Jul 1
2014

Field Day and other stuff.

Another Field Day has come and gone, though this year I did get in a few contacts on CW and RTTY on Sunday morning and later in the day.  My weekend work schedule kept me away from putting in more time, maybe next year.  I’ve only ever operated a full FD, and that was just […]

May 27
2014

Contest preparation and my lack there of….

This past weekend was the annual CQ WW WPX CW contest, and I decided I would give it a try, I should have stuck to chasing DX on the WARC bands Friday and Saturday instead of floundering like I did for that day and half. Ill prepared was I.  I had my logging software working […]

May 16
2014

Who to believe…

It’s been a month since my last post, quite a few things have happened since then.  On May 1 I got WAS Digital from ARRL after 14 months since getting back into the hobby.  I wasn’t really trying for the award, it just happened. Lately I have been doing a lot of research about antennas […]

Apr 8
2014

To the CW!!

It’s high time I stop putting this off, buckle down and relearn CW.  Not by using any CW program, but actually using the sideswiper key I built and get out there and just do it! If I don’t I will never learn and will always lean on a CW program to decoding and sending.  So […]

Mar 4
2014

the things we learn…

Well especially me.  After working for hours trying to get my Winkeyer working properly I’ve learned that not everything you read will help. What I’ve learned so far; I don’t follow directions very well.  I will usually wait till the last minute to seek help on the forums and message groups.  That some vendors take […]

Feb 27
2014

My baby steps to learning CW

Nearly 26 years in Amateur Radio, and I am finally getting on the ball to relearn CW. I struggled just learning the 5wpm requirement for novice back in 1988, now I want to learn it, use it and make it one of the main modes it use beside JT9/65.

I found a nice morse code trainer for my iPad/iPhone. Plus listening and practicing on the air. I am in the process of making a single level key. Pictures to come later.

Feb 24
2014

1 watt goodness

Lowered the power on the 7200 to 1 watt, 12 meters was booming into Michigan this morning and I made a few contacts, longest was 4496 miles with one watt!  More exciting stuff for me.  My trusty 6-40m end fed keeps plugging along, for a homebrew I am very pleased with it. Now just waiting […]

Feb 19
2014

2014 ARRL DX CW Contest

This past weekend I tried my hand competing in the ARRL DX CW Contest. I was woefully unprepared, having waiting till the last minute to prepare my station for the contest. Using FLDigi for CW decoding, sending and logging was a joke. I was completely lost as to what to do, needless to say I […]

Feb 7
2014

1045 miles per watt

Had a JT65 QSO earlier this evening with PY5JE.  Running 5 watts, equates to 1045 miles per watt.  Might not be exciting to many, but pretty damn exciting to me. It’s the little things that count 73, Dave

Feb 5
2014

New year brings new challenges

Another long hiatus from posting, work, weather and other things have kept me from posting on the blog. So we roll into the second month of the new year and some new challenges for me.  One, is learn CW, study for Extra and operate the whole year at 3 watts of power.  I usually operate […]