June 2007 Contest Audio (public domain)

Welcome to the K8GP Grid Pirates Contest Group audio page and search engine. During the past ARRL June 2007 VHF contest K8GP managed to record many hours of MP3 audio from a portion of its individual VHF, UHF and microwave stations. This was a good thing since as it turns out we experienced something we hadn’t in 10 years of June VHF contesting. And that was a spectacular tropospheric opening into the mid-west and southwest. The band opening began Saturday evening and ran through sunrise on Sunday.

To experience some of the excitement we are providing a mechanism to search and play various QSOs we made during the weekend. There are also several station highlights outlined below that will cut right to the chase to allow you to hear what we heard.

A few notes to caveat what can be done or heard here:

50 MHz: only recorded from Sunday 0400Z through Monday 0300Z. TX record audio is OK, though sometimes low and the RX record audio is a bit low.

144 MHz: recorded the entire contest Saturday 1800Z through Monday 0300Z. TX record audio is a bit hot. RX record audio levels are OK. (this band recorded the best sounding and most audio during the contest)

222 Mhz: recorded the entire contest Saturday 1800Z through Monday 0300Z. TX record audio is very hot. RX record audio is low but copyable if you ride your local volume control while listening to the TX and RX sides of QSOs from this band.

432 MHz: only recorded from Sunday 0000Z through Monday 0300Z. TX record audio is OK and the RX record audio is a bit low.

902_1296 MHz: only recorded from Sunday 0000Z through Sunday 2200Z. TX record audio is OK, though no recorded side tone for CW QSOs. RX record audio is a bit hot.

2.3_10 GHz: recorded the entire contest Saturday 1800Z through Monday 0300Z. No TX record audio for SSB or side tone for CW QSOs. RX record audio is a bit bassy and hot in some instances, low in others, but mostly copyable.

OK, let’s get to the audio. Be sure you have your sound card enabled, speaker on and volume up. Let’s first introduce you to some of our operator’s voices. Click on the media play button (|>) below their call sign to listen:

Operators

Hear the voice of 50 MHz op Rich K1HTV

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Hear the voice of 50 MHz op Gary NW5E

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Hear the voice of 144 MHz op Andy K1RA

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Hear the voice of 144 MHz op Ty K3MM

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Hear the voice of 222 MHz op Gene W3ZZ

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Hear the voice of 432 MHz op Ed K1TR

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Hear the voice of 902_1296 MHz op Terry K8ISK

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Best DX!

Here are some short out takes highlighting some long haul DX QSO’s from this weekend’s event. Click on one of the media play buttons (|>) below the call signs below to listen to the enitre QSO:

Hear our longest DX on 50 MHz: N7EPD CN86 2245mi @ 2007-06-10 1823 GMT

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Hear our 2nd longest DX on 50 MHz: W7YOZ CN87 2244mi @ 2007-06-10 1824 GMT

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Hear our longest DX on 144 MHz: K5QE EM31 948mi @ 2007-06-10 1146 GMT

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Hear our 2nd longest DX on 144 MHz: W0FLS EN21 839mi @ 2007-06-10 0225 GMT

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Hear our longest DX on 222 MHz: K5QE EM31 948mi @ 2007-06-10 1154 GMT

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Hear our 2nd longest DX on 222 MHz: K5UR EM35 775mi @ 2007-06-10 0448 GMT

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Hear longest DX on 432 MHz: K5QE EM31 948mi @ 2007-06-10 1148 GMT

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Hear our 2nd longest DX on 432 MHz: W0FLS EN21 831mi @ 2007-06-10 0230 GMT

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Hear our longest DX on 902 MHz: AG4V EM55 620mi @ 2007-06-10 0256 GMT

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Hear our 2nd longest DX on 902 MHz: K4XR EM64 507mi @ 2007-06-10 1328 GMT

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Hear our longest DX on 1296 MHz: W5RCI EM44 669mi @ 2007-06-10 1147 GMT

