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Operating Challenge: W1AW Certificate of Code Proficiency

Yesterday, I was doing some reading and came across an article in QST that caught my interest. The ARRL publishes the names of people who have received their Certificate of Code Proficiency periodically in the club magazine. As I read, I recognized the callsign of one of my fellow Long Island CW clubmates, KN4ZMA, Sean. […]

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QRP-ARCI Contest: Holiday Homebrew Sprint 2020

Since getting my C through the Straight Key Century Club, I thought I would branch out a bit. My first foray into contesting was modest but rewarding. The Holiday Homebrew Sprint, organized by the QRP-ARCI, benefitted those who operated homebrew rigs and those who operated portable setups. While I didn’t manage to go outside since […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]