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W4KAZ Softrock Based CW Skimmer Station – 00) Skimmer Schedule

Down Time Schedule(d):

10m,15m,20m down from 2013/10/30 thr 2014-04-08

Skimmer for 10m,15m,20m unavailable.  Skimmers for 160m, 80m, 40m are now up after pre-amp rebuild.

Regular Schedule, Summer 2014:

  1. 160m Skimmer up 24/7
  2. 80m Skimmer up continuously over weekends only,  starting Friday night thru Sunday afternoons
  3. 40m Skimmer up 24/7
  4. 20m Skimmer up continuously over weekends only,  starting Friday night thru Sunday afternoons
  5. 15m skimmer up 24/7
  6. 10m skimmer –  NOT ACTIVE.
Contest schedule plan includes having all available skimmers active during CW contest weekends.  Currently skimmers for 160m,80m,40m, 20m and 15m are available/functional.  10m skimmer soon to be available on irregular basis after debug/repair/replacement (Fall 2013).

extended down times will be noted here or above.

last schedule change 2014-04-08, 1200z, de w4kaz

Known issues:

  • 15m skimmer is showing frequency drift/instability of +/-300hz.  This is likely due to a crystal of questionable reliability being forced into service.
Downtime Log
  • 2013-12-22 thru 2014-04-08  10m/15m/20m skimmers down due to damage
  • 2013-12-22 thru 2014-02-15 All skimmers down, damaged
  • 2013-07-30 thru 2013-08-15  All skimmers down, hiding from Thunderstorms
  • 2013-01-01 thru 2013-05-01.  20m skimmer and 10m skimmers were broken.  20m skimmer has been replaced.  10m skimmer is probably down until fall 2013.
  • 2012-09-24, 1200z thru 2012-10-05.  All skimmers were down and in storage for shack re-model. Regular schedule resumed on 2012-10-05.
  • 2012-08-20, 2100z thru 2012-08-22 1700z  All skimmers were down for system reconfiguration. 160m and 40m  resumed schedule.  80m skimmer up temporarily.
  • 2013-10-29 thru present  All skimmers are DOWN indefinitely.
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