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First CW Only POTA Activation

Published: April 29, 2024 00:00

First CW Only POTA Activation Since getting back into amateur radio in December 2022 my goal has been to become proficient in Morse code (CW) so that I can activate a park as part of Parks on the Air. This past Saturday, April 27, 2024, I activated my…

HotSpot for Digital VHF Radio

Published: April 5, 2024 00:00

HotSpot for Digital VHF Radio In January I set up a digital VHF radio hotspot in my home. Hotspots are personal, low-power devices that allow amateur radio operators to connect their radios to the internet and access digital voice (DV) systems around the…

Radio Logging and Mapping Tools

Published: March 27, 2024 00:00

Radio logging and mapping tools that I use My radio logging practices are pretty basic. I’m writing this post for two reasons. To share what I’m using now and works for me. To begin a conversation and hear from other radio amateurs how they log their…

CW Slow Speed Test

Published: March 7, 2024 00:00

CW Slow Speed Test - Every Sunday night Eastern Time Every Sunday evening I try to join K1USN’s slow speed CW test. This weekly event is “for those who prefer a more leisurely CW pace or are new CW operators or contesters”. This weekly event is just my…

New Radio - an Icom IC-7300

Published: February 2, 2024 00:00

New Radio for my QTH, Icom’s IC-7300 For almost a month now I’ve had a new radio at home, an IC-7300. When I was returning to amateur radio and getting into HF in early 2023, I knew I wanted this radio. David Casler listed it as part of his General…

Goals for 2024

Published: January 29, 2024 00:00

Amateur radio goals for 2024 and a 2023 retrospective These are my goals for 2024 Continue to improve my home shack Improve my antenna; get something that works for 40 meters Activate a park for POTA using CW only Operate in…

Radio and Electronics Merit Badges

Published: January 8, 2024 00:00

Radio and Electronics Merit Badges My son is a Scout in Lexington’s Troop 119. I was lucky enough to assist in teaching Radio and Electronics Merit Badges to the troop. Radio Merit Badge and Electronics Merit Badge are two separate awards that we…