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LED lighting for the shack

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Every now and then I like to operate without the main room light being on. Turning it on in the wee hours of the morning when Pacific DX is coming in on 80 meters just ruins the ambiance. I like working morning DX by the light of the rig’s panel lights – or maybe by…

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.…

Attribution

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From time to time, I receive an email asking if it’s okay to publish something I’ve written within this blog to a club’s newsletter or website. I always say “Sure, and thanks!” because there’s no better compliment than to have something here that someone else thinks is worthy enough to be published on their own…

W1AW/p X 50

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In 2014 it will be possible to earn WAS by working only a single station: W1AW. To commemorate its 100th anniversary the ARRL will be hosting a Centennial QSO Party from January 1 to December 31 of 2014 and W1AW will be active on CW, phone and digital modes on all bands. Over the course of…

New eMagazine: The Spectrum Monitor

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When I learned of Monitoring Times closing its doors recently after many years of publication, I felt like my dog died. Well, maybe not quite that extreme but I was feeling the loss. There have only ever been two magazines that I’ve faithfully read every article of every issue and MT was one of them…