Audio: NPR podcast of Radiosport

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Here is the 8 minute audio podcast on the topic of radio contesting as covered by NPR yesterday morning (9 Aug 2014). It is also available on their website (which also specifies that it is permissible to share it) but is a bit difficult to find. Far more interesting than the write-up, the audio contains…

DXpedition to Mt. Athos? No YL’s need apply

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Mount Athos must be the most controversial entity on the list and, the more I learn about its history, the odder (and more interesting) it becomes. Monk Apollo, the entity’s only op, is now the proud owner of a new Steppir Yagi but it’s unclear if anyone other than he will ever get to use…

S01WS – Western Sahara

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After working S01WS on 40m a few minutes ago I took a look at the station’s website and found many amazing photos. The one above is my favorite because it symbolizes an aspect of ham radio that strikes a chord in me – that of radio’s ability to connect a remote outpost with the rest of…

My new old Norcal QRP Power Meter kit

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A few days ago, I did something I never ever do – checked into my much-neglected Twitter account. What great timing! Fellow blogger Jason NT7S had just listed a few items he had for sale, one of which was a kit I missed out on in 2008 – Norcal’s QRP Power Meter Kit. An email…

The Russian Woodpecker & the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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When I got my Novice ticket in 1978, the Russian Woodpecker was at its peak. Developed to detect ICBM launches, the over-the-horizon radars known as Duga-1, Duga-2 and Duga-3  caused an incredible amount of QRM on the 20- and 40-meter ham bands. Even Radio Moscow was not immune. The system became operational in 1976 amid…

Allied Radio (1929-1981) catalogs online

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Add Allied Radio to the growing list of old publications finding their way online (the others are here). I find the prices for various items to be an interesting thing to ponder. A $40 console radio in 1938 cost $748 in today’s equivelant dollars. Here’s an inflation calculator to help you make similar comparisons. . .

“Poka” – the new “DSW”

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I’ve worked quite a number of Russian stations the past two nights on 20m with most of them being in Siberia. Over-the-pole, warbly signals – love it. My normal sign-off with Russians includes DSW – CW-speak for do svidaniya or goodbye. But tonight, two separate stations sent poka instead of DSW. New one on me. Google…