DXpedition to Mt. Athos? No YL’s need apply

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Mount Athos must be the most controversial entity on the list and, the more I learn about its history, the odder (and more interesting) it becomes. Monk Apollo, the entity’s only op, is now the proud owner of a new Steppir Yagi but it’s unclear if anyone other than he will ever get to use…

S01WS – Western Sahara

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After working S01WS on 40m a few minutes ago I took a look at the station’s website and found many amazing photos. The one above is my favorite because it symbolizes an aspect of ham radio that strikes a chord in me – that of radio’s ability to connect a remote outpost with the rest of…

My new old Norcal QRP Power Meter kit

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A few days ago, I did something I never ever do – checked into my much-neglected Twitter account. What great timing! Fellow blogger Jason NT7S had just listed a few items he had for sale, one of which was a kit I missed out on in 2008 – Norcal’s QRP Power Meter Kit. An email…

The Russian Woodpecker & the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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When I got my Novice ticket in 1978, the Russian Woodpecker was at its peak. Developed to detect ICBM launches, the over-the-horizon radars known as Duga-1, Duga-2 and Duga-3  caused an incredible amount of QRM on the 20- and 40-meter ham bands. Even Radio Moscow was not immune. The system became operational in 1976 amid…

Allied Radio (1929-1981) catalogs online

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Add Allied Radio to the growing list of old publications finding their way online (the others are here). I find the prices for various items to be an interesting thing to ponder. A $40 console radio in 1938 cost $748 in today’s equivelant dollars. Here’s an inflation calculator to help you make similar comparisons. . .

“Poka” – the new “DSW”

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I’ve worked quite a number of Russian stations the past two nights on 20m with most of them being in Siberia. Over-the-pole, warbly signals – love it. My normal sign-off with Russians includes DSW – CW-speak for do svidaniya or goodbye. But tonight, two separate stations sent poka instead of DSW. New one on me. Google…

Updates: Ten Tec, Elecraft, 73 Magazine

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Just before Christmas of 2011, Wayne Greene of 73 Magazine released the entire collection of that magazine to the public domain. I posted a convenient way to download those 518 issues and that posting ranks as my all-time highest hit count so I know many hams around the world now have those 17GB of great…