New Hosting Company

New Hosting Company

I changed the host for my blog today. What a pain in the behind that was! I did it because I was hosting at WordPress.com but they really hamstring you on what you can use on your site and they want $$$ if you want to add anything. So, you may see some changing themes …

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Going for a Record

Going for a Record

There is an amazing ham radio operator on the bands. His name is John Shannon, K3WWP. Besides being one of the founding members of the North American QRP CW Club and FISTS ┬ámember where he wrote articles for the monthly newsletter for over 20 years, he holds the “unofficial record” for ┬áthe most consecutive days …

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NAQCC-WFL Outing

NAQCC-WFL Outing

Friday I went out to Anclote Park for the monthly NAQCC-WFL outing. NAQCC-WFL stands for North America QRP CW Club – West Florida. Being in Lakeland, I can attend the WFL or FL outings as they both are just as far from me. I almost wonder if we need a Central Florida chapter, but thats …

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Not a Good Radio Day

Not a Good Radio Day

Not a good radio day here for me. First, bands are band. There is a solar storm. Next, I’m waiting for a guy to come and find/fix out pool leaks. Finally, I’m still in a rental car as my truck has been in the shop for almost 2 weeks now getting a rebuilt engine put …

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CWops – relearning CW

CWops – relearning CW

I’ve been accepted to CW Academy given by CWops. This is a very successful course in teaching CW and stresses head copying vs. copying onto paper. Copying onto paper is a hinderance to copying speed because you can only write so fast. I heard somewhere that you cannot write any faster than 15-20 words per …

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Putting Together a WinKeyer (MacKeyer)

Putting Together a WinKeyer (MacKeyer)

It’s been a long time since I soldered or put anything together electronic related. It used to be a regular thing for me 30 years ago when I attended DeVry (where we are serious about success) and worked in the electronics industry. It all stopped when I started working on copiers then computers where everything …

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Taking a Forced Break

Taking a Forced Break

My luck has not been to good lately on trying to activate parks. First, my KX3 had issues just when I was getting rolling and had to go in for warranty repair. Just as after I got it back and was going to start activating again, my truck starts giving me fits. I either have …

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My New R-9 Antenna

My New R-9 Antenna

The R-9 Antenna The R-9 Antenna by Cushcraft or similar is something I have been looking at since I got back into amateur radio. I’ve always heard verticals are good for working DX because they have a lower takeoff angle. Don’t get me wrong, I am not unhappy at all about my Alpha Antenna DX-CC …

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Once You Go Mac…

Once You Go Mac…

I’ve been a Apple person every since I used my first one in 1996. I’ve had quite a few different Macs through the years from a IIcx, to a 230 laptop, an original Mac Mini, a few MacBooks, and now a new Mac Mini. Why do I like Macs? Well, I’ve spent my whole career …

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Shhhh… I’m WSPRing

Shhhh… I’m WSPRing

When I’m waiting for my KX3 to get fixed under warranty at Elecraft (the’ve had it 10 days so far, but I’m not bitter), I acquired a K2 and a very good price. I mentioned it on my last entry. I’ve found out it is an older one and I’m going to send it to …

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