How to recruit a young potential ham?

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In about three weeks a 13-year old Scout working on his Radio merit badge is going to be visiting my station. We’ve never met but his mother and my wife are co-workers so we do have some common ground. Several days prior to visiting me he will have spent a few hours at a club’s…

Off-topic: QRP automobile

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Forgive me for writing what may seem like an advertisement… I’ve just made a deposit to secure the purchase of my next car – a QRP three-wheeler known as the Elio. It is the antithesis of my Chevy Silverado in just about every way and will be an “also” car rather than a replacement for…

Lessons learned in CQ-WPX

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I had to work for 20 hours of this 48-hour contest, leaving little time to devote to it and even less enthusiasm for sitting in the radio chair for any length of time. But Sunday night, 90 minutes before the contest ended, I decided to give a few token contacts to those needing AE5 as…

The ARRL’s disregard of Ukraine’s sovereignty

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From Dave Sumner, the ARRL CEO, on recent developments in the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine – regarding QSOs with stations in Crimea: “The DX Awards Committee has concluded that a [Crimean] QSL with a call sign issued by Ukraine and showing the entity name as Ukraine counts as Ukraine, while a [Crimean] QSL with a call…

17m in amazing condition today

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Last night’s weather forecast caused me to disconnect my antennas/rotor cable before going to bed. Loud thunder awakened me at 1am and the rain gauge this morning had recorded 3.5″ of rain that had mostly cleared out by sunrise. With coffee in hand and antennas re-attached, I turned on the K3 and found 17 meters…

Why ham radio endures in a world of tweets

It’s always nice when our hobby gets favorable publicity among the non-ham population. From David Rowan at WIRED: Somehow it makes little sense that amateur “ham” radio continues to thrive in the age of Twitter, Facebook and iPhones. Yet the century-old communications technology — which demands such commitment that you must generally pass an exam…

ATV on 5.8 GHz – Quadcopter gets an upgrade

Flight data superimposed onto video and transmitted back to ground.

I’ve recently added a 600mw 5.8GHz video transmitter and helical antenna to my quadcopter along with an IOSD-mini – a neat little gadget that superimposes flight data over the video that is sent back by the onboard GoPro camera. This data includes altitude, speed, pitch, roll, battery voltage, number of GPS satellites being received, vertical…