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Newell Starks - WA2AXY Introduction from WA2AXY
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 16:46:07 GMT
I am seeing how this will show up in Google

Return to Florida from KG4TUA
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:21:26 GMT
Back in the good old USA. Survived the 7.8 Earthquake in Ecuador, April 16, 2016, but lost everything except our lives, thank GOD. Now back in the USA and hopefully will be active on the air soon. Looking for QSL? Please send to the W$ buro or use I salvaged most of my QSLs from Ecuador and will be sending out QSLs soon to those who sent direct QSLs. Just had to get back on our feet and save a bit to order cards. THanks for your patience.

My Musical Encounters from WS7SAINT
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:23:52 GMT
I am sorry that I havent been in touch for quite some time I would say that I caught the 'bug' with my music playing and I have been busy developing my musical career Some of the venues/music clubs I have played at in the last year or two include Romford folk club Essex Ealing Folk Club WestEaling london uk Havering Folk Club Essex london uk Sharps Folk Club Camden london uk Ruskins House Folk&Blues Club Croydon london uk I have also been creating music cds which you can buy at my music shops High street music shop http;// http;// My youtube channel is at Daily motion Channel is at http;// My Mobile numnber where you can reach me on and have a chat is +4407970068858 07970068858

Next step in own Hotspot!!! from DG1SGW
Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:10:40 GMT
Hi out there! I have been made the next step to complete my hotspot here in my qth. Now installed 2 x Raspberry III B with a DV 4 mini stick for 2 M which are working very well also on 70 cm. In C4FM and DPMR mode they are runing very stabil and with very low power around 30 Microwatts each. For DMR and Dstar modes i let the old one's run also with very low power. So my Hotspot is now complete in every digital mode runing with a DV 4 mini and an own Raspberry Pi. Qrv now in Dstar, DMR, C4FM and DPMR. Dstar standing by on: Reflector DCS 001 CL, D103, Germany. DMR standing by on : DCS 4010 GERMANY CHAT 2. C4FM standing by on : FCS 001 Group 01 GERMANY. DPMR standing by on : LCD 001 Group 01 DEUTSCHLAND. I hope to contact some of you via my hotspot in a digital mode. VY 73 de Klaus,DG1SGW.

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 14:42:21 GMT
Hello dear friends! If you like to be qrv on the digital mode DPMR you should have the CP for a RETEVIS RT II handheld transceiver. DO3BT, Thomas in Bremen had written and programmed a new Codeplug for DPMR mode very close leant to DMR with 2 Talkgroups on the reflector. TG 9 for local qsos and ALL CALL, so it is possible to hear and talk to the other OMs on DPMR. If you need the CP do not hesitate to email me: and its been sent to you for free. Looking forward to make a standard on DPMR....... VY 73 de KLAUS, DG1SGW.

Retevis RT II! from DG1SGW
Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:26:12 GMT
After upgrading my hotspot with a third DV4mini and raspberry PI3 i got the new RT II DPMR handheld transceiver which works very good in digital and analog mode. It was organized by my very good friend Markus, DG4SDO who is the sysop of our local DMR repeater DB0SDO. After a few days in use i decided to buy a desktop stand, an external mike, a second battery and an accueliminator for this tiny handheld. Found all on ebay with the help of Thomas, DO3BT, had known via DPMR 01, germany reflector and gave me a codeplug and many usefull hints for DPMR. Kindest regards de Klaus, DG1SGW.

Update for own hotspot! from DG1SGW
Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:16:14 GMT
Hi friends! Last friday i have add a new raspberry pi 3 to my own hotspot. After the arrival of my new DV4mini Stick for 2M i entered the image on the microsdcard of the raspi 3 and include it in my hotspot. Therefor i am now able to run DMR on the MD785G via DB0SDO and DPMR, C4FM and Dstar over my hotspot running via thr fritzbox router in my house. The new 2M DV4mini Stick is running very stable and also sending on the 430 mc.The frequencies of my 3 raspis and sticks are 430,2375/ 430,3375/ 430,4375, txpower of all 3 sticks is at maximum 30microwatts! Brings much fun and is easy to work in all digital modes. 73's de Klaus, DG1SGW in Weinstadt, germany.

ICOM IC-7300 -- New Radio! from W0LED
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:25:53 GMT
As is typical for me, I start a blog and then forget to keep adding timely updates. So, now it's been over two years and I finally add something new. I added an Icom IC-7300 HF transceiver to my station about a week ago and I'm having a lot of fun with it. It's a pretty cool piece of hardware -- an SDR inside an enclosure that looks much like any conventional Ham transceiver of the last twenty years. I've got it working with Ham Radio Deluxe but, here in Minnesota, ARES prefers Fldigi. I like Fldigi, it performs well, is not'bloatware' like HRD, and the price is right (free!). I had it working for about a minute, then it stopped. I haven't been able to get it working since then. I've been researching on the internet, found some good info about setup for the IC-7300 and Fldigi. So far it's still not working. I'll have to take a step backwards and verify that it still works with HRD. I'll figure it out pretty soon. I always do.

Vertical HB antenna from G4GQL
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:07:40 GMT
It has now been over 6 years that I have been using the home brew vertical with the 9:1 unun Certainly works FB with the PSK 31 Main interest in Amateur Radio is now digital modes, using HRD Also use Mixw, FLdigi, WSPR, JT65, and many more digital softwqre New rigs: Icom IC-7100 and Yaesu FT-991 both FB

Broadband Fool's Gold from W2CO
Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:54:14 GMT
The 'Great broadband hope' it's not... Broadband over power-lines (BPL) has been hailed as the "great broadband hope" by FCC commissioners past and present who believe it will usher in a new age of competition. Others lean on world-wide trial failures as evidence the technology is doomed-for-obsolescence; during its run bringing plenty of trouble (and interference) to areas contemplating the option. BPL is a system that is being tested to provide broadband Internet service via powerlines to power outlets in homes and is a last mile technology. The system uses radio frequencies that will radiate into the air and cause interference to several licensed communications services including Amateur Radio. The frequencies BPL uses in general is 1 to 80 megahertz (MHz). Of particular interest is the band of frequencies known as HF, which is 1 to 30 MHz . This part of the radio spectrum has very special properties not found elsewhere. With this band, one can communicate around the wor...

YC-156 Input tuning from W2CO
Sat, 13 Aug 2016 16:37:46 GMT
Input pi section working on 12m, input swr <1.3:1

Hybrid transceivers from W2CO
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:50:59 GMT
Don't forget the hybrid rigs from the 70's and 80's are going to need their hv caps changed soon! My trusty ts-830s just came up with half plate voltage and only 5watts in tune! Luckily in these hybrid rigs, if one of the two caps goes bad, the screen voltage also drops which saves the finals! So if you operate a hybrid rig from the 70's or 80's, and haven't changed the hv caps yet, watch the plate voltage and change the caps at the first sign of reduced values. My 830s normally has around 900v but it dropped to 820v last year but still operated ok. This year it went to maybe 350-400v and less then 100 when keyed! This indicates that one of the hv caps went bad! Change both when you do it because these caps have a definite lifetime from new of about twenty years. It doesn't matter if you run it once a day, once a week or once a year, in about twenty years they will go bad! This includes ts- 520, 530, 820, 830's , as well as yaesu Ft-101e, ex's etc., and many others from that era. &quot...

Alpha 9500 from W2CO
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 06:29:04 GMT
BTW, the newest version of 9500 is even more reliable! It uses a hall effect sensor to replace the noisey pot for the bandswitch position sensor. This upgrade alone makes it way more reliable. That and we now install a fuse in series with the 40v (cathode) line to save the bias supply in the event a tube arc ever occurs!

YC-156 Amplifier from W2CO
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:38:02 GMT
The YC-156 amp is coming along well. Now working on input tuning. The swr into the tube is too high on 12m at 2.5:1. A variable C, fixed L pi section is close to working. The YC-156 already has a high C so on these higher frequencies it's getting tough to tune the output as well, which of course also shows up on the input when keyed...More to come.

JT65 Contacts as of today 2016-06-08 from WU1N
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:34:53 GMT

Own Hotspots! from DG1SGW
Sun, 08 May 2016 06:29:33 GMT
Hi friends of HF! The last weeks i built up here two hotspots with raspberry Pi B+ and raspberry Pi IIB. Including my two DV4mini usbsticks i am able to setup an hotspot for C4FM and DMR, switchable to DStar and DPMR also. Tx power is at max. 30 microwatts and this is much enough on my own grounded gardenplate. Brings much fun and is very easy to work alot of new friends. My HRI200 Interface is to configure also in the hotspot in the next few weeks. See you in DMR, C4FM, DStar and DPMR, 73's de Klaus, DG1SGW in Weinstadt, Germany.

HoneycombCd By Lord William Saint from M6AUM
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 04:38:48 GMT
Radio Licence Holder Lord william saint recently released his new HoneycombCd into the music Market Genre R&B/Rock You can buy The HoneycombCd At The High Street Music Shop You may need to open up a account to buy if you dont have one ask your friend to buy one for you

faverite band from KE5YPH
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:51:07 GMT
what band do you like the best...???

Shacktime1989 from 1989SHACK
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 15:45:15 GMT

Out with the old in with the new. from KC9RFO
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 22:29:56 GMT
Since i last posted here quite awhile ago i have added much to my shack especially with in the last few months. Recently bought a new Kenwood TS-2000 as i could never find anyone to fix my old FT-901 as it had many problems.Been trying to update my profile but having issues with my information being saved once i type it all out.. Have a 40 meter dipole strung up but its only about 10 feet off the ground. Going to try to get it higher before winter sets in.Including in this post the updated list of equipment since i can't save it to my profile. Really like the TS-2000 but still getting used to all it will do. Have made a few contacts on psk-31 and rtty with it so far. In April of 2014 a group of area hams joined together to form the Twin Rivers Amateur Radio Club in which i was elected the club president. I'm very proud of how far our small club has came since then. Any way that is about it for now will try to add more in the near future! 73 Wayne KC9RFO Kenwood TS-2000 Kenwood MC-...

Global Village Network G. V. N-STATION BLOG ENTRY from 1989SHACK
Tue, 03 Nov 2015 04:08:52 GMT
Global Village Network G. V. N Liberia-worldwide

2016 ham equipment from K3JEL
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:44:32 GMT
TYT TH 9800 50 watt Quad Transceiver (Analog) Yeasu FTM 100DR (Digital) Baofeng BF-F8HP 8 watt HT Baofeng UV-5R 4 watt HT BTech UV-5X3 HT

W7WAC's Station Blog from W7WAC
Mon, 07 Sep 2015 11:40:39 GMT
Howdy and Thank You For Dropping In! We have now been residing in Big Water, Utah, for over 9 years, still enjoying being able to overlook scenic rock formations and the majestic Lake Powell on the Colorado River with its Emerald Green waters, from our front porch. We are still very active on our IRLP Node, #3362, (145.510). Please give us a call and say Hello! On September 28, 2013, owner W7WAC requested the Engineers from The Utah VHF Society install a new replacement repeater on Navajo Mountain, Utah, A Kenwood TKR-750. The repeater, still under the ownership of W7WAC, has a 100 Hz PL Tone as before and the frequencies remain as listed in the Repeater Directory. The previous protocols remain in effect. On July 2nd 2014 the Utah VHF Society serviced the 96 repeater site. At which time the antenna and coax were all upgraded with new. Also once again, the 96 has the ability to link into the Utah VHF Intermountain INTERTIE, and IRLP Node 3362 upon request. This completes the tot...

KX3 from VE3EEI
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:53:10 GMT
I would really like to order an Elecraft KX3.

1943 Station from VE3LYX
Sun, 12 Jul 2015 14:25:47 GMT
Not long ago I found a 1943 ARRL handbook at a antique sale. It had a breadboard transmitter and a regen receiver design. I built them both for a vintage period correct station but built both on actual breadboards. I have had this station on the air successfully and have been operating it everyday. It is crystal controlled and CW only. I hang around 3561khz. if you hear me came back. Any mode I will deal with it.

Icom746pro from N9ZDZ
Sat, 11 Jul 2015 20:35:53 GMT
I run a Icom746pro with 3 antennas long wire fan dipole and 1 j pole

call sign from WB0IKM
Sat, 11 Jul 2015 00:08:43 GMT
this is my grandfather's expired call sign, can I renew it?

Finally an Extra from W9SRK
Sun, 24 May 2015 17:41:58 GMT
28 years later, I finally moved up from General to Extra.

K4SOD repeater from K1CSA
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:43:19 GMT
146.760 pl 100 is now solar powered.

If you should be near to Trenton,Ga. give this repeater a try.
There is almost always someone monitoring it and they may even speak to you.

Coverage to parts of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

No 19 Wireless Sets on air from VE3LYX
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 03:45:58 GMT
Recently I acquired a pair of No 19 Wireless Sets. It was more by default then desire because i never liked the Canadian sets with their Russian Lend lease extra lettering. One of the radios seemed pretty good (almost new) while the other was a parts piece and in rough shape. The good one is a Canadian Mk11 and the rough one a Canadian Mk111. With a bit of searching I found a schematic online and managed to make a power plug, a audio speaker and transformer and a working microphone. Most of the help came from the Netherlands. I joined a WS19 group but found they are more into politics of running THEIR website then any help getting folks on the air. I have no time for this pea sized thinking and no patience either. Over complicating things is a disease and needs to be stomped. Anyway I managed to get the Rx portion of the transceiver working.A few days later i powered up the transmitter section and a week later had my first QSO on 80M. Since then I have managed a contact almost everyday...

4/15 New vintage aka 'boat anchor' station! from W6JBR
Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:34:41 GMT
I am now the proud owner of a beautiful, classic, all-tube, Hallicrafters station: HT-37 100W transmitter, SX-111 Ham bands receiver, SX-96 shortwave receiver, S-38E shortwave receiver. I'll see you on the AMI West and Vintage SSB Nets!

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:31:49 GMT

Hello folks from N8OHU
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:12:30 GMT
Just stopped in to check the place out and found I like it. One of these days I'll straighten up the desk here enough to take a picture or three so you all can see some of my station.

Announced DXPeditions Webpage from WB4IUY
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:18:03 GMT
Many of us in Ham Radio like to chase DXPeditions to work those 'rare ones'. I'm gonna share a tool with you I've used for years that you may or may not be aware of. NG3K built and maintains one of the most comprehensive listings of DXPeditions I've ever seen. You can see what was, is, and will be active for the current year. You can click on the active operations and see spots for just that call without having to fiddle with filters in your DXcluster interface. Very often there are links to other info on the DXPeditions. I use it all the time to keep up with what's going on and what's coming up. You can see his page at: . I also have it embedded in my website at: . Dave WB4IUY

53.29 repeater from KB8CSL
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:34:45 GMT
Will be up spring 2015.

443.600 repeater from KB8CSL
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:33:27 GMT
On the air.

224.680 repeater from KB8CSL
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:32:42 GMT
On the air.

224.720 repeater from KB8CSL
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:31:54 GMT
On the air.

224.760 repeater from KB8CSL
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:30:52 GMT
Echolink Node 298502 is up and is connected by RF link.

About Me N4ATJ: from KK4TRL
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:12:01 GMT
Hello my name is Tony Jones. I'm originally from (Christmas Town USA) McAdenville, North Carolina. When I was in the first or second grade my family moved from McAdenville to Mount Holly, NC and I still live there today. I have had a interest in old tube set radio's and transistor type radio's since I was 14 years old. Please stop by and visit My Ham Shack, if you would like to connect with me. 73's Tony N4ATJ

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:00:11 GMT

PJ4/DG1SGW/P -Diving trip to PJ4!!! from DG1SGW
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:31:02 GMT
Hi friends! In the first two weeks in march next year 2015 i will have a trip to the island of BONAIRE SA006. I will try to be qrv on 40 to 6M, but please i work in holiday style. First of all i go for diving to Bonaire island, pse no skeds. Qsl is 100% sure via homecall direct or bureau after printing the cards. Best 73's de KLAUS PJ4/DG1SGW.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:25:52 GMT
Hello friends! I own a HT 750 handheld TRX for 40M, 15M and 6M with the separate antenna coils and extern mike. I did not use it very often, but from time to time i have had a lot of fun with it. During the last autumn i want to use it again but it does not work anymore, so what? My very good friend ROLAND, DL6SRD was so kind to look for the mistake, and after a lot of work and many many hours in his shack it works very fine again. With 3W output on 40M and the very short original antenna i was able to talk to the city of naples in south italy. What a great success and pleasure to work that qso with the small HT 750 in my hands. A very big and great TNX to Roland for repairing this tiny old handheld, without your help i would not be able to work with it ever. So again: Many thanks for the repairing and so much time in your shack. 73 de KLAUS, DG1SGW

WA2OOB is now W6JBR! from W6JBR
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:15:54 GMT
On September 26, 2014 I was granted the vanity call sign W6JBR, retiring my long-held call sign WA2OOB. Hope to work you with the new call soon! 73, John

Sat, 04 Oct 2014 01:51:59 GMT
I have been granted the vanity call sign W6JBR as of 26 September 2014. WA2OOB has been retired.

ham/antennas from M3CWZ
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:02:51 GMT
I haven't been on the air for a couple of weeks and it's driving me crazy need to do some work on the antenna's well the fella next door do's all that work for me as i am disabled in wheel chair full time.

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:23:22 GMT
I haven't been on the air for a couple of weeks and it's driving me crazy! First problem is no time. Up at 3:30 and home at 18:30 leaves no time to play on the radio. And then the weekends are so busy, again, just no time. But this weekend is NAQP (SSB), which I like to operate in. With everyone restricted to 100 watts, little pistols have a better chance of being heard. The plan is get in a little operating time on Saturday, but the best plans..... Hope to hear you this weekend!

DMR Digital Mobile Radio from KK4NEF
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 06:02:22 GMT
Just got my Motorola XPR 6550 Mototrbo digital radio and am currently practicing and operating DMR.

Check out my blog and website. from AA6TS
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:28:15 GMT
My website is at My blog is at

Field Day from K1CSA
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:44:33 GMT
If you are in TN. or Ga. on June 28th & 29th come to Cloudland Canyon State Park and join us. Dade County A.R.E.S. will be set up and would love to see you. Have fun on Field Day and maybe K4SOD will make contact with you. God bless y'all.

Brief return here. from EI7GMB
Mon, 19 May 2014 15:38:40 GMT
Hi. Long time no see. A major changeover had taken place so not much time to blog in. Just to let you know that my current email is my callsign at yahoo dot com.

Lack of respect for "Windows" on different bands... from WB4IUY
Mon, 05 May 2014 10:26:15 GMT
There are gentleman's agreements and suggestions by the ARRL for various "windows" to be used by certain modes or activities. These include things like the "DX Window" found on many bands, call frequencies like 50.125 on 6m, and mode windows like the PSK31 window and the AM window. Many of these "windows" have been around for decades and are well documented in practically every amateur radio publication and all across the internet. To preface this...I collect vintage Amateur Radio gear. There are lots of people like me, who collect older amateur radio equipment, restore it, and enjoy operating it on occasion. Many of these old rigs are crystal controlled and have been locked to these frequencies for decades, especially since these frequencies were widely known as the frequencies to operate AM on. Most of these rigs operate on AM. The "AM Windows" have been around since before I became a ham in 1974. One such example of windows are the two frequencies 3.880 &amp; 3.885 mhz in the 75 m...

7 x 9 Signal Report??? from WB4IUY
Sun, 04 May 2014 04:56:58 GMT
I heard a person on 28.400 giving out 7x9 reports. Hahahahahaha....This is too funny. When did signal reports move beyond 5 for readability? They must have been REALLY STRONG. 10-4.

West Coast Yacht Services, LLC from KD7GLO
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:19:56 GMT
Aloha! Captain Marc P. Roth, Merchant Marine Officer - U.S. Coast Guard Licensed 100 Ton Master - Sail and Towing Endorsements STCW-95 ---------- Vessel Management - Yacht Sales - Deliveries - Instruction - Charters.-------------------------- California - Hawaii Contact:

Outdoor Antenna from WB0YKO
Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:13:08 GMT
Well the first outdoor antenna has been temporarily put up. It's a home made 2 meter 1/4 wave ground plane that is about 15 feet in the air. Getting pretty good results out of something that cost $10 to build.

The next adventure is pulling a pile of aluminum tubing from the rafters of the garage and sort out the pieces of a 13 element 2 meter beam and a 3 element 10 meter beam.

And then there will be the fun of seeing how many sections of tower get put up. It will probably only be 3 sections getting close to 20 feet. And who knows where that rotor and control box can be!

Anyway it's good to get back on the air and enjoying the ARES nets, especially the .580 simplex net.

But I still miss hearing "10-75 at the box, All Hands going to work" !!!

Antenna Mast Work from K7JKZ
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:44:26 GMT
September 19, 2015: Getting better reports for my 10-watt HF CW signals now that my inverted V doublet is at 40 feet at its feed point. Ends are at 10 feet. Feed line is 450-ohm window line. Atop the mast for the HF doublet is a Tram 1481 for 2-meters &amp; 70-centimeters. The Tram goes up another 17 feet making the whole installation a bit ambitious considering wind gusts we get here.

New Weather Station Nearing Final Installation from HS0ZHM
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:05:31 GMT
I am calibrating the Ambient Weather WS-1000 wifi Observer weather station on the rooftop of the shack. It is not the ideal place for it, but until we have internet at the farm, this is the best compromise I could manage. I have registered it as a Personal Weather Station (PWS) with The data uploads to their website under the station name Ban Na Fa, station ID is INANCHOM2. As of today, it is in calibration and beta test mode at ground level so the data may not be reliable. Once finally installed on the roof top, we will consider it fully operational. I will post a note here when the project is complete along with some photos. With one month to go for the 2014 rainy season, we are on track to be ready to gather our first season of rainfall (though we are currently under a drought) and the long range forecast is for less than normal rainfall this year. Best wishes to all, and thanks for visiting my ham shack.

Automatic Rotor with MMC2120MG chip from ON3VNA
Sat, 22 Mar 2014 08:38:41 GMT
Shame on me, finally after 4 years on the desk. It's alive the compass. It is connected to an Arduino that interfaces with HRD-Rotator and simulates an Idiom Press rotor. Next step is the motor controller part but for that i need some connectors that i don't have so must go shopping first. Hopefully it will not take 4 years this time HI. 73 de ON3VNA Johan

Supressor grid modulation rig from VE3LYX
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 04:41:00 GMT
A few years back after I returned to this hobby seriously after a few years of backburner activity I experimented with several types of modulation. So far I have done a screen modulated rig several times, loop modulated from the 1917s, collector current modulation, several variations of cathode modulation and a project I started back then using suppressor grid modulation. This project was loosely based on the old Lancaster Bomber transmitter, the T1154 and uses the purpose built VT104 (PT215) tube which I bought NOS. I used the training circuit as a basis (only one output tube) Some of the design I did not like being as it was over complicated for no particular reason. This was true especially in the osc circuit so I used my own favourite standby a Hartley instead with a 4 turn link out. After a long bench rest of a year or so I dragged it down yesterday and went back to work on it. By supper time I had the big tube drawing 50 mils at 1200 volts with no hick-ups. I will continue on it...

45s in push pull for HF amp from VE3LYX
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:04:13 GMT
I run as some of you will know a one tube TNT transmitter loop modulated on AM phone. I don't use it a lot but if someone asks or is willing to listen for it I am happy to oblige. I decided for reasons unknown to build a two tube HF amp for the little hb rig. I finished it today. Seems to work fine. Currently it is setup on 40M, 7295kcs. I swapped the 45 tube from the TNT for a 201A and put a pair of 45s in the new amp. It seems to work well. So if you hear me on 40M with any of my rigs and would like to hear a single tube transmitter on AM just ask. I will probably also try it with this new amp just for the fun of it. All old parts BTW don

Homebrew Station from VE3LYX
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:04:51 GMT
Although I do have some commercially made rigs like my DX60B or my 2 ARC5s or my TS830S Kenwood I much prefer operating homebrew rigs. I have worked t mating my homebrew 4 tube transceiver to my homebrew 811A linear. I have it working but haven't done much with it. Tis week I fire it up daily for a test on or about 7290khz. I have had a few "contacts" but have yet to have a real GSO with it. It hasn't been my day but it will come. It has the power so I think it is just a matter for time. I would prefer to operate a station totally homebrew, nothing purchased or prebuilt. That is just me. I thrust that on no one else. So if you hear me faintly calling please reply. don

Almost Near to GET Honor Roll on CW (A1A) from CT1BWW
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:58:32 GMT
Hi ! On 2006 i get my #NR1 DXCC Honor Roll on Phone after 28 years working DX , believe me was a great Challenge . Now since 2001 when i start to dedicate my DXCC workinsg specialy on CW (A1A Mode)i'm almost there . This year i could get K9W and FT5ZM . I still missing 11 DXCC Entities including E3, FW, KP1, P5, ZS8 , VK0/H , VK0M. Well I know that will be very Hard! .... Hope someone as idea for a DXpedition to Eritra, Wallis and Futuna because the others like Marion Island ZS8 or Navassa KP1 are out of planning. DXCC still a great PRIZE for DXers.

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:06:39 GMT
Over the past week or so I have been working on a 4 transistor solid state rig for 20M. It is mainly a CW rig but I wanted AM function available if need It is finished now. A Hartley osc tuned by slog tuned coil runs whenever the tx is on. That drives a buffer which drives a driver transistor which is where the key is. The Driver and PA transistor are keyed together and the Am function is by way of an old style carbon mic inserted in the key circuit of needed. Output is around 4 to 5 watts. It is built in $-store tin recipe box. I use it around 14050 to 14060khz as time permits. I build a bit of solid state stuff so I don't forget how but I LOVE TUBES!

AM/CW ops this weekend from VE3LYX
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 05:23:56 GMT
I have my homebrew transceiver tuned up on 7295 as well as the 811As amp. This is AM phone and will give it a try again this afternoon. I had a contact with it yesterday but in my quest for power mistuned the transceivers final and had a squeal on modulation. I quit till I could figure it out. I dealt with it now and learned a lesson. Meters are good and have their place but monitoring your signal for a check is wise too. At 3 PM EST I am moving this to 7160khz if it is open. It uses a WWII carbon mic so it will have that sound. Also I have a new homebrew CW transmitter on the air on 20M (14051khz) It is a QRP rig of 4 transistors and is CW. Power is less then 5 watts output however 5 watts on 20M on a good day is as good as 500 watts on 80M

Relocating/Re-building from WB0YKO
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:32:17 GMT
Currently trying to rebuild my "Command Center" from NJ on a smaller scale. My NJ shack was centered more on a listening post. On an average I was able to monitor 300 to 400 VHF Low, VHF High, UHF and 800 Mhz frequencies on a daily basis. Sadly enough with the "new" Colorado DTRS system most of my communication receivers and scanners are pretty much useless. And the cost of the new monitoring equipment is much too expensive. I really miss the constant chatter of the FDNY, NYPD and local public service communication!

Apology for mutilples from VE3LYX
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:59:19 GMT
My computer gives no recognition when I click save so I did not know it had already gone. My apologies to everyone for the multi posts. It was not my intention. I do not know how to eliminate them now. don

Two tube transmittr now happy drivig twin 811A amp on AM from VE3LYX
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 04:10:20 GMT
Several years ago I built a four tube single control tuned transceiver. It is the one pictured here with German lettering. I built it in an old 1920s radio cabinet I bought at a flea market. The receiver and transmitter sections are very similar , both using a twin triode for osc and audio and both having a beam power tube ie 7AC socket , for the output. It tunes continuously 80M to 40M. The transmitter section is a Hartley osc driving the rid of a 6l6G and a electro mechanical carbon mic circuit pushing its audio thru the other triode section of that osc tube into the screen grid of the 6l6g.I have a had a bit f success with it but less then steller. basically since I have no nearby AMers it doesn't have enuf power to reach out. Now it does. I have worked away on it and managed to get power up to about 6 watts out while speaking. I had built a Hb 811A amp for 80M and recently gave it 40M as well. It took a bit of fiddling to get it happy feeding my longwire as the loading cap wouldn't...

Two tube transmittr now happy driving twin 811A amp on AM from VE3LYX
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 04:10:13 GMT
Several years ago I built a four tube single control tuned transceiver. It is the one pictured here with German lettering. I built it in an old 1920s radio cabinet I bought at a flea market. The receiver and transmitter sections are very similar , both using a twin triode for osc and audio and both having a beam power tube ie 7AC socket , for the output. It tunes continuously 80M to 40M. The transmitter section is a Hartley osc driving the rid of a 6l6G and a electro mechanical carbon mic circuit pushing its audio thru the other triode section of that osc tube into the screen grid of the 6l6g.I have a had a bit f success with it but less then steller. basically since I have no nearby AMers it doesn't have enuf power to reach out. Now it does. I have worked away on it and managed to get power up to about 6 watts out while speaking. I had built a Hb 811A amp for 80M and recently gave it 40M as well. It took a bit of fiddling to get it happy feeding my longwire as the loading cap wouldn't...

Two tube transmittr now happy driving twin 811A amp on AM from VE3LYX
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 04:10:03 GMT
Several years ago I built a four tube single control tuned transceiver. It is the one pictured here with German lettering. I built it in an old 1920s radio cabinet I bought at a flea market. The receiver and transmitter sections are very similar , both using a twin triode for osc and audio and both having a beam power tube ie 7AC socket , for the output. It tunes continuously 80M to 40M. The transmitter section is a Hartley osc driving the rid of a 6l6G and a electro mechanical carbon mic circuit pushing its audio thru the other triode section of that osc tube into the screen grid of the 6l6g.I have a had a bit f success with it but less then steller. basically since I have no nearby AMers it doesn't have enuf power to reach out. Now it does. I have worked away on it and managed to get power up to about 6 watts out while speaking. I had built a Hb 811A amp for 80M and recently gave it 40M as well. It took a bit of fiddling to get it happy feeding my longwire as the loading cap wouldn't...

Two tube transmittr now happy driving twin 811A amp on AM from VE3LYX
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 04:09:59 GMT
Several years ago I built a four tube single control tuned transceiver. It is the one pictured here with German lettering. I built it in an old 1920s radio cabinet I bought at a flea market. The receiver and transmitter sections are very similar , both using a twin triode for osc and audio and both having a beam power tube ie 7AC socket , for the output. It tunes continuously 80M to 40M. The transmitter section is a Hartley osc driving the rid of a 6l6G and a electro mechanical carbon mic circuit pushing its audio thru the other triode section of that osc tube into the screen grid of the 6l6g.I have a had a bit f success with it but less then steller. basically since I have no nearby AMers it doesn't have enuf power to reach out. Now it does. I have worked away on it and managed to get power up to about 6 watts out while speaking. I had built a Hb 811A amp for 80M and recently gave it 40M as well. It took a bit of fiddling to get it happy feeding my longwire as the loading cap wouldn't...

Two tube transmittr now happy drivig twin 811A amp on AM from VE3LYX
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 04:09:23 GMT
Several years ago I built a four tube single control tuned transceiver. It is the one pictured here with German lettering. I built it in an old 1920s radio cabinet I bought at a flea market. The receiver and transmitter sections are very similar , both using a twin triode for osc and audio and both having a beam power tube ie 7AC socket , for the output. It tunes continuously 80M to 40M. The transmitter section is a Hartley osc driving the rid of a 6l6G and a electro mechanical carbon mic circuit pushing its audio thru the other triode section of that osc tube into the screen grid of the 6l6g.I have ahad a bit f success with it but less then steller. basically since I have no nearby AMers it doesn't have enuf power to reach out. Now it does. I have worked away on it and managed to get power up to about 6 watts out while speaking. I had built a Hb 811A amp for 80M and recently gave it 40M as well. It took a bit of fiddling to get it happy feeding my longwire as the loading cap wouldn't ...

Boosting performance of Homebrew tube rigs from VE3LYX
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:51:32 GMT
Today while converting an old telephone handset to work on two of my home brew transceivers I decided to spend some time improving the performance of the two tube transceiver. It worked ok but the tank never tuned quite the way I wanted and the power was a bit shy of what I thought it should be. As I played with it I found it had its tank varicap wide open at peak and that is never a good sign when any control runs full. First I checked all the solder connections and repaired any I thought suspicious. Then I added a simple 20pf worth of disc ceramics (two 10pfs) to pull the cap back into full range. I fired it up to recheck. WOW! Peak was now at about 3/4 open setting on 7295khz. Power was wau up lighting the antenna current indicator (52 bulb in series with antenna output. In fact I can light it enuf I fear it may pop. Before I could get a dull glow in the dark. I plugged in the handset. one plug to the earphone jack and one to the mic jack and gave it a try. I could hear W8GPA callin...

pre 1929 TNT testing cathode modulated from VE3LYX
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:43:40 GMT
After some thrilling experiences testing loop modulation on my 45 tubed TNT I dug out a series cathode modulator I made for it some time ago but never used on the air with this rig. It uses a 01A tube and is my own circuit. I will be testing it this weekend on 7290 and 7295khz as time and space permit. Power will be less then when loop modulated but not huge less. Perhaps 25%. Since I was making the trip well anyway it should be ok. Please if you hear me on jump in and let me know. The TNT is a 45 tube with 226 volts on the plate keydown and draws 30 to 40 mils depending on where I am tuned to. Antenna is a single wire feed, end fed long wire. A hb tuner keep it honest between the TNT and the antenna. In fact I am convinced the tuner is a large part of my success with this rig. Focused energy if you know what I mean. don Band conditions today were such that the effort was almost pointless. Still I gave it a shot.

2M AM from VE3LYX
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 09:22:03 GMT
While visiting my pals shack I saw he had a Heathkit twoer. We need an inter shack connection and he is only 8 miles away from me. I told him to hang onto it and I picked one up on Ebay or rather my sister did as it was one of those wont ship to Canada sellers??????????. Anyway it arrived here after a month or so and it works. I had two crystals in my junk box and tested the transmitter as well. Perfect! May even work some DX as a few still have their Gonset communicators and while far away are so much higher elevation with only Lake Ontario between up it might actually work. Which brings me to another point. Should anyone want to do an on air test on a band I am good for with low power or homebrew please just give me a heads up. I know how difficult it can be getting a weak signal report. Usualy you just get ignored. So for that reason I would be there for you. Just ask. Any band I am good for. 160 to 2M.

Dade County Ga. ARES - 2 meter repeater from KK4JAY
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:52:35 GMT
We are asking for small donations to get a 2 meter repeater on the air. Every thing but the money is a go. Any Ham that can spare a little pocket change, would be a big help to this project.
We are a group and not a club, so we do not take up dues, so we do not have moneies coming in.
If you are kind enough to help, you can look up one of these call signs for a address to send it to. K1CSA, KK4JQG or KE4WUV.
Thanks in advance and God bless you.
Mike,K1CSA AEC of Dade ARES

Loop Modulation from WWI days from VE3LYX
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:09:31 GMT
Near the end of WWI there were some experiments made with putting voice on transmitters apparently for aircraft use. There is little to be found on it but recently a friend Lou VE3AWA found and restored a transmitter that had a form of it. It had a jack in the front panel labeled Microphone connected simply to a large loop of copper wire running around the main tuning coil. When he shared that story on the AWA Yahoo group it rang my bell since I had read of a similar method being used to control a regen's regeneration. Different application but exactly the same principle. So I grabbed my old 45 tube TNT and gave it a try. By the end of the day I had achieved decent modulation. Within a couple of weeks I had used it for a QSO on 40M and have several times since. I spent some time making the TNT more stable as it was really just a curiosity that saw an antenna only once or twice a year. By moving the variable cap deeper into the chassis and installing a vernier drive and a BIG control kn...

Payday from W0LED
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 07:14:41 GMT
I started my part-time gig teaching Advanced Electronics at Dunwoody College of Technology in early January. I teach two nights a week, four hours each night. That's not counting the prep time although, since I have taught this material before, I have lots of notes, worksheets, study and review materials to draw upon. I already have most of my material organized by topic: multistage transistor amplifiers, op amps, thyristors, radio and electronic communication. So prep time is kept to a minimum. Anyway, since Dunwoody pays one pay period behind, I am just now getting my first pay check. Feels good! It is a nice boost to my checking account. I am happy. Now all I'm waiting for is my first pension check to show up. Retirement is not so bad. 73

Introduction from W0LED
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:29:24 GMT
Hi! My name is Clay and I am from a suburb of Minneapolis MN. I was first licensed as WN0WEP in 1968. My radio roots go back farther than that though -- I have been an SWL since I was a kid. I remember listening to shortwave broadcasts and other weird signals coming out of the speaker of my old wood-cased tabletop multiband radio (maybe a Philco?) When I was in high school I made friends with a couple guys who had their ham licenses. Together we started a ham radio club at the high school and pretty soon I earned my Novice license. After high school I worked as a surveyor for over twelve years. In 1981, after I got married, I went to electronics school (Northwestern Electronics Institute) and earned an associate degree. After graduation I worked for eight yers as an electronics technician. In 1990 I had a chance to teach electronics and for the next twenty-three years that's what I did: I taught electronics and computer programming. I retired in 2013 but I am still teaching ...

Icom ID-51A and D-Star from W0LED
Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:20:28 GMT
I recently got an Icom ID-51A HT. It has D-Star capability and built-in GPS. I have been working on understanding D-Star and getting registered on a local D-Star repeater. It's been fun! The ID-51A comes with a programming cable and software to make the process of programming memories easier. The software is basically like a spreadsheet that you enter your frequency data and other operating parameters into. Then the collected data can be downloaded (or is it uploaded?) to the ID-51A. It works pretty well. I also ran across a cable/software package from RT Systems that is similar to the Icom-supplied software but it is more capable. In addition to the ability to program frequency, offset, and the usual data you can program all the radio control settings. This is a great way to set up the radio and sure beats digging through the menu hierarchy of the radio to set all the operating parameters. I like it! I still have a lot to figure out about D-Star but I am enjoying the chall...

StarDate origin from K7BIT
Sat, 25 Jan 2014 19:14:39 GMT
well it seems to work. Will be interesting to see who is about and what their interests are. 73's K7BIT.

Got a new call sign for Christmas, K1CSA. from KK4JAY
Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:44:20 GMT
Now comes the fun part of changing all my accounts, like this one and all my badges and members ships.
I wonder if I can get all this done in a years time?
The first part of the call was not to my liking, but to get the last there letters of the call I was willing to do it.

40M DX with the I-Pro Traveller! from DG1SGW
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:21:13 GMT
Hello friends of Shortwave! Last night i pick up WA2VUY on 40 meters and i could work him as well as i can hear him. I have been able to do that with my Kenwood TS480HX and my I-Pro Traveller. The antenna is only 3M long and as a vertical dipole it do not have any kind of radials. My output power was round about 200W and i got a 52 report from New Jersey. That was a great event for me and my greatest DX on 40M with this fantastic portable antenna. Do you have any questions about this antenna do not hesitate to email me. VY de DG1SGW, Klaus in Weinstadt, Germany.

More digimodes from M0GNM
Thu, 28 Nov 2013 05:36:27 GMT
Now that 10m is livening up I've got my multiband vertical out of storage. I've been running JT65, JT9 and trying V4Chat. No success with Chat as there don't seem to be many people around and a lack of info on frequencies to use.

Dave's Hamfest from WB4IUY
Thu, 28 Nov 2013 04:31:14 GMT
Like many of you, I tend to collect things that I don't use. Being a builder, I also seem to collect lost of gear and parts that I never use. I've recently gotten the itch for a Flex radio, so I decided the best way to do this painlessly was to 'thin out' some of my excess radio goodies. So, I've been cleaning out the workshop, utility room, garage, & attic a bit, and selling off the excess radio stuff to build my 'Flex Fund'. There's way too much to list here, but I put it on my website so I could easily update it as it clears out. Check out my load of hamfest stuff on my Dave's Hamfest Page at . Dave WB4IUY

Contact Me from W7JPG
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:34:12 GMT
ckepus at comcast dot net 530 three four 4 dash 8 zero eight 8

Introduction from W7JPG
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:26:11 GMT
First licensed in March of 1955 in Mt.Clemens, Michigan as WN8VVX. After having a ball on 40 CW using a W3DZZ trap dipole while studying for the General exam, finally took a bus to the FCC office in Detroit in August, 1955 and flunked the 13 WPM code test (the Detroit FCC testing room was *not* comforting to a nervous 13 year old). Went back two months later after copying ARRL 20 WPM solid. Passed with flying colors!! WOW. Signing as W8VVX on the air for the first time was an unforgettable event. During this time, I worked hard at my paper carrier business. I had a rural route that covered about a mile and a half (one way) along a major two lane highway. Looking back at my experience , I was lucky not to have been killed…and nearly was a couple of times…….but just like the saying, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…” kept me from delivering the Detroit News every day for four years…..I built my route up and earned enough money to allow for a modest ham radio bu...

Introduction from KK6BQQ
Sat, 02 Nov 2013 18:16:28 GMT
I was fisrt licensed as an operator in high school at the Don Bosco Amateur Radio Club - DU1DBT. It was back in 1970 and I was active in the school ARC till 72. After High School I was volunteered to the radio station of the National HQ of the Boy Scouts - DU1BSP. It was here that I met the two gentlemen who became my Elmers. Doc Romy Castaned (DU1RC) and Fred Hashim (DU1EH). Both were pillars of ham radio in the Philippines. I enlisted in the US Navy in 1976. My ham radio activitiy continued as a MARS operator onboard the USS Midway, a forward-deployed aircraft carrier. I served with the US Navy for 24 years and retired in 2000. Then, with my family, we returned to the Philippines. It was not until 2008 that I was able to re-acquire my Technician license as DW1OLV. A month later I examined for the General class and passed. My license callsign was chaged to DV1VHY. After a year I took the exam for Advanced and acquired my class A license as DU1VHY. It has been a very exciting return. I...

Chattanooga hamfest Oct. 26, 2013 from KK4JAY
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 07:15:00 GMT
overall it was a very good hamfest, parking was limited, a lot of folks turned out. Lot of bone yard items and a couple of the vendors did not make it. next year might be even bigger and better we'll have to wait and see. wish I had been the one that walked away with the top prize but you can't win em all.

Getting around on the local repeaters... from KD2DVC
Sun, 13 Oct 2013 15:34:03 GMT
I started jumping around the different repeaters I can access from my apartment. Found this one a member of my club just put up and the range is great. I even did my first DX on 2 meters, it was to Canada but I guess that counts.... I am having a great time learning about my rig, Kenwood TS-200(x)....

Hamfest India 2013 "Next Gen EmComm: GECO" presentation from HS0ZHM
Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:48:27 GMT
I collaborated with Basappa (VU2NXM) on &quot;Next Gen EmComm: GECO&quot; (Next Generation Emergency Communication: Grassroots Emergency Communications Operations)which he presented at Hamfest India 2013 in Gwalior, India. The key topics of the presentation included: 1) preparing and nurturing the next generation of EmComm operators; 2) improving rural education combining classroom lessons used for hands-on community service projects related to EmComm; 3) introducing a 3-tiered approach to help remote rural villagers developing an EmComm system using non-radio ground-to-air signals, CB radios, and amateur radios; 4) suggesting possible methods to implement the program combining and sharing resources between ham groups / clubs, villagers, government agencies, and non-government organizations. Next Gen EmComm: GECO is directed to remote rural villages in developing countries. These areas tend to be impoverished. So low tech / no tech methods are easier to implement. However, th...

Vertical antenna from KD7FAF
Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:10:31 GMT
I have a gap 8 band vertical antenna that rises to about 33 feet in the air. I would like some opinions about this antenna. I need to be very careful as to the type of antenna I use as I have a home owners association looking over my shoulder.

Streaming UK Hamfest this weekend LIVE from G0HWC
Sat, 28 Sep 2013 04:30:39 GMT
The UK Hamfest is streaming live video this weekend. To watch both cams look here: Paul G0HWC

Whan all else fails- from KK4JAY
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 07:10:39 GMT
Ham radio. When your HT fails while working a event, it is nice to have a spare.

20m Beacon from KK4NEF
Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:53:02 GMT
My Arduino based experimental beacon now operates on 14.032mhz during weekends and evenings of weekdays.

20 Meter Beacon from KK4NEF
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:25:22 GMT
I currently have set up an Arduino based beacon on 14.025 mhz. Runs at about 25w. Let me know if you hear it !

QSL Cards from AB0SR
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:12:11 GMT
Is it just me? or does any other hams like getting QSL cards in the mail? I know they have Lotw, and eqsl and all that, and that QSL cards cost to send. But it is nice to have a card in hand. I never use the other ways of sending cards anymore as I like getting and collecting them myself. maybe this is why I like Morse code so well, might be I am a little old school hi hi.....hope to cu soon on the bands 73 AB0SR + sk sk

ham radio ops and Blackberry phones from AB0SR
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:25:02 GMT
Hey all, i have noticed that there are a lot of hams who use Blackberry cell phones? I am one of them hi hi......wonder if there are any here? if so let me know, I have started a BBM group called "Ham Radio Chatters" anyone interested in hooking up with the group here is my Pin # 33439EBE send me an invite and will get you in the group. would love to add some hams to my Blackberry groups..... 73 de AB0SR + sk sk

First Entry from KD2DVC
Sun, 18 Aug 2013 19:15:30 GMT
I found this site and thought as a new member to Amateur Radio I should build an account.... I hope to meet many new people and contact around the world some day.... Currently all I have is a Baofeng UV-5R ht, however I am watch many sites like Ebay and Amazon looking for a nice radio to use in my truck and apartment....

Story from N5ANB
Sun, 11 Aug 2013 11:42:31 GMT
I first learned Morse code when I was 10. I was raised by my Grandparents. My Grandfather was an agent for the Illinois Central Railroad, so I spent a lot of in the depot around the sounders and therefore learned American Morse Code.

My Dad had been a radio operator in WWII. He introduced me to Ham Radio and supplied me with the Hallicrafters S-76 receiver and the Vibroplex Lightening bug you see in the 1958 photo. My Uncle supplied me with the Command sets and administered the Novice exam on my birthday. I went on to take radio and TV servicing at Tech High School in Memphis but transferred to Messick High School my senior year.

I was absent from amateur radio until graduation from seminary in 1978. My absence was due mostly to family stresses and school. After graduation Dawn and I were thinking in terms of missions, and I felt that getting back into radio would be beneficial. My interest in the hobby hadn’t diminished, but equipment costs were too great during the scho...

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Neste Blog espero conseguir contribuir com algo a favor do radio amadorismo.

FT 8900 from KK4JAY
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:22:42 GMT
My FT 8900 does all kinds of crazy things. On the right side of the radio the receive is weaker than on the left. Just lately on 6 & 10 meters, when I key the mic it will not unkey the radio when I let let go of the mic, I have to power down the radio. It did this a couple of times on 2 meters before it didit on 6 & 10.

Should I take it out back and shoot it?

Two antennas on the same band. from KC2WEX
Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:50:58 GMT
I would like to experiment with two antennas on the same band except one is a vertical and the other is horizontal. Actually I wanted to apply this consept to tropo ducting but just using it in an everyday fashon and noteing the return would be kind of different. of course it`s been done before but just for the education of it would be fun to do.

More Pictures and Updates from KK4NEF
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:22:51 GMT
Hey guys, there will be more pictures up soon of my shack and me operating my equipment, thanks for visiting !

Sat, 20 Jul 2013 06:57:36 GMT
WSPR prob solved. WSPR-X installed and working.

Raspberry Pi from M0GNM
Sat, 20 Jul 2013 05:35:34 GMT
All the bits have arrived. I've got it up and running raspbian and installed Fldigi. No luck so far getting the composite video output to work so I don't have to use the TV for the HDMI output.

More Digimodes from M0GNM
Sat, 20 Jul 2013 05:29:41 GMT
I still haven't got WSPR working with the new setup. Today I discovered a new mode SIM31 and had quite a job persuading Norton that the site and the software wasn't a fatal attack on my PC. Eventually Norton relented and let me install and run the software. At present I'm calling CQ on 14.072500.

Recent Activity from KK4NEF
Tue, 09 Jul 2013 06:21:37 GMT
Been active on 17m the other day and was able to score 14 qso's in about an hour. Going to try to get back on the air today and will be working on putting up a 40m Hamstick dipole as well.

KK4NEF Ham Shack from KK4NEF
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 05:49:05 GMT
Hey guys I was able to update some more information such as station equipment and add more pictures. Please check them out!

KK4NEF Ham Shack from KK4NEF
Sun, 07 Jul 2013 11:15:12 GMT
Welcome everyone to KK4NEF's ham shack. Stay tuned for more pictures, projects, and improvements of my shack !

Weather Underground from KA0DON
Sun, 30 Jun 2013 09:40:16 GMT
Is it possible to add a Weather Underground link sticker to My Ham Shack Home page?

My mobile installation. from KC2WEX
Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:31:13 GMT
Remember when the days you jacked your C.B. power in a female cigar holder. What convience, hook it up to the bottom of the cars dashboard and then comes the antenna. Now it`s hooked up. This to me is an easy way to do it. when you went for a better model how easy it was to make it all work. Even removing for serviceing the unit can be taken out, with a "five minute" time limit approximently. Now amateur radio, You have to connect the line directly to the battery for obvious reasons and "fuse the line" on both sides. then you connect a speaker in the back or front. The way I connected my mobile, is a lot diffrent. Add an accesory to your car by connecting the, 14 gage black and red fused on both ends,to the battery through "terminal posts" or "female cigar plug," mounted on the dashboard. (If you don`t mine the big hole in the dash,) through the firewall. Then connect a phone jack, to one of your car speakers on eather the back or front, to that phone jack. I did somethin...

Need Help! from N8GBU
Sun, 09 Jun 2013 18:45:01 GMT
I have a rather new Kenwood Ts-2000x and have been pulling out my hair trying to get it to work with the RigBlaster Pro. Has anyone out there successfully actually got the two to work together? Please contact me with the details if you have !

Packet Station from N1JGB
Fri, 31 May 2013 10:40:52 GMT
Last night I re-activated my Packet Station after a 7 year lapse... A KPC-3, Kenwood TM-733 and an old computer from the dungeon. I might have to upgrade the computer from W2K though... Currently operating on 145.03.

6M Super DX!!! from DG1SGW
Thu, 30 May 2013 04:25:55 GMT
Hello guys out there! In the eveninghours of the 20th of may i turn on the power switch of my 6Mstationreceiver and do not trust my ears. I heard about 6-8 ZS stations over the band, oh my god i was just getting tuned and try to reach them. In 10 minutes i was able to work with great success two of them, ZS6AYE and ZS6AF. I could hear also very loud and clear ZS6IQ and ZS6OB, but could not reach them. After ten minutes there were only a few european stations on the band and the opening was all over. That was my greatest opening on 50mc ever in my live and i enjoyed it so much. Of course the cards to South Africa are on their way via airmail. Greetings de DG1SGW, KLAUS.

Sat, 18 May 2013 06:33:24 GMT

Special Event Stations from N8GBU
Sun, 05 May 2013 13:42:01 GMT
Yesterday I made a contact with a special event station manned by the radio club I belong to. It was commemorating Dudley's massacre it happened during the war of 1812. I felt kind of hoaky doing it but I'm an avid special event station chaser. I love learning about the cause they represent and of course the special QSL's!!

New PC and Digimodes Interface from M0GNM
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:11:48 GMT
I've assembled a new Mini ITX PC with Gigabyte GA-E350N mother board and bought a ZLP Electronics DigiMaster Pro 3 Data interface. It's a steep "learning curve" as they say, getting it all to work. I've got HRD and DM780 up and running but WSPR is proving to bet a bit more difficult.

Pixie 2 Question from KI6FCT
Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:52:43 GMT
I just built a Pixie 2. It seems to be receiving well, but I'm unsure about the transmission. I know it uses a Colpitts oscillator, running all the time, and the amp is keyed. I hooked it up to a Hamtenna in my car, and I can hear the continuous tone on my base station. However, there is no change in the transmission when the key is used. Shouldn't the tone increase when the key is used? Any ideas? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Alan

Listening for North American AM Hams in Europe from VE3LYX
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:05:18 GMT
Last week I had the opportunity to cruise the Rhine from Amsterdam to Frankfurt. I took along a RS Grundig (Eaton) digital shortwave set. First I set it up here and tried it against my normal station receiver. It was comparable so I finished the set up including my local time (so I could be able to be sure I was listening at the right time without caculating it.) I tested it all before I left and if you were working me on 40AM recently I had it on then. Several times during the week I went up on the upper deck and listened for over an hour. On 40M, specifically 7295, I could hear the tune up hetrodynes and on one day I could here a voice although copy was not readable. I would put it down to Dave from the Buffalo area because of the depth and range and strength but like I said it was not copyable. Soon ,at the usual hour, the Broadcast station began to interfere although interestingly no worse than here. Later in the week I tried the 3725 AM group of Ontario hams at the normal hour. I...

Listening for North American AM Hams in Europe from VE3LYX
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:02:39 GMT
Last week I had the opportunity to cruise the Rhine from Amsterdam to Frankfurt. I took along a RS Grundig (Eaton) digital shortwave set. First I set it up here and tried it against my normal station receiver. It was comparable so I finished the set up including my local time (so I could be able to be sure I was listening at the right time without caculating it.) I tested it all before I left and if you were working me on 40AM recently I had it on then. Several times during the week I went up on the upper deck and listened for over an hour. On 40M, specifically 7295, I could hear the tune up hetrodynes and on one day I could here a voice although copy was not readable. I would put it down to Dave from the Buffalo area because of the depth and range and strength but like I said it was not copyable. Soon ,at the usual hour, the Broadcast station began to interfere although interestingly no worse than here. Later in the week I tried the 3725 AM group of Ontario hams at the normal hour. I...

Listening for North American AM Hams in Europe from VE3LYX
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:01:57 GMT
Last week I had the opportunity to cruise the Rhine from Amsterdam to Frankfurt. I took along a RS Grundig (Eaton) digital shortwave set. First I set it up here and tried it against my normal station receiver. It was comparable so I finished the set up including my local time (so I could be able to be sure I was listening at the right time without caculating it.) I tested it all before I left and if you were working me on 40AM recently I had it on then. Several times during the week I went up on the upper deck and listened for over an hour. On 40M, specifically 7295, I could hear the tune up hetrodynes and on one day I could here a voice although copy was not readable. I would put it down to Dave from the Buffalo area because of the depth and range and strength but like I said it was not copyable. Soon ,at the usual hour, the Broadcast station began to interfere although interestingly no worse than here. Later in the week I tried the 3725 AM group of Ontario hams at the normal hour. I...

Listening for North American AM Hams in Europe from VE3LYX
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:01:43 GMT
Last week I had the opportunity to cruise the Rhine from Amsterdam to Frankfurt. I took along a RS Grundig (Eaton) digital shortwave set. First I set it up here and tried it against my normal station receiver. It was comparable so I finished the set up including my local time (so I could be able to be sure I was listening at the right time without caculating it.) I tested it all before I left and if you were working me on 40AM recently I had it on then. Several times during the week I went up on the upper deck and listened for over an hour. On 40M, specifically 7295, I could hear the tune up hetrodynes and on one day I could here a voice although copy was not readable. I would put it down to Dave from the Buffalo area because of the depth and range and strength but like I said it was not copyable. Soon ,at the usual hour, the Broadcast station began to interfere although interestingly no worse than here. Later in the week I tried the 3725 AM group of Ontario hams at the normal hour. I...

Listening for North American AM Hams in Europe from VE3LYX
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:01:30 GMT
Last week I had the opportunity to cruise the Rhine from Amsterdam to Frankfurt. I took along a RS Grundig (Eaton) digital shortwave set. First I set it up here and tried it against my normal station receiver. It was comparable so I finished the set up including my local time (so I could be able to be sure I was listening at the right time without caculating it.) I tested it all before I left and if you were working me on 40AM recently I had it on then. Several times during the week I went up on the upper deck and listened for over an hour. On 40M, specifically 7295, I could hear the tune up hetrodynes and on one day I could here a voice although copy was not readable. I would put it down to Dave from the Buffalo area because of the depth and range and strength but like I said it was not copyable. Soon ,at the usual hour, the Broadcast station began to interfere although interestingly no worse than here. Later in the week I tried the 3725 AM group of Ontario hams at the normal hour. I...

Listening for North American AM Hams in Europe from VE3LYX
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:01:30 GMT
Last week I had the opportunity to cruise the Rhine from Amsterdam to Frankfurt. I took along a RS Grundig (Eaton) digital shortwave set. First I set it up here and tried it against my normal station receiver. It was comparable so I finished the set up including my local time (so I could be able to be sure I was listening at the right time without caculating it.) I tested it all before I left and if you were working me on 40AM recently I had it on then. Several times during the week I went up on the upper deck and listened for over an hour. On 40M, specifically 7295, I could hear the tune up hetrodynes and on one day I could here a voice although copy was not readable. I would put it down to Dave from the Buffalo area because of the depth and range and strength but like I said it was not copyable. Soon ,at the usual hour, the Broadcast station began to interfere although interestingly no worse than here. Later in the week I tried the 3725 AM group of Ontario hams at the normal hour. I...

Listening for North American AM Hams in Europe from VE3LYX
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:01:14 GMT
Last week I had the opportunity to cruise the Rhine from Amsterdam to Frankfurt. I took along a RS Grundig (Eaton) digital shortwave set. First I set it up here and tried it against my normal station receiver. It was comparable so I finished the set up including my local time (so I could be able to be sure I was listening at the right time without caculating it.) I tested it all before I left and if you were working me on 40AM recently I had it on then. Several times during the week I went up on the upper deck and listened for over an hour. On 40M, specifically 7295, I could hear the tune up hetrodynes and on one day I could here a voice although copy was not readable. I would put it down to Dave from the Buffalo area because of the depth and range and strength but like I said it was not copyable. Soon ,at the usual hour, the Broadcast station began to interfere although interestingly no worse than here. Later in the week I tried the 3725 AM group of Ontario hams at the normal hour. I...

Listening for North American AM Hams in Europe from VE3LYX
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:01:02 GMT
Last week I had the opportunity to cruise the Rhine from Amsterdam to Frankfurt. I took along a RS Grundig (Eaton) digital shortwave set. First I set it up here and tried it against my normal station receiver. It was comparable so I finished the set up including my local time (so I could be able to be sure I was listening at the right time without caculating it.) I tested it all before I left and if you were working me on 40AM recently I had it on then. Several times during the week I went up on the upper deck and listened for over an hour. On 40M, specifically 7295, I could hear the tune up hetrodynes and on one day I could here a voice although copy was not readable. I would put it down to Dave from the Buffalo area because of the depth and range and strength but like I said it was not copyable. Soon ,at the usual hour, the Broadcast station began to interfere although interestingly no worse than here. Later in the week I tried the 3725 AM group of Ontario hams at the normal hour. I...

Listening for North American AM Hams in Europe from VE3LYX
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:00:54 GMT
Last week I had the opportunity to cruise the Rhine from Amsterdam to Frankfurt. I took along a RS Grundig (Eaton) digital shortwave set. First I set it up here and tried it against my normal station receiver. It was comparable so I finished the set up including my local time (so I could be able to be sure I was listening at the right time without caculating it.) I tested it all before I left and if you were working me on 40AM recently I had it on then. Several times during the week I went up on the upper deck and listened for over an hour. On 40M, specifically 7295, I could hear the tune up hetrodynes and on one day I could here a voice although copy was not readable. I would put it down to Dave from the Buffalo area because of the depth and range and strength but like I said it was not copyable. Soon ,at the usual hour, the Broadcast station began to interfere although interestingly no worse than here. Later in the week I tried the 3725 AM group of Ontario hams at the normal hour. I...

Listening for North American AM Hams in Europe from VE3LYX
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:00:18 GMT
Last week I had the opportunity to cruise the Rhine from Amsterdam to Frankfurt. I took along a RS Grundig (Eaton) digital shortwave set. First I set it up here and tried it against my normal station receiver. It was comparable so I finished the set up including my local time (so I could be able to be sure I was listening at the right time without caculating it.) I tested it all before I left and if you were working me on 40AM recently I had it on then. Several times during the week I went up on the upper deck and listened for over an hour. On 40M, specifically 7295, I could hear the tune up hetrodynes and on one day I could here a voice although copy was not readable. I would put it down to Dave from the Buffalo area because of the depth and range and strength but like I said it was not copyable. Soon ,at the usual hour, the Broadcast station began to interfere although interestingly no worse than here. Later in the week I tried the 3725 AM group of Ontario hams at the normal hour. I...

special event w4c from WP4DT
Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:40:33 GMT

829B/3E29B linear amp from VE3LYX
Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:52:40 GMT
I have a small linear I built for my hb transceiver. I use a 6146B or lately a 6293 in it. On my own I had been exploring for another tube. Reason being my DX60B also uses the same tube in its final and in poor conditions always comes up on the short side due to a lack of stomp. I wanted to try a 829B in Parallel pair mode and figured if I could get it to work I could just plug it into the 6146B socket. This stand alone amp seemed the place to test everything first. I got my tubes yesterday morning and picked out a 3E29B for the first experiment. First I made a dual plate to singe plate cap conversion. Next I found a old octal tube (a dead one) and liberated its base. I then took the 3E29b and joined its control grids and wired it for 6 volt heaters. The other pins I extended soldering wires to each pin. (Kathode, Screens Control grids and heaters. I fed those wires down through the octal tube base thru the appropriate pins and soldered them. I now had an octal based 3E29B that would ...

Linux and slow scan t v from W8TCC
Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:20:22 GMT
Can anyone help me find a program that will run in ubuntu 12.04 that can either run EasyPal or run slow scan tv and interface with others running EasyPal in windows???

811A amp almost done from VE3LYX
Sun, 07 Apr 2013 11:31:18 GMT
The Amp is all built and has been tested at low power using a quick B plus supply. (line voltage through thru doubler and filter which gives about 300 volts no load. )it appears to work and tune. I am waiting for its proper transformer to arrive. That is all that is left before putting it into service permanently.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 01:44:10 GMT
After a lengthy search, I found my new QTH in beautiful Oceanside, CA! After 1 year, I am still in the process of getting my shack fully operational. The good news is that this is a good radio location. I am using temporary mobile and wire antennas with good results, semi-stealth, as I prepare my verticals for permanent install- and will have to deal with the HOA for that. I am up ~350' in Peacock Hills, with an unobstructed 180 degree southerly view, underground utilities, a low noise floor, and am able to work DX with hamsticks sitting on my metal shed... a good sign! 73, John WA2OOB

ARC 5 successfully on AM from VE3LYX
Sun, 31 Mar 2013 13:01:44 GMT
This morning using my Hbrew cathode modulator with a 45 tube installed I made a successful AM contact with Tim VE6PG. I was using the modulator on my ARC5 T18 transmitter which I repaired, moved to 80M and learned to cathode modulate. He said audio and power was down from my main station AM transmitter (DX60B)but he could hear me ok. Distance exceeds 100 miles ATCF so I am content with that. Band conditions were acceptable although not great. The successfull completion of a long project is always satisfying. Don VE3LYX

Thirsty for contacts? You need a Beverage! from VE3LYX
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 06:24:30 GMT
I first heard about Beverage Antennas from my Dad, an P Eng who specialized in Radio design. A couple of years ago I decided to give it a try. I was in Lowes and bought two sections of Covered Binding wire. I think it was around $20. I joined the two and snaked it down the rail fence east of the house. I got about 100 feet actually on the fence (approx 3 feet off the ground)and fed it into the shack through a hole in the window frame. I first hooked it up in the summer. I exected nothing and that is what I got. Other then a slight &quot;click) there was no background noise. I unhooked it and forgot about it. Simply put &quot;I just didnt get it!&quot; I dont know why but last fall I was doing some antenna work and decided to try iy again since I had moved some of my AM rigs downstairs to that shack. I was and still am astounded at what it can hear. The lack of atmospheric noise is still spooky. These antennas are very quiet noisewise. I leave it on the receiver all the time which elim...

Good use for a dud antenna from VE3LYX
Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:28:44 GMT
I have a couple of dud antennas. Both tune perfect and at any reasonable QTH would work well. I have never had a QSO from either so I was going to remove them BUT, I had an idea. I keep a Field Strength meter in the shack and often look at it when testing or tuning up. Especially for the final trim which s so critical with controlled carrier screen modulation. I decided to hook the Field strength / SWR indicator to the coax of my dud base loaded vertical antenna. I hooked it to the input side which would be normally used for SWR measurements. It works perfectly. Now I dont worry of I am reading in shack RF or outside I KNOW I am reading exactly what the main antenna and transmitter are putting out. Looks like this antenna just got a permanent reprieve. I wish I had thought of this 30 years ago!

PSK31 from W3UZI
Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:18:38 GMT
I've just rekindled my interest in data transmissions and am now fairly active using BPSK-31 and FLdigi with a Signalink USB. Good fun!

Launching antennas.(A simple solution to getting some antenna height) from VE3LYX
Sat, 23 Mar 2013 16:04:55 GMT
I am too old to climb now and have a busted rib cage to boot so I would be a fool to try as one fall would be my last for sure. I needed to get an antenna up in a tree. A 132 foot half wave long wire. I had it threaded through an eyelet on a pole near the house. I tied it off about 8 feet up down in the valley. (I live on a cliff) It worked from the git go but I wanted it higher. I have lots of trees down there some with good height. The conventional wisdom was use a slingshot to launch a string. It sort of worked. Up 25 feet or so but the trees are much higher. My goal was to have it more or less level with the end on the pole by the house. Next I tried a bow and arrow. I made the bow and tried several arrows. Both homemade and proper arrows a friend found and gave me. The string was too heavy and the arrows just reached their target but stopped climbing as the string fed out. A friend promised to help with a pro bow but I soon realized his was a SOMEDAY help. I need this now so I per...

Twin 811A AMP from VE3LYX
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:43:38 GMT
I have begun construction of a dual 811A HF linear. It is loosely based on the one in the ARRL SSB book from the 70s but I added the second tube and will probably not use a Pi output as I prefer the old style parallel cap and coil. Reason? No reason, son. It is just company policy. (No room nor do I have the extra variable cap.) Why 811As. Because I have had a pair of sockets for years. I do not like extreme voltages a 572B needs and I just need a small boost in power so I am always around 100 watts plus real output. I have the RF deck done. The power supply rectifier board and filters as well as voltage doubler done. I have a useable transformer. Was looking for some tubes but will probably just buy new. I am a loyal customer of The Tube Store. Some ask, &quot;Why not a 300Z?&quot; . Somehow I am not able to get accross I dont want killer power. Just enough to insure a good qso on 80M and 40M. I had, years ago, a Viewstar 1500 Linear. It was more then I wanted so I sold it. I have no...

Further adventures in Cathode Modulation from VE3LYX
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:02:38 GMT
>On a whim I experimented with a strictly electro mechanical form of cathode modulation. (no tubes or transistors.) I call it passive cathode modulation. Much to my surprise after sorting through a few values I got it to work. It worked first try but was weak in voice quality. (I tested it on my ARC5)I have since cured that. Seems to work well enough for decent copy but I will test further today as I didn't have a lot of time when I tested it. It was just a whim, one of those "Ok so if that works, I wonder what happens if I try this?" deals. Eliminates almost all the losses caused by inserting and powering a tube from the B- circuit of the PA. Now I need to see how much % I can modulate it that way. 80% is supposedly possible thru cathode control but anything over 30% will be useable. I am going to test it on my 40M TNT (7214kcs 10AM EST))as well to see if it is practical for it. > > > Don VE3LYX

Moj blog KONTESTI from 9A7IUP
Tue, 12 Mar 2013 04:20:40 GMT

Cathode modulating from VE3LYX
Fri, 01 Mar 2013 18:27:13 GMT
Over the past couple of years I have been very interested in vintage AM equipment, both commercial and homebrew. My basic AM rig is a DX60B and a HB10R receiver with a homebrew VFO for the DX60B. I must confess I am not in love with this set-up. The person who decided crystals should go in the rear should not have had a job. The phono plug coax connector defies reason. Better than nothing radio in IMHO. I have an ARC5 rig as well. A T18 that I have moved to 80M . All changes I have made to this rig are reversable in a hour or so. I wanted it on AM but did not want to buy or build a big modulator. I choose cathode modulating (some call it grid modulating. Personally I dont care what you call it. It hooks in series between the B- and the rig's cathode or cathodes.) These simple little deals work surprisingly well. Any CW rig cathode keyed can simply feed the tube filaments of the modulator and the rig supplys the B voltage. You simply unplug the CW key and plug in the modulator. That,...

My new FT-990 from VE3TMT
Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:31:17 GMT
Well the TS-940 is gone, traded for a Yaesu FT-990. As you probably can tell, I like to trade and try different radios! It's been in the shack about two weeks and have used it in the ARRL CW contest and the NAQP RTTY Sprint this past weekend. The radio performed flawlessly in both contests. It is the AC/DC model, 1993 model with all filters, which really makes digital mode operating easy. One thing I like is the ability to select any filter in any mode, perfect for PSK31 and RTTY. The radio is in mint condition and I am really happy with it. It does have the hiss problem I have read about so I bought a 6KHz ceramic filter on eBay, and am just waiting for it to arrive, so I can install it. From what I have read, this great reduces the hiss. Enjoying the shack in the new location, drove six hours Friday night to pick up my daughter, then another five hours Saturday morning to bring her home. Hit a major whiteout just driving into Toronto Friday night and spent the extra hour crawling o...

I-Pro Home tested now! from DG1SGW
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:22:00 GMT
Hi friends of hf and good contacts on the air! I have now mounted and tested my new I-Pro Home antenna from Carl G4GTW ;Pro antennas with 38M of aircell7 coaxcable. It is fixed on a stainless steel mast(factured from my good friend Thomas, DL1TK) in a height of round about 3 Meters over the ground in my garden plot(235m a.s.l.). Coax comes to the transforming matcher in a height of 5.8 Meters and is mounted in angle of 45 degrees to ground. No radials and no other things which disturbed my wife in garden area hihi. I can tune it very well and easy with the builtin tuner of my FT2000D from 6m to 30m. On 40m i need my LDG AT 200ProII to tune it also very easy, listening on is also possible with good results. With the normal matching transformer can used up to 25W on 6m and up to 350W on the other bands, but no need for it. It has avery flat angle and i reached in a few days many stations in DX on all bands. A great powerfull performance on 20-10M really outstanding sigs with 200W barefoo...

DX Hunting ! from LA5FHA
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:30:05 GMT
Not much activity last months bce busy with renovation.Will be active lots 160 mtr cw from 21 february 2013 so hope QSO u. Do you want to visit Norway ?Welcome to work HAM Radio. 73 LA5FHA Svein ( KJ4WIJ )( ALSO 40/80 MTR CW )

Ham Shack In Kuwait from K9TEN
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 06:14:59 GMT
Well several years later, I have almost no Ham radio equipment due to loosing my great job and two tornadoes hitting my house two years in a row. Now the good news: I have a HF station set up in Kuwait where I am working as a contractor. My apartment has a building on the roof that allows me to put up a 43' multi-band vertical. The base of the antenna is at 127 feet. Running barefoot (100 watts) IC-738 as my rig. It was quite a challenge putting up a vertical up on the roof. I ran an OCF Dipole for about a week but was not happy with the way it was set up. Hope to make lots of contacts with new countries for my log book and of course the USA My actual Kuwait call sign issued license is 9K2/K9ten. I hate it is so long but it is what it is and when I transmit 9K2 it gets attention. 73's to everyone. I will be putting pictures of my old and my new vertical antenna and my modest Ham shack on here.

School Roundup from N8GBU
Tue, 12 Feb 2013 04:46:37 GMT
The school roundup started yesterday and I'm encouraging eveeryone to get out there and work some school stations! I managed to contact 2 school stations yesterday plus a Cuba station on 15 meters. I use to check calls etc and one of the schools I contacted was KF5CRF and found out this school students ( a good portion of them ) are children of military personel plus the town itself was basically a military town. It was a pleasure getting through the pileup running barefoot to make this contact and the others. Enough said time to get back on the air for day two! 73's Mike/N8GBU

KC9SGV HF Remote station. from KC9SGV
Tue, 05 Feb 2013 14:36:17 GMT
My latest interest is my new HF Remote station using the RCForb software. This station is part of the Great Lakes Marine Mobile Net. Operate the station from this URL: Or download the FREE RCForb client software from

HF bands from G7JVG
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:46:11 GMT
Amateur radio: work 40mrts regular work 17mtrs most Saturday afternoon's work 80mtrs not often because of antenna work Its now 2014 just made a antenna for 80mtrs and it works fine on 160 mtrs What a bonus

In missing a forum part of ham shack! from DG1SGW
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 07:59:32 GMT
Well, so i will write it down here.....i am always reading how much hams have looked up the station blogs and wondering that nobody leaves a comment. Is all this okay or does nobody have questions or is not understandable? That's the question for me do you think ofit dear friends? greetings Klaus, DG1SGW

A longer longwire antenna! from DG1SGW
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 07:37:03 GMT
Hi friends of HF and friends of nice QSO's! Yesterday i did a great step in range of a better antenna. After all the trees in my garden plot are fallen, i have now the place to go a bit longer with my wire antenna putting it from 15.5M up to 20.5M. Installing a mast with 8M of height for the other end to the roof of the house it is absolutely fabolous. I can now work with much greater performance on all bands, on 80M my operating range has grown up to round about 4000KM easy. On the 160M also 2500KM no more a big problem, on 40M VK and JA worked so easy as on the higher bands. In my opinion the best length for a endfeeded wire antenna is 20.5M, you do have a good working length on all bands an is easy to tune with the builtin tuner of your transceiver. I hope this helps anybody, pse feel free to email me if any questions. Vy 73 de KLAUS, DG1SGW

I-PRO HOME 40-10M 400W Version! from DG1SGW
Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:00:02 GMT
Now installed with Aircell 7 and a stainless steel mast by DL1TK my good friend Thomas. First Qso's with great performance. To be continued...

Shack relocation from VE3TMT
Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:55:01 GMT
Spend Friday and Saturday moving the shack from the spare bedroom out to the rec room. My daughter is moving home in a month so had to give up the spare room. It gave me a chance to clean things up a little and pay attention to all the cabling. I am very pleased with the results. Having it out in the rec room may give me more opportunity to show house guests the setup and explain the hobby to them. I now have windows too! I've uploaded a new picture. You can also see in the picture just how good the LED's look in the 940. Swapped out the LED's in my PRO-2037 scanner to match. Still trying to find the source of the interference on 160 and 80m. On 1995 Khz it is almost 40db over S9 with a repeating cycle. I did find some noise about a block over, but this was picked up on the car radio on 1705 AM. As I drove by the spot in question the noise level on the radio increased dramatically. Next step is to take a walk over with the Grundig and see if I can pinpoint it a little closer.

