Monthly Archives: January 2014

Les, KL7J, Comes Through in a Big Way on 80 Meters

My journey to 5BWAS ended at 1050 UTC (5:50 AM Local Time) Jan 26, 2014, when Les Buchholz sent CQ on 3.577.269 MHz.  Six minutes later, signal levels of -14 and -16 were exchanged and confirmed, and 73 send round … Continue reading

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Algeria Brings DXCC to 200

With the receipt of a QSL from 7X5QB in Algeria, my DXCC count reached 200 today.  A friend of mine, K1SEA, had suggested I quit being lazy and start sending out QSLs.  He was right.  About three weeks after sending … Continue reading

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Midpoint of Solar Cycle 24 reached at end of December

The official definition of the midpoint of a solar cycle is when both halves of the sun have reversed magnetic poles.  Up until recently, just the upper half had reversed.  But in late December, the lower half finally caught up. … Continue reading

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2013 Wrap-up and 2014 Goals

Happy New Year!!! 2013 was a good ham radio year, even with somewhat disappointing solar activity.  Last year I set the following goals: Get 175 confirmed countries in LotW √ (Have 193 confirmed in LotW and 2 QSLs for a … Continue reading

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