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Unexpected Morse

Even though it’s not ham radio related, I enjoy the Boing Boing podcast Gweek. I was surprised to hear a ‘secret’ message at the end of the show #39. It’s just a little quote. SCIENCE HAS EXPLAINED NOTHING. THE MORE WE KNOW THE MORE FANTASTIC THE WORLD BECOMES AND THE PROFOUNDER THE SURROUNDING DARKNESS. Gweek […]

Radio is more fun with eyeball QSOs

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 […]

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 […]

The application is in–let the waiting begin.

The application is in–let the waiting begin.

Before I applied for one, I read everything about vanity calls. I went to every web site that deals with finding a vanity call. On the day I found the AE7Q web site, what seemed to be a good call was canceled and therefore available. I was exactly two years plus one day past the […]

Oh Gee: I want a vanity call sign

I finally gave in and applied for a vanity call sign. When I was licensed as an extra class amateur, I had the option of keeping my FCC assigned technician call, KD7GUN, or taking the next incremental extra class call sign. I chose the latter. I was tired of being teased for being gun this […]

Down 10…

… pounds that is. This is a bit off topic but hang in there with me. You have to admit that when one gets to a certain age, health issues come up in conversation more and more; you know, beyond the usual, ‘how are you doing.’ At the W7DK club meetings, a standard agenda item […]