POCKET TRAVEL CW KEYER with PADDLE MFJ-403P (world of effortless CW) from DU3TAZ
Mon, 28 Jan 2013 04:00:58 GMT
Greetings fellow hams. a very good friend introduced me to the world of effortless CW.Very handy and so many features in so easy to follow functions. You can operate with your eyes closed. I really appreciate the plug-and-play operations. Specs are as follows: weight control from 25 to 75%; iambic A and B operation; automatic or semi-automatic operation; full dot and dash memories; and immediate front-panel speed control from 5 to 60 WPM(words per minute). Another good thing is the built-in sidetone generator and speaker that are ideal for CW practice sessions and/or for radios lacking a CW sidetone. It is also compatible with any modern transceiver or QRP transmitter using positive keying. Powered by a common 9-volt transistor radio battery, the keyer is ready to use even in outdoor activities wherever you are. The keyer is so amazing, that leave it sitting and the keyer goes into a BATTERY CONSERVING SLEEP MODE! Truly, this pocket CW keyer is a must have to your amateur operation...

On the Grid Border from N8GBU
Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:48:09 GMT
After starting my blog and account here I went to I checked my logbook etc. and decided to make sure I was using the right grid letters for my location. I made a startling discovery. My grid I have been using and the correct one is EN81GQ. However I started experimenting with the map changing the last letter. I entered EN81GR and found out the borders of EN81GQ and EN81GR run right down the property line behind my house running East and West give or take a little bit for error. I zereoed in with the satellite view in facination of my new discovery. The property is not hard to identify as I have a very tall pine on the property line where the border is I use for my G5RV. 73's N8GBU/Mike

Brand New Here from N8GBU
Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:24:55 GMT
I just thought I would start off my station blog by saying hello to everyone and telling a little bit about myself. Until this past September I held a General class license. I decided to upgrade to Extra class as sometimes the only activity I could find was I the Extra class portion of the bands. It took a lot of studying and when I was ready instead of waiting and taking the upgrade exam with the radio club I belonged to I drove over 30 miles to a small town I was familar with. The test was run by the Fulton County Amatuer Radio Club. I was surprised to see so many club members there helping out with the exams. They made me feel welcome and the majority of them congratulated me when I did pass my exam! Since getting the upgrade I have made numerous DX contacts which has been very exciting to me.

psk31 from WP4DT
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:27:23 GMT
bueno estoy tratando con psk31 hasta ahora en muy divertido
y muy buenos programas que hay 73

Ham Radio from AE5MS
Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:24:15 GMT

I actually got into Ham Radio in 1963 and have been in it every since off and on.. It is a wonderful Hobby and it really is nice to be able to talk to the rest of the world on the cold or rainey days that I am not able to get out of the house.. I have met many a friend, with the same like for the hobby. I sure hope everyone has a wonderful New Year and have many many more..

Plasma RFI!! from VE3TMT
Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:15:40 GMT
Well someone in my neighborhood must have purchased a Plasma TV over the holidays cuz for the last few days I have been bombarded with a S9+20 noise level on 160 and 80 meters. Most of the big box outlets were almost giving them away! Time to pull out my portable receiver and walk the neighborhood. I hope it is just another streetlight and not plasma RFI as I think I would be more successful in getting a streetlight fixed. The noise blanker on the 940 does an admirable job of knocking it down and dialing in 10db of attenuation helps, but you can tell it is still there. Does anyone know how high a frequency is affected by plasma interference? Does it go up into the VHF and UHF ranges? Maybe time to trade the 940 station for an all mode V/UHF setup! I've posted a video to youtube:

Latest changes to the shack from VE3TMT
Sun, 06 Jan 2013 16:16:10 GMT
Well I see it has been over three years since my last post. My how time flies! The 756PRO is gone, now running a Kenwood TS940S. When I got it I was told it was a 9mil series radio so I thought most of the issues would have been resolved by Kenwood. Well it looks more and more like it was a 7mil radio with 9mil covers. Had many issues with it since I got it in March of 2012. First off I had to recap the AVR board. Put new beefier diodes in at the same time. Then I had the erratic display problem, which took a long time to track down. Turned out to be IC2 on the Control A unit, a well documented issue with the earlier radios. I didn't trust my ability to remove the ROM socket as suggested by Kenwood, so I applied a thin coat of solder to each of the pins on the ROM and reflowed new solder through the holes on the board. This has finally solved the problem. I have also removed just about every board in the radio and resoldered just about every solder pad I possibly could, a very long a...

Introduction from KA0DON
Tue, 25 Dec 2012 14:53:20 GMT
I' just getting started setting up my Ham Shack. I am a 100% Disabled Vietnam Veteran, living on a fixed income. I'm new to the Hobby and am slowly trying to enter the world of Ham Radio. Being on a limited budget it'll be a long slow process.

I was a Field Radio Operator in the Marine Corps in Vietnam and then spend 23 years in Public Safety Communications starting as a dispathcer and retiring as a Manager of a County-wide 9-1-1 Dispatch Center. With my background it seemd logical to VHF and UHF FM.

Sat, 15 Dec 2012 08:42:28 GMT
Rig is an Alinco DXSR8T,Ant.Hygain AV18VS Vertical. New QRP rig LNR Precision FX2 40/30 Mtr.CW Trscvr.

Gift of Faith from W3LZK
Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:28:56 GMT
Greetings to all who take time and read these few words. My name is Mark, I live in Vero Beach, Fl. with my wife Gloria, we have been married for 31 years and we have 2 great children, both of whom still live with us even though they are grown. Our son Robert will turn 26 in January, our daughter Rose will turn 25 next April. Our son Robert was born with Down Syndrome and is basically non verbal. He can talk, if you take the time he can and does make himself understood, he also use sign language, mostly though he does try and use his words. When my wife was pregnant with him she had lots of problems, she had already lost 2 previous pregnancies, this one was proving just as difficult. But we prayed, our faith, strong, my mother and father lived about 40 miles away in another small town in north western Pennsylvania. When our son was new born, the doctor suspected that he might have Down Syndrome, alas just before we received the results of the blood test my father was killed in ...

Mario Savio from N3WVB
Thu, 13 Dec 2012 15:53:10 GMT
“There comes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part; and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop, and you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, the people who own it, that unless you’re free the machine will be prevented from working at all.” Mario Savio Dec. 2, 1964 UC Berkeley

sv8eiu from SV8EIU
Sun, 25 Nov 2012 07:41:24 GMT

HF convertor arrived for the RTL-SDR "El Cheapo" from ON3VNA
Tue, 13 Nov 2012 07:09:39 GMT
Last night the HF convertor arrived for the RTL-SDR devices. It can also be used for funcube.
Will post some pictures later on after some testing.


My Name Is William Saint from WS7SAINT
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 08:18:16 GMT
What I think Of Myself? William saint-Was formerly known As Azeez Babatunde Bello Selfemployed Musician /Webbusiness Developer I would say that i am talented enough as i have about 8 qualifications including a university degree and professional diploma &professional certificates I also have a radio licence by examination proceedure which empowers me to own &operate a radio station What i think about people who are not like me i.e delayed group , people with learning disabilities Well I would say that it is actually not their fault that is how they were born like, or it happened to them after they were born by accident or severe injury before the developmental stage however all that is theory my own definition of people with learning disabilities are people who do not have any skills or qualifications from the day they are born until they retire They Are People who have an Intelligent Quoitent of below 100 at anytime The thing is that learning disability occurs because the people th...

Rig runner from M0GNM
Tue, 30 Oct 2012 05:50:44 GMT
Finally had enough of the rat's nest power supply and ordered an 8 way Rig runner. Fitting the connectors should keep me busy for a while.

Twitter from M0GNM
Tue, 30 Oct 2012 05:48:23 GMT
I tweet from time to time, anyone else? @M0GNM

this site is junk from K4BTC
Sun, 28 Oct 2012 17:50:04 GMT
I hae been trying for 2 years to simply change my email address and it will not let me do it. I have tried to delete my acct and cannot and I have repeatedly tried to contact the owners to no avail. I will no longer post to this site or view it. Check me out at

New Hf rig from W0ICY
Sun, 28 Oct 2012 16:55:59 GMT
I just bought the Alinco Dxsr8t Hf Radio. Everybody I talked to says it has outstanding transmit audio. Even better than my Yaseau Ft450. This is a great radio and priced reasonably. I give it a 10 out of a 10.

30m Digi modes from ON3VNA
Sun, 28 Oct 2012 02:06:39 GMT
Yesterday was fun, was able to run some digi modes that are seldom used. It requires some skill to differentiate all the modes by the view on the waterfall and the sound of it. 73

Back in service from ON3VNA
Wed, 24 Oct 2012 03:34:11 GMT
After a year of all kind of troubles we are back in the air. Also made a clean up off the shack, was needed HI.

Site Admins from KY9J-
Sat, 20 Oct 2012 14:10:46 GMT
I have sent numerous emails through the contact tab on this site and can not seem to get a response.. Is there some other way to a response? I am trying to get registered under my correct callsign "KY9J"

My Blog Is Hosted Off-Site from KR0SIV
Tue, 16 Oct 2012 23:21:48 GMT

k3jel 2012 Equipment from K3JEL
Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:30:19 GMT

Successfully Test of MP1 on 80M Band! from DG1SGW
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 11:44:14 GMT
And again a Test of the MP1 on 80M with a telescopic Antenna in the Length of 5.15M. On the 80M Band you have to leave the 80Meter Coil out of Construction. The MP1 works great with that Configuration on 40M, 80M and also 160M, but then with the 80M Coil. On the 20M Band i can also work very successfull with the MP1 and the Telescopic Antenna alone. Hope this helps anybody.

Good DX to everybody, 73 de KLAUS

Another Test of my I-PRO Traveller Antenna! from DG1SGW
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 11:38:48 GMT
Hi Everybody! In the last 10 Days i had great Possibility to test my I-PRO Traveller under hard Conditions. The QTH here is about 510m A.S.L. and in the Middle of 1500-2600m high Mountains. Very close to the italian and slovenian Borderline near Lake Ossiach. On the 10 M Band i worked P29FR, on the 40M Band i worked TF3ARI in the Eveninghours. These are two of many Dx Qso's which were very easy to work, in most of the Time with 100W from my Kenwood TS 480 HX. Every Bandchange is fixed very quick and easily, SWR is always 1:1,5 Minimum. In the End: Agreat Antenna for portable Operation!

73 de KLAUS.

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Thu, 27 Sep 2012 02:37:25 GMT

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WARC Bands from DU1GM
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 06:39:51 GMT
I haven't done very much on the WARC bands, 10, 18 &amp; 24MHz so I decided to make an antenna. A trapped dipole seemed the answer but the coax traps I made, although resonating properly, didn't seem to work very well. I then decided to make a fan type dipole with all three bands connected in parallel and spaced apart about 6 inches or so. After many ups and downs, lowering and raising the antenna and pruning, I now have a very serviceable antenna. I worked a lot of stations on 24MHz and recently 18MHz has been hot. I'm filling up my logbook very rapidly. I took down the antenna recently to measure the final lengths etc and I wrote it up for my web site. You can read it at 73 and see you on the bands! George, DU1GM

NZ5N Web Site from NZ5N
Mon, 03 Sep 2012 07:52:51 GMT
My Ham Shack is a great site, many thanks to all who have made it possible. It is too bad I have not had the time for more blog entries. I do now have a web site, it is Please stop by there for photos of my activities on EME, satellites, DXpeditions, Gonset and Twoer restoration, the Fun Cube Dongle, my novice days in Carteret, NJ, and other projects.

Homebrew Tower is up from W6QT
Sat, 01 Sep 2012 05:17:13 GMT
12 meter tower is up. Nothing hooked up yet! I expect to be using an inverted V with an auto tuner for 80-10 Meter operation.

Amp To Tranceiver from KJ4LNY
Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:19:21 GMT
What is the proper way to connect a 80B Amp to FT 950 Tranceiver? and what and where can I get the right cabels to make the connection. Help, KJ4LNY

Tower from W6QT
Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:07:19 GMT
Final welding being done on 12 meter tower. Primer paint being applied today. Will be raising it soon.

Antennae System of DU1BR from DU1BR
Tue, 21 Aug 2012 00:31:41 GMT
Fellow hams I am inviting you to watch my Youtube account taladiin presentation on my antennae system.The title is DU1BR Antennae System can be found on Youtube taladiin.

Small Tower Going Up Soon from W6QT
Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:41:44 GMT
I've been back in DU land about two weeks now. I have updated some of my equipment and I'm having a small tower built on top of my second story house. Will be posting photos when this is finished.

10 meter AM from KA1WVM
Sun, 05 Aug 2012 05:20:30 GMT
does any one know where and when 10 meter AM activity takes place??

G7JVG from G7JVG
Sat, 04 Aug 2012 08:04:51 GMT
New to this site and so far Im enjoying the reading. De Al

Deaf Ham from KE4BE
Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:35:21 GMT
Recently lost my hearing and thought that was the end of my Ham radio days. Folks at Signal Link told my about PSK31 and I now have a station that doesnt need sound for QSOs. Just fininshed installing a ground rod for my end fed antenna. I am using an old but cherry Icom IC-730 Xcver with the Signal Link connected to a home brew PC. I am tuning the antenna with a MFJ-904 tuner and I am using Digipan software. So far so good. I ham receiving many nice signals but I have yet to xmit since I am still learnig how to use the software. I saw Randy W7AGE tutorlials on youtube but thats the extent of it. I only saw it since I cannot hear. I think I got most of what was happening so in time I will get on the air. Any other deaf hams out there? If so I would like to hear about your experiences and modes you are using. 73s Don - KE4BE

2012 Prius install from K0ECW
Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:03:50 GMT
Picked up my new company car the other day. I had a 2010 Prius and got a 2012 Prius. Pretty much the same car but with a few extra comfort features that aren't important here. Because this isn't my car, it is a fleet lease, I can't drill any holes in metal for the antennas. I don't want to hear anyone complain that I didn't drill. Check out my pictures for my radio setup. Primary radio is a Yaesu dual band FT-7900R. APRS radio is a Byonics MicroTrak RTG. The GPS receiver is a Byonics GPS receiver.

License Class from KC0QVU
Sat, 21 Jul 2012 12:50:13 GMT
Since they dropped morse code from the testing its a lot easier to get an Extra class license now especially if you are a good test taker. Some might be inclined to think that somehow that makes them smarter or better. Well that just isn't true at all. We have a lot of hams in the community that might be a Technician or a General that have had a lot of experience and are very sharp. Don't get me wrong I am not taking shots at everyone that has an Extra class. All I am trying to say is lets not get caught up in status of license classes. Its just a piece of paper thats all. There is nothing wrong with keeping the same class of license. There is no rule that says you have to be a General or Extra Class. Enjoy the hobby at your own pace and have fun with it.

License status change from KD7FAF
Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:54:45 GMT
As of 7/18/2012 I have a general license.

Commercial Equipment from KC0QVU
Fri, 20 Jul 2012 19:21:28 GMT
Ham Radio is just one of my hobbies. I talk on and monitor UHF and VHF repeaters. I have recently acquired an interest in the older commercial equipment. I like to program them to use on ham radio frequencies. I appreciate the quality.

Band openings on 10 are bleak: from KJ6N
Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:56:27 GMT
Not much in the way of band openings on 10. A couple of times a day I hear stations 6 to 700 miles from my qth in Washington State and Arizona. Must be sparodic E skip. I picked up a 10 meter monoband mobile radio, the HTX-10. It's a nice radio but it has a quirk that I have to watch when transmitting to not overdrive the mic gain on ssb or the transmitter goes into oscillation. This appears to be a common problem on the HTX-10 that was marketed by Radio Shack in the 1990's. It does however work great on FM and AM and also SSB if I don't overdirve the radio. It puts out a solid 30 watts on all bands and the reciever is great on all modes. Not bad for a rig under 100 dollars. It's strictly 10 meters. NO 11 meter or freeband. There might be mods for it but I am not interested. I also have a Uniden HR-2510 and AM transmit decided to go out. SSB and FM are fine. I have strange luck with these export radios and for that matter buying someone else's problem radio from ebay. I would have been...

Some pix from M0GNM
Wed, 11 Jul 2012 06:04:35 GMT
Just uploaded some pix of my station - very minimal, but does the job.

More WSPRing from M0GNM
Wed, 11 Jul 2012 06:03:05 GMT
Tried 20m again this am and had reception reports from VK3GMZ and VK7BO

More building from N0TTN
Fri, 06 Jul 2012 08:40:48 GMT
I had a IC-7000 HF mobile rig that I was running in the shack for a while. Never really grew a fondness to the radio. I traded it in for a Yaesu FT-897 and imiaditly fell in love with it. Several days later I put a 40 Meter Inverted L wire antenna and strung one end up in the tree trying to hide it.

Wed, 04 Jul 2012 00:36:42 GMT
I started running 5W WSPR on 20m this am at 05:30 UTC (06:30)local and I've had reception reports from K5XL, KC9NBV and WA3DNM in N America and reports from DK, DL, DC, IZ and HB calls in Europe. I've heard most of them, but a few more N American calls than have heard me - so the loop seems to be as good as my vertical for WSPR.

Mag Loop and WSPR from M0GNM
Tue, 03 Jul 2012 09:52:29 GMT
I'll be trying out the new loop on WSPR, 20m and 5W, for the next few evenings.

Mag Loop Antenna from M0GNM
Sun, 01 Jul 2012 05:01:45 GMT
Well, finally took the plunge and tried a mag loop with manual tuning, really impressed with the reduction in noise from the vertical. After a lot of "Googling" and eham reviews I bought an MJF 1788X loop and it's now installed in the garden. I made a few contacts yesterday on 20m PSK into Serbia, Italy and Spain on 25W.

New Weather station site from G0HWC
Sat, 30 Jun 2012 04:53:17 GMT
I have now added a weather station. Many pages showing local weather and webcam Check it out HERE: Paul G0HWC

APRS over CB? Why not! from EI7GMB
Tue, 19 Jun 2012 09:30:54 GMT
Hi there. Long time no see. Busy enough moving home, then travelling around, and some health issues as well but thats ok. Now a pile up of QSL cards waiting for reply so my sincere apologies for all of you guys. I'll post them up ASAP but it would require printing off another batch, cut and fill up details - all hand made job. Time to get things forward I suppose.

But today my recent discovery - an APRS over CB band. I've heard APRS buzz on CB band while tuning up through HF. W@as surprised a bit so got my TMD-700e teamed with HF rig and the outcome was pretty astonishing. German CB operators are running APRS using 27.235 FM and various APRS hardware and I got it decoded successfully here in Ireland while nice eS opening was booming from 12m to 4m. See the gallery for a picture of German CB APRS.

They have APRS nodes gathered around The NET thing. They're even running a website

Well done guys!

MP1 Portabel Antenna! from DG1SGW
Sat, 09 Jun 2012 08:25:16 GMT
Hello Everybody Outthere!
I was the last two Weeks in 9A operating my MP1 Antenna factored by Super Antennas in the USA. It was mounted on a ironmade Balcony in about 4m over the Ground, round about 200M away from the croation Coastline. It was a trmendous Qsoline that i get with that small Antenna. Mounted with the Base Clamp and four Radials( 2.5M long each) from 50 Mhz to 1.8 Mhz working on each Band several QSO. Palestina, Lebanon, India, Finland, Norway, Greece, Russia, Oman, Sambia, South Africa, Jordan, Thailand, Egypt, Georgia, Israel and so many more... It was very simple to work without any Tuner and 100W only, every band is very easy to tune direct with the serial telescopic Antenna. On the 1.8 Mhz i have to change it with the 3M Telescop. This works alone on the 50 Mhz and 28, 24, 21 and 18M Bands. Try this Antenna to play with the radio, its great!!! If you have any Questions feel free to email me....

73 de Klaus.

New Callsign AK4SR from KC0SNU
Thu, 07 Jun 2012 09:59:06 GMT
Please note that I recently upgraded to Amateur Extra and am now AK4SR. I guess this means I need to dedicate a little more time to my ham shack ;-)

Antenna from K3XZ
Wed, 06 Jun 2012 19:02:08 GMT
Working on a Six meter quad antenna made from copper tube.

CQ100 from W1REM
Fri, 25 May 2012 19:49:00 GMT

Signal To Noise - KQ2RP from KQ2RP
Tue, 22 May 2012 11:28:46 GMT

it is awesome to be on the air. from KD8HIZ
Tue, 15 May 2012 22:38:48 GMT
it is awesome to be on the air and radio active ,
you never know when a disaster could strike , are you realy ready to be radio active and on the air ?

My Add-on hobby aside from dxing while tower is down..CYCLING from DU3TAZ
Mon, 07 May 2012 04:28:53 GMT
CQ...CQ...CQ... Calling on the stations of DU1BA and DU3FSK !!! I am preparing for a TOUR OF LUZON with you guys. Hi there Dennis DU3SE, congratulations for the new call, you are very much welcome to join us. Hope to see you soon OMs. 73 M A B U H A Y ! ! !

Enjoying The Summer Season in the Philippines from DU3TAZ
Wed, 02 May 2012 04:06:29 GMT
Hello there fellow hams!!! Temperature is soaring high here in the central part of Luzon, Philippines...nearly 37 degrees celsius. Hope everybody's enjoying dxing. Thank you very much for the ECHOLINK...a better way of communicating wherever there's internet/broadband/wi-fi available in the area...while enjoying summer heat in the beaches or an island hopping... Don't forget your shades and sunscreen...73 and 88 BCNU de DU3TAZ MABUHAY!!!

20m band opening from DU1BR
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 18:57:24 GMT
I'm inviting all hams to join me in a regular qso on 20m every night starting 9:oo oclock in the evening Manila standard time. We work on 14.277 mhz. See you 73 Mabuhay de DU1BR

I won a prize from the great folks at Hamcity from AD4Y
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 08:09:15 GMT
Well, I finally won something after many years that I could not win anything. Hamcity did a facebook contest and I got lucky and I won a Baofeng UV3R+ radio.... So, my thanks to them and soon the radio will be here... 73 miguel-ad4y

OPEK HVT600 from 9Z4CY
Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:40:20 GMT
Is the OPEK HVT600 a dummy load? This Saturday 2012-4-28 I'll be heading up to the northern ranges of my island to go portable and find out! Hope to make some more new friends!

KJ6VJV Just Getting Started from KJ6VJV
Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:05:54 GMT
Well playing it slow and cool setting p my shack. Will keep it simple until I come back from ECCOM West Reno, Nevada. I know I have some projects left to get on air. I need to set up antenna, ground rods, and establish a ground plate inside and out of my shack. Also this week on Sunday coming up our club will be doing communications for The Wildflower Century Bike ride here in Chico. Then the next week I am off to Reno.

Antenna upgrades and maintainance from DU3TAZ
Sat, 14 Apr 2012 11:22:31 GMT
MABUHAY !!! Hello there my fellow hams...u won't be hearing me joining net calls and amateur activities for a while. i am having an antenna upgrades and maintainance. Am planning to make a stronger and higher set up for better communication...HEIGHT IS MIGHT! I'LL COME BACK WITH A VENGEANCE..hihihi BCNU 73...

W4C Special Event from N4RTQ
Sat, 07 Apr 2012 07:44:08 GMT
I will be doing W4C SES on April 28 2012.
Certifcate will be issued and I am requesting ASAE to the address of my call N4RTQ.

Thunderstorm and Strong Gusts from HS0ZHM
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 20:35:48 GMT
31 Mar 2012 in the dry season in northern Thailand. A thunderstorm hit with heavy rain (19 mm in about half and hour) and strong winds gusting to an estimated 45-55 km/hr (Beaufort scale visual estimate). When I heard the winds gusting, I grabbed the camcorder and headed for the upstairs back porch to check on the unguyed 9 m AGL mast in the backyard. The winds were gusting so strong that I had trouble standing and holding the camcorder steady. I crouched down with my back against the wall, framed the mast in the viewfinder, and started recording. I video taped for about 2 1/2 minutes and before the wind started blowing rain into the porch and spray got over the camera lens obscuring the view. I took the hint and headed inside. The storm subsided. The mast stood up well without any guy wires, so it past the test. Viewing the video tape was a surprise. I don't recall the mast flexing that much in the breeze and gusts. More surprising was the government weather station less tha...

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:49:34 GMT

Baofeng UV-5R from K0ECW
Sun, 01 Apr 2012 15:14:54 GMT
I had $65 that I wasnt using so I got a Baofeng UV-5R from import Not a bad little radio. The menu setup is a little odd when compared to Icom or Yaesu but not too hard to figure out. The manual was written by someone who may have once been in the same room with a native English speaker. The free programming software s worth every penny. Remember to take your blood pressure meda before trying it.

Slow Winter for radio from KC9KXT
Sun, 01 Apr 2012 05:08:10 GMT
During this winter I experienced some noise in the shack which caused me to slow down on the radio quite a bit. The reason for the noise was never found by me so i limited my time in the shack to a cpl hours a week. I told myself that come spring i would return to the attic shack for at least 1 hr daily, I have tried to keep to that(usually around 5am before i head off to work)the noise isnt bad when its nice out so that leads me to believe the noise is from some heating device. I have plans this summer to finally mount the 220/440 and other various antennas on the roof. Hope everyone has a good spring and hope to hear you on the air. 73 KC9KXT Jesse

ELK from G0UFV
Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:45:22 GMT
Well the Elk log periodic finally arrived. Went out into the garden this afternoon to catch the 13:34 pass of AO27. It all started well with me receiving data packets from the sat then it all went dead. I turned the antenna this way and that with no results. Finally i realised that i had forgotten to tune the downlink for doppler. DOH!! Well maybe next time. I am spending this evening entering frequencies into my ft817 memory for S0-50. The next job is to find a small piece of plastic pie so that i can mount the antenna to a tripod, this should make swinging the beastie around much easier, as i have arthritis and found it quite hard to hold the Elk for the whole pass.

RDXC 2012 ..... from MM0XXW
Thu, 22 Mar 2012 05:05:15 GMT
Well despite pretty poor conditions I almost equaled my 2011 score. However 177 contacts, 37 DXCC, gave me a final score of 114,016 so I'll have to wait and see where that put's me in the grand scheme of things!

New Antenna from G0UFV
Wed, 21 Mar 2012 07:23:19 GMT
Well the i have finally done it..I have ordered a nice new Elk satellite antenna from AMSAT uk.
I had all good intentions of buildind an antenna but after coming in to a small amount of cash i just had to have an Elk.
This week has been spent programming uplink/downlink frequencies into my FT817 ready for its arrival.
I have finally had to admit that my 40m antenna is in a very very poor location. This will be taken down this week end and will be replaced at a later date.:-(

Wish they would join ....... from MM0XXW
Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:03:39 GMT
Was listening around 80m last night and it was sickening to hear the deliberate QRM blasted out on 3796, so unnecessary! Wish they would read the DX Code of Conduct!

Today is the day!!!! from KK4HQT
Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:48:38 GMT
Just got my call letters today!!! Will be getting on the air shortly.

Callington Hamfest from G0UFV
Tue, 13 Mar 2012 03:55:50 GMT
Looking forward to the Callington hamfest on the 25th March. Only 10 miles down the road, so no travelling for ages to get there, and i know exactly where it is so no sat nav needed. woo hoo. At the last rally that i attended i purchased a new 2m quarter wave whip for the car that i have yet to install. The problem being that i need to replace the coax on the very old mag mount that i intend to use and i can't get into the garage to find my soldering iron on account of me just getting out of hospital after a knee replacement. so i am a little slow and wobbly at the moment. So that is the plan for this week. Get that antenna on the car. Hoping soon to be ordering a new antenna..Research has shown that a long wire will be best for me here and portable. Waters and stanton here i come.

First Blogg entry from G0UFV
Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:43:28 GMT
I have recently returned to amateur radio after a long break. I purchased a yaesu ft817nd about six months ago and run this through an outbacker vertical antenna. I am finding that this is less than ideal and i am at present researching other antennas, idealy one that can also be used portable. I am keen on the cw mode and so i am in the process of relearning this to increase my speed. Satellites also interest me so an antenna project is on the go at the moment. This is a fairly basic 2m/70cm beam made of 10mm aluminium angle and wood. Also not ideal, as it will be a permenant structure in the garden and i will be unable to work /p. Although there is little need to go to my local high spot to work sats so i dont think this will be a problem.

Update from DV1VHY
Fri, 09 Mar 2012 11:07:32 GMT
Almost two years without an entry on this blog. Quite a lot of things have transpired. In my world of ham radio, it has been pretty much filled with all the expectations I have about the hobby. Friends abound and the learning never stops. New people bring new things and ideas for me to learn from. Have operated out at the farm quite a few times and enjoyed each and every one of them. ALmost everyone who has been there has had good experiences. We continue to add things and improve the equipment there. Even our way of operating duuring contests continue to evolve. Hardware improvements are always happening. Of late we have added; a) 40 meter horizontal loop antenna. b) VHF omni directional vertical F-23 (h) c) 10-meter ground plane antenna d) 15-meter rotatable dipole which will give way to a e) Spiderbeam antenna f) Acquired a Yaesu FT-897 transceiver g) Just received the Flex Radio 5000A SDR i) Hexbeam antenna j)VE3LHY sent a TH6DXX 6-element beam. It is going to be a very busy next c...

My first entry for try from PE1GNP
Sat, 03 Mar 2012 00:40:51 GMT

ARRL SSB International DX Contest this weekend! from WB4IUY
Fri, 02 Mar 2012 22:28:09 GMT
I'm finally getting a little radio time again...been working non-stop for the last several weeks. I'm enjoying a little of the ARRL SSB International DX Contest this weekend. It's a great way to pick up a few new countries, make a bunch of contacts, and give the serious contesters out there some points. You can find more info on this at and at . When I'm on, you can see my operations from "Studio A & B" on some of my cams at WB4IUY Shack Cams Hope to see you on the air! Dave WB4IUY

KC9SGV-5 PSKMail Server from KC9SGV
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 06:30:25 GMT
I just started a PSKMail Server on HF from my Ham shack. You can download the free PSKMail email client software for Windows or Linux and then send email to and from your REGULAR email account via PSKMail on HF. The sound card software is completely open source and is in a constant state of development by Hams around the Globe, but works fine as of now. The server frequencies are here: For more information on PSKMail and to download the software see: or

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 03:30:22 GMT
Hello Everybody!
Since the last two Months i update my LOTW and HAMLOG.EU and also HAMQTH every two Weeks latest.

Best 73's de KLAUS, DG1SGW

My License from K5JEP
Fri, 17 Feb 2012 10:05:33 GMT
Well the studying only took ooooooooooh 15 years to get the motivation to start studying for my it begins. My quest to get the General license. Wish me luck!

2 more new free Emergency Prep Lessons from HS0ZHM
Fri, 17 Feb 2012 02:55:52 GMT
Two more new lessons in the 12 part Emergency Preparedness series are now available in time for the hot/dry season in Thailand. EP-9 Lightning EP-10 Wildfires These lessons join the previously released lessons EP-1 Preparing for Emergencies EP-2 Shelter EP-3 Water EP-4 Food EP-5 Space The lessons can be found at Best wishes to all.

General Class License from K4WIC
Mon, 13 Feb 2012 10:46:27 GMT
It's official ... February 12th 2012 ... finally took the plunge and received my CSCE for my General Class License. Celebrated alone with meatball sandwich in one hand and french fries in the other. Seven (7) years to get to this point. Dayton will now have some meaning to it. Ham radio rocked on Sunday!!!

Why I don't participate Portugal Day Contest anymore! from CT1BWW
Wed, 08 Feb 2012 06:43:10 GMT
That's Truth! I'm realy disapointed! Maybe that's why Poor Participation! NO! I don't believe anymore on CONTEST Commitee. When you have some Hams without True Hamspirit ( they change the rules during the contest ) .... you can have a idea on the final result!.... That's why i don't believe on the Contest.

2meter cactus j pole from W0ICY
Tue, 07 Feb 2012 09:14:56 GMT
Put the,j pole outside the house.,works aord better them out did inside the house. Going to put it on a 5 foot pole today.

The Wouxun (KG-UV3D) Radio is awesome... from KE6GRP
Sat, 04 Feb 2012 17:56:07 GMT
Wouxun (KG-UV3D) Radio A great little radio for the price, it charges in 3-4 hrs, and it last for about 13hrs. it's an awesome buy i'm sure you'll agree if you purchase one. finally all I can say is Thanks "WOUXUN"..... KE6GRP Ed Figueroa Wethersfield,CT.

Radio Clubs in San Jose area?... from 2E0DRW
Wed, 01 Feb 2012 13:43:47 GMT
I will be in San Jose on February 27th - 29th and thought it would interesting to visit a local radio club in the area. I have had a look on-line, but have not come across any with meetings on those days... Any suggestions?

Also, are there any Amateur Radio shops in the area?

Amateur Radio - UK advanced distance learning course... from 2E0DRW
Tue, 31 Jan 2012 04:33:20 GMT
Hi Folks...
I, and about 70 others, have signed up for the &quot;Bath Based Advanced Distance Learning&quot; course in preparation for the UK Advanced amateur radio exam...

The course is outlined in latest issue of "Radcom", but an on-line search for BBADL should give some results.

sommerkamp line from LA5CRA
Sat, 28 Jan 2012 11:31:27 GMT
well after turning over a lot of stones i finaly got my line more or less compleet... no i got sommerkamp ftdx-500/frdx-500/fv400s/sp-400/fldx-2000/super sidekick mike... think this is the longest line in norway atm ;)

History from KG1ZMO
Sat, 28 Jan 2012 01:03:19 GMT
When I had my handheld radio, I was active on the following: CGARC - Central GA Amateur Radio Club: WM4B Repeater, WA4ORT Repeater - 146.850 MHz - Warner Robins My radio disappeared and I have been inactive since. I was a Ground Radio Technician in the Air Force for 14 years &amp; got out to save my sanity. I miss the paycheck, but it's nice having my sanity back. While in the Air Force I was an LMR Manager (UHF & VHF Radios) And picked up "Gizmo" as a call sign. It stuck.

Baofeng UV-3R HT from KA6KBC
Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:45:42 GMT
Hey All, Anyone know much about these ? Bill - 73's - KA6KBC

Happy Chinese New Year from HS0ZHM
Wed, 11 Jan 2012 20:09:45 GMT
It's taken nearly 2 years to put up this light-weight mast in the backyard of our "town" site station. The "tower-like" base section is a salvaged TV antenna base from the second floor balcony when we did minor remodeling of the house. Originally I was hoping to set this up at the farm. But plans changed and things got side tracked. This past week, all the odds and ends came together, and I added a 6m length of steel pipe, a PVC yardarm, and made use of some "old" stainless steel fittings / hardware from my sailing days. Max height is 9.6 m AGL (above ground level). The yardarm normally rests at about 4.5 m AGL. Each end of the yardarm has a S-hook fitting to allow connecting another halyard truck. The main halyard hoists the yardarm and can also hoist an item. So there are 3 possible lifting points with all able to attain a maximum height of 9.6 m AGL. (See a photo of the mast installation in progress in "My Pictures." The tower section frame is embedded in a tractor tire f...

Whatch out for scammers !!! from VK6GWM
Sun, 08 Jan 2012 06:02:36 GMT
****REMEMBER -- PREVENTION IS YOUR ONLY DEFENSE!!!***** Hi people It seems if another round of scammers are replying to wanted to buy equipment adverts on ham websites. They then offer you what equipment you have been seeking, at what seems a very reasonable price--this is the bait!! After you have expressed interest, the scam sterts.... Now Watch for classic signs, like wanting payment by Western Union only, asking for payment sent to third parties etc...wanting (almost demanding,in some cases)the payment sent instantly....THEY REALLY PUSH A SENSE OF URGENCY. (so you can't figure out whats happening) Their tactics can include watching US/UK /VK databases of recent licence upgrades or silent keys, and assuming the GENUINE licence / callsigns and even addresses (full HAM identity theft, EXCEPT for a dummy email address, and a non checkable landline phone number...THEY WILL CLAIM THE NUMBER IS UNLISTED, or some other story... To add an air of legitimacy, they even ask ...

DX work from W6QT
Tue, 03 Jan 2012 22:38:42 GMT
My logbook is filling up fast with daily DX contacts, especially on 15 Meters. My present temporary QTH is Subic Bay. I expect to be operating for many months in 2012 and 2013.

Its about frickin time!! from K4KAK
Mon, 02 Jan 2012 18:42:17 GMT
Hello from k4kak, well believe it or not, the new ham shack will be here tuesday morning at 8:30. Just looked out side and its snowing and the roads are really slick. It would be my luck the roads will be to slick to deliver it. If it does make it I will take some pics to show every one. I've been looking forward to this for some time. It really nerve racking! I have on shot to make every thing just perfect and quite frankley, it driving me crazy. I've never designed a shack from scratch. I've always just picked out a room and put everything in but figuring out location, electrical, special grounding, insulation and on and on. But I fell up to the task. Got to go for now, maybe I'll write something tomorrow. 73

My blog entry keeps getting lost from K4KAK
Mon, 02 Jan 2012 18:40:19 GMT
Whats with it, I prepare a great blog entry and when I post it, it disappear and I was loged out. Well see you tomorrow. 73

Dash!2 South Sudan from K1NSS
Mon, 02 Jan 2012 06:40:16 GMT
Dash! The Dog-Faced Ham just got back from his latest DX adventure with cool pix and snappy patter. Don't miss "Sugar Tango Zero/No Limit," now playing at No Photoshop, no phoolin', ham radio fun like none other, where else but!

Antenna upin Iowa City from W0ICY
Sat, 31 Dec 2011 05:45:50 GMT
I had help putting up my dipole Wednesday in Ia. City Right now it's on 10 feet up. I'm going to bring my Yaesu ft 450 up and a antenna tuner. Going to try to tune up the antenna.Antenna works good. Gets our on 75 meters better than expected. Worked Ontario Canada on 20. Talked locally on 10.

WOW! talk about slow! from K4KAK
Thu, 29 Dec 2011 18:32:34 GMT
Hello from K4KAK, Wow loading pictures onto this site is slooooooow. How can you upload hords of pics quick? I've added a few pictures so my site doesnt look so plain. Hope every one enjoys what they see so far. Looking to make lots of friends on here. Thanks, 73

Its any ones guess at this point! from K4KAK
Thu, 29 Dec 2011 17:42:55 GMT
Hello from K4KAK. Well i spoke to the builder today and he said the new shack would be here Tuesday. I hope! I went this weekend to Lowes and shopped for suppies and materials needed to get started. They had a real deal on laminate flooring. Found a AC unit with built in HEAT that I thought would be great. The shack is only going to be 184 sq ft.. Like I said, there will be lots of pictures. I'm going to get a profile picture up soon. Plus the construction pictures. Going to be installing fiber-opitic internet and tv also. Shack ground is going to be a project in its self. Well thats all for now, see you later. 73

"My Favorite DX Stations" from KK2W
Wed, 28 Dec 2011 16:49:42 GMT
"My Favorite DX Stations"

(These are only a few of many more to come !)

Over the years, many DX operators and hams from around the world have left good impressions on me and I would like to offer tributes to several of those who have touched my heart and also to those who have been damn good entertainment on the air. Even though they may not know or even remember me, I feel like they are family. Tuning-in to their frequencies over the years has brought them into my home. as welcome guests if even only via electromagnetic waves. welcome guests, fond memories, and dear friends just the same.

GI0AIJ – Ivor – Listen for Ivor Afternoons EST (his evenings) on 20 Meters. Ivor is a professional race car driver and motorcycle driver and a designer/builder of high tech hi power motor equipment. His wit and sarcasm -- especially toward QRMers and anything else that is intolerable -- are a riot! Ivor lets ‘em have it all. including the frequency! I try to say hello ...

Radio Waves And Astronomy from KK2W
Wed, 28 Dec 2011 16:44:53 GMT
Hello! Steve here. (KK2W since 2008 &amp;amp; N2VPI 1993-2008).

Thanks for another Great QSO! Always a pleasure!

And thank you for visiting my listing.

ALL of my 4000+ radio contacts with 240 DXCC Countries
since 1993 have been with only 100 Watts or Less. &amp;quot;Barefoot&amp;quot; using G5RV or Dipole Antennas (or a modified 3-EL CB Yagi on 10 Meters), and mostly Ten-Tec's awesome Solid State QSK &amp;amp; ALC type transceivers.

When people ask, &amp;quot;What kind of equipment are you running there?&amp;quot;, I like to slyly tell them, &amp;quot;I'm running a box of dusty old television parts into a couple of coat-hangers; KK2W is strictly a Low-Power. Low-Antenna. and Low-Budget operation! HI HI !

My current transceiver is actually a Ten Tec Jupiter 538 at 100 watts.

Please enjoy my photos, stories, links, radiologs,

DX Info, and science news below.

Thank you again; and see you On The Air again soon!


Bibliography from KK2W
Wed, 28 Dec 2011 14:35:19 GMT
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Steven J. Wamback
(Books, Articles, Essays, Projects, Publications)

My Most Recent Articles Appearing on

Charles Darwin Credits Both Creation AND Evolution to God. How to See Charles Darwin as Both a Creationist and a Scientist How to Study Fossils like a Professional Paleontologist How to Create a Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Collection How to Bounce Amateur Radio Signals Off Meteors How to Obtain Short Wave Radio Station QSL Cards

Geology Earth Sciences Geosciences Arti...

Rain Rain Go Away!! from K4KAK
Tue, 27 Dec 2011 19:29:57 GMT
Hello from K4KAK, well the rain is pouring down and its making it impossible to move in the new ham shack. The ground is just to soft. It's my guess the building is very heavy. Looking forward to making lots of pictures to share with all of you the event. I hope not to bore anyone with the pictures, but someone may find them interesting. My be some one can make suggestion along the way. Well thats all for now. 73

New shack coming soon! from K4KAK
Fri, 23 Dec 2011 20:37:56 GMT
Hello from K4KAK. This is my first blog entry since I've joined. I having a new shack built and it will be delivered maybe next week so im told, but if not then the next week. Any way, getting the shack out of the house. I'll be makeing a lot of new pictures of the site. I have lots of pics of new gear. I'll start loading them up after Christmas holidays. I'm really excited about the new shack and it location. I'm putting it within 4 feet of the tower. I'm going to run fiber optic cable in for internet and tv. There is so much to do. I dont want to go to fast and miss something in the wiring and distribution of plugs in the proper place. Looking forward to any comments as I start construction of the inside. Well I guess thats all for now, have a happy holiday.

New Station setup from W0ICY
Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:48:48 GMT
I'm working on a portable setup in Ia. City. My other qth. I bought a 75-10 meter g5rv. 105 ft. long. trees at this lot are not tall enough. I need to measure the lot might have enough room to make an inverted V.Also my rig is a Kenwood ts 440 s. It needs to go to kenwood service center for repair, The dreaded dots on the display. It can be fixed for around $ 100.00. the Tcoxo is bad.Was told to send it to the repair center east in Virginia Beach.

Been a long time from K4BTC
Tue, 20 Dec 2011 02:12:48 GMT
Just came back and visited the site since my last time back in 2010. My apologies for not checking back and updating connections list. Am going to try to upload some new pics and have already changed the info to reflect the differences over the past year and a half. Stay tuned!

APRS antenna from K0ECW
Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:40:43 GMT
I decided that trying to put a cross arm on the tower for an APRS antenna was a little silly when I had everything already wired out to the garage where the old antenna mast was. I had to buy a new bracket but I was able to salvage two mostly straight pieces of mast and so now my APRS antenna is up about 20 feet instead of 8. This has increased the range significantly.

Of course, now that I have the TinyTrak4 digipeating nicely I may change the setup to an I-gate/digipeater. I just don't know if I want to leave a computer on all the time for this. I had a spare computer that I just installed Xubuntu 11.10 on along with Xastir. I'm working on the configuration now.

Free Emergency Preparedness Lessons from HS0ZHM
Thu, 15 Dec 2011 23:29:33 GMT
The first 5 lessons (in a planned series of 12) for emergency preparedness are available free on our Rural Training Center-Thailand website

The first 5 lessons are general and can apply to most people and places. Once at the RTC-TH Tech site, got to the "Pages and Documents" area, scroll down to the RTC-TH Emergency Preparedness (EmPrep) section to find the lessons:
EP-1 Preparing for Emergencies
EP-2 Shelter
EP-3 Water
EP-4 Food
EP-5 Space

The remaining 7 lessons are currently in development. They deal with natural disasters common to Nan Province, Thailand. However, they can be adapted to any location if you have the relevant data.

Remember, once an emergency begins, it is too late to try to prepare.

Best wishes to all.

Digipeater up and running from K0ECW
Sun, 11 Dec 2011 09:49:24 GMT
K0ECW-3 is now up and running. Had some difficulty getting the TinyTrak4 configured correctly. I have the TT4 connected to a Yaesu FT-1802R. For several days I was digipeating signals from 10+ miles away but not from my car in the garage 20 feet from the APRS antenna. Turns out that I had the volume set to high on the radio. Once I turned that down I started digipeating my mobile, K0ECW-9. Come spring I plan to add a cross arm and antenna to my tower for the digipeater. Currently the APRS antenna is a dual band J-pole attached to an 8 foot section of mast strapped to a fence post. It works for now but isn't optimal.

10 meter project from LA5CRA
Thu, 01 Dec 2011 08:30:21 GMT
just made a quarterwave antenna from some old 11mm tv antenna tubing, im gonna mount it in a simple v shape to gett a directional antenna for 10 meters... i dont have the space for a beam so i guess ill have to make do whit my findings i the garage. its not mounted yet but im gonna simulate it in eznec before mounting it to gett a general ide of the antenna.... pictures will be posted after the antenna is mounted.

APRS home setup from K0ECW
Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:16:22 GMT
Last week I ordered a TinyTrak4 to use as a TNC so I can set up at least an APRS digipeater and maybe an internet gateway, too. There seems to be a dead zone around my town so I thought I should work on solving the problem myself.

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:50:26 GMT

Echolink help needed badly from WB5NOG
Fri, 25 Nov 2011 20:40:21 GMT
Been on Echolink for many years and about a year or so ago suddenly I can no longer sign on. All error messages looked like Chinese to me. Been looking for help ever since. In this time I only had help offers from 3 OMs and they only guessed about what's wrong. All Echolink help files have been followed about a hundred times. There must be a way for someone to follow me along while I enter all check marks etc.. Best would be of course if someone could be here in my QTH in order to see on my screen what's going on. My QTH is Sierra Vista, AZ. Next best would be both being on Skype and I use my camera to show what is on my screen. Any help from an Echolink Expert would be much appreciated. Unless you know certainly what you are doing, we may both be wasting our time.

If I cannot find any help this way, I may have to delete it from my computer after many hundreds of great QSOs over the years. - 73 et tnx WB5NOG

Many updates to the TruckCam site from G0HWC
Sun, 20 Nov 2011 04:43:03 GMT
Well I have been real busy updating the TruckCam website and even added some new mobile video streaming ham ops. A new chat has been added on all pages that is hosted on my main server. You will find MANY radio hams on the site in the chat, pop in and join in the banter or just watch Ham truckers go about their work.. Paul G0HWC

antennas/barbeque spears from LA5CRA
Wed, 16 Nov 2011 02:31:09 GMT
well.... i just gott my cp6 up and its a werry nice loking antenna, thats all. so i just think im gonna hook up the old 12/17 meter dipole in a sloop again so i can start working some stations. My vhf antenna diamond v-2000 is in a upgrade mode, just janked the radialring of an solarcon a-99 and cut down to aprox 145cm, the plan is to make a WORKING radial sett for the v-2000 and getting a 6/2/70cm antenna. donno why they sell ham antennas that is a compromise but ok.... ill guess its the hidden part of the hobby to tweek them to working order.

Shame on you, MFJ. from EI7GMB
Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:57:04 GMT
How do you think, is 30 watts PEP small or huge amount of power? Well, it depends on the frequency on question. So what about of 50 MHz? Is not QRP but no QRO either. Just about right for CW.

Link above will picture you what can happen with 50.090 MHz and 30 Watt PEP working CW. Apparently 30w PEP was way too much for MFJ 949e ATU.

Okay, it was not designed for 6m band one could say, but my concern is quality of employed materials, namely RF switch. I thought that flame resistant dielectric material is prerequisite, when it come to deal with RF. Instead here is cheap plastic switch, probably meant to be just a low voltage, low tension control box switch. I could be punished with arcing contacts while transmitting, but when opened the box off line it was still smoldering. Shame on you, MFJ guys, shame on you.

Amateur radio is a burning thing
And it makes a fiery ring
Bound by wild desire
I set ATU on fire....

JT65HF from ZL4QD
Sun, 13 Nov 2011 17:05:06 GMT
Hope to be active on JT65 from today. I have re-erected a multiband vertical which seems to be working OK on 20M so will try things out when I get home later. I have the software working fine on receive but needed a USB cable to connect my interface to the computer.
More news on this later.

NH0S 2011WWPH Contest from NH0S
Fri, 04 Nov 2011 22:22:46 GMT
CQWW DX Contest 2011
Call sign: NH0S
Category: Single-op All band Ph

MHz QSOs Points Zones Countries
1.9 1 0 1 1
3.5 1 0 1 1
7 138 384 20 30
14 528 1494 23 59
21 1258 3643 28 71
28 2506 7298 33 86
Total : 4432 12819 106 248
Total score : 4537926

. from EI7GM
Fri, 04 Nov 2011 13:44:45 GMT

Cq WW last weekend from W0ICY
Fri, 04 Nov 2011 06:23:05 GMT
10 meters was wide open from 28.305-28.995 and 10 meter fm also. Worked 44 Countries. Several new ones. This morning 75 meters was fading fast around 7am.

Test I-Pro Traveller Portable Antenna! from DG1SGW
Thu, 03 Nov 2011 10:41:31 GMT
Hi Friends!
In EA5 i have a lot of Time to test the I-Pro Traveller on all Bands at all Times. And i have to say it is pretty good to work really DX Stations. The QTH here is about 500m far away from the Coast and above 20M A.S.L. I worked on 12M PJ5, PJ7 and 5N. On 10M A9 and TR8, all Stations gave me REports with 5/9. On 15M worked also very well with VK and VU, 17M tested it with 4X,4L, and 9K. On 20M i have a lot of QSO's with the United States and Canada. On 40 M it is not so great Fun but also to work easy in hole Europe. All the Testqso's are worked with already 100W and my old IC706 without any Tuner. The SWR is being on all Bands at least 1:1,5. So i think this Antenna is doing a very good Job for my Holidays here in the southern Coast of Spain.

Hope this helps somebody, vy 73 de KLAUS, DG1SGW.

English language weekly net for Thai hams from HS0ZHM
Thu, 03 Nov 2011 06:52:21 GMT
Any Thai hams interested in doing a weekly English language net via EchoLink?

If so, email me at or try to contact me via Echolink node 520300. Let me know which day of the week and time of day would be convenient. If possible, list 3 possible choices and let's see how many folks we can get together to practice.

I am a native English speaker. Sorry, my Thai is so limited. It took me 20 years struggling with Mandarin (with only 4 tones). Since Thai has 5 tones, you can do the math and figure out it's going to take a while to get Thai. But I am willing to help some Thais with their English.

Hope to get some interested folks responding.
Best wishes.

Just started from JA1DFK
Sun, 30 Oct 2011 02:19:43 GMT
I've just found this service. It is very nice and cool. Enjoy DXing and Contesting!

Novice Historical Society - Page from KA6KBC
Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:49:57 GMT
Kind of interesting to read the old stories or post your own.

- Bill - KA6KBC

10 Meter Dx today. from W0ICY
Sat, 22 Oct 2011 12:57:44 GMT
Conditions weren't as good as yesterday.I worked Malta, Norway and Cape Verde. The band started to drop out before noon.!5 Meters wasn't much better. Hope conditions are good net weekend for the Cqww Dx contest.

Good Dx on 10 & 15 Meters yesterday from W0ICY
Sat, 22 Oct 2011 04:49:43 GMT
I worked Barbados, Montenegro, Serbia, Wales Lithuania,Cuba, E. Kiribati. Heard Bahrain, Swaziland, Saudi Arabia, S. Cook Is. Bands were quiet and busy.

Portable Operation from EA7! from DG1SGW
Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:39:09 GMT
Hi Friends! From the 25th of October to 10th of November i will work a bit portable again from EA7 and EA5. CU on the Bands. 73 de Klaus.

70cm Antenna from W6QT
Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:29:48 GMT
Will attempt to build a 70cm antenna that can reach a repeater about 50 miles distant. My Elk log periodic cannot hit this repeater with 35 watts. The problem is I am "in a hole" and have power no higher than 35 watts at present. I am wondering what type of antenna I could built to reach this machine. My elevation is about 200 feet HAAT and surrounded by hills and this repeater is at sea level. I have my work cut out for me. Any ideas?

from GM4FVM
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 12:55:08 GMT

KC9SGV IRLP node. from KC9SGV
Sun, 09 Oct 2011 17:26:04 GMT
This IRLP node will become part of the Great Lakes Marine Mobile Net. For some months now, I have been working on the IRLP station here. This involved purchasing a dedicated Linux IRLP computer from Ebay, buying a old commercial VHF radio at a Ham Fest, getting a used IRLP card, downloading the software and making it all work. Well, it is up and running now for the benefit and use of local Hams in my area ! See the pictures for more information.

Great Lakes Marine Mobile Net from KC9SGV
Sun, 09 Oct 2011 17:19:21 GMT
The Great Lakes Marine Mobile Net has been an on-going project of mine and a couple of Ham friends for the last two summers. We provide VHF and HF communications for boating Hams on the Great Lakes and connecting rivers. For more information, see our website at

Wed, 05 Oct 2011 23:00:42 GMT
Hi Friends of HF!
I did now all the needfull Modifications to my UV-3R from BAO FENG. This is in the need a MOD by a resistor in the MIC Gain, a resistor in the Speakerline. Now the Modulation is much better and louder than in Original also the Loudness of the Speaker is much much better to regulate than before. The HF Spectrum is very good on the Spectrumanalyzer. It is great Fun to work with this tiny handheld Transceiver on 70CM and 2M with low Power from a Hill over some Repeaters. The Battery has 1500mAh so thats enough for many Hours of Working.

Vy 73 de DG1SGW, KLAUS.

why always on SSB for 6 m?? from KA1WVM
Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:10:21 GMT
I have a FT 8900 and always look for activity on 6 fm why is everyone on SSB??..would love to chat on 52.525 simplex..i HATE repeaters..73 John

why be connected and not answer from KA1WVM
Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:05:26 GMT
Im an avid user of echo link and IRLP i have been most frustrated and disgusted with people who are connected to a node or confrence room but are so cold that they cant answer or even acknowlege you , im not talking about reflectors being connected or stations as a "L" link people who are connected but dont talk...especally on the confrence room SCARS or the New England reflector...why be connected and not talk or acknowledge some one..i know some folks just listen...well then be listed as listining only...Amature Radio has become a very cold lonley place wityh no one who likes to chat any more....maybe the Government needs to take some frequencies....why have them ?? no ones using them.....and maybe it would wake up the cold calasosed amature radio comunity...
with disgust and frustration ..a ragchewer with no one to chat with..john

ARRL September VHF QSO Party this weekend from WB4IUY
Sat, 10 Sep 2011 20:35:52 GMT
Playing around on the ARRL VHF QSO Party this weekend, primarily on 2m &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; 6m SSB. It runs from 1800 UTC Saturday and ends 0300 UTC Monday (September 10-12, 2011). Not really making a serious effort, but it's neat to pick up a few new grids and help out with those that are making an effort to pack in a good score. Nice to see activity on 2m SSB! You can see more about it at: It's about 11:30pm local time, Saturday night, and I'm still hearing a few signals on the band. - I just worked W8ZN on 144.195 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; 50.220 at abt 11:02pm EST FM05 FM19 - Worked KO4YC on 50.220 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; 144.230 , FM05 FM17 - Worked K3TUF on 50.150 &amp;amp;amp;amp; 144.210 FN10 FM05 NC to PA on 2m at 11:50pm EST. Not bad for a dead band! - Worked K4LY on 50.190 &amp;amp;amp; 144.187 FM05 EM85 - Worked KN4SM on 50.190 &amp;amp; 144.187 FM05 FM16 - Worked W3SO on 144.2128 &amp; 50.163 FM05 NC FN00 PA, not bad! - ...

DXing a bit on a lazy Sunday morning... from WB4IUY
Sun, 04 Sep 2011 09:04:15 GMT
Working a little DX this morning. Just worked Sam 9A1HDE on 21.305 USB. Nice sig into NC! Looking for more from the LX-DXpedition! Dave WB4IUY Updates: - DX 21005 LX/PA7FM Dennis, big sig in NC! - DX 144.200 USB K3CB FM18 in MD to FM05 in NC. S9+20. Still there, big sig and good path! - DX 14007 LX/PA7FM QRX 5, then ssb - DX 14287.48 LX/PA7FM Simplex - DX 7.160 LX/PA1AW Alex, HUGE 59+20 in NC . Info at . LX-DXpedition - DX 7145.1 P49T Aruba - DX 7135 YY5CRG Ricardo in Venezuela - DX 7.008 UT9IO/P 599+ from Ukraine in NC - DX 7.182 I2VRN Robert in Italy 59+ - DX 7.150 6Y5SJ Junior

LX-DXpedition on the air until 9/6 from WB4IUY
Fri, 02 Sep 2011 19:09:07 GMT
A group from the Low Land DXpedition Team are active in Luxembourg from Aug 30th through Sept 6th. I just worked LX/PA3EWP Ron on the LX-DXpedition, on 10.142.93 mhz 30m RTTY. It was an easy work with 50 watts into a non-resonant 40m sloper &amp; tuner. They're on several bands and modes for the next few days, so it'll be fun trying to work them. They're using a new logging system powered by the CQFriends webserver. Updates: - DX 10.104.04 LX/PA3EWP CW @ 2:02Z on 9/3/11. Nice sig into NC! Easy w/50w on 40m sloper &amp; tuner - DX 7.160 LX/PA1AW Alex, HUGE 59+20 in NC . Info at . LX-DXpedition You can find out more about this DXpedition at . See you on the bands! Dave WB4IUY

Tower Work from K4FX
Tue, 30 Aug 2011 22:11:12 GMT
Well it is finally cooling off, time to start the yearly maintenance on the tower

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 07:07:04 GMT
Prepairing to get back on the radio can't wait to get my first QSo here in Wethersfield,CT. I received my updated License on Fri the 19Th,I've been off the radio since about 2005. I really had to make that address correction, looking forward to some rag chewing in the future...........

Well Rats!! from AI6F
Fri, 12 Aug 2011 14:42:05 GMT
While playing a bit of modern wizardry with the computer I managed to hose up Ubuntu. For those technologically inclined, I was trying out Kubuntu which is Ubuntu's KDE. I like KDE, it is nice and touchy feely. However, some things were not working as well as I'd like such as Network Manager. So I decided to switch back to Gnome. This involved switching from KDM to GDM. I did the switch and I thought everything was finished when I powered down. My bad, it wasn't finished. Now Ubuntu won't allow me to log in and seems completely confused. I think I have my weekend work cut out for me.

CFARS FREE Hamfest This Saturday, 7/6/11 from WB4IUY
Thu, 04 Aug 2011 17:00:43 GMT
The CFARS hamfest is this coming Saturday, Aug 6th, in Fayetteville NC. There is no admission charge and no fee for tables. Tailgating is permitted, f you can take the heat. Their website is Contact David KR4OE, the Swapfest Chairman, at of via phone at 910-624-1394 They are having issues with our primary repeater in Fayetteville which is 146.910(100hz tone). It is designated as the talk in for the CFARS Swapfest this Saturday. In the event the repeater is down please switch over to 147.330(100hz tone) for directions. This repeater is located on the Fort Bragg military reservation. There is a test session on site, walk-in's are acceptable, and you need to be there at 9am (testing at 9:30). If you're selling, you can get in as early as 6:30 am to set up. General admission is from 8am until 12-noon. The site is in the Reeves Auditorium on the campus of the Methodist University, Hwy 401 North (5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville). The test sessio...

KA4PNV Ham Shack And Blog from KA4PNV
Mon, 01 Aug 2011 11:21:57 GMT
The is the KA4PNV Blog I Would like to invite you to Go to YouTube to take a look at my Amateur Radio,Short Wave Radio And CB Radio Videos,Do a search on YouTube For KA4PNV to bring up the Videos.Also you are invited to my website At KA4PNV.COM There's info on VOIP For Ham Radio,Very Interesting,and a asset to Ham's in Apartments And Retirement homes where no antennas are allowed

New Solar Minimum Ushers In Extreme Cold Climate? from WB9MCW
Sat, 23 Jul 2011 00:41:08 GMT
The longer the sun remains quiet, the higher the chances of a prolonged series of cold winters and shorter summers. This is the quietest sun we have seen in almost a century. The current solar cycle, which began in 1996, was expected to reach a minimum and transition to a new solar cycle in January 2007, post 11 years. It did not, although we have crossed 13+ years and are still counting in January 2010. We are experiencing an historically deep solar minimum! For those who study the sun, the length of the solar cycle, lasting an average of 11 years, has proven to be the best historical indicator of short-term climate. At the end of these solar cycles, sunspot activity first declines, and then picks up markedly, typically indicating the beginning of a new cycle. However, the slow return to the next phase of the solar cycle at present may portend a general decline in solar activity. 2008 was a sunspot “bear market” and 2009 was no better according to NASA. There were no sunspots observed...

Say Goodbye to Sunspots? from WB9MCW
Sat, 23 Jul 2011 00:35:37 GMT
Say Goodbye to Sunspots? (More science on what is going on with our sun). Scientists studying sunspots for the past 2 decades have concluded that the magnetic field that triggers their formation has been steadily declining. If the current trend continues, by 2016 the sun's face may become spotless and remain that way for decades—a phenomenon that in the 17th century coincided with a prolonged period of cooling on Earth. Sunspots appear when upwellings of the sun's magnetic field trap ionized plasma—or electrically charged, superheated gas—on the surface. Normally, the gas would release its heat and sink back below the surface, but the magnetic field inhibits this process. From Earth, the relatively cool surface gas looks like a dark blemish on the sun. Astronomers have been observing and counting sunspots since Galileo began the practice in the early 17th century. From those studies, scientists have long known that the sun goes through an 11-year cycle, in which the number of sunsp...

Air Show on 30-31 July 2011 from AI6F
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 05:14:36 GMT
One of my other hobbies is antique military vehicles. I have an army M-170 ambulance.

The military vehicle collectors club I belong to was invited to Travis Air Force Base (Northern California) for an air show. The USAF Thunderbirds will be in attendance along with lots of displays and such. I'm mentioning this here because my shack is also the tow vehicle for the ambulance. The ambulance tops out at about 45 mph it is considerably easier for all involved if we just tow it to events that are a bit farther away.

The fun bit will be turning up at the gate with a truck that has a bunch of antennas popping out of it. It will be interesting to fire up the radio gear (if time permits) and see what we hear.

Battery on the Move from AI6F
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 05:04:41 GMT
I'll start out by saying that we call my shack R2. The reason is quite simple, there is an "R2" on the front fenders which stood for Remote 2 when the truck was in service as a satellite up link truck. I noticed that the the house battery in R2 was getting a bit tired and needed to be replaced. As I was taking the battery out it was observed that the battery tray was at an odd angle. At first I thought it was just a bit of shoddy repair work, however, upon closer inspection I found that the tray has ripped itself off the engine compartment sidewall and the support on the bottom was working its way through a rust hole at the bottom of the fender. After consideration of a couple of repair options I went with moving the house battery into a cabinet inside R2. Conveniently enough, the cabinet where the old air compressors and reservoir for the mast that was removed when R2 changed rolls from a news van to satellite truck now houses the battery charger. There is already heavy cable instal...

change the call sign!!!!! from AA2XW
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 04:33:17 GMT
my new call sign is WB2WW

Temporary Antenna Testing from W6QT
Sat, 16 Jul 2011 02:35:14 GMT
I have set up my 5 ele Elk beam at 55' for testing here in Subic Bay. I have received strong repeater ID signals from the DX1ARM 2 Meter/70cm repeater in the Manila area using 50 watts.

Ralph Collins Is Till With Us, Very Appreciative Of Your Emails and Support from KB3VEW
Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:40:28 GMT
Update, as of 07/11/2011 Ralph is still with us. It is not to late to send an Email. His wife states that it will not be much longer and she thanks the HAM Community for the Overwhelming Response. And I thank you too. Ron

New Desk from N8LFP
Mon, 04 Jul 2011 10:33:41 GMT
The new desk project is coming along nicely. I have to admit it has been more work and time than I originally planned for. Just completed the drawers and installed them today. Still to go is a small 2nd keyboard drawer for the Yaesu DMU-2000 keyboard and two bookshelves that will be under the desk. The bookshelves will help with storage eliminating an up-right book shelf currently taking up too much space in the shack. The new desk theme was "strength" to support all the shack equipment without bowing or sagging. With the 1.5" (5/8" plywood glued and screwed) desktop the goal seems to have been achieved. More than once I have stood on the desk with equipment to hang photos etc. and the desk does not move at all!

New Playtoy HamRadio 2011! from DG1SGW
Tue, 28 Jun 2011 05:16:35 GMT
Hi out there!
Last Friday i visited the HAM RADIO in Friedrichshafen/Lake of Constance and bought my newest Handytalky from Baofeng named UV-3R. Its a nice and tiny Playtoy with all Features which are needed for Amateurradio.Included are a Charger and Battery, also a long Twinbandantenna, a short Twinbandantenna and a special short Antenna for the PMR Frequencies. It has 99 Memories which are programed via the PC, it is able to do Crossband also as WFM Radio. The Modulation is loud and clear with the built in Microphone, the RX is very good, Bandwith is switchable from narrow to wide. Frequencesteps are 5,6.25,10,12.5,25 and 50 kc's. Batterycapacity is about 1500 mAh. So the Question is: Can you get more Fun and Features for only unbelievable 75(seventyfive)EURO's.

73 de KLAUS

am activity.... from KA1WVM
Mon, 27 Jun 2011 06:26:21 GMT
looking for information on AM activity on 10 meters 6 and 2 meters....also looking for information on irlp

Fellow HAM Loses CANCER Battle, Needs EMAILs of Encouragement from KB3VEW
Sat, 25 Jun 2011 09:07:06 GMT
Good Morning and Happy Field Day, This is one of the saddest Blog Entries I may ever write. My friend and Elmer, Ralph Collins WB8FJM / K4FJM has just informed me last evening that he has lost his battle with Cancer. Ralph was discharged from the Hospital and is now home, being told that the Cancer is so ravenous that he may only have two weeks left. I have mentioned my friend Ralph before when I first joined was licensed and join this group. I owe him allot, as a HAM and a Friend. This Gentleman is truly what a Friend and HAM is all about. Ralph told me this morning that he loved Field Day and was upset that he would be missing this one. I thought maybe we could bring a bit of Field Day to him. IF you could take a few minutes and send Ralph an Email, maybe some words of encouragement, I am sure it would mean allot to him as it would to me. Ralph’s EMAIL is . To see Ralph at his shack check out Ralph had just did a Call Change to K4F...

Greetings to Charlie, KC9TSB from HS0ZHM
Thu, 23 Jun 2011 15:36:10 GMT
Sawadee (Greetings) Charlie,
Thanks for requesting to be the first added to my contact list for My Ham Shack. Look me up on if you'd like to contact me via e-mail.

It seems you recently got your ticket. I am relatively new to ham radio, too, but will readily share what little I know with you. I don't know about your background, but this "new adventure" is a steep learning curve for me. And being the the "sticks" of rural Thailand means a shortage of reliable resources, though I maintain contact with my Elmer in southern CA where he first roped me into the world of ham radio.

If you haven't already done so, take a look at the various lessons we've created for New Tech's and for emergency weather observations ( mentioned in earlier blogs. Your part of the world gets some pretty exciting weather in contrast to what we get here in northern Thailand.

I am still in the process of setting up my station...having limited equipment but ...

Idle thought's from KC9RFO
Thu, 16 Jun 2011 06:30:41 GMT
Hi All, It's been a month now since i passed my General class test. My shack is slowing coming together. Went to a hamfest in Granite City ,Illinois this last weekend and brought home a tuner and a swr/watt meter i was in need of. Still trying to find a cheap 10 meter radio :( .Working on a very tight budget due to some family issues that have occurred recently. If anyone has a cheap 10 meter rig they would be willing to part with please contact me @ my call sign I have an inverted V up about 35 feet and will be trying to make my first HF contact today! Wish me luck! 73 Wayne KC9RFO

Tour of Shack at KB4MB from KB4MB
Tue, 14 Jun 2011 13:10:52 GMT

A short portable fun on 4m band. from EI7GMB
Mon, 13 Jun 2011 09:54:34 GMT
Today I woke up with an idea to go portable on 4m. I used my fabulous preforming dipole (described in "my projects" area). Err... fabulous cause its cost was around 3 euro and WSWR is 1:1.1. Was not sure how it is in reality. The only problem was how to mount it for couple of hours (or at least few minutes) either vertically or horizontally. No matter how, just to see what would I get out of it. Few seconds after problem got solved with Antron 99 sitting idle for last couple of months. This time was really unplugged (or passive, you name it as you want) acting as an antenna pole. Quite flexible though, as it emerged later on.

Well, the weather was just right, so hit the road, man! Lucky me, there is a pretty high elevated spot in a industrial estate just 5 minutes drive from my home. Not to mention that just couple of meters from "my" spot there is two telecommunication towers, so it speaks for itself. Okay my antenna needs to be erected (no hairy thoughts, guys and gals please) so ...

8 element 6m Yagi from DU1GM
Sat, 11 Jun 2011 11:42:30 GMT
I'm currently in the process of building an 8 element Yagi for 50MHz, based on the G0KSC design. My main problem is finding suitable materials which is always a problem in this country. As usual one has to make compromises and do the best one can. The 8 element will replace the 5 element F9FT yagi I am using at the moment. That antenna is a bit old and is less than optimum although I have modified the feed to give a few more dB gain. At this time I have completed the two sections of the boom, added the element holders and I am in the process of making boom joint brackets as well as boom strenghtening support brackets. As usual I am writing a short article for the PARA web site to try and encourage others to have a go at making antennas with the materials available in this country. When complete I will add the url here so watch this space. While I am in the antenna making mind set I'm also thinking of building a log periodic for 40-80MHz or so mainly for use in tv DXing on Channel R1 b...

Antenna Patch Panel from DU1GM
Sat, 11 Jun 2011 11:32:18 GMT
It seems like ages since I added any info to this page! I recently built an antenna patch panel to make life easier for myself. It's a real hassle disconnecting the antennas from each rig when there is an electrical storm about so I thought I would make things easier by having all the antennas coming into a panel on the wall. All the coax cables come in through the wall at that point anyway and they were a real mess of different lengths just piled up on the floor before going to the rigs. I had an old PK232 box which looked to be ideal to make up a patch panel and I was able to put 9 connectors on each side, 6 PL types and 3 N types. The main shack ground cable also comes into the room at that point and it's connected to the antenna panel as well. I added bleed resistors to the antenna side of each connector as well as spark gaps, although I'm not sure how effective those would be anyway. In any case the main reason for the panel is to be able to unplug the rigs from the antenna as q...

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 21:44:20 GMT
Hello to ALL! Back from my Trip to Portugal and Spain were i had worked many Stations with my old Outbacker mobile Antenna (1,8M OBB) wanted to get a new OUTBACKER OUTREACH 500 here in Germany. But it seems to be not possible because there are no Dealers or they do not have this Model on Stock. So i sent a short Email to Australia but no Answer in 4 Weeks. Is there anybody who knows something about OUTBACKER, do they still exist?

73's to ALL de KLAUS,DG1SGW.

Working in the field from AI6F
Tue, 07 Jun 2011 06:04:40 GMT
We had an event here and the hams were asked to help out with communications. It gave me an opportunity to take the truck mobile and work it a bit. I got to the site early and started the generator to keep the house battery charged and then tuned around 20m a bit. I caught someone taking part in the Alabama QSO Party which was a good bit of fun. I also chatted with some of the local gang on 2m and 70 cm and even found out some more info on the test session the VE team I'm on had to do that afternoon. One thing that did happen is that we got a good bit of rain for us (nothing like back East). As a bit of a joke I put an old coffee can I had out on the hood. It didn't fill up too much and I had to wait until I got home to check the rain gauge to see that we got about and inch of rain. Rather odd for Sunny Northern California in June.

Back from the UK from AI6F
Tue, 07 Jun 2011 05:53:47 GMT
I made it back from the UK and had a great time. The one thing I did have difficulties with was hitting UK repeaters. Despite my planning I only managed to catch one repeater and have a chat with one ham. Unfortunately, his call got jotted down on something that I kept (map, program, brochure,) but I can't remember what it was. I thank him anyways. The Kenwood 72A worked very well and the GPS unit was quite fun. I'd recommend it to anyone who is traveling. One of the things I did enjoy was the feature that allows you to set a location and then the Kenwood tells you how far and in what direction that location is. I should have taken a picture when it said home was 6000 miles away. I did take pictures at Greenwich at the Prime Meridian (I uploaded them) the Kenwood showed an error (expected) at the meridian when it read W 000.00.08. I had to move off a bit to get the W 000.00.00 picture I wanted. All in all that is still pretty accurate for civilian equipment,

New Rig from ZL4QD
Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:44:11 GMT
Earlier this year I purchased an Icom F-5023 VHF rig which is a 128 Channel 25watt transceiver covering 136MHz to 174 MHz. It came pre-programmed with all of our local 2M repeaters and simplex frequencies as well as the local Civil Defence repeaters and simplex frequencies and had a good workout during a car rally (Rally of Otago) in early April.
Have a look at the following page at

reStart and a bit happy... from SA6YLE
Sat, 28 May 2011 14:10:28 GMT
...because SA6BTG got his call-sign last week. This make it more fun when we have the same interest Well have a HT-radio with us and can use it when time gives and a short call can be done at our work. :D

Introduction To The Ham World from KK4CAQ
Wed, 25 May 2011 14:51:35 GMT
Been thinking about getting my Amateur Radio License for years. I finally buckled down and started studying seriously. On May 5th, 2011, I passed my Technician &amp; General License Test. How exciting was it for you when you first saw your name and new call sign on the ULS website? I remember checking it daily the first few days after taking the tests. A week after, there it was, my new call sign posted on the ULS! Haha, I felt like a 5 year old on Christmas morning. I bought a cheap Wouxun HT just to listen and get on a repeater if I was able to do so. The research started and I purchased my first rig with a mobile installation in mind as the covenant in my neighborhood does not allow antenna towers. I settled on a Yaesu 8900R in hopes of being able to tune an antenna to work some 10m &amp; 6m as well as 2m repeaters &amp;amp;amp; 70cm. Well... The process is never ending. What kind of antenna mount to buy for the Diamond CR 8900A antenna? There is so much to this H...

