Chingrish and “the most cerebral sci-fi film”

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A QRP antenna tuner currently being offered via an Chinese eBay store comes with the following operating instructions: Connect the antenna, day and transceiver is in order, day the TX receiver transmitter, ANT antenna; Sets the transmitter to the CW, AM or FM mode, and the rf output power regulation within the range of 1…

9J2T, Recouping expenses via LoTW is okay!

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9J2T is taking some heat right now on various blogs. They’ve done something that, frankly, I’m wondering what took DXpeditions so long to implement in the first place – charging for LoTW confirmations. According to their detractors, since uploads to LoTW are free, LoTW confirmations should be freely available to all who worked them. Historically…

LED lighting for the shack

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Every now and then I like to operate without the main room light being on. Turning it on in the wee hours of the morning when Pacific DX is coming in on 80 meters just ruins the ambiance. I like working morning DX by the light of the rig’s panel lights – or maybe by…

If shelters last longer than 4 hours, please consult a physician

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A news update from DX Coffee: The local Facilities, Supplies, and Logistics team went through a full erection and evaluation of the candidate shelters for the expedition. Two men can erect one of these shelters in less than 30 minutes. The great advantages over shelters used previously are the quick erection and the larger floor…

DXing for fun, not formal recognition

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DXing was a potent stepping stone into amateur radio for me. SW DXing, that is – as a mere listener. It converted “magic” and “radio” into synonymous terms in my psyche and I consider it a very fortuitous way of becoming a ham radio DXer. As I read various DX forums, magazine articles and other…

A solid-state kilowatt amp kit on the horizon?

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I’ve never understood why no manufacturer offers a 1000-watt amplifier kit (though Ameritron comes close with their amps needing a thorough look-over before power is applied). I think there is a market for such a kit and have thought that if one was offered, it would be based on a 3-500Z or some other tube. The…