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How to: Work DX, Talk locally, and other questions of new hams.

A friend of mine recently passed her FCC Technician Amateur Radio exam but has been riddled with questions ever since. I’ve been attempting to help but I fear that I haven’t been able to give adequate time to properly answer some "basic" questions that many new hams have …

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Moving to Pelican

I’ve maintained a blog for the previous ten, or so, years in one form or another. The first iteration was hosted on some platform that I don’t remember followed by WordPress (.com and self-hosted). I’ve grown weary of all the third-party stuff that gets brought in when …

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Ditch All Those Other Messaging Apps: Here's Why You Should Use Signal

Content Security Policy and WordPress

For your protection, I've been working on securing this website with all the proper security HTTP headers. Of course, by running WordPress as the backend, I'm making it easy to manage all the data but making it difficult to manage all the pieces and parts of the system's backend. The …

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NASAR SARTECH II Complete!

National Association for Search and Rescue logoOver the past few months a small group of us from Calvert K9 Search Team (CK9) have been working towards our NASAR SARTECH II certification.  The four of us have been meeting several times a month, in addition to studying at home, to learn lots of material and become proficient …

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SOTA Activation: Snowy Mountain W3/PD-007

[caption id="attachment_1270" align="alignleft" width="244"]Eric holds up his SOTA flag while kneeling over his radio setup in the woods. Hey look, a flag![/caption]

Stats

  • When: 2017-12-24 from 1543Z to 1625Z
  • Where: Snowy Mountain - W3/PD-007
  • Who:Just me
  • Ascent: 148' over 0.64mi** **
  • Equipment:Elecraft KX3, SOTABEAM MIDI antenna
  • APRS Coverage: Excellent
  • T-Mobile Coverage:Good. Had 4G (no LTE) coverage at …

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SOTA Activation Report: Methodist Hill North W3/PD-006

[caption id="attachment_1259" align="alignleft" width="300"]An Elecraft KX3 HF transceiver on the ground with a SOTA flag. Portable HF setup on Methodist Hill North[/caption]

Stats

  • When: 2017-12-23 from 1832Z to 1915Z
  • Where: Methodist Hill North - W3/PD-006
  • Who: Just me
  • Ascent: None (see below)
  • Equipment: Elecraft KX3, SOTABEAM MIDI antenna
  • APRS Coverage: Excellent
  • T-Mobile Coverage: Nil

I arrived at …

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Upcoming SOTA Activation(s) - Methodist Hill North and Snowy Mountain

Updated: 2017-12-20 @ 0315Z -Not doing Long Mountain, adding Snowy Mountain.


SOTA LogoLooking at taking a few days and going hiking up in Pennsylvania this upcoming weekend.  I have at least two summits in my sights: W3/PD-006 and [STRIKEOUT:W3/PD-013] W3/PD-007 that I'd like to activate for Summits on …

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The Radio Shack

Somehow, in all this mess, work does get done...

[caption id="attachment_1179" align="aligncenter" width="2617"]WG3K Operating Position showing a mess of radios and assorted parts and pieces. WG3K Operating Position[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1180" align="aligncenter" width="2895"]WG3K Electronics Workshop showing lots of tools, wire, and stuff... everywhere. WG3K Electronics Workshop[/caption]

The scary thing is, I haven't yet fully moved-in yet so this could get better, or worse.

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FOUND: CLOVER2 Board cables

CLOVER2 Board cableYears ago I was given a CLOVER2 board. I later gave it away to someone who was interested in trying to add capabilities to his BBS. I now have found the cables for it! I wonder if I can figure out who got the board or if someone else could …

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