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IFR – The Curse is Broken!

I went out to a nearby park to operate for a bit in the International Field Radio Event.  It took 3 of these events but I finally worked another IFR participant! I didn’t expect to be out for very long … Continue reading

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Trailer ‘Tenna

We recently retired our old pop-up tent trailer and acquired a small hard-sided travel trailer.  The antenna I used with the pop-up camper evolved over 19 camping seasons to a pretty decent all-band antenna.  It covered 80 through 6 meters … Continue reading

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A Memorable Contact

I’m sure we’ve all had memorable contacts.  You know, the ones where you can recall the content and the events surrounding them, even decades later.  I was going through one of my old logbooks today and I saw an entry … Continue reading

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QRP to the Field 2017

I missed the QRP to the Field (QTTF) contest last year due to family obligations.  I almost missed it again this year for the same reason.  I had some family coming in this weekend but I managed to sneak out … Continue reading

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Mini Straight Key by KC5ILR

When I saw a Facebook post about a straight key fabricated with a 3D printer, I was intrigued.  I headed over to KC5ILR’s eBay listing to take a look and wound up buying one for $21.95 plus shipping.  (This was … Continue reading

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Back in the Saddle Again

I took advantage of this sunny Spring day to get in my first bike ride of the year.  The Straight Key Century Club’s  Weekend Sprintathon (WES) was in progress, I figured I would stop along the way to make a … Continue reading

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Back to the Field Again

Boy, it sure has been a while since I’ve done any portable operating.  Other projects and interests seemed to have overtaken ham radio for the past few months.  With temperatures near 70F today, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to shake … Continue reading

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Logging: Keeping Track of it All

Going all the way back to my Novice days in the mid-70s, I’ve always been a bit anal…  er… diligent, when it comes to logging contacts.  Years ago I started using logging software and that diligence persists.  Over the years, … Continue reading

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The Splice of Shame

[Disclaimer:  Any misadventures I have had with this antenna were purely my fault and, in no way, reflect on LNR and their excellent product.] I bought the LNR EFT-10/20/40 trail-friendly end-fed halfwave (EFHW) antenna about a year and a half … Continue reading

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Winter Field Day 2017

Well, there wasn’t much “field” in Winter Field Day (WFD) for me.  My XYL and I traveled out to central Pennsylvania for the weekend to babysit our 2-year old grandson.  My plan was to sneak out into the backyard for … Continue reading

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