New Reciprocal Permit Issued from W6QT
Mon, 23 May 2011 18:04:46 GMT
Effective May 23, 2011, I was issued a reciprocal operating permit for the Philippines with the call DU3/W6QT. Many thanks to the NTC and the Philippine Amateur Radio Association for granting permission to operate ham radio in the Philippines.

Modified G4GQL vertical for flat dwellers from G4GQL
Wed, 18 May 2011 11:26:08 GMT
I have now modified the vertical to top loaded. Recently I have added a duplicate vertical, connected to the original vertical and it is horizontally polarised forming a L shape arrangement. My best contact was 3800KM in Russia in PSK-31 Details to follow soon-once I am sure it works FB 73 Alan G4GQL

Havering and District Amateur Radio Club from M6AUM
Wed, 18 May 2011 10:59:06 GMT
Hi there i just wanted to inform you all that i earlier on this year joined the havering and district amateur radio club honchurch east london uk
honchurch is about thirty minutes away from romford essex uk by bus and it is based in east london it is quite a pretty sight with lots of places to eat, drink and entertain
I got their address through a website referral and one day visited their site at the fairkytes arts centre honchurch
meeting normally takes place on wednesdays at 8pm and you can join us there if you like


Greetings to all hams and the general populace! from N5NNS
Wed, 18 May 2011 10:54:28 GMT
I have been honored to have been a ham for the past 30 years. I was a Net Control Operator and later Manager for the morning Magnolia Section Phone Net. I was blessed to have served this organization for 7 years. Having moved to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina 3 years ago I (and my family) decided to start a new ham shack. Now, several months into it, I am again building antennas for HF, VHF and UHF. I have probably built some 80% of the designs "out there." I love the challenge, work, mental exercise and satisfaction when the antenna performs as expected. I have nothing against commercial antennas but to me this is one area where hams can really shine! From the yagi to the ground plane, quad to dipole, hexagonal beam to collinear, there is much satisfaction in the quality construction of each. In doing these projects on your own there is no "hype" and you certainly do end up with "the real thing." While there is no "magic" antenna, say a dipole, with 10 db of gain, ...

The bluegrass festival from M6AUM
Wed, 18 May 2011 10:53:46 GMT
The music festival bluegrass took place recently in london uk and it was good most persons that attended were musicians mostly based in the london area and some outskirts of london uk as it approached the evening there was a little trickle of rain and we all ran into the small auditorium inside the main building where the remainder of the event took place. There was a main band and as soon as they had finished the band made way for guests spots who had prior to this time booked in advance


The Volunteering Escapade from M6AUM
Wed, 18 May 2011 10:48:35 GMT
If you did not know i was very recently this year 2011
awarded my Ncfe award in volunteering and it was a big when i walked in to redbridge Institute of adult education Ilford uk to collect my certificate from admin i was delighted to know that i had passed as i had been doing heavy reading and searching for information regarding the course prior to our submitting our portfolios it was very hectic but i survived it all with the award
Redbridge institute of adult education was my centre for the course


The day I passed my foundation licence exams from M6AUM
Wed, 18 May 2011 10:44:28 GMT
Hi there i just wish to inform you that i have recently passed my uk foundation amateur radio licence examinations i scored 20 out of 25 about 80% out of 100% and it was quite exciting
if you did not know i am a member of the havering and district amateur radio club and we normally hold meeting at honchurch we normally meet up on wednesdays at 8pm
I have not yet set up a radio station as i am currently doing some professional courses
call me on my mobile on
07970068858 for a chat if you feel like at anytime

Uk foundation licence from WS7SAINT
Wed, 18 May 2011 10:12:38 GMT
Hi there i just wish to inform you that i have recently passed my uk foundation amateur radio licence examinations i scored 20 out of 25 about 80% out of 100% and it was quite exciting
if you did not know i am a member of the havering and district amateur radio club and we normally hold meeting at honchurch we normally meet up on wednesdays at 8pm
I have not yet set up a radio station as i am currently doing some professional courses
call me on my mobile on
07970068858 for a chat if you feel like at anytime

Free Lessons for New Tech License Holders from HS0ZHM
Mon, 16 May 2011 23:57:11 GMT
I help out some friends in the Glendora Emergency Response Communications group (GERC). They recently held a Technician License study class and organized an FCC license exam. It turned out to be rather successful with 23 of the 28 people passing. Like many organizations, recruiting is necessary for the long-term viability of the group. So talked about this with Mark, N7YLA, GERC's founder, and suggested that we get more pro-active about following up with the newly licensed Hams. The result is 3 lessons for newly licensed Hams. The specifics of the lessons are geared to directing them into the world o Ham radio in such a way that they are prepped for becoming functional GERC members IF they chose to actively participate. But the lessons guide them to learning and doing things that make it an easy transition into GERC. For example, when getting to the part about buying their first radio, we followed the GERC list of features, accessories and capabilities. If later they decided to...

Free Weather Observation Lessons Available from HS0ZHM
Sun, 15 May 2011 19:38:41 GMT
Free MEWS (Mobile Emergency Weather Station) and weather observations lessons are available on the web. MEWS enables amateur radio operators to make valuable weather observations in disaster areas where there are few or no working weather stations. These weather reports can help relief helicopters to know flight weather conditions in the disaster area. Relief coordinators can use the weather data to understand the situation in the disaster area to better coordinate logistics and supplies for survivors. The lessons divided into two groups: Basic and Advanced. Basic level MEWS only needs a thermometer and a magnetic compass and selected reference tables (all in the free MEWS Observer Handbook). So the "weather station" fits into a pocket and requires little to no cost. The observations are more subjective in nature, but still relevant as they are "standardized" terms and come from on the ground in the local disaster area. The Advanced MEWS is much like Ham radio with no upper limi...

4m band "range" experiment. from EI7GMB
Sun, 15 May 2011 05:12:03 GMT
Just a short entry. It was so unexpected experiment. I mounted 1/4 L whip for 70mhz on my vehicle to see if i might hear anything sitting in my car at parking lot nearby my workplace. So I have heard Michael EI3GYB, Tom EI2GP, John EI1EM and Steve EI5DD. And the distances were:

Michael 55-60 kilometers - according to Grid Squares. FM1000
John 8,6km - APRS FM1000
Tom 27-28km - GS FM1000
Steve 6,5km - APRS Ascom SE550

Nearly 60km on 25 watts with Michael on FM - not bad. I was running Ascom SE550 with 1/4L Moonraker whip (so so match with SWR around 1:1.4, quite chimeric antenna) out of 12V lead acid "emergency power cube" battery. John and Tom had an ignition noise coming over on their carrier - seem to be a specific "feature" of FM1000, unless it might require different approach with power leads connection. Despite the smallest distance Steve was not able to receive me at times - I know myself what it was - a specific "feature" of Ascom what I experienced myself - very pron...

Relocation to Philippines from W6QT
Fri, 13 May 2011 17:48:23 GMT
Look forward to getting on the air in the Philippines probably in June or July 2011. Will have to set up my station and antennas...lots of work to do.

Tue, 03 May 2011 00:25:16 GMT
Hi Everybody!
Yesterday was the first practical Test for the new I-PRO Traveller Antenna. Working on 40M and 20M i would say: Tremendous Sigs on this two Bands, Standing Wave Ratio is very easy to adjust and Bandwith is fully okay. The Antenna is built up in 3 Minutes and then when the Thunderstorm has reached our Area is in 2 Minutes in the Backside of my Car.
Have done yesterday about 25 QSO's: SP, GB, W, I, and RA, Reports were at least 5/8, my Output Power was 25 Watts.
The other Bands is also very low SWR but could not test it yet....
TO be continued....

Nothing new. from KG6OAY
Mon, 02 May 2011 07:59:01 GMT
A whole month has gone by and there hasn’t been one thing to talk about. Ok yes there is, Gas prices going ultra high, that’s old news. And Osama Bin Laden is dead. I think that is the best news I have heard all year. But that will be talked about until the world is blue in the face so let’s not follow the sheep. I am going to do my own thing.
I just came across a link on a radio site, I didn’t click on it but I did see it “Make friends” Hell no I‘am not on the waves to make friends I'am on the waves to traffic information (because that’s what I do) and good discussion, you cannot have a good argument with friends because they most likely share your point of view. How do you counter an argument when you have the same beliefs, so friends are out when It come to heavy discussion. I enjoy a good back and forth conversation on nearly any topic and if people can’t control their reaction to something I say then there is some growing up to be done. We are not Lemmings that follow each other ...

Sun, 01 May 2011 02:24:33 GMT
The new I-Pro Traveller Antenna is a very simple to use and built up portable Antenna. Built up in about 4 Minutes and fixing the Coax is another Minute. Also very easy to adjust and RX on each Band from 40M to 10M is fascinating Results. My Experiment is rxing also on the 6M Band with a good Result in my Opinion. SWR is on all Bands fixable to minimum with only changing the angle off the lower Elements. I will try more and scribe it down here, when ready with my Tests next Week.

To be Continued...Klaus

Dayton Hamfest 2012 from AD4Y
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:57:21 GMT
Well hope to be at dayton hamfest 2012 this year. Hopefully I will have funding for the trip or if anybody from the south florida area that does not mind for me to tag alone and that I can chip in for the gas a bit then contact me. 73 miguel ad4y

RARSFEST PHOTOS - Raleigh, NC April 23rd, 2011 from KU4GW
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 06:04:18 GMT
Check out all the Raleigh Hamfest/NC ARRL Convention photos at this link:

New Need To Learn from KD0OHB
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:58:53 GMT
Need a Elmer that can help starting with A - Z on being a ham, how to operate and what this and that does!

Pancake Antenna from 4F2KWT
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 10:12:30 GMT
I constructed a seemingly compromise of an antenna in this one what with its compact dimension. It is essentially a dipole with both ends coiled. The performance is an altogether different story. I designed this antenna for easy assembly and installation and having done that started to reel in many contacts during our trip to Polillo Island for DZ1P. It was amazing to be making contacts with stations from Europe, North America plus Asia and Oceania with 100 watts and easily managing a pileup! This even on bands that this 40M version was not designed for. To really prove the efficacy of this bumblebee I will construct a pair for use on our next activity and we will use nothing else except those two new ones. My first Pancake Antenna was given to Andy, 4F1GNW to be installed at his condo unit.

DXCC from WE8R
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 08:22:31 GMT
Worked, and confirmed via LOTW my 100th country this weekend. Thanks to OX3XR for being my 100th confirmed country ! 73 Bob / WE8R

NZ5N EME 2011 from NZ5N
Sun, 17 Apr 2011 13:28:29 GMT
It's a shame I don't update this blog more frequently. My last couple of posts were about my EME efforts from Slovakia in summer 2010 and from here in Florida after the 2010 ARI Italian EME contest. Last year I worked 5 stations in the ARI contest, this year it was 35, quite an improvement. What made the difference? The radio equipment was the same. What changed was the antenna and the location. Last year I had a single 2M9SSB 9 element yagi. This year I had two of them stacked vertically side by side, a 3 db improvement. This helped a lot, but I believe the biggest difference was the new location. I set up at the QTH of Pete N8PR, who lives just a couple of miles from me in a more rural area. Pete is a big DXer, has DXCC on ten bands and is one of the world leaders in total countries worked. At Pete's QTH, I'm hearing stations at -18 that I never dreamed of working from my home. At home, I could at most work stations running a kilowatt and at least 4 antennas. At Pete's, ...

11mtr Gateway from G0HWC
Sat, 16 Apr 2011 06:08:44 GMT
I now run a 11mtr gateway for the local CB'ers it runs 24/7. you can get more info HERE: Paul G0HWC

IC-9100 Videos posted to You Tube from N6SIX
Wed, 13 Apr 2011 22:22:45 GMT
Posted two new IC-9100 videos to You Tube last night and tonight. More to come as I learn and explore more with this radio.

Friendships In The Amateur Community from KB3VEW
Wed, 13 Apr 2011 13:03:40 GMT
Once again I find myself in awe of the relationships one can find in the HAM Community. I made a true friend, from online QRZ purchase, when I became a HAM Nov 2010. Ralph Collins, K4FJM, sold me my first HF Rig at that time. This business transaction has grown into a friendship that will no doubt last a lifetime. It just amazes me the kind of people you will meet as an Amateur Radio Operator. Some seriously good solid people are out there, waiting to be met. This is a benefit that one never can be informed about until they become a HAM and experience the camaraderie that is offered. People will often ask, “What is the point in this Radio thing? You can just pick up a phone and call anyone , anywhere for pennies a minute nowadays?” Maybe true, but I cant just pickup the phone and start calling people and make friends like Ralph. If I could, I would never have the phone away from my head!!! Amateur Radio, truly one of the greatest hobbies out there folks!! Embrace it, it is a sparkling...

Finaly a different QsO from KG6OAY
Fri, 01 Apr 2011 13:29:02 GMT
I was listening to one of the repeaters near my office in mid Orange County, and a group is finally talking about other than what kind of equipment they are using. The are talking about medical cannabis. I dont condone the use of Weed but its something different something other than &amp;quot;Hi I am xx#xxx I am running such and such gear, I am handy capped, What is your name what equipment are you using?
My god how boring! And people wonder why I dont transmit. Yeah call me a sand-bagger that fine, but If I hear a subject worth talking about then I will join in if I have something to say but not until then.
I know a few other operators that feel the same way so I am not the lone solider here.

TRIP TO CT1 !!! from DG1SGW
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 22:28:25 GMT
At the 10th of April 00:00UTC i will start on my Trip to Portugal, follow me in the Net-->APRS.FI-->DG1SGW-12.

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 22:20:48 GMT
Last Week updated Firmware in my YAESU FTM 350, now available much more Symbols in APRS and more exact Menuepoints. Also the Displaycolours could be more different.

Yaesu FT 950 from N8WBV
Sun, 27 Mar 2011 20:15:27 GMT
FT950 and audio setting

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:02:58 GMT
Greetings, I am looking for skeds in the Technician portion of the bands 10/15/40+80 meters. I am new to CW but can keep up with about 15 WPM. If anyone would like to make a sked with me please email me at Thanks in advance 73, Stu de W8STU

New (to me) tower from N0VF
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 18:53:47 GMT
picked up 58' of Rohn 45..... come on summer!

SKED Page from KB0ROC
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 06:48:27 GMT

Really like K3uk's sked page for skcc and lotw

The Kenwood TH-D72A from AI6F
Sun, 13 Mar 2011 17:26:01 GMT
I'm headed to the UK in April and I wanted to take a radio and GPS along. I decided to throw caution and money to the wind and combine the radio and GPS so I picked up the Kenwood TH-D72A. There are plenty of reviews out there so I won't bother reviewing the whole thing. The GPS seems to work pretty good and the TNC is pretty good as well. With minimal fuss I was able to tie the radio to my computer and get them &amp;quot;talking&amp;quot;. I even sent a packet message from my driveway just to see it work. About the only hassle I have had is with the DeLoarme mapping software I picked up to save my tracks and such. For the most part DeLorme is using their own file format and I cannot find a way to convert any of the D72 flies to that format. I did find GPS Visualizer and that seems to work, and it is free. **21 March 2011** OK, since my last post I have found out how to get DeLorme to view the tracks by the D72A. If you need details please email me.

Logsearch of NH0S/KH2 from NH0S
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 04:08:43 GMT
You can check the logsearch of NH0S/KH2.
Including Online QSL Request to NH0S/KH2 via the buro.

Operating from CT! from DG1SGW
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:12:39 GMT
Hello Friends!
From the 13th of April to 18th of April i will operate portable from LUZ/Portugal on 80M-6M if conds will allow it.
73 de KLAUS. CU on the bands!!!

NH0S/KH2 18-21 FEB 2011 from NH0S
Tue, 08 Mar 2011 17:23:47 GMT
I made about 4800q from GUAM Island.
And lot of fun!

NH0S/KH2 Via my home call JF2SKV.

Please visit my Weblog site.

ARRL Int'l DX Contest, SSB. 10 is open! from WB4IUY
Sat, 05 Mar 2011 06:31:13 GMT
Working the ARRL Inter. SSB DX Contest this morning, and 10m is WIDE OPEN! Just worked into Namibia, Africa on 28.417! Loads of stations active this morning (Saturday, 3/5). Check out more info on it at: . See you on ther bands! Dave WB4IUY

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 16:51:15 GMT
Greetings, Live from N/E Ohio (PAINESVILLE TWP. LAKE COUNTY.) I have not been on this site in a long time. I have probably missed a lot. I'll have to browse around awhile. I hope everyone is doing well. I have posted a couple more pictures of my current shack and my children. Since I last was here my daughter Christyna Anjelisa was born. She is 19 months old now. I am now getting into CW soon. I will be up and running I hope by next weekend, 03/12/2011. Maybe some of you would like to make a sked. Since I am only a Technician I only have small portions of the 15 40 and 80 meter bands. I am very excited about this new mode. Since I have small children I do not have a lot of time to play radio. I only have about an half an hour on the weekdays and maybe one to two hours on the weekends. Maybe someone would like to help a newbie to CW come a long. My station consists of a Yaesu FT-950, Kenwood TM-V71A dual bander base, Jetstream JT220M 224 Mhz base, MJF-969 tuner, Kenwood TH-F6A tri...

First entry from ZS5J
Thu, 03 Mar 2011 23:32:28 GMT
So, I stumbled on this site a few hours ago. Looks like a cool site for all my ham radio activities. I need to find my way around it, and will add more info in the near future, 73 John, ZS5J and C91J (when on vacation in Mozambique)

Brand New to 'My HAM SHACK' from K6OL
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 20:01:02 GMT
I literally stumbled upon this site by accident! Typed my call sign into Google and saw the link for 'My Ham Shack,' and had to check it out! other hams before me..."HERE I AM!" As if I've already got too many 'irons in the fire...' NOW I've got *THIS* project to work on! Ahhh...the life of a ham... 73's Ed

73's to everyone from W3TBC
Sun, 27 Feb 2011 07:47:06 GMT
Just joined this week. Checking out everyones shacks, equipment, and finding a lot of interesting setups out there. Can't wait to get mine in a permanent location in the basement. Take care. W3TBC, Mike.

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:26:20 GMT
A few Days ago i built a new Remotecable for my new FT2000D.
Great Pleasure and mni Tnx to my good old Friend Stefan,DL4SEW without his Help and Parts i will be unable to fix my Problems.


AWA AM QSO Party, 2/19-20/11 from WB4IUY
Sat, 19 Feb 2011 20:39:34 GMT
I'm working the AWA AM QSO Party tonight and tomorrow. It runs from 23:00z Saturday 2/19 through 23:00z Sunday 2/20. There's more info at . Switch your rig to AM and join the fun! Dave WB4IUY

My station blog and operations from VE3CNU
Sat, 19 Feb 2011 09:07:10 GMT
Visit for all of my station operations

Keep the faith.... from N6QDY
Sat, 19 Feb 2011 07:43:44 GMT
Like many jobs, there are pluses and minuses. I have many years of electronics under my belt (doesn't mean I know everything, believe me.) Anyways, in February of 2007 I was laid-off by a Biotech company after 6+ years of, what I believe to be, faithful service.... I received a compensation package and by the grace of God I landed this NEW CAREER in commercial radio 2.5 Weeks later. Well, it's been 4+ years ago, and as you can imagine I enjoy this job 10 fold!

LotW and Hamlog from DG1SGW
Wed, 16 Feb 2011 11:26:41 GMT
Since a few Days my Log is online at LotW and Hamlog.EU.
This is only possible trough the great help of UWE,DH1UZ and SEBASTIAN,DL2DOC.
MNI TNX fr Help Uwe and Sebastian.

My Station Blog from KC9MGE
Wed, 16 Feb 2011 07:03:09 GMT
Being the "OES" for Jackson, I keep pretty busy. Jackson County covers all of Kansas City on the Missouri side and other big communities ie; Lees Summit, Blue Springs.

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 06:26:25 GMT
Looking for HW-101 Serial Numbers
CQ CQ CQ DE WA1ISA: Looking for HW-101 Serial Numbers for an ongoing research project. I am looking to compile a listing as to production quantities and Serial Number Ranges. Your call will be credited next to your S/N if you wish. I hope to put this on the Internet for those interested to view. Please email via

CQ CQ CQ All New "My Ham Shack" Stations... from N0VF
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 19:12:51 GMT
A quick reminder to all that unless you post at least a simple blog, no one can send you a reply or other communication. Just start your first blog in MY PROFILE and name it something like CQ CQ CQ de(your call) calling CQ... That way we can add a comment to welcome and converse. Have fun!

70cm SWR from N0VF
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 18:57:28 GMT
Tracked 70cm SWR issue to the right angle 239 connectors on the switch. It will have to wait for summer. (Wish the 897 had a separate 70cm connection like the 847) I'll just run the coax complete to the antenna rather than through the 4 position switch. Maybe I'll get dedicated antennas for each rig rather than using the switch for different radios to one antenna. MORE ANTENNAS! :)

Homemade BLT tuner from G4KKI
Sun, 13 Feb 2011 15:58:57 GMT
I just finished building a homemade BLT tuner. Just tested it with a low inveted V doublett and it loads on 40,30,20,17 and 15 mtrs. Not tried it on the higher 2 bands yet. Tuning is very sharp but quite easy, see the photo in my picssection. I did the mods so it will except balanced, coax and single wire antennas.

Sun, 13 Feb 2011 02:47:56 GMT
LOOKING FOR HW-101 Serial Numbers

Looking for HW-101 Serial Numbers for an ongoing research project. I am looking to compile a listing as to production quantities and Serial Number Ranges. Your call will be credited next to your S/N if you wish. I hope to put this on the Internet for those interested to view. Please email via

February 10, 2011. KF5JRE Station Wiring Completed Today. from KF5JRE
Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:42:25 GMT
Welcome to the official blog of Amateur Radio Station KF5JRE.

My name is Mark Calhoun. I am the Owner/Operator of this radio station.

My station is located at 18 Bybee Circle, Huntsville, TX 77320-1003 USA. North 30° 46' 45.6" West 95° 40' 29.0". Grid Square EM20ds.

I finally completed the wiring of my station today!

Exactly 4 weeks ago, on 1-10-2011, I started by ordering my gear from as they had the best prices AND offered free shipping. I didn't even have my license yet. Since then, I have dug an antenna foundation pit; drove a bunch of ground rods; mixed and poured 10 bags of concrete; assembled the antenna; dug 50 foot of ditch and put 2 1/2" conduit in it for my antenna feed to the vertical; soldered the ends on 30 radials and staked them out along with the 8 radial kit I ordered with the antenna; put up a 28 foot mast for the 2m/440MHz antenna; made up a boat load of LMR-400 coax lines and RG-213 jumper cables; made a cable entrance thru the back wall, ...

ezee match tuner from EI5GLB
Wed, 09 Feb 2011 02:10:56 GMT
can anyone tell me where to find the schematic for this tuner ive searched the net but no joy, some QSL info and new rig - all in one pack entry. from EI7GMB
Tue, 08 Feb 2011 07:49:53 GMT
At the very beginning I was avoiding this site. Then was just ignoring. Then I found it handy to see and read reviews. And now ... hey... I registered and even filled up my profile. Well, why not? Its another great US based site which have now many EU users also.

Regarding QSL cards - a month ago I sent up a nice parcel of over 120 cards to my Bureau. Hopefully all of you guys will get your part of QSO paperwork soon. As always most of my cards were from Germany. OK, many of my QSO's are DL land but observing a ratio of QSO to QSL it seem that German HAMs are most dedicated ones to the QSL service.

I bought a second hand Kenwood TM-D700E recently. It is missing all those fancy bells and whistles comparing to US version but still it is good to have an mobile rig again. Can't get an idea why EU version is missing wide band receiver (it may have it after "mods" but it is not my way anymore to have wide band rig now) and even more annoying is lack of SkyCommand system. Regulations pe...

Awards Tracker Updated! from WB4IUY
Sun, 06 Feb 2011 10:22:15 GMT
David W5DJT has updated the Awards Tracker program again. It can now export files in adif format. There are two types of adif files. One that is compliant with the adif 2.2.x standards and one that works if imported into ACLog. You can download the latest version of this cool tool at: Dave WB4IUY

Tower on Wheels from K1NWB
Sat, 05 Feb 2011 20:10:02 GMT
picked up a used 'light tower' (minus the generator and lights) for a modest $500.00...have begun stripping old paint and adding three new 'outriggers'...see My Projects (trying to upload pics but having trouble with site...???

tower cranks to 27 ft and will add additional 14 or so more feet to top...

Ham Shack in a closet near completion... from N9QGS
Sun, 30 Jan 2011 19:43:10 GMT
I have added some station photos showing the radios, weather equipment, computers, and ballon tracking payloads that are being housed in the "ham shack closet" Looking forward to our first skywarn net to put in all in action, still waiting for Arrow beam antenna, I guess due to a family medical issues there is a significant delay on receiving this product at this time. But I look forward to receiving the beam, currently the discone, j-pole are working great in the attic, I have to find something better that will work on HF, as honestly the Hamstick on the car outperforms the G5RV in the attic.

My Ham Shack Dot Com Debut from K4WIC
Sat, 29 Jan 2011 17:30:44 GMT
First day here and all ready adding myself into the website.
My Google Site has little information on my hobby:Amateur Radio. On December 10th 2005, I became a Technician under call KI4MZD. Didn't like that call at all. I received K4WIC on January 21st 2006. I'm SKYWARN certified in Columbia SC. My home office is equipped with the Icom All Mode Transceiver IC-7000 and a dual twin lead antenna encased in a PVC pipe and a Par Electronic OA-50 for 6 meters mounted in the attic.

My SUV carries the Yaesu QuadBander FT-8900R Transceiver with a Diamond SGM911 tri-band antenna that’s attached to a Diamond K9000LRM motorized luggage mount.

I can be found driving my SUV equipped with APRS. The unit I use is the Byonics Micro-Trak RTG (Ready To Go). Done for now!

13.8v Eagle 10amp power supply from G4KKI
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:37:48 GMT
A few days ago i was given an Eagle P008D 13.8v 10 amp power supply. It showed 13.8v with no load but with a small load it gave 0v. A quick look revealed that for some reason the 2n3055 power transistors had both gone. I had a tube full of 2n3055's i must have bought 10 years ago so replaced them with two of these and the PSU is working nicely again. I new that one day those 2n3055's i picked up at a radio rally would come in useful. :-)

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 15:10:14 GMT
last summer i had to take my car in for a service so had a few hours to kill while waiting. So i took the ft817 and my homemade miracle whip with me and found a quiet spot in the local country park. I was not expecting much from the miracle whip but i was pleasantly surprised. I had about 10 qso's with it on 30,20,17 10 and 6 mtrs. All cw with 5 watts out. I took a nicad pack 12v, 4amp as a power supply. The miracle whip as i said was homemade and i used a 10mtr long counterpoise just thrown on the ground. No real dx worked, but thats no surprise but i did work into Spain, Italy and Sweden and signal reports were around the 579 mark. I also had a couple of two way qrp qso's on 30mtrs into GM, (Scotland) and had an enjoyable couple of hours. I did not expect much from the set up but was surprised by the results. Will it replace my PAC-12 or endfed wire for /P, i don't think so but to chuck in a backpack now and again when i don't want to put up something better, it will do :-) there i...

HW7 from G4KKI
Sat, 15 Jan 2011 15:14:57 GMT
After managing to repair a HW7 for a friend G0GGK, i tried it out on 40 and worked a few stations in the HA test today. F6CEL and HA8RM.I don't know what the previous owner had done to it before he sold it to Dave but it was totally dead! I found that a zenor was short circuit and the RF choke that was in circuit with it must have glowed white hot because the pcb under it was black with carbon. A couple of resistors had also burnt. After replacing the zenor and resistors it started to receive ok but on tx it would take off and was just not useable. I tried different things to stabalise it with no success. In the end i made a homemade choke and tacked it to the back of the board and it gave a stable output on 40/20, also stable on 15 but very low output. I think the burnt pcb, which is really burnt! is the problem. It measures 200k across the burnt section. If it was mine i think i would remove the final output stage and add some switched low pass filters and do away with the variable ...

ANTENNA analyser from G4KKI
Fri, 14 Jan 2011 16:39:25 GMT
I recently bought a simple antenna analyser, I needed one but could not afford the mfj type. This one made by Andre does just what i required, he has all the details on his website to enable you to make one but he also has a few for sale. I made one myself and it works well but i asked Andre if he still had one left for sale and so i also bought one. Mainly because his was only half the soxze of the one i made! so it packs nicely in my backpack if i decide to take it with me to help set up an antenna in the field.

NEW Blog from G4KKI
Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:22:34 GMT
Just joined My Ham so am looking forward to writing a blog. I hope to show some of my interests and share some of my ham radio activities.

First Amp from K1NWB
Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:56:19 GMT
Just added a Yaesu FL7000 amp with mods/updates by Bill, N4ATS (check his website for Yaesu FL7000 info) This amp is really awesome for a low power (600w)unit, I can get 400-500w out with only 15-20w in from my Kenwood TS-830S

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 04:49:21 GMT
Copy and paste this URL in your browser window: Very 73 de Cliff KU4GW in Taylorsville, North Carolina Grid Square EM95iv

starting from N0MHO
Sat, 08 Jan 2011 13:30:33 GMT
This is the first entry in the N0MHO blog

Up Until Now... from AG4YO
Sat, 08 Jan 2011 11:40:03 GMT
There's an old joke about an order of monks who observe complete silence all their lives. The only exception is once a year, at a dinner, they can speak whatever is on their mind. Every year they all speak except Father Fred. For 20+ years when it was his turn, he shook his head as having nothing to say. Finally on the 25th year he spoke. "The food is lousy!", he said. Everyone was flabbergasted. The head Brother asked "Father Fred, you have remained silent for 25 years and your first words are criticism?", Father Fred responded, "Up until now everything was ok." Like Father Fred, Hams don't say much about the politics of ham radio. People are elected to clubs and national organizations and effect change without much of an actual mandate. Hams are prone to complain after the fact about change when a little effort up front could have prevented it. I also observe that we're talkers by nature, full of ideas for amateur radio but generally short on action. Much of this is due ...

Hamshack Closet Started from N9QGS
Sat, 08 Jan 2011 11:33:00 GMT
Today got the desk portion of the ham shack closet officially started this weekend, and the desk has been built painted and installed into the closet. One of the major things I would like to complete today but time is difficult today is the access for the coax from the attic into the closet, I want to put it in such a way its through PVC and mounted in a way that the hole created in the closet is clean and wont break as cables are pulled in the future during expansion of radio equipment.

Connections from N0VF
Sat, 08 Jan 2011 09:59:33 GMT
I'm open for invites if anyone would like to add me as a connection... 73, Mike, N0VF, Broomfield, CO

Isolation is the Key from AI6F
Thu, 06 Jan 2011 05:59:23 GMT
In an earlier post I mentioned putting a new alternator in my shack (truck). The new alternator has everything built in and requires only one cable to the battery, no ignition wire for the field. In order to make this work there needs to be a bit of voltage back from the alternator to the battery. This is all good except for the battery isolator that isolates the two batteries thus not allowing any voltage back to the alternator and in turn not creating the all important field. So as a quick fix I bypassed one side of the isolator. Now, by bypassing one side I still have "protection" to one battery but not the other and sure enough the protected battery went flat taking the unprotected one with it. Conveniently enough, when the mast was removed to put on the satellite dish they left a lot of the electrical components in the truck just disconnected. There are two solenoids up front right by one of the batteries. I was able to use one to set up mechanical isolation of the two batteries...

160 Meter Full Wave Loop Antenna from KJ4RNV
Tue, 04 Jan 2011 08:13:01 GMT
Hi all... I am currently in the planning stages of putting up a 160 meter full wave loop antenna. I plan to acquire a good and affordable tuner to use across the bands. Any input would be appreciated. I will post an Arial photograph later to show shape and height. I guess I need to post this as a project, but wanted to blog it around a few. Also, I was planning to test for my General this week, but due to the passing of my Father-In-Law and my wife having complications from surgery I will have to postpone the test.


I have added the arial photo to my site.

Sun, 02 Jan 2011 17:42:02 GMT
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hf from KJ4NNB
Sat, 01 Jan 2011 11:31:07 GMT
Looking to get into HF soon.

Are you on 4m?? from EI4DIB
Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:06:58 GMT
As the title says are you on 4m ? I have been on/off active on the 4m band since it was given to me back in the 90's. It is a band which depending on the area of the country you live can be active or completely dead. Over here in Drogheda,Co Louth 4m is beginning to make a come back. For 4m I use a PMR rig an Ascom SE550 running 25 watts,a Simoco PRM80 and a Yaesu FT-847 Running 15watts to a vertical Antenna at 30 feet. Unfortunately there are not many commercial rigs made for this band. The only rigs at the moment are the FT-847 and the AKD 4001.. There is a local Net on most evenings and the frequency is 70.400 fm. Most amateurs tend to use 12.5 khz spacing but sometimes older kit is used with only 25khz spacing. My best DX so far on 4m fm is Cumbria in England 4m is an up and coming band as more and more countries are being granted the frequency. 4m is like 2m simplex but seems to travel better and seems not to be affected with buildings and local Terain. So take a listen on 70.400 ...

Webcam on Winter Snowstorm in NC, today... from WB4IUY
Sun, 26 Dec 2010 07:22:58 GMT
I've got a cheap webcam looking at the snowstorm in NC today. The birds are really hitting the feeders hard. Gonna go clean the snow off, then experiment with a better cam. Dave WB4IUY

My Blog from KA9PAW
Sun, 26 Dec 2010 07:11:02 GMT
My first experience with radio communications was in 1964 with an Allied Radio, Knight Kit C-100 walkie-talkie kit that I put together with my trusty Weller soldering iron and began to try and make contacts around the neighborhood with others that also had walkie talkies or CB radios. Being only 100 milliwatts and only one channel, not too many QSOs were made. I then graduated to a used Lafayette HE-20a (8 channel) crystal controlled 5 watt CB radio with a Super Magnum antenna on the roof that I operated as KPK-8133 for a few years. I had a great time with that radio meeting lots of guys and girls in the surrounding neighborhoods, and talking well into the night and sometimes into the early morning till dawn. I remained on CB until about 1968 as other interests evolved. (girls and cars) In 1982 I found a Knight R-100a receiver for sale listed in the local paper, that receiver piqued my interest in radio again and I then became an amateur novice in 1983 at the age of 33. M...

YouTube from N4WXI
Sat, 25 Dec 2010 01:16:15 GMT
Check out my shack video @
The grand kids think it is cool :).

Worked Olivia 250/8 on 160 tonight... from WB4IUY
Wed, 22 Dec 2010 23:26:05 GMT
Worked the 160m Digital QSO Party again tonight. It was my first time on 160m with Olivia. I was operating 250/8, and was working one station after another...steady contacts. Lots of fun, and could work them right down into the noise...still had print on the screen when I couldn't detect the signal with my ear. Neat mode. Dave WB4IUY

160M QSO Party this week... from WB4IUY
Tue, 21 Dec 2010 20:46:16 GMT
Working the 160m QSO Party that's running thru 12/26. Check it out at See you on 160! Dave WB4IUY

Uploading pics! from KC4VPJ
Mon, 20 Dec 2010 06:47:07 GMT
I have tried to upload pics several different times with several different pics with no success in the last couple of months! I am using jpg pics that have always uploaded on other sites OK. Every try, I get the message back:

"This is not a valid image. We allow only .GIF and .JPG files Caption or description for file (Required - must be unique) 6MB file maximum".

All the pics are 1 meg +or- and are all jpegs!

I have sent message to "contact us" twice with no response to email address! I am wishing to upload many pics but need help with this problem. Has anyone else encountered this situation and if so, what was the cure?

If preferred, I can be contacted at also!

Thanks to any help with this issue!


How about christmas? from WS7SAINT
Sat, 18 Dec 2010 05:29:37 GMT
If some of you have not given a thought about what you are going to do this christmas i would like to offer a suggestion to you apart from the roasted turkeys and quiet dinners you all to go to for this christmas remember that there be some who would like to enjoy christmas with you but who have needs and cant enjoy so dont hesistate this christmas to donate to the british heart foundation
I am running a project on this
visit my online shopping complex Towners shopping to make a donation

william saint

To Live Dangerously-William Saint from WS7SAINT
Fri, 17 Dec 2010 11:24:12 GMT
I would say is to 'abuse' yourselves Or not to plan for your future Or Not make effort to develop relationships any relationships

My work area from KB7QAG
Wed, 08 Dec 2010 19:48:24 GMT
I have icom ic-706MK2G,Radio shack pro-2055 scanner,timewave DSP-9+ audeo filter,
westmtn rigblaster plug &amp; play,Z11 auto
tuner,,AEA morseMachine,MFJ voice keyer
swr &amp; power meter and high gain dualband 2/70 antenna in attic also dipole for 6 mtr
in work area in closet and gain antenna
for v/uhf receive and yaesu FT60 HT

SKYWARN ONLINE is in need of some minor help from WA1EMT
Tue, 07 Dec 2010 08:06:58 GMT If you could donate a few moments, please look at the webpage above. All they need is a few people to monitor and post when a new skywarn class is listed. Thanks.

Parks On The Air (POTA) from KB3KOW
Mon, 06 Dec 2010 06:38:01 GMT
I recently joined the POTA group and have volunteered to act as the point of contact for anyone wishing to activate a Maryland State or National park.

The Hustler Antenna from AI6F
Mon, 06 Dec 2010 06:18:23 GMT
OK, so I have heard of a thing that you can attach to a Hustler HF antenna that will allow you to mount three radiators in different bands at once. I was poking around HRO and I found the little kit bit that allows this to be done so I bought it for under $10 and put it on the Hustler on the truck. I put up the radiators for 20m 40m and 75m and then ran the analyser over it and surprising enough it seems to work OK in all three bands. There is a slight bit of tuning that will need to be done to get them to be more in the centre of the band/s but it seems to work. The downside is that with the three radiators bolted to this thing driving around with it is a bit out of the question and it is a bit hard to get in the truck for "stowage" when on the road. Not to mention it looks pretty weird on top of the truck (The neighbours already think I'm nuts). The up side is I can switch bands without getting out of the truck. At the moment, I have all the bits except for the mount to put up a seco...

CQww from N3VBJ
Sat, 27 Nov 2010 17:00:08 GMT
Currently working 80&40 Meters in the CQ world wide CW contest

ZL8X, Kermadec Island from 4F2KWT
Sat, 27 Nov 2010 14:44:34 GMT
In the race to get more contacts with ZL8X I have come upon a major stumbling block---I have never before had a SSB QSO on 160M! So, stuck with 20 contacts (10-160M CW plus SSB and RTTY on other bands), my next hunt will be to go the other way around and hope for an opening on 6M. For three days now I have listened and even called but the Magic Band seems to be quiet. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

ROLDX DXCluster Node, Rolseville NC from WB4IUY
Fri, 26 Nov 2010 13:59:08 GMT
I've made a couple of changes to the node, so it can now be reached via the W4RAL-7 packet node on 147.54, if you wish to connect to the DXCluster via packet radio. Connect to W4RAL-7 on 147.54 in Zebulon. Type: C W4RAL-7 Next, connect to W4RAL-5 by typing: C W4RAL-5 That is a multiport node near Roleaville. Once connected, type: C 4 ROLDX VIA WB4IUY-3 That will connect you to the ROLDX DXCluster node on my home tower. Give it a minute to send everything to you before you proceed. You should get a message back that looks like this: ROLDX:WB4IUY} DX Connect Bye Info Nodes Routes Ports Users MHeard You're there! Type DX and hit enter. If you've never connected, it'll ask you a few basic questions (your name, location, and such). Once completed, it'll always remember you and you'll see the DX Spots rolling through. The DXCluster node ROLDX has been operating on my home tower about 4 years. Users within range of my station can connect directly to it by switching directly to 145...

Anderson Powerpoles in the shack from G0HWC
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 22:18:57 GMT
Hi, I have put a new page up with details photos and video on Anderson Powerpoles. See it HERE: Paul G0HWC Live video from my truck

SDR Conversion from K3ROJ
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 04:16:52 GMT
I presently use a Flex Radio 5000A and a Flex 1500 SDR radios but my other transceivers are never used. We did purchase rack panel coversions off of E-Bay which do look nice with the IC756PRO, IC910H and FT847 rigs in their repective rack panel with all three in a cabinet made for that purpose which was given to me years ago by a friend.
While browsing the web, we found a site where someone found an easy way to convert the IC910H to display it's receiver on a monitor. The 910H uses I.F. stages right around 10.850 MHz which is ideal to pick off and send to an SDR receiver such as the SDR-IQ made by RF Space and available at Ham Radio Outlet for about $499. Since the raw IF signal is rather strong, it needs to be buffered and attenuated somewhat and luckily there is a company called Clifton Laboratories who sell the preassembled board and extra resistors for almost $40 to change the gain if needed in the future.
The buffer board is on it's way and will keep this enrty updated as we ...

Motorcycle stuff... from WB4IUY
Sun, 21 Nov 2010 16:13:38 GMT
Those of you into motorcycles, too... A few non-HamRadio things I've done that might interest some of you... A few of us put some bikes in a local show yesterday (11/20), and here's what happened... 1- My youngest son, Brandon, took 1st place in 'Best Custom' with his bike (Bones), He's 26 years old, works at my motorcycle company, and this was his first full build. He did it with help from me, Dave KR4TP, and another friend named Jon over about 1 year of nights and weekends. 2- Jon Earp, our custom painter, took 2nd place in 'Best Custom' and also took 'Amy's Choice' with his bike (Low Life) 3- Bryan Long (good friend) took 'Best Stock' (non-modified frame) with his bike (RawHide) You can see all of these bikes' builds online at: Next - I just finished editing, resizing, culling, organizing, etc over 500 pics from Daytona beach Biketoberfest 2010. The pics were taken with 3 different devices used by some of us, so getting everything g...

Starting this web Page from N4SRQ
Sat, 20 Nov 2010 18:01:56 GMT
Well, I set up this page and realized that I should have planned better - no pictures, nothing of interest to post. Need to give this some thought and get the camera out for a few pics. Will work on this later. 11/20/10

Happy Thanksgiving everyone from AC4MO
Sat, 20 Nov 2010 10:25:37 GMT
From My Family to your Family

have a




Awards Tracker for N3FJP's ACLog from WB4IUY
Fri, 19 Nov 2010 19:48:18 GMT
I recently asked a quection about how to extract a number of logbook entries from ACLog that were scattered throughout my log. I required a lot of hunting and packing, trying to keep a running list of what was needed, etc.

Some other hams replied with info about David Treat W5DJT's ACLog Awards Tracker. David has made some changes to Awards Tracker over the last few days to make it a snap to pull the info for the Ham Radio Nation awards, and also improved the ACLog search function to allow for better filtering of search parameters. It also searches info from your ACLog's logging database for numerous other awards, too. You can get David W5DJT's "ACLog Awards Tracker" program from his site at


Up and Running from AI6F
Thu, 18 Nov 2010 05:53:42 GMT
I'm not much of a blogger but I'll give this a try. Without going into a lot of boring back story the alternator went out in R2 (the truck came with R2 for Remote 2 on the front so we just started calling it R2). This gave me the chance to get something a but more suited than the stock 70 amp alternator. I upgraded to 130 amp and a set up that works a bit better at idle speeds.

It's been a while since my last update... from KJ4FUU
Sat, 13 Nov 2010 09:47:09 GMT
I still haven't had my TenTec Omni A restrung, and I still don't have a great antenna waiting for it. In the meantime, I've been having more luck with SSB DX using 5 watts than I ever thought possible. I've reached several states, and a handful of DX entities. I've added a few radios, too. I now have an ICOM IC-80 D-STAR dual band handheld, an old Yaesu FT212RH 2 meter mobile, an old Yaesu FT690RII 6-meter portable, and a RadioShack HTX-10 10-meter mobile (that last one cost me all of $5.00). I'm doing OK in my Morse Code practice, but still haven't had a lot of time to try and do a CW QSO. 73, -- Tom

New toy from M0GNM
Wed, 10 Nov 2010 02:51:19 GMT
Just got my FT-817ND and I'm really pleased with it so far. I tried some 2m /P on Sunday on the local common but no takers. Then I realised that the Kempton Park Rally was on so 2m would be even more sparse than usual.
I've had trouble getting on 80m with the SRC X80 but with some help from Carl GW0VSW I've got on 80m by supplementing the LDG tuner with an MFJ minituner.

MyHamShack COnnections NEEDED!! from WB4IUY
Tue, 09 Nov 2010 17:16:56 GMT
Check out my page at ... I need connections. Willing to pay $0 for them. Hope to do business soon :-)


LIVE Mobile Streaming video :-) from G0HWC
Mon, 08 Nov 2010 14:06:46 GMT
Hi all, I have updated my TruckCam and it now has streaming live video with the APRS tracking. Check it out: Paul G0HWC

Macro Hams from K2QBW
Sun, 07 Nov 2010 14:37:39 GMT
Seems like more and more hams are running macros on psk and the once great art of ragchewing is dying a slow death.

DS1085 is finally working with ATMega16 from ON3VNA
Sun, 07 Nov 2010 09:07:46 GMT
Today got it finally doing what it had to do, generating frequency as was requested. This opens new area's: - Home brew antenna analyzer. - Hoe brew SDR receiver based on the DS1085. This calls for a celebration, with a cool drink, let's call it a beer. Cheers 73 de ON3VNA

Flexradio 1500 from 4F2KWT
Sat, 06 Nov 2010 17:59:31 GMT
I finally got the Flexradio 1500 working on my desktop last night. It listens well and has lots of bells and whistles. 5 watts output but I hooked it up to the Tokyo Hy-Power HL-1.5Kfx and instant gratification-- 55 watts output! After tuning up and down several bands including 40 and 6M I have to say that it has a quiet receiver. Next step is to engage in a QSO...

New Equipment! from KQ4Y
Fri, 05 Nov 2010 18:25:04 GMT
I added an EQ Plus by W2IHY recently. I've always felt that I needed a little extra "talk power" and don't plan to add an amplifier or a big antenna right now. I worked special event station HF2010CY in Poland and Z36T in Macedonia on 40 Meters SSB after hooking it up. There was quite a pile up calling the Macedonian station but I got through on the second call!

Almost there from M0GNM
Mon, 25 Oct 2010 04:15:11 GMT
The Snowdonia Antennas vertical is now installed. I've replaced the RG58 feeders with RG213 and installed an antenna switching unit in the shack, this way I can use one feeder to supply the FT897, IC703 and FT8800.

Plus/Minus again? from 4F2KWT
Sat, 23 Oct 2010 16:33:03 GMT
What an exciting hobby we have. After PJ4 and PJ7 was replaced by PJ2, PJ4, PJ6 and PJ7 there was a storm of activity on the bands. Diving in head first I bagged what I could find and who could hear me, hi. I also modified my logbook to properly credit the 4 new entities properly. ADIF numbers are 517, 518, 519 and 520. So there, the proper contacts have been made with the new PJs. My question is, "What of my previous QSOs with stations found on Curacao, Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius and Sint Maarten? Will they be credited or just set aside?"
Well, that gives me two new ones for a total of three this year after needlessly worrying about falling out of the Honor Roll. ZS8M, Marion Island was the first all time new credit. I hope everybody is finding new exciting activities or challenges as well. Keep on Hamming!

Being an SWL from WY0MN
Thu, 21 Oct 2010 10:26:27 GMT
Haven't made any contacts lately. Just listening.
This morning I heard Ireland, Scotland and some Aussies on 15m. Heard a few folks on 17m, 12m; even one wee signal on 10m! Maybe the bands are re-opening.
Honestly I haven't heard anyone I'd WANT to speak to in quite a bit. I prefer conversation, I'm not into getting signal reports. Most folks either lie, or don't understand how it should work anyway. BoRiNg!
If anyone actually wants to talk to a geezer, I'd be smiling while we set up a sked.
Using the Comet CHA250BX, I can't pre-amp on receive. If I do, I hear folks that can't hear me @ 100w thru this antenna.
Its a great CONUS CW setup however. I've very seldom failed at a contact using that mode.
Must order more coax for the 17m rotatable dipole and for the 160m vert ground mount I'm building.
Got the mount &amp;amp; radial plate installed yesterday. Shopping for economical radial wire.
Got an catalog, shopping for a kite to loft a vertical wire. May have to g...

general info from KR0K
Sat, 16 Oct 2010 08:51:20 GMT
I have been active on 2m and 70cm sideband in the past,now 6m,plus HFing,Public service, skywarn, Ralley racing radio. My antennas at home are a HEX beam 20m up, shortened Dipole for 40 and 80. I have my RV set up for portable HF,VHF,UHF. My pickup is equiped with HF and VHF/UHF. I enjoy reading SF,woodworking,hiking, RVing, shooting sports and live by myself plus 1 Siamese cat.
My call sign was held orginally by a gentleman by the name of Earl Cottingham of Pueblo CO. He was born in 1923 In Kan., served in the Marine Corps in WW2 and later in the Korean war. He served as a Police officer in Pueblo until retirement. He became a silent key in 2001. I am proud to now have his call sign.

Introduction from KJ4VEB
Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:30:07 GMT
This is KJ4VEB signing on to his station blog at This is a rather neat web site. I intend to use blog as a blog for my station activities naturally. Right now my shack is very bare bones it consists of a WOUXUN KG-UVD1P HT, a computer (HP/Compaq CQ5320Y Dual Boot Slackware Linux\Windows 7) running EchoLink, and a bunch of random parts. Hopefully as resources and time improve it will turn into something more interesting. I am currently working out of Orlando, FL. As a new ham (just this year) I am interested in everything. And hope to try my fair share of the hobby. We will see how things develop. KJ4VEB Charles

Antenna Issues! from KB1SYV
Thu, 14 Oct 2010 21:44:20 GMT
I don't know if it's bad propagation, tuner going bad, or my new location for the antenna, but I can't seem to get out. I have an Elmer coming over next week with a SWR Bridge and other nice test equipment, that I can't afford, to hopefully find some resolution to the problem. Then I can focus on QSO's and DX!!!

What am I doing here ? from KF4VZU
Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:11:27 GMT
KF4VZU Not sure what I'm doing here.

Blind Op. Psk31 from W1BLS
Thu, 07 Oct 2010 04:37:27 GMT
Blind Op Psk31, from the N1SZH Blind Op Radio Site 2008. Has been removed from this web site.

VHF AM Work SE Pa, West NJ from N3IBX
Sun, 03 Oct 2010 15:53:45 GMT
Hello, if anyone would like to try to work me on AM on 2M or 6M, in the metropolitan Trenton, NJ area, I'd like to hear from you.

good catch on 160 m from DL20870
Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:03:57 GMT
Today - 30 SEP 2010 - on 160 m listened to LU6EEF + 4hs252 both from ARGENTINA ! I never heard LU on 160 m ! Time was daytime 1530 UT = 1730 local Time - excellent conditions today ! Thanks nice perfection of PC Radio transceiver by KELLY 5B4AIT. now waiting for qsl from op.

Space Shuttle may be saved - from K5CXO
Wed, 29 Sep 2010 10:04:27 GMT
After months of debate, a NASA spending bill is expected to appear for a vote on the House floor today (Sept. 29).

10 meters, those lovely frerquency. from EA3BLN
Fri, 24 Sep 2010 14:56:25 GMT
Every day, at 21:00 GMT in 28.723 Khz.
QSO local, with 100w power.

15M wide open. from EI7GMB
Thu, 23 Sep 2010 10:06:01 GMT
Just an short note - 15M band is wide open now. Can hear Africa and both Americas at the moment. Trying to get some CW at 21.055 now. 25 watts would be enough as usual. See you there!

Working Digital on 20m and 40m from KF5GMK
Tue, 21 Sep 2010 10:53:58 GMT
Using my FT-857 @ 100W, I have been able to reach Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Ohio, and Canada from central Texas. The antenna a portable whip antenna OPEK 400 (multiple tab coil). set inside my 2 story home. Can't wait to put it outside or on the Yukon and see how much less power I need to reach the same contacts? What is the average power one should expect to use to get to those location (about 1,000 miles)? Fritz

In Springfield, Pa from N9BAV
Sun, 19 Sep 2010 07:13:40 GMT
Sitting in Hotel in Springfield, Pa. listening to Hurricane nets on the laptop, left D-star Equip. at home, whats up with that! 73

K3JEL Ham Equipment from K3JEL
Sat, 18 Sep 2010 12:44:24 GMT

Ham Shack all Packed up from N9BAV
Fri, 17 Sep 2010 17:14:00 GMT
Moving to Fort Worth, Texas. packing up the condo little by little, but have a radio gear packed up.

web pages from HA8PX
Fri, 17 Sep 2010 04:17:27 GMT

Still livin'! from WY0MN
Fri, 17 Sep 2010 03:47:34 GMT
Wow, turned my back and been away for a year and a half!

Put about 1000mi a month on the bike (TW200) as an all-wx daily commuter. Its taken me to some remote fishing holes!

Ranch work keeps me busy too, and keeping all the vehicles maintained & repaired.

Spent last winter running a trapline & learning to icefish. The latter is something that an old southerner doesn't just take on untutored!

Gotta dash, still working on the wind farm. Gotta go climb some turbines.


About my Call Sign & QSL Card... from K9SLY
Thu, 16 Sep 2010 13:27:01 GMT
K9SLY K-9 Sylvester (Sly) I have been a police officer for 23 years. 10 of those years I spent with the best partner... Sylvester's story starts in the soviet republic of Georgia (former USSR) in 1991. After being washed out of the military he was sold to a US vendor for police service and shipped to the USA. My Department purchased him in 1992 for $2,500. Sly and I completed Police K-9 Training in April 1993. We worked midnight patrol for seven months and were the first K-9 Team, in my department, selected to be crossed-trained for criminal apprehension and narcotics detection. During our 10 years on the street we were responsible for more than 300 criminal apprehensions (some resulted in bites!) Over 1500 narcotics searches and countless misdemeanor arrests. Resulting in the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, property and drugs. Sylvester was retired from police service in April 2002 as I continued my career. Sylvester passed in January of 2003. This call si...

Vintage Rig Profile - The Drake Twins from K9SLY
Wed, 15 Sep 2010 21:25:40 GMT
Here is a little background on my first HF station. The Drake company was founded in 1943 by Robert L. Drake in Ohio and manufactured low pass and high pass filters for government and amateur radio service. After World War II, Drake began producing amateur radio gear. Many Drake receivers, transmitters, and transceivers manufactured from the 1950s through the 1970s are still in active use today by collectors of vintage amateur radio equipment. The R.L. Drake Company produced the R4B as a refinement of their previous popular R4 and R4A models. The R4B covers: &#160;3.5-4, 7-7.5, 14-14.5, 21-21.5 and 28.5-29 MHz plus ten additional 500 kHz crystal positions (with optional crystals). Modes of reception include:&#160; SSB, CW and AM. The dial accuracy is and impressive &#177;1 kHz. Features include: PBT, Line out, Crystal Calibrator (25 kHz), RF Gain, Mute Jack, Speaker Jack, Anti-Vox Jack and Dial Lamp. This radio requires an external speaker. The R-4B will transceive with the T-4XB ...

53.45 and 145.41 from NQ4Y
Sat, 11 Sep 2010 17:20:52 GMT
The 53.45 and 145.41 repeaters are simulcasting. Give them a try.

Got my Extra! from KE0NA
Thu, 09 Sep 2010 14:34:24 GMT
After two months of study, and showing up at all the club social get-togethers with my study materials. I went for the Extra exam last night and passed it. The W5YI study book and voice CD's were very helpful along with my ham buddy Artie WB0JMG, who has a degree in EE and was able to explain (over explain, hi hi) many of the finer points. Now the guys will stop telling me to "Take the darn test, won't you!". When I told the head VE examiner, "Well that is the last test I have to take" he said no, one more, take the VE exam and join us on our VE team. You know, I think I will. 73 de Dave, KE0NA

20 Meter Activity from KG0MN
Sun, 05 Sep 2010 15:12:28 GMT
I have just finished my lasted project which has been to rework one of the three Drake TR4 transceivers I own. The radio has now been re-capped, re-tubed and the power supply re-built with the power supply kit from the Heathkit Store.

Immediately after putting the rig on the desk I tuned to 20-meters and noticed the band was open to Europe and the Central American, in a matter of 15 minutes I had worked a station in Solvenia, Cuba and Spain all with 59 signal using the TR4 and a Mosley TA-33 at 40'. I have noticed sun spot numbers have been in the mid 50's which is very good but the band conditions are spotty at best. I look forward to the change of season as we swing into fall and winter as we can expect radio conditions to change along with them.

If the forecasts are true, us poor people in the Northern part of the US are in for a cold and long winter which would make since we have had a record high temps for the summer months and it will go down in the books as the warmes...

Vintage Rig Profile- Hallicrafters SX-43 from K9SLY
Wed, 01 Sep 2010 08:50:56 GMT
Hallicrafters SX-43 Receiver Introduced in 1947 at a price of $169.50 this unit was advertised as being built in the “Hallicrafters Classic Tradition”. To Give Amateurs “More Value” and “Greater Performance on AM, FM & CW”. Some sixty years later I added this unit to my shack just to have a piece of Hallicrafters history. I love the green glow the lights of the SX-43 gives off. The Bandspread for the SX-43 is calibrated for the 80, 40, 20, and 10 meter ham bands. AM broadcast and shortwave coverage is continuous from 540 KHz to 44 MHz in four bands. A separate bandswitch setting for the 20 meter ham band is provided covering only 14 to 14.3 MHz. Both AM and FM are covered from 44 to 55 MHZ. The SX-43 covers the 86 to 109 MHz for band FM only. The FM broadcast band uses an IF of 10.7 MHz, and the shortwave and AM broadcast bands use an IF of 455 KHz. It is dual conversion for AM in the 44-55 MHz band which includes the 6 meter band. The second conversion to the lower IF improves selec...

My First HF Radio & Shack from K9SLY
Tue, 31 Aug 2010 06:39:45 GMT
Unlike most hams I didnt get my license unit I was in my thirties. While I had grown up with citizen band radio, back when you needed a license, I never got interested in amateur radio until 9/11. I got my tech license and joined a local club to assist with emergency communications in my community. Shortly after I got my general ticket I received my first HF radio and antenna from a club member. I put the antenna together in the back yard and by the time my wife got home, I had the cables run inside &amp; the radio set up on the dining room table. I hooked everything up and after a few minutes the Drake R4-B came to life, glowing and buzzing it was wonderful! As I tuned the band it made a cool whistling sound that sent the dog running for cover. When it came time for dinner we 'adjusted' to allow our new guest the place of honor at the head of the table. Later that evening I was reminded that we would have to find a “more permanent location” for my “new hobby”. An upstairs bedroom is ...

K3JEL Equipment from K3JEL
Mon, 30 Aug 2010 12:29:37 GMT

Sharpen your Skills thru Contesting from K9SLY
Fri, 27 Aug 2010 06:37:26 GMT
When I started in amateur radio one of the things that interested me was contesting. The first time I tuned in and heard a station calling CQ CQ Contest, I listened to the pile up of operators trying to get there call sign heard so the contester would acknowledge his call above all others. Then the exchange that took place was swift and graceful. I continued to listen for the next twenty minutes to this operator work stations, sorting out calls and directing traffic on the frequency like a traffic cop. He would take call signs give signal reports and swap ID numbers and he never missed a beat. I soon realized if the time ever came when as a RACES member I had to handle a pile up or a directed net I would need to be as cool and methodical as he was especially if I was involved in a major incident. I began to follow the schedule for contests and I would work a few stations, getting the exchange down, fill out the log and send them in to the club sponsoring the event. I enjoyed maki...

Robert F Tayne from KA2HMR
Fri, 27 Aug 2010 05:43:27 GMT
Robert F Tayne

Plus/Minus from 4F2KWT
Thu, 26 Aug 2010 03:33:12 GMT
In the August QST I learned that Malyv Vysotskij Island will be deleted from the DXCC list soon. That was shocking for me because I just joined the Honor Roll early this year after confirming 329 Countries/Entities. That would leave me with 328, what then? Removal from the roll! It is a good thing that ZS8M is active and so I have worked Pierre on 20 and 17M SSB. Minus 1 plus 1, back to 329 then after I get confirmation of the "All Time New One".

Another vertical from N0TTN
Tue, 24 Aug 2010 20:16:14 GMT
Me and the boy setup another vertical today. We set up a shakespear Big Stick. I plan on using it for HF for a while until I can get a Comet CHA-250B. I'll let everyone know how it turns out.

73's N0TTN

Building the shack from N0TTN
Mon, 23 Aug 2010 21:06:03 GMT
After living here for 4 years+.... I have decided to clean of a space and start setting up the shack. The kids are finally old enough to start getting involved. My son and I setup our 6M/2M/70cm vertical Comet GP-15 the other day. I have it hooked up to my 5w Yaesu VX-170 until I can get my new HF rig or 2M/70cm mobile rig in the shack. I have my laptop setup running APRS, sattelite tracking software, and ECHOLINK. The Kenwood TH-78A is just a standby radio. I bought the Kenwood over 17 years ago. One of the battery packs is dead. One of these days I will need to replace the batterry packs. Pictures should be up in the next day or two.

73's N0TTN

technology advancement from KI4NUU
Mon, 23 Aug 2010 19:13:59 GMT
When I was in college at univ. of fl. in 1971 I carried a slide rule with me(anyone remember those?),today I just bought my 16 yr old daughter a TI graphing calculator for $129 that does everything but the kitchen sink,I wonder what our grandkids will experience as they get older?Although I participate in echolink and psk-31 and rtty I still have as my first passion good plain old conversations on ham radio phone bands.Even flying single engine planes has changed so much from the old "steam gauges(aneroid and vacuum and electric powered dials)" to the all glass cockpit I am training on now(2 large tv like monitors),will our grandkids be usiong anti-matter powered space vehicles(hi hi),73, frank

height of dipole from KI4NUU
Sun, 22 Aug 2010 17:25:41 GMT
I always thought I would have to go to the expense of having to get expensive masts to put my 135 foot dipole up hight to get decent contacts,but suprisingly I tried only 10 feet high,one end tied to a bamboo shoot at front of house and the other to a fiberglass mast I bought.I have been receiving good contacts as far as moscow from my qth in southeast florida.When the ground is wet from rain or a windy day I seem to be getting around 2 more s units.Interested in others with low antennae experiences.

Back up and running from N4URW
Fri, 20 Aug 2010 11:05:51 GMT
Station back up and running. Yaesu FT-847 All Mode HF/VHF/UHF transceiver. Antenna is a A3S up about 40 feet with a duel band VHF/UHF above that. Also run a Yaesu FT-1802 and a Icom 271H. Looking for a good 800 to 1000 watt amp to add to my collection. Hope to see you on the air. (N4URW)

Still not there from M0GNM
Thu, 19 Aug 2010 04:18:57 GMT
Still haven't got a permanent antenna set-up. I've got a 2 metre halo for vhf usb which seems to work quite well, so I'll probably put that in the loft along with the dual band vertical for local/repeater FM.

The portable HF antennas work well for psk - my main interest, but I want something a bit more permanent, I'm going to try a vertical from Snowdonia Antennas, which looks a lot less obvious than the Hustler. There's a spot in the garden where I can partly hid it behind two trees.

why do all my toys cost so much? from K8YS
Wed, 18 Aug 2010 18:50:03 GMT
oh man, went to go buy a new pistol... DAMN!

dead bands? from K8YS
Wed, 18 Aug 2010 18:48:11 GMT
wow, what has happened to the V/UHF bands? DEAD DEAD DEAD... even the HF bands were crappy. Found some guys in Michigan on 7258, sounded like locals. The were kinda surprised that I was mobile.

My HF Station. from KF7DMY
Mon, 16 Aug 2010 20:16:29 GMT
My ham shack is located in the backroom of the house we are living. Due to present economic situation we are forced to leave the city of Reno Nevada and moved to Vancouver Washington.
I have been struggling to put up a station where I can enjoy DXing and contesting. September 2009 until March 2010 I was operating with my mobile setup using my beloved TS-130S and a couple of Hustler resonators. I was able to get out and made QSOs just like everyone else who owned vertical antennas. These include those frustrating times when I have to struggle for hours to get myself heard on a pile up.
I must admit that there were times DXing was easy because everyone else were so involved with ragchewing. For instance, Novermber 24 2009 I was at PDX airport parking lot and I heard JV1A calling CQ DX on 20 meters. He was about 57 and I responded. He came right back with my callsign and a 59 report. I was jumping in excitement to hear Mongolia for the first time. It was a short contact and he went on c...

Sun, 15 Aug 2010 16:03:14 GMT

first time blogger from KC9SLF
Thu, 12 Aug 2010 10:07:37 GMT
This is my 1st attempt at this blogging stuff. If I go off base with my remarks,let me know about it
I'm a conservative who is very worried and concerned about the direction our country is heading.
I'd like to hear from others who think along the same lines.

ISS Contact JUly 20th 2010 from VE7DAO
Wed, 04 Aug 2010 12:35:42 GMT
I am so excited to announce that I was able to finally make contact with the International Space Station after 20 years of trying. I spoke with Col. Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC as NA1ISS on the ISS while traveling in the car downtown on two successful concurrent orbits. What fun and so amazing. It was an exhilarating experience. Those with scanners may like to listen to 145.800 Mhz for communications coming down from the ISS. If you are looking for pass times in your area you can use the online prediction website There is a very good chance you will have the same opportunity as I did. Malcolm Scrimger, VE7DAO

Activation of Castle Kirk by the Galway VHF Group from EI5DD
Tue, 03 Aug 2010 15:39:29 GMT
Castle Kirk or Hen’s Castle is situated on a very small Island located between Doon and Maam in an area of Lough Corrib that is free of Islands. This Norman keep, placed in the direction of the cardinal compass points, was built early in the 12th Century by the sons of Roderick O'Connor, last High-King of Ireland, aided by their then ally, William Fitz-Adelm, the first de Burgo. This castle which occupies almost the entire island had a troubled history, being stormed and besieged many times, not the least of which was the celebrated occasion when Grainne Mhaol (Grace O'Malley) personally defended it. It continued to be occupied as a castle until it finally succumbed to the Cromwellian soldiers in 1654. The Island is approximately half a mile from the shores although a 3 mile boat journey from the pier next to Keane’s in Maam. The CASHOTA designator for Castle Kirk is EI-005 C, the WAI square is L95 Galway and the locator is IO-53-FL. Galway VHF Group members, Gerry, EI8DRB, Enda, EI3...

field day 2010 from W3NRL
Tue, 03 Aug 2010 06:45:48 GMT
This time we went further south in New Jersey, we went to the Pine Barron's with a great group that we hang on 10 meters everyday. we set up a tent with plenty of tables lot of antennas we worked 40, 20, 10, and host of other band ( hf) i did 40 meters with a good friend w3bt Julian Enoch ks3x ran 10 meters with Dave and 20 meters was ran by Art and Clint, we all took turns with the bands. Steve kb3org was our chef and he filled our stomachs and set up the field day antennas as well. we had great team work!!! another successful field day

field day 2009 from W3NRL
Tue, 03 Aug 2010 06:37:43 GMT
Field day 2009 was a blast this time we went to a small town in New Jersey we set up about 4pm ( we were late cause my son had a party we attended ) but anyway things went smooth and the contacts start pouring in we did all bands ( hf ) and also did digital modes this year had a blast cant wait till 2010 field day

Tue, 03 Aug 2010 01:10:15 GMT

Some CW contacts made over last few days from EI7GMB
Mon, 02 Aug 2010 15:02:58 GMT
Just hooked up some long wire. It is a bold word to describe it as an LW antenna - about 30 meters of enameled copper wire out of an ignition coil. It is just overhead of local playground so it would end its life within few days and kids around, but for the time begin I was able to work out some CW at 80 and 40 meters with a massive power up to 15W PEP. I find that as much as 5W was pretty comfortable and safe to work with. Specially when got burned my thumb by the CW key while keying about 25 watts.....

Well, can't go QRO anyways, cause at the other end there is just a wooden pencil as an antenna pole stuck at the brick wall, and a piece of paper tubing acting as an insulator between wire, wall and rig. Very amateur and very experimental station indeed.

Tower back up from N0VF
Sun, 01 Aug 2010 07:26:22 GMT
Tower back up but at 32ft instead of 50. That's how it goes when you put too much on top in a high wind area. 32 if fine. Also moved the shack upstairs to one of the spare bed rooms. Now I have a quiet retreat away from the TV and cell phone chatter to relax and play radio, read, tinker or what ever. I also dismantled the bicycle mobile but I'm wanting to do another on a three wheeler of some sort.

"Google for the Amateur Radio Operator" from NY8T
Sat, 31 Jul 2010 05:18:05 GMT
Please share this with you clubs. The Drake Radio Group is sponsoring a free class "Google for the Amateur Radio Operator" This class is designed to as a boot camp and for the attendee to follow along. See it today, use it today type of class covering the use of Google free applications as a radio operator. We will discuss online identity, email, mail groups, calendaring, mapping, etc. as it applies to the radio operator. Class size is limited to 20 + class support people so Register asap by sending email to Where: Class will be held at the City of Springboro Community Room 320 West Central Avenue Springboro, Ohio 45066 Free parking and restrooms are available. This is a different location then the "Ham Radio Deluxe fundamentals" class was held. When: Saturday October 9th, 2010 0830-1700 (0830am to 5pm) Prerequisites: Laptop with Wifi, bring your charger. Laptop does not have to be Windows. Should have anti virus current with in a week. Should have computer ...

Remembering Heathkits from KA5MQN
Thu, 29 Jul 2010 16:41:10 GMT
I'm not sure how Heathkits are regarded these days, but I'll always have a great fondness for them. I started with the SB400 and SB401. The transmitter never did work, so I took it all apart and carefully put it all back. It just wouldn't transmit and I think one of the oscillating crystals has gone bad. At least the receiver is working great!

OM9ACA Slovakia 2010 from NZ5N
Thu, 29 Jul 2010 16:32:22 GMT
Just returned from my annual summer trip to my European QTH in Bratislava, Slovakia. OM9ACA was QRV from June 3 - July 27, 2010, with a record 648 contacts on bands from 40m to 70cm. Highlights of this year's trip included EME and meteor scatter contacts on 2 meters, trans-Atlantic satellite contacts on AO-7 and HO-68, and my first contacts ever on the 4 meter band (70 mhz). Equipment: Yaesu FT-847 transceiver, Drake L-7 HF amp, homebrew GS-35b amp for 2m, SP7GXP 40m-10m vertical antenna, 5 element ECO 6 meter yagi, homebrew 3 element 4 meter yagi, 10 element DK7ZB 2 meter yagi, 8 element DK7ZB 70cm yagi. The radio highlight of the trip was my EME single antenna "miracle week." Here in Florida, I've been on single antenna (2M9SSB) 2 meter EME now for a couple years with only moderate success, have about 60 contacts, running about 500 watts and a mast-mounted preamp, manual elevation rotation. With the exception of a few super stations, most of my contacts have been quite difficu...

Bits and Pieces from ZL4QD
Mon, 26 Jul 2010 17:57:48 GMT
My QRP portable setup is almost ready for its first outing. I have finished an 80M dipole which is resonant at the bottom end of the band and can cover the higher end with a home brew tuner with a switched inductance and tuning capacitor connected in series. Once I get the checks out of the way I intend folding the legs of the dipole back to see if I can get the antenna resonant on 40M as well so with a minimum of effort I can switch between bands. The rig is my FT-817 and will be powered by a gel-cell.

Equipment update from ZL4QD
Wed, 21 Jul 2010 20:57:08 GMT
Further to my equipment listed in my profile, I also have some other Ham equipment which is faulty and in the "I'll fix it one day" category.
A Kenwood TS-690s which has Gen coverage Rx option fitted and gets used as a backup Rx (it doesn't transmit), a Yaesu FT-107 which also doesn't transmit and a Ten Tec Triton 1 which has a receiver fault.
I have been spending quite a bit of time experimenting with Loop antennas including two made from multiconductor flat grey computer cable which cover the NDB frequencies and also the MW Am band.
One day when I retire maybe all the fixit jobs will get done.

Hi from New Zealand from ZL4QD
Sun, 18 Jul 2010 22:58:57 GMT
I have only just discovered this site and am most impressed. An news item in Practical Wireless had the URL so here I am. My shack is really the corner of the lounge at my home in Dunedin, New Zealand which for those not familiar with our geography is in the south-east of the South Island of NZ. Antennas are another interest of mine and at present the amateur station is connected to an 80M dipole and my SWL is done with a homebrew EWE antenna. I also have a variety of loops (shielded, single wire and multi wire which are in a permanent experimental state) which mainly are used for NDB (Non Directional Beacon) listening.

Shack Cam from G0HWC
Sun, 18 Jul 2010 03:14:53 GMT
Well as the shack is just about finished I have got the shack cam working again after being off for a year. I will be leaving it on all the time if it don't crash :-) you can see it here: And when I am out and about in my work truck monday to friday I also have the Truck Cam with APRS tracking here: Paul G0HWC

Contemplating... from N6QDY
Sat, 17 Jul 2010 10:55:35 GMT
Should I align, program, test, troubleshoot another radio or just kick back?

Despondent Sagacity from KA5MQN
Sat, 17 Jul 2010 07:48:30 GMT

A determinate universe kind of makes me sad. I guess my sense of reality is the only one I know and I hate to think it's locked into cosmic software.

Some belive that reality is a kind of bubble. It is only our human convention that prevent this bubble from collapsing. (eg. Koan of the tree falling in the woods) If you think in terms of thought bubbles, the finite universe is obligatory to our existence. Anything outside that bubble, is yet to be defined. Beyond our respective bubbles is a blank, no point "a" or point "b," no objects to measure, no heavy stones to lift. I agree that this kind of no-place is probably incomprehensible and maybe an invalid inquiry. My point of investigation is just on the edge of that divide, just a thought experiment to the furthest crest of the big bang explosion, a showdown of our reality confronting this no-place.

If the Cage Is Large Enough Are We Free? from KA5MQN
Sat, 17 Jul 2010 07:47:03 GMT

I was recently contemplating limitations. What a profound concept! According to my limited understanding of the Big Bang Theory, the universe sprang from an infinitely singular point and is still expanding. Wouldn't this imply a finite universe with boundaries. Past these boundaries is literally, "nothing." There is no space, there is no time, just "nothing." Its a kind of cage that holds in all the logic, all the equations, all our sense of reality. If we theoretically travelled to the very edge of that boundary, what would we see? Could we touch it? Would reality break down by just going near it? See what a cage I've built for myself? I used to feel free, but I'm not so sure anymore.

