WriteLog Contest Module Development – Part 1: The Tools

WriteLog is the only leading contest logging program offering an open contest module development process for anyone with programming skills that is willing to dig in. I have traveled through the process and now I’d like to present where I’ve been and offer a map of the trail. The Tools Programming skills I have a […]

WriteLog – A New Old Logging Program

I operated at a big-gun contest station, W7VJ, where they use WriteLog therefore, I’m re-familiarizing myself with it. Three years ago, I gave up Writelog because N1MM had finally matured to the point where, at least, it didn’t crash all the time and the price was right. WriteLog has a large share of the contest […]

Did you miss me? My family did.

Ah yes. It is hard to balance the time spent with the family, work, and hobbies. Here is a quick summary of where my radio adventures have taken me in the last couple of months: With the help of Bruce, AD7WV, I have been trying to figure out why my MFJ Cub puts out less […]

Keying Three Ways

I use three methods to key my rig: an Iambic paddle, a bug, and the keyboard. I’m not really counting the J-38 strait key since it’s rarely connected. Lately I’ve been using the bug so much that I was loosing touch with the paddles. While listening for stations I haven’t worked during the K3Y operating […]

Load up little pistols. This contest is for you.

Mix together the NCCC Thursday sprint with a little World Radiosport Team Championship and a little sailing regatta handicapping and you get the Locust QSO Party. Rick, K6VVA a.k.a. The Locust, organized the first LQP to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a ham. 2009 will be the third running of the “LQP – 52st Anniversary […]

Wooot! K7OG Will Certainly Make It To K5ZD's Partial Check DB

I know K7OG will be K5ZD’s super check partial lookup database because I worked K5ZD during the ARRL RTTY Round Up. Hah! I don’t have to depend on submitting a log or hoping for some other operator to submit their log. The RTTY Round Up contest was pretty fun. Just casually, I worked over 100 […]

2009 Strait Key Night

2009 Strait Key Night

I made a contact with this Drake 2B receiver and 2NT transmitter from the Radio Club of Tacoma’s Clifford J (Doc) Spike Antique Radio Museum. Rich Patrick KR7W wrote in the soapbox comments for the ARRL web site: On top of the desk is a home brew link coupled antenna tuner inspired from a late […]

Call Sign Identity Crisis

Call Sign Identity Crisis

Radio amateurs invest a lot into their call sign, both emotionally and financially. A ham call sign is an absolutely unique, government registered, globally recognized name. Hams have a lot of pride for their call sign and hold it dear. They also invest in ways to display their call sign: QSL cards, car license plates, […]

Papa's got a brand new call! K7OG

Papa's got a brand new call! K7OG

The FCC granted my application for the call sign K7OG. I’m really excited and am running to the radio right now to call CQ on every band. My friend Harry K7LAZ was on the instant messenger when I got the news and became my first contact as K7OG on 2008-12-30 at 0548 GMT. Does that […]

Papa's got a brand new Q

I know there are many who dislike this kind of QSO but I’m hooked for now. I’ve been calling CQ WAS for a couple of days now and I’m really enjoying it. Not every QSO needs to be a little rag-chew. Your typical DX QSO only lasts a few seconds for a quick RST, fake […]