Monthly Archives: March 2018

100th DXCC Entity Using FT8

With the receipt of a LotW confirmation received on March 24th, for a FT8 QSO with H40YM, Temotu Province (part of the Solomon Island chain) on March 14th, I finally had my 100th DXCC Entity confirmed in LotW (not that … Continue reading

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Now 3D Printing

My wife gave me a da Vinci mini Wireless Printer for Christmas last year.  At the time, with various discounts, it was < $150 before tax.  It has sat in the box unopened for almost 3 months.  Since it is … Continue reading

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The Little Generator That Could

We’ve had a string of winter storms (3 in two weeks and a 4th on the way), and in each storm we have lost power, the last one for a little over a day.  When we have a power failure, … Continue reading

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Eureka! PortableRotation AzEl Rotor Running with SatPC32

I’ve toyed for years with installing a steerable array for LEO Satellites at my home.  In fact, somewhere in the mess I call my basement lies a 19 year old “new-in-the-box” Yaesu G5500 Az/El rotor.  I had purchased it to work … Continue reading

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Busy 40m FT8 Night

40-meters on FT8 at night has always been sort of a nightmare for me.  As 17/20/30-meters fade out, 40 comes alive with DX and US stations all jammed into that 2.5 KHz window.  Here’s a sample of what it looks … Continue reading

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IGC Update End of Feb

The International Grid Chase has been a wonderful distraction this winter and has given me an excuse to spend an hour or two on air almost every day.  In fact, when I miss a day, I feel like I’m missing … Continue reading

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