Monthly Archives: March 2015

Worked All W1AW Portable States

A photo of the plaque has finally been published.  Don’t know how the endorsements will fit as it is cut into the shape of the United States.

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Auto Login and Auto Run gpsd

As I continue to work on the Autonomous Satellite Antenna Tracking System (ASATS), to changes need to be made to setup the RPi so things happen automatically on power-up.  This requires two changes to the RPi: Setup for Automatic Login … Continue reading

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First Bureau QSL Cards Arrive

Since getting back on the air in Feb of 2011, I have sent off three sets of six envelopes to my QSL bureau in Jan of 2012, Jan of 2013 and Jan of 2015.  Up until yesterday, I’ve never received … Continue reading

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Centennial QSO Certificates and W1AW Plaques Available

I noticed that the ARRL just opened up the process for obtaining a certificate for Centennial QSO Party operation, as well as the W1AW WAS certificate or plaque.  Go here:  https://centennial-qp.arrl.org/index.php  Use your LotW username/password to log on, and click on … Continue reading

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GPredict and RPi 2 Model B Power Consumption

I started today’s experimentation by loading the gpredict program.  This was written by Alexandru Csete, at http://gpredict.oz9aec.net/ While his repository has all the source code, there is no reason to do anything other than load it into the pi, at … Continue reading

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Satellite Tracker – Finally Underway

Toward the end of last year I decided to make a small antenna satellite tracking system that was based on the Raspberry Pi.  It was to be entirely self-contained — no other computer devices required.  Seven months later, I’ve finally … Continue reading

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Is 5BDXCC Rare?

I was curious about the number of 5BDXCC awards and ran across this notice concerning W1AW making 5BDXCC on April 3, 2012.  Their nemesis was also 80 Meters.  Suddenly I feel much better.  My plaque is on order now. W1AW … Continue reading

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Thank you snow!

In a way, I got back into the hobby in 2011 due to several huge back-to-back snowstorms.  I had bad cabin fever, and that drove me get back on the air just to have something to do other than working … Continue reading

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80-Meter DXCC Completed!!

I just received confirmation from J75D in Dominica for a 80-Meter contact.  That brings my LotW total to 99.  Plus I have a QSL from Western Sahara S01WS in hand, so that makes 100 confirmed 80-Meter contacts. Therefore 80-Meter DXCC is … Continue reading

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February DX Update

Yet another month has flown by, which is a good thing, considering the horrible winter we’ve had (second coldest February in history, snowiest February in history, etc). With QSL cards in hand, the country total is 229, with 99 countries … Continue reading

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