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Title: AM Rally Logs
Post by: steve_qix on February 07, 2019, 10:27:48 AM
By all empirical measures (number of people on, number of QSOs, presence of AM everywhere), the AM Rally was a great success.

However, we do need so-called hard data (aka logs)  ;)

So, if you kept any sort of log at all, please sent it in.  We accept logs in many forms:

Uploaded directly by the AM Rally logger (preferred) or
Excel, or
Other electronic forms, or
Paper logs

Email can be sent to logs@amrally.com

Paper logs can be mailed to:

Radio Engineering Associates
AM Rally Logging
79 Tyler Rd
Townsend, MA 01469

Thanks !!!  The information we gather is of great value in showing just how popular AM is.

And, you never know, you just might win in a category :D


Title: Re: AM Rally Logs
Post by: KB2WIG on February 07, 2019, 11:27:37 AM

I didn't make a lot of contacts; but I did make a list of people I did hear. Would the 'swl' list be of use?

KLC


Title: Re: AM Rally Logs
Post by: KL7OF on February 07, 2019, 12:15:51 PM


I didn't make a lot of contacts; but I did make a list ofpeople I did hear. Would the 'swl' list be of use?

KLC
I thought about making a list of stations heard only...(didn't do it)...It was pleasant to listen to all the different stations but sometimes difficult to work them due to pileups, old buzzards,and laziness


Title: Re: AM Rally Logs
Post by: VE3ELQ on February 07, 2019, 12:57:33 PM


I didn't make a lot of contacts; but I did make a list ofpeople I did hear. Would the 'swl' list be of use?

KLC
I thought about making a list of stations heard only...(didn't do it)...It was pleasant to listen to all the different stations but sometimes difficult to work them due to pileups, old buzzards,and laziness

Had the same experience, many stations heard but most were rag chewing in roundtables so a bit hard to get in.  But did work a few over several sessions and it was fun.  Not at all a contester so didn't keep formal logs just notes. Great to hear some nice quality AM signals from different style rigs.

73s  Nigel


Title: Re: AM Rally Logs
Post by: K0OKS on February 07, 2019, 03:15:42 PM
Sadly, QRZís log was down during the rally. I kept a rough paper log, but missed too much info for it to be of much use.

It was fun chatting with lots of people. It seems AM people are not much used to contesting, though. Any time I tried to make a few contacts it always got turned into a round table by other people coming in and passing it to somebody else, rather than back to the guy calling CQ (me). Not quite like sideband, where one guy has the frequency. No biggie, since I am not a contester myself, but if somebody was actually trying to rack up QSOís this would not work well.

It was fun nonetheless, and it achieved the goal of meeting people and increasing AM use and awareness. Honestly, Iíd rather have a ragchew than a 59/73 any day.


Title: Re: AM Rally Logs
Post by: KD1SH on February 08, 2019, 06:46:29 PM
   My experience with the round-tables was similar: not an issue with their operating practice but more an issue of me not knowing how to proceed.  Was I supposed to join in on the round-table and assume that everyone else in the group - whether I'd actually exchanged info with them directly or not - could be counted as a legitimate contact?  That wouldn't seem quite right.  On the other hand, breaking into the round-table with the intent of exchanging info with each participant individually would have seemed rude.  Well, like I said, the issue was me not being familiar with the accepted practice rather than any problem with their operating style.
   In any event, it was great fun - more fun than I've had on the air in years - especially for someone like me who is often more inclined to lurk and listen than actively participate. And though my humble log is a pretty sorry thing, I'll be turning it in anyway, if for nothing else than just to show my appreciation to those who made this great event happen.  I'm looking forward to the next one.

Sadly, QRZís log was down during the rally. I kept a rough paper log, but missed too much info for it to be of much use.

It was fun chatting with lots of people. It seems AM people are not much used to contesting, though. Any time I tried to make a few contacts it always got turned into a round table by other people coming in and passing it to somebody else, rather than back to the guy calling CQ (me). Not quite like sideband, where one guy has the frequency. No biggie, since I am not a contester myself, but if somebody was actually trying to rack up QSOís this would not work well.

It was fun nonetheless, and it achieved the goal of meeting people and increasing AM use and awareness. Honestly, Iíd rather have a ragchew than a 59/73 any day.


Title: Re: AM Rally Logs
Post by: w8khk on February 08, 2019, 07:16:33 PM
After reading the last two posts by Joe, K0OKS, and William, KD1SH, I believe they should both consider their participation in the rally a total success.  They had fun, enjoyed the "Angel Music", and it was more satisfying than just exchanging signal reports. 

