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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.

New antenna

I’m going to be ordering the EFHW-8010 end-fed half-wave antenna from myantennas.com next week and the mounting hardware as well as a tripod to mount the back half of the antenna on the shed.  I’ve got to get my own antenna … Continue reading

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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 … 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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