New Shack just about done from G0HWC
Thu, 15 Jul 2010 11:20:23 GMT
Hi all, Well after many many hours converting my garage my new shack is just about done. Just the bitty bits to do now. You can see all the latest photos and the older step by step ones here: Paul G0HWC

New QTH from M0GNM
Wed, 14 Jul 2010 02:37:59 GMT
I moved QTH on 12th May, so the old station had to be packed up along with the Hustler 6BTV for HF anf the dual band Yagi for 2m/70cm.

Getting the house (and garden!) in order has taken almost all of my free time since then so I haven't got the new station really going yet. I din't think there's much chance of getting away with the vertical at the new QTH, I'll have to use a bit more "stealth".

I'm trying out two portable HF antennas at the moment, the I-Pro Traveller and the Superantenna's MP-1.

Got the Li ion battery packs for the FT-897 so I can operate /P.

Just across the road from the house is Riddlesdown - one of the areas of common land in Greater London, bought up by the Corporation of London to keep them free of building development in the 19th century. It looks a good bet for /P working not too far from home :0))

Contests from G0FXL
Sat, 10 Jul 2010 07:59:11 GMT
Don't like contests, they should be banned.

Update 7-4-10 from KC2PLJ
Sun, 04 Jul 2010 11:50:21 GMT
It has been a while since I have updated My Hamshack pages. A lot has happened since I last posted a blog. Some new gear has made it's way to my shack as well as some new activities.

I have recently within the last couple of months purchased a new Kenwood TS-2000 to further my weak signal VHF/UHF operating. The FT-857D has made its way back to my shack also. I am really enjoying my Yaesu FT-950 and have made some nice contacts on 80-6 meters.

I also aqcuired a new 222 Mhz transverter by Elecraft and have been using this for my Rover limited set-up in the Big three as well as the spring / fall VHF sprints.

I will be posting some pictures soon.

73 de Mike KC2PLJ

Six Meters opening from KA9FON
Sun, 04 Jul 2010 06:18:50 GMT
Six Meters was open with strong signals on Thursday, July 1-3. Just in time for debut of my relocated G5RV Jr. Made contacts on SSB and CW to 5 and 7-land with S7 to S9 reports.

Automatic Rotor with MMC2120MG chip from ON3VNA
Sun, 04 Jul 2010 04:58:57 GMT
After Murphy 's hit on my digital compass some brainstorming was done. I have a 125 € rotor with 3 wires old fashion HI, but we could make it new fashion with with the usage of the compass chip. Let's add a keyboard for entering the bearing , add an ATMega16 as controller with RS-232 interface to the rotor controller program of HRD (Ham Radio Deluxe), add a rotary encoder for those who prefer to turn knobs i.s.o. using the keypad add a 6 digit 7- segment display (Recovery from a never finished project from elektor) showing the current bearing and the bearing where to go to. Basic diagram has been drawn, now to find time to make it in detail. Let's first check if we can get the communication up and running between the ATMega16 and the MMC2120MG chip, because the data sheets of this chip are very mystic. If we can get this working we can continue with the other parts of the automatic rotor. To be continued.

Neighborhood HamWatch from K7RFH
Sat, 03 Jul 2010 15:07:27 GMT
In the June 2010 (page 77) issue of QST, Norm Lauterette, WA4HYJ wrote a piece on a growing aspect of Amateur Radio known as the Neighborhood HamWatch. Much like the old Neighborhood Watch elicited neighbors to help within their local areas, this concept adds the &quot;when all else fails&quot; resiliency of Amateur Radio to the mix. Norm mentioned the new program was developed in 2009 by Andy Gausz KG4QCD of the Lake Monroe Amateur Radio Society (LMARS) in Seminole County Florida. In our local CERT group the question was asked &quot;How do we communicate to official channels about our situation in the event of a major emergency?&quot; With Hams throughout the neighborhoods, this may be a possible answer to that question. A short &quot;What is Neighborhood HamWatch?&quot; sheet provided by Andy Gausz states: Neighborhood HamWatch is a voluntary program for all amateur radio operators who want to provide a helpful service to their neighbors during times of extended power outage. ...

Youthday from ZS3AAK
Sat, 03 Jul 2010 01:24:13 GMT
Had a very nice time at Kathu with the young ones.
They enjoyed it very much.As Fernaldo in the picture said:Awesome....Fernaldo is visually impaired,but is going to give the RAE a go.We had the manual translated into Braille.

QSL cards once again. from EI7GMB
Fri, 02 Jul 2010 06:58:59 GMT
Phew! Just sent the parcel (!!!) off to the QSL outwards manager a few days ago. So now by the March '10 all of the received paper cards are answered. I really appreciate your efforts guys - specially for those 50mhz contacts.

In the meantime I got a few eQSL cards for the contacts that was never made. I think that some members of the Amateur community are chancing to raise a total DXCC or whatever other scores by this way. I sadly had to reject all of the QSO's I could not find in my paper log (eQSL is not an QSL service for me, it just acts as my on-line QSO service and QSO's log backup). Some of the call signs I could not locate in my logbook at all, some were logged but QSO was not made in fact. Will not bring up any of the callsigns, but if I am not able to get the RST report , QTH LOC or at least an op NAME back then I am really sorry, it is not a QSO and such an "contact" will not be logged.

This time I did not compare paper cards with my logbook as I do believe that all o...

2010 Update from DV1VHY
Sun, 27 Jun 2010 15:08:17 GMT
With all the activities in 2009, it just went by fast. I was still in the rebuilding mode and am very proud that I was able to finally get my Extra Class License (Class A). New equipment were brought in. I was able to acquire a Kenwood TS-570 DG as well as an SB-221 Linear Amplifier and an MFJ 3 KW Differential T Tuner. Preparations are being made to get the linear on the air. In June of 2010, the 17th Grand Eyeball and PARA Convention were held. An excellent fellowship of hams was experienced by myself and many others. Before the month was over, we were able to put up the tower which we intend to use for a 3-band yagi. As always we are getting much support from many hams and civilians alike.

OOS from AD4AA
Sun, 27 Jun 2010 07:14:05 GMT
To all my friends in ham radio. Just wanted to let you know that I'm temporarily off the air. I have changed location and as of today have no antenna up, but working on it. Looks like I picked a good time to be down with the band conditions being as they are. I hope to get a vertical or some type of wire antenna up soon. Then I hope to get my hexbeam back up. Not much room so guess I will jsut see how it works out. Well you all stateside enjoy FD and to the rest of you good dxing cul.
jgb (AD4AA)

Q & A, and tech exchange Hallicrafters SR series HF gear. from WD0GOF
Thu, 24 Jun 2010 11:47:09 GMT
This blog is dedicated to technical exchange and Q&A for the Hallicrafters SR series of HF radios. This includes the, SR-150, SR-160, SR-400'S (CYCLONE, CYCLONEII AND CYCLONEIII), SR-500 and the SR-2000. I have been working on these radios since 2001 exclusively. I have some knowlege to share and am thirsty for more. I have devoted my hobby to the repair and restoration of this gear. So if you have a problem, question or answer let me know.

73's Walt, WD0GOF

What is satellite tracking? from 9W2XAN
Wed, 23 Jun 2010 21:35:07 GMT
The first artificial satellite was put in the space on October 4, 1957 by the Russians. It was named Sputnik 1, and spent 92 days in Earth orbit. Since then man has launched thousands of rockets, and put thousands of satellites in orbit. There are more than 8000 objects in orbit now, including operational, non-operational, rocket bodies, and debris. They are orbiting at an altitude from 150, up to several thousands kilometers. For more than ten years people have been able to track satellites on a computer using satellite tracking software like Orbitron.

Due to predictable conditions of satellite movement in space (lack of atmosphere) computer software can calculate a satellite's position for given moment. Calculations are done based on known orbit parameters determined at epoch. Known orbital parameters like inclination, eccentricity, argument of perigee, mean motion (revolutions per day), let us track satellite for a reasonable period of time after epoch. Orbital data for each obje...

Let the fun begin... from K8JWT
Wed, 23 Jun 2010 17:10:53 GMT
Well this is my first blog entry ever so we will have to see what happens...

Internal 100W upgrade for K3 from AB0SR
Wed, 23 Jun 2010 02:12:42 GMT
Hey, am going to install the 100w upgrade for the K3 here just in time for FD!
the 100w amp should be here on friday.
so will be spending my night putting it in the K3 s/n 4141.
If anyone knows of anything I should be looking out for while doing this,
would be nice to know what I need to look out for.
73 de AB0SR + sk sk

My website from UU5JHQ
Tue, 22 Jun 2010 02:18:51 GMT
Hello! This is my first website

Murphy hits my digital compass from ON3VNA
Mon, 21 Jun 2010 23:08:13 GMT
This weekend Murphy passed by. When checking the direction of the magnetic loop mounted on the antenna rotor, the digital compass hitted the ground and resulted in ..... of course the lcd display of the compass broken into 4 parts. This brought me up to the following idea: Let's check whats in that digital compass that has costed me 15 Euro. What if we could use this compass to mount on the antenna rotor in order to get the bearing ? What if we trow in some controller hook it up to HRD-antenna rotor software and reuse for an automated antenna controller? To be continued ...

Antenna from ZS3AAK
Sun, 20 Jun 2010 10:59:12 GMT
Been listening on 160m and must get my antenna for 160m up... very soon
Lots of activity...
Antenna up and working,cant wait for tonight to test it on 160m...

Some rigs now are gone. from EI7GMB
Sun, 20 Jun 2010 03:48:31 GMT
Just sold off my FT100D and TS850sat since funds needed to cover a new base station module. Thought of Kenwood TS2000 since its good all rounder, but still have to find out if sub band is FM only or not. Would like to get rid off as many boxes out of my desk and still be able to do 2m FM/SSB from same box, and of course get rid of MFJ ATU also. Simply tight space makes me to pick TS-2000 as the one and only rig. I am pretty happy with FT897 for digimodes and 2m FM but this little beauty is just so so when it comes to HF SSB. Not to mention an awful clicking noise coming out of relays when I would like to employ full break in CW mode. I miss my TS850 for reception quality, ehhh...

Thougth of fancy Icom IC756 or Yaesu FT-2000 but both are HF+6m rigs only, so I would still be missing of 2meters. Of course I still can hook up HT as 2m but then no digimodes or SSB will be possible. Strange, that Japanese companies still cant realize, that some guys (and gals?) will warmly welcome all mod...

A letter to MFJ from KI6POW from KI6POW
Sat, 19 Jun 2010 12:06:57 GMT
Well, I might have known. I've ordered the higher priced model. Then I thought by ordering the less expensive model without the meter would increase my chances at recieving it soon. But it's clear to me that you folks are pobabaly covering-up some facts about your rotten Chinese workmanship. I've read several reviews about some of your other items. Such as the new Versa Tuner V. I was stupid enough to purchase one of these tuners from Amature Electronic Supply in Las Vegas about one month ago. Nothing but diode problems. What is it with your company? I'll never darken your door again. God knows there are many manfactures out here and from now on I'll write my reviews about you and I'll constantly rub you noses in it. You can count on that. I guess the old Elmers were right It really is Most Famous Junk. Heres you damned Order # 2558585 Backordered. Take this backorder and use some imagination. Lord only knows you sure as hell don't use any im...

Magnetic Loop 160m-20m from ON3VNA
Tue, 15 Jun 2010 23:47:04 GMT
Finally got all parts fixed into one magnetic loop. Now adays its not so easy anymore to find variable aircapacitors, but a fellow HAM gave me one out of an old radio. Last saterday was construction afternoon: putting all the tubes together. Some of the construction fixed with tie raps because could get to the right store... XYL always find something the change your plans. The capacitor i received goes from 25pf up to 500 pf and it is a dual, so can be put parallel or in serie. I used a gamma match i.s.o. small coupling loop, because i still had some 6mm Cu tube available and it was just in the range i would need for constructing the gamma match. Up to now the magnetic loop is located in my office installed on a tripod, in order to be able to turn it around. The other antenna's i have are wire dipoles on the attic with a 1:1 balun. Compared to that it seems a gain of one point on the reception signal. Also yesterday evening on 20m i was able to contact Tenerife island from the fi...

EQSL from 2E0PTM
Wed, 09 Jun 2010 04:44:44 GMT
Some good news, I have obtained the Qesl eDX 25 award for communications with 25 countries


My hf radio history from LA4DW
Sat, 05 Jun 2010 05:22:35 GMT
From the beginning of my intrest in HF activity: My interest in hf radio starts at very young age in 1960-64. My uncle was an army agent at the local community, and has a setup with green boxes (NRS 100) in the dinner room. And as a young boy this was very exaiting to listen on. And when he speaks to the net we could hear his voice in our table radio. Because AM modulation was the phone emission in 1960. All this forced me to find out more about short wave, and short wave radio. And after some research I finally got in touch with the NRRL Norwegian amateur radio association, and starting my member ship early in the 70’s. And finaly got my amateur ticket in 1977. A weary exiting time. After some time I settle down near Oslo and the family life, work, and time spending with the radio have been up and down. But after some time I got my antenna up and some new and old radios get back to work as they should do. Always have interest in older gear and specially the fa...

trailer update from KC2DZT
Thu, 03 Jun 2010 15:41:48 GMT
the 2 shelves are up and painted both are removable for storage during transit next up and internal wiring photos will be posted when i get a camera see you all on Field Day its 23 days away hope to work you all w2so 5 or 6 alpha WNY ALL BANDS WILL BE WORKED

QRP from 2E0PTM
Mon, 31 May 2010 09:25:32 GMT
Had 5 good QRP contacts today on 14meg Using the FT817

Good Morning from 2E0PTM
Sun, 30 May 2010 00:06:41 GMT
Having a good morning in the shack, hope to QSO with some friends in France. Hope you all have a good Bank Holiday

Not a Good Day from 2E0PTM
Sat, 29 May 2010 13:21:44 GMT
What a day it's not very good on any band. I have had only one qso so far today

New Shack & Truckcam from G0HWC
Sat, 29 May 2010 09:37:46 GMT
Well I was going to build a new extension for the new shack but after planing problems I have decided to convert part of my garage. As I get on with it I will add photos HERE: I have also made some changes to the TruckCam site. If you get time check it out, join me as I travel around the UK with APRS tracking and live images from the webcam updated every 30 secs. I am on the road Monday to Friday from 4am most days. Watch HERE: Paul G0HWC

Computer RFI from W9ZT
Fri, 28 May 2010 12:00:24 GMT
After expending the money and effort to erect a 160 meter half wave dipole I realized the troubling but tolerable RFI on 80 meters generated by my PC was horrific on 160 meters. Often I would just shut my PC down when operating on 80 meters especially when trying to work weak DX, but what a hassle. So I did some research online and decided to try a line filter recommended by John, W0UN.
The filter is the Corcom 6EF1 and I purchased mine from, part number 52K3836, $12.95. Took me less than 15 minutes to remove the power supply, open it up, unsolder the old line jack, make the opening about an 1/8" wider and pop in and solder the Corcom filter jack in place.
OK, now the big moment. Had my radio already tuned to one of worst PC RFI frequencies from before, hit the power button on the PC, watching for the spectrum display on my Icom 7600 to light up with spikes of hash across the band, but hey, what's this?, I don't see ANYTHING and I don't hear ANYTHING other than normal...

feild day trailer update from KC2DZT
Thu, 27 May 2010 11:20:16 GMT
interior painting done design & install of operating position table lighting will be finished sunday

Working Moonbounce (EME) With a Single 9 Element Yagi from NZ5N
Wed, 26 May 2010 11:28:29 GMT
This past weekend was the Italian EME contest, and it was nice to see so many stations active. Not nearly as much activity as for the ARRL contest, but still fun. It has been really satisfying for me to work EME from my present QTH in an antenna-restricted community. I have a 9 element yagi, an M2 2M9SSB, on a push-up pole. I only raise up the pole when it is dark, or for a short time during the day when there's a station on that I really want badly. Thanks to Joe K1JT's great WSJT software (free), the one impossible dream of working moonbounce is now possible for smaller stations like mine. I had not known it was possible to work EME with anything less than a giant antenna and a kilowatt of output power. I had been working meteor scatter via WSJT, and a couple of fellows in the Ping Jockeys chat room mentioned they had been able to work some of the Russian super-stations via EME with a small antenna and just a brick amp. The idea of working Russia on 2 meters was intriguing....

The Postcrossing Project from 9W2XAN
Mon, 24 May 2010 06:55:49 GMT
Postcrossing Love
or, what our members say about us.

“Receiving cards makes me warm and I'd like to share some happiness with who is unknown to me. Postcrossing makes two happy - the sender and the receiver. Double happiness, why not?!”

EJUNE, China

“It gives you the opportunity to get to know something about different people around the world. And it's a win-win situation, because you get to make others happy, and they make you happy, too! Just because of postcards, it's simple and nice! :-)”

Ilse, Netherlands

“It's really fun and exciting. I always wake up and rush to the mailbox to find my surprises!”


“It's the old fashion way of communicating and I love it.
This way I can travel around the world &amp;amp; see wonderful places I normally wouldn't see. Each card is special, because someone I didn't know picked it just for me and took the time to write and sent it. And I too can make people happy this way.”

Saskia1990, Netherlands


FT90 from DU1GM
Sat, 22 May 2010 17:02:17 GMT
Another PARA auction and another "new" rig in the shack! This time it was an FT90 vhf/uhf mobile transceiver. It's very small but still packs a 50W punch on 2m and 35W on 70cm. The mic cord was falling to pieces, as if the plastic was rotting, so I replaced that and it looks like new. I also got a Daiwa manual HF antenna tuner, CNW418, in the same auction. Apart from a unsoldered wire on the tuning coil it was in good condition. 73 George DU1GM

getting started from KC2DZT
Fri, 21 May 2010 12:52:17 GMT
well getting ready for field day just painted inside of home built trailer i'll post pics soon . next up building shelves for trailer i have setup the field day networked logging program n3jfp logger ( recommended ) for big groups !

more activity from VK4TJF
Fri, 21 May 2010 07:13:06 GMT
well i started an award the VK9 AWARD for getting in contact with all the VK9 DXCC entities and so far I have mailed out 11 of them/ it seems like a very popular Award. I have it on linked to the redcliffe and districts radio club website as iam the awards and qsl manager for them/ also i have earned the ARRL morse code profiency certificate for 25 wpm

Low Band here comes W9ZT! from W9ZT
Mon, 10 May 2010 05:31:04 GMT
Finally I got around to putting up a half wave dipole for 160 meters. Fortunately the neighbor behind me let me use one of his trees, 240 feet is a heck of lot of wire! Got it up 50' at apex but down at 30-40' for most of it. I was only active on 160M a few months almost 15 years ago but that antenna blew down in a storm and I was too preoccupied chasing DX on upper bands, so I never tried to put it back up. Well now that I have 5BDXCC, the 160 meter DXCC challenge is calling me. This is going to be a difficult adventure but should keep me busy for many years. First thing I trimmed it up to resonate in the DX window 1.830-1.850. The SWR stays below 2.5 from bottom up to 1.9 but then shoots up fast past 1.9. Autotuner in 7600 compensates up to about 1.975 (3:1) then pukes out. My TL-922 will come in handy but I will be limited to using it
in the lower half but that's where I'll need it. OK time to make some on the air tests but hey what is all this noise? It doesn't sound like...

Welcome To My Blog from YC1BJX
Fri, 07 May 2010 17:15:08 GMT

Greeting from 9W2XAN
Thu, 06 May 2010 01:55:05 GMT

Greeting from Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia.
My Name is Amizan Bin Ahmad. I'm 43 years old, Married and have one son. I hope to find friend from all over the wold. I love Amateur Radio, Fishing and ride the motorbike. If you all want to know me more, please visit:

Nice to know you alls.

73s. from DY3TDJ
Wed, 05 May 2010 23:54:41 GMT
Kabalikat Civicom or simply known as KABALIKAT is presently the largest group of responsible and active radio communicators engaged in public assistance particularly during disasters and natural calamities or whenever there is need to ensure public comfort and convenience. Kabalikat utilizes all means of communication system from among the members. It is a non-stock, nonprofit organization whose noblest motivates the public welfare. Kabalikat has almost 700 chartered groups nationwide. It was organized and conceived in December 1990 to primarily raise the status of communicators to a position of high quality responsibility and importance and to enable radio enthusiasts to actively participate in public assistance particularly during calamities and emergencies or whenever there is a need to ensure public comfort and convenience. To be a Kabalikat is to devote oneself utterly to a set of moral principles, its code of ethical standards, values and adherence to service credo as a way of ...

9w2xan Amateur Radio Station Malaysia from 9W2XAN
Wed, 05 May 2010 21:27:55 GMT

IC-T22 from DU1GM
Wed, 05 May 2010 18:15:45 GMT
Our National Organization, PARA, has been holding online auctions for its members and I managed to win an IC-T22 hand held 2m FM transceiver. It works well and is worth the bid I put in for it. The auctions are fun and there have been some nice items donated by JA1BLC and DX1J. We are now running another auction which will end on 13th May. 73 George, DU1GM

QSL Cards from EI7GMB
Wed, 05 May 2010 15:40:16 GMT
Hi there! At the very beginning I would like to say a big THANK YOU for all of you who sent me a QSL card and just to let all of you know - at the moment I am printing, filling up, printing, filling up and so on.....

Just got my yearly (?!) set of QSL cards from the Bureau. I know, that the Bureau is trying to cut the costs, but now it is a bit harsh time for myself. Some of the cards are as well seasoned as one year old, and altogether there is more cards that I am able to print and fill up even within nearest month. But will do all my best to reply ASAP.

Why I am printing at home? Its just awfully slow and no cost effective at all, but have to update the design of QSL cards and then it would take another month-two to get them back from the print shop. So just to cut some waiting time will do hand-made ones. Hope you like it.

Of course cards sent directly are the first one to be confirmed. Then the whole packet from the Bureau will be confirmed same way.

And last but not l...

What's Happening with Solar activity? from CT1BWW
Fri, 30 Apr 2010 15:33:51 GMT
Hello Everybody!
We're just almost at end of April after a good days with solar flux at good level around 86, we return to seventies level nowadays around 75...76!
This is NOt a good prespective for Near Future and still bad on part of High frequencies .
Hope next part of the year the Conditions improve to Good levels that permit the Opening conditions at 10 Meters.
This is NOT easy on studying predictions, but as we liked or NOT the Propagation Conditions afects a lot our DX comunications specially for most of us who using just 100 Watts.
Good Luck ! Hope we hafe a good SF near Future!
Many DXs and 73s
Marq...ct1 bravo willy willy

Tower is down from N0VF
Mon, 26 Apr 2010 11:59:35 GMT
50 ft tower down again. Broken rotor plate. Seared all three connections. Don't know if I'm going to put it back up. May go a different rout this time? Hmmm... Antennas are: HyGain TH-11, CushCraft 2-70-6, CushCraft 17B2. Maybe the HyGain on the roof? Easier to work on and still up 30 ft overall. Maybe a crank up? Nah, that means serious cash. Guess I'll have to think on it. I still have the 43 ft vertical to get me by.

NAQCC May Challenge from AB0SR
Sun, 25 Apr 2010 03:32:02 GMT
Well, the month of May is coming up fast. Am planing on trying the NAQCC May challenge of how many contacts can be made on less then 1 watt. should be fun and a challenge! given the band conditions. wonder if there are any other NAQCC members on here? If so good luck to you on the challenge this next month :-) 73 de AB0SR

What kc9kxt has been up to. from KC9KXT
Sat, 24 Apr 2010 07:23:45 GMT
Hello readers, I have'nt been up to to much in the past 3 months in way of radio. I found a new video service that i've utilized to broadcast myself to the world while in the attic shack. Watch me at www.Livestream/ . I have'nt made any new contacts for dxcc, even tho i have made several world-wide contacts. I have purchased a new Icom 2m/440m radio and a Cushcraft Beam antennafor it. I also purchased a Behringer 802 pre-amp/eq from R&L elec. in HAMilton, ohio. I plan to go to the Dayton Hamvention early next month even tho i wont have much $, but who does? 73/88...KC9KXT

CW? I made it! from EI7GMB
Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:56:38 GMT
Hi all! Just one thing I would like to share today - I just did my first CW QSO! A good man who had helped me was Renzo IK5FYA who was good enough to slow down by my copying speed and so patient to copy my ditt-dah's. Good or bad - finally I got it! Now its the time to practice, practice, practice....

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 13:42:27 GMT
TEXT OF THE FULL PDF FILE (Being modified at present)

Do you live in a flat? Poor location? Excessive electrical noise drowning your receiver?
Antenna restrictions?
I have been passionate about radio communication for a very long time, my interest
began when I was about 10 years old, and many will no doubt remember the enormous
amount of government surplus available in the 1950/60’s. You could get great equipment
for pocket money.
Remember going down Tottenham court Road or Lisle Street?
You would have arrived at 9.00 am at Tottenham Court Road underground station and by
5.00pm you were about half way down the road, having looked in nearly all of the shops
like Proops, Relda radio etc.
As long as We lived in a house, I had no problems with aerials, verticals, G5RV, 4/4 slot fed
Yagis, home brew dipoles. Long wires, I used them all
So...the kids arrived, grew up and flew the nest, and time marched on un...

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 01:56:59 GMT
For the time being. We recently moved into a new home and I have no antennas up. Most of my equipment is here so as soon as I can get some wire up, I'll be back.......

New user from M3YGQ
Mon, 19 Apr 2010 04:10:11 GMT
Just found this site and registered will upload more pics later.

Sun, 18 Apr 2010 08:40:57 GMT
This is used in conjunction with MFJ-1025 Noise canceller I found an article on line re: Look this up and this was the basis of my many, many experiments. Here's what I do See the diagram 'homeconstructed joystick' I cut two pieces of copper tube about 3/4 inch dia, with a piece of plastic conduit to fit as a coil former in the centre. Onto this I wound a close spaced coil of separated speaker wire to fill the plastic former. Use solder tags and nuts and bolts and join each end to the copper pipes. Feed at the bottom and use about 1 metre of RG8U coax. Join the centre to the braid and solder to a tag fitted to the bottom of the copper section. Now connect the centre of a RG8U lead to the end of the coax joined braid/centre stub and cut away the outer braid, leaving just the centre conductor connected. The other end goes to a PL259 and the MFJ 949E ATU (this is the best ATU I have found).A random radial is then run from...

new shack room from M1DBB
Sat, 17 Apr 2010 15:05:21 GMT
justhad to move to a new room will post a pic of the new set up soon.

Satellite from KD0JCW
Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:30:02 GMT

Well thinking about tring my luck with the birds next week! Going to order a Arrow II satellite antenna(If everything goes as planed)! They say the Kenwood TH-F6 is a great radio to do birds with we will see if this is true or not lol.

Anyone for CW QSO? from EI7GMB
Thu, 15 Apr 2010 13:37:14 GMT
Recently was thinking of exercising CW skills. Just discovered how efficient and great mode it is for those, who can't afford a decent antenna but still want to do some QSO. If anybody is not confident with his/hers CW skills then would gladly hear your response for CQ at following freq:

18.072-76 (WARC)
24.902-906 (WARC)

Why WARC? Cause they're aren't overcrowded and just perfect for those amateurs, who are QRS (as myself) and having just simple setup don't want to be flattered by those big guns from 20 meters. Not to mention, that I would rather use 5-10 watts PEP unless other party ask for QRO.

And last but not least - relax, no pressure at all. I am a terrible CW op who's not any better than yourselves.

Dah ditt dah ditt dah dah ditt dah....

Tahiti on 10 Meters! from KQ4Y
Thu, 15 Apr 2010 06:39:10 GMT
Worked Tahiti on 10 Meters SSB last night!

New Shack from G0HWC
Sun, 11 Apr 2010 12:41:17 GMT
I have decided to get my shack out of the main house so I will be building a new extension on the house. On the down side I will be selling my Flex 5000a to help fund the build :-( Will upload some photos as the build starts Dont forget you can see me out and about in my truck with images uploaded live to Monday to Friday

Elecraft K3 finally on the air from AB0SR
Sat, 10 Apr 2010 07:15:06 GMT
Well, I finally got the K3 on the air. the radio arrived on Thursday, April 8th. all though the bands right now are real tough! the solar flux is only 76, the "A" index is 7 and the "K" index is 0. I did manage to make 5 contacts on 5 watts, and am real impressed with the K3 so far. although I do have a lot to learn on the radio hi hi. wonder if anyone else is running the K3 or another elecraft rig? shoot a blog back... will keep things updated as much as I can "CW, THE ONLY WAY FOR A SIGNAL TO FLY"

Dissapointment from N0VF
Thu, 08 Apr 2010 14:59:15 GMT
Well.... I'm frustrated with our local ham community. It seems that there has been another squabble that has caused a friend of mine to decide to get out of ham radio. His words were "I just don't want to be a part of that type". It stems from some on air discussions where both parties are somewhat headstrong. This has happened before in our community but not with these same operators. I don't understand why some people think that they own the airwaves or have the right to try and get someone kicked off a repeater. Making a comment of "what if there was an emergency" is an indication that the operator has forgotten the lessons learned in his or her tech class. Due to that comment, a favorite among the locals here will no longer visit a certain repeater. It's an open repeater and the club plainly states that all of it's repeaters are for "rag chewing". Still, the comment was made and that person left. Now another incident has happened where two operators started talking politics (I th...

B from KD8MLP
Sat, 03 Apr 2010 22:32:39 GMT

Trio TR-1300 from DU1GM
Fri, 02 Apr 2010 18:58:58 GMT
I bought a TR-1300 in an auction after one of our local meetings and I paid very little for it. The auction was of dud equipment but much of it actually worked including my TR-1300! All it needed was a few xtals tweaking to get the frequency spot on (it's a vxo controlled rig). I also made a rechargeable battery pack out of four used laptop cells and it works a treat. If anyone out there has a manual for this rig I would appreciate a scanned copy. The TR-1300 is a 6m only SSB rig and has fairly limited frequency coverage. It will do as a nice little monitoring rig for 50.110MHz. 73 George DU1GM

Y from KD8MLP
Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:36:40 GMT

DXCC Honor Roll from 4F2KWT
Tue, 30 Mar 2010 05:19:06 GMT
Today arrived the confirmation that I had indeed been accepted to the DXCC Honor Roll. It was FJ/VE3EY St. Barthelemy that gave me the QSL card that clinched the effort. The QSO was made on August 2009 right smack at the bottom of the solar cycle! Distance between us is 10050 miles +/- and I had to go through a wall of JAs to my north. Who needs sun spots!

Finally!.... from N0VF
Thu, 25 Mar 2010 11:44:13 GMT
I am a married man! 3/19/2010 was the date that I joined my life with KC0ZPN... Great things on the horizon!....

DX CLUSTER! Good or Bad ? from CT1BWW
Wed, 24 Mar 2010 17:06:52 GMT
Hi Everybody!
Nowadays many Operators don't want to spend time on the Bands listenning.
They just connecting the WEB-DXCluster looking what they
need, switch on the Amplifier , moving the antenna ... and that's it! Just Starting putting a signal on the air with the Callsign.
If he as lucky after a while he get the report ( the famous Five Nine ) and the next morning send the card with a SAE and a IRC. And ofcourse with a big smile of happiness on is face!
This is what we want ?
Certainly NOT! We prefer listening and listening , looking to the bands and answer a CQ Call or even better answer after our own CQCalling. I usually say" We're what we comunicate! " On QSO's we are always learning something NEW!
Of course the Cluster as good things, help us to see if the Bands are better on other parts on the Globe.
My opinion is whe MUST NEVER be controled by the DX Cluster and remember the old tradional Bands as also "Secrets" Not Only WARC Bands.
Disfrute Radio and Please Occupy th...

YouTube Video of Me Working KJ4PSU Via Satellite from NZ5N
Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:02:14 GMT
Very cool to hear myself working Will: Thanks, Will!

Working Europe via Satellite from NZ5N
Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:00:00 GMT
This week I worked my first European stations (PA1TNO and F1UGK) via the AO-7 satellite. From here in south Florida, the window to Europe is less than 2 minutes long, so this was a happy occasion. The distance to PA1TNO is over 7400 km. I have uploaded pictures of my Elk antenna, with fixed elevation of 15 degrees, which does a nice job on the birds, and it's just 2 feet long.

My Real blog is at from K8CPA
Tue, 16 Mar 2010 15:05:42 GMT
Http:// My HF station is inactive due to broken rig. I hope to get it fixed sooner or later. 73 de K8CPA -Chuck

The Top Band Experiment as of March 2010 from EI5DD
Mon, 15 Mar 2010 07:34:34 GMT
The Top Band net generally meets on or around 1966 KHz at 10 pm. To date the following results have been obtained. Ei8DRB/M located about 15 miles away generally comes in at strength 9. EI3IS also 15 miles away strength 9. EI3IX 40 miles away strength 9. EI4CN 72 miles away strength 9. EI2IU 75 miles away strength 9. EI2GE 45 miles away strength 9. All QSO's logged around 10 - 11 pm at night. Conditions have been fairly consistent to date with occasional burst of static noise probably due to a distant thunderstorm. EI3IS is generally a consistent 9 during the day and EI7FAB a strength 1 during the day but fully readable from 40 miles distant. All above results obtained on an end loaded inverted L tuned at the base with the loading coil situated 3 ft from the top end. In times of high local electrical noise, an ANC-4 noise filter is inserted. This piece of equipment is an invaluable addition to the shack. Previous results from mobile operation have resulted in a 2way QSO with th...

My 40 Years of Ham Radio - Part II - Getting on the Air from NZ5N
Sun, 14 Mar 2010 18:23:56 GMT
Shortly after my novice license arrived, I met Vin at his home before a CD meeting, and he let me use his rig to make my first QSO, a CW contact on 40 meters with another ham in Carteret a few miles away. It would be my first and last CW QSO for years to come. As mentioned, I didn't have a lot of money. A check of the prices even for used HF gear seemed prohibitive -- it was necessary to buy both a transmitter and a receiver. The Heathkit catalog appeared to offer a solution. For just $45, I could buy a Twoer, a transceiver kit, both a transmitter and a receiver in one small package. Novices could then operate AM phone on 2 meters, and voice appealed to me more than CW. Also, HF required big antennas, but Vin assured me (one of the few times he was inaccurate) that the only antenna I needed for 2 meters was a 'metalicized lollipop stick', a simple 19 inch piece of wire stuck into the antenna jack. Well, the Twoer arrived promptly from Benton Harbor, but my teenage lack of talent...

My 40 Years of Ham Radio - Part I - Getting My Novice License from NZ5N
Sun, 14 Mar 2010 15:11:57 GMT
It's always impressive to read about kids who started as hams as teens, built their own radios, and continued active for the rest of their lives. I started in ham radio as a teenager, but my story is not so impressive. As a boy in Carteret, NJ, near the WOR 710 clear channel transmitter where Gene Shepherd's show went on the air, I was always interested in radio, particularly radio broadcasting, but my mechanical talent was suspect. My granddad had to finish the crystal radio project I needed to build for the Cub Scouts. My first transmitters were a Remco Caravelle and a home wireless intercom, and I dreamed of owning my own radio broadcast station and having my own show. Friends came over and sang into the intercom and the Caravelle as part of my show, thinking they were on a real radio station. My intro to ham radio came in spring 1966 when we visited my distant cousin, Vin Kurdyla, then WN2SSA. His ham shack wowed me and I immediately wanted to become a ham. For fifty cent...

Crappy pics from N0VF
Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:35:21 GMT
I need to redo the pics with my good camers. I just reviewed the current photos taken with my phone... Yuk...

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:10:00 GMT

My HamShack from WA3FKZ
Tue, 09 Mar 2010 03:57:49 GMT
Icom 756 Pro Icom 765 Kenwood TL922A amp Butternut Vertical Alpah Delta DX Wire Antenna Three Element Yagi at 40 Feet

Truck Cam updated from G0HWC
Sat, 27 Feb 2010 10:32:45 GMT
Hi all, as from Monday the Truck Cam had a new URL. you can watch it here: I will also be trying out a new camera

3rd Harmonic from W9SRK
Fri, 26 Feb 2010 06:58:00 GMT
Yesterday we welcomed our third child, our first boy, into the family. Both Mom and baby are doing well. I haven't been able to respond to all requests regarding lately - I'll get to them in the next few days.

Updated-12/17/10 from W4KQB
Sun, 21 Feb 2010 15:43:00 GMT
Well-enjoy the ham radio stuff!!
I collect boat anchors-see my pics-also at and Have a ball working DX. Invite fellow Heath and Collins owners to send tips on equipment use. I also have aquired Drake, Yaesu, Swan, Dentron stuff that I am refurbishing .

Am always in the market for swap and shops.
Drop me a line.

I run a 756 ProIII with a Heil PR 781 boom mic,Yaesu FT-2000D with the Heil PR-781,Yaesu 897D-mostly for VHF /UHF base ops and HF in the truck, Sb 104A, KWM 2A,SB 1000 amp,SB 221 amp, Ameritron -ALS 1300 solid state amp,Drake TR 7 , Flex-5000A and always testing other rigs .

Like to see your pics. Thanks for stopping by.
Always remember our Troops and never forget 911!!!
God Bless-Ricky

Hellschreiber Remote Operation from WE8R
Sun, 21 Feb 2010 06:06:00 GMT
I sucessfully operated my home station in the recent Hellschreiber contest REMOTELY from the Maderia Beach, FL library.

I used the free version of "Log-Me-In" to connect my laptop to my home PC in the shack.

It worked great... I only made 13 contacts..but it was the challenge of operating remotely (while on vacation) that I wanted to experment with.

Communications experience from AB4AL
Sat, 20 Feb 2010 15:20:06 GMT
Hi out there in the cyber world, this Bob, AB4AL here. I've been involved in communications since I was a little kid. My father W8ROE(SK)introduced Ham Radio to me from day one. Today if you look up W8ROE, the call now belongs to my son Neal. I attended several Universities in my life with my major interest in engineering and science. I served 23 years active duty and 7 years in the Fleet Reserve in the U.S. Navy as a Crytologic Technician and as a Training Device expert. I've operated and maintained sophisticated communications equipment, computers and was a qualified flight instructor on the TA4J Sky-Hawk fighter jet. I was also a propulsion & power generation controls expert for the DD-963 Spruance Class Destroyer. After I retired from the Navy I worked for ZacKit Electronics in Vallejo, Ca. I was involved in the sales of electronic parts to repair facilities, industry and private individuals. Now I am fully retired and am involved with two radio clubs in my area.

TS-850 after life saving heart surgery. from EI7GMB
Sat, 20 Feb 2010 11:26:21 GMT
Now as promised a few pictures from the operation of the TS-850 heart - digital carrier board. Cant make photos into the post, so just take a peek at the gallery and kindly read the description.

Top Band Activity from EI5DD
Sat, 20 Feb 2010 03:44:42 GMT
Following some recent activity between myself, EI3IS and EI3IX, some impressive results were obtained between Galway City and more distant locations. Signal strengths were good and the noise levels, for the main, were either very good or tolerable. We hope to expand this net to bring in members of the Galway VHF Group who are located further South and maybe also in the North Westerly direction. I am pretty sure that there will be no problems working them. If all goes well it may be possible to run an AM net as the next part of the experiment and then work on to mobile and portable operations.

Dromineer Castle from EI5DD
Mon, 15 Feb 2010 15:26:37 GMT
Planning an expedition, with members of the Galway VHF Group, to operate from Dromineer Castle on the 17th March. Operation will be on 80, 40 and 20 metres using the VHF Group Callsign EI4ALE. Operation should be from 9 am until around 5 pm. A great day out will be enjoyed by all - weather permitting!

Promoting Our Ham Hobby from N4EMP
Sun, 14 Feb 2010 08:28:50 GMT
Greetings Fellow Hams!!

This is just a quick note to advise/inform you all as to my personal Mission Statement in the way of use of this site.

First off, I'm here but by the Grace of God in that I am able to live in a country that allows someone to read and study an FCC license study guide for the license (ticket) that affords me the privilege eventually issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate on the many Amateur Radio Service bands assigned by them. We must always remember this fact. They've given us this privilege!

Secondly, we should always strive to do everything we can to encourage a continued growth in our hobby of NEW amateur radio licensed operators. Don't get comfortable and just sit back with your license and not participate in any and all opportunities ham radio gives us to share it with our communities across this country and around the world. I try to share my experiences as often as I can. Some are those I regret later in sharing. Such as...

Mr. Ken Wood is dead. from EI7GMB
Fri, 12 Feb 2010 06:45:38 GMT
That's what happened last Wednesday evening. I felt some smell while TX on my TS850. It was that way for last good few months. Finally I left it under high duty cycle pushing all the power into dummy load and left the scene for a dozen of minutes having a joyride collecting my YL out of her late work. When got back home mr. Ken Wood was dead.

My room full of horrible smell was just an credo - he's dead by the flames.

First thought - finals. But they're ok so finally I got a reason to refurbish that beauty. Was trying to get on with it for last ... ? God only knows how many months. But fortunately I was well prepared for it.

To make the story short - yes, TS850 now is up and running and no animal were hurt. And the CSI photos would be available along with the whole butchering story.

My Truck Webcam from G0HWC
Thu, 11 Feb 2010 02:40:47 GMT
As I spend most my time driving my truck I have added a Webcam &quot;Truck Cam&quot; You can view it here: Its on when im in the truck driving round the UK from day break until I finish. Paul G0HWC *** UPDATE *** I have now moved the Truck Cam to its own URL it can now be found at:

572B Tubes for HEATHKITSB200 from CT1BWW
Mon, 08 Feb 2010 15:04:30 GMT
Dear Friends,
I've on my Heathkit SB200 a 572B Matched Pair Penta, but loosing power .
Nowadays it's very difficult to found. Mostly are manufactured in Asia specially in China .
If anyone as on the Schak a Heathkit SB200 what your opinion about SVETLANA or TAYLOR or Sushuan Tubes.
Your message it'v very important for me and many others that still using this GREAT AMPLIFIER!
Thanking in advance for reading this!
73s DXs frm Marq/CT1BWW

K0LTS - Spec. Event Card from N5VEI
Sun, 07 Feb 2010 19:00:55 GMT
Who Dat!!!! Well I worked K0LTS yesterday which was a Superbowl special event station for the Colts... Guess that card will not be printed after all. Saints!!!!!!

Portable Activity from EI5DD
Sun, 07 Feb 2010 02:18:44 GMT
This year will see an all out effort to operate the portable equipment. The doublets for the LF bands and a vertical for 40 - 10 metres are all ready prepared for the occasion. I will be activating Castles for the Castles on the Air Awards scheme (CASHOTA) and it is my intention to put at least two a month on air commencing March. Check out the sites and for more information.

EXTRA!!! from K4BTC
Sat, 06 Feb 2010 15:48:05 GMT
Well after so much procrastination, I have done it. I passed my Extra class today and am finally at the top. Sixteen years of procrastination and it"s done. Should have done it a long time ago.

New 2 Meter radio Install and new 10 Meter from KD0JZH
Fri, 05 Feb 2010 12:01:15 GMT
Installed a new to me Icom IC2350 in the mobile, and installed my new Predator 10K antenna nothin much other than that going on

New QSL from N5VEI
Mon, 01 Feb 2010 17:31:32 GMT
Ah... finally a QSL I have been hoping for - JD1BMM Minami - Torishima.

N5VEI Station happenings from N5VEI
Sun, 31 Jan 2010 18:42:45 GMT
Well I guess I will get on the blog. Nothing real new except that I worked Senegal tonight on 40 meters. I caught him before the pileup started!

Longest distance mile-per-watt QSO... from N7JBH
Sat, 30 Jan 2010 10:13:56 GMT
Hi all, HF propagation characteristics never cease to amaze me. I was listening to 10 meters one day (at work!) and heard a QSO going on between two Australians, apparently talking to each other across the same town in Australia. I jumped in there and got a 5/7 report from VK4EJ, Bernie in New Queensland.. My QTH is Las Vegas, NV, my rig was a President HR-2600 running 25W SSB into a 1/4 wave ground plane vertical. That's 25 measly watts going across the Pacific ocean, the largest body of water on the planet! If you have an amazing story like this, I would really like to hear it.

If you could only operate one band, which one would it be? from N7JBH
Sun, 24 Jan 2010 19:00:51 GMT
If I could only use one amateur band, it would be 40 meters, hands down. 24 hr propagation, regional during the day, DX at night. Not affected by Sunspot cycles, or lack thereof, as much as the higher bands. Only drawbacks are the need for a really big antenna, and SW BC station QRM at night.

People who invented gadgets which made radio communications possible from W8EEO
Sat, 23 Jan 2010 20:49:50 GMT
Probably from the time man learned to make a sound he has attempted to send his thoughts and ideas over ever increasing distances. Early man found that he could increase the distance he could communicate by using drums and mallets. In some less developed parts of the world humans still use the drum to send messages. As technology evolved man has used fire, crude lanterns, mirror devices, and other methods to signal greater distances than would have been possible by voice alone. All the methods shown above fall short. They are effective only over comparatively short distances. There have been many people who have been responsible for radio communication as we know it today. Charles Coulomb discovered the basic laws of electricity in the eighteenth century. In 1779 Alessandro Volta invented the voltaic pile. It was the first battery and was made by leafing alternate plates of copper and zinc seperated by cloth discs. Later someone came up with the idea of using sulfuric acid which improv...

FT-897 once again. from EI7GMB
Thu, 21 Jan 2010 08:34:15 GMT
So a little while spent on my digimode rig discovered my ignorance. All the bell and whistles are fine, just had "speed dial" facility turned on (prompt click of pwr button). But would never think that this tiny function would clock the PLL step also....

FT-897 went mad. from EI7GMB
Tue, 19 Jan 2010 14:22:22 GMT
Have no idea when and how it went mad. Could be that winter's freeze responsible for it's malfunction. The problem is with it's PLL step. It would double clock the raster at the any mode/band. Say - if the step would be 6.26 then despite the 6.25 at the display it will jump in 12.5 increments ? Then clocks itself into 12.5 without any reason and go with 25 increments.

Only one funny thing with it that is the strange 2 khz step when the original raster is set as 1 khz.

Beside of that the rig behaves as usual. Would like to preform the reset (any kind of) but there's so many memories programmed into it, that I am reluctant to do so. Who knows, it may go back to the normal operation again automagically?

EI185RNLI QSL cards from EI7GMB
Tue, 19 Jan 2010 14:14:35 GMT
Hi all of you who are liable to get the EI185RNLI QSL cards - they're just arrived from the print and would be replied soon.

Merry Christmas to me! from KJ4FUU
Tue, 19 Jan 2010 09:31:20 GMT
I got a belated Christmas present this year. This month, I was given a TenTec Omni A (this is the analog version), matching power supply, and a D104 microphone.

Now, I have to get this set up. I don't want to try running it on the longwire setup I have for reasons to numerous (and probably obvious) to mention. I'm planning on buying a vertical antenna and since my shack is on the 2nd floor, I probably have to use an artificial ground. I also need to wire up an adapter cable for the D104, since it has 4-pin output, and the microphone jack on the Omni A is a stereo 1/4".

Maybe I'll have it fired up by spring or summer. I can't get the vertical until after the tax refund gets here. I plan on buying a bunch of other stuff with it, like a current choke for the vertical, and some form of lightning/surge protection.

Wish me luck!

Welcome new ham from WD4LYV
Sun, 17 Jan 2010 12:50:02 GMT
A friend Ben Branch (12 years old) received his license this weekend. We are proud of Ben and know there is lots of fun ahead in the hobby.

I worked the North American QSO Party and got sevveral new states on several bands.

200+ dxcc countries confirmed in LOTW.


What we expect with Good Propagation? from CT1BWW
Sun, 17 Jan 2010 09:01:38 GMT
Hi Everybody!
Nowadays the Solar Flux show us that numbers are must better
comparing one year ago.
But in real we can't see such big we can't expect that next years the conditions will improve or Not.
What I'm saying is what he expect with Good Propagation Prediction?
- 10 Meters Open allday light?
- 15 with good propagation at sunrise and sunset?
- 20 Meters Open during all the time ?
- Warc Bands with good Conditions?
The other bands maintain the typical conditions but Low frequencies down.
All expectations show that the better years will be 2011 and 2012 , I've heard ...that in this years even with antenna near the ground you can have some DX..!
Do you think SO?
Possible the conditions are changing but what we need to change is the way how to disfrute radio.
We've to ocupy all Frequencies, doing DXpeditions, Field Day's, Contest, Islands. Lighthouse and Monument activations, operating Special events.

Arcanum, Ohio WX from W8ASH
Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:01:48 GMT
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The QSO´s my Station from XE1UYC
Wed, 13 Jan 2010 18:12:22 GMT

QSL Card Printing from W8ASH
Tue, 12 Jan 2010 20:43:12 GMT
I am a new US representatives for UX5UO Print. I am able to print all of your QSL needs. For more information, contact me at You can also visit our website at Need a QSL MANAGER How About Giving Me A Chance! I love to DX and I can remember when I got licensed, I wasn't sure who to contact when I started working over 175 country's I didn't know how or where to send my cards, you need help please contact me at I love this way of networking, we all can get together world-wide and help one another with our unique hobby! Wishing all a wonder New Year, 73, Jim W8ASH

Loop Antenna from AB5YS
Tue, 12 Jan 2010 19:17:01 GMT
Working on full wave loop for 160 meters. Feeding it with 450 ohm ladder line and bringing that into the shack with a balun and connected to that is RG 213.

New QTH from DU1GM
Sun, 10 Jan 2010 19:37:22 GMT
We found a nice lot a few weeks ago so we bought it. The lot is 2,500sqm or just under 27,000 sq ft. The area is quite flat apart from to the north where Mount Banahaw sits in splendor about 14km away! You can get more info on my web page... 73 George

First time on My Ham Shack from K8RIC
Wed, 06 Jan 2010 17:12:16 GMT
I could use help if I do something wrong. 73 Rick

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 13:01:35 GMT
What Is That?
AmateurRadio is all over the World!
MY HAM SHACK.COM it's a Big Family!
The Schack Swap Holiday is the easy way to get some vacation including amateur radio. The idea it's very simple the exchange is a vacation alternative where you allow someone (Amateur Radio) to stay in your home while you stay in theirs. During a Shack Swap Holiday is the home exchange holiday you swap your home at a time that is convenient to both parties.
Exchang your home and shack has numerous advantages, including significant savings expenses.
I'm sure this is the Amateur Radio Vacation of Future.
What do you think a about the idea?

Wish a Happy New Year to all "MY HAM SHACK" Users!

73s to All

Upcoming Activities from W7RJW
Mon, 28 Dec 2009 22:12:16 GMT
2009 is coming to an end and we will be starting a new year this week-end. We've got ARRL Kid's Day coming up Jan 3 and SPAR Winter Field Day coming up on Jan 30. This is my first blog entry for quite some time here. Since then, I've become even more active in our ham community here in Clallam County, WA. In addition to being Net control coordinator for our amateur radio club I'm also net control coordinator for Clallam County ARES. I've gotten more involved in 10 meters phone and am working towards my work-all-states award. I've only got 6 so far. I'm also working on getting 10-10 numbers. I've been participating in several 2-meter nets: West Coast Amateur Radio Association Mon net (Victoria, B.C. Canada) Clallam County Amateur Radio Emergency Services' Tues net WARA Emergency Services Wed net Clallam County Amateur Radio Club Thurs net LDS Emergency Sunday net DEC 2008 I took the National Weather Service's SKYWARN training to become a weather spotter.

QRP BB Contest with FT817, K1 and Goats from N1TKO
Sun, 27 Dec 2009 20:11:52 GMT
If you are a QRPer and an outdoors person, you will really enjoy this video. Talk about having a good time! Looks like a very fun time. Heres the link:

i ha ve been working alot,sorry. from WA4RYD
Sun, 27 Dec 2009 18:02:31 GMT
hi, victor kw4vl. i have been at work alot. i looked at your profile and hope to qsl on air with you, tnx john wa4ryd.

New Call from KW4VL
Fri, 25 Dec 2009 07:06:55 GMT
Hello Victor in virginia here, just changed my call.. now its KW4VL and i like it nice christmas present from the fcc.

YB5VB from YC5VB
Thu, 24 Dec 2009 21:49:49 GMT
Ham shack

There's a Ham in the Whitehouse! from N1TKO
Thu, 24 Dec 2009 08:38:42 GMT
White House Names Ham as New Cybersecurity Coordinator On Tuesday, December 22, President Barack Obama named Howard A. Schmidt, W7HAS, as the new White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. According to the White House, Schmidt -- an ARRL member -- is one of the world's leading authorities on computer security, with some 40 years of experience in government, business and law enforcement and &quot;will have regular access to the President and serve as a key member of his National Security Staff. He will also work closely with his economic team to ensure that our cybersecurity efforts keep the Nation secure and prosperous.&quot; In a 2003 interview with The New Atlantis, Schmidt described cybersecurity as &quot;the realization that computer systems affect our basic needs on a daily basis. Electricity, water, telephone -- these things are all run by computers, and my job is to work with owners and operators and government agencies to make sure that they continue to function properly and are...

Silent Key N4MDK from K5CXO
Wed, 23 Dec 2009 08:37:40 GMT
A long time friend Mike King, N4MDK, formerly of HRO Woodbridge, VA, sucomed to bone cancer and became a silent key yesterday evening.
Mike had many talents one of his best known was billiards and for a short time he owned Gators In Woodbridge, Va.

Sadly 73's

HOA's got you down.... Try this! from N1TKO
Tue, 15 Dec 2009 11:09:26 GMT
CQ100 Best 73 Jerry Colton N1TKO Boston, Massachusetts

Support [My Ham Shack] from K5CXO
Tue, 15 Dec 2009 10:27:01 GMT
I notice today after logging on that there were new ads from Google in the Ham Shack pages, Great! I want to fully support this free service and you should also. Before leaving Ham Shack click on at least 1 Google ad. This will add a little jingle to the owners pocket. and want cost you anything but a click of the mouse.

Click Click Click

- Jim

Antenna battle from ZS3CD
Sun, 13 Dec 2009 14:08:55 GMT
Hallo to all. Please think about this and give me your ideas. The new tower has a 13 foot roatateble mast 65mm steel pipe 6mm wall. I want to put up a 2 element 80m and 3 element 40m yagi combined on one boom. Secondly a cushcraft X7. A hygain 26B2 boomer 2m and also a Hygain 215dx. Do you think it is possible and what order and spacing would you guys recomend.

Lets hear.

Is this a ham radio blog site or what? from VE3TMT
Sat, 12 Dec 2009 13:37:17 GMT
Personally I have no desire to read about Tiger Woods on this site. Thousand's of other sites already publishing that waste of bandwidth crap. I really hope this site doesn't turn into just another site where anything gets posted, amateur radio related or not. If so, please tell me how to pull my membership.

Deleted..... from N1TKO
Wed, 09 Dec 2009 16:18:38 GMT
This was not Ham radio related. Jerry

Scott Robbins, W4PA, to Purchase Vibroplex from N1TKO
Mon, 07 Dec 2009 16:06:21 GMT
Scott Robbins, W4PA, of Knoxville, Tennessee, told the ARRL that he has signed an agreement to purchase The Vibroplex Company, Inc from present owner Felton "Mitch" Mitchell, W4OA, effective December 21, 2009. "Vibroplex represents the great tradition of CW operation in Amateur Radio going back many, many years," Robbins told the ARRL. "I'm tickled to be able to continue the more than 100 years of history that has gone into this company." Robbins -- who has been employed with Ten-Tec Inc since 1995 (he has been Product Manager for Ten-Tec's Amateur Radio equipment line since 1997) -- will leave his position in mid-December to take over full-time management and ownership of Vibroplex. "It's a great opportunity to continue the more than 100 years of tradition that the Vibroplex name represents," Robbins said. "I've known Mitch for quite a few years and it was an important consideration for both of us that Vibroplex continue operation building quality products for Amateur Radio long into...

Time Flies from DV1VHY
Mon, 07 Dec 2009 14:14:55 GMT
I just noticed that my last, and first entry, was sometime April 2009. Quite a bit has happened. I have rediscovered the joy of operating on HF and it has been wonderful. Hearing those DX stations and CW brings me back to the time when I was hot and heavy into operating the high school's amateur radio station. Now I have my own station and am having a wonderful time. I was able to have put put up a dipole for 40 meters and this has just ratchetted up the fun factor. I have brought the station down at the farm and just had a buttload of of fun operating there with my former club station and my current club station. I have even operated there on my own and really, just when you think you've seen it all, our hobby presents you with a new aspect. ARES. Earlier in the month, just learned that I passed my Extra Class exam and was itching to use the new callsign. 26th of September brought such a heavy downpour that much of the northern part of the country was inundated with flooding. I was ...

The Remodeling Project from K2QBW
Sat, 05 Dec 2009 14:17:47 GMT
It was bound to happen after moving into a new QTH. I setup a temporary operating position and that has been working okay. The remodeling of the basement started last weekend and continued this weekend with taking out a couple of poorly constructed rooms by the previous owner. Once the space is cleared then I'll be framing in a new &amp;amp;quot;shack&amp;amp;quot; which will also house the reloading bench and fly tying table. The temp setup is still working and I'll keep it connected until the very last minute. Don't want to give up any contacts this weekend during the 160m contest. Other ham news is that I finally setup with LoTW, download Logger32 and now I have something else to learn. Its never a dull moment around the shack these days. 73's I finally finished my new shack and just in time for winter. I suppose I'm gonna have to upload a few pictures. 73's

100 foot 2mtr ant. from WA4RYD
Fri, 04 Dec 2009 19:38:58 GMT
back in 1977, i was reading a qst mag. i was shocked to see that in the black and white pages of this skinny mag was a 100 ft 2mtr antenna.. i was in high school at the time in electronics class. since then i lost that qst publication. if anyone knows or remembers that great article please help me so i can build it and enjoy. thank you tnx wa4ryd.

Icom confirms IC-706 production has not ceased from N1TKO
Fri, 04 Dec 2009 14:38:35 GMT
This is a follow up from a previous blog: Contrary to Internet rumors, production of the popular IC 706 Mark 2 G has not ceased. The erroneous report of the radio's demise came in a Wireless Institute of Australia news report that said that the 706 was no longer being made and that Navcom Electronics that there are only 14 units currently held in stock in Australia. While that might be the case down-under, Amateur Radio Newsline has received word from Icom America that the decision to stop selling the IC-706 was likely a one made by Icom Australia. On this side of the Pacific Icom America says that the IC - 706 MK 2 G will continue in the Icom America product line. The original IC-706 was introduced over a dozen years ago and quickly developed what might best be described as a cult following. The radio was not all that much bigger than a dual-band FM transceiver of that era, but it packed an amazingly sensitive all band receiver and powerful ham band transmitter into a relatively ti...

Intel has unveiled a prototype chip from N1TKO
Thu, 03 Dec 2009 19:55:57 GMT
Intel has unveiled a prototype chip that packs 48 separate processing cores on to a chunk of silicon the size of a postage stamp. The Single-chip Cloud Computer (SCC), as it is known, contains 1.3 billion transistors, the tiny on-off switches that underpin chip technology. Each processing core could, in theory, run a separate operating system. Currently, top-end chips for desktop computers typically contain four separate processors. Intel and rival AMD will both launch new six-core devices in 2010, allowing computers to simultaneously tackle a number of complex tasks, such as processing graphics. The chip has won the "cloud" name because it brings together the computing resources typically filling several racks in a data center. The SCC is made up of 24 "tiles" each one of which is effectively a dual-core processor. The chip maker said the research that had gone into the chip suggests that it could, eventually, cram 100 cores onto a single piece of silicon.

Launch of New ARRL Web Site Delayed to "Get it Right" from N1TKO
Wed, 02 Dec 2009 11:04:16 GMT
After meeting with ARRL staff on February 23 -- two days before the new ARRL Web site was to launch -- ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, made the decision to delay the unveiling of the Web site until late March. "Work on the new ARRL Web site has progressed at a frantic pace but there are still some potential 'bugs' that could affect members. We need to be sure we get it right," Kramer said. "Our members' security, information and ability to actually use of all the options on the new site outweigh any rush to meet an artificial deadline. It's just good customer service." The new Web site -- which will contain the online store, class registrations, audio, video, DXCC information, contest data, individualized member options and other 21st century opportunities for members -- is one of the largest technology upgrade activities that ARRL and Fathom, the company programming the site, have ever undertaken. "Reviewers have been unanimously impressed and are helping make sure ...

Cuba Facilitates Equipments to Amateur Radio Operators from N1TKO
Wed, 02 Dec 2009 10:49:08 GMT
HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 19 (acn) The Cuban Ministry of Informatics and Communications (MIC) will start providing ham radio operators with the components and parts for their equipments, from stock that had been left idle. Pedro Rodriguez, president of the Cuban Ham Radio Federation (FRC for its Spanish acronym) told the press that the first 600 units are ready for delivery and using them the operators will be able to ensemble new equipments or update those they already have. He added that the spreading of this operation, which requires the purchase of 15% of the components abroad, will depend on the country’s economic possibilities, affected by the world economic crisis. During the recently concluded 8th FRC Congress, it was presented a new prototype, with the brand name “Caiguaran”, designed by several specialists and manufactured at one of the MIC factories. The term “amateur” reflects the principle that Amateur Radio and its skilled operators are committed to helping communities without...

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 09:17:37 GMT
Hi Fellows,

Maybe anyone from "My hAm" can solve this, during many years I've used a Interface Cable between my TS440 Kenwood and my Heathkit SB200 amplifier. Last weekend during CQ-WW-CW-2009 the relay fault. The circuits consists with a OMRON 12VDC Relay,56KOhms and 2 NPN Transistors Darlington in Parallel. I've to replace by another relay . The problem I miss the conections from 56kOhms and 2 NPN parallel Transistors .
Anyone have any idea ?
Thanking in advance for replying.
73s frm Marq/CT1BWW

The K7RA Solar Update from N1TKO
Tue, 01 Dec 2009 07:44:17 GMT
From ARRL News: This is a follow-up to last Wednesday’s pre-Thanksgiving bulletin. It was a little too early to provide the complete Thursday through Wednesday sunspot, solar flux and A index that normally appears in Friday’s bulletin, so we are including it today. Our exciting period of nearly daily sunspot activity ended with the first spotless day on November 23 and the Sun has been blank since then. A look at the STEREO image shows a bright active area, perhaps five days over the eastern horizon, but we don't know if that will give us sunspots or not. Sunspot numbers for November 19-25 were 30, 31, 14, 13, 0, 0 and 0 with a mean of 12.6. The 10.7 cm flux was 76.7, 76.2, 75.8, 76.3, 75.7, 74.7 and 74.2 with a mean of 75.7. The estimated planetary A indices were 2, 1, 8, 4, 0, 6 and 5 with a mean of 3.7. The estimated mid-latitude A indices were 0, 2, 6, 2, 0, 3 and 4 with a mean of 2.4. As the two STEREO craft move further from Earth, the visual gap on the Sun's far side is gradua...

My Station info: from XE1UYC
Sun, 29 Nov 2009 10:07:37 GMT

Kenwood TS-140S, Icom IC-730, Yaesu FT-747GX, Yaesu FT-2400, Kenwood TM-261, Yaesu FT-2500


Tunner: AT-250 Automatic Antenna Tunner, AT-130 Antenna Tunner, Vectronics VC300DLP


Double Bazooka 80-40 meters, Dipole Multiple 20-15-10 meters, Dipole 17-12 meters, Vertical A-99 for 10 meters, Vertical DEM-600 for 2 meters

Icom ceases production of IC706 from N1TKO
Sun, 29 Nov 2009 08:00:59 GMT
News has filtered through from ICOM Japan that the very popular IC-706 Mark 2 G HF VHF UHF Transceiver has ceased production. The WIA reports that advice has also been received from ICOM premium dealer Navcom Electronics that there are only 14 units currently held in stock in Australia and that this stock is expected to deplete rapidly. There is good news as well though, as from 16 November 2009 all ICOM amateur radio equipment is being backed with a 5 year warranty.

It is coming along from ZS3CD
Sun, 29 Nov 2009 01:59:02 GMT
Hallo to all finally the new shack is in use.
Still lot of work to be done.
Hope this all will lead to more DX.


A Wireless Dilemma: when ham radio transmissions interfere with the wireless equipment. from N1TKO
Sat, 28 Nov 2009 17:22:57 GMT
By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU It's a wireless world! It seems like every day another electronic gizmo joins the radio-controlled ranks of gizmos. That's fine -- unless you are a ham trying to transceive in a wireless world. Wireless equipment transmissions have been interfering with our ham receivers since just about Day One and we have learned how to deal with that problem. But what about ham radio transmissions interfering with wireless equipment receivers? In a recent e-mail, a Surfin' reader asked, "I wonder if the topic of wireless routers used in the ham shack has ever comes up? I expect a large percentage of hams use wireless in their homes, and I imagine many are like me and have their Internet connection and router in the shack, close to their amplifier. "I had used satellite Internet until a few months ago, when I switched to a local WiFi network. The WiFi network is faster and less expensive than satellite, but the WiFi system seems to be more sensitive to the particular type o...

About Me. from NK9I
Wed, 25 Nov 2009 11:49:34 GMT
Two years after my father was licenced as a Ham Radio Operator, I followed suit and was originally licenced as KA9JFJ in September 1980 at the age of 16. Over the course of the next few years, I upgraded my licence to the General, then Advance, and finally the Extra Class. When I started DX-ing and Contesting, I wanted to changed my call sign to a shorter one, and was issued NK9I in May 1986 and I have been using it ever since. I currently have a 9 band DXCC (10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, 80, 160 meters) and worked 330 out of my maximum of 341 DXCC countries. I just started keeping track of the DX Challenge, which is currently just over 1500. Equipment includes: Yaesu FT-1000MP with Quadra Amp, Info-Tech CW Keyboard, K7NV Prop Pitch Controller, Ameritron Remote Coax Switch, Rigblaster Pro Interface. Antennas are: Hygain TH6-DXX at 70ft, Cushcraft A3WS with 30M at 75ft and &amp;#189; wire dipoles for 40, 80, and 160 at 68ft. I use two computers in the shack. Both are dual boot with...

This Week in History from N1TKO
Tue, 24 Nov 2009 07:22:17 GMT
Monday, 23 November, 2009 1867 Barbed wire patented by Joseph Gidden, USA. 1884 Evaporated milk patented by J.Mayenberg, St Louis, Missouri, USA. 1889 First Jukebox used, Palais Royale Saloon, San Francisco, USA. 1902 Marconi sends faint signals across the Atlantic from Glace Bay to Poldhu. 1910 Royal Australian Navy created by the Australian Naval Defense Act. 1922 2SB (later 2BL) was first Australian commercial radio station to go to air.

Timewave ANC-4 Noise Cancelling Unit from DU1GM
Sun, 22 Nov 2009 08:55:21 GMT
I had my eye on this unit last year at our PARA Anniversary. Unfortunately I couldn't afford it then and I wondered if it would turn up at the bring and buy stall this year. Well it did so I grabbed it and took it home! I have bad interference from my computer psu and it is worst on 40m. It sounds like power line interference and comes from the generic power supply unit which has no filtering components inside. I did check by switching off the computer and the noise disappeared. I also tried adding a mains filter to the 220VAC input and it made about 10dB difference but I should really change out the power supply for a branded version for a proper cure. Anyway, when I fitted the ANC-4 inline with my HF rig and adjusted the controls I was amazed to find it completely nulled out the noise and signals I couldn't hear before became Q5! I tried 80m also but I wasn't as successful. I will experiment with different noise pickup antennas but the little telescopic one on the unit works very we...

Troubleshooting Time from 4F2KWT
Sat, 21 Nov 2009 15:25:17 GMT
TX3A in the Chesterfield Islands has been an elusive target on 160M for several days now. Despite earnest attempts to make a contact I have met with no success. Last night the antenna suddenly developed a problem, the SWR would shoot up at high power. Going up the 105 foot tower suppporting it was a good exercise I must admit, replaced the suspected broken balun. Back at the radio and good SWR at 100 watts! TX3A caught WT of my call and sent ?. Sent my call twice but for naught. So, I fired up the amplifier for a better signal and the initial problem popped out again. High SWR! I have some climbing to do later, to replace all cables this time. I checked the balun I replaced and it is not broken hence my decision change the feedlines. All other systems work fine. In fact, I bagged TX3A on 80, 40, and 30M.

Still no go on the updates. from VE3TMT
Wed, 18 Nov 2009 14:04:52 GMT
Still cannot edit my profile, really not sure what is happening.

TOP 10 Things you should know about Boston.... My QTH! from N1TKO
Tue, 17 Nov 2009 14:04:58 GMT
1.The geographical center of Boston is in Roxbury. Due north of the center we find the South End. This is not to be confused with South Boston which lies directly east from the South End. North of the South End is East Boston and southwest of East Boston is the North End. Harvard Bridge The bridge connecting Boston and Cambridge via Massachusetts Avenue is commonly know as the Harvard Bridge. When it was built, the state offered to name the bridge for the Cambridge school that could present the best claim for the honor. Harvard submitted an essay detailing its contributions to education in America, concluding that it deserved the honor of having a bridge leading into Cambridge named for the institution. MIT did a structural analysis of the bridge and found it so full of defects that they agreed that it should be named for Harvard. ******************************************************** 2. You should know..... There is no school on School Street, no court on Court Street, no dock o...

Kontera ads in "My Ham Shack Dot Com from K5CXO
Mon, 16 Nov 2009 12:32:52 GMT
Is it something I downloaded to cause text to be hyper-link to some disjoined ad for words in text on my blogs and home page????

Or is this a attemp of the owner of My Ham Shack to offset cost of running a this web service?

- Jim K5CXO

More Ham Radio antennas for the space station from N1TKO
Mon, 16 Nov 2009 05:27:32 GMT
The space shuttle Atlantis (STS-129), scheduled to launch today, November 16, will carry additional Amateur Radio antennas for the International Space Station (ISS). Astronauts will install and deploy the antennas during the second spacewalk of STS-129. The ham radio team will monitor the spacewalk activity via a NASA real-time teleconference call. "The new antennas will increase opportunities for the many hams who covet making contacts with astronauts and cosmonauts," ARRL ARISS Program Manager Rosalie White, K1STO, explained. "Frequencies available for transmission to and from Columbus will be 2 meters, 70 centimeters, L-band and S-band. "To start, the two Ericcson radios (2 meters and 70 centimeters) that are already on the ISS (but seldom used) will be moved and installed in Columbus." Read the full ARRL story at The ISS is currently planned to stay in orbit until 2015, however, there are discussions taking place about ext...

The Rig Register.... Keep your Radios Safe! from N1TKO
Mon, 16 Nov 2009 05:20:33 GMT
If your radio equipment was stolen could you remember its serial number? Have you recorded it somewhere safe? Would you like to notify people would might potentially purchase it? Have participating shops checking on repairs and 2nd hand purchases? Sign up to The Rig Register, a free service, and record your amateur radio equipment details in a safe and easy to find place. Your equipment can marked as lost or stolen for others to check. The Rig Register isn't just for stolen equipment. Groups and clubs can use it as an asset register and a shared login between committee and leaders would allow access to the group's or club's asset list. For more info, go to: Jerry - N1TKO

This Day in Tech 11/16/1904 from K5CXO
Sun, 15 Nov 2009 22:29:14 GMT
1904: British engineer John Ambrose Fleming invents and patents the thermionic valve, the first vacuum tube. With this advance, the age of modern wireless electronics is born.

none from AC4MO
Sun, 15 Nov 2009 16:47:12 GMT
nothing to say

On this date in History from N1TKO
Sun, 15 Nov 2009 14:49:48 GMT
1777 The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States. 1806 Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop now known as Pikes Peak. 1889 Brazil's monarchy was overthrown. 1926 The National Broadcasting Co. debuted with a radio network of 24 stations. 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. 1940 The first 75,000 men were called to armed forces duty under peacetime conscription. 1959 A farmer, his wife and two of their children were found murdered in their home in Holcomb, Kansas. The killers, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, were profiled in Truman Capote's non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood." 1982 Funeral services were held in Moscow for Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev. 1984 Baby Fae, the month-old infant who had received a baboon's heart to replace her own congenitally deformed one, died at a California medical center three weeks af...

On this date in History from N1TKO
Sun, 15 Nov 2009 14:49:48 GMT
1777 The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States. 1806 Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop now known as Pikes Peak. 1889 Brazil's monarchy was overthrown. 1926 The National Broadcasting Co. debuted with a radio network of 24 stations. 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. 1940 The first 75,000 men were called to armed forces duty under peacetime conscription. 1959 A farmer, his wife and two of their children were found murdered in their home in Holcomb, Kansas. The killers, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, were profiled in Truman Capote's non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood." 1982 Funeral services were held in Moscow for Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev. 1984 Baby Fae, the month-old infant who had received a baboon's heart to replace her own congenitally deformed one, died at a California medical center three weeks af...

On this date in History from N1TKO
Sun, 15 Nov 2009 14:49:47 GMT
1777 The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States. 1806 Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop now known as Pikes Peak. 1889 Brazil's monarchy was overthrown. 1926 The National Broadcasting Co. debuted with a radio network of 24 stations. 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. 1940 The first 75,000 men were called to armed forces duty under peacetime conscription. 1959 A farmer, his wife and two of their children were found murdered in their home in Holcomb, Kansas. The killers, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, were profiled in Truman Capote's non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood." 1982 Funeral services were held in Moscow for Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev. 1984 Baby Fae, the month-old infant who had received a baboon's heart to replace her own congenitally deformed one, died at a California medical center three weeks af...

Surfin': The Real Pirate Radio from WA1LOU from N1TKO
Sun, 15 Nov 2009 09:49:13 GMT
Pirate Radio, the movie, opens today, which according to The International Movie DataBase (IMDB), is a period comedy very loosely based on Radio Caroline, a popular pirate radio ship with a similar history and style that operated illegally in the North Sea in the 1960s. The Boat That Rocked was the film's title in the UK where it received mixed reviews last year. I have seen trailers for the film, but not the actual film, so I have no idea how close the film is to reality. It is possible that the real story of Radio Caroline is more interesting than the film. Wikipedia has an entry that describes the history of pirate radio, and another entry that deals specifically with the history of Radio Caroline. And contrary to radio legend, President Kennedy's daughter was not the inspiration for naming the pirate station (but was, as my editor points out, the inspiration for the Neil Diamond hit, Sweet Caroline, played in the eighth inning at every Red Sox home game). If you find Wikipedia's...

