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?
Hope everyone had a great time in Marietta at the Kennehoochee / Atlanta Hamfest! I know I had a blast at the antenna launcher contest and just browsing around at the different tables. Continue reading Meeting People at the Hamfest!
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)
This is a story that originated in the Atlanta area. In fact, one of the radio operators interviewed, Barry Thomas Sr, K4BWT, is a friend that I talk to on a regular basis over the local repeaters! It’s nice to see the hobby with national attention.
Here’s the link to the story and video: Ham radio: Old technology gets new respect
It was a difficult email to read last night when I learned that Tad, WF4W, passed away. He was in the hospital experiencing heart related issues and was expecting possible heart surgery any day. His family was keeping the local clubs up to date on his progress and had the difficult task of sharing the news of his unfortunate passing. Continue reading RONALD L WILLIAMSON, JR “Tad”, WF4W, SK
My trade, I am a paramedic. In this hobby, I am an amateur radio operator. The use of RF is found in both activities along with different sets of radio etiquette. I was doing well at first but I have had a few slip-ups on the air. Here is a story about 2 of them. Continue reading RF Identity Crisis
It’s one of those “first” for every ham radio operator that is interested in HF! The radio may be plugged in and set up but the antenna has GOT to be right for things to work well. So, I got my hands on an Alpha-Delta DX-CC. I researched the internet for options for feed lines. Since I was dealing with almost a 200′ run, coax loss was a concern that needed to be addressed. I also wanted to put it in the best spot possible and facing the right direction for my intentions. Given the barriers on the property, a few extra hands never hurts to have. In the event of a cookout, an antenna raising part broke out! Click here to see this event from the viewpoint of K4MTX on his blog!
Here is how it things went. Continue reading Antenna Raising Party
Welcome to the new page of K4NHW.com. In the near future, you will find blogs and stories of my ventures as a new ham radio operator. Just in my first year as an amateur radio operator, I have learned ALOT from many different people and have experienced some pretty neat stuff. Check back from time to time and see what’s new. Hope to catch you on the air someday! Till then, 73 de K4NHW!