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)

CQWW_station

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)

ft4ta

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

10yrs

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…

Portable SDR with built-in antenna analyzer

pSDR

As I read the web site and watch the embedded videos, I am of course interested in the technology described – but perhaps even more interesting is the age of the ham involved. We often hear about the “graying” of ham radio and I’ll be the first to agree with those who say that the hobby…