Category Archives: Ham Radio and Travel

Audio from road trip to Gatlinburg

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

Call signs make it to Navassa!

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!

DXCC…. well kinda!

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 awardContinue reading DXCC…. well kinda!

Does anyone have any manners these days?

I have spent quite a few hours on HF lately now that I have an awesome antenna in the air.  Mostly listening and getting familiar with the different bands and such but I have been making several attempts to break through some pileups and make some contacts.  In my brief experience, I either break through in the first or second call or it takes a while to finally get through.  Not a whole not of middle ground is to be found.  What makes things worse is the conduct of other operators trying to get through the piles ups as well. Continue reading Does anyone have any manners these days?