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Hear our 2nd longest DX on 1296 MHz: VE2JWH FN35 574mi @ 2007-06-10 0307 GMT

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Hear our longest DX on 2304 MHz: W5RCI EM44 669mi @ 2007-06-10 1212 GMT

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Hear our 2nd longest DX on 2304 MHz: AG4V EM55 620mi @ 2007-06-10 0550 GMT

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Hear one of our DX QSOs on 3456 MHz: KC3WD/R FM19 122mi @ 2007-06-10 2250 GMT

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Hear our longest DX on 5760 MHz: N2PA FN12 290mi @ 2007-06-10 0515 GMT

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Hear our 2nd longest DX on 5760 MHz: W3CCX FN21 274mi @ 2007-06-10 1823 GMT

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Hear one of our DX QSOs on 10368 MHz: W1RT/R FM17 159mi @ 2007-06-10 0538 GMT

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Now to dig a little deeper into the QSOs we made, you can choose one of the 4 following search methods below, then hit one of the corresponding Submit buttons. When using the form multiple times, you may use the Reset button to reset the fields and begin another search.

You may search for a Call and Mhz band combination that should return a stream playing the QSO for the one corresponding call sign if found on a band. You may search for a grid and MHz band combination that should return a stream playing all the call signs worked in that grid on that band. You may search for a MHz band and QSO number. This is the consecutive number for the band, so please consult our Scores page for maximum QSO count on each band. You may search for a MHz band and a particular start day and time, that will play a stream from a band starting at a particular GMT time.

Also, choose a number of minutes to play prior to the QSO (default: 1) and choose a number of minutes to play after the QSO (default: 0). By default we will play 2 minutes, the minute before and minute of the QSO. If we logged too slowly as compared to our MP3 recording you may have to look 2 minutes prior to the desired QSO. Play upto 15 minutes after a particular QSO or time.

If your request is found and was recorded, we will stream it back to you beginning one minute before the QSO. The audio will play in an embedded player at the bottom of this page once you hit Submit. If the request was not recorded, we will report back an error at the bottom of this page. For stations not found in the log we will report back a text message saying such. For those stations we worked more than once on a band, like Rovers, we will stream all QSOs that matched the search request. The built-in MP3 player has fast forward and reverse buttons and they should jump forward or backward in one minute increments.

Note this is HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL ! Not every QSO may have been recorded and this may not truly reflect all QSOs in our log. If a QSO does not play, sorry, we’ll try better next time. Please fill in one of the following lines and then hit the appropriate Submit button. See some examples at the bottom on the page.

Search:
Play from T-mins: and Play to T+mins:
and
Call sign: and Mhz Band:
or
Grid (4 Digit): and Mhz Band:
or
Mhz Band: and QSO#:
or
Mhz Band: and Day: and Time (GMT) :

Search examples

Try one of the following examples and enter data in the fields above to demonstrate the search features.

Call sign and band search examples:

Call sign: K5JL and MHz Band: 50 and hit Submit Call & Band
Call sign: W2SZ and MHz Band: 144 and hit Submit Call & Band
Call sign: K5UR and MHz Band: 432 and hit Submit Call & Band

Grid square and band search examples:

Grid: DN70 and MHz Band: 50 and hit Submit Grid & Band
Grid: EM66 and MHz Band: 144 and hit Submit Grid & Band
Grid: EM39 and MHz Band: 432 and hit Submit Grid & Band

Band and QSO # search examples:

MHz Band: 50 and QSO # 485 to 968 and hit Submit Grid & Band
MHz Band: 144 and QSO # 1 to 763 and hit Submit Grid & Band
MHz Band: 432 and QSO # 245 to 398 and hit Submit Grid & Band

Band and Time search examples:

MHz Band: 50 and Day 10 Time 0400 to Day 11 Time 0300 and hit Submit Band & Time
MHz Band: 144 and Day 09 Time 1800 to Day 11 Time 0300 and hit Submit Band & Time
MHz Band: 432 and Day 10 Time 0400 to Day 11 Time 0300 and hit Submit Band & Time