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Driving an Old Car is Fun

Driving an Old Car is Fun

Until now, I haven’t had any experience with tube type radio equipment. My first was during this year’s ARRL 160 Meter CW contest. The experience left an impression. I operated K7MO’s Drake 4-Line rig which seemed to me to have nicer sound than my solid state IC-718. Signals had a little more depth and warmer […]

First 160 Meter Contacts Start With a Bang!

First 160 Meter Contacts Start With a Bang!

Nick, K7MO, set me up with two big-ass antennas and got me on the air for the ARRL 160 Meter CW contest. He needed to work out the bugs in his Beverage and I needed 160M contacts. For my effort, I was able to make 332 contacts and score over 52,000 points. In my opinion, […]

New to me anyway… Echolink and VoIP

I dipped my toe into amateur voice over IP this weekend using EchoLink to contact a small group of QRPers. Since the system is so new to me the experience was pretty fun. My first contact was in the QRP Conference that meets every Sunday at 0200 UTC. It was just like a conference call. […]

Sleep Deprivation and the CQWW CW

I’m tired. Really tired. My eyes feel like two sandy golf balls. Conditions were terrific for the CQWW CW contest this year. I worked a ton of Pacific stations including VK and ZL which is difficult for my modest station at the ‘bottom of the cycle.’ (Can’t wait until ‘bottom of the cycle’ is past […]

New Morse Key Concept

I rarely just write about someone else’s web page. Google is a better resource if you want to find something interesting on the web. Never the less, I saw a reference to this keyboard that accepts the letters using a modified Morse code keying method. It seems to me that it would be better to […]

K1EL WinKeyer 2 and MMR-40: a little glitch

I found that my K1EL WinKeyer 2 USB would not key my MMR-40 QRP rig for some reason. My K1EL WinKeyer 1 Serial worked fine, my NorCal keyer worked fine, but the new USB WinKeyer 2 didn’t. I posted a message on the K1EL Yahoo group and as a result, Steve Elliot suggested that I […]

I Built a Shaped Code Practice Oscillator

Since I cannot get on the air as much as I would like, I thought it would be good to practice sending with a key using a practice oscillator while on my commute. Every day, I ride a Washington State Ferry to Seattle and that gives me plenty of quiet time every day but not […]

Zilched in San Francisco

Zilched in San Francisco

My second attempt at dragging a QRP rig with me on a business trip was better than the first but still yeilded zero contacts. I blew my first attempt in Portland by not testing my keyer with the radio, ending up with no way to key the rig. This week I took my MMR-40 QRP […]

The Salmon Ran: Washington QSO Party 2007

The Salmon Ran: Washington QSO Party 2007

I operated in the Salmon Run a.k.a. the Washington State QSO party with the South Hill Contest Club, N7PP. Nick Winter, K7MO, and Harry Hudson, K7LAZ, organized a county expedition to Asotin county. The rest of the team consisted of Linda Adams, KE7FKX, Alan Lentz, W7AML, and myself. Harry’s XYL Carol came along as well […]

New N1MM to Morse Runner EXE version

I used Autohotkey’s facility for creating a Windows program from a script so now you can use my N1MM to Morse Runner connector without installing Autohotkey. All you need is N1MM, Morse Runner, and the program file. This version of the connector has all of the functionality of the previous version without the additional installation […]