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By Don, K7OG on December 26, 2010
After only a few days, my new K3/100 pooped out. I got a HI SIG message even though there aren’t any other signal sources in my shack. I e-mailed Elecraft and got a nice message back describing some diagnostic steps I could take. However, the even if I completed the steps I was going to […]
By Don, K7OG on December 18, 2010
My new rig is an Elecraft K3 s/n 5005. I bought the 100W version with antenna tuner, voice keyer, 400 Hz and 2.8k Hz 8-pole filters, and the transverter interface. This is only the 3rd rig I’ve had since I was first licensed in 1999 and I’m very pleased with it. I assembled the radio […]
By Don, K7OG on September 21, 2010
The adventure is over but the record will stand for a while. At N7BV, the CW camp put up some big numbers. QSO count is 1,117 with 120 multipliers for a score of 535,680 on CW. We hit a fantastic run of Europeans on Sunday and that really pushed our multiplier number up. Not too […]
By Don, K7OG on September 17, 2010
Working from grid square CN87wi, we will be activating Clallam County as W7DX on CW. I arrived at Chuck’s QTH this morning with butterflies in my stomach and my head bursting in anticipation of the Salmon Run event this weekend.
By Don, K7OG on September 16, 2010
A new last minute update as Greg, AB7R, will be operating W7DX on 6 meter SSB/CW only from Island County. Island County has been a hard one to get in years past. This will be great for VHF folks looking to add a new square and/or a new Washington State county.
By Don, K7OG on September 15, 2010
The N7PP crew (current all time high score record holder) will be working as W7DX during this year’s Washington State QSO party a.k.a. The Salmon Run. 500 bonus points are awarded for each contact with the Western Washington DX Club during the event making W7DX one very popular station to call. W7DX will be in […]
By Don, K7OG on June 3, 2010
I wrote a series of blog posts describing how to write a contest module for WriteLog. In 2009 I started writing a contest module for the CWJF Manchester Mineira All America contest. The CWJF club sent out a nice brochure with the rules and the winners for 2009 and that spurred me into writing version 1 […]
By Don, K7OG on March 8, 2010
I had the pleasure of meeting and greeting many of my radio friends this weekend at the large, regional Mic and Key hamfest. Having some face-to-face contact with other hams develops a covalent bond of our shared interest in amateur radio in general and sub-interests within the hobby. I think a unique relationship develops especially […]
By Don, K7OG on February 23, 2010
I worked a little DX during the ARRL DX CW contest last weekend. It was very pleasing to work Europe on 15 meters at 100 watts and a ground mounted vertical antenna. One of the French contacts reported their power as 5. Now if that was really QRP, then they had a great mix of […]