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 09:45:43 GMT
Over the years, one by one, all the great electronic kit manufacturers have disappeared - Eico, Knight, Dynaco, Heath. Perhaps the most devastating for the home electronics enthusiast was the loss of Heathkit®, a mainstay from 1947 to the mid-1980's. Heathkit advertised "World's finest electronic equipment in kit form". Their kits ranged from inexpensive teaching aids to organs, color TVs, AM/FM stereos and tons of amateur radio equipment, much of which is still in use today, over 40 years since it was produced. These were kits that not only taught you something about electronics, they were fun to assemble and sometimes saved you money over comparable store-bought products. With the flood of foreign imports, it became hard to produce kits that could continue to offer a price advantage. Today, electronic products are produced largely in Malaysia, Singapore and China and shipped to the United States. There isn't much labor involved, as automation has replaced human labor, and what labor...

Iceland's radio hams get access to 70 MHz and 500 KHz from N1TKO
Sun, 15 Nov 2009 09:43:22 GMT
On February 19, Radio Amateurs in Iceland were granted temporary experimental access to the 70 MHz and 500 kHz bands. Licensees holding "N" and "G" class licences can apply to the Icelandic Post and Telecom Administration for a special permit for 70 MHz which is valid until December 31, 2010 and gives access to 70.000-70.200 MHz. Access is secondary with a 100 watt power limit and a maximum bandwidth of 16 kHz. Permits are also available for the 493-510 kHz band, only A1A is allowed with up to 100 watts. Icelandic Post and Telecom Administration (PTA) in Google English

Can't update the station information from VE3TMT
Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:53:08 GMT
Tried many times but will not allow me to update the station information. Emailed the webmaster but no reply. Now running an Icom 756PRO and it is a joy to use on RTTY, my favorite mode. Will update you some more, once I've had a chance to play. 73, Max VE3TMT

220 MHz from N5VAG
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 19:56:35 GMT
I am looking for people in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area to get interested in 1.25M (220 band). If anybody is interested please contact me at 228-860-2150 or This is a very exciting band with very unique features such as the best of both worlds. It has the distance of 2 Meters with the penetration of 440.

aprs digipeater from KC5YHQ
Mon, 09 Nov 2009 18:20:26 GMT
I will have my aprs digipeater back up a running tomorrow.. I had high swr on the antenna.. finally fixed it. My digipeater is a foxdigi kit form. Mr. Doug (W5DUG) built it for me, along with 3 minitracker for my mobile units. My digipeater call is kc5yhq-2.. it is rf only. Let me know if u see it on 73, KC5YHQ BOB

Events at the new club station (KF5CZR) from KC5YHQ
Sun, 08 Nov 2009 16:25:09 GMT
I went to the new club station and made the first contact on hf (20meter)today. I enjoyed it very much.. only if we could get more members to do the same.. Grand Praire Amateur Radio Club will be having a special event station at the Wing over the Praire Festival on 11-28-09. We need everybody to listen up.. There will be more details in the near future. 73's KC5YHQ BOB

KB0NMQ active on Veterans Daoy 2009 as "W0V" from the USS South Dakota from KB0NMQ
Sun, 08 Nov 2009 15:47:59 GMT
Hello Radio frrinds!
I will be on the air from the BB57 Memorial (USS South Dakota) on November 11 2009. The USS South dakota Memorial is located in Sioux Falls South Dakota.

I hope for good weather & good band conditions.


Big VHF Band Opening from WR0F
Sun, 08 Nov 2009 15:12:26 GMT
We had a Huge VHF UHF band opening Sunday Nov 8th 2009

Worked many stations on 2M SSB and 432 SSB over 500+ miles.

Sun, 08 Nov 2009 11:41:20 GMT

EI185RNLI for 185 years of Royal National Lifeboat Institution from EI7GMB
Sun, 08 Nov 2009 04:03:37 GMT
Hi guys. Just got back from Galway RNLI station where Galway VHF members group were activating an special callsign EI185RNLI to commemorate 185 years of the service Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

We were active from 160 to 20 meters CW, SSB and digital.

I was operating 40 meter PSK31 - my favorite mode, but unfortunately there were really poor conditions, and - what a shame - contester(s) disregarding the fact, that the digital portion of the spectrum _is not_ their contest playground for SSB phone. Well... contests its not my cup of tea and it would not be in the near future also.

Anyway many thanks must go to the (as usual) German and Spanish ops, who did not let me down, doing PSK at nearly dead band last night.

For those of you guys who would like to catch such an unusual station as EJ185RNLI for their logbooks there is a good news: next weekend Galway VHF group will be operating from the Aran Island Lifeboat station at Kilronan, Inishmore. Then we would be back wi...

New radio in the shack from VE3TMT
Sat, 07 Nov 2009 21:52:35 GMT
Traded the TS2000 for a mint 756PRO and love the radio. I'm more of a contester than a ragchewer, so I thought the 756PRO was more suited to my operating style. The receiver is so quiet, sometimes I think the antenna is not hooked up! Still playing and learning and having lots of fun.

My new Kenwood TH-F6A from KD0JCW
Thu, 05 Nov 2009 14:43:23 GMT

Got my tribander today its a Kenwood TH-F6A! Still tring to work it,theres alot of radio to play with in this little handheld.

more activity from VK4TJF
Thu, 05 Nov 2009 08:09:42 GMT
I'm originally from michigan and have a call sign KC8CAM. I was a technician class. I got a real good exchange rate as I have an advanced license here. so I went back to Hawaii on holiday/ I used to live there while in the U.S. Army and took the general and extra class exams. I got one wrong on the general and two wrong on the extra. so I will be getting the extra class certificate from the ARRL as per Bill More himself. and I have become an A-1 operator as well. so awaiting that certificate in the mail. all very good news now I can concentrate on really doing some more morse code and building some more fox hunt antennas

L4B Restored to Life ! from WE8R
Fri, 30 Oct 2009 09:45:07 GMT
Last weekend during the CQWW SSB contest, my L4B amplifier went up in smoke ! It suffered from the "arcing power switch" disease. Since these switches have long been out of production, I took the switch apart, cleaned up all of the residue from the electrical flash... I burnished the switch contacts, after some re-assembly, I was rewarded for my efforts by the 3-500Z's lighting up, and normal operation was restored. Use to test the L4B's at Drake many many years ago.... just like old times again !

Illinois QSO Party this weekend from NG9R
Wed, 14 Oct 2009 18:46:40 GMT
I hope you all can get on for the Illinois QSO Party this coming Sunday. 1700 UTC October 18 until 0100 UTC October 19, that's noon until 8:00 PM CDST. There will be many portable stations set up on county lines and multi-county corners and several mobiles to try to keep up with. You can find more info at: I will be operating portable, Field Day style, with my son-in-law, AB9QW, at the corner of Adams, Hancock and Schyler counties. Work us if you get the chance. NG9R from DU1GM
Tue, 13 Oct 2009 21:36:47 GMT
I have tried many &quot;free&quot; web hosting sites including and have always been frustrated by them either closing down suddenly, as in the case of, or having limitations on scripts etc. I decided to buy my own domain,, and pay for hosting. The cost was quite low which surprised me, it's around $50 a year and gives 100GB monthly bandwidth and 10GB storage space. It also allows 500 email addresses and 10 sub domains. I have uploaded my own website,, as well as a couple of others including our local club web site One of these days I will get to grips with SQL databases etc! 73 George

IC756PRO3 from DU1GM
Tue, 13 Oct 2009 21:31:17 GMT
The latest addition to the station is an IC756PRO3. It came with an FT736 as part of the package and I am quite pleased with both radios. The PRO3 has much the same performance as the PRO I already have, but it has a few more bells and whistles. The PRO3 will be my main station radio and will most likely spend most of its time on 6m! I have yet to try the FT736 on 6m; it came with three modules, 6m, 2m and 70cm. It is an old rig but from what I read on the net it had good performance compared to most other radios available at that time. If anyone has any comments on the 736 I would be glad to hear them. 73 George

In TX from K8DXR
Tue, 13 Oct 2009 16:35:18 GMT
Listen to 6m opening last nite on the mobile, but my antenna is on the not working phase. I have a ATAS 120 antenna which in known for not tuning as they get older. The 10m band was also booming here in TX, wanted to work both bands bad but have to get the antenna working. I'm a 6m nut and it was killing me not to be able the stations from TX. Any way to get a new grid.

Lost My Little Buddy: Now My Shack Feels Empty! from VE3MRV
Tue, 13 Oct 2009 11:20:56 GMT
Unfortunately a few weeks ago, we had an unpredictable happening here in my Household and my Shack!

My best Pal; (Cruz) my Yellow Lab in the Photos included on My Hamshack Site took ill one morning. It was a very hot week here in Ontario and he was having a hard time breathing. He couldn't lie down as it would block his airway! We had taken him to the vet’s, had him checked over and had x-rays taken. His x-ray of his heart was very cloudy but at the time looked enlarged. We left him over night hoping that our vet could help him out.

At eight in the morning the next day;I received a phone call stating that they had him on an IV with medication hoping that it would alleviate the problem, but unfortunately he stayed the same. We went right over to see him and he didn't pay much attention to any of us. It was so sad in the state he was in and the suffering he was going through. It was so hard to make the decision to have him put down especially being around him for 8 years and then ...

Hamfest from AB5YS
Sat, 10 Oct 2009 15:42:22 GMT
Just got back from Pineville, LA hamfest. Really had a good time and got to visit with some real nice folks.

W1AW from K5CXO
Tue, 06 Oct 2009 12:17:15 GMT
Just worked a voice contact on 17 meters 18.130mhz. It has been a few years since I worked W1AW and think the last time was when I was living in North Dak. Thank Frank the Station op for the call

Instead of the Twitter blog.... from EI7GMB
Tue, 06 Oct 2009 04:03:52 GMT
Thought about Twitter once upon the time, but this might be better idea to drop some radio related lines here.

By the first - I did some calibration at my friend's MFJ259 antenna analyzer. It was fooling the impedance part of the measurement by the negative 20 ohm. He bought it second hand so anything could happen to it.

Not a big deal having an detailed manual, but I noticed something strange - it has an small imprint on the PCB saying MFJ249.

Is there a chance, that early model of MFJ259 was nothing more than a bit revamped MFJ249 model? No SMD components are used, just good old TTH.

After all I compared the reading with my still shiny MFJ269 and were are not even a tau of the difference between the Z and SWR needles and just a point between digital SWR reading. Easy fix, huh?

North East Idaho Echolink Gatway from N7MNK
Sun, 04 Oct 2009 11:13:42 GMT
North Idaho Echolink Gateway
Freq. 146.480 2 meters


Node # 478893

n7rhv from KC7LDE
Thu, 01 Oct 2009 18:51:46 GMT

hey N7RHV from KC7LDE
Thu, 01 Oct 2009 18:40:23 GMT

I1BEP Station from I1BEP
Wed, 30 Sep 2009 12:48:02 GMT
I like present my station

operating from KE4MYW
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 05:42:14 GMT
I am very active on HF, 6M ssb and like to work 6M AM whenever I can find someone on. I am one of the charter members of the Haywood County Amateur Radio Club. This is a young club but a great group of guys and I enjoy the club very much. If you are ever in Waynesville, NC on a second Tuesday in the month we meet at the County Communications conference room behind the courthouse talkin is 147.390+ 94.8 PL tone. We would love to have you. If you need Haywood County NC for county hunting or if you need any surrounding county just email me at I know Swain County is kind of hard to get and also Madison County. I am into county hunting but since I work during the week and family stuff on weekends I just peck at it here and there. I love award chasing and contesting and wish I had a lot more time on the radio. Although really the only reason I contest is to get needed contacts for awards. I also collect paper QSL's, I am on eQSL and will confirm eventually, I am not ...

HAM-MAG is a free magazine for HAM operators from KA6KBC
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 17:07:07 GMT
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The very first post here. from EI7GMB
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 12:02:25 GMT
Hi guys. Just posting my first blog message to see how does it work.
Hope to meet you on the bands.

Glorioso - Anybody else out there fustrated? from W9ZT
Sun, 27 Sep 2009 15:01:40 GMT
Like many of us I need FT/G but I honestly have never been more fustrated trying to work a DXpedition like this.
Firstly they seem mostly to operate RTTY on 20M, a little on 40M. The band openings to NA on 20M have been sparse, and RTTY is very inefficient way of racking up QSO's plus I haven't seen them do much to specify NA contacts either.
The only good opening I heard them was on 15M SSB @1200-1300Z They were working mostly EU but I heard 1 or 2 East Coast US stations make it, he was building nicely and I was really getting excited this may be my chance! Well, just then, they announce going QRX for an hr. I patiently waited hoping they return but they never did.
This weekend I only saw one cluster spot of them on 20M RTTY but no copy especially with all the contest garbage.
I have heard NO CW operations?? I guess they have had some antenna issues...but still wouldn't you focus on modes and band openings best to maximize QSO's and try to give NA's a chance? Oh well I guess t...

PIXIE II QRP Audio Problems! from CT1BWW
Sun, 27 Sep 2009 05:59:50 GMT
Hi Everybody!
Recently I built a Pixie II QRP radio from HSC Electronics I couldn't solve audio problems.

The audio sounds like a motor boat as it does nothing but buzz and NO Reception at all .I checked the supply voltage to the LM386 chip and it was about 7 volts. Thinking the LM386 chip was being starved for current I added in parallel another 1k ohm R5 resistor to get 500 ohm and decrease resistance but it just made the boat rev faster.

I have heard of this being a problem on Pixie radios but I am wondering how other have fixed this

I've change Capacitors Cap for 100uf (instead of 10uf) C10 and C11 . The problem persist. I tested with brand New alkaline battery and other different PSU.

Thanking in advance and Good Luck!

Sat, 26 Sep 2009 12:57:36 GMT
If any you DX station are stamp collectors and collect foreign currency let me know and I will be glad to exchange or if you collect coins just let me know.

Just Upgraded to General from KG6IXH
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 17:26:49 GMT
Actually I just passed my upgrade to General (Sept 19). Still waiting for FCC to update my ULS License status. Planning on getting my Code as well as Extra upgrades done early next year. Wish me luck!

status at my shack from K5CXO
Mon, 21 Sep 2009 06:13:23 GMT
I'm letting the world roll along...I'll catch up to it later! - K5CXO

CQCQCQ PSK-31 and CW EU! from K4GSG
Mon, 21 Sep 2009 04:17:06 GMT
I will be working PSK-31 and CW into EU for the next few weeks. If you need AL please feel free to email at callsign at MDXA dot ORG. going to try to finish up my Triple Play award also here soon, and let us not forget the BIG contests starting soon. Get the rigs cleaned up, tuned in and ready to make new contacts! WX: Still hot and humid here on the Gulf Coast 90'sF high 20'sC every day. 40 to 50 percent chance of T-Storms each day also but for this point looks like the Tropical storms are letting us have a year off. 73

eQSL from W5RAW
Sun, 20 Sep 2009 00:55:27 GMT
Just upgraded my eQSL status to GOLD member. Thanks to the eQSL staff for running the special.
Wish everyone used eQSL and LOTW. I still have a lot to learn but am working on it in between contacts and work.

Beam up! from K4GSG
Fri, 18 Sep 2009 13:48:17 GMT
After a lot of work and sweat the TA-33A is up. Thanks K5CQT, KJ4JGW and KJ4LDH for all the help. Few pictures uploaded of what she looks like in the air. We got it up and then came inside to see how it worked. Tuned 14.283 and called CQ. Two calls and 9A7DX replies to me. We had a 3 min QSO laughing about the new beam and me loving DX and that the first QSO was a DX. Vedran thanks for the great QSO, and report on how the beam was working. Now time to get that second 100 in the log! 73

Excellent day for the hobby! from 4F2KWT
Fri, 18 Sep 2009 02:49:23 GMT
Today was really good. During my visit to the post office to collect mail I found that the 1500 DXCC Challenge medal had arrived! Exciting! Then, when I got home I did some chores and only then did I check the cluster and searched for FT5GA. Yup, they were on and I made a call--- got him on the second atttempt. What a special day. Glorioso Island in the log! May all of you get this one as it took years and lots of special effort to activate.

DX far contacts from PD0MV
Thu, 17 Sep 2009 07:22:21 GMT
This my best DX 5 watt QRP VP8LP Falkland island 10m band SSB G5RV FT-817ND TA3J Turky 10m band SSB G5RV FT-817ND K8CW USA 10m band SSB G5RV FT-817ND K3PIN USA 10m band SSB G5RV FT-817ND K1GUP USA 10m band SSB G5RV FT-817ND D4C Cape verde 10m band SSB Longwire FT-817ND RX6AM EU Russia 10m band SSB G5RV FT-817ND RN3ZIC EU Russia 10m band FM G5RV FT-817ND RZ9WX Asiatic russia 10m band SSB G5RV FT-817ND 4X4FR Israel 10m band SSB vertical FT-817ND This my best QRPp 500mW C31KC Andorra 10m band SSB Vertical FT-817ND 9A9A Croatia 10m band SSB Vertical FT-817ND YT40E Serbia 10m band SSB vertical FT-817ND EA8OB Canary island 10m band SSB G5RV FT-817ND This my best DX 25 watts 20m XX9LT Maccau 20m band SSB G5RV FT-897D RK3BF EU Russia 20m band SSB G5RV FT-897D 9K50UU Kuwait ...

Member of Clubs from PA0RHA
Tue, 15 Sep 2009 14:23:47 GMT
Feldhell club FH # 490 Info: European PSK Club EPC #502 info: Digital Modes Club DMC #1105 Diplom Interest Group #4211, DIG-PA Info: Amsterdam DX Club ADXC Info: AGCW-DL #1923 Info: Belgian Telegraphy Club BTC #267, Deutscher Telegrafie Club #221 Radio Telegraphy Club RTC #324, Croatian Telegraphy Club CTC #1105, SKCC Straight Key Century Club #10856 FLEVOLAND AWARD Info: TRX1:YAESU FT-2000 TRX2: YAESU FT-950 TRX3: TS-590s Ant.Magnetic LOOP 14 - 28 MHz. + LW+ATU All Band Interested in Contest and CW mode Manual Keying. (No Keyboard) See you in the PACC-Contest QTH:Locator : JO22RL09SC 73 77 Ronald

6 Meters from KE5VRW
Sat, 12 Sep 2009 19:15:34 GMT
I am interested in getting involved in 6 meters. I would like information about different 6 meter radios. What is a good 6 meter antenna to use?

Old Qsl Cards ? from KA6KBC
Sat, 12 Sep 2009 14:47:01 GMT
Hi All,

I posted a few of my Old Qsl Cards:

One that I think is really neat (received in the 80's) is from W6QCS. It was printed on the USS NorthHampton in the 40's. Even has a 1 cent Stamp.

Wow - Qsl's are Fun.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

I Love Radio! from KC9NCF
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:40:16 GMT
I've loved radio since I was a youngster. I am always learning something new. Recently, I got bit by the QRP bug by the influence of a good friend who does QRP a lot. We went out to a local park and had many fun hours on the air in beautiful weather. I want to quickly say that I have tried to update my profile here and change my license class to General from Tech, but when I hit the save button...nothing happens. Hopefully my profile will get updated and you can all see what it is I enjoy on the bands and so forth. I have nothing much to say today so I'll just leave this for my first blog entry. Have fun everyone! Feel free to visit this page anytime!

I Love Radio! from KC9NCF
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:40:15 GMT
I've loved radio since I was a youngster. I am always learning something new. Recently, I got bit by the QRP bug by the influence of a good friend who does QRP a lot. We went out to a local park and had many fun hours on the air in beautiful weather. I want to quickly say that I have tried to update my profile here and change my license class to General from Tech, but when I hit the save button...nothing happens. Hopefully my profile will get updated and you can all see what it is I enjoy on the bands and so forth. I have nothing much to say today so I'll just leave this for my first blog entry. Have fun everyone! Feel free to visit this page anytime!

Station updates from VE3TMT
Wed, 09 Sep 2009 18:16:51 GMT
The A3S continues to work quite well despite the low height. Have worked quite a few JA's on 20m and making some contacts on 2m SSB around 2100 local time. Have borrowed a nice little Ameritron AL84 amplifier for help when needed. Will do over 400 watts out with about 75 watts drive. I have ordered a Softrock kit to use with the TS2000 for SDR applications. I ordered and received the X10000 IF buffer/amp from Jack @ Clifton Laboratories and glad to say it is mounted nicely inside the TS2000 feeding a 10.695 MHz signal to the rear to connect to the Softrock. Just checking the mailbox every day. I do plan on switching out the dial lamps on the 2000 to the cool white LED's. If you search around the net you will see some articles showing the before and after, and the LED's look great and won't burn out. Always something to do. 73, Max

Packet Station from WA4DYD
Tue, 08 Sep 2009 11:58:54 GMT
Have the TNC's all checked out and two connected to radios. Just have to decide what to do for antennas for packet beyond the one in the attic. Perhaps one of the old Ringo Rangers in the junk box/room. More coax to pull into the conduit.

HAM-MAG the free "E-magazine" for HAM Radio ? from KA6KBC
Tue, 08 Sep 2009 08:37:45 GMT
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Have you realize How Much Money you spend in All your Shack? Do you Really use what you have buy? from CT1BWW
Mon, 07 Sep 2009 12:54:26 GMT
Many Hams, including myself sometimes spend money on superflous equipments or parts. We Know that Nowadays are all over the World Many NEW Manufactures, of course they must &amp;quot;survive&amp;quot; as commercial . But what I want to say is that Many Operators buying equipments for thousands of dollars and just for a couple of hours using and they obtain the same results with other just with a small equipment. What I usually ask is converting all money you have sepend in your Station, including antennas , Transceiver, Computers, Software, QSL cards etc. etc. and divide for all QSO's and DXCC Entities, WAS States, WAZ Zones and you get a number. That result is satisfied for you? Compare it with a small station equipment!
Before you Buy another equipment or item for your station, think carefully if is really important unless you are a Key Collector, Radio Collector.
More important is spending more time on Radio, Disfrute the Old Bands 10,15 Meters even conditions are NOT the Best, ...

HPM 140 Event from K4GSG
Sun, 06 Sep 2009 18:09:08 GMT
This was and is a great idea, hats off to the ARRL. Great way to get to meet the people that make ham radio so much fun and a wonderful hobby. I started working stations and got totally engrossed in having the privilege of meeting many ARRL members and such. Some that I might never have met unless this event was being run. I will strongly suggest that everyone that wants to meet some of the people that make ham radio fun, and enjoyable start working the /140 stations you have till Sept. 9 at 2400z. Thanks to everyone in the service to ham radio and all the 140 stations! 73 Glen

52nd Jamboree-on-the-Air ~ OCTOBER 17–18, 2009 from KA6KBC
Fri, 04 Sep 2009 17:20:37 GMT

Hi All,

This is Lots of fun.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC
Eagle Scout - Troop 512 - Fontana, Ca '79


OCTOBER 17–18, 2009

What Is Jambore-on-the-Air
The Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting
and amateur radio event sponsored by the World Scout
Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
Thousands of amateur radio stations around the world
participate. If the conditions are right, it is common to
contact a hundred Scouting countries during the weekend.
In the United States, Cub Scout dens and Boy Scout patrols
visit a local amateur’s ham shack during JOTA. Many
districts and councils hold events that coincide with JOTA,
where amateurs set up stations giving Scouts and leaders a
chance to exchange greetings with Scouts from other areas.

The exchanges typically include information such as
• Name
• Location (QTH)
• Scout rank
• Hobbies
• Age


Station Construction from WA4DYD
Fri, 04 Sep 2009 10:17:17 GMT
I've finally completed the physical construction of the new shack. Now it's time to get equipment installed like I want. I also finished two mods to the SB-200: a soft-start and low voltage keying circuit. The amp is working as desired now. Also have the remote antenna switch installed so I can do some antenna experimenting and get a 160M loop in the air when the leaves are off the trees. The RTTY interface is working with the HW-5400 and is ready for the RTTY contest later this month. I want the three states I need for WAS. Perhaps this time. It's been several years since I've been on RTTY and it's time to finish the task of WAS RTTY. Now to getting the packet gear working.

Now is more easy to Get the DXCC! what will be the Future for DX? from CT1BWW
Fri, 04 Sep 2009 04:01:11 GMT
That's true and nobody can change. With DX Cluster on real spotting, actually many NEW Hams didn't listning they start looking on the Cluster what they need to DXCC, just switch on the Amplifier , point the Yagi on the correct direction ... and here they are starting calling!... sometimtes with stress to loose the DX Station they forget the others and when the DX station is using Split (QSX) those still calling on the DX Frequency. My point of view is that Many NEW Hams they never been SWL and forget that important is listening, listening and listenning again before calling.
On &quot;70s&quot; was to much difficult to buy a Yagi and you count with your fingers who as an amplifier ! Now with Many Manufactures on the Market we can buy a good Yagi or a Amplifier with some good and fair prices. Many NEW Hams are using Amplifier and they didn't TUNE IT Correctly so you can easy found many Stations Splatering!
Other reasons:
If we look around we can find almost 100 DXCC Entities just on...

My Homebrew Project... from DU1EC-OLD
Thu, 03 Sep 2009 00:03:42 GMT
My homebrew project now is a variable capacitors for a monster transmatch,I homebrew this varaiable capacitor from scrap aluminum I have here.,I'll publsh some picture here.oh by the way this homebrew transmatch can hold kilowatt loading.
Ernest DU1EC

RAC what a rip off !!!!! from VE3TMG
Mon, 31 Aug 2009 13:40:18 GMT
This is basically direted at my fellow Canadian hams.
I'm urging any Canadian ham who is thinking of joining or renewing their membership to RAC DON'T !!!I've been a member of RAC off and on for the last 18 years,I had one small issue that I needed help with so I sent an E mail to the ON.south RAC director and even after a second E mail he didn't even have the courtesy to reply to me.I Ended up sending an E mail to the RAC president Bob Cook VE3BDB, a lot of good that did me Bob in his arogant way basicly told me I was on my own and he didn't care if I renewed my membership or not!!That comming from a guy who wasn't even elected to that position,he was appointed after the previous president quit over the BS that he had to put up with.I will be dedicating a page on my web site to explain this in further detail, I will also be doing a video about this and posting it on you tube.
Well thanks for letting me vent.
73 Terry

video on you tube from KI4KON
Sun, 30 Aug 2009 11:26:00 GMT
just to let you all know I am doing videos on you tube reguarding the world of ham radio please check them out go to you tube and type ki4kon in the search box

New Shack from ZS3CD
Sat, 29 Aug 2009 10:20:48 GMT
Its time for some change. I am busy with my new shack. I will post some pics as we go along.

Tokyo Ham Fair 2009 from DU1EV
Sat, 29 Aug 2009 00:56:48 GMT
It was fun to be at the Tokyo Ham Fair 2009. Japanese hospitality is the best. I thank my ham friends in Japan for their very warm and gracious reception. Among my favorites at the Tokyo Ham Fair were the following: Alinco DGJ7 portable which is capable of VHF, UHF and 1.2 ghz. It is a worthy successor to the Icom T81. Tokyo Hy Power HL5KFX, 3 KW solid state linear amplifier for HF and six meters. I gotta have one of these!!! Icom 9100. This baby goes from HF up to 1.2 ghz and is D-Star capable. A worthy successor to the TS 2000 Power combiner by Thamway. This little box can combine two solid state linear amplifiers to double your output. Imagine, if you have two HL5KFXs, you can have 6 KW solid state amp. Pretty cool huh.

TP and weekly update from K4GSG
Fri, 28 Aug 2009 05:14:48 GMT
Been catching up on the ARRL Triple Play Award and getting closer, vy TU to KL7CQ fer the QSOs to fill in Alaska. Also vy TU to K3UK Andy, fer the SKED pages. A great bunch of hams are almost always there willing to help you get closer to finishing up awards. Copy and paste this link follow to the SKED pages if you'd like to use K3UKs pages. WX: Temps have been a bit below normal and the T-Storms are still popping up a lot. No major storms in the Gulf still and let us hope it stays that way. Loading a few new pictures of the new Shack, the XYL let me out of the cave... hi hi The Ten Tec Omni-D is up and running CW, and Data modes. Still using the IC-718 for phone and the rebuilt HW-101 works QRP CW. Thanks to all the Know Code Hams out there just logged 1000 CW QSOs!!! If you are not on eQSL yet please take the time to look into joining, Tell them K4GSG sent you! vy 73s ...-.-

New Rotor from AB5YS
Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:05:58 GMT
Just ordered a new Ham IV rotor and hope to get it on tower pretty soon.

Homebrew Tak-Antenna ? from KA6KBC
Tue, 25 Aug 2009 12:50:43 GMT

Hi All,

Just wondering if anyone else has built up a Homebrew version of the Tak-Antenna. It works and was a good experiment - Just wondering what others have seen. It is a flawed Antenna in that most of the performance is based on feedline radiation, but is small and can get you on the air.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

New Shack Construction from WA4DYD
Sat, 22 Aug 2009 09:12:51 GMT
Still putting the finishing touches on the operating space. Currently assemblying a keyboard/mouse pull out tray for under the primary operating position. Finished a master power switch arrangement this week and reconfigured radio and antenna switching (again).

Packed for Club Day Saturday, Ohio QSO Party and Drake Special Event Station. from NY8T
Fri, 21 Aug 2009 18:24:54 GMT
Aug 22, 1400Z-2100Z, Miamisburg, OH. R.L. Drake Amateur Radio Club, W8CYE. Celebrating 66 years of R.L. Drake communications excellence. 28.360 18.100 14.260 7.260. Certificate. Drake ARC, c/o Gary Hardwick, 498 Lake Front Dr, Lebanon, OH 45036.

Build your own – Ham Radio Web Page - Free from KA6KBC
Fri, 21 Aug 2009 08:07:49 GMT
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My Ham Shack is a place where you get a personal web page for you and your shack. Your friends, family and fellow Amateur Radio Operators will have a place to go to admire your Ham Shack.

73s allows you to make a personal web page and have Facebook like features.

Bill - KA6KBC

Got a new Collins KWM-2 from W9SRK
Thu, 20 Aug 2009 19:30:04 GMT
I recently acquired a KWM-2 in excellent condition. After only a little extra cleaning and polishing, it looks good as new. What I'm still amazed at is the stability compared to my HW-101. I love the HW-101, and it doesn't drift after the standard warm up period, but the KWM-2 seems to be rock solid within minutes.

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 21:15:40 GMT
Having a total blast with learning and working CW now. The time it takes to learn the code is totally worth the fun this mode becomes once you start working. I can't believe the DXs I have worked and not from the clusters but spinning the VFO hearing a -.-. --.- and listening to the station. I can't thank K5CQT enough for getting me started and then all you others that have pushed me to keep it up. Everyone I implore you to take the time to at least 'try' and learn the code. Some of the best nights I have spent on my transceiver have been taping out code at 7 to 10wpm. Adding 'Es' and 'Ts' to every place they don't belong. The Old Man listening to me pounding back HI HI and telling me they remember when they started. Please take the time to learn CW, then you can be "Just another... Know Code Ham." 73s

Hamfest and free fleas is it worth going? from AC4MO
Wed, 19 Aug 2009 14:36:37 GMT
Well, I have been going to several hamfest's many which they started big and little by little went down then some free fleas started good and did not last.

Maybe its because it was more computer than ham or that it was just mainly junk that nobody wanted also.

Also the prices change too and times and days etc.. So far for me 2 hamfest

Dayton Ohio which I hope to make in 2010

and the orlando hamfest which are still strong.

Oh, well you be the judge of which hamfest is the best.


Miguel, ac4mo

Well Hello There ! from KF4VGX
Mon, 17 Aug 2009 20:07:17 GMT
Not a bad day for me just a bit tired from our trip from Charleston S.C.
Beautiful place ! My wife Mary Jo &quot;KF4VGW&quot; and I visit there every year . We love the place it's &quot;Southern Style Hospitality &quot; at it's finest. We have found and met many friends in the area . If you look at my pictures you will see that I am a avid cruiser.

We have sailed from every southern port on the east coast . The pictures I post are only a small few from my collection .

BTW Love this new site , great way to relax and say hello !
C YA for now !

NAQP August 2009 from W6AWS
Mon, 17 Aug 2009 14:03:40 GMT
Was able to get on and work a few for the August NAQP. Band conditions were a little weak to say the least. Heard some booming stations, and had to wonder if they were adhering to the 100w max rule. I somehow doubt it. Made about 23 contacts in the short time I had to operate. Looking forward to the CA QSO Party in early October. We will be operating a County Expedition in Alpine County, CA. I own a small cabin at Lake Alpine, and we will be operating N6NA as a M/M station. See my website for more info on last years event.

Homebrew 20 meter Vertical from KE5OVE
Sun, 16 Aug 2009 22:13:57 GMT
I have had many asking me what antenna I am using. Well, he it is... Needed Items: 5 - lengths of copper stranded wire cut to the 20 meter band ( I used 14.070 ) It comes out to be 17.88 feet long. 1 - 14" x 14" plate sheet aluminum (1/32 " thick) or thinner. 1 - SO-239 Bulkhead connector and backing nut Soldier gun and soldier 5 - stainless steel screws/bolts Length of good quality rope or string. ( I used Dacron cord ) In the center of aluminum plate, make a hole big enough to fit the SO-239. Screw on the backing nut on opposite side. Soldier one end of the copper stranded wire to the center of the SO-239. Attach the four remaining wires with screws/bolts to the plate. Attach string/rope to center wire. Toss the string with weighted end into tree. Place the four wires out in a radial pattern and anchor to ground. Attach to radio direct (NO BALUN is needed since it is cut to frequency) This should be about 2 to 3 inches off the ground at the center. Have fun. Total cost: under $...

IC706MK2G from DU1GM
Sun, 16 Aug 2009 17:57:05 GMT
I got a used 706MK2G a couple of days ago and it works beautifully. Actually I had one some years ago and sold it so I'm fairly used to using one. Even so I had to refer to the manual a few times! Hopefully I can get it installed in the car and operate while we are house hunting! 73

PSK from K6RAF
Sun, 16 Aug 2009 10:36:07 GMT
I am just now getting around to digital modes. Appreciate tips and clues to be a proper participant in the digitial world.
Running a Yaesu FT-450 with a G5RV dipole at 35' tied to a SignalLink USB and my XP desktop.

New DX from 4F2KWT
Sat, 15 Aug 2009 15:34:35 GMT
Bottom of the solar cycle? Not with all the activity going on. There is DX to be worked!
For August, 2009 in my log are FJ/VE3EY, Saint Barthelemy on 20M CW for an "All-time new one", plus OH0/OH2DXF 40M SSB, 7P8YI 17M CW and 7P8MM on 20M CW.

Emergency Coordinator from AB5YS
Thu, 13 Aug 2009 13:32:22 GMT
I was appointed Emergency Coordinator last week for Catahoula Parish.

MDXA net and WX from K4GSG
Thu, 13 Aug 2009 01:16:40 GMT
Well my first night as an MDXA member, on the 2M net here and got to report a few DX and new cards. I really enjoyed the DX reports, should help a lot with looking for what is out there, when spinning that VFO. . WX: Well to say the least stinks, to say the most STINKS! High heat, thunderstorms everyday close enough to hear and feel the lightning. So the new tower stands up with 'no' RF flowing out of the antenna it holds. Looks like the report is the same for the next 5 day or so and we now have the first brewing of Tropical Storms. I will keep you posted on the happenings at the station and the EOC here. . . 73s

well nothing really new from KE5HTB
Sun, 09 Aug 2009 19:28:03 GMT
I added a verticle a 31' homebrew 80-10 was told it was for. but it is a loaner and to learn how to make my own like it or better I figured no better way to go then fix this 1 clean it up and make it usefull for the owner again and sametime measure and use it to test my own coils if I decide to go that route.
still debating on doing the flagpole style antenna for 2 reasons, I need 2 corner poles for my loop 300' of wire around my yard and 30' is what I need, so why not do 2 flagpoles since they will be roadside and hopefully kids will leave them alone better. live across street from school not always the best place to be for antennas.
but put my loop off top and then place 2 vert. up sametime for backup antennas during and after storms and still fly old glory to show my support for our troops at sametime. this will not be main antenna just a backup in case the loop comes down during storms. which if poles up I can bring it to ground use the vert till storms pass over and reraise my l...

no entry from W0NG
Sun, 09 Aug 2009 12:43:44 GMT

MDXA member and new keyer! from K4GSG
Sat, 08 Aug 2009 11:55:28 GMT
Well I got Jim Leist old key. It is now hooked up and working. Feels good in my torn up hands, and not very many things feel this good in them these days. I made a few contacts WAE contest to see how it works with the IC-718. Good speed and much cleaner then I was with the old keyer, Again thanks Mike.

Perseid Meteors from DU1GM
Fri, 07 Aug 2009 05:30:02 GMT
August 12th is the date of the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. As I write this I can hear, courtesy of an audio stream in the USA at many pings from incoming Perseid meteors. Some of them are very swift indeed and they have been clocked at 130,000mph using visual tracking by several cameras! What you can hear on the audio stream are reflections of vhf signals. Many years ago when I was in Edinburgh UK I was very active using meteor scatter on the 2m band. Nowadays I can just listen to the meteors via the internet but they are fascinating and sometimes sound really spooky! I can thoroughly recommend going to that url especially nearer the 12th when there will be many reflections per minute. The forecast for this years shower is very good and if the skies are clear in the early morning you should also be able to see many meteors per minute.

HF fun and report. from K4GSG
Fri, 07 Aug 2009 02:20:41 GMT
Sure did miss HF, and CW a ton. Never would have believed that I really missed hearing that song. Been back up a few days now and contacts are scrolling down the log again. Thanks everyone for the QSOs. I am now working with a "real" keyer. I can't thank Mike Leist enough, he gave me his father's (KB5W) key. Jim Leist was a very special man to many. There are scores of people that Jim's life touched from Marines, hams and locals that did not know the time and effort he placed into helping with traffic in the Southern Mississippi area. Jim was a "high" speed CW operator. Before he past away he had told me that I needed to learn the code. He used his normal Marine way with this quote, "If it has not got CW, then it is just CB. Learn the code, Glen.". I started that night just sitting at the HF rig listening to QSOs. Ed AB5RS, got me some great tapes to learn from and I now have no problems with 18 to 20 WPM. Thank you Jim, Mike, Ed and Darryl. WX: been HOT here and rain afternoons alm...

well hello from W7DTG
Tue, 04 Aug 2009 20:14:41 GMT
Well hello there stranger, been a while. Have been doing a lot of work with Boat-anchor gear the last few months. Getting away from the plug-and-play radio station, and having a blast. Even gave away most of my modern gear. When I was first licensed back in 1995, I had a Yaesu FL-101 transmitter, and a separate receiver that I used on the HF bands, and I had MORE fun using that setup than anything I have used since. I really want to get back to the fun stuff with ham radio, instead of just chasing DX, and the 599/73 exchange. Been doing that for almost 2 years now, instead of actually TALKING to people on the air. In the proccess, I would like to learn how to work on some of this gear as well, even if it is just the basic stuff for the time being. troubleshooting, alignment ETC ETC. Not too much else going on, oh, I did move the ham shack, so I am no longer in the woodshed like before. I am now in a nice, comfortable 5th wheel. It is a heck of a lot nicer in there. I can keep it cool...

YC156/3CPX5000A7 from KW4VL
Sun, 02 Aug 2009 10:49:43 GMT
I have my capacitor bank rounded up for the high voltage supply. The important parts like the transformer and the vacuum variables are next. I would really like to find a 240 volt 40 amp or so variac, so i can adjust the supply voltage for better control of the circuit. I have the Rf cabinet being made by a good friend of mine skilled in metalwork. The YC156 tube and chimney and rectifier blocks are sitting on my shelf. I got a good deal from another good friend of mine on that.. Thanks K4ZC!I have recently added a new very nice roller inductor made specially for surplus sales to the parts bin and a new bench variac.

Tower in the air! from K4GSG
Sun, 02 Aug 2009 09:21:05 GMT
Well after what seemed like forever the tower stands up tall and beautiful. Buckmaster OCF wire dipole at 38' and the tower is leveled and strong. I need to thank the work crew, KJ4JGW the XYL, KJ4LDH the oldest daughter, Dakota my son, and Darby my youngest daughter. Also thanks to K5CQT Darryl for the donation of the tower sections. We have a 20m mono band going on top in a month or two. As I work mostly 20m PSK and CW. It should be easy going with how easy this went up. We came inside and got the rig hooked up and then sat down to the keyer, and prayed. Looked at the VSWR meter and it was nicely placed at 1.2:1 at 92watts, Check. Took a deep breath and called CQ, nothing. Called again CQ CQ K4GSG K4GSG CQ CQ... BOOMING in comes a station from Peru! He pounds that brass to the number dance I wanted to hear, you are 579 579 in Peru. I send back a gleaming 599 and tell him we just got the antenna in the air and this is the first contact with my new tower, and thanks for the QSO. He ...

AT-130 from DU1GM
Sun, 02 Aug 2009 05:52:35 GMT
I found my old AT-130 today at the old QTH and brought it back here for testing. It was a bit grimy from having been in the open air (polluted) so I thought that was a good sign that I had taken it out of service while it was still working! The coax and control cables had been cut off to save time.
I connected up some cable to the +12V, GND and start connections, fired some RF in from the 756PRO and momentarily keyed the start line to GND.
I was surprised when it rattled through the relays and tuned up the antenna in a few seconds! I checked all the bands from 160m through to 10m and all was fine!
All it needs now is a good cleaning and it's ready for service once more.
I really thought that both the AH-4 and the AT-130 had been damaged by static. I had sent both back to the supplier in Singapore and the note I got back from them was that the AH-4 was beyond repair (!) and the AT-130 was refurbished, so I guess at least the 130 was damaged. Goodness knows what tests they did to the...

UHF Link Radio for Echolink from DV1KD
Fri, 31 Jul 2009 20:02:49 GMT
Hi Everyone. I'm currently building my RF UHF link for echolink communication. I already got my Yaesu FT-7200 and UHF Ringo Ranger antenna donated by N6GMS (many thanks to Glenn Sison N6GMS). I'm on the stage of pinning the radio to my homebrew link board and tonight will test and run the system. Tomorrow morning (Aug. 2, 2009), I will setup the Ringo Ranger antenna on the roof and will link it to our UHF repeater. Wish me luck. 73! DV1KD

ICOM AH-4 Auto Tuner from DU1GM
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 10:30:44 GMT
I have an old AH-4 Auto tuner which I used to use fitted at the base of a 21ft vertical wire. It worked ok until one day there was a close lightning strike within about 500m. After that it didn't work at all! I thought it was scrap but kept it for the past 7 or 8 years in case the parts or at least the waterproof case might come in handy. There was no sign internally that anything was wrong, but with the small chips in there, who knows... Just out of idle curiosity, I tried it out this evening with my 756PRO and a few bits of wire to apply power and start tuning, . Well, the darn thing worked just fine! Now I just need to test it properly with the unit connected to the 756PRO via the correct control cable. This I will do tomorrow... Testing with the correct control cable plugged in to the 756PRO was a success. I will now most likely use the tuner mobile with a 706MK2G. After the weekend I will do similar tests with an old AT-130 I have at my other QTH. I suspect that one really is d...

Hope to wrk you from W9ZT/VE3! from W9ZT
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 17:27:26 GMT
I will be arriving at Eva Lake near Atikokan, Ontario, Friday evening. Hopefully will be QRV by Sunday evening with the Icom 7000 and a dual band dipole. Going to see how high I can get it up into those jack pines! I will be there for 2 weeks!
Mostly will be on 40 and 20 meter phone and cw.
Usually I hang out around 7.150 and 14.250.
Hope to wrk some of you in between fishing runs.

Morse Code on a nickel from K5CXO
Mon, 27 Jul 2009 13:53:06 GMT
Today on my Hallicrafters group email one of the member ask if there was ever a coin from any country that had morse code on it. This answer was yes, a Canadain coin. This unique Victory 5 cent piece Canada coin is that all around the end of the inside rim on the V side were tiny, raised dots and bars, not seen on any other Canadian coin. These engraved dots and dashes are actually Morse Code. However, many thought that the dots and dashes were simply design. The dots and dashes spell out the good-luck, war efforts words:

“We Win When We Work Willingly”

(See this photo of the coin on my station photos)

Sun, 26 Jul 2009 18:21:06 GMT
My place to play radio and sometime sleep and eat occasionally. This has been called the radio room ham shack junk room computer room. And last PAW'S ROOM. anyway one needs a place to unwind and this is mine. If you have got this far you know I love drag racing This tube frame Vega use to be and still could be daily driven. Has a SB all stud motor RHS heads with Weiand 2x4 x 2&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; open spacer intake with two stage Nitrous 660-CFM center squirts Turbo and 3600 nitrous stall converter. Has 35 inch Ford 9 inch strange rear. pan hard bar and sway bar and adjustable coil overs and bars. Morrison wheelie bars to keep it on the ground and Diest 12' laundry basket to help getter stooped. and a Full set Auto-meter gages. the best time for this street car is 6.18 and 121 MPH in the 1/8th on street legal tires. This was in 1997 and now there is no insurance or tag on the car. I use it to go to the mail box once in a while. But my real love has been shooting sports all my life. ...

Testing from G8OSN
Sat, 25 Jul 2009 07:19:51 GMT
Does it work?

Well it is close now. from K4GSG
Fri, 24 Jul 2009 19:05:02 GMT
The tower is all redone, new galvanize, then sanded and epoxy painted. The Cement is cured and we should push it up into the air and have more pictures next week. I can't wait to have HF back. 73s

Welcome from W7ARC
Thu, 23 Jul 2009 00:03:09 GMT
This is the station I now operate in Lynnwood, WA. True - I have more radios and capabilities than most EOCs but I have made this into a station that has redundant back-ups for all the most commonly used modes for EMCOMM.

The antennas for my station are all NVIS-style antennas. The main HF antenna is a copy of a 1929 single-wire fed Windom at 25 feet above ground. The other HF antenna is a random length longwire antenna about 10 feet above ground.(I use this antenna on the PACTOR station).

I operate a 24x7 PACKET mailbox using one of my FT-7800 radios and a KAM KPC-3+ TNC. No. It is not part of the Winlink System but a stand-alone mailbox.

I also operate a 24x7 Airmail PACTOR mailbox - again not part of the Winlink System (PACTOR 1) for those who want to connect to me or to test their own PACTOR stations. The PACTOR station uses my FT-840 and a AEA PK-232/MBX TNC.

My mobile station is very versatile allowing me to operate 75 meters to 70 cm. at any time. I can operate HF an...

Round 2 meter gear from AB5YS
Wed, 22 Jul 2009 16:39:00 GMT
I was searching through some old stuff and found all my HT gear. I just hope it all still works.

New QTH from DU1GM
Tue, 21 Jul 2009 20:40:51 GMT
Next week will see the sale of my UK house complete and we will start to seek out a new QTH here in DU. At the moment Mayet (DV1JAZ) and I live in a small rented apartment which is almost totally unsuitable for ham radio. We will move out of the terribly polluted and crowded Metropolis of Manila to a place south of here called Lucena City. To give some perspective, Metro Manila has a population of about 20 million people! Lucena on the other hand has a population of about 250,000. 11 Dec 2009 We had a run down to Lucena yesterday and saw one lot of about 5,500 sqm at a reasonable price. The land was quite flat and surrounded by rice fields and not much else. We will keep that one in mind as we continue our search. We had a look the previous week but the places we were shown were not really suitable. The last one we saw was an overgrown shambles of about 1500sqm. We had to hack our way through heavy undergrowth to reach the back of the property. Those people really have no idea how t...

Sunday July, 19 from AB5YS
Mon, 20 Jul 2009 13:38:04 GMT
Had Dereck and Ricky over to get rotor going and put up R-6000 vertical. We got the vertical going but still have some problems with the rotor. These are some really great guys to work with and I have made good friends with them. I also worked into Spain and Italy on the vertical late yesterday afternoon.

A good logging program from N9RG
Sun, 19 Jul 2009 04:41:10 GMT
I have no idea what my intention was here. Must be old age!!!

Don't seem to have the time to keep this updated from VK3EME
Fri, 17 Jul 2009 17:23:51 GMT
Don't seem to have the time to keep this updated but I also don't seem to be getting much done either. Well I have had a go at building an antenna analyser but it doesn't want to go yet so that's another thing to look at. I have got a bunch of boards and components there to build another 1250 Mhz ATV transmitter but that will probably still be there in December. I have been able to get the video stream up and going for the VK3RBO ATV repeater on the BATC site and usually have something up on the Tuesday night club net and over the weekend.

its compleated from KI4KON
Fri, 17 Jul 2009 10:46:51 GMT
everythink is in except the flooring and it was fun now i have a place to myself to gather my thoughts and projects i have done the wireing myself i used 2/2/2/8 alumim for the feed from main at pole to the shack its all so both the home and shack has the same wire check out my photoes all i need to do is to mount my 2 100 foot crank up concret will be here next week so untill then 73

First Blog! from DU1GM
Fri, 17 Jul 2009 06:15:05 GMT
I was told about this site by a friend of mine so I decided to register and start blogging etc! At the moment I am in a temporary qth so activities are limited. In the first quarter of next year we plan to move out of Manila and hopefully I can become more active in ham radio. Watch this space, as they say!

Getting more active on the air from KC0ORL
Tue, 14 Jul 2009 16:32:37 GMT
Well hey hey Well I haven't been to this site in some time, and haven't posted anything. Soooo hey I figure with propagation the way it is maybe I can make some contacts here and in turn make contact on the air with people from this site. Anyways... lol , had a good field day . our club didn't have as many operators as in past years but we had some good fun and the bands were pretty busy , again this year I worked 10 mtrs, and did pretty well it was up and down and the band changed around to different parts of the country quite a bit which makes it fun. I hope to get a few pics of me and my station and some vids too up , and also link to them on Youtube, where I have a page for this and other hobbies. Dwayne

Antenna Mounted, Hidden Room. Shorten Feedline, Go Digital! from KB3ROH
Sun, 12 Jul 2009 19:03:23 GMT
I got my antenna mounted in the attic on the second, just as was planned. (Amazing isn't it?) Turns out the plans I'd printed out were for a Collinear J-Pole, not just a J-Pole. The difference? The collinear is 2x taller, and it only just barely fit in the attic. Any larger and it would've poked a hole through the ceiling of my brother's bedroom below!! But getting the antenna mounted was only half the battle. The feedline was much more difficult, since I wanted to avoid having to drill more holes in the ceiling. Turns out that the crawlspace next to my bedroom isn't so much of a crawlspace as it is a 4x6 room with a slanted ceiling - perfect for a ham shack!! (Even my dad was surprised how much room was back there.) It looked like they'd changed the plan at the last minute and moved the wall back 4 feet, as there was already a wall with insulation and a 4x6 floorspace back there. So eventually that will be converted to my ham shack, but for now it's just a place to run coax from my ...

Weekly update from WD4LYV
Sun, 12 Jul 2009 13:38:08 GMT
It has been a good week on 6 meters, worked several new grids.

Researching equipment needed to allow more compter control of my station from my bed operating position.

Found a fellow ham who has a computer control board which costs 400.00 and will allo computer control of my NCS Multiswitcher and amplifier.
If you can help by donating toward the purchase of this equipment.

N8LP builds the control board and several other pieces of equipment.

CW and my Grandson Part II from K5CXO
Sun, 12 Jul 2009 05:35:39 GMT
Back in June my Grandson Robert was down for his summer visit. He has always play around with my station. This year he asked about the CW keys next to the 756pro. I figure I would take a little time and see if I could spark a little interest with him learning code. The first few days when well however I notice his attention starting to drop. It wasn't long before Flight Simulator on the computer took over his full interest. He is only 10 years old so I have a few more summers to hook him.

How I Almost Became A Silent Key from KB0OXD
Sat, 11 Jul 2009 17:27:04 GMT
The following is a REPOST of my original post @ on the matter.....


As I write this, I am amongst the offline world, but not because I forgot to pay the electric bill or got washed up in Hurricane Katrina, though the cable company is expected to be out today to reactivate my account and stuff (I had my cable account suspended since I was in the hospital and didn't see the need to pay for service I couldn't receive because of my obvious physical location). :-)

This time it's because I contracted a case of cellulitis in the left leg which resulted in my getting sick to the point where I came within HOURS (if not sooner!) of DEATH. I came down with a fever so high that it amazed doctors that I was still conscious. The temp was 106.7 (No I'm not kidding either!). I will lead off Episode 22 of Pat's Podcast with this, but if podcasts aren't your cup of tea as it were, lemme briefly s...

Long Time No Post from KB0OXD
Sat, 11 Jul 2009 17:19:39 GMT
The following is a REPOST of my original post @ on the matter.....


Hello Ham World!!

Boy, I am AMAZED at how Hams have embraced blogging as a way to communicate thoughts, feelings, etc. I must be behind the times or something. MAN - The sheer number of blogs at HamBlogs.Net is just ABSOLUTELY STAGGERING!!! I spent all of last night and the better part of today subscribing to blogs from all over the world over there.

Anyway, this blog will be more about my musings (Not neccessarily my rants as that will be a seperate blog). It will be a mixture of text and video with a little audio thrown in whenever warranted. I also plan to have a seperate "Blog Book" podcast of sorts featuring my favorite contacts on EchoLink, VHF/UHF SSB and (When I get the antenna for it) a little bit of HF.

And now that I have software for digital modes, I plan to share some of my digital mode QSOs too.

Of course, I plan to...

Dead EchoLink Conference Servers from KB0OXD
Sat, 11 Jul 2009 17:14:35 GMT
The following is a REPOST of my original post @ on the matter.....


I know this issue has been brought up before, but I wanna bring it up yet again because it seems as though we STILL have a problem with DEAD conference servers.

By that, I mean conference servers with lots of links and nodes connected to them, but VERY LITTLE IF ANY ACTIVITY AT ALL ON THEM!!!

One example I note is the *COLORADO* conference server. Lots of nodes, links, and even a few users on there now and again, but LITTLE TO NO ACTIVITY ON THERE.

Now I can already see what your instant reaction is gonna be. You're gonna say something like &quot;Well why don't you stop griping and DO SOMETHING about it&quot;. Well to that end, I say that you and I know that A BUNCH of these servers were created for the purpose of linking a bunch of so-called &quot;private&quot; repeaters owned by a bunch of Ha...

The Importance & Value Of A PREAMP from KB0OXD
Sat, 11 Jul 2009 17:10:21 GMT
The following is a REPOST of my original post @ on the matter.....


Boy did I quickly discover the importance & value of the preamp feature of my ICOM IC-706 MKII-G which I'm using as the link radio for my EchoLink node.

As many of you no doubt heard if you listened to the EchoLink Page I didn't even get 10 BLOCKS to the WSW of my QTH (Where the node is @ 7 floors, 10 ft. (Avg. height) for a total of 75 ft (This INCLUDES approximately 5 additional feet when you add the patio railing which the mag-mount base which holds my Diamond SG-7900 antenna is attached to).

Part of this was also due to my inability to hold my entire radio (My HT is an ICOM IC-T7H, though my hands are quite small) while I was traveling over a rather bumpy bike path in a small neighborhood park. After I left the park, the RX signal started to weaken (I probably sounded a lot worse on TX). From there, I just listened ...

Hard Times & Ham Radio from KB0OXD
Sat, 11 Jul 2009 17:00:03 GMT
The following is a REPOST of my original post @ on the matter.....


The following post is taken from excerpts from a USENET newsgroup post by Jim Miccolis, N2EY to the newsgroup

The reason I'm posting this is because there is SO MUCH truth in what he says and the correlation between the economic problems of today & the era of The Great Depression.

I've been following the various political debates this election year, and the whole $700 billion bailout mess. How it happened, how to fix it, who is to blame, etc. From all that, it seems to me that we're looking at some pretty lean economic times ahead. But this isn't really a post about politics or economics. It's about their effect on ham radio, specifically, growth in our numbers. Looking back of the history of US ham radio, it seems to me that the worst economic times were the best for US ham radio growth.


The Top 10 VOIP Commandments from KB0OXD
Sat, 11 Jul 2009 16:54:47 GMT
The following is a REPOST from my original post @ on the matter.....


....From the IMPECCABLE mind of Paul Van Der Weegen, VK2EX comes this lil public service announcement about talking on VoIP systems which I found on the EchoProducer Yahoo! Group

1. Thou Shall Leave 3 to 4 Seconds between all overs.

2. Thou Shall not Connect to more than one Conference Server at a time

3. Thou Shall restrict local repeater Id's from entering the IP

4. Thou Shall Keep all overs to a maximum of 4 Minuets

5. Thou Shall Not Force other Links or Repeaters into a Multi

6. Thou Shall Listen on a Clear Frequency before attempting a
Connection to a remote station.

7. Thou Shall Listen for at least 10 Seconds before transmitting
after connecting to a remote station.

8. Thou Shall always announce ones Call Si...

Horrible Language, Topics & Overall Behavior On HF from KB0OXD
Sat, 11 Jul 2009 16:32:29 GMT
The following is a REPOST of my original post @ on the matter.


The observations of one Dan Hensley, KC9NCF. Sad to see there's still truth to this. :(


I've only been on the HF bands since September or maybe August and what I have heard so far has forced me to either keep the radio turned off when my kids are home or I am forced to put earphones in almost all the time.

I hear conversations about females genitalia and what pepole in the conversation like to do with it, I hear sick, decrepit conversations about what one station likes about old grannies and what he was going to try to do to his old lady neighbor, groups of individuals who talk about black people and anyone who isn't white, I hear conversations about booze &amp; guns and why they are God's great answer to life and furthermore, what these guys would do with ...

wish us well on Sundays tower project from N5EON
Fri, 10 Jul 2009 21:04:52 GMT
We will be at ab5ys qth Sunday morning changing out a rotor and an antenna. Hope all goes well for us .We will be getting started early to beat the heat. 73's for now n5eon

520S glich from VK3MIB
Fri, 10 Jul 2009 20:26:13 GMT
Have a slight problem with my TS520S will rx on 80m but will not tune up there, all other bands are fine checked drive coil for 80m and adjustment from one end of the coil to the other does not show any difference. I have a feeling that it may be a high voltage cap located along the circuit from the drive coil board, has anyone else had the same problem and if so how did they fix it. Thanks Barry

New QSL!!! from KW4VL
Thu, 09 Jul 2009 11:15:02 GMT
I got my Qsl card from the spacestation today hurray!!

new webspace trials from KE5HTB
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 06:30:59 GMT
I decided to try my luck using this web service to highlight some of my ham radio experiences. not many to talk about yet but will try to make something interesting. Currently I am looking to build a 2m yagi and a better wire loop setup then I have now. currently i have a 300 foot wire wrapped around a batch of trees and will be installing poles at each corner as I can. I am a disabled ham so it takes time to do things but I get it done somehow. I am interested in Digital modes mostly due to my power restrictions ( untill I get my antennas tuned 100% and not bother everyone around town hihi) SO we shall see where my antenna adventures take me next !! have built the normal j-poles and g5rv's and dipoles. now it is time to grow and learn a little more and use my g5rv as spare for emergency times. I do live in hurricane area of South Texas. so never know what will come along this season. just have to be prepared

IARU HF World Championships from K5DXG
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 03:46:32 GMT
Well here is the BIG one of the summer, The IARU HF World Championships! K5DXG, will be on air and ditty bopin that CW dance. Darryl (K5CQT) and Myself (K4GSG) will man the station and try to get the club call DXCC worked, or very close.

Contest rules are here.

Please join K5DXG and the rest of the ham world in a fun and exciting contest. If you have a time you will be working the contest and need Mississippi just drop me an email at the club call email address (K5DXG at Yahoo dot com). Hopefully the sun spots will hang around till the contest but that looks not so likely. We will still have a great contest.

Let us all try to be polite, understanding and wise with our words while DXing. Calling someone a LID, AH or NCH (no code ham) only means it is tougher for the station with the pile-up to work you/us all. Yes, there are folks that don't know how to tune up unless on top of you, there are those that have no clue that their ...

Back up in the air! from K4GSG
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 03:09:41 GMT
Just got the tower sections finnished, and they will be in the yard today. Now to coat them with the OD green epoxy paint and put them together. Then it is up in the air and back on the air. So the HF withdrawls will stop soon ... hihi.

WX: We got .23 inches of rain the last two days enough to help the yard a bit. Today will be not as hot with a high of 88F/31C, west winds at 5mph and a 50 percent chance of rain.

I will be working the IARU HF World Championships from K5DXG, so look for the club call mainly CW but will do some SSB.


from 4F8BOF
Tue, 07 Jul 2009 06:15:14 GMT

Getting on MyHamshack network site from 4F8BOF
Tue, 07 Jul 2009 06:14:40 GMT
Browsing the internet for no definite reasons, just passing the time took me to a call which seemed familiar AD5MD, following the link took me to Myhamshack site and it was Ernie my long time friend on the ham community. Ernie is also DU1COO and we were sparring partners for cw exchanges a very long time ago in Manila. He left for the states and thats as far as I can remember...well, here you are now ernie, nice to know that you are back on the ham activities in the states...I hope to catch up with you and probably have a pic taken from your readioshack...I come to the states at least once a year with my family and who knows texas will be my next veneu hi hi hi AD5MD de 4F8BOF dah da di di dit, dih di di da dah

sack update 2 from KI4KON
Mon, 06 Jul 2009 19:31:00 GMT
well i took 5 days off to compleat the shack, well i have to say it was great,so far this was compleated insulation is r13, sheetrocking was 5/8 4x8 sheets,countertop,cat 5, rg6 for cabil tv,paint is compleated the electrical will be in by the end of july i will have my friend jason make the connection from sack to main with # 2 /2 /2 /6 , only thin is left is flooring and moving my equipment in new shack. now i will have a 3.3 cu foot refrig and microwave for that pop corn and hot pockets along with a book shelf and a small couch. any ideas please send them and to all 73

The IARU HF Championship Contest July 11 and 12th 2009 from AC4MO
Sun, 05 Jul 2009 07:25:51 GMT
Well, the IARU HF Championship Contest is comming this weekend July 11 and 12th, 2009. Hopefully band conditions will cooperate and it will be a great contest.

Hope to chat with you in the contest.


Miguel, AC4MO

yc156 from KW4VL
Sat, 04 Jul 2009 18:41:34 GMT
Started on the yc156 amp project ...was working on a gs35b project but changed my mind lol!

Sat, 04 Jul 2009 09:28:38 GMT
Hi All from Bangor, Maine to Mesquite, TX. Just started this Blog. Am 66 years old with a wonderful wife, Jane, and 2 great kitty's Bonnie and Tawney. Bonnie belonged to my son Michael until he ran off the the USCG and left her here. Now he can not afford her due to the rent we charge. Tawney came to us through the Maine Coon Rescue and had been severely mistreated. Now she is the princess and is spoiled to death. My cat 100%.

I still work in the Sound Industry for a company in RI and still have fun working. I never want to retire.

Happy Independence Day! from K4GSG
Sat, 04 Jul 2009 01:49:09 GMT
Thank you everyone that fights for basic human rights every where.

WX: Well the rain is still finding a way to miss us here in Grand Bay, AL. We should see have a HOT day ahead 97F/36C, with the heat index climbing to 109F/43C. They are calling for afternoon showers here about a 30% chance so I sure hope we get one my greenish-brown grass could use a bit of rain.

I have the kids this weekend and we have fireworks and grilling on our minds. So we will be outside after the sun allows us to be out there safely and enjoying the sunset and night air. Going to cook a few burgers and dogs. Light a few small fireworks and enjoy a safe fourth of July, God willing.

The tower sections are gone off to get galvanized. I am now totally going through HF withdrawal, HI HI. No HF antenna up at the house means I am going to the contest station for the HF World Championships. K5DXG will be working a QRO two man station, this is a chance to get the club call DXCC rolling. We will be mainly CW but...

Driving and Thunder from KB3ROH
Wed, 01 Jul 2009 17:34:42 GMT
Today I got my Learner's Permit in the state of VA! For those who know me, you may be thinking: "Wait- how is that possible? His ULS listing has a Maryland address!!" Well, I also have a VA address. No, literally- my brother's and I have a house in Faquier (spelling?) County that we inherited from our Great Grandmother. My parents also have a place we go to in the summer in Stratford Harbor, which is in Montross. It took quite a while (my dad didn't have the right tax papers the first time around, so we had to run and get a copy from the office... 30 miles away) but I can now drive with a licensed individual over 21!! :-) I was going to go on the air and brag about it... but it's (un)conveniently stormy. Tomorrow my father and I will put the antenna up in the attic, as my mother doesn't want an antenna on her roof.

Field Day (a little late) from N9RG
Wed, 01 Jul 2009 02:46:11 GMT
I participated in Field Day with the local club, Amateur Radio association of Southwest Florida. We set up 5 stations plus a GOTA Station and a 6 meter station on Saturday morning. Start time found me sitting at the 6 meter station, which was totally dead. Actually, all of the bands were lousy on Saturday. I worked the 10 meter station for a little while before heading home around 5:00 PM. I went back Sunday to help tear down, only to find out the bands had been hopping all day. We ended up with a little over 1100 QSO's. A good time was had by all. KK4PG's Field Day Chilli really hit the spot!

First Post from KB3ROH
Tue, 30 Jun 2009 16:49:40 GMT
I've been a Technician-class amateur since August 9, 2008, but frankly haven't done much with it until the past two weeks. I started studying on HamTestOnline for my General-class license about two weeks ago, and have spent many an hour reading through the ARRL operator's manual. Yesterday and today, however, I actually put it to use. I finally finished my 2-meter J-Pole incarnation, which took about 5 hours of work, and 9 months of waiting, to complete. It is currently mounted on the deck above the pool area, about 12 feet off the ground on a slope. Right now I am sitting on that same deck typing on my hamtop, desperately trying to call someone on my IC-2100 transceiver. (I've been at it for 5 hours now.) NOBODY is on the air! And I know I'm getting through, because I can hear myself on my scanner and can hear the repeater's courtesy tone after I'm finished transmitting. On top of that, this repeater is on the Southern Maryland Link System, which covers pretty much the entirety of ...

Field Day 2009 from W9ZT
Mon, 29 Jun 2009 17:14:20 GMT
Well, me and my buddy Jim, WB9OJE, packed up some gear, my IC-7000 and his TS-120S, took some wires and coax from one of my numerous junk boxes. Dusted off an old bencher out of another box.
Jim couldn't find a mike for his 120 so I found an really old beat up Realistic CB hand mike I have no idea where it fell from in another box, which we later rewired to fit his connector. He even got excellent audio reports with it.
Then grabbed a tool box and emergency provisions of beer and chex mix.
Off we go to the great Wisconsin northwoods. If a nuclear bomb went off in Milwaukee, fallout would go to the east and radioactive beer foam would be everywhere so we figured north was best. We didn't plan much of anything similar to what a real emergency would be like, total chaos, but actually we never plan anything we do. We agreed to make do with what was laying around and not spend a dime. I have a generator but we didn't feel like haulin it out, I got a bad knee and Jim has a heart con...

Field Day 2009 from K2QBW
Mon, 29 Jun 2009 05:52:23 GMT
I managed to get away from the new puppy Sunday morning to get down to the site of the club's Field Day activities. During the height of activity nine stations were setup. I looked up Jim KV2W's camper and join him and Tom running the 40 meter CW operation. I was a little rusty on my CW but it came back pretty quickly and with the help of the other two operators I was able to chip in and have some fun.


FD 2009 from K5DXG
Mon, 29 Jun 2009 04:08:40 GMT
Well what a time we had in 2009!

First to thank the VIPs, Pascagoula and Gautier Schools, The Mississippi Press Register, WLOX, Jackson County Amateur Radio Association, Gautier Police Department, Jackson County EOC, MEMA, Jackson County Sheriff Office, all the amateur radio operators, and all the people that came out to see us.

This years Field Day event might be remembered for a good many things. High stress at times, High heat or even high costs. One thing our field day proved was that Jackson County, Mississippi is ahead of the curve and on the cutting edge of todays emergencies communications. To a person, everyone that showed up at Gautier High School was impressed by K5DXG and the Jackson County ARA. Both groups, most people are in both clubs, preformed with the spirit of youth and the knowledge of age. The score we placed will not be what we are remembered for most likely. We will be remembered by the groups and press that we brought to ham radio on the Mississippi Gulf C...

Field Day 2009 from KE5OVE
Sun, 28 Jun 2009 23:29:08 GMT
Field Day 2009-come and gone way to quick this year, man was that the quickest 24 hrs or what?

This was my second Field Day. With fond memories of 2008 at the controls of Howard's (WB5EKW) radios, along with others at a 6E WTX location, I had prepared my I thought. The 2009 Field Day for me was, just me, logging, making calls all that fun stuff that you learn from. I was a 1E AR station this year. I am thinking the neighbors are not liking me now because of the noise the generator made as it roared into the night and the next day. Being 100% Emergency power...not fun. Then plus being a fire fighter/EMT and being on call...well, you get the picture.

Made three runs during FD this year, one fire and two medical calls, so there was three hours out of my FD Ops. 21 hours still left big deal, no problem. WRONG! After coming back from the last medical run of the night, I rushed back to the controls to make some QSOs. WHAT! WHO! NOW! Out of state compan...

Field Day report from K4GSG
Sun, 28 Jun 2009 18:18:49 GMT
Well Field Day was a total blast and I beleive a huge success. Thank you everyone that poured your hearts and lamda into the fun. We had the pascagoula STAR bus, TV coverage, newspapers, scouts, church youth show up and so much fun in the South Mississippi heat.

I'll post more on the K5DXG Blogs here on My Ham Shack if you'd like to see pictures and read more about the good time.


my shack update from KI4KON
Sun, 28 Jun 2009 15:12:15 GMT
well my shack arrive on friday and so far its comming along great see pics in my site

Another great field day!!!!! from KB3RJH
Sun, 28 Jun 2009 14:41:29 GMT
Well, it was another great field day for me and my daughter Chloe. She actually made some contacts this year and was asking about how to get her license!!!

All of her contacts were on 20 meters however we started out on 10 but the conditions from our location at the Carroll County EOC were less than favorable. I think we only made around 10 or so contacts on that band. So, to keep her interests peaked, we quickly switched over to the 20 meter phone station and she was making contacts left and right. I took her home around 5pm and took a nap so I could go back around 9pm to have some more fun!!!

When I finally left at around 0230 am this morning the club was somewhere around 400 contacts... I'm sure the number went up a bit higher since then. I'll have to find out what the finall tally is when field day is over.

Hope everyone had a great FD and i'm looking forward to it next year. I think I may try to use my own equipment and see what comes of it.. Who knows!?!?



Field day Press Release JCARA and K5DXG from K5DXG
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 09:02:44 GMT
When hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes cut off communication, knock out electric service and the paths to restore them quickly, amateur radio often is the only form of communication.

In preparation for these disasters and other emergencies, the Jackson County Amateur Radio Association will attempt to make contacts with other amateur radio stations as part of a nationwide ARRL Field Day event on June 27 and 28 at Gautier High School in Gautier, MS.

Since amateur, or “ham,” radio stations can run on gas generators, solar power or by manual crank they can help provide reliable communication when all other systems, such as cell phones, Internet, or telephones, fail or overload. For many years the Gulf coast has had one of the strongest groups of amateur radio operators fighting these emergencies. This Field Day we are asking you to come out and meet your "ham" radio operators, see what Jackson County has in place ready the next time they are needed, and Get On The Air with us.


Packed and Ready! from K4GSG
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 03:27:57 GMT
The HF station is packed and ready. The Pelican case is sitting next to a huge pile of tools, coax, antenna and first aid kit. Jessica, KJ4LDH and myself packed and cleaned each piece. Darby helped and called "CQ Field Day" into her imaginary HF rig.

I am very excited about the whole weekend we have planed. K5DXG is ready to show off that we are an up and coming DX club to be dealt with. Jackson County ARA is ready to show off all of their Star Bus and the operators we have here. From what I know so far we have T.V. stations, Radio, newspapers, boy scouts, girl scouts, church groups, school kids from JR. High to Collage, visiting hams from 3 states and a few dignitary. So we should be really busy and have a great chance to take ham radio to the streets this Field Day 2009.

Sad note to add before we start up the contest stations W5WA and K5DXG will send CW the calls of the hams we have lost this year. At 12:45CDT/17:45z We will honour our fallen Silent Keys by sending their calls...

Good condition on 10 meter. from SA5BHL
Wed, 24 Jun 2009 14:01:09 GMT
Today it was very good condition on 10 meters. I worked some stations from Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland. I also tried the repeater on 29.660 and it was fun a lot of people talking on that repeater.

Time to put up some antenna at my summerhouse. from SA5BHL
Wed, 24 Jun 2009 00:55:23 GMT
Hi time for my first update of the blog. I`m very new to amateurradio and i got my license for about 3 weeks ago. The first thing i did was to buy me a used Yeasu FT857D and a Echo balcony antenna for the shortwave, and it was like a whole new world opened up!

Now it`s time for some antennas at my summerhouse, the first will be a dipole for 20meters and after that i will put up something for 6m.

I`m thinking of to try to use this antennas from my qth in the city, somekind of remotecontrol. Mainly because i have lots of interference when i`m on shortwave at my home qth.

You are very welcome to contact me, i`m very glad for new friends from around the world.

Have a nice day everyone.

WAS done! from K4GSG
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 21:37:54 GMT
Thank you KK7YC OR in the logs and LoTW WAS is filed, before Field Day. So now on to Field Day stuff full time the HW-101 HF rig will only be up till Thursday night about 0200z. Then they both get packed away and sent off to the Field Day site. This year K5DXG and Jackson County ARA (N5OS) will be working together at the Guatier High School. Please come see us or look for us on the cluster! Get N5OS and K5DXG into your logs. Talk in is at 145.110 neg/OS 123/T if you need anymore info email me call sign at yahoo dit com.

Again thanks KK7YC and everyone in my WAS log!


Plans from KJ4FUU
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 10:07:41 GMT
My QTH has no room for large antennas, and what room I do have is blocked by the power line, which runs diagonally across my backyard.

So, my plan is to install the new MFJ feed-through panel in my window, and string as much antenna wire as I can fit under the power lines. I will be feeding the antenna from the 2nd floor, but the rest of the antenna will mostly be no more than 6ft off the ground. Not ideal, but it beats nothing at all. The long wire will be connected to the feed-through, which will be connected to a 4:1 LDG balun, which will be connected to my LDG tuner. Hopefully, I'll be able to tune it up enough to make some contacts, although since I run 5w, I'm planning on using CW (I'm currently at 37 characters in the G4FON training program, 20wpm characters, 10wpm effective speed).

