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!
(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!
The other night, I was scrolling around 40m when I came across a familiar YL voice that had quite the pile up going! She was handling it like a pro, and why not? It was Kay Craigie, N3KN, the ARRL President! Continue reading Selective Courtesy
So… what time is it? Well, I might know now cause of my watch, computer, atomic clock on the wall or just by turning on the TV, but what if I needed to know the time if I were away from all of these luxuries? And even if I did have a watch on my wrist, just how accurate is it? Continue reading What time is it?
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?
So last night, I am on 20 meters and made 3 DX contacts including European Russia, Norway and Israel. I’m getting through the pileups well and I’m still very happy with the antenna in the air.
As I am getting ready for work this morning, the YL advises me that a limb came down in the back yard. This isn’t too abnormal just due to the massive trees that we have on our property. They tend to self prune their selves. We did have some rain come through yesterday but it was far from any bad storms or high winds. So I told her that I’d look at it when I got home from work. She said, “No, it’s a BIG limb and I think it is on your antenna!” This is reason to take a look! This is what I saw. Continue reading Antenna Support Failure (Updated)