Archive for November 2005

OO6FN – commemorates the 175th anniversary of the Kingdom of Belgium

During 2005 all Belgian Amateur Radio stations can use the prefix OO in place of the regular ON prefix. The special prefix commemorates the 175th anniversary of the Kingdom of Belgium and its 25th as a federal state. The Belgian Amateur Radio Society UBA has invited amateurs and SWLs to qualify for a certificate by […]

Sunday PSK-31 QSO

1st contact in South America! FY1FV – Daniel in French Guiana, teaching at a college in the capital city of Cayenne. … he had a nice solid signal. I answered his CQ and he came back right away.

First PSK31 QSO! … and first QSO on 20 Meters!

After about 2 hours setting up my RigBlaster and Digipan software I was able to get up on PSK31 and complete a QSO.

First QSO on 17 Meters!

I worked PA3GSU on 17 Meters (18130 kHz)! Ietsen is located 120km outside of Amsterdam – so the total distance on this QSO was about 3900 miles. There was quite a pile up, but he squeezed me in as his last QSO before he QRT’d. He had a very strong signal (59) and he had […]

Thanksgiving QSO on 40 meters

I had my second HF QSO (first on 40 meters)! I heard Al (WD9HZI) calling CQ and I came back to him. He’s located near Chicago, about 700 miles away. It was nice to know I can get out farther than Williamsburg. Al said he had had a great Thanksgiving and was trying to check […]

Pushed Up Inverted Vee

I was able to push up my end fed inverted vee from 20 feet to 30 feet – I’m hoping it makes a difference.

Some Morse Code advice

YOUR NOVICE ACCENT And What to Do About It By Keith S. Williams, W6DTY A language is a means of communication. It is most efficient when all who speak it follow the same grammatical rules and pronounce its words in the same way. Isolated groups of a given linguistic stock tend to develop differences in […]

First HF QSO!!

I had my first HF QSO…. after calling CQ for what seemed like days, I heard Jerome (K8LF) come up on the same freq I was calling CQ (3865 kHz) and call CQ. I answered and he came back! I quickly punched his call into ARRL to get his location – and wasn’t I surprised […]

International Beacon Project

International Beacon Project. The NCDXF, in cooperation with the IARU, constructed and operates a worldwide network of high-frequency radio beacons on: 14.100, 18.110, 21.150, 24.930, and 28.200 MHz. These beacons help both amateur and commercial high-frequency radio users assess the current condition of the ionosphere. http://www.ncdxf.org/beacons.html

Auroral Propagation

I thought this was interesting: The aurora borealis (northern lights) and aurora australis (southern lights) are created by the ionization of the E region of the ionosphere by streams of charged particles from the sun interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field. The aurora does more than just make pretty lights in the sky; it can […]