My only CW problem right now is that I've got to practice more in order to overcome the bad habit of counting dashes/dots for the numbers. It's not a problem w 0,5, or 9, and I'm not doing it o...

Sun, 21 Jun 2009 08:53:20 GMT
Hello everyone and Happy Fathers Day to all. The pix you see is an old pix and I have ran out of room. So the wife has placed down a new law "only 2 small rigs in the house, everything else must go or build a radio room." So I have a metal building and car port that is not attached to the house. So I'm going to put the building to good use. I'm going to put a floor, insulation, electric, gas, and some windows in it, with another tower and I shall be good with the law and head of the house. My wife's father raises cattle I raise antennas. LOL so be checking out my shack page to see this project as it goes along. 73's for now KJ4HDY

Station report from KW4VL
Sun, 21 Jun 2009 07:54:23 GMT
Well its been a little while since ive posted and a few things have changed... the 6 element hygain is up and working great! 20 meters never seems to close now..if you havent had a beam on 20 you dont know what your missing...worked a good bit of dx on 10 meters lately the band has been open almost every day. It seems that 40 meters is the most active dx band late at night so ive been working a bunch of people down there early morning.. Im gathering parts for my yc156 amp, got the cabinet im gonna use, the plate choke, some very nice oil filled caps and looking for a 4500 volt transformer at 1.2 amps or so to get the power supply section up and running. The way i figure it this critter will do legal limit+ 24/7 without breaking a sweat. The skills gained from this project are priceless!

Happy Fathers Day from K4GSG
Sun, 21 Jun 2009 05:57:14 GMT
Today of all days I want to take the time to thank everyone in my life that took the role of "father" to me. I pray for each of you and thank God everyday but today I wanted to let everyone know just how much you mean to me.

My Father died in combat in Vietnam serving as an United State Marine. Thank you Dad for giving your life for what you thought right. Without you I would not be here.

My Grandfather raised me the greatest man I knew, Thank you Grandpa, I still miss you everyday. Without you I would have never learned that trying your best, was the best you can do always.

My Gunnery Hicks, Thank you Gunny, for teaching me to be a Man. For teaching me how to stay alive, and to pass on everything you taught me to other Marines. Without you I would not be alive nor would the many many Marines that followed after me.

Lastly and by no means least, My Elmers, thank you Darryl Goldman K5CQT and Ron McKee K5RGM. Yes, I have two Elmers maybe because I am blessed, hard headed or ...

I began to use this blog today from YY1CIR
Sun, 21 Jun 2009 05:23:31 GMT
HI my first ham blog post. I dont know what to do this..but i expect to be useful and funny. If you like it please comment, if not please tell me the reason for. If you want to know a little more, please visit my real radio blog or my page All new friends are welcome.

Kenwood TS-570D from N9RG
Sat, 20 Jun 2009 12:57:02 GMT
The PK-232 has been sitting on the shelf for a while now. I haven't had much interest in getting it going. One of the problems is all of the software for it is older stuff.
I did get rid of the Kenwood TS-450S and picked up a Kenwood TS-570D to replace it. The 570D has a much nicer display, a built-in keyer and some digital processing. It also seems to be better suited to computer control.
I worked 41 contacts on 6 meters during the ARRL June VHF Contest. The band was wide open, and that's not many contacts compared to some others. I made my 41 contacts using a dipole at 10 feet above the ground, though. I think I had 33 grids, so I'm happy with that.

DrakeARC Field Day 2009 event via Twitter. from NY8T
Sat, 20 Jun 2009 12:01:35 GMT
We will be feeding updates about the Drake Field Day 2009 event via Twitter. Follow us on Twitter at If you don't use Twitter you can follow using our RSS Feed at The photo stream location will be announced over Twitter as we get going.

Greetings From Ecuador from W4BWS
Sat, 20 Jun 2009 08:38:39 GMT
We moved to Ecuador for several reasons, including the climate, low cost of living, inproved health and to operate a non-profit health clinic for the poor. People here work for $2.00 to $5.00 an hour, when they can find work. Low cost Govt clinics are 60 to 300 miles away, cost about $30.00to $60.00 per trip plus medications.

You can live well here on $900.00 a month including rent, food, etc. Many families live on half that. We rent a house for $150 a month including electricity and water. We hope to build a small home next year, 12 by 9 meters, about 1060 square feet. It should cost about $15,000 to $20,000 including appliances and furniture.
It wil take a while due to funding the clinic and living on Soc Security income.

To help fund the clinic I sell Ham Radio Reference info on CD. There is over $50.00 value on each CD. I email the CD's due to the cost. CD's are $0.75 each and mail is $3.00 each. I ask a donation of $8.00 via paypal. Checks and money orders take 40 days ...

WAS update from K4GSG
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 02:49:15 GMT
Well it is down to three states now for the ARRL WAS award. I only need ID, OR, WV. I have been trying on the K3UK web pages, Andy has done a great job with the chat rooms for people to meet and SKED contacts. Check out his pages at really nice folks there and some good DX as well. My goal was to get my WAS award by Field Day but I see that slipping away now. I will be sending out a few e-mails to hams from these states in hope that one they will take the time to work me.

Look for K5DXG information coming soon!


Joined a club....finally! from K4BTC
Tue, 16 Jun 2009 17:06:48 GMT
Last night after close to 29 years, I re-joined the club I belonged to as a General. I was accepted back into the ranks of the Trident Amateur Radio Club here in Charleston, SC. Sadly enough I did not see any old faces, just all new ones. The club was very friendly and accomodating to me and the other 3 who joined. I was warmly welcomed and vigorously included in all dimensions of the meeting. Thanks TARC for the extended hand of friendship and camraderie. I look forward to being a member.

CW and my Grandson from K5CXO
Mon, 15 Jun 2009 13:01:19 GMT
My ten year old grandson Robert is down spending a few weeks with his grandpa. Today sitting at my station he asked what was one of the items that next to the HF radio. I told him it was a strait-key and that it was used for sending morse code. He wanted to see it work so I sent his name a couple of times and then he wanted to know each letter. I slow it down and repeated each letter several times. I then had him try it himself to send each letter he pick up one very quick. So I think I will spend 10 to 15 minute a day with him teaching code over then next three weeks and see how much he can learn. I will try and post the results here.

Daily and WX from K4GSG
Mon, 15 Jun 2009 03:02:12 GMT
WX Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 76. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Bad pattern seems to be starting here so far 6 days now with not a hint of rain. The forcasts are for the same for at least a week to come so more watering of the garden.

The Pascagoula Star bus is loaded with the software and fuel and ready to be moved to the Gautier High School. The operators are ready and excited to get on the air. Looks like we are on target for a great Field Day.

Thanks for the contacts this weekend in the ANARTS RTTY contest I had a blast meeting you all and hope to work you again soon. Best Blessings everyone!


hello again from VK4TJF
Sun, 14 Jun 2009 17:42:06 GMT
well here for another update i got that K8RA paddle and i must say that it stays put on the table as it is very heavy. the adjustments are a pain to make but once you get them right they don't move. the key is louder then the Begali key but what can you do it's just a bigger and beefer key. I got two more awards the Worked all continents award and the all japan districts award that just came in the mail today. the JARL just can't seem to spell my name correctly it's JAMES not JEMES. I think that it has to do with a language problem or something, I wouldn't be able to write Japanese that well. it really does not matter much to me at least they got my call sign correct.

Sat, 13 Jun 2009 23:12:26 GMT
"In times of crisis and natural disasters, amateur radio is often used as a means of emergency communication when wireline, cell phones and other conventional means of communications fail.

Unlike commercial systems, Amateur radio is not as dependent on terrestrial facilities that can fail. It is dispersed throughout a community without “choke points” such as cellular telephone sites that can be overloaded.”

"DV1TBQ 73"

More on BPSK31... from KB3RJH
Sat, 13 Jun 2009 04:04:20 GMT
I am very happy to announce that I finally made my first BPSK31 contacts on 20 meters on the 11th!!!

It was a little slow going but, as soon as I figured out the settings within fldigi and how to use the macros correctly. I was off and running. Made around 11 contacts, most of which were here in the states but two were DX. One DX was Norway with Frode (LA8OOA) from Hafrsfjord, Norway and the other DX was Victor GM0SDV from Scotland. Very nice to make contacts so far away with my modest station here in Taneytown, Maryland. What a blast!!!



K4VX contest station from NG9R
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 13:28:06 GMT
If any of you have ever worked K4VX in a contest, you know a bit about his potent signal from near Hannibal, MO. Lew put together a killer station several years ago and it still is one of the biggest antenna systems in our part of the country. He is currently needing a lot of repair done and is not up to doing much of it himself any more. I was over to help him with the new elements for his 6 element 20 meter and when it is finished, he still will only has working antennas on 10, 20 and 40 meters. Anyone wanting to lend a hand to getting Lew's station back into full operating condition, drop me a line. NG9R

VHF contest from NG9R
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 13:21:35 GMT
The June VHF contest is this weekend and it looks like it may be a good time. A lot of activity on 6 meters recently and if the E-skip keeps going, it will be a blast. The drawback to a lot of activity on 6 is that it draws stations away from the other bands. I will be on from EM49 at N9JF's, not sure whether it will be under his call or mine yet. If you hear us, make sure you work us. We should be on 6, 2, 222 & 432. NG9R

Daily and WX from K4GSG
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 07:21:48 GMT
WX Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93F, heat index of 103F. West wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph becoming calm.

Well today is the test for ARRL Field Day. K5CQT, K5MOZ and myself will be installing the logging software on the Pascagoula Star Bus, Getting the generators fired up and running and testing the transceivers. I am starting to get really excited by the fact things are getting so close now. With the new hams from the high school, Jessica and the Boy Scouts there should be a good bit of new youth. Nick Conner K5BQJ, Bill Musa K5YG and Pat Faggen WA5DVV things from the past will be served well also. We have a full time HF CW station ready, a full time SSB/Data HF station and a full time HF/VHF station. The GOTA station is set and ready with K5DXG call. I have printed call sheets for people to read from when working the GOTA station.

I will update the blog on h...

Things go better with a Cold 807 from K2QBW
Thu, 11 Jun 2009 02:57:18 GMT
All the parts for my new antenna are here and the only thing holding me back is where to put it. The weather has been lovely these past days and I still don't have the trees located.

The routine goes something like this, weather nice? Yes, then grab a cold 807 and take a walk around the property. Locate a couple of trees, take a sip, and then visualize the wire strung between these two trees. Does it look like it will fit? If yes, put the 807 in a safe spot and grab the 100' tape and start walking. If no? Then have another sip and look as some more trees.

And on it goes... I think the antenna is just an excuse to enjoy the nice weather and a cold 807.

But I'll keep look'n...

Keuka Lake Amateur Radio Association, from K2QBW
Thu, 11 Jun 2009 02:47:27 GMT
I was invited to visit KLARA's monthly meeting yesterday. The get together began around 17:30 with an expert on the grill and varity of pitch-in dishes. Handed a plate and told to dig in. A very friendly and open club. The big topic was Field Day and I'm looking forward to getting involved with the club's activities.

WAS update from K4GSG
Wed, 10 Jun 2009 17:59:33 GMT
After a great AL QSO Party! We are down to needing 5 states for WAS award. ID, OR, RI, WV, WY sadly I have paper cards from these states but I want to do this totaly LoTW so I got to get them in the log. If you are LoTW from one of these states please help out and SKED a contact with me... I work CW, PSK, FH, RTTY, or SSB if I have to work SSB.

73s everyone!

Pre Dashtoon! from K1NSS
Wed, 10 Jun 2009 15:40:53 GMT
Before there was Dash! The Dog-Faced Ham, there was Toady, one of the regular characters from our strips and panels way, way back in the day. See Toady circa 1989 savor a Jersey tomato and ruminate on that from which it sprung, now at 6SJ7 Comics, our sister site ensconced at

Who Me. from K1NSS
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 12:53:56 GMT
Greetings all. I’m new to all this social network stuff and old enough to ham radio to remember sunspots and Fahnestock clips, with a 40 year sabbatical from the bands in between. In younger years I worked on the advertising side of small market AM radio in copy and production (WSMN – 1590 Nashua NH}, and later on got involved with process engineering tech support, QC and fabricating EMI/RFI shielding and elastomeric gasketing for aerospace and telecom apps with what’s currently known as Parker/Chomerics. I retired from Chomerics in Woburn MA early last year. Day jobs aside, during the eighties I drew freelance comics for alternative weeklies around the country, and editorial cartoons for a chain of suburban Boston weeklies. Back to ham radio in 2001, I fully reverted to type in 2005 when I began to draw Dash! The Dog-Faced Ham, a web comic at Yep, it’s your usual long strange multi-hop trip, bathed, in one way or another, with electromagnetic radiation. I’m keen...

Breeseshooters Hamfest from KD8JRK
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 12:51:26 GMT
To All,
This past weekend a friend of mine John (KD8MQ) and I attended The Breezeshooters Hamfest.

Totally enjoyed walking around learning all that was there.

Didn't know that CB was such a part of a Hamfest. Remembering my CB days. Did see a Cobra 200GTX that I wouldn't have minded bringing home.

I took thie Hamfest as a Learning Experience. Didn't come to buy anything, just learn.

People there telling me &amp;quot;Welcome to Mini Dayton&amp;quot;. Also people telling me I HAVE to go to Dayton at least once. Told them 2010 will see me spending all three days in Dayton.

Just wanted to share.


Daily and WX from K4GSG
Mon, 08 Jun 2009 04:21:18 GMT
WX Today: Sunny, with a high near 88. South wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 67. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Looks like nice days for Radio work will be on PSK-31 most likely next few days hope to catch you there. Only need seven states now for WAS. going to try to get this done by Field Day.

Speaking of which Field Day Info coming soon about JCARA / W5WA and our field day at the Gautier High School ball fields.


Been there and back from K4BTC
Mon, 08 Jun 2009 03:55:09 GMT
Been off the air for a couple of weeks. Fourteen days to be exact. My wife and I went on a little 6250 mile trip around this wonderful country we call America. I tell you it was wondrous, exciting, beautiful, magnificent, and downright tiring! We wished we could have taken our time and spent more of it in some places, but we had to round everything out to see it all. Twenty Two states in 14 days! It gave me a greater appreciation of what this country really is all about. From all the wonderful people we met and friends made, to all the beautiful, inspiring sights. America is beautiful. Despite all the struggle and turmoil going on right now, we do live in a wonderful country. God Bless America

PSK { alot of fun} from N5DPK
Sun, 07 Jun 2009 08:59:18 GMT
I never have been one of those Hams that are always two steps ahead of everyone else. I prefer listening to AM rather than SSB. Grew up with AM and CW and call me old fashioned. But I got dragged into the digital modes in the last 6 months and I must say it has been a perfect marriage of my computer and a unused Icom 736 that was just laying around. Using low power and a very low antenna I have been able to work 75 countries and 45 states on PSK and RTTY. Lots of fun and I have been able to put my PSK station downstairs in a corner out of the way yet close enough to my wife's activities where she does not feel abandoned. Hi HI. Take it from a old timer try the digital modes and enjoy another facet of Ham radio. Dennis

Echophone EC-113 by Hallicrafters from K5CXO
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 10:33:30 GMT
On my Youtube channel I had a few of the same comments that most people were not aware that Hallicrafters made a Radio in a wood cabinet for table tops. This 50’s radio is in very nice shape and works very well it’s design is the typical 5 or 6 tube radios made during that era. I’ll add a photo of it here on Hamshack or check out working on my youtube channel


Alabama QSO Party from K4GSG
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 08:27:30 GMT
I will be working the AL QSO Party, Mobile County. Please look for me and help with contacts.

Thanks for the fun everyone!


CQ CQ CQ ... from W9ZT
Fri, 05 Jun 2009 17:55:54 GMT
Had to start off my blog with something appropriate and couldn't think of anything better than a gud ol' CQ. Well, I hope to get a few returns on it here. I plan on mostly discussing my experiences with my new radio, an Icom 7600.
Not too many out there yet. Many wisely waiting for the reports of real world experience operating the rig before they sacrifice 4G.
I was way overdue for an upgrade after owning my 756PRO original for ten years. It was a great piece of gear, NO problems with it ever. I was eyeing the PRO III but when the release of the 7600 was announced I decided to take the plunge. I have already posted quite a bit on the Yahoo Icom 7600 user group about what I like and don't like about the radio. Much information on commercial tests and individual owners experiences with the radio at that site and I won't repeat things here. Since lately my focus has been on low band DXing especially 80M I will probably post frequently on my experiences there.
I need 18 more on ...

My new hamshack on its way from KI4KON
Fri, 05 Jun 2009 14:11:19 GMT
I have just purchest my new hamshack it should arrive here in 2 week it is unfinished so i will be doing the sheet rock and electric myself and be putting photos up on here its an 8 by 16 building from weather king dealer from Zephahills fla. for 2780.00 pics will be up in 2 weeks please check back then

Daily and weekend from K4GSG
Fri, 05 Jun 2009 03:04:38 GMT
WX Today: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

WX Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. North wind around 5 mph.

With the storms moving out slowly looks like I'll get some one the air time. We got 3.15 inches of rain yesterday and a good bit of lightning.

Wendy is on the way to get the kids now and I could not be happier, I truely miss them everytime they are gone. Hopefully we'll get a 10M opening and KJ4LDH can work some HF. She has been at her CW tapes and might work some CW this weekend.

State list shrinks thanks to K3UKs sked pages! Here is the updated list as it stands now.



Daily and WX from K4GSG
Thu, 04 Jun 2009 05:20:44 GMT
Good day yesterday got a few new stations, worked UA4RZ SSB and CW 20M great contacts Eugene surely has a fine station.

WX Today: Showers and thunderstorms. High near 82. West wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

WX Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. West wind between 10 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

So it looks like I will not be on the air as much today with all the lightning about right now, and today. Guess I'll work on that 20M loop in the shop.


WAS Needs from K4GSG
Wed, 03 Jun 2009 14:00:48 GMT
Still working WAS and not getting to far maybe posting the needs will help me a bit. I work SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK-31 all bands but 160M. Just need a bit of luck and help to get my first award. So here is the need list as it stands now. Would be nice if you were LoTW but I can do paper cards as well, thanks for looking everyone!



Birthday #43 from K4GSG
Wed, 03 Jun 2009 04:24:17 GMT
Well not to bad I still feel 40ish. Kids are getting ready to go and I am working BPSK-31 greyline into EU. XYL sitting with me watching the waterfall, very nice start to my birthday.

Worked a few stations this morning got OK2AOP, HB9TVT, and Luis in PR KP4ED hope to get more states today still need 20 PSK-31.

I will be QRV 14.070 area most the day on and off hope to work you, let me know if you are from think I am going to add the web addy to my QSL cards also now.

WX:Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Dauphin Island from K4GSG
Tue, 02 Jun 2009 11:48:21 GMT
Well back from taking the kids to the beach and getting a few folks, Dauphin Island NA-213, "got to work the mobile you know.". Really sad to see what they have done with the place it is getting to be a problem to go there and have fun. the beach is now well over 400 yards from here you park, they have pulled up all the sand bars from the water and moved them infront of the "new" hotel there in an effort to make more beach for their hotel. A great little beach is now turning into the next Orange Beach.

Well going to get on the HF and thanks for the contacts portable from NA-213. I took a few pictures at the beach and will use one for the QSL cards.


Getting set-up from K4GSG
Tue, 02 Jun 2009 04:06:00 GMT
Well good day everyone and hope this post finds you all well.

WX: Going to be a hot one this afternoon, 93F expected, slight chance of rain/thunder 20% through the day as we climb from 64F this AM. No storms in the Gulf and that is a good start to the season.

Radio: Still working WAS mainly CW and BPSK-31 need 15 states CW and 18 PSK-31.

Looks good to take the kids to the beach today so most likely will not be in the shack till later this afternoon, might work OMISS 40M tonight.


Updating my web pages from K5CXO
Mon, 01 Jun 2009 17:17:34 GMT
Just getting done giving a new facelift to my info web page @ I enjoy working with HTML code from time to time are just enough to take care of pages I keep up online. I try and keep my info updated and fresh on my web pages.

When I work a new station I like to do internet search and see what listing that callsign may be mapped to.


Shack of KI4KON from KI4KON
Mon, 01 Jun 2009 05:50:19 GMT
Hi thank you for stopping by, My name is Cj and I have been a ham since June 2005, I moved here back in December 1995 from Maine with my wife Jessica we currently live in New port richey, Fla. and I have started a small shack but will be building a add on off the shead photos will be on here when I start. currently base opperations is a Kenwood TS 940S Hf with a 40 Mtr. Dipole and an Explorier 14 beam on a 40 foot tower for 2 Mtrs and 440 i run a Yaesu FT 7800 with a Jpole on top of a 40 foot tower all runing RG8x coax I will keep updating with photos and other stuff thanks for comming by

I'm in QST this month! from K2QBW
Sun, 31 May 2009 15:28:38 GMT
The XYL and I stopped by the Bath Gun Club this morning for breakfast. When a new friend of mine and fellow skeet shooter came over to the table holding the latest issue of QST magazine. I wondered why he was holding a QST magazine because I didn't know Jim was a ham, well he is KV2W. Anyway, he opened to page 70 and asked if knew this guy and bingo I was right there in QST magazine. Yet just never know. It was all part of a bigger story about last year's Field Day operations by the local Indiana club in Greenfield. Back when I was W9RWP...

Jim also invited me to Field Day this year and I think this would be a great opportunity to meet some local hams since I'm new to area.

73's de Bob ex W9RWP

17 Meters from K5CXO
Fri, 29 May 2009 19:16:01 GMT
Wow the sun has set and 17 meters is still open here in Texas and it is 9:10pm. I just worked a mobile - VA6BMK.

Playing around with digi modes... from KB3RJH
Fri, 29 May 2009 07:25:16 GMT
Ok, so I have been playing around with psk31, CW and MT-63 a little lately and I am amazed at how far away the signals are coming from. I haven't been able as of yet to reach the Ukraine on SSB but psk31 I was listening to a very strong signal coming out of the Ukraine another from Botswana and several from close to the equator. Just great stuff! I can't wait to play around with some of the other modes and see how well they perform.

I need to either build or buy a rig interface for my Kenwood. It's not IC controlled, although it is all solid state, so i'll have to get a rig-blaster or homebrew one like the one out of the new QST (pg. 30). I built one ugly style for my 2 meter operations in ARES with MT-63 and it's working ok so far.

The 2meter stuff has only been over repeaters so far however I am looking forward to working simplex as well. The real fun will happen on the HF side though i'm sure. I'll post an update on my digital progress...


My online QSO with the original K2QBW from K2QBW
Thu, 28 May 2009 15:57:28 GMT
Hi Robert,

I see in the vanity call data base that you have applied for K2QBW as a vanity call. As the only previous holder of that call (1956-84), I have no problem with that, but am simply curious: why K2QBW?


Ray W2RS

Hello Ray,
I just moved to 2 land and w2rwp or k2rwp was taken. My next choice is derived from wn1qbw my first callsign. I always like K callsigns.
I gave up kw0k years ago when I moved to 9 land it was interesting to see someone in Texas pick it up.
Keep in touch I am interested in meeting u on the air.
73s om de Bob

Oh, I see: WN1QBW. That makes sense. I was K1WXC at one time, in the Boston area. Where in 2-land are you now?

73 Ray

The qth is near Bath, NY in the Finger Lakes region.

Using a blackberry so my typing is slow. Hi

Bk to u

That's a pretty area. When I held K2QBW I lived in Glen Rock, NJ, near NYC. Best of luck with the new call.

73 Ray W2RS


Pixie article on EHam ? from KA6KBC
Thu, 28 May 2009 09:24:32 GMT
Hi All,

Read and comment on my Article:


Bill - KA6KBC

Summer 2009 from KD8JRK
Wed, 27 May 2009 10:58:23 GMT
After finally getting over Winter 2008/09 working on several nets.

Been working with The Ohio Single Sideband Net
The Amateur UFO Net
The Rag Chew Net

along wtih checking in on the weekly nets for
The Alliance Anateur Radio Club
The Stark County ARES Net
The Homeland Security Net

Also hope to be helping The Alliance Anateur Radio Club set up for Field Day next month.

Have a GREAT Summer All.


Slow down people. It will still be there... from KE5OVE
Tue, 26 May 2009 22:31:34 GMT
While coming home today 26 May, after work around 16:15 CDT I came upon a wreck. Two wheels v 18 wheels. I saw the whole thing and went to aid the rider who was seriously hurt. Sad to hear other motorist there start honking in the distance. While myself and two others aided the rider. Sad, very sad, is this what we have come to. A nation of people that are is such a hurry that they cannot even wait a few minutes and get out of their cars or trucks to help an injured motorist. 18 wheels won. That's all I have to say about that.

Antenna Decided from K2QBW
Tue, 26 May 2009 17:30:20 GMT
I finally decided on the Buxcom 162260HP 160 through 2 meters Windom with the 4:1 balun type. After reading the reviews on of various antennas and different manufactures,Buxcomm seemed to be the best choice. I purchased several extras to make the installation easier and have selected the trees around here that I thought would be far enough apart for 160 meters.

The 80 meter version was less expensive and was on sale, but for the first time in my ham career I finally have enough real estate to put up an antenna on 160 meters. The one band I could never operate before and I wasn't gonna give it up to save a few bucks.

Besides, I have to get it done now while the weather is still nice to work outside. Normally, I would wait for the first snow storm before starting my antenna work. Just seems to be the way of hams. God for bid we did antenna work while it was warm and sunny outside! Maybe it's an age thing now that I'm more than qualified for QCWA.

Well, I'll post t...

New video on youtube from N0JRJ
Tue, 26 May 2009 12:30:15 GMT
I have just uploaded a new video on youtube that shows my Portable radio case. I'll post a picture of the case here at the shack. Check it out and let me know what you think!


New video on youtube from N0JRJ
Tue, 26 May 2009 12:30:05 GMT
I have just uploaded a new video on youtube that shows my Portable radio case. I'll post a picture of the case here at the shack. Check it out and let me know what you think!


New video on youtube from N0JRJ
Tue, 26 May 2009 12:29:53 GMT
I have just uploaded a new video on youtube that shows my Portable radio case. I'll post a picture of the case here at the shack. Check it out and let me know what you think!


Update on the station from VE3TMT
Sun, 24 May 2009 13:41:20 GMT
The A3S has been up for about a month now and I have to say I am very glad I decided to upgrade to a tower and beam. Hearing stations I couldn't hear before on the vertical and making lots of contacts. Haven't worked any 2m or 70cm SSB, I think the beam is working okay, maybe it's just propagation. Recently added a Yaesu VX-7R as my hand held and it is one great HT. I guess the next big contest will be the RAC Canada Day summer contest and I'm looking forward to giving the beam a good workout. Have no problems to report on the TS-2000, it just keeps on working. It really is a nice radio. Would like to add a small amp to the shack, but finances are a little limited at the time. Maybe next year! 73, Max

Updated station info from KE5OVE
Sun, 24 May 2009 12:14:38 GMT
Thanks for looking at the Blog...I am usually on 20m psk 14.070.000. I do work phone on all bands, thanks to the Alpha Delta 160m to 10m dipole. In the pictures you can see my station...not much but it works. Check out to see my bio.

How much is too much on the operating desk? from N2UGB
Sun, 24 May 2009 09:17:01 GMT

I know a desk loaded with gear can be appealing and photographs well. But I wonder if having everything we own on display is not just a bit cumbersome and also exposes everything to possible damage from the elements and other mishaps.

Returned from Dayton with a Heathkit DX-60 from W9SRK
Sat, 23 May 2009 18:39:37 GMT
Well, I came home from the Dayton Hamvention with a Heathkit DX-60. Figured it would be a good way to get on AM reliably and with a good signal. And, couldn't beat it for $28! It was a last minute, last day deal I stumbled upon that I just couldn't pass up. Now, I'm on the hunt for a good AM receiver. Currently taking a peek at a Collins 75S-1, possibly a Drake 2C/B/A or the Drake R4 series. I'm leaning towards the 75S-1 at the moment.

Sunspots from KQ4Y
Thu, 21 May 2009 18:43:48 GMT
Wow, ever since I put up the Force-12 Flagpole antenna (4/15), it seems to have coincided with an upturn in the sunspot cycle. Let's hope this continues!

transceiver from SA6YLE
Wed, 20 May 2009 15:38:38 GMT
sit´s here and lod to get together some contacts so a power supply can drive it. Sorry all for bad English.

Hello from W2WP - Bayonne, NJ from W2WP
Mon, 18 May 2009 12:19:41 GMT
Hello all......
I am new to and I just wanted to say hello to everyone. I have updated my profile with some photos of the Shack, the Pets, and a few of where I live, Bayonne, NJ.
73 to all,
Mark / W2WP

recovery from KC9OHZ
Sun, 17 May 2009 19:35:35 GMT
Well on May 8th we has a storm (been called many things) We were without power for a few days. I will tell you one thing, my husbands homemade tower withstood the crazy wind that was said to be 100 miles an hour. I am proud of him.
I have ordered plates (my call sign) for my car, the hubby has his call sign on the truck.
I am not on the radio alot for the time being, I am very busy with childsitting that requires some very early hours, lol
I am looking through the shacks to keep updated with all.

FT-950 PEP firmware update from K4BTC
Sun, 17 May 2009 15:55:36 GMT
Just completed the firmware update and it was no sweat easy. Just took a while for the DSP updates to complete. All in all; about 45 minutes tops to complete. I can see a difference in the recieve noise level after transmitting. Before it was loud after keying, and then would settle back down. Now it stays the same. The DSP controls also are more responsive than before. I definitely like the FT-950 better than the FT-450AT I had. HRO was even pretty cool about the return and refunded my money on the FT-450 minus a small restocking fee. I do like the folks at HRO!! they are the best to deal with. If your considering any purchase, I would highly recommend them to you. Now onto the bands!!!

Jeff K4BTC

Barry Goldwater from K5CXO
Sat, 16 May 2009 19:52:16 GMT
Just worked Special Event Stations K7NGA on 40 meters at 7257kz this Station uses Barry Goldwater call on ArmForces day.

Ok, i'm not telling my car I have money anymore!!!! from KB3RJH
Fri, 15 May 2009 08:01:42 GMT
My friends have told me in the past that you should never let you vehicle and appliances that you have managed to save a few dollars. It can only end in tragedy. I ended up having to buy a new mower and have a timing belt, battery and plugs in my car. Geez, if I didn't have bad luck...I wouldn't have any luck at all. The car is runnng ok now and I have a new mower on the way so things should get back to a quazi-normal state again, I hope...

Still have to get the 10 meter dipole resonant, it's giving me a hard time so I'm thinking the dipole isn't hooked up right or something. Other than that, all has been well. Hearing a good bit of chatter on 20/40 meter bands lately. Some good Euro openings to Spain and surrounding countries the last night or two. I suspect from hearing a lot of talk lately that 10 and 6 meter sporadic E should start picking up here a bit. I guess i'll have to check the propagation sites to see when the bands are opening up and listen for the beacons.

Waiting ...

Hamvention 2009 from NY8T
Wed, 13 May 2009 18:27:54 GMT
Hamvention...I should go..I only live 30 mins away.

Heading to Dayton 2009 from W9SRK
Wed, 13 May 2009 07:59:49 GMT
I'm heading out to Dayton in a couple hours with my dad, W9JXN. We're driving and should arrive in time for dinner. I'll likely be most easily found around the Collins Collectors Association booth (near the large ARRL setup) if anyone is interested in an eyeball QSO. Hope to see you there!

What a mess part II from VE2DX
Tue, 12 May 2009 03:38:43 GMT
Well, garage is done (a;most like any good ham radio projects...)

still got 1 weekends worths in there, got to get Transmissions lines replaced and antennas fixed, hopefully in may, during the rebuilding, will install D3W to get for WARC work going...

anyway, for now mostly working on testing HRD 5.0 and the ..... garage...


Richard ve2dx

Mon, 11 May 2009 17:43:22 GMT
Got home late this evening and found my QSL cards from K5D on Desecheo had arrived. Very nicely done with pictures and stats and an invitation to join the DX Association! Pretty cool! I will put them right next to my cards from VP6DX!

Echolink and repeater linking from NG9R
Mon, 11 May 2009 06:17:43 GMT
Anyone have any hands on experience with using Echolink to link repeaters together? What are the pitfalls? I have recently started using Echolink thinking it might be a cheap way to link repeaters but noticed the delay through the system is pretty lengthy, on the order of seconds, not milliseconds. Is this much of an issue to worry about?
How about using Echolink or some other voice program for a link in a satellite receiver system in place of a UHF RF link?

Running Barefoot from K5CXO
Sun, 10 May 2009 10:12:47 GMT
I had been kicking back with my shoes off just sitting at my radio desk working on plans to build a antenna switch-box for my collections of boat anchors. I jump up and ran out to the garage to retrieve couple SO-239 from of my old radio junk box. On the way back into the house with out my shoes, I missed judged the distance of large rock near the walkway,as I step onto the wood deck. I brought my left foot up and SNAP!!! this was a sound of a large twig breaking that could be heard through out the front yard. The only problem was it wasn't a twig it was the bone of my little toe. I let out a howler from the shock I guess but to my surprise it did not hurt at first. Yet my mind recorded the feeling of the bone snapping into and the sound it made, but it did not hurt. Well it didn't hurt for the first 4 or 5 min. and it was not long before the feeling of FIRE and then the immense PAIN set in. No more barefoot for me... Damm that hurts!

K2QBW from K2QBW
Sun, 10 May 2009 01:09:00 GMT
K2QBW is the new callsign I applied for since moving to Upstate New York. According to RadioQTH the application should be finalized around May 19, 2009.

The next order of business is to determine where to set up the new shack and decide on an antenna. The new QTH is perched on top of a hill overlooking Central New York in all directions. I've got twelve acres of land and for the first time in my ham life I've got enough space to put up a wire long enough for 160 meters. I'm open to suggestions on a multi-band wire antenna. TNX in advance should you drop me an email with some spec's.

I recently heard from the ham would was the initial owner of callsign K2QBW. Ray and I have had several interesting QSOs via email and at some point I'll be posting them here. It is also interesting that I did learn of the ham who was the initial owner of W9RWP and I will upload the picture I took of the QSL card someone sent to me several years ago.

Until I get the shack setup again the only c...

FT-950 is here!!! from K4BTC
Sat, 09 May 2009 10:37:51 GMT
Just opened up the box to a new FT-950 and wow! It is light years ahead of the FT-450 I bought. What a nice surprise. Already made a few qso's on it, but the band condx are really bad today with QRN & QRM. So I guess tonight, when it should quiet down some, I will try it out fully and see what it will do. Don't get me wrong; the FT-450 is a great little rig, but just too small for me and my hands literally. It will be going up for sale on E-BAY tomorrow.


Jeff K4BTC

OH! What a Mess!` from VE2DX
Sat, 09 May 2009 03:14:08 GMT
yep! it s a mess... had to unload the garage into the basement this weekend to refinish the garage floor... so the shack I cant even get too... ;-) Anyway, once this is done sould help clean up the junk in the shack back to the garage... I guess I am the ONLY Ham station in the world that's a mess... 73 Richard ve2dx

Home In New Zealand from VP6TD
Sat, 09 May 2009 02:23:56 GMT

Thanks to those who have emailed me asking for a qso, sadly I am no longer on Pitcairn.
My chances of returning are very slim, unless of course I win the big lotto.

My first blog entry...... from KD7KFT
Fri, 08 May 2009 20:34:57 GMT
It would seem that this is the only means in which to stay in touch with the connections that I have made on this website. I would be interested in hearing fromt those for whom I have a connection.

It has been a million years since I have been to the Philippines but I have always found that country to be very beautiful.

I lived in Australia for two years, that was wonderful also. I guess I have been lucky enough to travel while I was in the Navy and can appreciate the beauty of other countries.

Been a year since my last post... Oh my. from W8LEW
Fri, 08 May 2009 20:34:35 GMT
I didn't realize that I have not visited this site in over a year. Amazing.

Been a year since my last post... Oh my. from W8LEW
Fri, 08 May 2009 20:34:12 GMT
I didn't realize that I have not visited this site in over a year. Amazing.

BG2UE from BG2UE
Tue, 05 May 2009 23:54:35 GMT

Enjoying Ham Radio from KD8JRK
Tue, 05 May 2009 16:33:31 GMT
Ever since November 2008 when I got my Techician License. Been totally enjoying HAM radio. Made several GREAT contacts. Can't wait until Summer 2009.

FREE - ONLINE - QSL Card Creator from KA6KBC
Mon, 04 May 2009 15:53:10 GMT

Hi All,

Neat little On-Line QSL Maker - Saw this the other day. Kind of a basic card, but very Nice. If you create an account it will save your data.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

My first blog on from KC9KXT
Sun, 03 May 2009 17:30:02 GMT
I found this site via web surfing and found it interesting enuff to join and start my own page. I have been a Ham for a few years now and generally find it very enjoyable. There are sum instances where i was dissapointed in the hobby, namely rude ops. but I wont go into details about that. I rarely dwell on negative issues. What I enjoy most in the hobby is the worldwide fellowship of amatuer radio, and ham operators. Where else can you go and talk to someone or anyone around the globe at any given time of the day? 90% of the time you will be welcomed to join a qso and say anything (mostly)and not be shunned or laughed at. If there is a disagreement about the conversation it rarely gets to a heated point. I have made friends that I contact daily, weekly, or even yearly, just to be greeted like a lifelong friend. To me these friendships are what make amatuer radio the greatest hobby for everyone. 73

A rare Hallicrafters SWL tabletop radio from K5CXO
Sun, 03 May 2009 06:46:42 GMT
I made a small video of one of my old Hallicrafters tabletop radios. The EC-113 can be check out on my youtube channel. The 6 tube radio play well and has a great sound.


New from DY4ELG
Sat, 02 May 2009 05:14:53 GMT
deleted by the account holder

New hat from HOTPRESS! from KW4VL
Fri, 01 May 2009 09:01:32 GMT
I won a hat from!
Its one of the best ham callsign hats ive ever seen,very good quality from these people.

How things change Out from Under Us from KD5JBN
Tue, 28 Apr 2009 11:00:59 GMT

by Paul Craig Roberts

Anyone who has been around for a while and who pays any attention to the news sees many disturbing changes. Recently, I read a report that two children, ages seven and eight, had an altercation at school during recess. They were carted off in handcuffs by the police. The teachers or principal had dealt with the boys’ disagreement by calling in the law.

I wonder if the kids now have felonious assault records that will cancel their Second Amendment rights when they come of age.
When I was a kid there were no age limits to the Second Amendment. We all had firearms before we reached puberty. Anyone with the money could purchase a .22 caliber rifle at the local hardware store. If you were too young to see over the counter, the proprietor might call your parents to get an OK. You could purchase .22 caliber ammunition and shotgun shells at most any gas station.

None of us ever shot anyone or any farmer’s cow or mule. There were no gun accidents ...

Missing Dayton. from KB4SOG
Tue, 28 Apr 2009 10:26:40 GMT
I’m not going to Dayton – can’t believe I’m actually saying it! I had fully intended to go, I haven’t been since 1988 and I was really looking forward to it. But then I found out that I have to pay my daughter’s college tuition by June 1. I also learned that admission for Dayton is $25 at the door. Maybe not bad if you go for three days and hit all the sessions, but I only go for a day and hit mostly the flea market. By the time I drive up, eat, and pay for two $25 admissions I couldn’t afford anything anyway, so it’s best I just stay home. There are several smaller hamfests around later in the year – I’ll hit them. But I’ll sure miss Dayton.

Crimp on vs solder on PL-259 from NG9R
Mon, 27 Apr 2009 16:43:47 GMT
Has anyone else use crimp on PL-259 connectors? After years and years of soldering my PL-259 connectors to my coax I have changed my mind and use crimp on now. The problems with obtaining quality solder on connectors was the final straw (plus locating a crimper for free). I have used about 50 crimp on connectors in the past 4 years and so far not one single issue. This was all on RG8/214/LMR400 type coax. The connectors I use requires soldering the center conductor and crimping the ferrule for the shield. I have not tried RG8X or RG58 crimp connectors and probably won't. Connector costs are a bit higher than the old solder on type but I have never had to replace a connector due to solder problems after the fact either. 5 years ago I would never have believed I would take crimp over solder, but I guess times do change. Now if only the price of the crimp connectors would come down a little more...

Webpage from N3KCM
Mon, 27 Apr 2009 11:14:14 GMT
I am starting this web page to be an addition to

Hope to meet you on the airwaves!

In honor of Samuel F. B. Morse's birthday from K5CXO
Mon, 27 Apr 2009 08:11:26 GMT
Just a heads up on Google. Those of us that use Google as our search engine know that they change their mast head on their homepage to reflect a special date or activity. Today the name Google is spelled out in Morse code in honor of Samuel F. B. Morse's birthday. Typically this will appear today only although some items like this remain up longer.

Something to think about from KD5JBN
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:46:20 GMT
* We yell for the government to balance the budget, and then take the last dime we have to make the down payment on a car.

* We whip the enemy in battle, and then give them the shirt off our backs.

* We yell for speed laws that will stop fast driving, then won’t by a car if it can’t go over a 100-miles an hour.

* Americans get scared to death if we vote a billion dollars for education, then are unconcerned when we find out we are spending three billion dollars a year for cigarettes.

* We’ll spend half a day looking for vitamin pills to make us live longer, then drive ninety miles an hour on slick pavement to make up for lost time.

* We tie up our dog while letting our sixteen-year-old son or daughter run wild.

* We will work hard on a farm so we can move into town where we can make more money so we can move back to the farm.

* In the office we talk about baseball, shopping, or fishing; but when we are out at the game, the mall, or on the lake, we talk about ...

Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:41:21 GMT

She spent the first day packing her belongings into boxes, crates and

On the second day, she had the movers come and collect her things.

On the third day, she sat down for the last time at their beautiful
dining room table by candle-light, put on some soft background music,
and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar, and a bottle of
spring-water .

When she had finished, she went into each and every room and deposited a
few half-eaten shrimp shells dipped in caviar into the hollow of the
curtain rods.

She then cleaned up the kitchen and left. When the husband returned with
his new girlfriend, all was bliss for the first few days.

Then slowly, the house began to smell.

They tried everything; cleaning, mopping and airing the place out
Vents were checked for dead rodents and carpets were steam cleaned
Air fresheners were hung everywhere.

Exterminators were brought in to
set off gas canisters, dur...

Michael Richards makes his point.............. from KD5JBN
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:38:15 GMT
Proud to be White

Michael Richards makes his point..............

Michael Richards better known as Kramer from TVs Seinfeld does make a good point.
This was his defense speech in court after making racial comments in his comedy act. He makes some very interesting points...
Someone finally said it. How many are actually paying attention to this? There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, etc.
And then there are just Americans. You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction. You call me 'White boy,' 'Cracker,' 'Honkey,' 'Whitey,' 'Caveman'.. and that's OK.
But when I call you, Nigger, Kike, Towel head, Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook, or Chink ... You call me a racist.
You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you... so why are the ghettos the m ost dangerous places to live?
You have the United Negro College Fund. You have Martin Luther King Day.
You have Black History Month. You have Cesar Chavez...

Don't you hate Chain Letters? from KD5JBN
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:35:15 GMT
I just want to thank all of you for your educational emails over the past year.

Thanks to you, I no longer open a public bathroom door without using a paper towel.

I can't use the remote in a hotel room because I don't know what the last person was doing while flipping through the channels.

I can't sit down on the hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.

I can't enjoy lemon slices in my tea or on my seafood anymore because lemon peels have been found to contain all kinds of nasty germs including feces..

I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pass-time while driving alone is picking your nose.

Eating a Little Debbie sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of trans fats I have consumed over the years.

I can't touch any woman's purse for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public bathroom.

I must send my special thanks to whoeve...

Can You Spare a QSL Card? from KD5JBN
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:34:11 GMT
Can You Spare a QSL Card?
We have a friend who has suffered a stroke and is currently unable to use his right side or to speak but very little.
I am asking, if you can, to please send him one of your QSL cards with a word or two of encouragement to boost his spirits.
Ken is a member of the Indianapolis Radio Club and the Midstate ARC, you may have worked him as he used to hang out on 3.905 each morning about 13:00 zulu.
Please send your card to:
Ken Poe K9POE
484 Moccosin Rd
Greenwood, IN 46142

TNX es 73

Credit Card Collections from KD5JBN
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:31:25 GMT
Be sure and cancel your credit cards before you die. (' ')

This is so priceless, and so, so easy to see happening customer service being what it is today.

A lady died this past January, and Citibank billed her for February and March for their annual service charges on her credit card, and added late fees and interest on the monthly charge.
The balance had been $0.00 when she died, but now somewhere around $60.00.

A family member placed a call to Citibank.

Here is the exchange :

Family Member: 'I am calling to tell you she died back in January.'

Citibank: 'The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.'

Family Member: 'Maybe, you should turn it over to collections.'

Citibank: 'Since it is two months past due, it already has been.'

Family Member: So, what will they d...

Are you Jewish? from KD5JBN
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:29:28 GMT
Don't Worry, Be Jewish (from Arthur Epstein)

As a general principle, Jewish holidays are divided between days on which you must starve and days on which you must overeat.

Many Jews observe no fewer than 16 fasts throughout the Jewish year, based on the time-honored principle that even if you are sure that you are ritually purified, you definitely aren't.

Though there are many feasts and fasts, there are no holidays requiring light snacking.

The Diet Guide to the Jewish Holidays:

Rosh Hashanah -- Feast
Tzom Gedalia -- Fast
Yom Kippur -- More fasting
Sukkot -- Feast for a week
Hashanah Rabbah -- More feasting
Simchat Torah -- Keep right on feasting
Month of Heshvan-- No feasts or fasts for a month.
Hanukkah -- Eat potato pancakes
Tenth of Tevet -- Do not eat potato pancakes
Tu B'Shevat -- Feast
Fast of Esther -- Fast
Purim -- Eat pastry
Passover -- Do not eat pastry for a week
Shavuot - Dairy feast (cheesecake, blintzes, etc.)
17th of Tammuz -- Fast (no che...

Patriotic retirement: from KD5JBN
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:28:15 GMT
This was an article from the St. Petersburg Times Newspaper on Sunday. The Business Section asked readers for ideas on "How Would You Fix the Economy?" I thought this was the BEST idea. I think this guy nailed it!

Dear Mr. President,

Patriotic retirement:
There's about 40 million people over 50 in the work force; pay them $1 million apiece severance with stipulations:

1) They leave their jobs. Forty million job openings - Unemployment fixed.

2) They buy NEW American cars. Forty million cars ordered - Auto Industry fixed.

3) They either buy a house or pay off their mortgage - Housing Crisis fixed.

Pet Rules from KD5JBN
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:24:10 GMT
To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door - nose height.

Dear Dogs,

1. The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food.

Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate of food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

2. The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack.

Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

3. I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort.
FYI:Dogs can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize ...

Historic Darwin Awards from KD5JBN
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:23:13 GMT
Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I embarked on the 3rd Crusade to recapture the Holy Land in the twelfth century. After spending days trudging across the dry summer desert, his army came upon the River Saleph. In his parched state, Frederick threw caution to the wind -- instead of his heavy armor -- and plunged into the river, whereupon he sank to the bottom and drowned.

Attila the Hun was one of the most notorious villains in history. He conquered all of Asia by 450 A.D. by destroying villages and pillaging the countryside. This bloodthirsty man died from a nosebleed on his wedding night. After feasting and toasting his own good fortune, he was too drunk to notice his nose, and he drowned in a snoutful of his own blood.

Tycho Brahe, a sixteenth-century Danish astronomer whose research helped Sir Isaac Newton devise the theory of gravity, died because he didn't make it to the bathroom in time. In that society it was considered an insult to leave the table before the banquet was ove...

Ear Infection? from KD5JBN
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:20:34 GMT

This is so true! They always ask at the doctor's office why you are there, and you have to answer in front of others what's wrong -- and sometimes it is embarrassing.

There's nothing worse than a doctor's receptionist who insists you tell her what is wrong with you in a room full of other patients. I know most of us have experienced this, and I love the way this old guy handled it:

A 65-year-old man walked into a crowded waiting room and approached the desk.

The receptionist said, "Yes, sir, what are you seeing the doctor for today?"

He replied, "There's something wrong with my pecker ."

The receptionist became irritated and said, "You shouldn't come into a crowded waiting room and say things like that."

"Why not? You asked me what was wrong, and I told you."

The receptionist replied, "Now you' ve caused some embarrassment in this room full of people. You should have said there is something wrong with your ear and then discussed the problem further ...

Gun Ownership in Texas from KD5JBN
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:17:48 GMT

A woman was called in front of a Texas grand jury for manslaughter after she shot a mugger 6
times in the back as he was running away with her purse.

He grabbed the purse and ran, she had her hand on the gun in it, and was left with the revolver
in her hand.

When asked by the grand jury why she shot the man 6 times in the back as he was running away,
she replied under oath:

"Because when I pulled the trigger the 7th time it only went click"

Acquitted of all charges.

Do the Math from KD5JBN
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:16:15 GMT
The math on the Paul McCartney-Heather Mills divorce is as follows:
After 5 years of marriage, he paid her $49 million.
Assuming he got sex every night during their 5 year relationship. It ended up costing him $26,849 per time.
On the other hand, New York Governor Elliot Spitzer's hooker, Kristen, an absolute stunner with a body like no other, charges $4,000 an hour. For anything!
-If Paul McCartney "employed" Kristen for 5 years, he would have paid $7.3 million for an hour of sex every night for 5 years (a $41.7 million savings).
Value-added benefits are:
a 22 year old hot babe, no begging, no coaxing, never a
headache, plays all requests, no bitching and complaining or 'honey-do'
lists. Best of all, she leaves when you're done, and comes back when
asked. All at 1/7th the cost, and no legal fees.
Sometimes leasing just makes more sense. ?

6 element hf beam from KW4VL
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 10:19:26 GMT
I got the beam up on the roof pointed south for the time being working well

New Additions as of April from W0FRG
Fri, 24 Apr 2009 11:58:23 GMT
Well, I added a 2 meter Ringo, Carolina Windom flat top and an 80/40 dipole in an inverted V.

The beams go up tomorrow from VE3TMT
Wed, 22 Apr 2009 03:55:09 GMT
Well finally the promise of some sunny weather starting Thursday and lasting through the weekend. I hope to have the A3S and the A270-10S beams up tomorrow, although only at 32 and 36 feet, better than laying on the ground. Will keep you updated and post some pictures when finished. 73, Max

Let me introduce myself from KC5YYP
Tue, 21 Apr 2009 18:58:10 GMT
A very short hello from the Texas hill country. I don't have much to share here, but where ham operators mingle, so shall I.
I hope the ladies and gentlemen here are enjoying the hobby as much as I have since 1997.
73 and 88 to each one of you.

New Shack Pics!!! Finally from K4BTC
Tue, 21 Apr 2009 17:12:06 GMT
I finally finished the modest upgrade to ny shack and have included some pics including my antennas. Hope everyone enjoys them

Are you on MySpace? from W5LJM
Mon, 20 Apr 2009 17:23:01 GMT
In case you are, please feel free to send a friend invite to me at...

I check it about four times weekly.
I also have two groups there.

One is 10-10 International related

One is a volunteer examiner group

New Pixie – Transceiver – Working from KA6KBC
Mon, 20 Apr 2009 12:46:20 GMT

Got my new Pixie working over the weekend. Getting around 400 mW out, but still have not
made a QSO. Fun Rig.

73’s – Bill – KA6KBC

Also there are a lot of good resources on the Web:

DV1VHY - First Blog from DV1VHY
Sun, 19 Apr 2009 15:36:44 GMT
I was away from ham radio for over 30 years. I got started in the hobby during my high school days at the Don Bosco Technical Institute. By the time I was a senior in high school, I was the president of the school's amateur radio club, DU1DBT. The current callsign of the club is DX1DBT. Upon graduation, I was volunteered to be an operator for the amateur radio station of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines' National Headquarters. I was blessed to have hams who are passionate with the hobby. DU1FVE (now AH6BV/W1) was my first mentor. He introduced me to the hobby. Alongside him was DU1CRD, Ramon Dimacali. These two gave me my foundation in ham radio. They were the seniors in my high school at the time. After high school, I met the preeminent hams in my district. DU1EH (SK) and DU1RC picked me up as a late teen and allowed me to expand my knowledge of hsm radio and the world. In 1976, I enlisted with the US Navy and made it through 24 years as a career. The family moved back to the Phil...

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 13:47:22 GMT
Greetings everyone,

I have moved out of my ham shack and moved into the basement bedroom. My second harmonic is coming soon and we have made my old shack into a baby girls room. My old shack is now pink and light green.

I am happy that a I moved really. I now have a 12'x12' shack with a love seat and three chairs. Plenty of room for friends to stop by and ham it up. As soon as I get a new camera that works I will post some new pix of the new shack. Have a great and Blessed day and have Great DX!!! 73, Stuart W8STU

Ham Radio from W9NFL
Sat, 18 Apr 2009 23:24:16 GMT

How many ARRL members out there? from K5CXO
Sat, 18 Apr 2009 11:44:21 GMT
When I first got my ticket I was elated that I know belong to a elite and diverse group of folks around the world. I had for years I would go to the local library and check out the latest donated QST when I could and when they had them. I never join ARRL in those early years, funds were very tight for a 1striper in the Air Force with a family. After a few promotion and a part time job off base I subscribed to the ARRL and started receiving QST in my mail box. I would read my QST cover to cover I saw the add for "Life Membership" this got me thinking. I was 22 years old then and I think the yearly cost of the annual membership into the ARRL was around $15 and the cost of the Life Membership was $275. My math skills being one of the subject that I performed well in school. Let me figure that in 18 years I would paid for the same amount of if I keep my membership current. So I took theplunged and made the payment over the next 2 1/2 years. This was one of the best investments I ever made...

Loop Antenna from N4WRE
Wed, 15 Apr 2009 16:12:03 GMT
Hello to all and thanks for looking in. I am interested in putting up a full wave horizontal loop and would like some feedback from those willing to share. I always build my own antenna's when possible and enjoy the results if they work well. I recently moved and don't have up much at the present, and I am thinking of a loop. My main interest is short range rag chewing so the loop will be somewhat of a cloud warmer. I have thought about possibly building one for 160 and feeding it with ladder line to a tuner. I have always been just a typical dipole ham, varying somewhat with the double bazooka's on 160 75 and 40. I have always had good results with either the bazooka or a regular dipole flat top or inverted vee, but I think I want to play with something new. It seems alot of the guys with big signals seem to be using loops and what I gather they or alot quiter than a dipole. I have done alot of reading both in the handbooks and on the web, but I like to hear it from the trenches and g...

becoming more minimalist from N2UGB
Wed, 15 Apr 2009 04:45:12 GMT
Don't know about you folks, but I find myself becoming more and more minimalist, equipment-wise. Even downsizing. Just don't need or want a lot of "stuff" any longer. Except for a couple other small MFJ antenna tuners, a few extra old straight keys and a Vibrokeyer, plus a couple cheap headseats, my QRP station photo pretty much tells all.

Sign I'm getting old?

Could be. Or maybe just tired of clutter.

How about you?


SWOT #3570, and the ARRL Cashed My Check..... from KB4SOG
Tue, 14 Apr 2009 19:42:56 GMT
I've joined SWOT - Sidewinders on Two - which is interested in weak signal SSB on two meters. I'm very interested in this, even though our local SSB 2m net seems to be gone. I' working on a 2m yagi, I hope to get it done this weekend - when I'll start to &quot;tune&quot; it.

On a second note, my membership check to the ARRL has been cashed and gone through my bank - I guess I'll hear something from them soon. I've been a ham since 1988, but this is the first time I've joined any club - now I've joined my local club, SWOT and the ARRL. Will wonders never cease?

I got to use the FT-290RII last weekend, it works great! Great audio reports, and the receiver is fine. 73! Terry

Station upgrade is almost complete from K4BTC
Tue, 14 Apr 2009 18:09:21 GMT
I have completed about 85% of my station upgrade. The new FT-450AT is up and running w/desk mic and new switching power supply. Both antennas are now hung with dacron double braid and did well in thunderstorms of Monday with winds up to 60 mph. I have built a completely new desk and will be finishing it up this weekend. Still waiting on the new vibroplex, about another week I hope. I will have pics up when it is completed hopefully this weekend. Most of my old gear is up for auction on ebay. Maybe I'll make enough to pay for all this..... I sure hope so

Jeff Bennett

Pictures of my shack from W5SRM
Mon, 13 Apr 2009 11:02:46 GMT
Here is some Pics of my shack (aka trailer) I am
working on. Right now my radios are in the house.
Soon to be moved in this shack after I get my tower up.

Tower is up from VE3TMT
Sun, 12 Apr 2009 13:06:07 GMT
With some help from a few friends I managed to spend the better part of yesterday installing the tower. I ended up using 32' of tower, lagged to the wall of the house in 4 places at approximately 12'.
The base of the tower is down about 3' with the legs pounded into the ground and braced with 3 length of angle iron driven into the ground 3 ' lower at a 45 degree angle. Once the hole is back filled and the concrete in place I don't think it will move. I climbed to the top today to hook up the rotor cable and make sure it was turning straight. Also replaced all the hose clamps on the A3S and verified the element lengths for the center of the bands. Now just to get the antennas up the tower. I won't be putting the A3S up until the base of the tower is secure. When the setup is finished I will take pictures and post.

Astron RS-35M, now in place.... from KB4SOG
Sat, 11 Apr 2009 17:41:39 GMT
I received the power supply on Wednesday - it's a ROCK. Not exciting, just sits there and does it's job. I don't think a person could ask much more from a power supply.


My new station became operational 4/01/09 from KC7BYY
Thu, 09 Apr 2009 22:32:02 GMT
My first HF station became operational on the first of April. It's an Icom IC-7000 and AH-4 installed in my 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac.

Pictures to follow shortly.

My first blog entry (DUH!) from N2CTI
Wed, 08 Apr 2009 12:57:12 GMT
Anyway, now that we are semi-retired, which actually means we can't afford to be fully retired, we're surfing the net looking for radio bargains and taking pictures of our accumulated junk with intention of selling off some of it since we've run out of space.

Also need to supplement our income so we've made a promise to bring in at least $100 a week selling off our stuff. Usually stuff goes on QTH but Craigslist will also be a good place to offload stuff to.

Discovered the source of an S-7 noise level on HF here. It was a battery charger for a Schwinn electric scooter we bought a few months ago.

Worked na1ss from KW4VL
Mon, 06 Apr 2009 16:57:28 GMT
i just worked the billionaire space tourist Charles Simonyi on the iss with my homebrew beam and ic-746 wooohoooo!

Rope - A - Dope from K4BTC
Mon, 06 Apr 2009 15:58:14 GMT
The rope has arrived. It seemed like it took forever but it finally made it. I will have to wait until Friday before I can do anything with it, but at least it is here. I am going to try to get the 1/2 wave dipole for 160 up higher if possible. Right now it is at a slant. Low end is at 50 feet and the high end may be 70 feet. I wish I could get it a 1/4 wavelength up, but maybe in about 10 years when the trees get bigger.

Back in 1993 from DU1JQ
Sun, 05 Apr 2009 22:14:58 GMT
In the early 90's Citizens Band Radios were so much in demand in my country, one afternoon i entered at my fathers radio room to have QSO,s with some friends in CB, then i heard a voice. it was a voice of a 19 years old girl with the call sign of "SWATCH" DY1MCN, believe me her voice was so sweet and pretty, i can help to have a modulation with her every time i am into the Citizens Band, several modulations past and transpired between the two of us and guess what she became the mother of my son.

Using the Intertnet for this hobby from K5CXO
Sun, 05 Apr 2009 10:07:19 GMT
Information is knowledge and there is a wealth to be attained on the internet.I have found using search engines like Ask, Yahoo and many others can get you the info you need with just a few key strokes. Another great source is if you can get pass the kids and idiots.

I added a number of users to my favorite list I have find that they are informative and instructional. I'll list a couple examples below 455kz IF tuning Capacitors, DC, AC, and Frequencies

Got a question on how to use a VTOM to tune up radio, I'm sure there is a answer a few clicks away


This is getting more expensive all the time from VE3TMT
Sat, 04 Apr 2009 09:35:47 GMT
Called around yesterday for prices on concrete for the tower and was shocked at what I was quoted. Anywhere from a couple of hundred to almost $500. With all new tower hardware and miscellaneous costs this tower project is starting to look more like a dream than a reality. I really should have done a little more investigation. Unfortunately I have sold the R7 vertical, and I have have the 2m/440, the A3s, the Alpha-Delta DX-B, the rotor and all the cables. I do not have any money left over for the concrete. Well it was fun while it lasted. Would have been nice to have a station with a good antenna system but not looking that way right now.

from N4MDB
Sat, 04 Apr 2009 07:42:55 GMT

from N4MDB
Sat, 04 Apr 2009 07:32:43 GMT

Fri, 03 Apr 2009 18:43:25 GMT
Check out the new mobile pics.. If you have any questions feel free to ask..

Everything is back up and working...for now from K4BTC
Fri, 03 Apr 2009 13:53:20 GMT
This is an update to the previous blog; &quot; Monday Monday...&quot;. Well I finally found some rope at Orion Wire Group. I was able to purchase 1000 feet of Dacron double braid rope for $90. They also did not charge shipping, so I think that's a good deal. They were extremely helpful and courteous as well. While I am waiting for the rope to get here, I decided to go ahead and use what was left of the rope I had to get the antennas back up. My thinking is that if it's already up, I will only have to let one end down at a time and use the old rope to pull up the new rope. So I got that accomplished today and will have less of a headache when it is time to replace it all. I also plan to renew solder joints and also heat shrink the knots this time. I also found using the carbiner rings works well too. I have the most useful tool when it comes to hanging antennas up in the trees. The EZ-Hang system I bought a few years back has never failed me. I shot a line 110 feet in the air, through t...

2 metere net info from NG9R
Fri, 03 Apr 2009 05:46:34 GMT
I am looking for suggestions on getting more stations active on our local 2 meter net. What works for you?
Our local net is affiliated with ARES but is mostly a bunch of locals that never have anything to say, just want to check in and out. We used to have 20 - 30 check-ins a session, now we are doing good to have 10. I know the ham population is not growing and a lot of the old timers that used to check in are not around any more, but what about all those newer hams?


been awhile from KC9OHZ
Thu, 02 Apr 2009 07:30:54 GMT
Sorry its been awhile since I have been on here, I have been busy making quilts for little kids. The family life has been busy too, with the nicer weather here. I also ride 4 wheelers.

Christmas in April from K4BTC
Thu, 02 Apr 2009 01:25:16 GMT
Yesterday felt just a little like Christmas. I arrived home after a long day of working in the rainy weather we had. Only to find that my new rig and and speaker had arrived from HRO. The FT-450AT really is a nice rig. I am glad I chose it and the SP-8 speaker as well. I think it will make a nice addition to the shack. Now just waiting on the desk mic and the bug to arrive. I did get a chance to try it out last night and was able to do some DXing on 30 meters. Hopefully by tomorrow the rope I ordered will arrive and I can repair the antennas and get a decent signal on the air.

Hear youself in Salt Lake City from K5CXO
Wed, 01 Apr 2009 19:27:59 GMT
This "S Meter" site has been on my favorites site lists for sometime. I have used to do signal check or just to see what signals or being heard in the north west. I've even tune the Kenwood R-5000 radio that is used to KSLC airport tower freq and listing to aircraft and tower.


Ham Radio Information Table went OK, but... from KJ4FUU
Wed, 01 Apr 2009 11:24:08 GMT
I was actually hoping to demonstrate making a contact, but my radio only puts out 5 watts, and I'm still learning Morse Code. I had the antenna nicely configured for 40m, and it was receiving well, but unfortunately, 3/7 was a contest weekend, and I was drowned out.

I tried to make arrangements for a local ham friend of mine to meet me somewhere, but he wasn't able to be there during the time of the seminar.

Down the road, I may get either an HFPacker amp or one of the Tokyo Hy-Power 45w amps, but both of these things cost money. For right now, my cheapest option is to hurry up and learn Morse Code, because 5w CW contacts are much more common than 5w SSB. 8^)

I'm up to 12 letters on the G4FON training program. I've got the character speed set for 20wpm, and the sending speed set for 10wpm.

Wish me luck!

Latest Endeavor from WZ4KIM
Wed, 01 Apr 2009 08:29:25 GMT
Greetings all!

I have decided to give some of my spare time and radio skills to a local United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla.

I met with the Flotilla's Personnel Officer last night and was very impressed with the organizational structure of this Flotilla and the obvious dedication of the members to not only the organization itself but also to the valuable work and service that they provide upon the waters and ports of my area, as well as the work that they do in conjunction with The United States Coast Guard.

Although, we don't hear much about them in the media, The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is very much alive and well and as Amateur Radio Operators, we are able to provide the much needed skills as well as our talents in the service of our nation while also demonstrating the value that the Amateur Radio Service provides as our talents and expertise can aid our communities and our nation as a whole in times of need. Indeed, we are an asset to this organiza...

FT-290RII.... from KB4SOG
Tue, 31 Mar 2009 11:12:05 GMT
Well, after the problem with the power supply I was really worried about the FT-290RII, but everything appears to be fine. All functions work and it seems to sound ok.

Just bought a RS-35M off a guy - saw the ad on This should be a great power supply - I hope to never have to buy another. Sent payment to him this morning, I'm looking forward to it getting here! 73!

Antennas and supports at K5CXO from K5CXO
Tue, 31 Mar 2009 07:11:36 GMT
K4BTC blog entry got me to thinking I needed to check my DXCC ant that I have mounted between to 120ft pine trees with 3/16 Dacron black rope. I put the DXCC up when I moved to Conroe in March of 2003. I must say after two hurricanes Rita and Ike the ropes and antenna are in great shape. The eye of hurricane Ike last year past by my QTH within 15 miles with wind gust clocking over 100mphs. I can highly recommend both the DXCC antenna and Dacron rope.

Monday, Monday...just can't trust that day.... from K4BTC
Mon, 30 Mar 2009 17:16:07 GMT
Well I have seen the most disheartening thing. I come home from work and what do I find laying low in the trees? My 160m dipole and DXCC multi-bander... I could almost cry. It appears that the main support branch for both antennas cracked and broke the support rope in the storms a few nights ago, and have fell about 30 feet. I had use a co-dependent corner arangement for these 2 antennas. ie.. one end of each antenna was in its own tree and the other 2 ends of both antennas shared a common tie point. Looked a lot like a triangle. Well it's my own fault using polyester rope for as long as I did. I was going to order some rope from STI in California, and hope it gets here by this weekend. Any ideas on some good distributors in the southeastern region of the USA, preferably in SC? I appreciate any and all suggestions. I am going to replace it all so I will need at least 500 feet. Thanks!

CQ 100 Virtual Ionosphere For Amateur Radio from N4WRE
Mon, 30 Mar 2009 08:42:15 GMT
Hello to all and thanks for looking in. I've noticed since logging on to MyHamShack and putting a picture of CQ 100 on here that a couple of my connections have signed on with CQ100. I have never seen any software that works as well,and is as easy to use. I have heard alot of hams say they don't like it because there is no radio and antenna's. Well sorry about your luck, but I think it is a great way for alot of hams that might not get to be active stay active. This software lets hams around the world communicate just like on the real RF bands without any outside antenna or rig. Oh yeah and unlike the real RF bands you don't need good band conditions to talk. Hams are meeting new friends and connecting with old ones via CQ 100. So to me it is well worth looking at. Don't get me wrong I still love the noise of late night 75 meters or early evening brodcast on 40, and I don't think voice over IP software will take over the ham bands,but it sure is nice to tune around on CQ100 and hear so...

Doing what I can from KB0SNE
Mon, 30 Mar 2009 06:29:27 GMT
I just picked up a big computer-center desk with a top hutch for my radio shack and it's working great. Found a desk mic for my HF set and I'm studying my keester off getting ready to take my Extra test before Memorial day. If this North Dakota winter weather ever goes away (I hope we don't just phase into NEXT winter with no spring or summer) I'll get to put up my HF antenna. In the mean time my radio center(aka radio shack)is looking pretty good and I'm staying busy on 2 meter. I'll try to get a picture posted soon. Some of the posts and pictures here give me some great ideas about how to improve my own set-up. 73 Mike KB0SNE

Radio Shack 25 amp Power Supply - bites the dust... from KB4SOG
Sun, 29 Mar 2009 19:35:27 GMT
About six months ago I bought a Radio Shack 25 amp switching power supply. I used it mainly with my FT-2800M, and recently with my FT-290RII. The 2800M has a maximum output of 65w, which I hardly ever used. The power supply wasn’t abused in any way.

This morning the guys on the local repeater said I sounded like I had transformer noise, and maybe I was overdriven (on the FT-2800M). I didn’t have time to check it out then, but thought I’d check it out when I got back home later today.

After I came home I called my brother - who has been an Extra class ham for a very long time. After discussing the problem he advised me to listen to myself and see what I sounded like, and to check the power output on the power supply for AC voltage – which he thought could be a likely cause of the problem.

I listened, and I DID sound funny. The modulation sounded “fuzzy” and there was a definite hum.

Upon checking the power supply output I found 14.2v D.C., but 30.2v A.C.!!!!!!! Of c...

A3S is here from VE3TMT
Sun, 29 Mar 2009 08:34:34 GMT
Picked up the A3S yesterday and it is now sitting dismantled in the yard waiting for the tower to go up. The frost should be out of the ground in a few weeks and I can get started on the hole. Looks like the antenna farm is going to look something like this...

A3S @ 38' (20/15/10)
A270-10 @ 42' (2m/440)
DX-B sloper off the side @ 36' (160/80/40/30)

I haven't decided whether to leave the 2m/440 j-pole on the chimney or put it on the tower @ 30'. Leaving it where it is will save me another run of RG213. Since it is just for local repeater work I may leave it where it is.

Really wish I had dug the hole for the tower last fall, I would be half way home by now. Really looking forward to getting the A3S up in the air.

New Gear on the way..... from K4BTC
Sat, 28 Mar 2009 14:37:31 GMT
Welllll... I have done it. I spent a whole bunch of money that Uncle Sam had been holding for ransom for the past year and bought new equipment for the shack. I did wind up getting the FT-450AT (thank you for the posts on my request for opinions on the 450AT). It was a close tie between the 897D and the 450AT. I just liked the 450AT better. I also ordered the 100-A8X desk mic. and the SP-8 speaker, all from Ham Radio Outlet. I also ordered a 100th anniversary original vibroplex from vibroplex to go along with it. I love bugs! I have always used one and will always use one. The number of the one I have now is 190946, which puts it sometime in 1955. My Elmer gave me my first one when I could successfully copy code at 21 wpm. It still works great! and I will still continue to use it on the 570DG. Yaesu stuff will be here by Wednesday of next week except for the desk mic. it will not arrive for a few weeks. The vibroplex will take 3 weeks for delivery. Looking forward to starting a new sec...

The shack is coming together... from KB3RJH
Fri, 27 Mar 2009 05:01:29 GMT
Well, it's been a while since the last blog. Been really REALLY busy! Finally got my Ringo Ranger II up in the air, works great so far. Rained yesterday but, didn't get the time to check the swr to see if it drops out. About two days ago I was given a few pieces of working history. Items include; a Heathkit dual trace 35mhz oscilloscope (Mod# 10-4235), a little unit called an Electro-Sub for testing Electrolitics only, a Heathkit RF signal generator that had a couple mods built into it (one of a kind unit), an audio generator, a Heathkit "Capaci-tester", a Heathkit Vacume tube Voltmeter (Mod# V-4A) and an NRI (Mod# W) Vacume tube voltmeter. The best part is that I got all of those pieces for a really great price...FREE! Doesn't matter how old they are, they work and will give me a great head start when I start digging into that Viking II to get it running again.

Have made some great contacts so far, the Dakotas, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, Madeira Island, Germany, Italy and ...

Advice needed from KC8HCH
Thu, 26 Mar 2009 18:37:36 GMT
I bought a Radio Shack HTX-10. Do I need a SWR meter and or a antenna tuner? Also going to purchase a dipole because of the antenna restrictions. What do I need to get up and running? Am I missing or doing something wrong? Point me in the right direction. I do realize the band is dead right now but I want to at least hear the beacon.

Rain in Texas gets me back on the repair bench from K5CXO
Thu, 26 Mar 2009 07:57:15 GMT
Updated My Projects page with more pic and find on the SX-140


Killed my Pixie ? from KA6KBC
Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:04:54 GMT
Sorry to say - I burnt up my Pixie over the weekend. Was testing with 12VDC and something gave up. Yep - Even us "Old Timers" - Kill Radios :(

Well the good News - I ordered a replacement (In the mail they say) and should have it up and running after the weekend.

I'll keep you posted.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

Mi Estación from LU9CBL
Tue, 24 Mar 2009 08:47:23 GMT
Mi modesta estación esta compuesta por los siguientes equipamientos:

- Kenwood TS120, con Transmatch MFJ Deluxe Versa Tunner II (MFJ-949E), Antena Dipolo con bajada Linea Abierta a 15 metros de altura, orientación NorEste, SurOeste.

- Yaesu FT2400, con Antena SR2 omnidireccional a 15 metros de altura, y bajada de Coaxial RG213.
- Handy Kenwood TH22AT.

Getting my "high" from an antenna... from KC8TBY
Sun, 22 Mar 2009 06:12:16 GMT
Well, having posted my question about why the SWR of my end fed antenna has become increasingly high on, and having gotten some very interesting responses and ideas, I went ahead and made some changes. Someone suggested that the antenna might have become stretched out do to some strong winds we have had here over the past few weeks. Another ham suggested that I might try moving the "feed" end, (the end with the matchbox unit), further away from the eaves of my roof. He felt that the vinyl siding under the eaves MIGHT be loading the antenna. Lastly another ham told me that because I had a portion of the antenna strung through an elbow of a large tree the SWR would be affected by the tree itself! Hmmm...I should have thought of that myself! I'm still learning however and I guess I have to chaulk all of this up to lessons to be learned! what did I do? First I did move the antenna "feed" end lower (about one foot) beneath the eaves of the roof. I also tries to add...

Completed:Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) Fundamentals Workshop Sponsored By The W8CYE – Drake Amateur Radio Club from NY8T
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 14:38:56 GMT
The Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) Fundamentals Workshop sponsored by the W8CYE – Drake Amateur Radio Club was today.

