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Problems at Radio Station W4OTN

I've been having problems with my radio station lately and it has really started to bother me. I've used two antennas and haven't been satisfied with either one of them. Before I was using a 40-80-160 dipole but the 80m portion was too long and didn't want to work right …

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IARU's Worked All Continents - RTTY Award

On October 20th I completed my application and sent my cards to the ARRL for verification that I had met the requirements for the IARU's "Worked All Continents" award. Exactly seven days later I not only had my cards returned but also had my certificate as well. Now that is …

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HF Propagation Extension for Firefox

I just learned of a plug-in for Firefox that automatically polls and displays the current solar index and other propagation numbers right on the status bar in Firefox. N0HR Propfire is the name of the plug-in and it seems to work just fine. It will automatically poll to obtain the …

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November Sweepstakes

It appears that I'll be working the November Sweepstakes with friends this year. Ed, KN4KL, will (hopefully) be sponsoring us at his house for the contest and will be joined by Jeremy, KO4SJ, and Jason, N4ZBE. There was even a rumor about Amanda, KI4IWS, joining in the fun. I guess …

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QSLs out for delivery

Got 114 QSLs mailed to the ARRL Outgoing Bureau yesterday. Costs less than $3.00 for shipping so I'm happy about that. I also sent out a handful of DX cards via Airmail as well. All but five have been sent as I'm waiting for IRCs from the Post Office …

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QSLs from CQ WW RTTY DX Contest

Would you believe that it hasn't even been 24-hours since the end of the CQ WW RTTY DX contest and I've already have 22% of my QSOs confirmed? I just checked the ARRL's LoTW and noted that I have 52 of my 240 contacts confirmed from over the weekend. Those …

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CQ WW RTTY DX Contest FINAL

A man can only take but so much and I have gone well beyond that. I have figured out where I stand in the ham radio community, I am not a contester but rather a DX chaser. The CQ WW RTTY DX Contest goes for 48-hours and it is quite …

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CQ WW RTTY DX Contest - Day 1

Well, actually it is day one plus four hours or so. I haven't been really "competing" but I have been grabbing the QSOs that I could. So far I've racked up 160 QSOs on 4 continents, 42 countries, 28 US states, 7 Canadian providences, and 16 CQ zones. Not bad …

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20m Vertical Erected

Last night I put the final touches on the 20m vertical antenna I built the previous night. Looking over everything and checking it twice I thought I had everything taken care of. I looped a branch in a nearby tree and pulled the antenna skyward so that the base was …

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The ARRL Recognizes QSOs via the ISS

Ten days ago I reported on my blog that the ARRL wouldn't recognize QSOs taking place via the ISS for DXCC or WAS. I got the response I was looking for today from Norm Fusaro, W3IZ. Thank you ARRL for letting this happen. Now I have QSOs to upload to …

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