A few years ago, I remember a QSO with a friend of mine, who will remain nameless (But his call sign is KT4LS), that a repeater in Gatlinburg, Tennessee had a few “interesting” repeater announcements. In fact, my friend did, what I thought to be, a pretty good interpretation of a “sexy” announcement that I wish I had recorded for our own local repeater. (I am sure he would have really appreciated that!) Continue reading Audio from road trip to Gatlinburg
For the past 3 years, I have found an interest in Navassa Island. I have watched several videos about the island and the Dxpeditions that have taken place on the island. I have even met several amateur radio operators who have been to Navassa in the past. Their stories are fascinating to say the least. Just hearing about the island and knowing how rare of an entity it is, and always will be, what an accomplishment it would be to be able to go there one day! Continue reading Call signs make it to Navassa!
My daughter has chosen to do a school project on morse code! I have to admit that when I heard this, I was pleasantly surprised. Not having all of the equipment that she would need, I reached out to my local club. A friend and fellow CW enthusiast loaned me a set of paddles and a keyer/oscillator.
The primary part of her presentation involves her research and the history of morse code but with the loaned equipment, she’ll now be able to give a demonstration of how it works. I offered up the suggestion that she learn how to send her name in CW to be able to demonstrate it during her presentation.
My daughter went straight to practicing her name in morse code. We worked with it for no more than an hour. She actually caught on very well . Below is a video that I took of her once she “got” it. You should at least be able to tell what her name is!
Even at 10 years old, she is making me proud of her every day!
I have had a few extra hours to spend on the radio over the last 2 months! In this time, I have dedicated myself to working on my DXCC! Its seems that DXCC is almost the probationary goal of new hams interested in working DX! In fact, some clubs only offer provisional (or associate) membership for operators who have not yet obtained their DXCC award. Continue reading DXCC…. well kinda!
As amateur radio operators, we use “73” at the end of almost every QSO… ever wonder where that ever came from? Not sure I have figured out the answer to that one yet but I do have some nifty information about the number itself! Ha! Oh… and I’ve also included an excerpt from the TV show Big Bang Theory including an explanation from Sheldon of why 73 is the best number! Continue reading The number… 73 (— — … … — —)
(Well maybe not infinity, but 400 miles above the earth is close!)
So yesterday, I went to visit a fellow ham friend of mine (K4RGK) to discuss antennas and such. I had been over once before and was fascinated by an antenna setup in the back yard. It was a combination of 2 circularly polarized yagis (2m and 70cm) mounted on to a base with 2 rotors! One rotor controlled azimuth and the other controlled elevation. This was indeed designed for satellite work! Continue reading To Infinity and Beyond!
Now… for my intended purpose of the 1 QSO antenna. My sights were set on Tromelin Island (FT4TA) located just off of the coast of Madagascar. They were scheduled to be on the air from Oct 30th to Nov 10th. Continue reading The 1 QSO Antenna (Part 2 – The Rest of the Story)
As a new ham radio operator starting on my journey to my first 100 DX entities (DXCC), I am looking for any help I can get to get those contacts in the logbook. Most of the countries I have already logged have been by happenstance. I see a country come across the cluster so I tune down and make the contact. Not all countries are that easy. In fact, many of them are limited to small windows of opportunity! Continue reading The 1 QSO antenna! (Part 1 – Intention and Design)
Many of you know that I have been going for my Amateur Extra license for the last couple of weeks. Well… this morning, I passed my test! The circumstances really couldn’t have been any more appropriate. Continue reading Amateur Extra License Upgrade!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
It is not well known but for many years the major manufacturers of HF transceivers, have quietly fitted them with a special circuit that would cause your transceiver to internally combust should you use it to exhibit poor operating practices. Like maintaining a nuclear deterrent, they have always lived in hope that they would never be forced to activate this circuit. However manufacturers have been concerned for some time with the poor behavior of many operators when using their equipment and what they have heard during the current Tromelin Island DXpedition has forced them to act. Therefore on 0000z Saturday 15 November 2014 a coded message will be sent to all transceivers they have sold activating this circuit. Continue reading Announcing the Activation of a new Transceiver feature!