Guinness record for most QSOs meets birthday celebration?

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In early 2000, Juka OH2BR was recognized by Guinness Records for making the most QSO’s ever in a single year from a single location. He was operating as VP6BR on Pitcairn Island and accomplished that record of 56,239 QSO’s in only 3 months. Mark ON4WW is hoping to beat that record in 2016 by operating…

Two configurations for back-up DC power for the shack

Standard configuration

I am currently awaiting the arrival of a PWRgate PG40S from West Mountain Radio. With a hefty battery available, it only makes sense to put it to use as a method of protection against power outages during wind storms. After all, most modern rigs, including my K3, like to be shut down in an “orderly fashion” rather…

As DXers, are we considerate practitioners of the hobby?

Years ago when I lived in W2-land I was driving across the Tappan Zee bridge on my way home from work, along with a lot of others. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a group of guys on crotch-rockets appeared and took over all three lanes, slowing down to 1/4 the speed limit, blocking all traffic in the…

A battery-powered QRP CQWW (CW)

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Years ago, a dedicated QRPer set out to see if it was possible to accomplish WAS with a 9-volt battery. That QRPer was Larry WD3P and you can read about his results here. More recently, Fred KT5X posted the following about three recent SOTA activations: “I activated three peaks today with the ATS4, worked a total of 68 QSO’s,…

#315: 80 easier to DX than 15 (sometimes)

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I spent the first 2-1/2 decades in this hobby thinking of 80 meters as a local band, useful mostly for traffic nets and ragchews. But In a strange-but-true sort of way, I’ve come to realize that not only is 80m a great band for DXing, it’s often easier to work DX there than on the higher bands.…

Book excerpt: Illicit shortwave listening

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I thought some readers might be interested in an excerpt of a book I recently read regarding conditions in North Korea as they relate to shortwave radio. The book is The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag. As you may infer from the following excerpt, the book is well written, interesting…