QRP as a religion

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I’m sometimes surprised at the emotional involvement with which some people view the participation of others in this hobby. Two prime examples of this are among QRPers. Nowhere else in ham radio does someone so easily take it upon themselves to tell others how to operate. The examples: There is a prevailing thought among many…

A KX3 and “combined” KPA500′s to Zambia

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The team getting set to activate Zambia tomorrow (9J2T) is taking along a KX3 and may be the first “major” DXpedition to do so. It opens up a new challenge to DXers around the world as many DXers might see more fulfillment (or receiver bragging rights) in working the 10-watt station. Given the choice of two…

Nikon and Elecraft customer service comparison

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Apples and oranges – yes, I know. These are two vastly different companies in terms of their size and what they produce but with my products from each company costing the same amount I can’t help but compare them anyway. A year and a half ago, Nikon released its D600 – a semi-pro D-SLR camera…

Destructive testing of LiPo batteries?

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Regular readers know of my side interest in RC helicopters and quadcopters. All of these models use LiPo batteries. Prior to my interest in RC, I used LiPo batteries during many QRP excursions. Early on, I bought a West Mountain Radio Computerized Battery Analyzer- a great little device that allows battery capacity to be determined.…

Video: Antenna view via quadcopter

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I recently added a GoPro Hero camera to my DJI Phantom quadcopter and have been having a lot of fun with it. Two co-workers enjoyed test flights with the combo so much that they now also have similar set-ups. A trip to San Antonio this past weekend was too busy to allow me to over-fly…

February/March DXpeditions (calendar view)

My surrender to Google continues as I embrace the sync-ability of Google Calendar to keep track of various aspects of life, including upcoming DXpeditions. There are far more DXpeditions in the following weeks than those listed below. The criteria for listing them here is that they are either large operations or are needed (by me)…

GDP of various countries vs that of US states

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I thought this map was interesting as we often hear about the economics of DXing and the cost of DXpeditions – who’s donating, which countries are in abject poverty and therefore rare entities and other (often politically incorrect) ingredients that affect various aspects of our globally communicative hobby. The map is misleading in several regards.…