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Sean

About Sean

I'm Sean KD5COL. I'm an active amateur radio operator and hold my General class license. I enjoy many aspects of amateur radio but my favorite aspects are chasing DX, working special event stations, and building my own wire antennas.

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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Still alive

I’m still alive just not very active on the air. My work has really taken up a lot of time, especially in the past month or so. I’m working 60+ hours a week currently. But this should end by Christmas. … Continue reading

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More antennas

I’m thinking about buying a larger end-fed half-wave dipole antenna that uses a 9:1 UNUN, perhaps something like this. I know I could build one myself but right now, I just don’t have the time nor the patience to try … Continue reading

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Cold at last

I bought a small A/C window unit and installed it in the shack this weekend.  Now to get the door installed and I’ll have the walls up on the shack.  It’ll be nice not to melt inside of the shack … Continue reading

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Fixed TQSL problems

I had recently upgraded TQSL from 2.0.3 to 2.3.1 and I was getting this odd error: tqsl: symbol lookup error: tqsl: undefined symbol: tQSL_ImportSerial After much hair pulling and teeth gnashing, I discovered that I needed to compile TQSL with … Continue reading

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