Monthly Archives: June 2018

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Field Day 2018

This year was the first year that I actually accomplished something on Field Day.  I decided to work Field Day at home and not visit any sites this year.  With the amount of driving I’m doing a month (well over … Continue reading

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Almost time for 13 Colonies

This is one of my favorite times of the year for my ham radio hobby.  There’s Field Day, of course, and that’s followed immediately by the 13 Colonies special event.  This event celebrates the founding of our country with one … Continue reading

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You never know

I was talking to one of my co-workers, Kelsey, today at work.  She’s a nice young woman who helps me out occasionally in my daily job functions (I am an IT technician).  Today I was telling her about Field Day … Continue reading

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Back at it

Last night I decided to get on the air a little. Worked a station in Brazil and then a station in Illinois (a 14-year-old girl named Abby who was calling /AG). Not bad for the rather poor antenna installation I … Continue reading

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Interesting ham radio book

I was browsing the Web today and I came across this book called “Handheld Radio Field Guide”. It explains how to program 65 different handheld radios from the front panel. A very interesting read, I’m sure. I might get a … Continue reading

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New radio

My new Yaesu FT-450D is working nicely. I spent a couple of hours last night getting to know how to operate it. So far, so good. I’d like to get a desk mic or a Heil headset with a footswitch. … Continue reading

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Coming back alive…

I purchased a used Yaesu FT-450D last week in excellent near-new condition. It should be here tomorrow. I’ve also purchased a new (to me) computer for the ham shack and am setting up my Signalink for use with the 450D. … Continue reading

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