
76 SPAIN EC1DBO
77 SVALBARD JW4PUA
78 SWEDEN SM2SUM
79 SWITZERLAND HB9ACA
80 TAIWAN BV1EK
81 THAILAND E21EIC
82 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 9Z4Y
83 TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS VP5/AA5UK
84 UKRAINE US1GGP
85 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA KD0YTE
86 URUGUAY CX7SS
87 US VIRGIN ISLANDS NP2KW
88 VENEZUELA YV5KG
89 WEST MALAYSIA 9M2TO

 

 

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