A Radio, an Antenna, and a Mac

A Radio, an Antenna, and a Mac

It has been a busy week, but I’ve spent little time on the air. Last week I had to send the venerable KX3 back to Elecraft for warranty repair. It was transmitting on its own when it got warm, especially when operating outdoors in the heat. I waited until I could squire a backup radio …

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AE4RM Shack and Antenna Upgrades

AE4RM Shack and Antenna Upgrades

I moved the shack back into the garage office where I originally had it.  I had moved it into the house but I just didn’t have the room I needed.  I also felt like I was making too much noise for everyone. So, I’m back where it all began.  I love my Alpha-Antennas DX-CC antenna. …

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KFF-1848 and KFF-3627 Activations

KFF-1848 and KFF-3627 Activations

Today I activated KFF-1848 – Colt Creek State Park and KFF-3627 – Van Fleet State Trail (at Polk City Trailhead). This is the first time I worked two parks in one day and I must say, I’m exhausted. I started with the drive out to Colt Creek. I got there at 7:50 and had to …

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Local Park Activations Planned

Local Park Activations Planned

This week I plan on activating 4 parks and hopefully getting 10 contacts at each one. Monday or Tuesday I plan on going back to Alafia River State Park. I’ve been there once and did my first activation there but I only got nine contacts and need 10 to make it “official.” I also want …

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Working on a plan

Working on a plan

My activity on the radio has been limited lately. This is due to many reasons – health, poor band conditions, and family commitments – just to name a few. I’ve been doing a lot of listening the last few days and made a few contacts.   What I have done is start my Parks on …

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1130 MPW

1130 MPW

What does 1130 mpw mean? To me, a great deal. What it means is I was able to make a contact today at 1130 miles per watt. That is my longest, low power contact. I want to thank Duc, F5UQEin Saint Jans Cappel, France for helping me achieve this goal. I am now eligible for …

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Museum Ships Weekend

Museum Ships Weekend

I admit it.  I’m a paper chaser. I like getting awards, special event certificates, and, of course, QSL cards. This weekend was one I was seriously chasing some paper. You never have to worry about keeping ham radio fresh.  There is always a contest or special event to participate in. Some last a day, some …

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QSL Cards

QSL Cards

Many people think QSL cards are a thing of the past. Why do we need them? We have Logbook of the World, eQSL, QRZ, Clublog and the list goes on. When I first started in ham radio in the 80’s there were none of these services and before a QSO could be deemed complete we …

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