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Amplifier progress

I realized that I haven't written an update about the amplifier project in a couple of months. Some good progress has been made. To recap, I've decided to home-brew an HF amplifier by taking two other kits (the Communication Concepts … Continue reading

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Gear lust got the better of me

Ever since I first got on the air with my K2, I've operated almost exclusively digital modes (except for a couple of early phone QSOs). Elecraft recommends that you limit yourself to 5w on digital modes with the K2, because … Continue reading

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2 years’ worth of ham radio

2 years, 10 watts or less (usually 5), 131 QSOs.

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More remote operating

Catherine and I went to Boston for Christmas to visit my family. Confined as I am to a very weak compromise antenna here in San Francisco, as well as being some 2,700 miles farther from Europe than I am in … Continue reading

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Miscellaney

It's been a fairly quiet 2 months in my shack, various chores have kept me busy, but I have made time for some operating. In particular, I made my first contacts on 10 meters about a month ago! When I … Continue reading

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All quiet, mostly

The last couple of months have been pretty quiet for me as far as radio goes. I've made 16 QSOs since I got back from Boston in early July. Notably, I finally worked Australia! On July 30 I saw Bob, … Continue reading

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KJ6AKQ/P

This 4th of July weekend I am visiting my family near Boston. I decided it would be fun to bring my ham rig and see if I could work some new DX stations, since I pretty much never hear Europe … Continue reading

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Even more DX

Yesterday I got home from work around 6:30pm and flipped on the radio, as I usually do. The combination of later sunset relative to local time and (I assume) the improving solar cycle is keeping 20m open much later in … Continue reading

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More DX

The bands have been treating me well lately, and I can say that in some ways I've definitely been bitten by the DX bug. These days, more often than not, if I see someone calling CQ in TX, AZ, or … Continue reading

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A new record!

Since my last entry I've continued to listen and try to make QSOs on HF almost every day. The last 24 hours have given me a couple of great DX contacts, including a new personal record for distance! Last night … Continue reading

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