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Real-time interface of Station Contest Data to Website

In an effort to involve more of our club members, I had the idea to allow users of the St. Petersburg ARC (SPARC) web page to see in real-time, the status of the contesting efforts at the club station. My vision is something like this… Using the TR4W or N1MM+ contesting software’s feature where contact and radio info is broadcast to the network via UDP, I have a Raspberry Pi-based collector of this information running at the station. This info is parsed using code from a few other projects that…

DXCC Update – March 2017 Update

After 2 more months, I have confirmed another 16 countries on 160. I’m not sure if I can going to be able to get to 100 this season. I also added 7 on 30m and none on 12m. With the summer, I should get to 100 on both 30m and 12m. Here’s hoping that a bunch of 160 contacts show up on LOTW.   Winter is a great time to work DX on 160 meters. I have far more activity on 160m and 30m than 12m. Here’s hoping I can finish…

Radio Gear for Sale

Updated 8/4/2016 – Any items not crossed-out are still available. I am selling some surplus gear. All prices are for local pickup. Actual shipping paid by the buyer. I could also meet in the Tampa Bay area. Microham DB-37 cable for Icom $40 Microham USB sound card interface (with an icom cable) ($65) Icom ID-1 1.2 Ghz Analog/DStar radio. Includes data mode via Ethernet connection to send 128kbs data via DStar. Have microphone, manuals and cables. I have a second one if you want to make a pair for a remote…

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…