I want to thank all 16 attendees and my supporting peers. It was a great time. I enjoyed doing it and learn from the attendees as well. It was fun to see the variety of rigs everyone brought.

I highlighted the use of several resources outside of HRD as well: -
Twitter -
MyHamShack -
DXSummit -
DXAnywhere -
PSKReporter -
OpenAPRS -
Ham Radio Deluxe DX Cluster -
HRD Wiki -
HRD Utilities -
PSKMeter Page

Thanks again to all for the support.

Radio Shack 25A Switching Power Supplies from K4BTC
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 12:08:36 GMT
I was just at Radio Shack picking up some audio plugs for surround sound on my TV, and stumbled upon 2 of their switching power supplys. They are rated at 25A/13.8v and the manager told me that these power supplies are a "no sale" across the board and that Radio Shack is liquidating them at the price of $79.95; 30 bucks off the regular retail price. Not a bad deal. Similair one at MFJ is $109 not including the shipping. I also checked Radio Shack on line and they have the same ones on their website. Free shipping to the store if you order it. If your looking for a great power supply for 2 meter rigs or smaller HF rigs, you may want to consider it.

eenie, meenie, minnie, moe from K4BTC
Thu, 19 Mar 2009 19:41:44 GMT
Alright, I have a request... I am needing some feedback on a certain rig that I am contemplating buying within the next 3 days. I am looking at the Yaesu FT-450SAT. From what I have read on, it is a great rig and from what I am seeing on the different dealers websites, it is a good choice. I was hoping if anyone has one or has used one, that you would be kind enough to share your thoughts on it. Good or Bad. I am looking for a good rig as a companion to my TS-570DG, one that has 6 meter capability. Thanks for everyones help and opinions

Thoughts on the FT-290RII all mode 2 meter. from KB4SOG
Thu, 19 Mar 2009 08:19:46 GMT
Well, I’ve had this radio for almost two weeks, and thought I’d make some observations. Most of this applies to my radio only, and may not apply to other FT-290RIIs – I’ve never had another, so I certainly can’t say they are all the same!

The good stuff – it’s remarkably easy to operate. Mine came with he FL-2025 amplifier, and operation is very simple. The modes are easily selected. I’ve talked on a couple of local repeaters and the audio reports are GREAT – better than my FT-2800M. Also, according to my trusty wattmeter the radio/amp transmits about 24w – which is pretty much exactly what it’s supposed to!

The bad (or less than good) – I have no CTCSS tones, so my repeater choices are very limited. You can add the CTCSS unit (FTS-7) – even currently in production by an aftermarket company. It costs about $79. Installation is simple, but you have to remove the amp (or battery pack, depending on what you’re using) to change the tones. I intend to get the board, but will ...

Ham Radio Deluxe Workshop from NY8T
Wed, 18 Mar 2009 17:40:06 GMT
Hello. Thank you for interest in the Ham Radio Deluxe Workshop on Saturday March 21, 2009 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Local Lodge 1943 - 1100
Crawford Street – Middletown, OH 45044.

We want to be setup and started by 1030, so please plan accordingly.

If you are bringing your station for hands on, then consider a dummy load, power strip, rig control, sound card interface, etc. as well as
your lunch and drinks (no alcohol), manual for equipment, copy of your license. Any small tools you feel you may need.

I will have wifi there for the HRD internet functions. While chairs will be available you can bring a comfortable chair if you so desire.

If you do not want to bring your station and have laptop, bring it and we will setup up do you can follow along. It must have Windows XP or Vista. HRD is not supported on Linux yet.

Talk In - We will monitor the 145.490 and 442.425 Repeaters, both with 77.0 tone.

Breakfast - Several of us will be at the Carlisle Resturant for Breakfast f...

Hello and thanks to the folks at MyHamShack from W0GAC
Wed, 18 Mar 2009 16:36:25 GMT
hey there, just s quick entry to try the blog and TXS to for the cool project.

I will add some pics later...O&O

SWR on the upswing...a sure sign of spring? from KC8TBY
Wed, 18 Mar 2009 15:41:01 GMT
LOL! It's been getting progressively warmer here in western Michigan and I guess you could say that springtime is finally on the way!
For the past few days I have noticed that my SWR has been "creeping up", so to speak, whenever I transmit. Now, I might be wrong but it seems as though my SWR is now reading between 1.5 and 2.1 throughout the twenty meter band! I'm using the Yaesu 897D and I'm still learning how to interpret the "bar graph" on the radio's LCD screen. From what I am understanding from other folks using this rig three "bars" mean (aprox.) a 2 to 1 SWR reading.
Now, I also recently installed a small LDG SWR meter that also seems to read (about) a 2.1 SWR also. Not ssure why all of a sudden this has risen? My connections are all solid, nothing blown down or wet...who knows? I am using a Par end-fed 20 meter dipole and I emailed the technical service person for his opinion. He thinks that because I have the closer end of the antenna only about 6 inches below the eaves...

Ordered a 40 Meter 'Rock-Mite ' from KA6KBC
Wed, 18 Mar 2009 09:27:23 GMT
Just Ordered a Small Wonders - 40 Meter 'Rock-Mite '.

Looks interesting -

Looking forward to building/testing.


- Double-sided PCB 2.0&quot; x 2.5&quot;, plated-thru-holes, solder masked &amp; silkscreened for easy assembly

- 0.5W power output at 12V supply.

- Supply voltage range 8-15V

- 7122 kHz

-automatic T/R offset, reversible

-Built-in Iambic keyer, 5-40 WPM

-Built in sidetone, 700 Hz

- Includes assembly instructions and operating tips

- All on-board parts supplied in kit

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

"Pixie 2" transceiver - Problems ? from KA6KBC
Tue, 17 Mar 2009 13:30:53 GMT

Ran into an interesting problem the other day. I built a Pixie 2 kit awhile back, but have not gotten it on the air yet. I checked it out and the Power output is good (0.5 Watts with a new battery) and the Receiver sensitivity is good (seeing around - 100 dBm).

However - After attempting to put it on the air yesterday I noted a problem - After pressing then releasing the Key to transmit the Receiver breaks into a loud audio oscillation into the headphones. If I press and release the Key it goes away for awhile, but soon starts up again.

I reviewed a few older posts on and think I found the issue. I was using a Carbon Zinc 9V Cell and now moved to an Alkaline Cell. The 0scillation is gone, But I need to test more tonight.

by WB6BYU on August 23, 2008

“…In my published circuit using the LM386 I had to specify the use of an Alkaline 9V battery rather than carbon-zinc due to the need for a low resistance DC supply to keep it from oscillating…”


FaceBook For Hams ? from KA6KBC
Mon, 16 Mar 2009 10:02:08 GMT
Hi All,

Check out this site. Kind a Neat.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

CW from WY0MN
Mon, 16 Mar 2009 04:44:58 GMT
Finally ordered the narrow CW filter for my 40m QRP station. Thought I could get away without it. But most ops are piled up, orgy style, around three primary freqs from what I can hear.
I put one of these filters on the 30m MFJ rig I owned in the past, it was like getting an entire new/different radio! I may have to add an additional, external, reduction drive so as to extra fine tune folks in.
Went bike shopping Friday, took a vacation day to do it. Ended up coming home with a '09 Yamaha TW200, looks like a Honda Trail 70 on steroids. But @78mpg I can deal with it, with a smile!
Now where do the antennas go?

New Antenna Switch from K4BTC
Mon, 16 Mar 2009 04:16:58 GMT
Well after pricing and looking for the parts to build a open wire antenna switch, I had decided that I would just buy one. I found a very nice one from MFJ. The MFJ-1706 ladder line switch is a great deal. I found it on Ebay brand new from a retailer for $69. Getting it from MFJ would have cost $109 plus shipping. I opened it up when it came in the mail on Thursday and it's a first class job all the way. Much better than what I had designed and could build. I aint the best homebrewer, but I am good at building antennas. Anyway, the switch works great and makes using ladder line so much nicer than pulling one feed out of the tuner and putting another in. I had just recently switched all my antennas over to ladder line and this just made it that much nicer. Trust me, ladder line is much cheaper than high dollar low loss coax and much easier to run. I have had nothing but good luck with the ladder line feeds and from now on all my HF antennas will be fed with it. Also the MFJ feed thru pa...

I love being an American!!! from K4BTC
Sun, 15 Mar 2009 16:59:15 GMT
Sitting up here in the shack, studying, and was watching half a screen on the NASA live channel and just finished watching Discovery launch. I know that these times are hard right now for so many people, and that it seems that our country is in dire straights. I'm only 45 years old, but yet I feel that this country, these United States of America is still great. Not because of our technical prowess or our military might, but just because of the undeniable never quit attitude we all as Americans have. This country has defied the odds for so long and will continue to do so in the face of any and all obstacles that may come. No matter what, I love my country. I feel greatly indebted for all those who have gave life or limb to keep our great nation safe. I still get choked whenever I hear the Star Spangled Banner. Yeah, I love being an American. I'm proud of my country and all we have done and will continue to do. God Bless America!!!

Hygain th6 from KW4VL
Sun, 15 Mar 2009 16:54:27 GMT
I picked up a 6 element hygain beam at a good price and im gonna try it out. its a monster! 24 feet long!

New rigs coming from KD0ETR
Fri, 13 Mar 2009 06:52:36 GMT
I canot wait for pay day to come next week i will have a Ten Tec omni coming and a yaesu 2 meter sidbander coming !!! im excited !!!
Im wondering if any one out there is using a DX-CC antenna im really thinking of getting one I dont like all the fuss with tuning on the hustler would rather hang check the swrs and go.
If any one has a Alpha Delta DX-CC let me know if you like..

A wonderful experience yesterday! from KC8TBY
Fri, 13 Mar 2009 06:05:18 GMT
I was tuning around the twenty meter band late yesterday afternoon. As usual I was listening to the QSOs that were in progress and hoping to catch someone calling "Cq" that I might be able to answer. I happened upon a QSO that was already in progress between two hams that were discussing their antennas, rigs, etc. Both stations were just booming into my radio, both sending my S meter to a full 10 over nine (at least!)
When they had finished their QSO I took a chance and send my call sign hoping that one of them would still be on that frequency and might be willing to answer my call. Well, to make a long story short, one of the hams acknowledged my call immediately, and we began to have a great "ragchew" session. He was an older ham (he mentioned that he had been licensed for over fifty years!) I explained to him that I was a true rookie. Well he couldn't have been more encouraging to me and he simply couldn't have been a nicer guy to have happened across while I was surfing that...

What do you think of split ops. from N2UGB
Thu, 12 Mar 2009 13:53:13 GMT
I'm a very frequent user of 30 meters. I've recently observed a lot of split-frequency operating going on. Wouldn't be so bad on a very spacious band but with the short spectum allotment on 30 meters, it is beginning to pose a problem.

I liked 30M as it was an uncomplicated, non-competitve, QRP friendly band. Seems to be less the case now.

Any thoughts?


Mosley Mini-33A from W5JNP
Thu, 12 Mar 2009 12:00:50 GMT
I finally got my Mosley Mini-33a up just before the ARRL DX Phone contest. The Mini-33a is a small trap tri-bander on a 6 foot boom. I selected this antenna because I live in a restricted neighborhood and wanted the smallest possible beam.

I have it on a telescoping pole that I can take down and store it just above my kids wooden play set. It is turned with a Radio Shack rotator (found at a hamfest for $50).

It did a great job with some opening on 15 & 10 meters during the contest.


New Pictures from KC2PLJ
Thu, 12 Mar 2009 09:39:15 GMT
I have added some new pictures and will be uploading more soon....

20 meter quad from KW4VL
Thu, 12 Mar 2009 07:03:42 GMT
OK ive decided on a 20 meter 2 element quad. I have the boom section ready and working on the spiders that hold the spreaders now. the wire is ready to go and soon as i find some spreader material that i think will do the job its off to the races lol!

Cave City Hamfest from KB4SOG
Thu, 12 Mar 2009 06:57:34 GMT
Hi all! I wanted to share my experiences of last weekend with everyone. The XYL and I went to the Cave City (KY) hamfest last weekend. I had never been to this one before, but had heard a lot of good things about it. The weather was wonderful, and the hamfest did NOT disappoint!

The inside area was packed – I think there was one empty table. The tailgate area was likely 2/3 full – a lot of vintage equipment and CB stuff, some of it worth looking at. I had an inside table – I seem to “acquire” a lot more electronics stuff than I really need – and the day went well. The crowd was HUGE just after the doors opened! This has to be one of the best hamfests I’ve attended recently (not counting Dayton).

I ended up buying a Yaesu FT-100 monitor scope (very nice), a Yaesu FT-290RII radio (is there a users group?) and a MJF 2m swr meter. The prices I paid were far below what the same items would likely have sold for on a “certain online auction”. I love hamfests!!!

As a plus, ...

The vertical radiator is bad from W9SRK
Wed, 11 Mar 2009 21:04:15 GMT
After extensive testing (tuning up the HW-101 with the 180S-1 antenna tuner, and then the Kenwood TS-430S with both the matching AT-250 auto tuner and the Vectronics VC300DLP tuner, I've isolated it to the antenna.

Turns out, there's some scorch marks at the PL-259 junction between the 22 foot vertical radiator and the isolator.

After further examination, and swapping out of components (including an entirely new vertical radiator and isolator, on loan courtesy of Tony Sokol W9JXN), the culprit appears to be the coax for the vertical radiator.

It appears to be a pre-formed length of coax with molded on PL-259's. The offending component seems to be the questionable dielectric in the connectors - it's an odd plastic looking substance, definitely not the typical brown or white teflon I'm used to seeing.

After replacing the 22 foot length for the vertical radiator (the original pre-molded wasn't quite 22 feet - more like 21 feet, 4 inches) everything is back to normal.

Up to...

Novice Historical Society Home Page from KA6KBC
Wed, 11 Mar 2009 16:40:24 GMT

Neat WebPage:

For most hams, the year(s) they spent as a Novice was the most fun they had in ham radio. They discovered our hobby. Everything was new and exicting! Other hams went out of their way to help and teach them. This website provides a space for hams to celebrate that joy by sharing American Novice stories, 1951 to 2000.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

Dipole "Gone Bad" ? from KA6KBC
Wed, 11 Mar 2009 15:30:46 GMT

Hi All,

I have had a stealth dipole under the the edge of my roof for about a year. Worked ok and the SWR was < 1.3:1 across the 40 Meter band. Yesterday I noticed the SWR is now 3.0:1 across the band. I have not changed anything that I know of and visually I can't see any changes in the Antenna.

Any Ideas ?

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

New Rig on it's Way Soon from KC2PLJ
Wed, 11 Mar 2009 05:53:31 GMT
It's official, after 3 years of using the smaller and more compact HF rigs that I have grown so used to (the Yaesu FT-817nd, FT-857D, FT-897D series) I have decided to order my first big rig so to speak. The Yaesu FT-950 was my choice based on price and receiver performance. So far it has received excellent reviews and people that I have talked to see to like it. The 857, 897 have been great performers and I will miss them both. I will hang on to my FT-817ND as it is unique and goes with me to work from time to time. Can't wait to get the new one in.

Something odd from W9SRK
Tue, 10 Mar 2009 20:54:43 GMT
I tried to tune up and have an unreal SWR with more than 10 watts. It's very odd - I can tune everything completely flat with the 180S-1 every time. Will look into it more and report.

I know I am suppossed to be studying, but 160 is Jam Up tonight!!! from K4BTC
Tue, 10 Mar 2009 17:57:13 GMT
Ok, ok, ok... I know I was lamenting my demise with my Extra class studying, and yes I forked over almost 50 bucks to subscribe to ham test on line, and I also have the MFJ study guide. But wait! I turn on my 570DG and there is HI3/LY3UM at 20 over 9, so of course I had to work him and then right after that here comes V25OP! what am I supposed to do? why work the DX of course! You all know you would do the same as me. Anyway I got both and I am now turning a deaf ear to the IK4 station calling CQ so I can study. I would like to thank the comments of encouragement I received fom everyone. I have enjoyed this fraternity of HAMS since I was 12 years old and it is still, in my own opinion, the best of them all. Good night all..... IK4 is still calling...Hmmmm

Much Needed Rain Possible For Us from W5LJM
Tue, 10 Mar 2009 17:16:52 GMT
It has been to long coming, but I believe it is at hand. The forecast below is from and it really looks good. BUT we have been disappointed before with hopes of 70% plus chances of rain that passed north of us and we remained high and dry.
Keep your fingers crossed for the San Antonio areas.
Tuesday night, March 10: Cloudy skies early with scattered thunderstorms developing late. Low 61F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Details for Wednesday, March 11:
Periods of rain with a few thunderstorms likely. High 66F. Winds NE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch. Wednesday night: Periods of rain likely with a few thundershowers. Low 41F. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.
Light rain is expected to linger until Saturday.
This is so very much needed in the Texas Hill Country, so I suppose I will do my Cherokee Rain Dance and hope for the best... thanks, not for this ham! from KC8TBY
Mon, 09 Mar 2009 16:28:23 GMT
Yesterday, Sunday, March 8th, I decided to flip the swith on my rig and to listen into the worldwide "DX Contest" that had been taking place all weekend.
Now remember, I am only "wired", so to speak, for twenty meters so this was the band I chose to listen in on and to (possibly?) try my hand at making some DX contacts myself, if I felt that might be possible.
Wow! I was blown away! Every frequency, or so it seemed to me, was in use up and down the band with frantic calls of "CQ..CQ..DX contest..." As fast as I heard those calls -bang- someone was just as quickly answering that call and, just as quickly, exchanging a signal report and the required location information. That was it. No rag chewing. No, nice to meet you, how's the weather..." etc. Simply here I am, here is my location and then a fast 73!!
It seemed that these folks were having a lot of fun and I'm not criticizing them at all. I have to admit, however, that after a few minutes of listening to this rapid fire exc...

Extra, Extra, where are you? from K4BTC
Mon, 09 Mar 2009 13:53:35 GMT
Just signed up for a subscription to Ham test online and gonna try for my Extra. I have been an advanced class for almost 25 years... guess it's time to get off my duff and just do it. Strangely enough though, when I took my advanced class test, the theory was on tubes and npn/pnp transistors, boy do I have a lot to catch up on. But hopefully my cognitive powers of memory and understanding are still there. My main motivation is the bottom portions of 80, 40, 20, & 15 meters. I hate checking DX watch. com and seeing all the DX down in the bottom 25. Motivation...motivation...

Packet, APRS with my sound card from NY8T
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 12:50:40 GMT
Packet, APRS with my sound card and FT-857D, this project made for good day.

My portable HF station laptop can do packet, APRS via my sound card interface as well as service as an APRS-IS.

2009 ARRL International DX Contest from WY0MN
Fri, 06 Mar 2009 19:21:55 GMT
I hoped to work some QRP CW on 40m tonight, but the contest has started.
Drop in and listen throughout the cw portion of 40m, its not pretty.
Unless they've changed the bandplan, and I somehow missed it... listen to all our US operators using voice just to catch some DX. Should be a few less 'amateurs' in the near future. HIHI

New HAM from KJ4JVH
Thu, 05 Mar 2009 20:27:16 GMT
Hello everyone I'm a new HAM that just got my tech. class last week so I dont really have anything to take a picture of and put up on the site except for my QSL card, which I hope to have some printed up by the weekend. So hopefully I will have a lot more pictures to post in time.

New project from KW4VL
Thu, 05 Mar 2009 16:52:03 GMT
Im getting some time in on the extra bands dxing a bit..getting ready for contest this weekend...thinking really hard about a homebrew 20 meter beam maybe a yagi or maybe a hexbeam dont know yet more research is needed...

Kb9ygd from KB9YGD
Thu, 05 Mar 2009 08:29:56 GMT
I am on the noontime AM forum every day at noon on 3.870 mhz AM.
I am also looking for connections/friends in

The W2ZZA shack Project from W2ZZA
Tue, 03 Mar 2009 15:36:59 GMT
Love to here what you think of my new shack (In our new house , well new to us)

Icom IC-W3A from N8RTW
Tue, 03 Mar 2009 03:25:44 GMT
Got myself a used Icom IC-W32A saturday ar R & L.

quiet, cold, and no DX from K4BTC
Tue, 03 Mar 2009 01:28:36 GMT
Well...had hoped that there would be some activity on 160 this morning. Since I am an early bird and have been getting up at 3:45 for the past 2 decades, I always come up to the shack and listen for an hour from 4am to 5 am. I have really lucked out and been quite sucessful, but the pickin's are slim if not none. Oh well, guess I'll see what this evening holds.

Mon, 02 Mar 2009 16:28:10 GMT
Hooray I just completed the ARRL Triple Play WAS Award. I did it in 14 days! If you don't know what the Triple Play Award is let me explain:

You have to work all 50 states in 3 modes, CW, Digital and Phone. All QSO's have to be confirmed through LOTW. I received number 169 and at the same time I completed my WAS endorsed Digital-RTTY!

JA3YBK (Japan) confirms QSO with NY8T from NY8T
Mon, 02 Mar 2009 08:07:30 GMT

JA3YBK (Japan) confirms QSO with NY8T
Confirmed with
22Feb2009 22:54 20M CW JAPAN

Done from home using a 20M Bosooka made by KD8EDT. FT857D using 100w.

RTTY ops from N9RG
Mon, 02 Mar 2009 02:51:54 GMT
I picked up a used PK-232 (no MBX) off of eBay. It came with no cables, so I have been trying to get it up and running. I have a power cable made, and an FSK cable for my TS-450S, thanks to NJ2F, Jeff, and his well supplied junk box. I am able to transmit RTTY signals using FSK. I still need to get a keying line made up. Those connectors may be harder to find. I might have to break down and buy some. There is a fellow who offers the radio cables on QTH.COM.

Web Sites from K1NWB
Sun, 01 Mar 2009 20:39:22 GMT

logs...logs...logs...minus 1! from K4BTC
Sun, 01 Mar 2009 17:37:26 GMT
Just finished the CQ DX Marathon log. Surprisingly enough I have worked 53 countries and 20 zones since 01/01/2009. I had no idea

logs...logs...logs from K4BTC
Sun, 01 Mar 2009 16:58:51 GMT
Well a lucky loss of power killed my previous blog entry of a few minutes ago. To sum it up I have been working on logs all weekend. CQ DX Marathon logs, EQSL logs, LOTW. Seems like I am never going to finish. Listening to 160 meter CW and only hearing shotgun blast of QRN & QSB at 20db over. Guess the cold weather and storms are causing that. Supposed to get snow tonight. That means pretty much Charleston SC will be paralyzed tomorrow. Lucky for me I work for the power company and have to go in to work regardless. At least the 160 1/2 wave and DXCC 80-10 meter dipole didn't come down in all the bad weather yesterday and today, now if it can make it through the possible snow.... Oh well, back to the logs! 73's and good evening to all

wires still working from NG9R
Sun, 01 Mar 2009 11:54:09 GMT
The old wire antenna farm (actually more like a planter box) still gets the job done. An old 80 meter dipole fed with 450 ohm window line and my 4 band wire inverted-L are still providing plenty of action during the lull in sunspot activity. 80 &amp; 160 area a blast now that the bands are much quieter. It sure doesn't take much investment in antennas to have fun.
The 80 meter antenna is at about 40' average height and the inverted-L is ground mounted with a dozen various length radials. The inverted-L is actually a full sized vertical on 30 &amp; 40 meters and the wire runs parallel to the ground from just above 35'. The antenna is loaded with a couple of coils and is slightly more than half sized on 80 meters and slightly less than half sized on 160. It is very narrow banded on 80 and 160 and an antenna tuner is a necessity to move around the band at all.
The 80 meter dipole worked very well on 40, with some gain over a conventional half wave dipole. On higher bands, it has some d...

VHF too HF packet radio link from VO1MDS
Sun, 01 Mar 2009 10:22:22 GMT
Howdy folks,i have never used a blog before,but here goes:
Anywho..i now have a full 24/7 VHF too HF packet radio gateway running between 14.105mhz lsb and 145.010mhz fm useing my Kantronics KAM duel port TNC,my AEA pk-232mbx is off line right now,as well as my AEA pk-12,i now use my kenwood tr-7850 for my packet radio setup,the old Yaesu ft-209rh has been traded off too another ham locally for voice chating.

New Stuff from W0FRG
Sun, 01 Mar 2009 09:17:46 GMT
Well, I just put up an 80/40 dipole in the trees. Boy is that fun. Now I just need to find some frequencies to get on and meet some new hams there.

I love 40 meters and I know they are up there somewhere in the 75/80 meter bands

We'll be getting an Icom 746 this coming week. Hopefully before I have rotator cuff surgery this Wednesday!

73, Jim

Sad day in Broadcasting history...RIP Paul Harvey!!! from KB3RJH
Sun, 01 Mar 2009 08:42:58 GMT
Wow, I am saddened by this news. I was drawn in by his commentaries when I was a kid and he always had a great was of helping me understand the news a little better than the rest of the media. Paul will be missed for sure!



N4MJG station from N4MJG
Sat, 28 Feb 2009 19:29:21 GMT
I enjoyed beging ham since 2001 gen lic. since 2007,and this is my first time here my ham

Internet Outage from NY8T
Sat, 28 Feb 2009 08:07:42 GMT
After several hours of outage, the primary internet for Station NY8T is back on-line. It's nice having a secondary backup internet resource.

it has been awhile from VK4TJF
Sat, 28 Feb 2009 03:26:15 GMT
well my friends it has been a while since i updated you so here is the news/ I have earned two awards thus far the DXCC award for phone and the ADXA-HALF award for 14 meters SSB. I have been really into CW and im up to a speed of around 25 wpm. now im working on the DXCC on CW. this time it will take me longer to get the cards because im getting the cards via the buro. comming up is the John Moyle field day on the 14/15 March and that will be fun as i will be doing a lot of CW. I also did very well in the ARRL 10 meter contest for 2008. I placed 1st for mixed mode low power here in Australia. of course there wasnt any competition as I was the only entry for that mode in Australia/ currently i use a Begali Simplex key and soon I will get my hands on a K8RA P4 for my birthday on the 1st of March.

I've been studying. from KJ4FFJ
Sat, 28 Feb 2009 00:49:21 GMT
I have been taking the practice test. I'm finding the General Class questions a bit harder. I've worked up to about 65% average on the test. Hope to have it wrapped up in a few months.

Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) Fundamentals Workshop from NY8T
Fri, 27 Feb 2009 20:06:36 GMT
Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) Fundamentals Workshop sponsored by the W8CYE - Drake Amateur Radio Club

You do NOT need to be a Member of the Drake Club to participate. There are NO Fees for this workshop.

We are asking that you RSVP to but RSVP is not required.

This workshop is being conducted by NY8T and KD8EDT. It is design as a "Get you up and going" workshop. We will introduce you to the software and a few tips to get you up and going.

Date: Saturday March 21, 2009
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Local Lodge 1943 - 1100 Crawford Street – Middleton, OH 45044

Bring your FCC License, laptops, radio's and dummy loads.
You only need equipment if you want hands-on participation.
We recommend you bring Lunch and drinks.

After 2pm we will be doing some exploration and playing with HRD.

For Questions contact Gary NY8T -

Add Italy to my QSOs! from KC8TBY
Fri, 27 Feb 2009 07:07:34 GMT
Well imagine my surprise when I heard "CQ...CQ...North America..." at 8:00 AM Michigan time. My recent experience has been that twenty meters doesn't seem to open up much locally until sometime around 9 or 10AM our time.
Well I answered with my call sign and the ham at the other end acknowledged that he hrard me, although very weakly! He was a ham in southern Italy! Nice QSO to start off the day, huh? I continue to be amazed and somewhat mystified by how well a simple, end fed piece of 14 gauge wire cut to resonance on 20 meters can really punch out a signal! Here's a nod to Marconi and all the rest of those wireless wizards who proved to everyone just how much could be done!
Salute! :)

Extra class from KW4VL
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 16:29:55 GMT
+Woooo Hooooo i passed the extra test today first try,,,,i feel great!

Got an HF Rig finally! from KB3RJH
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 05:44:32 GMT
Went to the Vienna Winterfest last week and picked up my first HF Rig! It's a Kenwood TS-180S 160-10 meter rig. 200 W PEP on 160-15 SSB/CW and 160 W PEP on 10 SSB/CW. Nice and clean...

Also picked up a Bearcat 895XLT Trunking scanner for $60! Nice unit works fine...Just got to get my discone up in the air so i can receiver more than just the local weather station report.

In the middle of trying to set all of the equipment up and get my dipole tuned and up in the air...



Tue, 24 Feb 2009 20:38:36 GMT

Well, it is 25/FEB/2009 at 0435 hrs. utc and my wife went to the OB/GYN and they did a sonogram and we found out we are going to have a girl. I have blond hair now, but when she gets to her teen years I think my hair will turn white. HI HI!!! Really though, I don't care my baby is a girl. I just want a healthy baby. God Bless You All!! Great DX. 73, Stuart W8STU

K5D where are you on 15? from K4BTC
Tue, 24 Feb 2009 16:12:04 GMT
Sitting here looking at DXSpot watch and seeing everyone working K5D on 21.295, and I cannot hear a soul!

K5D from WE8R
Tue, 24 Feb 2009 06:27:42 GMT
Worked the K5D DX expidition on 40m CW last night !

SignaLink Interface from WE8R
Mon, 23 Feb 2009 11:31:21 GMT
Well... we made it home from sure was a relaxing 2 weeks.

The SignaLink unit arrived the day we left for Florida, so I knew it was waiting on me. Spent most of Friday catching up on maintenance around the house, but Friday evening, I managed to get the SignaLink and PC software configured, and I could see I was decoding PSK-31 signals.

Saturday, I made my first PSK-31 QSO on 30m with my friend Glenn, WE8N ... it sure was rough at first..but once I figured out how to use and program the macros it was a lot easier. We then tried some of the other modes..... RTTY/ Olivia and a few others.

hawaii from K8GJP
Sun, 22 Feb 2009 20:56:44 GMT
im now in hawaii till my ets and hopeing to make some 2 meter contacts once i get my antenna up

Amateur extra class from KW4VL
Sun, 22 Feb 2009 19:39:50 GMT
Im gonna go take the extra test very very soon...hope i make it

40 meter fun today from W8VFM
Sun, 22 Feb 2009 18:16:18 GMT
Later in the afternoon I was on 7.106 and called CQ. Mike K2TPZ from Baltimore, Md called me. We chatted for 10 minutes and condx went south on us. A few minutes later, I heard K0CDJ testing, so I called him. We have chatted before on 12/9/07. But today he was 599+ and a joy to copy. He was running a BC-221 signal generator, as a VFO to his
DX-60 and was putting in a very nice signal. We chatted for over 20 minutes about the "old" gear and the fun of cw and surplus radios. I had to sign and get ready for some evening activities, but before I could pull the switch on my K2; Bart from MN, WB0TRL called me. He was 599 and a good fist. I couldn't stick around, but glad he called me too.
All in all, it was a fun afternoon on the high end of 40 cw. Had to get away from all the contest QRM below. I love 40 cw!

QRP 40m from WY0MN
Sat, 21 Feb 2009 17:02:48 GMT
Lost a bid on eBay for a MFJ-9040, it sold for more than half of the price of a new one. I'm sorry, but except for collectible equipment I won't pay more than half for stuff that may, or may not work, without additional parts and labor. So I went ahead and ordered a new one for QRP 'playtime'.
I'll mate this 'rig' to the EF-40 for the townhouse, and send the IC707 along with the CHA250BX and FSDP160 to the ranch cabin.
SKCC must have had a contest, heard a lot of &quot;CQ SKCC&quot; calls last night. I'm a mbr of that fine association, but prefer ragchews to 10sec QSO's, and only participate in contests when the chewers dry up.
Working on &quot;DracOILa&quot;, my truck, today. Ford F150, 5.0cl of migraine! It can't possibly be the original engine, it doesn't match any pics for that model/year in the Chiltons or Haynes manuals; nor can I find a comparable pic online. I really think its a Frankensteined engine from a Ford van, the thermostat is directly above and behind the waterpump....

SatPC32 User Group Created from VE3TMT
Sat, 21 Feb 2009 15:13:31 GMT
Hi all,

I've started a new Yahoo user group for satellite operators using SatPC32 or any other software.

March 29th...due to lack of membership I have deleted the group.

40 meters down today from W8VFM
Sat, 21 Feb 2009 13:38:01 GMT
I have been listening on 40 cw today and conditions have been poor. Some of the contest signals are loud because of their power. Hope band better later today or tomorrow.

First blog entry 2/20/09 from W8VFM
Fri, 20 Feb 2009 04:33:27 GMT
I have been a cw ham for 54 years and still enjoy the "magic" of radio. I try to get at least one qso each day. I am on 40 meter cw between 7.030 and 7.040 listening. I am limited by my present antenna. I only have a Hamstick mobile antenna at present, clamped to the eaves trough on the edge of the roof of my house. However, it performs quite well for what it is. I have a 30 ft. tower up next to the house, near my office/shack window. I got it up in late November, with the help of two members of the church I serve as part-time pastor. But the weather caught me and was not able to get my 2 meter or all band dipole up. Hopefully, I'll get it up soon, when the weather warms up. Hope to work you on the bands soon. 73, Ned

Great QSO today...! from KC8TBY
Thu, 19 Feb 2009 17:13:05 GMT
As I have said here before, I am currently set up to operate on 20 meters only. After some initial successes making contacts with special event stations in Florida and Arizonia and being able to "check into" some 'HF 'nets as well, I noticed the "action" from my shack seems to have dropped off considerably in the last few days. Lots of QRM! I was calling CQ but getting no answers. I was really frustrated yesterday when I heard a DX station from Ireland working through a pile up all morning long but, try as I might, I couldn't be heard!
LOL...I thought I was either running out of beginner's luck OR my antenna was losing its "oomph!" (Not too hard to imagine given the fact that my antenna is so small!) :)
Well, hope, as they say, does indeed spring eternal! Today I added another (somewhat) amazing contact to my log. This afternoon, while spinning the dial around the old twenty meter band I heard another operator calling CQ...CQ...! I acknowledged his call and, of course gave him...

Radio Active today from NY8T
Wed, 18 Feb 2009 13:35:49 GMT
Setup portable HF station to do a day of radio at a remote location..Thunderstorms terminated our Radio Activities...packing up..

ATU/Antenna compatability from WY0MN
Wed, 18 Feb 2009 07:03:42 GMT

Made an interesting discovery last night. I've been using the tuner, in bypass mode, just to keep a check on the SWR of the EF-40. That way if the thing is blown down by wind or broken by ice, I'll know it without going outside to visually check each day prior to operating.
The portions of 40m that I use have averaged 1.8:1 which is a bit high but operable.
I had disconnected the 80m sloper from the tuner to use direct hookup to the 3.579 Pixie-II, and failed to reconnect it to the ATU after use. When I went back to 40m on the ICOM, thru the tuner but bypassing the tuning circuitry, the reading was 1.2:1
I played with it a bit, connecting & disconnecting the 80m aerial, forcing the 40m aerial SWR to rise and fall.
The aerials ARE too close really, but don't you think if the proximity were an issue the SWR would read wacky regardless of whether or not the 80m was fed to the tuner or not? As I stated before I'm basically using the ATU as an antenna switch, bypassing the tuner.
So ...

Last Day of Vacation from WE8R
Wed, 18 Feb 2009 04:02:33 GMT
Well, this is the last full day of vacation. It has been a slow 2 weeks, and the Florida weather sure has been a welcome break from the Ohio wintery weather. Have been hanging out by the pool almost every day.

BUT...I am ready to go home ! I have a new SignaLink PSK-31 unit "still in the box", it arrived the day we left Ohio, and I miss MY DOG Brooke !

Will get back to Dayton at about 5pm tomorrow (Thursday 2/19) Will check in on the 442.425 repeater later in the evening once things settle down and I take the dog for a walk.

Adding a new piece of equipment... from KC8TBY
Tue, 17 Feb 2009 09:54:57 GMT
When I was first setting up my somewhat modest station, my good friend and Elmer, Mike, loaned me his watt meter to use. It is an MFJ model 815 and it seemed to work quite well. Given the fact, however, that my 55+ year old eyes aren't what they use to be, it was becoming a bit of a chore to see the actual numbers on that meter. Even my bifocals didn't seem to help much! LOL!
I had been shopping around for a watt meter of my own to set up permanently in my shack but I knew I wanted something that would be somewhat easier to read. I found out that the LDG electronics company markets an analog style watt meter that is designed to work directly with the Yaesu 897D rig! It couldn't be simpler either. Apparently Yaesu designed this rig with a hidden "port" beneath the front of the rig that an external meter could plug into. No sweat, no strain, all set up and ready to go in about 3 minutes flat!
Seems to work great too. Maybe its just me but there is something reassuring as well as nosta...

I will be replacing a watt meter today... from KC8TBY
Tue, 17 Feb 2009 09:50:59 GMT
I have ordered a new analog style meter to use with my 20meter equipment.
Hopefully it will arrive soon. It is the LDG FT meter that I read great reviews of on a number of radio web sites. Stay tuned folks.. I'll let you know my first impressions AFTER I have it installed.
More to come...

I broke through a pile up....sort of from KC8TBY
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 19:14:22 GMT
Well, I didn't have too much time to spend with the radio today but I did steal an hour or so away from the day in the late afternoon.
I checked the ARRL listings for any special event stations that were scheduled to be on the air today (President's Day), and I saw that the Fort Myers Florida Amateur Radio Club was holding a special event in honor of Thomas Edison's birthday and in honor of their seventeenth year anniversary as well.
OK, so I fired up the trusty old 897 and tuned into their frequency. WOW!! Talk about a pile-up!! The special event station was announcing their call sign (W4LX), repeating that this was a "special event station etc..." and then asking for calls. I must have given my call sign at least 30 different times but I was convinced that my signal was too weak to be heard through the massive pile up of (more powerful?) stations. Finally, just before I was about to give it up as a lost cause, I tried one more time. Guess what? The station acknowledged my call...

My email address from WB4PDD
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 18:42:18 GMT

2009 Week 7 from NY8T
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 07:10:06 GMT
This weekend had several radio events in it:

NCCC Sprint Feb 13
YLRL YL-OM Contest Feb 13-15
PODXS 070 Club Valentine Sprint Feb 13-14
CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest Feb 14-15
New Hampshire QSO Party Feb 14-15
NCCC Sprint Feb 14
Asia-Pacific Spring Sprint, CW Feb 14
Dutch PACC Contest Feb 14-15
KCJ Topband Contest Feb 14-15
Louisiana QSO Party Feb 14-15
OMISS QSO Party Feb 14-15
FISTS Winter Sprint Feb 14
RSGB 1st 1.8 MHz Contest, CW Feb 14-15
North American Sprint, SSB

So I participated in , not competed in the
CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest and North American Sprint, SSB events.

I did so from a combination of QTH, Mobile and the Ice Station.

Tested several new setups with the HF Station and logging.

Set up HRD to do the CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest logging. Worked well. I learned several things.

I worked 160, 40, 30, 20, 17 and 15 meters using Phone, CW, RTTY and PSK over the weekend.

After I cleaned up my logs I have 102 contacts 77 are RTTY Contacts.

Worked K5D DXEx...

my antenna is out the window and in the air at last... from KC8TBY
Sun, 15 Feb 2009 16:33:04 GMT
Thanks to a friend of mine, another ham who has much more experienced than me, I finally have my simple, 20 meter station on the air!
I have a very limited area in my yard that limits whatever wire antenna I had planned to erect. I decided on giving a "Par Electronics end-fed dipole" antenna the old college try, as they say.
I had read good reviews about this antenna on It is a bit of a compromise...only resonates on twenty meters and cannot be used with a tuner... so this rules out using this antenna on any other band but twenty meters...but it gets me on the air!
I have the antenna strung up horizontally at a height of (about) 20 feet. I am using 30lb test translucent fishing line to support the antenna and this has the advantage of being almost invisible to the neighbors (and to my wife!)
My rig is a Yaesu 897D with an internal power supply installed. This gives me 100 watts out.
First contact made was with a ham on an island off the coast of Africa! I have also...

SWR less than 1 to 5 ... from KC8TBY
Sun, 15 Feb 2009 16:32:46 GMT
Interestingly enough I am measuring me SWR as almost a flat 1 to 1 at the lowest portion of the 20 meter band. It is no higher than 1 to 5 at the high end of the 20 meter band. Now, I could manually "tune" that antenna by shortening the wire about a foot. I'm not sure if I want to try this, however.
At a SWR of 1 to 5 my signal loss should only be about 4/5%(?)

Packing for the Ice Station from NY8T
Sun, 15 Feb 2009 04:16:31 GMT
A few of us are packing for a trip to the Ice Station today..a small trip just to have fun.

St Valentines Day from WY0MN
Sat, 14 Feb 2009 17:04:35 GMT
Took Hussy, my XYL, to Applebys for a Valentines Day lunch, then shopping. She picked a quasi-fancy kitchen faucet for her gift. Practical gal.

She, Gods bless her, ordered me a Soviet mil-surp telegraph key... I swear I thought I removed those 12 identical desktop icons from the screen!

73 de wy0mn/7

Visit my blog from VU2SGW
Thu, 12 Feb 2009 20:31:18 GMT

I have to man the ham radio table... from KJ4FUU
Thu, 12 Feb 2009 11:14:25 GMT
On March 7, I going to man the amateur radio table at our church's emergency preparedness fair. I'm going to set up my radio and portable antenna, but since I'm going to do 5W inside of a gymnasium, I'm not holding out too much hope for a meaningful QSO, and DX is only a fantasy.

I've got to put together some handouts that hopefully, won't bore people or make them think amateur radio is for geeks.

More later...

Should I Upgrade ? from KA6KBC
Wed, 11 Feb 2009 16:18:00 GMT

Is it worth upgrading from Advanced to Extra - Any thoughts on this ? I know I would pick up some band space and bragging Rights. Any other good reason ?

Back in the day I studied for Extra – 20 WPM (Could have passed at one point) and Theory (Not as hard as Advanced – I was told), but never finished it up. I’m just wondering if anyone has a comment or Pro/Cons.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

** History **

Received my Novice back in 79 - 5 WPM and Simple Theory - With my Elmer - WA6DVK.

Received my General back in 80 - 13 WPM and harder Theory - At the FCC - Long Beach, CA

Received by Advanced back in 80 a few months later - Harder theory - At the FCC - Long Beach, CA

Then took and Passed the FCC GROL (General Radiotelephone Operator License) in 92 - Harder theory - At the FCC - Long Beach, CA

We dodged the bullet... from W5LJM
Wed, 11 Feb 2009 04:28:47 GMT
Last evening, storms roared through the Central and southern states, including Texas and Oklahoma. They left damage in their wake with tornados in the southern part of Oklahoma and northern Texas.
Here in The San Antonio area, there was a little bit of excitement. Boerne, where I work and Medina Lake, where I live, were missed as the storm zipped by north of us and fell into the Alamo City with extreme lightning, 35-50 mile per hour wind gust and up to quarter size hail. The storms were moving along so fast that the good soaking that was needed, did not happen.
This makes me relieved yet sad for the areas it missed because we need rain badly.
From what I see on the news, no good chances for rain are in sight for a while.
73, W5LJM

Orlando Hamcation from N9RG
Wed, 11 Feb 2009 02:44:30 GMT
I plan to be at the Orlando Hamfest this Saturday. I'll be the guy wearing the N9RG cap! Hope to see you there.

The antenna arrived. from WY0MN
Tue, 10 Feb 2009 04:55:19 GMT
The CHA250BX arrived yesterday. I didn't assemble it, just checked inventory and damages. This one is going to the ranch.
Many folks dislike the comet but for my purposes its just about perfect. Good wind survival rateing, less snow/ice buildup, nothing for eagles to perch on. No radials for free range cattle to screw up (I haven't completely fenced my property yet). No ground mounts for the deer/elk to 'combat', and its almost impossible to fence those critters out.
If the antenna jerks a knot in someones colon, I can always say its a 'coat hanger taped to the window'. That should shut them up. hihi

Lost in the World of Digital from KC9EDN
Mon, 09 Feb 2009 20:50:35 GMT
I built a pc interface this weekend with the expectation that I would enjoy some sstv; however, after 2 days of searching, I cannot find anything digital at all. I tried to find some PSK, FSK, digital sstv, all sorts of stuff. Does anyone use digital modes anymore? It's hard to learn something when I can't identify or find any signals to use. I guess I'll keep looking.

Lost in the World of Digital from KC9EDN
Mon, 09 Feb 2009 20:47:36 GMT
I built a pc interface this weekend with the expectation that I would enjoy some sstv; however, after 2 days of searching, I cannot find anything digital at all. I tried to find some PSK, FSK, digital sstv, all sorts of stuff. Does anyone use digital modes anymore? It's hard to learn something when I can't identify or find any signals to use. I guess I'll keep looking.

new shack computer and windows 7 from KW4VL
Sat, 07 Feb 2009 20:39:24 GMT
I have upgraded the shack computer to a abit 3ghz with 2 gig ram and win 7 far so good all my programs work good on it

Illinois QSO Party results from NG9R
Thu, 05 Feb 2009 05:32:42 GMT
The results for the ILQSO Party are posted on the club web site

The event analysis is a good read too.


Welcome to the AC4MO Blog!! from AC4MO
Thu, 05 Feb 2009 05:21:48 GMT
Basically anything about Ham Radio aka Amateur Radio is welcome...



Whats $$$ for? from WY0MN
Tue, 03 Feb 2009 18:43:58 GMT
Spent some OT tonight.
Ordered the Comet CHA250BX for the cabin.
Still undecided whether to put up a 160m dipole or plant four utility poles for a loop; probably go with the dipole, cheaper/easier to replace WHEN the ice/wind bring it down! Its a given...

Elmers from NG9R
Tue, 03 Feb 2009 15:37:49 GMT
How many of you were Elmered into Ham Radio? How many of you are an Elmer? If you think Ham Radio is worthwhile enough to do yourself, I am sure you are sharing the fun with non-hams or beginning hams, not only to promote the hobby, but to see that others have the benefit of hand son experience rather than reading out of a book.

Share your experiences here, either from an Elmer you may remember or the results of some Elmering you may have done yourself.


Been doin' a little promoting from W5LJM
Tue, 03 Feb 2009 01:03:45 GMT
I have posted bulletins among the ham community on MySpace and a link on my links page, promoting
I have been inviting them to get their kyesters over here and show us "what's in their wallet". Maybe we'll see a couple of more new folks on here soon.
Larry W5LJM

Winter in the Texas Hill Country from W5LJM
Sun, 01 Feb 2009 18:55:54 GMT
Bandera County, Tx.
Well, it appears to be a typical winter here, except for the small amount of snow we received in January. It amounted to 1 inch of accumulation and had 3 inch drifts against rocks and walls but nothing on pavement and asphalt.
The temperatures are doing their normal rollercoaster ride of up into the upper 70s and lower 80s then dipping down into the mid to upper 20s, at times.
Spring is just around the corner and I have a feeling the storm season will be pretty active here. Storms should produce their normal flash floods in March and April and in reality, dangerous as they can be, will be a welcome event here for the people to replenish the aquifers and dry lands from drought. Tornados are possible but not probable here. We all have our fingers crossed for some good steady showers this spring.
Wish us luck.

ISS antenna from KW4VL
Sat, 31 Jan 2009 13:55:53 GMT
I have been tracking the ISS using my hamradio deluxe program and have decided to build a eggbeater style antennna. Ill make the phasing section soon as i get some 100 ohm coax and it will be test time!

Got the priveledges now what?!?! from KB3RJH
Fri, 30 Jan 2009 17:26:58 GMT
Well, I finally got my upgrade to General and I’m feeling like my wheels are spinning. Looking around at the different HF rigs is almost dizzying. I know where I need to start but it always comes down to the short on money issue. I don't want to buy an expensive unit, mainly because it will be here in the house and I have two very active children that (I can guarantee) will help break it up some way or another. I can just see them breaking a knob off or something while investigating the new toy Dad got! So, I have, for that very reason, decided that an older solid state Rig will suffice and I won’t feel too terribly bad if something happens to it (one can only hope it stays in one piece). I have managed to keep the tornadoes from my 2 meter Rig only because it stays in my car most of the time. It’s a late model Alinco and I don’t think it could handle any more abuse.

Really I’m kidding, I couldn’t begin to even afford any of the nicer rigs....As much as they look like so much fun a...

Winter All Over Again from KB1LJJ
Thu, 29 Jan 2009 12:09:20 GMT
Hello Fellow Hams.
This is my first blog here on My Ham Shack. Like many places on earth we have winter in New England. This has been the worst I've seen in years December brought the the BIG ICE took down all my antennas but one wire no power for 14 day's Try hand cranking a gen set to stay on the air Hi HI. But we learned a valuable lesson, like in other matters Don't Go Un-Protected. My neighbors asked if I could contact some family for them, all services were down. One of these people had given me a bad time about TVI when I put up my station back in 2005 He now sings a different tune. I had to work him over a little I couldn't help myself. So when bad things happen sometimes good can come from it. AS they say: When all else fails,who you gonna call.
73's to all
kb1ljj Ed

Frostbite from WY0MN
Wed, 28 Jan 2009 05:12:31 GMT
Yup, I did it. Not gonna lose any fingers but they surely hurt. DracOILa, my truck, stalled after leaving the driveway yesterday (moisture in the lines), so I took off a glove to turn the switch. Thats all it took. Perfect imprint of the metallic switch housing on my right index finger and thumb. It was -11F. Put some HEET in the tank.

Another snowday today, unless they open the roads very soon. Made it to work in the XYL's all-wheel drive Honda CRV yesterday (great car), but its hard to get quality tires for it up here AND it has low clearance.

The 6CK4 tube arrived yesterday. I decided not to hardwire it into the 1920 transmitter, so I turned around and ordered a nice ceramic socket from the same source. Ken Chait ( is another good fella to deal with.

Gonna check the 'greyline' and the MUF, fire up the coffee pot, and see if I can make another friend today (HIHI). Yup, I know the diff in 'friends' and 'friendly acquaintences'. For instance... new kid has been...

2009 Week 4 from NY8T
Tue, 27 Jan 2009 17:27:26 GMT
Another busy radio weekend.

The Breakfast Club met then deployed to Ice Station Zebra.

We ran 3 stations working all Modes and all modes at various times.

We worked Winter Field Day, the CW 160 Contest and the BARTG RTTY contest.

We went from 1000z to 0300z and 3 antenna were put up.

I worked a 163+ foot long wire that went anywhere I wanted.

Thanks for team work from everyone.

Hello from Down Under from VK6DU
Tue, 27 Jan 2009 03:16:14 GMT
G'day from Perth Western Australia.
New QTH since Jan 2010. I am a DXer and love DXing, CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and the ocassional JT65 QSO.

Hope to see you on the bands
73, Lance - VK6DU

160 meter loop from KW4VL
Mon, 26 Jan 2009 18:49:48 GMT
Today i added some more wire to my 160 loop, got it resonant around 1.795 seems to tune easier...still havent added the 4:1 balun just feeding it with 9913 and using the tuner...

Tnx, STU, from WY0MN
Mon, 26 Jan 2009 04:16:25 GMT
for sending our winter back.
Got about 15-20cents of snow in the back yard, with drifts over a meter. (-1.5F) Wind sculpting, the average depth is anywhere 'tween the two.
Roads to the E/W closed this am, N/S routes remain open. If still closed at 6am I'll call in and take one of my three company paid snow days! (I have another route that could possibly get me to work, or conversely it could get me 4-8hr snowshoe trip cross-country home. So I'll play it safe and call in).

New to from W5LJM
Sun, 25 Jan 2009 23:51:54 GMT
Not much of a blog but it's a start until I get it kick started here. I wanted to say hello and hope everyone is OK.

73, Larry W5LJM

First Ham Radio from KC9OWW
Sun, 25 Jan 2009 18:47:42 GMT
I don't have a radio yet any ideas?

Hello! visit my web from LU1BJW
Sun, 25 Jan 2009 17:02:49 GMT

CW gripes and practice from WY0MN
Sun, 25 Jan 2009 05:59:44 GMT
I love CW!
The mode, the history, the reliability of it all; but... -lol and wtf?- are not a positive evolution of the lingo. I heard both this morning at 12:39z/1-25-09 7.033mhz, used against a op who was in over his head.
Apparently this guy, this poor fool, had never practiced off the air. Either that or he was using unfamiliar equipment.
The character lengths, and spacing for characters and words, was almost non-existant as were his pauses for breath! A full five minute monologue of absolute gibberish, and this at moderately slow speed.
If your new to CW please practice, off the air, prior to transmitting; and if at all possible with a qualified listener acting as judge and jury. It can save you some embarrasment.

Kudos to the K3Y/9 op! Crisp/clear 'intelligible' CW! A true 599!

Passed Element 3!!!!! from KB3RJH
Sat, 24 Jan 2009 12:07:29 GMT
Happy to say that I passed the General Element 3 exam today. Traveled to White Marsh Md, and took my test, they were trying to get me to take the extra but, I figured I'd study a bit more before taking that one.

Just couldn't be happier right at the moment. Now all I have to do is figure out a way to get on HF and make some contacts!!!

Just a thought, if anyone has any spare hf rigs they wanna donate to a relatively young ham that just got his HF privileges, send em on!!!! I'd sure be happy to give em a new home!!! (hey, it's worth a try?!) It'll probably be a good while before I can actually get my own rig so come on, donate to the cause...I know there's hams out there that have rigs sitting around just collecting dust! :P



Finally got the rotor tested from VE3TMT
Fri, 23 Jan 2009 21:51:47 GMT
First of all, please understand I have never owned a tower, beam or rotor before. I was eager to get home from work tonight, as I had visions of finally getting on the roof and snagging the coax off the KU4AB loop. It was a little tricky with some snow still on the roof but I made it down in one piece. Since my wife is out of town and my son was at work, had I had fallen off the roof they probably wouldn't have found me until spring when the snow melted. But as it is, I got the coax, mounted the top section of tower to the gazebo, oh if the XYL could see me now! Mounted the rotor and the 2m/440 beam. Granted it is only about 15 feet up but I was excited. So I go inside to check the SWR's and turn the beam around to check the front to back. What's this? No change whatsoever. I could have swore Lansdowne is east of me. No change in signal strength whatsoever as I rotate the antenna. Time to check the SWR. Wait a I have a short in my coax??

Then finally it hits me.. I still...

Antenna update from KW4VL
Thu, 22 Jan 2009 13:49:19 GMT
I now have the 160 meter loop up and to figure out all the tuning points for multiband operation and see how well it does...its not very high up and not hardly long enough but more wire can be added later and maybe raised in a few places...

Page update.. from KW4VL
Wed, 21 Jan 2009 20:01:01 GMT
I have been working on the page a bit tonight trying to get a better look to
The 160 loop laying over here in the floor waiting to go up at the first warm weather and i almost cant stand the pressure....will it perform great or just be average?

Shack update... from KW4VL
Tue, 20 Jan 2009 15:24:06 GMT
ive been working on making the shack a little bit more enjoyable to be in for long periods of time lol....
more later

Hey im back again from KW4VL
Tue, 20 Jan 2009 15:23:11 GMT
after a while of not operating im back into the groove thanks to k4uad and some of the other hams in the ky/va/tn area

eShopping (c.1920 xmtr parts) from WY0MN
Tue, 20 Jan 2009 04:53:56 GMT
Ordered the tube and some vari-caps for the old time radio xmtr project.
Found a great piece of old sawmill plank at the Medicine Bow Airport the other day. I'll use it for the radio base. Our airport is still a grass runway and only used by the 'skeeter spraying biplane and a few eccentric nuts. Amelia Earhart actually buzzed thru there once.
The 'tower' shack still stands, along with 3 dilapidated hangers and beau coups foundation stones from the towns heyday.

ordered thru midnightscience and tubeman


New Ham from KC9OWW
Mon, 19 Jan 2009 17:21:26 GMT
I just got my Amateur Radio License on 01/05/2009 after many years of procrastination. from YD1TDL
Mon, 19 Jan 2009 13:21:09 GMT

Hanging around for the holiday from N9RG
Mon, 19 Jan 2009 12:46:22 GMT
I had the day off of work today for Martin Luther King Day. I hung around in the shack quite a bit. I wasn't having any luck making contacts on 20M PSK31, even though there was a lot of activity. I finally decided it was too nice of a day to be inside and went for a nice motorcycle ride. Well worth the time and effort!!!

2009 Week 3 from NY8T
Mon, 19 Jan 2009 11:37:35 GMT
This weekend was a great weekend to test my station and operation aids, it was a busy contest weekend + a long weekend thanks to a holiday. I have not yet competed in any contests but like to participate in them.

W8EN - Gary Hardwick, and I decided to work Saturday from Ice Station Zebra.

Four events were of interest to me:
1. North American QSO Party -\contests
2. VHF Sweepstakes -\contests

I had a personal goal of working as many bands as I could, there are several that I had never operated on. Of course the main Mission of Station Readiness in different operating environments always exists.

I worked 2m, 70cm, 20m, 40m ,30m, 80m and 160m.
30m, 80m and 160m were 1st for me.

W8EN worked the VHF bands.

I was very happy to make contacts on 160m and have excellent signal reports.

On Sunday I worked from QTH and did considerable RTTY and PSK31.

I need to make a few change...

Ice Station Zebra from NY8T
Mon, 19 Jan 2009 11:13:26 GMT
We have a remote location within approx 30 min drive time of most of us, this location has a high elevation and room to test many antenna's.

We started placing antenna's and basics at this location during a very cold and windy day with snow and ice on the ground.

After spending the day working in the wind, cold and snow we finally had antenna's up that would support our radio exploits.

We unpacked our portable stations and tested, while this location has no restrooms and will not easily support overnight stays we were pleased.

Because working at this site requires some planing and discipline, you must bring your entire station with table and chair, food & drink, etc - We assigned the designation of Ice Station Zebra to this location.

So now you will know if I reference it in the future.

More work on the shack from VE3TMT
Sat, 17 Jan 2009 13:39:07 GMT
I wanted to wait until it was really cold out to do some more cable work. -30C this morning. Went out and picked up the rotor cable today. Got it through the wall with the coax and is now ready to go. Hooked the rotor up upstairs to test it and everything working 100%. Also picked up the Cushcraft 2m/440 beam today. Really makes me wish I had the tower up. So looks like the antenna farm will look like this on the tower...

On the bottom for HF, a TH33JR or A3S, above that will be the 2m/440 beam and above that the dual band V\UHF vertical. I plan to run an Alpha-Delta DX-B off the side of the tower for 160, 80 and 40m. Sounds like a lot of fun.

A truly neat website (edited) from WY0MN
Sat, 17 Jan 2009 09:15:51 GMT
I found schematics and shopping lists for my next project(s) at (corrected web address)
Its a 1920's (tube) style 80m xmtr, they also have the same info for a rcvr of similar flavor. (I can practice my cabnetry skills, or lack, too.) It looks like a good place for parts might be the af4k website.
I might have to actually 'join' this site.
Where do you guys buy your components? Hopefully we're not all a bunch of 'plug~n~play' appliance addicts!
73 w/chuckles...

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 21:57:11 GMT
Well, it is 0550 HRS. UTC. 16/JAN/2009 here and it is -5 Deg F or about -21 Deg C.... -25 Deg. F with the windchill. We have a foot of snow on the ground and more lake effect snow coming. Mercy! I had to put my Carhart insulated bib overalls on, Carhart insulated coat, ski mask and gloves just to take the dog out. My dog did not like it much either. He kept on raising his paws off the ground for about 30 seconds before he walked.

I know some other areas up North are a lot colder. Especially up in Lex's neck of the woods. But for our area, (N/E Ohio.) That is cold for us. It is so cold my dipole stopped tuning up with the internal tuner. Mercy! Oh well, I am hoping for warmer days, say 20's 30's maybe. I hope everyone is keeping warm. Good DX! 73, Stuart W8STU

What to do, what to do.... from VE3TMT
Thu, 15 Jan 2009 14:57:10 GMT
I know it's only January but I have begun to think about what antennas to put on the tower when it goes up in the spring. The R7 has been sold, so looking for ideas for a HF beam. Plans are to put the 2m beam up for SSB, and I have been considering either the Cushcraft 11 element 440 beam or the dual band 2m/440m beam. Curious how the PAR end fed antenna would work at 40 feet.

I'd like a small HF beam, either a dual band beam for 2/440 and a wire antenna for 160/80 and 40 such as the Alpha Delta DX-B sloper.

Welcome your suggestions and experiences.


Brrrr....It's freakin cold!!!! from KB3RJH
Thu, 15 Jan 2009 12:24:51 GMT
What a day for a sit inside...

If not any other day, today is the day I should have stayed in. The kids got to go into school late, Frederick Co. actaully had a two hour delay and there wasn't any snow on the ground at all. Woke at about 5:30 this morning for whatever strange reason (Didn't feel all).

So, I got up, made my cup of tea (cause I cant handle the high-test stuff) and retired down to the shack for a listen and to get ready for my work day. Had a great conversation with a Ham in Germany on Echolink but didn't write his call sign down, looked it up on but still, didn't write it down, and had another good QSO with a Amatuer in Austrailia (today seems to be one of those days that I just didn't write any of my contacts down), he stated that he was sitting in his house wearing shorts and a t-shirt and I told him that I was very jealous that I had to go out in -7 celcius when he had shorts weather. Didn't really have any more time for QSO's since I hadn't...

PAR EF-40 review from WY0MN
Wed, 14 Jan 2009 16:34:05 GMT
OK, I said I PROBABLY wouldn't give this one a review, well, I changed my mind!

Dale Parfitts 'end fed' forty meter dipole suits this locale well. Our town lot is long and narrow, with a setup that mandates feedline connection at one end of the property, either that or risk wind abrading coax on shingles, or a radiating element too close to the roof to suit me. The homebrew dipole I was using was forced into a corner fed inverted-v!
Dales design allows me to suspend the aerial free and clear of any obstructions, with no potential for harming the coax.
It is less than 1.5:1 across the lower 75kHz of the band, and only kisses the 2:1 mark at 7.118MHz. Signal reports are a bit better than what I was using, although I must admit that its compass orientation is much improved over my last aerial.
This aerial is NOT recommended for use with a tuner, allowing me to remove that insertion loss.
The 'element' wire is solid and insulated, albeit of a smaller diameter than I'd like for our w...

Starting out 2009 from WD4LYV
Wed, 14 Jan 2009 12:25:09 GMT
After 14 days working on the new Logbook of the World Tiple Play Award I am 2/3 complete. Lots of fun, using the contests' , North American Traffic and Awards Net 3.905 at 0400z and a LOTW USERS on 3.618 at 0130z.

I can have a Schedule to work you for a LOTW or county contact for Turner County Georgia. My personal page is .

Welcome to my shack. from N4CQW
Wed, 14 Jan 2009 06:24:18 GMT
Hello everyone,

Welcome to my humble little shack, it's not much to look at but it works.

After being out of HF for several years I managed to get another HF radio and antenna up to get back on the low bands.

I have a FT-450AT radio with a MFJ-949E and a Astron SS-30M switching supply. The only antenna I have up is a 40 meter inverted V up about 25 feet that slopes to about 16 inches off the ground.

I can tune from 40, 20 and 10 meters with no problems but 80 and 17 don't seem to want to work with this combination..... yea I am way too short for 80 but I figured 17 would work. I am planning to try to add some coax to change the length to see what happens.

Also I am considering purchasing a rotatable 80meter ham stick dipole to try out to see how it preforms.... I have read good and bad reports but I have a friend, Rick N4JTQ, who is using one and swears by it so I may make the leap and try one out. Ideally I would like to have a BT5 with a 17 meter add on kit but t...

See my eHam Article ? from KA6KBC
Mon, 12 Jan 2009 08:45:18 GMT
See my eHam article.


Bill - KA6KBC

CQ, CQ, CQ this is KB3RJH calling CQ, Over!! from KB3RJH
Sun, 11 Jan 2009 14:46:31 GMT

The call sign is KB3RJH, the name is Anthony and my QTH is in Taneytown, MD. That's just south of Littlestown, PA about 8 miles or so... I passed my Technician exam on Fathers day 2008 so I've been a ham for about 6 months now. It's been a blast so far and it just keeps getting better every day. I have learned so much in the last 6 months it's dizzying. I can't believe at times that I'm actually keeping up with all this information. With work, family and, other pursuits well, just life in general, like I said "Dizzying".

I am interested in all facets of Amateur radio since it is a great avenue for communication when the grid goes down.

I have a few projects going on at the moment, the biggest and most dangerous being a restore of the Viking II transmitter that my father gave me when I became a ham. It hasn't worked since my father bought it from a SK estate auction about 17 years ago and he's not done anything with it so, I told him I'd take it and get it up and running....

Finally, the last Pixie posting. from WY0MN
Sun, 11 Jan 2009 13:10:42 GMT
I finished the last Pixie2. Pics are in my photo section.
Using kit supplied parts, not optimized for 28MHz, it xmits on 28.0575 and not 28.060 as the crystal is labeled; probably at reduced power as well.
Should I ever attempt another QRP rig I’ll start at the basement, narrowing and stretching the board for installment inside a ski pole or a hollow hafted survival knife.

Next project: A tube type transceiver!

No more Pixie poop, I promise.

If anyone wants to work some slow 40m CW, or needs my state for a contact... just spam me. I need the practice.

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Sun, 11 Jan 2009 04:59:19 GMT

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HSC (Pixie kit) Customer Service from WY0MN
Wed, 07 Jan 2009 15:59:00 GMT
As some of you know I purchased a P2 kit from Kenneke for 3x the price of a HSC kit, but it arrived promptly and works. You can't ask for better than that, if your willing to pay the price.
After attempting to order from HSC twice and receiving an absolute gibberish non-sensical email from a semi-literate HSC employee, I decided to call 'mana a mano' and sort this thing out.
He wasn't available, but "Mike" who answered the phone was most helpful; although he too was confused by the way the back-order was handled and shipped. Apparently it was shipped by USPS, 2 days ago, and not by the normal UPS method.
Since placing the order I've read some less than stellar product reviews for HSC on the QRZ forums. I will make a post-assembly review here once the kit arrives.
The EF40 (end fed 40m dipole) was shipped from ParElectronics last Friday. I probably won't post a review on that aerial unless requested.

Tue, 06 Jan 2009 15:04:59 GMT

Antennas from KE7TQC
Tue, 06 Jan 2009 14:27:22 GMT
Anyone have any suggestions for 6M and HF antennas for an Apt. Dweller? I really don’t have a lot of indoor or outdoor space. I have been tinkering with dipoles; the only hassle is that I have to take down what I put up. No permanent attachments to the building, I put up a 20’ portable antenna mast when I use my radio, then take it all down before the sun comes up. Any ideas ??

Thanks In advance

Mike R

40m Constipation from WY0MN
Sun, 04 Jan 2009 11:07:06 GMT
Tried to work some 40m CW last night, but I reckon it was 'nerdnet' night. Nothing but PSK31 gibberish heard the entire length of the CW portion of the band.
With propagation as bad as it is, we're all compressed into narrower and narrower portions of the bands. (Read last night that we're not at the bottom yet!) Tossing in a nasty (broadbanded) habit like PSK31 doesn't help matters.
I'd at least like to see all digital data modes banned from 30m. That used to be such a pristine band for CW/DX, a great band for those of us who can't/won't run 1.5kw
Someone please explain the allure of PSK31 to me! If you want to use your PC and keyboard why not just use the WWW and be done with it? Leaving the spectrum clear for honest radiomen!

Consider me a troll if you want too, this is my honest opinion.

AL-80 B Amplifier from KG4WHJ
Sat, 03 Jan 2009 03:03:02 GMT
Deal in The works for a AL-80B AMP

Sat, 03 Jan 2009 03:00:56 GMT


Sat, 03 Jan 2009 03:00:49 GMT
10-80 METERS.



Success! from WY0MN
Fri, 02 Jan 2009 20:10:55 GMT
I'm back alive on 40m after I sorted out my problems, but this blog is about the Pixie-II.

My XYL, Hussy, picked up some stuff for me today at Rat Shack. You guys know the place, they used to deal in RADIO stuff and not cell phones, GPS, and other over priced TV junk. They had no 50 Ohm coax, no NE2 bulbs, no 9vdc battery holders, no crystal holders... but they did have enough tiny gator clips for me to test out the QRP rig. And it works!
That freq is the pits (3579kc) for QRP. Its stomped on by nearby SSB nets. I'll try to locate other crystals for freqs that do see more use in the clear.
Tomorrow, my 48th birthday once again (hihi), I'll try to locate more stuff in Casper.
Gonna try to load a pic.
PS: The pic is now in my profile pics.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!!!!!!!! from W8STU
Wed, 31 Dec 2008 22:42:11 GMT
Well, it is 0640 hrs. UTC 01/JAN/2009 and it is a New Year here in N/E Ohio. I hope everyone has very good and prosperous new year. God Bless and have great DX!!! 73, Stuart W8STU

Pixie2 from WY0MN
Wed, 31 Dec 2008 04:42:44 GMT
What a fun lil kit! I'd forgotten what it felt like to assemble one of these.
The process awoke some snoozing grey cells too.
After work today I'll finish the kit components by installing the XTAL & R5.
Taking apart dead junk for sockets & jacks to use and still haven't decided on an enclosure. I'd like to find a metallic 'kids' tacklebox w/hinged top tray. That'd give me plenty of room for a 'sneaky-wire' aerial on one of those self-winding retractible reels (indoor clothes-line, RoverReel, etc). Just skeet the wire out the bottom of the box thru an insulated grommet, while the rig is sitting on an expanded metal vent.
The key can be mounted on the tray, easily accessible yet protected when the lid is closed. Thats about the best idea I can come up with for hauling the Pix-II, key and aerial up the "power-flower".
RE: My other problems... loose ground connection INSIDE the antenna tuner. After applying the KISS principal and eliminating all external factors, thats what I found.

Mon, 29 Dec 2008 02:48:32 GMT

Homebrewed QSL Cards from KA6KBC
Sun, 28 Dec 2008 21:37:58 GMT
I highly recommend QSL Maker created by WB8RCR. All I can say is that it is amazing and even better - Free to use/down load @

See below a link to some of the cards I've made - Just goffing around.


Bill - KA6KBC

Homebrew - Tak-tenna or Tak Antenna ? from KA6KBC
Sat, 27 Dec 2008 22:04:32 GMT
Hi All,

A few months ago I posted a note about my homebrew version of this Antenna - I've done a little better write up that I have posted on my webpage.


Bill - KA6KBC

I took the lazy way out. from WY0MN
Sat, 27 Dec 2008 17:58:55 GMT
Chopped and spliced my flexweave so many times it ain't funny. Had the triband sloper working this morning on all three bands, then disaster!
Disconnected the gator clip from the 40m section to work some 30m CW. The lead for the gator is/WAS part of the radiating element for 30M so I left it dangling. Wind gusts 'worried' the soldered lead loose, losing me TWO of my three bands. That left me with 15m and I've had one QSO on 21MHz in the last week!
Cut to the chase: I ordered an EF-40 from

One band should keep me sane this winter here in our 'town'house. I still want a CHA250BX for the ranchette.
I could have ordered more components and continued with my antenna projects but the windchill is horrific. This is not good antenna wx.
Note to self: When making band swaps with gator clips, attach them so that they are part of the next longer/lower band. Then they can be folded back & clipped to that inert section and not left dangling to fr...

The TS-2000 has arrived! from VE3TMT
Sat, 27 Dec 2008 06:31:15 GMT
What a beautiful radio. I remember when it first started appearing in ads in QST and I thought what an ugly radio. But now having one in front of me it is amazing what this thing will do. I can monitor the local repeater while listening for a 6m opening among other things. Anyway it has found a new home and I plan on keeping it for a long time. It is considerably smaller than the TS870 it replaced and that will take some getting used to. I did the 2m/70cm sensitivity mod as I noticed the RX on 2m was no where near what it was on the TR751A. Now with the preamp engaged it hears just about as well although the s-meter readings are quite high. I have the adjustment software but not sure if I want to dabble with that quite yet. Now I really can't wait to get the tower and beams up in the spring.

Hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Christmas.

Back to the books... from WY0MN
Fri, 26 Dec 2008 12:25:36 GMT
I used to claim some proficiency at constructing antennas, until recently. As a younger ham I built everything! Yagis, end-fed and doublet zepps, j-poles, transmatches and the works. But apparently thats behind me.

Problem 1: 17m hamstick dipole. Adjust each stinger to resonance independently, mount on insulated mast,as dipole, and the swr goes apestuff! Good ground, coax and mount. Tried air wound coax choke &amp; ferrite beads. Thought RF feedback was affecting meters. Nothing helped. Relegated to storage until headache subsides.

Problem 2: Chopped up my flexweave to make a triband 1/4 wave sloper, using gator clips to lengthen/shorten the wire, to swap bands. Using the antenna formulas I gave myself an extra foot in length to allow for pruning to resonance. Ditto problemo! According to my meters, confirmed by on air testing, my 15m section approaches near resonance on 12m! Further shortening would be counter-productive, its already excessive in length by formula yet too short ...

Wed, 24 Dec 2008 22:08:32 GMT
Greetings, Well, it is 25/DEC/2008 0600 HRS UTC here in N/E Ohio and it is Christmas morning. We finally got our son's presents wrapped and put under the Christmas tree. That took a while, HI HI. Seriously, I want to wish all of you from my family to your family a Very Merry Christmas. Happy DX! 73, Stuart W8STU

Xmas Eve 08 from WY0MN
Wed, 24 Dec 2008 18:58:15 GMT
xmas Eve ‘08

Worked on the 74’ random wire antenna all morning. Planted another 8’ ground rod, tightened all coax/ground connections; raised the remote end to near horizontal orientation (in 60mph gusts). Using the MFJ941E I can now tune 40, 30, 17 & 15m. I suppose that will have to suffice for now, but I’m truly perpLexed as to why the gap in tuning capability. A 4:1 is the closest 20m can approach. Really sTrAnGe… I wonder how you 'test' a tuner for accuracy? Do they need recalibration after time? This one is well over 12yr old.
Got to get to bed before Santa comes.
Merry xmas to all, and to all a good night.

Random thoughts from WY0MN
Tue, 23 Dec 2008 17:37:39 GMT
Moved the rigs into the house. Couldn't heat a 6x8 garden shed to comfort level. Already tried the heated garage but the furnace NEVER shut off! Lost my privacy (piece and quiet) but no extremities!
Ran ninety something feet of flexweave and tuned 40m fine (only band I tried). Read the w0ipl site about random wires, pruned back to 74' (supposedly allowing all band tuning) and cannot tune any band!
Will recheck all connections and grounding tomorrow, maybe something blew loose. Too darned cold/dark to attempt anything right now.
Lost a bid on eBay for a CHA250BX. Oh well...

