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Homebrew

A Simple Homebrew Key

A key is a switch that is used for sending Morse code. When you press down on a key, it completes the circuit which sends your signal out into the world. If it is connected to a radio, that is. In the meantime, you can connect it to an oscillator (a fancy word for buzzer) […]

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Operating Challenges

Centurion #2166

It has been a long time coming — perhaps too long — but I finally made Centurion through the SKCC. Some six months ago, I started making contacts through the club, making a few on one day, then going a day or two, perhaps a week or two, before getting on the radio again. Inspiration […]

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Modifications

CW Morse Nano QRP Morse Code Key

When I first started out operating in the field, I took the only key that I owned: the Speed-X straight key. It is comfortable, adjustable, and responsive. In fact it is one of the keys that people generally recommend that people seek out if they are in the market for an affordable used key. However, […]

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Operating Challenges

A Month of QSOs

Around the middle of September, I issued myself a challenge to have at least one QSO a day for a month. I’m not normally one for quitting things early, but I felt that it was time. The challenge had become a chore and had begun to impinge on the people around me. Hobbies should remain […]

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Operating Challenges

QSO a Day – Week 4

Made three contacts Wednesday night, one of whom is another QCX user. As it turns out, Jack, KE0VPG, was a tech using his HF privileges. Guess I was getting cocky with the good luck I was having. With only seven contacts to go for C and six days left to go in a month of […]

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Operate Outside POTA

Ouachita National Forest, K-4244

Camping in the Ouachita National Forest In Arkansas, national forest land abounds. Fifty-six percent of the state is wooded, of which thirteen percent is national forest. Before I nerd it up too much, what this translates into is some seven percent of the state is open to camp in. In Arkansas, you don’t need a […]

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Operating Challenges

QSO a Day – Week 3

Conditions were noisy Wednesday night (Thursday 00:00z) and I was afraid that my signal may not get out, but I called CQ and popped up immediately on the RBN page, so my fears were abated. Soon afterwards, I found K5MUG calling. He and I had a nice QRPx2 contact, exchanging 559/579. The 500 mile distance […]

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Operating Challenges

QSO a Day – Week 2

It’s a bit odd for this challenge to begin in the middle of the week, but it’s the day that I started. Inspiration is an enigmatic thing. When it comes, it must be taken advantage of. The QSO a Day challenge is certainly changing my operating style. I’m making sure that I get on the […]

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Operating Challenges

QSO a Day – Week 1

When I first started out this week, I had no idea what it would turn into. All I did was work some stations on Wednesday evening, then got on every night. By the time the SKCC WES was over, I thought “Ya know, I’ve worked most of the week already. Why not try for a […]