John AE5X

KP1 Navassa – on the air soon!

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From The KP1-5 project RE: Navassa Island (KP1) Operation August 29, 2014 KP1 Navassa Island The KP1-5 Project is pleased to announce that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to allow an amateur radio operation from Navassa National Wildlife Refuge (KP1). The operation will occur within the next 18 months and will be…

Irony on the ham bands

crimea

This weekend there were special event stations on the air from Ukraine and Sweden – each “celebrating” their own history and culture: 24 August is Ukraine’s version of our (US) 4th of July and today they are commemorating their 23rd year of independence from the old Soviet Union. This, as fighting with Russia over Ukraine’s Crimea…

The first 25 entities with Mountain Topper QRP

KD1JV's MTR (Version 2) - same size as deck of cards.

I’ve decided to return to my QRP roots for a while with the goal of working DXCC with my KD1JV MTR rig. The log/details of the progress will be kept up to date here. I’ve had it on the air exactly one week now and have just finished working the first 25 entities in 4 separate…

Godzilla? A full size, 3-element Yagi on 160m

Three workers on the boom

7J4AAL in Japan is now sporting the largest Yagi currently in use on 160 meters – a full-size, 3-element monster atop a rotating 200-ft (60m) tower. The previous Largest 160m Yagi was at OH8X but a winter storm put the tower and antennas on the ground in December 2013. The same tower also supported an…

New QRP rig from LNR

LNR LD-5

LNR (who now sells PAR antennas) has a new QRP rig on the way even as they work toward the re-release of their 4-band FX-4. The upcoming LD-5 will cover all 5 bands from 15 to 40 meters. Elecraft seems to have started something with the form factor of the KX1. Since then a number…