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5B DXCC and 1000 DXCC Challenge points Complete!

Well, my DXCC goals are complete for now. I was working on 5B DXCC and was able to finish up these contacts on 80 meters. I also collected 1000 confirmed band-points (county and band combination) to reach the first DXCC Challenge level. I have some  more confirmations needed on 12m and 30m for 8 band DXCC and hope to get the rest on 160 this winter. But that is it for now. The next task is to get back into satellite operations.

DXCC Update

It has been a good couple of months towards reaching my goal of 5B DXCC.  I have confirmed several more 80m contacts so now I need 15 confirmed countries for 5BDXCC.

December 2015 DXCC Status

I need 26 more confirmed countries on 80m for 5 band DXCC! Then, time to work on the WARC bands and 160.

WAS Triple Play Certificate

Way too many years in the making, I finally received my ARRL WAS Triple Play certificate. I picked up Nebraska on SSB in the ARRL Sweepstakes this year for the last one…NY4I Triple Play

Tampa Bay Times Field Day Story 2013

The Times sent a reporter to the Bay Pines site this year. There was a nice write up in the Sunday local section on Field Day. Here is a quote from the story: “I can pick up a cellphone and talk to any of these other operators. That’s easy,” Schaefer said. “I can get online and I can send out a tweet, and that’s easy. But when you talk to somebody like this, and there’s nothing between you and them but empty space, that’s magic.”   You can read the…

Station Building

I ran across a very good blog on building a station. This chap built it from soup to nuts including the room, adding A/C, generator, two contesting operating positions and more. There are many good ideas in his station building series. Look here for more.

JT9 anyone?

I have been reading about JT-9 recently. It seems that since Joe Large has discontinued support for JT-65HF (due to health issues), JT9 is filling the bill. Has anyone tried JT9 yet? What about the new integration with JT-Alert? I think I will have to give it a try this week. I also fond out that JT-1 is the typical mode used on HF. You can also use JT9-30 which means each interaction sis 30 minutes. Surely, this cannot mean we transmit for 30 minutes at a time. That is…

Problems with the Tripp Lite Keyspan USA-49WG

When I got the Ten Tec Orion 2, I needed a real serial port. I thought this would be a good time to get one a 4 port USB – Serial converter. I opted for the Keyspan USA-49WG as I have had good luck with that brand on my Mac. It has worked mostly OK, but I do get random blue screens of death ( BSOD ). The crash dump reports the 49WG driver. I opened a ticket with Tripp Lite on 28 Dec 2012. I will report back on…

September 2012 QST Cover Plaque

The ARRL Southeast Division Vice-Director presented this award at the 2012 Tampa Bay Hamfest in December. It now enjoys a coveted spot on my office wall. Thanks for everyone’s support and encouragement in writing and reviewing this article for me. Thanks also to everyone that voted for my article on the ARRL‘s website.

Drake Twins C-Line

I just got these back from Ron Baker in Tennessee. Ron took them apart and put them back together as well as cleaned them throughly. He repainted the cases too. He did a very nice job, they sound great.