Monthly Archives: July 2014

A QSO with Joe Taylor, K1JT

So ever since I re-entered radio in 2011, and heard the strange (to me then) tones of JT65 on 80 meters, I’ve been hooked.  That mode, and JT9 that followed, enabled me to make WAS in a month on the … Continue reading

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GoKit Phase 1 – A long time coming

After participating in a multi-agency shelter communication drill this past weekend (which went quite well), I decided it was time to dust off my GoKit components.  I had originally intended to make a VHF-only kit using a Yaesu FT-2900R, then … Continue reading

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Operating W1AW/1 RI

Today (yesterday, actually) was the big day, and at 8 PM local time, the first RI stations were on the air operating as Centennial station W1AW/1 in Rhode Island.  From 8 PM until my time slot at 10 PM, I … Continue reading

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Bye Bye Solar Cycle 24 ?!?

Sad but true, as of today, July 16, 2014, the sun is spotless.  The last time that happened was on August 11, 2011. even compared the spotless sun to an orange today! You can clearly see the double peak … Continue reading

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