Packet BBS

I’ve been toying around with the idea of setting up a packet BBS for quite some time now.  I run my regular BBS on a pretty stout server running Slackware Linux so I had been researching on how to set up a packet BBS. Continue reading

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2 meters capability

I got around to installing my Yaesu FTM-3100 2 meter mobile radio in my shack. Thanks to help from my dad, KD7SXQ, we were able to get my ol’ reliable 2 meter J-pole installed on the outer wall of my shack (Dad made that antenna for me). The FTM-3100 can push up to 65 watts of power out so I’ll be able to cover quite a bit of area even from out in the sticks. That also means that I might start actually checking into a few nets again. I’ve been tinkering with the idea of setting up a packet BBS also for fun and to just tinker with something new.
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Tennessee QSO Party on 9/1

I will be on the air for the Tennessee QSO party starting at 2 PM Eastern on Sunday, September 1. I’ll be hanging around on 20 meters during the day and 40 or 80 meters at night. If you work me, please spot me!

(EDIT: That was a total washout with no propagation to speak of.  I hope next year will be better.)

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New log upload

I just uploaded my logs for July and August to LotW, QRZ.com, ClubLog, and eQSL.
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Still busy

I’ve not been on the air much due to a lot of traveling for my work. This next month promises to be quite busy with interstate travel three weeks out of four. I am hoping to get back on the air as soon as I can. I am working on saving up for an ATAS-120a antenna for the shack. Right now, our Internet connection is out at the house but it should be fixed tomorrow. I will then upload my latest logs to the usual sites. It’s been crazy but at least I’m not bored. Looking forward to participating in a few contests this fall and winter.

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Off the air for a while

I’ve been quite busy with work and home life and haven’t had time to get on the air. I’m hoping I’ll be around this weekend…

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13 Colonies clean sweep

After some rather rough operating conditions concerning propagation, weather, and just plain rude amateur radio operators, I completed my “clean sweep” with K2J this morning. I did work WM3PEN last night on 80 meters, complete with static crashes, but the operator wasn’t going to let something like lightning stop him, heh. I appreciate the time and effort the 13 Colonies group puts into this event every year. There were some incredibly rude and ill-mannered amateur radio operators (also known as “lids”) that were “involved” maliciously. Why people cause problems for the rest of us I’ll never know. If you don’t like a contest, turn the VFO dial!
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Good weekend for DX

I had a fun weekend on the air. I successfully worked six of the 13 Colonies stations and then this morning before work, I worked a seventh. I’m hopefully on my way to a clean sweep.
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A good night

I didn’t do a lot of DX tonight but I did contact KA0BOJ in Raymond, Nebraska, at the Branching Oak Observatory. In 20 years of being a ham, this was my first NE contact. That was fun though I did have to try for 30 minutes to bust his pileup on 20 meters.
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Ever- changing bands

The past few days, I’ve come home from work and stopped by in the shack to take a listen to what I can hear on the air. I wound up working Canada, Grenada, and Northern Ireland (the last two being FIFA special event stations). I still haven’t fixed that G5RV I’m borrowing of my dad’s but I’m hoping to this weekend even though it’s supposed to be near 100F (37.7C) when it’s all said and done. Anything for my favorite hobby, I guess…
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