Stu, I was honored that you asked to connect.

Bill, the inside of the cabin is roughly functional. I made it from a garage kit. Omitted the bay doors, added real windows and a door, insulated/paneled and put in a Simpson thru-the-wall chimney. A Vogelzang wood cookstove supplies heat and cooking.
Power is via AIR403 wind genny and a cheapo 45w Harbor Freight PV's w/charge controller. Lights are from ccrane....

Bbbbbrrrr... from WY0MN
Sun, 21 Dec 2008 02:26:48 GMT
-30F windchill right now. It was a great day for antenna work!
Have the rigs here at the home QTH, set up in a very cold garden shed. I miss my cabin and the towers, but that road is about to be snow-locked until spring.
New AGM deep-cycle batteries are the cats meow. Gotta use an AC charger until I can get solar/wind generation like the remote site. (The wind genny seems OK, after my last posting.)
Ordered some Pixie-II kits. One from Kenneke after an internet glitch with HSC, and another one from HSC after gremlin resolution. Kenneke costs almost 3x what HSC asks.
I work in wind turbines 120' tall @8000' in elevation. My intentions are to work some CW during my lunch breaks, from the nacelle.
A Pixie w/antenna is all I care to lug up in a lunchbox.
73 &amp; Happy Yuletide
Lex, Karen &amp; critters

Can't wait for spring from VE3TMT
Sat, 20 Dec 2008 13:00:01 GMT
The tower is now sitting in the backyard, waiting for spring to go up. I recently picked up a Yaesu G450XL rotor and am excited about getting the new station together. I recently traded my TS870S for a TS2000 which should be here in a few days. I will post new pictures of the shack when everything is set up. Hopefully it will be here before Christmas. I've sold the R7 because I felt at 40' in the air it would be too much. So when the snow melts off the roof I will take it down, dismantle it and give it to its new owner. For the time being I will use an inverted V until I can find a small 3 element HF beam. I have considered just putting the 11 element 2m beam on the tower for now and getting an Alpha Delta DX B for the HF bands. Not much going on on the higher bands now anyway, so I figured an antenna to get on the low bands would be a good choice. If anyone is using the DX B let me know what you think if it.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Thu, 18 Dec 2008 16:34:57 GMT
Well, it is 0030 HRS. UTC 19/DEC/2008 My wife and I found out today by the doctor my wife is 8 weeks pregnant. We are thrilled! My wife wants a girl. I want a boy. I have a blond hair now. If we have a girl my hair will turn white when she gets to her teenage years. HI HI! No, really, it does not matter to me. I just want a healthy baby. This will be our second child. Have great DX! 73, Stuart W8STU

Vanity Call from KD4LT
Thu, 18 Dec 2008 12:25:13 GMT
Well, I have had KD4LT since May, 1981 and I just decided to jump into the "Vanity" call sign arena.

Effective January 2009, My new call sign will be W4CCS. Why..? Well that is me and my wife's initials. Clyde and Connie Scott..

Got the 30L-1 repaired today after shorting the ALC voltage and taking out 6 resistors on the W6BN rectifier board. Sure does work great now..

Fri, 05 Dec 2008 19:47:59 GMT
Greetings, well, it is 05//DEC/2008 at 0320 HRS. UTC. and the snow has blanketed the ground once again. They always say, "Your antenna will work better if you put it up in bad weather." Well, that is true.

My friend, Joe/KB8QID came over yesterday and we put up a real nice dipole. It is called the W5GI MYSTERY ANTENNA. My other friend, Kevin/W8KDC put it together for me and he stated it was very easy to make.

Joe and I braved the cold and snowy weather and put this antenna up. Joe is very handy with a fishing pole and was able to cast a line approx., 60 feet into an 80 foot oak tree. We strung up the first leg and stretched the antenna over the yard until we got to the back yard.

The back yard oak tree is approx., 70 feet. Joe cast the fishing line up to a limb with a fork in it. We lost three sinkers on this limb due to smaller limbs growing from it. We were out of sinkers, so I thought of using PL259s. Don't laugh, it worked! HI HI. We got the other leg pulled up...

Just before the snow flies from W9SRK
Mon, 01 Dec 2008 20:51:05 GMT
I lucked out more than I could have hoped for this time. I have three 4 foot sections of the ex-military fiberglass poles I'm sure you've seen available at just about every hamfest. I decided those 3 sections would be used to anchor the long end of the Carolina Windom to my "barn" shed. After a little drilling of holes for the U-bolts and some assorted stainless steel hardware, I managed to get it in place and haul up the antenna just as the snow began to fly. Couldn't have planned it any better if it was intentional (which it wasn't HI HI).

Wed, 26 Nov 2008 21:20:11 GMT
Well, it is 0515 hrs. utc. 27/NOV/2008 here in N/E Ohio so, it is Thanksgiving here now. I just wanted to wish everyone a very BLESSED and SAFE Thanksgiving from my family to your family. Try not to eat too much turkey or you will fall asleep and you will miss the football game, HI HI!!! 73, GOOD DXing, Stuart W8STU

Good Signals from KA6GDT
Wed, 26 Nov 2008 01:36:56 GMT
LZ1ANA, Bulgaria, Andy Antov, good signal on 40 meters this morning. First time for Bulgaria in a while. Sounds like things might be opening up a bit.

Whats new? RTTY .. I am thinking of trying it.. from KD7UFF
Wed, 26 Nov 2008 01:28:27 GMT
I have not been doing much here lately.. I have installed a laptop in my mobile to tag up with my SL-1+ digital interface... I think I want to try my hand at some RTTY now.. I have a buddy of mine W7LD Jack who does really well on RTTY.. So if anyone who reads this does RTTY feel free to send me some pointers such as what program is the better to run..
Well that is about it for now.. I need to get back helping the wife study for her General ticket..

That didn't work out as planned from W9SRK
Sat, 22 Nov 2008 20:37:02 GMT
As it turns out, I've learned quite a bit about house construction while trying to put up the Rohn extendable pole. The first story of our house is brick. The second story is a different... story. It's siding. Okay, no big deal, right? Well, turns out that only the corners have plywood in today's construction techniques. I climbed up the ladder in the intended mounting position for the new "tower" (read: extendable Rohn pole) and found that it was extremely too easy to drill. Later, I learned about the "plywood only on the corners" construction technique. On to Plan B.

Sat, 22 Nov 2008 13:57:16 GMT
Greetings, fellow amateur radio enthusiast. Well, it is 2144 HRS. UTC 22/NOV/2008 at the W8STU shack. The first snow and wind gave me some problems. I took a picture and posted it on my page.

The snow hit us before we knew it. Local forecasters were only calling for a couple of inches and we ran out of daylight, so we did not have time to take the top off of our screened in gazebo. Well, after the snow was over, (eight inches) which is really not much for the snow belt of N/E Ohio standards. The gazebo roof collapsed. (See new posted picture of my son and gazebo.) What a mess. We have since have added a few more inches to the mix.

My antennas took a small hit also. They are not damaged, but are now leaning towards the East. Not too bad, but is noticeable. I was going to take a picture, but they did not show up too well on the camera. I hope all is having great DX even though the sunspots are very few. "C'mon sun we need some sunspots all ready!" 73, from cold N/E Oh...

Center support for the carolina windom from W9SRK
Thu, 20 Nov 2008 20:31:59 GMT
I've decided I need to do something about getting the center support higher than 20 feet for the Carolina Windom. The plan is: obtain a wall mount (which I've recently found locally) that I can mount an older Rohn extending pole to. Going to see how it goes this weekend.

What a day! from WY0MN
Sun, 16 Nov 2008 18:42:24 GMT
Started to the cabin this morning. Seven miles out my radiator decided to take a dump. Had just enough antifreeze/coolant to get back home. Apparently a sticky thermostat, seems OK now.

While waiting on the truck to cool (at the house) I decided to move an antenna mount on the garage. Dropped my ratchet wrench onto the concrete below. Fubar'ed the wrench. The lil closkwise/counter clockwise knob popped right out!

Back at the cabin (in the wifes car this time) I discovered that my deep-cycle battery bank for the wind genny had crapped out & may have taken the genny with them! Gotta take some diagnostic junk out with me next time. So I'm only solar for a while, solar battery was OK.

Back at the house, after retrieving my radios from the cabin, I discover that my home power supply is also uncooperative.

Next purchases will be more AGM batteries like the solar ones.

Glad days like this are infrequent!

Mon, 10 Nov 2008 20:45:22 GMT
Well, It is 0436 hrs. UTC 11/NOV/2008 and we have had our first snow of the winter. We got eight inches of heavy wet snow today. All of the antennas are OK.

Road crew got the snow cleared from the roads though. Though, morning commute was a little difficult for some commuters for the winter's first measurable snow. Seems like the first snow and everyone forgets how to drive. People were everywhere off the side of the road.

I am glad I am retired. No more directing traffic in the in climate weather for me. If I look out the window and it looks bad then I stay home. I hope everyone's antennas in N/E Ohio are OK. 73, Stu W8STU

Well, It's 0520 HRS UTC 13/NOV/2008 and one look at the yard and all you see now are the thousands of leaves that fell. My wife and I raked them up once. Then the sky opened up and the rest fell to the ground. Then it snowed and covered them up. Now we have a BIG wet mess. Never ending cycle. :-( Sigh! 73, Stuart W8STU

QRL? from WY0MN
Mon, 10 Nov 2008 17:50:17 GMT
Just saw some amazing sites of great hams, wanted to join the herd.
More at a later date.

Sat, 25 Oct 2008 22:25:41 GMT
Well, It is 26,OCT. 2008 at 0500 hrs. UTC in the morning and I am up, (as usual) playing radio. I am a night person. I worked 18 years for the local Police Dept. There I worked 9 years of afternoon shift and 9 years on midnight shift. I think working all of those night shifts turned me into a night crawler. HI HI. I don't go to bed these days until around 4:00 AM...

The new pictures I posted are of my current shack, 2008. I hope you enjoy them. I have been setting at the helm for hours checking the DX spotter and rag chewing. I hope everyone has a great week. Have great DX contacts. 73, Stuart W8STU

Well, it is 0216 UTC 29, OCT 2008 and I have added a couple pictures of my 1930's Zenith chair side AM/SW radio. It has been refurbished and works great. The white cord coming from it is the antenna. It is a beautiful piece of furniture in the shack. 73, Stuart W8STU

Well, it is 0155 hrs UTC 04, Nov., 2008. I went out today and performed my constitutional God ...

The tower is down from VE3TMT
Sun, 19 Oct 2008 17:09:26 GMT
Dismantled the tower on Saturday morning. Came down pretty easy although one of the Cushcraft 2m/440 verticals broke into three pieces after swan diving 40 feet with the rope broke as it was being lowered to the ground. The rest of the job went smoothly and the tower is now in the garage awaiting transport and clean up. One of the bolts in the thrust bearing collar snapped so that will be another job to remove the bolt. The tower is in very nice shape, with minimal rust. I will give the tower an new coat of paint before it goes up in the spring. Maybe someone reading can suggest the paint for this type of job. Can't wait to get this up! Does anyone have any experience with the Yaesu G450 or GS800 rotors? I am looking at these two models for the tower.

K9L during the Illinois QSO Party from NG9R
Tue, 14 Oct 2008 19:40:55 GMT
The Illinois QSO Party will be October 19th from 12:00 noon until 8:00 PM CDST 160 through 2 meters. I will be on from N9JF's using the special event call of K9L.
K9L was issued as part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas debates in Quincy. If you work K9L, a certificate is available. Send your QSL and $1.00 (no postage or envelope required) to AB9DU.


Near Fest IV 2008 from W1DGE
Sun, 12 Oct 2008 09:56:02 GMT
Saturday in New Hampshire was a delightful sunny and warm October day. Perfect for strolling around the Deerfield Fairgrounds where NEAR-Fest was holding its forth Ham-fest and flea-market. I arrived at 8 AM and searched the items for sale until 2 PM. The best part of a hamfest is just about everyone one meets will talk with you and make you feel at home. Hams can just talk for hours about their hobby and consider another ham a friend whether they have known them 50 years or 50 seconds.
After standing and walking for four hours I needed food and rest. There was at least 4 places open to serve food and one that had inside tables. The 'Relaxing Grove' had plenty of benches and picnic tables and I never was not able to find a spot to sit.

My first entry... from VE3TMT
Sun, 28 Sep 2008 20:19:26 GMT
Well, what's new? I guess the latest addition to the shack is the Kenwood TR751A. Always wanted one and managed to find one in very good condition at a price that was to good to pass on. The radio is in excellent condition and I have since added a Mirage B1016 amp that will do 160 out with 5 in. My antennas on 2 are the KU4AB loop and a Larsen 5/8 vertical on the chimney. I've managed to work a few stations on SSB when heard, but the height is a definite disadvantage.

A very good friend of mine passed away about a month ago and I have been busy selling off his equipment for the family. I have been offered his 40' Delhi DMX tower free of charge provided I can remove it. So it looks like my spring project will be digging a hole and getting the base section into concrete. The 2m antennas will reside on the side of the tower and I'm sure this will be a big help for me on 2m. My HF antenna is an R7 and I'm not sure if I want to put it up that high. I may buy a small tribander and do away...

Got a Heathkit SB610 Oscilloscope from W9SRK
Mon, 22 Sep 2008 20:45:15 GMT
This past weekend I attended the Princeton Hamfest. Ended up coming home with a Heathkit SB610 Oscilloscope for what I consider to be a deal. The best thing was that it worked &quot;out of the box&quot; . I took it apart and cleaned it up. Nothing like a bath for some gear in a mild solution of dish soap. Cleans up great without harming any components, and after drying a little Pledge shines everything up. Now I can monitor my signal nicely. Turns out I had the mike gain turned up just a tad too high - was flat topping a little. Shouldn't have that problem in the future, now that I have the scope. HI HI. As a side note: Larry, WA9VRH, cooked the best smoked prime rib I've ever had at the 'fest.

My Location on terra from W1DGE
Mon, 08 Sep 2008 15:05:28 GMT

City: Derry
State: New Hampshire
Country: USA

Area Code:603

Latitude: North, Degrees:42.868982 Minutes: Seconds:
Longitude: West, Degrees:71.310380 Minutes: Seconds:

Grid Square: FN42iu

Incredible DX sept 3rd from W7DTG
Fri, 05 Sep 2008 07:34:23 GMT
Good morning,
Had a AWESOME day DX'ing on the 3rd of September. Got to spend abt 4 hours in the shack in the digital modes, and worked 25 DX stations. All in all I worked over 11 different countries. These were Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Serbia, England,Ukraine, Germany, Slovenia, Iceland,Russia
and the Canary Islands (Spain).
That was a one time deal from my modest station here. I can usually get 1 or 2 good DX contacts, but NEVER that many in one sitting. I also noticed that the A and K index's were down to 2. Anyone else have a good day on Sept 3rd or was that just a fluke ?

Free On-Line Morse Code Trainer ? from KA6KBC
Fri, 29 Aug 2008 22:16:08 GMT
Hey All,

Really neat site:

Free to use - Its free to Sign Up, but if you don't want to you can sign up under User Name and PassWord: test (Noted on the site)

My code is a little rusty, but I can still do up into the 10 WPM - Fun to play with maybe with some practice I'll break out the old QRP Rig.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

Digital Modes.. from KD7UFF
Mon, 25 Aug 2008 04:15:17 GMT
We I have my Tigertronics SL-1+ working just fine not thanks to Jason @ Tigertronics.. I can be found on 30M PSK-31 on 10.140 USB...

Carolina Windom from RadioWorks from W9SRK
Sun, 17 Aug 2008 20:25:57 GMT
Finally got the radiating element off the ground. I still don't have the apex higher than 20 feet (the radiating element is 22 feet long), but at least it's off the ground. What I did is to use some dacron rope to tie it off so it could hang from an adjacent gutter downspout. Sure, it's not ideal, but my entire configuration isn't from the get-go. I don't have the antenna up very high, it's not in a straight line, and the longer end of it has about 10 feet angled downwards at a roughly 75 degree angle. Tell you what, though - I get great signal reports across the board. That thing works like gangbusters, almost regardless of the configuration. Can't quite imagine if I had it actually hung to spec.

Just a ordinary ham story... from DW1SJK
Thu, 07 Aug 2008 21:32:19 GMT
It was in the Red Cross super camp 2008, tanay, rizal. An ordinary day …just other boring day in camp. I was assigned/ volunteered as a radio operator for 5 days with almost 600 participants and half are kids from the Red Cross Youth from all over the Philippines.
I was just an ordinary person in camp no body cared about what I do or being a ham; I supervise the person using the HT’s and gave some hints on how to use the HT’s. On the 2nd day in camp, I noticed this big person with a logo of IFRC/ Malaysia. He was Saiful, a guest speaker from the IFRC or the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent of Malaysia. Every Morning I greeted him and I always noticed him gazing at my table with 2meter radio rig. On the 4th day in camp, Saiful approached me then said the most wonderful word I wont forget, “ Are you a Amateur radio enthusiast?” and I said Yes! Then with a hand shake we exchange callsigns 9W2LXL and DW1SJK. We laugh or hearts out and everybody was shocked insid...

New Net Control Coordinator from W7RJW
Wed, 06 Aug 2008 20:13:23 GMT
I've just become the new Net Control Coordinator for the Clallam County Amateur Radio Club, WA State.

My entry to from DV1KD
Sun, 03 Aug 2008 23:42:13 GMT
Hi there fellow Ham de DV1KD my handle is Kim. I'm a holder of Class B (General Class) Amateur Radio Station License.

I've been in the hobby for almost 20 years. My interest in radio started when I'm still a young boy when my father listens to his Short Wave Receiver early morning. My interest grew more after experiencing real QSO with other radio operators during 10 &amp;amp; 11 meter days.

July of 1991 was the date I've got my first Ham license (Novice Class-Amateur Class D) and on that same year I acquired my first portable 2 meter radio the Icom IC-02AT and IC-28H. Eventually I bought more radios and gradually build my hamshack or base station.

I went off the air for quite sometime but few years after, I decided to continue my favorite hobby and went back on the air waves again. Last 2006 I took the ham exam again and passed the Technician Class Amateur Class C) license. Then after a week I passed the General Class (Amateur Class B) examination and registered my DV1 prefix...

my 1st blog from VK4TJF
Fri, 01 Aug 2008 22:53:54 GMT
hello, this is my fist blog. at the moment just need 2 more QSL cards in my hands for me to mail out the DXCC. lately I have been making contacts on CW and working my NVIS doublet antenna. the sunspots have been zero and not much activity on the upper bands. very soon I should get another arrow antenna the 2/440 crossed yagi, the last one i'm using as a base antenna, the 2 meter is vertical poloarized to get some of those far away repeaters and cut down on TVI. I tried the arrow antenna fox hunt loop, however did not like it much at all.

Got stuck to two… from DW1SJK
Tue, 22 Jul 2008 21:49:23 GMT
It all started on 11meter band which was an old cobra radio, I used to come by my friends house after school and his brother, the one who showed me a thing or two on the 11 and since then I got hook. when i reached 16, my dad, a fire chief in our municipality he gave me a pair of Icom IC-2AT and from it opened up the world of amateur radio.

50th Jamboree-on-the-Air from KA6KBC
Tue, 22 Jul 2008 18:49:32 GMT

Back in the Day - I was very invovled in Scouting (Eagle Scout 1979 - Troop 512 Fontana, Ca) and Ham Radio - This was a fun event. Check it out.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC


The Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting and amateur radio event sponsored by the World Scout Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Thousands of amateur radio stations around the world participate. If the conditions are right, it is common to contact a hundred Scouting countries during the weekend.

In the United States, Cub Scout dens and Boy Scout patrols visit a local amateur's ham shack during JOTA. Many districts and councils hold events that coincide with JOTA, where amateurs set up stations giving Scouts and leaders a chance to exchange greetings with Scouts from other areas.

JOTA always falls on the third full weekend in October.

JOTA will begin on Friday, October 19, 2007, at 22:00 hours local time, and end on Sunday, Oc...

DX Spider node at NG9R from NG9R
Tue, 22 Jul 2008 16:18:36 GMT
Well, I haven't given up on Linux yet, but for the short term I have a DX Spider node running on an older Windows laptop. Not completely painless but not all that hard either. Our local DX Cluster node has been off the air due to a forced remodeling project at the shack of the host, so I thought I would put one on the air to fill the void. One nice thing about using the newer DX node software, is we now have connections over RF (packet) and telnet connection via internet. The old DOS node couldn't do that.
If you have any desire to check it out, connect to NG9R-1 on 144.910 or telnet to port 7300 (
A big thank you to N8NM for allowing me to connect to his node to share spots with the rest of the world.


Thu, 17 Jul 2008 14:36:23 GMT
Hi all. I am age 53 and was happily married to Irene for 27 years until her untimely death on March 24th, 2012 from a pulmonary embolism.I have 4 children, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 1 daughter-in-law, and 1 grandson.Clifford(29),Cory(27), Elizabeth(22), Molly(in law,27) Trace(grandson) Emma (granddaughter) and Maci (granddaughter).My oldest son is a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and has finished serving his second deployment at Al Asad Airbase about 100 miles NNW of Baghdad, Iraq. He has also completed serving 10 months at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and has just reenlisted for his third 4 year tenure as a U.S. Marine. He is up for promotion to Staff Sergeant now and is in stationed at MCCS Twentynine Palms, California. Oohrah! My hobby is the best hobby in the world-Amateur Radio, better known as Ham Radio. I first became interested in radio when I was 15 years old, but didn't study for my ham license until I was 35 years old. I spent all those pre-ham da...

Sign Guest Book from KE5RXC
Sat, 12 Jul 2008 20:54:39 GMT

Sign my guest book from AE5FR
Fri, 04 Jul 2008 12:38:00 GMT

Getting wire antennas up in the trees from NG9R
Wed, 02 Jul 2008 16:26:59 GMT
What does everyone else do to get their wire antennas up when you don't have a tower for a support?
I have heard of wrist rockets, potato guns, bottles filled with water and bows and arrows. My personal choice is a 45 lb. recurve bow, a heavy fish arrow and a rod and reel with 20 lb. test line. I can easily and fairly accurately put a line up 70 feet over a convenient tree. I then attach a heavier line to the fishing line and pull it up. Pretty cheap since I had everything on hand and it only take a few minutes.


Field Day 2008 from K8ELR
Wed, 02 Jul 2008 13:39:50 GMT

I am just now updating my blog and realized I didn't finish my entry for FD 2008.

This years FD was the most fun I've had on FD. I volunteered to be a coach at the GOTA station this year. For the past several years W8PGW and W8UM team up and run FD together. For the GOTA station we use W8PGW and the regular FD stations use W8UM. This allows the Arrow Club and the radio club at the University of Michigan to gather and support each other.

This year was kind of sad for me assisting in the GOTA station because of the passing of my friend AB8ZI. Mark was a great guy who worked in the GOTA station last year.

This year we had a great turn out of members and their families. We also had a great turn out at the GOTA station of newly upgraded hams and unlicensed vistors.

The rain stayed away long enough to get most of the stuff setup Friday night and we were all ready Saturday morning.

I'm hoping next year is even better!



Linux users from NG9R
Wed, 02 Jul 2008 10:52:18 GMT
I am looking for Linux users that wouldn't mind helping this old man getting his feet wet in the Linux world. I hope to put a DX-Spider cluster on and the fist step is learning something about Linux.
if you are so inclined, drop me an email at and I would love to hear from you!


6 meters and above from NG9R
Wed, 02 Jul 2008 10:47:39 GMT
The 6 meter band is alway interesting, but especially so this summer so far. Opening to Europe are common and the have been several days that Japan stations have been worked. I estimate that form my qth, there has been some form of opening 25 of the past 30 days. If you haven't been on 6, you are missing a lot. Now if I only could catch South Dakota and Hawii.

2 meters and up have had some nice openings, just not as plentiful as 6 metes. The ARRL June VHF contest brought some decent tropo to the SW form EM49 and I heard some 2 meter E-skip s well as aurora, although I missed out on those. 222 had to be my favorite band that weekend, everyone was over S9! I sure wished I had teh 903 and 1296 stations ready.


Field Day this was Great!!!! from W3NRL
Mon, 30 Jun 2008 14:34:53 GMT
This year we (my brother and myself) went 2260 feet above sea level.. we made several antenna, G5RV and Windom, and I used my TS-570 and my brother used his 706mkiig with manual tuners and all needed to operate. we made 324 contact we have awesome food and cold beer and Great weather no rain no humidity just blue skies and 82 degrees.
so all went well and great fun.


Tired of QRZ or eHam? from W4LGH
Sun, 29 Jun 2008 22:34:58 GMT
Lets get a good topic going here and see where it goes? Any ideas? This is an OPEN BLOG Forum...

Amateur Weather from W4LGH
Sun, 29 Jun 2008 22:34:42 GMT
So do we have any other amateur weather Ham's out there like myself? If so, what type and brand weather system do you use?

I am using an Oregon Scientific WMR-968 with dual screens, one here in shack, and the other is in my bedroom. Also use Weather-Display software to view and keep records on my PC, as well as do LIVE realtime updates of weather conditions on my main Ham Site. (

For Radar, I use StormPredator, which interfaces directly to NOAA's radar info, and will show a bunch of different weather maps on the screen, in almost realtime. A lot of people I know around here are playing with that GRLEVEL-X software, but I can't see where it really displays any different info, but required a lot more user intervention to set it up.

My Oregon Scientific system has been running flawlessly for almost 3 years now. I did lose the rain guage transmitter, but I think a close lightning flash got it. The system is completely solar powered and has done a great job, and has ...

ParZ End-Fed Dipole from W4LGH
Sat, 28 Jun 2008 05:39:11 GMT
I have had this antenna for several years and never put it up. Found it the other day and decided to give it a try. Although it is limited to 100watts, it is truly an amazing little antenna, especially for DX, as I have it installed about 70 degs off vertical. Getting 1 to 2 higher S units on both transmit and rec on DX stations. Sat up the other nite late, and worked several VK stations down under, and the reports from there were the same.

Was wondering if any of you have tried this antenna and what your results were?

Alan W4LGH

Field Day from W4LGH
Fri, 27 Jun 2008 19:41:06 GMT
Well Field Day 2008 is upon us. Hope the bands play right and everyone has a SUPER time.

I will be operating from home in the AC due to recient medical reasons, can't take the heat. But I will miss hanging out with the guys.

Alan de W4LGH

Kids Day 2008 from W7RJW
Tue, 24 Jun 2008 11:06:46 GMT
On Saturday, June 21 we had 3 kids calling CQ for ARRL's Kids Day 2008. My 13 year old son, who is developmentally handicapped, made several contacts, including BC, Canada, southern California, and other stations in WA State. Our 11 yr old girl, who's dad is a veteran ham radio operator, participated, as well as a friend's son. I have posted pics on my hamshack page and my Myspace (

Sat, 21 Jun 2008 01:06:28 GMT
I just joined the ARRL

My Dad - WB6CGN from KA6KBC
Mon, 16 Jun 2008 17:07:30 GMT
Bill's- HomeBrewed Pan Cake - 40 Meter TAK-tenna

I had planned on posting a quick note about a little "Home Brew" electronics project I made over the weekend, but as I was thinking about it I wanted to really talk about my Dad as Father's Day approaches. The two topics really blend well. My Dad - Jack was the person who got me started fooling with electronics, which has now turned into a really nice career for me. When I was a kid my Dad was always making homemade electronics (Sometimes - Called Home Brewing) Projects. He knew "Everything" about Vacuum Tubes and how to make a Radio from a few spare parts he found here and there. He was a Ham Radio operator and back then that was the coolest thing to me. In High School I studied and became a Ham Radio operator too. My dad could read these weird little lines on a paper and actually make something that he could hear radio stations on. For me then that was the most amazing thing in the world and my dad was the smartest guy around. My da...

tube rugs and 10M from W7DTG
Fri, 13 Jun 2008 10:57:02 GMT
well, it has been a few months since I posted anything new here, so I thought I would pop in and catch everyone up on my activities.
Been trying to get my CW skills back up to speed, since I spent a LOT of time using PSK-31 this last year. I will be doing CW during field day for the club, and want to beat my score from last year.
Been making some good contacts on 10m, with all the Sporadic-E openings. The best contact I have made so far is into Japan, with je1let. Was really surprised to hear him, and chat with him. Not sure if it was a Sporadic-E opening or something else, but it was really cool to work him on 10m.
Been doing some mobile operations as well, and now have the Kenwood TS-440 in the pickup truck.I am using a 102' steel whip for 10m and a pro-am mag-mount for 20m. My best shot from the truck so far has been with DL2DXU, in CW on 20m . caught him before the pileup started HIHI
Other than that, just winding down the school year with the kids. That is always a fun t...

Bill's- HomeBrewed Pan Cake - 40 Meter TAK-tenna from KA6KBC
Wed, 11 Jun 2008 08:17:20 GMT

Ok - So no one is giving me any feedback - So I'm making my own.

Project Overview

So I've been reading about this Small Space antenna that is being sold as the TAK-Tenna. Really neat idea - Has a 30 inch boom and Spiral Coils on the ends. See a picture at Looks easy to build - Right ?

So I Built my version out of wood - Mine is very ugly as compared to the store bought one.

Materials and Tools

• Parts:
• 3 - Wooden sections - 1 1/2 in X 1/2 in X 8 ft - Cost 92 Cents each - Home Depot
• 1 - 100' Spool of Steel Guide/fence Wire - Cost - $7 - Home Depot
• 1 - 25 foot RG8 coax with PL259 - Radio Shack - Close Out - $5
• 2 Packages - Nuts/Bolts - $2 - Home Depot
• Total Material Cost: $16.76

The commercial version uses PVC and tie wraps, which would have been much easier.

Fab Time for my version was about 4 hours - Drilling Lots of Holes and feeding the wire in to make the Spiral Coils was most of the work.


40 Meter TAK-tenna ? from KA6KBC
Mon, 02 Jun 2008 19:07:00 GMT
Hi All,

Has anyone out there used one of these 40 Meter TAK-tenna ?

Description: Electrical Half-wave Dipole Antenna
Rotatable - Portable - Stealth - Perfect Backup Antenna

Currently available in 40m, 20m, 10m, and 11m models Electrical Quarter-wave radiating spiral end elements Direct feed with 50 ohm coax on resonant band User selects resonant frequency during tuning process Can use coax + tuner...or twin lead + tuner

Power tested to 1000 CW watts,
key down for 30 seconds and 1400 Watts PEP
no heat sensed on antenna wire or coax feed point when touched by hand after power testing

NO lossy matching components anyplace in system
10 to 14 dB signal increase in transmit with 90 degree rotation 30 inch boom Low SWR across band

Sturdy and well built
Weighs only 5 pounds
Uses proprietary #14 gage copper plated alloy wire
Easy assembly - less than...

HW-101 is working from W9SRK
Sat, 31 May 2008 20:17:39 GMT
I can't take credit at all - my Dad, W9JXN Tony Sokol, treated me to a "Tony Sokol Special" (we've liked to say that when Howard Mills has done restoration work on his Collins gear that it's a "Howard Mills Special". To make a long story short, there turned out to be quite a bit of work involved in getting my HW-101 on the air. There were numerous modifications that had been done, by someone (or some people) over the years, that were completely undocumented. In a marathon weekend session, my Dad poured over it all, reversed the unknown work, restored it to the originally intended configuration, replaced multiple components, added a bit, and got it into a usable state. Hopefully, at some point, I'll acquire some of the skills he has in this area. While I could have done some things, there's no way I could have gotten the HW-101 back to the condition he's accomplished. Needless to say, he's gotten the rig on the air for me, for which I'm eternally grateful. And... it's an absolute...

New transceiver - Heathkit HW-101 from W9SRK
Sun, 25 May 2008 20:06:33 GMT
I wasn't quite expecting to come home with one (I was originally looking for a HW-12, mainly for the Collins Collectors Association 80 meter net, but I ended up finding a HW-101 with the PS-23 power supply for $100. We'll see how she fares when I get her home. I'd love to have a Collins KWM-2 but the HW-101 is kindof the "poor man's" KWM-2 in my opinion.

New vanity callsign from W9SRK
Sat, 24 May 2008 11:17:32 GMT
I finally made the decision to apply for a vanity callsign to drop the KA prefix.

It took the full 18 days the site mentioned for it to process, but I received it just in time for Dayton so the timing was perfect.

Saturday 24 May from VK3EME
Fri, 23 May 2008 22:52:39 GMT
Well after getting a couple of the hundreds or so of house hold jobs out of the way I have finally repaired my 1250 Mhz ATV beam and put a signal back into the local ATV repeater, not that the small verticle didn't do the job but the beam does it better and with it fixed I can now place it back up the tower and out of the shack only to be replaced with some other item no doubt. I have also uploaded a couple of pictures of the shack and I.

Kenwood TS-450SAT is back on the air from VO1GXG
Thu, 22 May 2008 12:08:55 GMT
Kenwood TS-450SAT is back on the air! the PLL unit was not the problem but a faulty Carrier IC was the problem. She has taken her place back on the desk and i'm back on 80 meters!


Field Day PLans from W3NRL
Fri, 16 May 2008 08:12:19 GMT
OK this year for field my brother and I have plans to go to higher elevation to northern PA in the mountains where we have family still in that area. The Equipment that we are planning to bring 2 - Icom 706mkiig's, 2-laptops, several wire antennas, tuners, plus what ever we can bring as far as tables, chairs..etc.. The area we picked out is not far from a restaurant that I used to owned in the past (last year).
Anyway what plans do you have if any for field day this year?
Let me know and we can share notes when we get back.
thanks for reading
best of 73 de

First HF Contact from KI4UJY
Tue, 13 May 2008 16:09:18 GMT
Several local operators where kind enough to help me ring out the kinks in the setup. I managed to make SSB phone contacts with them both. We were joined by another operator out of SC. Managed a contact with a decent signal report between middle TN and SC on QRP rig!

Net Check-ins from KJ4DBD
Tue, 06 May 2008 21:26:30 GMT
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

1900 - Turkey Heaven Mtn. Net (146.865 - 131.8)

2000 - St. Clair County ARES Net (145.13 - 103.5)

2030 - Alabama Emergency Net Y (146.160 - 100)

Tube rigs from W7DTG
Mon, 05 May 2008 11:37:32 GMT
Been a while since I posted anything new, so I thought I would catch up a bit on the tube gear.
Been trying to generate 10m activity in this area, and using the tube gear on the 10m band, which isn't easy sometimes. The tube gear can be a bit finicky at times. For instance, the Drake T4XC and R4C can only do abt 50w output on that band. not sure why, since on 15-20-40 and 80M I can get up to 150W output. Going to fire up the old Swan-350 in the next day or 2 and see what it will do. if I remember correctly, it was a bit shy on 10m also.
Also tossing the idea around abt trading off some of this tube gear for an MFJ antenna analyzer. I do a lot of wire antenna construction out here, and that would help tremendously. Still love the old tube gear, nothing with beat the sound of the audio from one. I can listen to them all day long, as compared with my Kenwood TS570 or 440Sat radio's.
Maybe i will do some more horse trading, and what sort of other vintage gear I can acquire. Sort ...

First Rig/Station ? from KA6KBC
Tue, 29 Apr 2008 15:54:21 GMT
Hey All,

So what was your first Rig/Station ?

This is back in 1979 or so, when I first got my Novice Ticket. For me my first Rig was a Homebrew 6L6 Transmitter that my Dad (WB6CGN SK) and I built. I remember that I had to order Crystals from a company in Florida (CW Crystals ?) and it took about 6 Weeks to get them. So I had a transmitter that I could not test for weeks after building. I ended up with two crystals that worked - one at 7.125MHZ and one at 7.118MHZ. I put out a blistering 10 watts. My dad was a really “Old School” Ham – Even back then not many people Homebrewed, but he thought it was the best way to learned. It was a great way to start out in the hobby.

For my receiver my Dad loaned me his old Collins 75A Receiver. It was as big as a barn. I still have the thing in the garage

For my Antenna I had a Dipole over the top of the house and into the Trees. At the time I did not realize that most of my power was going in the trees :)

As a...

Hams In The "Fam" from KB3LAZ
Mon, 28 Apr 2008 21:58:46 GMT
Well all there are 9 active hams in my family and sadly one departed. KE3CK AA3MW N3CDX N3SLA N3TTK N3WWY KB3LAZ KB3NEY KB3NYU KB3RCL I guess you could say it a family hobby.

Some Fire in the Wire! from W9SRK
Thu, 24 Apr 2008 21:17:40 GMT
I finally have a little oomph in my signal with the addition of a Collins 30L-1 amplifier (on loan from W9JXN). What a difference it makes!

I can't wait to get my antenna a little higher so the radiating vertical element of the Carolina Windom isn't laying on the ground. Once I get a few honey-do project knocked off the list, a tower of some sort is in the near future.

Who got you Started in Ham Radio ? from KA6KBC
Mon, 21 Apr 2008 16:34:00 GMT
I thought this would be an interesting topic.

So who got you started in this Ham Radio Stuff ? For me I had two important elmers in my Ham Radio Life.

My dad Jack (WB6CGN - SK) got his Tech Ticket in the early 60's. He was very interested in early VHF and built equipment and Antennas for 146MHZ, 220MHZ, 433MHZ. As a kid it was the coolest thing. He was also involved in Fast Scan TV in the early 70's. He later became interested in HF and CW - Where he made a number of contacts and got very good at the code. He got me started in electronics in 5th grade and loaned me an old WWII Receiver for SWL. He later helped me build my own HF equipment once I got my ticket. He also helped me with my College Senior Project (146MHZ to 28MHZ Transverter). He was a Great Dad and a Smart RF Tech.

My second Elmer was one of my High School Teachers. His name is Lou Malory (WA6DVK) still alive and well in his eighties. He headed a program at Fontana High School called the Vocational C...

40 meter FH Net, April 17, 2008 from W8LEW
Fri, 18 Apr 2008 04:15:20 GMT
The net began in usual fashion. We received 2 check-ins pretty quickly and then issues began. During our 3rd check-in, someone began to transmit on top of each of the attempts by W0YSE. They used what appears to be JT65a RO at first then 73. At first I thought it was a true transmission since the JT65a region is 2 KHz below our Net frequency, however, after 6 to 7 transmissions and only when W0YSE was transmitting and not on the top of the minute, it was quite clear we were dealing with malicious interference. I quit transmitting and within a couple of minutes, a strong JT65a signal was detected 500 Hz down from Net frequency. I was not fast enough to copy the call and they never sent a message despite my calling CQ in that mode x 6.

This is a sad time indeed. We have to deal with the QRM from the non-USA Region 2 LSB'ers and we try to stay above the JT65a users. Malicious interference is a shameful act. JT65a freqs are 7.075 - 7.077 MHz typically. We were 7.078 MHz on N...

Why do so few hams use personal web sites? from NG9R
Thu, 17 Apr 2008 18:12:59 GMT
Just curious, why do so few hams have personal web sites? This site certainly makes it easy to do and the only expense is voluntary. Then, to make it worse, almost half of the sites on here have no information on them. I can understand not wanting to post too many personal details, but if your going to the trouble of registering with this site, can't you at least post a little info about yourself and your background?


Silent Key Estates (no dis-respect intended) from NG9R
Thu, 17 Apr 2008 18:08:40 GMT
Why is it when anyone sells equipment for a family of a silent key, they have to make sure everyone knows it is a silent key? It it to generate sympathy so the prices will be higher? Is it to advertise the fact everything is sold as is, no returns?
Just curious.....


30 meter Feld Hell Club net April 14, 2008 from W8LEW
Mon, 14 Apr 2008 15:34:00 GMT
30 meters has been hopping lately. QNI for the net went quite well as the stations coming back to me were 579 most of the time. Check-ins were: WB2HTO, Dave in MA; KO5G, David in TX; K5WTA, Jake in FL; N5ZTW, Delbert in TX; W5APS, Jim in TX. Though there were no major announcements, greetings were shared between all participants.

After the net, K5WTA and I worked each other for about 5 minutes using MFSK16. I answered a MFSK16 CQ from WA5MHE, Ed in El Paso, TX and we chatted about 30 minutes. Near the end of our chat, a ZL3 station called for Ed. He picked it up and they chatted for a while. It was about 10:30 Eastern time about then. Without a large number of sunspots, it was good to see 30 meters useful at night.

Our next Feld Hell Club Net is another 40 meter net on Thursday 0200 UTC, 7077 KHz + 1000 Hz audio freq. All are welcome to participate. SWL foks can send me a greetings via email ( and I'll spin off a QSL card from the Net and send it ...

Welcome from KW4VL
Sat, 29 Mar 2008 14:34:17 GMT
Hello and welcome to my new page...
I live in Rose Hill Virginia and im medically retired so i spend some of my free time playing with ham gear and antennas to pass the time. Ham radio is a good hobby but it can get expensive and time consuming if you get to dxing very much.

Im going to upload some new photo's soon and maybe some items for sale/trade also.
thanks for looking k4tty/victor

40 meter Feld Hellschreiber Club Net March 27, 2008 from W8LEW
Wed, 26 Mar 2008 20:55:02 GMT
40 meters started out pretty good. Stations were initially 599 all except WA0JYD & AA9DY who were 339 or worse. Check-ins were: N3LFC, AA9DY, WA3QHJ, W0HPE, WA0JYD, and myself. The band dropped out after about 35 minutes and the net was closed. Too bad things fell apart just when the net was getting around to traffic/messages. Well, there is always next week.

10m and Tube rig's from W7DTG
Sun, 23 Mar 2008 18:16:10 GMT
Hi, haven't posted anything in a while, so thought I would just catch up a bit.
Been working on 10m a lot lately, although I have only made a few local contacts so far. Been trying to stir up some 10m activity in this area. I also have a friend who is a technician that is dying to make some 10m contacts, so we get on there everyday and chat for a while, just waiting for an opening.
Also been playing around a lot with the tube gear. I have an antique setup now, with a Heathkit Apache, Mohawk and Warrior 1KW linear. I also have a set of Drake C-line rigs now, as well as the old Yaesu FT-101ZD and Swan 350 rig. I have a Heath SB401 but I need to find a P/S for it, and a Atlas 210X that has a rcv problem I am working on.
Ok ok ok, I know those are 2 different subjects.....Just love them both too much I guess. Have all sorts of radios to keep me busy.

Updated Shack from KC5YPU
Sun, 23 Mar 2008 04:26:11 GMT
Well I have almost completed my shack upgrade.. the only thing left if to erect my 30 foot tower and put the Butternut HF5B and a 2 meter beam up..

HF Portable Ops in Okieland! from N5XTR
Wed, 19 Mar 2008 21:43:04 GMT
I am traveling to my fathers farm for Easter weekend. The plan is to take my HF gear and do some portable operating. The only antenna at my disposal will be his 3-mile long hotwire fence, hopefully I will be able to load it up for 20, 40, 75 and 160 meters. Should be lots of fun and hope to see you on the air!

Never underestimate the wire antenna from NG9R
Wed, 19 Mar 2008 19:12:53 GMT
I an somewhat antenna limited at home. Actually, I am not supposed to have any antennas up, but my landlord looks the other way with my attempts at skyhooks, or at least he has so far.
Most of my HF antennas are wire, hung across trees and do not generally live very long. In an moment of what must have been temporary insanity, I purchased a commercial antenna, an Aplha Delta DX-B. The DX-B is made to operate as a 1/4 wave sloper on 30/40/80 and 160 meter and is suppose to be operated with a tower as the other half of the antenna. Since I didn't have a tower, I never did put the antenna up as it was designed. I did wind up using it as a ground plane, fed at ground level with a simple 4' ground rod for my ground pane. It is actually in an inverted L configuration, with the vertical part being 33 feet up and the horizontal part (80 & 160) running somewhat horizontal. I managed to work several QSO's with VP6DX on 30, 40, 80 and 160, both phone and CW with that simple antenna and no radial...

Hamstick Fan Dipole for HF from N5XTR
Mon, 17 Mar 2008 23:12:24 GMT
I have had a lot of emails about my HF antenna, so here is a brief description.

I operated mostly mobile and only 10m and up from my home. After discovering PSK31 and other digital modes I wanted to relocate my ft-857d to the house and connect to my PC. The change wasn't really that difficult until I moved to a cheaper apartment. All of my hf wires had to come down and I designed the fan out of my hamsticks. I would say the outcome was better than expected.

I went to Home Depot and bought a piece of 3/16&quot; x 1 1/2&quot; flat steel. I bent it into a square and drilled holes for a U-bolt and 3/8 X 24 antenna lugs. I had to bend it by hand so it's not perfectly square but it works. Next was the phasing box. I bought the aluminum enclosure at Radio Shack for 3 dollars and drilled holes for 5 so-239 connectors. I ran 12 gauge power wire to each center of the connecters and grounded the shields to the box. I also made 4 1 foot jumpers from rg-8x ...

K1NWB Blog from K1NWB
Thu, 13 Mar 2008 22:24:47 GMT
not much for writing, but here goes... ham since 57, U.S. NAVY radio opr on board U.S.S. Hissem DER/400...

...just picked up a PRISTINE Kenwood TS-830 Gold Edition on Ebay...COMPLETE with ALL filters...amazingly clean and well kept...this makes my shack along with my complete Kenwood TS-520 system, two Kenwood TS-120's, and a Yeasu FT-920 (For Sale)...(I still find the Kenwoods MORE FUN to operate...)

more later, pics to follow

Digital Modes from KD7UFF
Tue, 11 Mar 2008 18:48:09 GMT
Well for sometime now I have had a SingalLink SL+1 interface but can still not get it to work right. I get it to key the radio & I can recive just fine but for some reason I can not get the signal out.. So anyone running a SL-1+ with a 706MIIG please let me know what I am doing wrong.? Thanks

using standard phonetiics from K8ELR
Sat, 08 Mar 2008 14:57:55 GMT
I haven't posted here in a while and this subject came up today on HRHG yahoo group.

This is a subject that I think is important. At least it is to me. Believe me I like to have fun with this hobby. My answer to this new ham about using standard phonetiics was not to dampen his enthusiasm but to make him aware that standard phonetics are something to be used and are important to a new ham.

--- In, "xxxxxx"
> Ok, i was wondering like when you say Tango for T whiskey for W does
> each club make up their own thing or what?
> Sxxxxxx


My suggestion is to learn the proper phonetic alphabet. Stay with the standard (there are minor deviations) as much as possible unless you
are just talking to friends on a repeater. There is nothing worse than trying to work a station that uses some made up phonetics.
Especially when the station is very weak. Most all DX stations do use the standard. I wo...

new old gear from W7DTG
Sat, 01 Mar 2008 14:40:30 GMT
The other day I had a chance to swing a deal for some tube gear, which I happen to really enjoy. I had a Yaesu ft-857 which I wasnt really using to much other than for 2M, so I did a swap with a local ham that was looking for an HF rig fr his truck. I ended up with a set of C-line drake twins, a Heathkit 1KW Linear, and a Heathkit xmtr/rcvr also. They are the nmohawk, apache and the warrior line. Really fun stuff from the early 60's. Amazingly enough, they are in excellent shape, and they all work. the linear alone was worth the trade in my opinion. even though I dont run power that often, it is still nice to have it when you need it. Like when I was working VP6DX on 40m. I tried for 3 days before I used the amp. I was able to work them on 12-17-20-30-40-80m CW and Phone. which is pretty decent for my snall station I have up.
thats about all that is new here. 73's to all that read this, Don

w0zdw from W0STL
Fri, 29 Feb 2008 18:19:34 GMT
I learned some about stealth antennas and QRP from my OL's Uncle Larry- w0zdw- Larry Haney from Colorado Springs. I finally have more time to learn....and he's a silent key now.

Panarama of the Tower and Back Yard from NK9I
Sat, 23 Feb 2008 12:34:45 GMT
My Father (KK9E) took this picture and posted it on his web site.

Quicktime needed to view this. By holding the left mouse button and moving it on the picture, you can get a look at the tower and back yard of my QTH.

Busy Working VP6DX from NK9I
Sat, 23 Feb 2008 12:34:41 GMT
I Have been lucky enough to get VP6DX on all bands and modes from 160 to 12 meters. (18 band mode contacts)

Hoping for some DX Gods to help out on 10 meters.

Be careful of what you wish may get it! from K9DMW
Fri, 15 Feb 2008 21:07:38 GMT
Last year I mused over getting a vanity call with better phonetics for contesting. Specifically with a suffix DMW which happens to be my initials and cool sounding phonetics, "Kilo Nine Dead Man Walking". I applied for and received last June(07) the call K9DMW. I used it in the Sep 07 CQWW VHF Test and Jan 08 ARRL VHF Test. I liked my old call which was shorter (NT9E) so today I applied to get my old call back. We'll see what happens.

what dx contacts have you made from W3NRL
Fri, 15 Feb 2008 15:14:48 GMT
Made some nice dx contacts today
Vp6dx, 4z5la, j79pn,ea8ak,& 8r1ak
nice day for contact dx
will try later..
let me know what your dx contacts were
thank you for reading my site
73 de

w000t, new Vanity callsign finally here from W7DTG
Mon, 11 Feb 2008 14:41:12 GMT
Wow, after waiing for the F.C.C for what seemed an eternity, my NEW callsign is finally here. I went with W7DTG (my initials) for the new callsign. I would have had t at the same time that becky did, but I made 1 little change to it while in the process of changing the call, and it changed my receive date from the 18th to the 22nd....AAARRRGGGHHH
Now if I can just get used to the new call, i'll be doing great.

packet spotting and CW Skimmer from NG9R
Sun, 10 Feb 2008 16:34:24 GMT
I don't know who all uses packet for spotting DX stations or contesting, but there is a debate going on among the contesters about spotting being used by stations claiming not to use packet.
A new method of spotting for CW operators is a recently introduced software package called CW Skimmer. What CW Skimmer does is listen to and decode all the CW stations it hears in the audio passband of a transceiver. Similar to other sound card digital modes, all you need it a computer using the CW Skimmer software and an audio connection from your radio audio output and the sound card input. It will easily identify every station it hears and allows the operator to click on the callsign and the software will set the radio to that frequency, very much the same as contest packet spotting software. In this case, the wider your received bandwidth, the more stations you are going to be able to decode. It allows spotting many signals without tuning around the band looking for new multipliers or DX stat...

__ from VO1GXG
Sun, 10 Feb 2008 12:19:25 GMT

PLL unit for the TS-450SAT still not here , stuck in Quebec. 14 days now paid for 6 day shipping.

My New Ham Shack Page from W7RJW
Tue, 05 Feb 2008 21:38:27 GMT
Well, a new call sign and a new ham shack page. My vanity call sign was granted today (02/05/08)-W7RJW
My initials. I like it-pretty cool.

New Callsign from KE7KWG
Tue, 05 Feb 2008 18:44:22 GMT
Well, the FCC granted my vanity call sign today. Formerly ke7kwg, I am now W7RJW. 02-05-08

APRS Weather from KE7MRB
Tue, 05 Feb 2008 08:45:54 GMT
I am working on a system that will allow you to build an APRS weather station for very low dollars. The hardware is working, I am working on the design for the Wind Speed Anemometer and Wind Vane.

The Hardware is Microprocessor Based and easy to build. I will offer pre-programmed devices and also a complete Kit with Quality PCB.

Email me for more details

Ever get tired of reading QRZ, eHam or QTH?? from K8ELR
Fri, 01 Feb 2008 12:01:44 GMT

I am really getting tired of reading the CRAP from all the angry and nasty people on the ham radio web sites.

I have to say that if I had read all that stuff before I got my license I would have dropped the whole idea.

I think some of that stuff is not good for amateur radio. Any prospective future ham would probably figure everyone involved in this hobby is an old nasty,cranky bastard.

I have met some fine people associated with ham radio and I'm sure I'll meet a lot more. To them I say thanks. I'll always be greatful.

I have to just stop reading and contributing to those disussions on those sites. You know, from now on I'll spend my time on the air havin' fun!


New callsign - W5JNP from W5JNP
Wed, 30 Jan 2008 11:36:59 GMT
About the time I get a few pictures posted and workout a password issue (my fault) I get a new call sign.

So, what now. I guess I'll have to build a new profile / shack. Unless someone knows how to change callsigns.

Anyway look for more in the future.


Spar Winter field day from W7DTG
Sun, 27 Jan 2008 14:41:03 GMT
Well, the weekend event is now over with, and we have a total of 80 contacts under our belt for the whole weekend. Apparently it isn't as popular a contest as we had hoped, since a good number of the contacts had no idea why we were sending "winter field day". After spending several minutes explaining to them what we were doing, they would move on. Guess no one likes to test there equipment in harsh weather. maybe it just isn't a big enough event for people to be interested. In any case, I considered it a success, even with all the problems we encountered.
The first big hurdle, was getting the shed cleaned out to setup as a shack, and we had a great time pooling together, and getting all the wood moved out of there. even the kids pitched in to help. they had a great time pulling the wagon loads of wood to the tool shed out back. Next was erecting antenna's. which proved to be a challenge as well. I had the Hygain 12AVQ for 10-15-20M, but nothing for the lower bands. After spending ...

Radio from KB3LAZ
Fri, 25 Jan 2008 20:36:23 GMT
Hello my name is Travis and I have been a ham since April 2004. I am 20 years old and I live in PA. I was introduced to ham radio by my grandpa Frank(ke3ck). I have many relatives in the hobby, so you could say its in my blood.

I became a ham shortly after my grandma passed away. I feel that I did so because I needed an out let as well as something to remember her by. she was a ham so I in turn followed in her foot steps. But back to the story. My grand father and I decided to just pick up and go on the road. So he called up some of his ham buddies and mapped out a route. So we made many stops at many qths in many states. All in 13 days. Any way I learned a little more from each person. So when the trip was over I had a new found interest. These hams and friends of my grandfathers gave me a profound inspiration to get my ticket. So I did and the rest is history.

So whats the moral of this so called saga, well that you can find a positive outlet for life in the places you least ...

SPAR contest weekend from W7DTG
Fri, 25 Jan 2008 03:08:49 GMT
Woot, another contest this weekend. All i got to do is set up ALL my gear out in the backyard in a tent, run a generator to the radios, and away i go !!!
This weekend is the SPAR field day event. SPAR is the Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio, and they are hosting a winter field day event. Don't want no summer pansies for this one. hard core, in your face winter and ham radio in the coldest, worse conditions of the year. what could be better than that ?
Hope this event catches on, since most of the time they do field day in the summer months when it's nice and cozy. everyone sits around and eats hot dogs and hamburgers, and brags about how great there stations are. Bah !!! This event is gonna be while huddled up in a tent, under 2 layers of blankets, while trying to make contacts and keeping the generator going. Just gotta figure out how to make hobo coffee in the tent HIHI
if your interested in REAL radio, and emergency communications in the REAL world, you should g...

New To from KE7KWG
Thu, 24 Jan 2008 20:27:16 GMT
Well, I'm still waiting for my vanity call sign I applied for last week. The prediction is I will get my first choice of W7RJW. We shall see. I'm excited. At least I should have it by 2-07-08 when I do net control for our 2 meter club net. Even though I've only had my ham ticket since February of 2007, I have been very active with the ham radio community. My boyfriend, who is also my Elmer, got me interested in amateur radio over 2 years ago. My boyfriend, Theron, KC7NPP-has been a ham operator going on 13 yrs. We're getting ready to design and build a new ham shack. More on that later.

Spars winter field day from KE7LKA
Thu, 24 Jan 2008 20:03:30 GMT
Me and my elemr have decided to perticipate in this new field day that started last year. We maybe going out to a camp ground or go out in the woods and run off of a generater operating phone and cw for 24hrs straight hopfully we can make it that long. Up here in joyce where we are located it gets very cold at night down in the upper 20s to the lower 30s and its very cold. We will be using My ts-130se and either a yasue 857d or a kenwood 570d. We will have two tents set up that arn't the best insulated. This is going to be a great time and experience besides being frozen like a ice cube. More information for the field day can be found at www.spar
I will try to write a blog about how it went somtime next week.

Comments are welcome from W3NRL
Thu, 24 Jan 2008 04:31:29 GMT
I build my own antennas, I have made several beams in the past. now i have several wire antennas, i made a windom and used that for several years then i was really interested in the Carolina windom so with the help of Radioworks - wrote Jim and made a Carolina windom and i toggle between windom and Carolina windom and i find the carolina windom has an increase of 3-4db cause of the vertical drop as for the making contact yes on some dx station no problem then with the other dx i toggle to the windom and make the contact.. i made the contact with J5C the other day with the Carolina and the windom no way .....
OH let me say that both antennas are up the same footage and set for Europe/Africa.
i just have making these antennas and trying to make the contact that i can with a somewhat challenge as to using the beams which i have taken down and are sitting on the ground behind the shed.
So tell me of your antenna(s)!!!

Western IL ARC Dinner meeting from NG9R
Sun, 13 Jan 2008 09:48:39 GMT
Well, I know most of you aren't close enough to have any interest in what our local club does, but last night we had out annual dinner meeting. What made this special was the speaker, Ralph, K9ZO. Ralph is an enthusiastic ambassador for Ham Radio, an avid DXer and contester, a great speaker and a really personable guy. Ralph provided is with a slide show presentation of the ZL8R adventure from Raoul Island in the Kermadec chain and, he also had the recently released ZL8R DVD that he shared with us.
Ralph does get around a bit and if you get the opportunity to hear him speak, don't miss it.


ke2yk's Random Oscillations from KE2YK
Sun, 06 Jan 2008 14:58:33 GMT

160 Special from W9SRK
Sat, 05 Jan 2008 11:41:28 GMT
My Radioworks Carolina Windom 160 Special arrived yesterday. It'll be going up today to replace the CW 40 if everything goes smoothly.

k5lot/ navymarine corps marsnnn0yfa from K5LOT
Sat, 05 Jan 2008 05:54:15 GMT
serveing those that serve use you ham brain to help the country not just rag chew callk if you would like to help your country with your ham license281-501-1175 in just 90 days and passing a 100 question test you too can have a mars license which gives you a differant licenseit will cost a little more to have your radios modified and to get a sound card interface like the mfj1275 and mix w for mt63 and olivia modesbut the personal satisfaction is worth it knowing you are part of the infrastructure of our countrycall me or email me at or send me your phone number i can call anywhere in the usa for free u7se your equipment in a professional manner become all you can be help in disasters or terrorist attacks

Time for band scanning from W3NRL
Fri, 04 Jan 2008 09:00:52 GMT
Ok, now that the holidays are over it's time for the radios and band scanning and chasing the DX.
Hope to QSO with you on the bands

1/2/2008 from KC0YDZ
Wed, 02 Jan 2008 18:50:32 GMT
Today I listened around on 20... heard a few faint stations, didn't try working any of them

I uploaded the rest of my 2007 LogBook to LoTW

I got a paper QSL in the mail today,
New State Confirmed,
W7BW, Oregon

Till next radio day

73 kc0ydz

1/1/2008 from KC0YDZ
Tue, 01 Jan 2008 13:39:00 GMT
Around 1800Z

tried to work N6JWN on 14.250

rest of the band seemed dead

Blog Use from KC0YDZ
Tue, 01 Jan 2008 13:37:15 GMT
I'm going to be using the "blog" as a "log book" for my station

New (used) Radio Acquired - Kenwood TS-430S from W9SRK
Tue, 01 Jan 2008 11:15:02 GMT
I now have a Kenwood TS-430S tranceiver with an AT-250 automatic antenna tuner, courtesy of W9JXN.

What a difference over the TS-120! The VFO doesn't drift, speech processor, notch filter, etc.

So far, I'm absolutely loving it!

Illinois QSO Party results from NG9R
Sun, 30 Dec 2007 07:04:30 GMT
The 2007 Illinois QSO Party results are ready and can be found at

Thanks to all those who participated and congratulations to all the winners!


Got a real antenna now from W9SRK
Sat, 29 Dec 2007 16:05:48 GMT
A couple days ago the temperature was up to 45 degrees - it was just about as good as it was going to get.

So this time, I installed a screw eye with a pulley under the eave on the corner of my house, 2 stories up. Much better than the 16' temporary solution I had before.

I've ordered a Carolina Windom 160 Special that should arrive in the next week or so. In the meantime, I have a Carolina Windom 40 on loan and raised it up. What a difference! It doesn't tune up well on 80 meters, but it's gangbusters on 40 and 20. I've already made a couple DX QSO's on 20 that were 20 over 9 for both myself and the other parties.

Can't wait to get the 160 Special up in the air.

One thing I need to resolve, and maybe one of you can help. I need to get some sort of stand off from the side of the house, at least 2 feet. I want to tie off the short end of the Windom to that so that it doesn't lay against the house. For the next week or so, it's okay laying on the siding (vinyl) but t...

Happy Holidays from W3NRL
Thu, 27 Dec 2007 07:38:17 GMT
To all that reads this site .....
Happy Holidays and very best of the new year in 2008

Items for sale from W3NRL
Mon, 17 Dec 2007 06:38:38 GMT
If you are interested in any item for sale let me know.
thank you for reading my site
happy holidays
best of 73

Watch out for these guy ----- scammers on the loose from W3NRL
Thu, 06 Dec 2007 21:14:19 GMT
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This guy left an email address and name i dont know if it his real name or email address
becareful guys

looking for solid state amp - need your advice from W3NRL
Thu, 06 Dec 2007 16:25:39 GMT
Ok guys looking for a solid state amp that covers all hf bands, What you think? i would like to hear from you

Finally have an antenna from W9SRK
Sat, 01 Dec 2007 15:09:56 GMT
About a month and a half ago, I decided I needed to get some sort of antenna up before the snow started blowing.

Earlier this week I decided it was now or never, so Saturday would be the day. Lo and behold, on the next day, the first snow and ice storm of the year was forecasted for Saturday. No matter - it isn't supposed to hit until late in the afternoon.

Since I have no trees in the back yard, I devised a plan for an inverted L. Come out the window well, straight up to the peak of the house, and back diagonally to the shed. I anchored a small pulley to the flood light at the peak of the house. I ran some large twine through the pulley and tied it to one end of a ceramic insulator. The wire is fed through the other end so that it can move freely through the insulator. The far end of the wire is secured directly to another ceramic insulator that is then tied off to the shed.

Now, the snow storm started earlier than previously forecasted - it began around noon. It was ...

Sunspots from NG9R
Fri, 30 Nov 2007 15:32:04 GMT
Well, it can't be much worse. We have had several weeks with almost no sunspots and it can only improve from here. I would have say we are clearly at the bottom of the cycle, the issue is how soon do we start seeing and upturn in sun activity? Even at the low of the sunspots, there still have been several DX contacts worked on 10 and 12 meters recently.

11-26-07 from W3NRL
Mon, 26 Nov 2007 07:14:13 GMT
Anyone have any feed back on how i can improve my site.. please any help i would count on or if you just want to sign in to let me know you where here
thank de w3nrl

Changes Ahead from KE7MRB
Tue, 06 Nov 2007 08:44:28 GMT
Well there are some changes ahead here. I am leaving all the foul language and bad practices on HF and going up in frequency. Before you all start to flame me, I know its not everyone, but you listen to 80m at night, it sounds like a CB radio show.

Going to start working the LEO birds, both from home and portable.

I have also set up a new web site dedicated to Outdoor activities in Arizona.

Space Coast Visit from N1QIK
Tue, 30 Oct 2007 06:42:15 GMT
Driving the F-150 from MA to Cape Canaveral next week. Will check-in and monitor the recommended repeaters during my stay. Frequent visits to Patrick AFB.

Sun, 28 Oct 2007 18:54:23 GMT
Hey!!! Has anyone received a QSL Card from Pitcairn Island yet???

Getting a little nervous I guess.


Anderson Powerpole connectors from NG9R
Thu, 25 Oct 2007 18:37:18 GMT
Who all uses Anderson Powerpole connectors for their DC connections?
If you don't I would suggest you look into them. They are a simple design and many accessories are available that use them. I am amazed the new radios do not use them instead of the old Molex style connectors.
I have used power distribution fuse panels for several the use the Anderson Powerpole connectors, both in the shack and in the truck. They have the advantage of being filtered for RF, fused and polarity protected, plus the quick disconnect feature, just in case you tend to move stuff around once in a while.
For some of the stuff available, check out
and for some ideas. I use some DC distribution boxes made by Saratoga that are like the Rigrunner, but use smaller ATC fuses. Good stuff.

2007 ILQP from NG9R
Mon, 22 Oct 2007 14:09:37 GMT
There oughta be a law…

My second trip as a county line portable didn’t fare any better than the first one, but part of that was lack of preparation on my part. This year, I went by myself and decided there was no reason to drag the trailer out for just one station and antenna. I thought this ought to be a walk in the park after last year. Boy, was I wrong, although I did get my station on the air a good bit earlier than last year.
I didn’t start loading up the truck until late Saturday afternoon and there were several last minutes decisions that affected what I took. At the last minute I decided against the generator, partly because it is a pain to load and unload plus I wasn’t sure I wanted to have it running in the bed of the truck while I was operating in the cab, thus making me load and unload it another couple of times. I finally decided I would run off of the truck battery and just make sure I didn’t run the battery too low to start the engine.
I used my Kenwood TS480H...

Illinois QSO Party from NG9R
Mon, 08 Oct 2007 09:23:52 GMT
Since the club I am president of this year, Western Illinois ARC, sponsors the Illinois QSO Party, I thought I would take time to put in a plug for it. The Illinois QSO Party is held on the Sunday of the third full weekend of October. This year it falls on October 21st. Operating time is only 8 hours, from noon to 8 PM local time (CDST). The object is to work all the counties in Illinois and for Illinois stations to work as many Illinois counties and states as possible. What makes this contest fun are the MOBILES! We always have a dedicated bunch that will activate as many as 20 counties while on the road during the 8 hour contest. Stations can be worked on both modes for QSO credit.

For more informatin go to :

If you hear me on, stop by and say hi. I'll be operating from the 3 county corner of ADAM, SCHY and HANC

Danny NG9R

Wed, 05 Sep 2007 12:15:34 GMT
Come and put your weather link to me sent to and i will add them to my website also your home are club websites link

from KD4SM
Sun, 26 Aug 2007 17:22:22 GMT

My 100'th QSL Card from K8ELR
Sat, 18 Aug 2007 13:38:34 GMT
I received my 100'th QSL card today. A very nice card I might add. A JA card with a beautiful scene of Mt. Fuji. The stamp on the envelope was cool too.

This was my first asian contact.

Quite a thrill for me. I have only been on HF since Feb 2007.

If you hear me jump in. Let's talk.


This is a great website from N4URW
Wed, 15 Aug 2007 16:39:19 GMT
To the webmaster that designed this site. You have done a great job. Keep up the good work.

Joel / N4URW

Amateur Radio N4URW - Palm Bay Florida from N4URW
Sun, 12 Aug 2007 18:31:50 GMT
Welcome to the N4URW Amateur Radio site.

QSL cards. What do you think? from K8ELR
Thu, 02 Aug 2007 09:04:42 GMT
I was reading my friends blog and began to really think about QSL cards. There is a lot of controversy about QSL CARDS. Should they be used at all? LOTW, eQSL are all out there. I have an account at eQSL but I still send qsl cards either thru the ARRL buro or direct. I QSL 100%. I like getting the cards. I read some statements by a few well known hams that will not qsl. What do you do?

take a look at Dan's blog at

Terrible band conditions for mobiling from KC8UUG
Thu, 02 Aug 2007 07:19:23 GMT
Tried to get on the air this week but the conditions were pretty bad especially, made a couple of contacts thought

Remote station operation from K3KHG
Sun, 29 Jul 2007 18:29:45 GMT
I have been looking into remote station operation using my lap top to access the station via the internet ... Still in the planning stages . If anyone has completed this project would you send me some email with suggestions .....

Thought I would try this from KC8UUG
Sat, 28 Jul 2007 11:01:00 GMT
Was playing around on the net today and found this website so I figured I would give it a try.

My new bike soon to get HF capabilties. from K8ELR
Fri, 27 Jul 2007 16:56:41 GMT
Well I got a bike that I can ride that will accomodate my balance problem. I uploaded some pics of it here. I have a Kenwood THF6A mounted on the handle bars. I am planning to go HF very soon. I have to decide which rig to go with. I have always been an ICOM guy but I want the best rig for this mobile setup. Maybe an IC-703+ or the FT817. If you have some good ideas let me know.

Local traffic on 10M SSB from AA9GL
Fri, 20 Jul 2007 13:08:14 GMT
With all Hams having voice privileges on 10 meters now I wonder why there is not more local activity on the band? If hams would use 10M to talk local you would hear voices and know sooner when the band is opening for DX. I say lets use 28.300 to 28.450 for local and stateside QSO's and keep 28.450 to 28.500 open for DX. What are your thoughts?

FT101E goes to a new home from K8ELR
Thu, 12 Jul 2007 17:14:00 GMT
I finally sold my old FT101E. I had posted a few ads on QRZ and Fox Tango web sites. I always said I would not ship it. Pickup only.
Well, a persistent OM, but very courteous I might add convinced me I should sell it to him and ship it to him. So it's off to a new home at N1TKO.

What has become of the art of Homebrewing? from NG9R
Thu, 05 Jul 2007 09:13:02 GMT
I am not talking about making your own beer but making your own ham equipment. The internet has made it so much easier to find the parts, just not much cheaper!
Who has made any of their own station equipment? Antennas? Coax switches? Keyers and paddles? Antenna tuner? Amplifier?
We talk about the "dumbing down" of amateur radio, but what have we done to help keep the expertise at the level we think it ought to be?
Maybe Elmering some of these newer hams in how to build their own antenna tuner, or build their own trap dipole, helping them trouble shoot their broken power supply would build a little technical interest, not only in newbies but us "mature" hams.
I am as guilty as anyone. I have collected hundreds of parts over the years and sold most of them without ever starting on the project. I still currently have several tubes I would like to eventually make amplifiers for.
even to old Heathkit has gone the way of the dinosaur, but there still many kits that can be bought.

MLA 2500 conversions from NG9R
Thu, 05 Jul 2007 09:12:54 GMT
I have seen several conversions using the Dentron MLA 2500 on the internet, but none are a simple as one I currently have on my desk.
The MLA 2500 originally used Eimac 8875 tubes that have become worth their weight in gold, if you can find them. I have seen many conversions to use other tubes, most requiring gutting the entire chassis and building a remote power supply, eliminating the usefulness of a compact desktop amp.
The one I currently have was done by another ham, W6TR, and is as simple as can be. The 8875 tubes were replaced with Eimac 8874's and a plenum was made from .010 fiberglass board epoxied together. The 8874 is a drop in replacement electrically and actually a bit smaller in diameter than the 8875. The plenum is simply a box that sits around both tubes with holes for the air to exhaust out the top and a hole in the back for a small blower to force air into the box. No power supply parts need be changed, the same sockets are used, the bias is the same and it runs as ...

Pitcairn Island from VP6TD
Sun, 01 Jul 2007 17:24:12 GMT
Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my first attempt at blogging.
Arrived here on the island 2 months ago.
Due to work loads I could not get active on the air as quick as I could.
I was introduced to Pitcairn’s 2 most active hams, VP6MW Meralda and VP6DB Dave.
These two made me feel welcome.
Dave is the president of the Pitcairn’s radio club VP6PRC.
He has allowed me unlimited access to the clubs station, which has been a great help.
I work rotating shifts and can not always be on air when I want to or when the bands are open.
When I have I have been having a blast. The Ft-857d sure has paid for itself with the fun I have had.
My first pileup was a real eye opener, I think some of our brothers and sisters need to learn to wait and show patients towards fellow hams.
I will add to this as time permits.

logging programs from NG9R
Fri, 15 Jun 2007 14:02:02 GMT
I guess I have developed a fascination with logging programs in the last few years. I started many years ago with a DOS machine using CT. It was several years later before I tried again and since then I have used WinEQF, TRLog, Writelog and recently settled on VQLog for my main logging program and N1MMLogger for contesting. I sure wish someone would develop a really good contest/general/awards tracking program. I currently import my contest logs into VQLog for tracking awards and QSL status.
There are several other programs available that all fill a niche. DXLabLauncher has many parts that do packet, digital modes, rig control, propagation forecasting and DXCC status. DigiPan, MMTTY and several other digital mode software usually include some kind of logging itself.
What works best for you?

VHF weak signal stuff from NG9R
Fri, 15 Jun 2007 13:48:01 GMT
If you haven't tried it, take a look at WSJT for weak signal work on VHF. WSJT started as a high speed meteor scatter mode and has evolved into an EME, tropo and recently seeing use on HF.
On VHF, it is a real addiction to be able to work stations 500 to 1200 miles on 6 and 2 meters without an real propagation enhancement, just the normal junk that enters our atmosphere every day.
Even without WSJT, I spend as much or even more combing the weak signal part of the VHF bands looking for activity, With 6 meters being on most of the new HF radios, that band has seen a huge increase of activity. 2 meter SSB and CW aren't nearly as popular and usually requires a dedicated all mode radio or a transverter attached to a HF radio. 222 and up is pretty much all transverters. The Radio Shack HTX-100 has been very popular with the VHF/UHF crowd as an inexpensive radio for driving a transverter. Radios like the IC-706 or the FT-100 have made it possible to get a good start on HF up to 440 at a beg...

Jamesburg Earth Station Development for EME from AA6EG
Sun, 03 Jun 2007 19:30:35 GMT

Join reflector, sign up instructions on website

Currently operating the 100 ft dish in Moon bounce on 1296. Looking for a new buyer/owner of the dish to hopefully continue EME and other activities in the long term.

Bandwidth Bandplanning from AG4YO
Sun, 03 Jun 2007 12:53:59 GMT
If you're confused about all the discussion concerning the Bandwidth Bandplan proposed and now withdrawn by the ARRL, then you're not alone. Check out the Bandwidth article on my website or on QRZ.COM for a simple explanation.

Don't ignore this issue or you'll wake up one day with data signals in the voice bands!

Some of my favorite links- from K8ELR
Wed, 30 May 2007 20:57:02 GMT
Ham related-

and some others not ham related-

Heading to Dayton 2007 from W9SRK
Wed, 09 May 2007 19:48:43 GMT
I'll be heading to Dayton for the first time in a long time. I'll likely be within a decent radius of the Collins Collectors Association booth, and also with W9JXN and W2IMK.

Looking forward to the trip and potentially getting to know any of you who might be interested in the site, to answer any questions or suggestions you might have.

TNX & 73,