John AE5X

10m WSPRing – soon

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The mailman just delivered my 10m WSPR kit from Jay W5OLF and I am pleased to see that one of the toroids comes pre-wound. And two of the parts that might be more difficult for beginning builders are pre-installed onto the board. Also included is a plastic housing which I may or may not use.…

Unusual (and expensive) HF antennas

2-30 MHz Vertically polarized Conical Monopole Antenna

My recent trip to OKC put me in close proximity to a lot of antennas. Two in particular caught my eye. More info about these and other similar antennas can be found here. . The first antenna is a vertically-polarized conical monopole covering 2-30 MHz. It is omnidirectional and used primarily for NVIS and shorter…

The Wichita Mountains – a drone’s-eye video

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I just spent a few days in Oklahoma and found time to drive to my favorite part of the state. I’ve done quite a bit of hiking, camping and QRP operating from the Wichita Mountains over the years but this time I left the HF radio gear at home and brought my video-capable quadcopter instead.…

CQWW 2014 – QRP & a battery take on the world

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. Well that was a whole lot of fun! I operated for a total of 5 hours and used a 1300 mAH battery to provide power to the KD1JV “Mountain Top Rig”. About 95% of my contacts were on 20m with the remainder being on 40m. Highlights: All continents worked 24 Zones worked 65 DX countries…