Author Archives: wb3gck

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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Camp Run-a-MOC 2017

Our loosely-knit group of QRPers, known as the Boschveldt QRP Club, gets together each year in January for a weekend of operating and socializing in the woods.  We rent a small cabin at the Mohican Outdoor Center (MOC) in the … Continue reading

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Drive-on Portable Antenna Support

[This is an updated description of the drive-on antenna support that I have been using for many years.  This version originally appeared in the July 2016 edition of QRP Quarterly in the “Idea Exchange” column.  You can still find the … Continue reading

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My NPOTA Finale

Wow!  This year sure went by fast.  Back on New Year’s Day, I activated Valley Forge National Historical Park (HP46) on the first day of the ARRL’s National Parks on the Air event.  I thought it only fitting that I … Continue reading

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First State for the Second Time

One of the things I wanted to do this year was a digital mode National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) activation.  With less than a week left for NPOTA, I figured I better get busy.  I had some free time … Continue reading

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The WB3GCK Downspout Antenna Revisited

[A ham friend of mine recently asked me for the details of how I use my rain gutter and downspout as an antenna.  I originally did a write-up on it in 1994.  That article found its way into several ham … Continue reading

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Ham-iversary

For a variety of reasons, the past week has been a slow one for me, radio-wise.  However, I did notice on my calendar this morning that today is the 42nd anniversary of my first ham radio license.  Wow!  Where has … Continue reading

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Catoctin, Gettysburg and Eisenhower NPOTA Activations

Since the XYL was planning to do some Christmas shopping today, I decided to activate three NPOTA sites.  It was a busy day but a lot of fun. I started off at Catoctin Mountain National Park (DZ01) near Thurmont,  Maryland.  … Continue reading

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