Monthly Archives: January 2013

Initial Test Results on Zippy LiFePO4 4200mA 4S battery pack

There has been substantial discussion, but not much in the way of published test, on the “Zippy LiFe” batteries offered by Hobby King.  Hobby King has been supplying RC hobbyist LiPo batteries for years and recently started offering a LiFe … Continue reading

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If I could only have one band it would be…

Many years ago my father and I would debate this endlessly.  His choice was 40 meters.  Mine was 20 meters.  After restarting my ham radio hobby 2 years ago, I’ve had a chance to track things carefully this time around, … Continue reading

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A Complete “On-the-go” Ham Station Under Six Pounds!

Would you believe 5.75 pounds (or less)?  What’s in the “On-the-go” bag? Elecraft KX3 with Internal Tuner Elecraft Paddle and Hand Mic Headphones Two sets of Sanyo XX 2.4AH batteries (16 hours of operating) DC Power Cord w/Powerpoles & Cigarette … Continue reading

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LotW at 160 with J8/W6HGF

My thanks to W6HGF, Al Danis, for his recent DXpedition (dare I say vacation?) to Saint Vincent Island.  I hear he made over 3,000 hams happy during his two week run.  I can’t wait to see what his QSL looks … Continue reading

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2012 Wrap-Up and 2013 Goals

2012 was a great year of Ham Radio for me. I completed 2,724 QSOs, and participated in multiple contests.  I won the 160 Meter Contest in the QRP Category for RI, and had clean sweeps in both the Phone and … Continue reading

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