If they joined a round table, there is certainly no need to exchange signal reports or log the other station's equipment.  Recognizing the different operating style, and discussing content of interest to everyone is what it is all about!  This is a rally, not a contest.  The logs are of the most value in documenting the fact that AM is an active and interesting mode, and getting more folks exposed to the methods and operating style such that it is enjoyed by people that may never have experienced it before.  In other posts in the threads about the rally, people have mentioned that they experienced their first AM contact, or they never pushed the AM button before.  This indicates to me that the rally was an overwhelming success.

Kudos to all those who participated, and of course the folks that worked selflessly to make it happen!


Title: Re: AM Rally Logs
Post by: KD1SH on February 08, 2019, 09:12:51 PM
  I absolutely do consider it a huge success.  QSO'd with a lot of people who I'd only heard on the nets but never actually talked directly with, and gave my Ranger, which I've only had on the air for a few months, a good proving-out.  And I did join round tables, too; just wasn't certain if those counted in the log.  My first year on AM (almost to the day) has injected a huge new dose of enthusiasm into my amateur radio hobby.

After reading the last two posts by Joe, K0OKS, and William, KD1SH, I believe they should both consider their participation in the rally a total success.  They had fun, enjoyed the "Angel Music", and it was more satisfying than just exchanging signal reports. 

If they joined a round table, there is certainly no need to exchange signal reports or log the other station's equipment.  Recognizing the different operating style, and discussing content of interest to everyone is what it is all about!  This is a rally, not a contest.  The logs are of the most value in documenting the fact that AM is an active and interesting mode, and getting more folks exposed to the methods and operating style such that it is enjoyed by people that may never have experienced it before.  In other posts in the threads about the rally, people have mentioned that they experienced their first AM contact, or they never pushed the AM button before.  This indicates to me that the rally was an overwhelming success.

Kudos to all those who participated, and of course the folks that worked selflessly to make it happen!


Title: Re: AM Rally Logs
Post by: N1BCG on February 08, 2019, 10:23:19 PM
Just this one of the most gratifying threads I've read.

Submitting logs is great if you're competitive or just want to see how you compared to others within your station transmitter category and power class. For us, it helps showcase the vibrant enthusiasm for operating AM.

For those who didn't keep a log but would like to be counted, visit www.amrally.com (http://visit www.amrally.com) and enter some basic info (mostly checkboxes) or simply send an email to logs@amrally.com (http://logs@amrally.com) with your callsign and transmitter info.

You guys are DA BEST!


Title: Re: AM Rally Logs
Post by: K0OKS on February 10, 2019, 01:52:36 PM
After reading the last two posts by Joe, K0OKS, and William, KD1SH, I believe they should both consider their participation in the rally a total success.  They had fun, enjoyed the "Angel Music", and it was more satisfying than just exchanging signal reports. 

Oh it was a success, though I have been doing AM for a couple months now, after restoring my Valiant. So the rally was not the reason I was there, per se.

I guess it was more commentary on operating practices of stations ANSWERING a CQ. It is polite to leave it up to the original caller if they want to do a round table, 59/73, or have a one to one ragchew. Itís like walking up to two people talking at a party. They might be having their own conversation. If you *do* want to join an existing conversation then you donít talk for ten minutes at a time either until you know that is the type of conversation going on. You talk about what *they* are talking about and let the conversation naturally flow. Late comers should be as unobtrusive as possible until it is known that their input is welcome.

Unless you need something important like an audio check :)

Also, if you join an existing QSO and then someone else comes in that the original people on frequency can not hear, but you can, then you should politely tell the unheard party that the others cannot copy them, so please try again later. I have had people carry on buzzardly conversations with station only they can hear, right after they interrupted a good Existing QSO.


Title: Re: AM Rally Logs
Post by: WA1LGQ on February 11, 2019, 12:33:10 PM
Hi Clark, I filled out the website thing and hit send, but there was no indication that it was sent
.......Larry


Title: Re: AM Rally Logs
Post by: N1BCG on February 11, 2019, 06:24:35 PM
Glad you brought it up...

The website uses a ďformpostĒ script that should launch your default email program with the info you entered as the content.

If thatís not working, just send the basics to logs@amrally.com

Either way itís great to get everyone counted!


Title: Re: AM Rally Logs
Post by: N1WVQ on February 12, 2019, 09:16:58 AM
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