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…

From 1935: How to count DXCC entities

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Kosovo, Scarborough Reef, Kingman Reef, Mount Athos and other entities and “maybe-entities” keep DX interesting. It’s almost impossible to discuss them without the topic of the conversation meandering to questions on how decisions are made to determine what constitutes an entity. (And speaking of entities, I seem to recall that as late as the 1970′s,…

Solid-state paddles from 9A5N

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I recently learned of a new set of paddles being developed by Neno 9A5N. These are solid state paddles available in either single paddle or dual paddle iambic styles and operate by touch with no mechanical movement. I like the look and size of them with that solid metal base and am curious what it would…