Tag Archives: on the air

Amateur radio: CQ WW SSB contest report

After writing up all the prep that went into my significant effort for the CQ Magazine SSB DX contest on the 28th and 29th of October, finally the contest itself. Continue reading

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Amateur radio: 15-meter opening, September 24th

It’s been a while since I posted because I keep getting into the mindset that I need to make all the posts highly detailed.  But, I’m going to try to post smaller things more often.

With such low solar fluxes this year, activity above 20 meters has been fairly limited.  While working the second day of the Texas QSO Party, I saw on the DX spotting sites that 15 meters was open across the Atlantic from the eastern US.  The better news was that the opening was actually extending out West.

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Video blog episode 011

I finally finished off the 6-meter Yagi project and got it on the air. I’ve actually been using it for a while, but needed the ARRL VHF contest to get enough activity on the band to shoot video in a reasonable amount of time showing me making QSOs. I was running 50 watts into the 4-element Yagi and worked sporadic-E clouds to 30 different Maidenhead grids, including two in New Hampshire, which were my first double-hop sporadic-E QSOs. Enjoy!

Video blog episode 009

For this episode, I shot about 2 hours of video of me casually working the 20-meter band on a Saturday with a contest and two state QSO parties in progress, editing the video down to under 30 minutes.  I comment on what I’m hearing, make a few domestic QSOs, one QSO with France, and unsuccessfully work Italy.  All with 80 watts into a homebrew magnetic loop antenna.  Enjoy!