As Penny and I have settled into our home in Sonoma I’ve taken on an increasing interest in getting more active in Amateur Radio once again.  Getting a station back on the air was a critical step.  This new site is also part of that effort.   I’ve never had an impressive personal station and that […]

Diploma Caribe

I just received a new operating award, Grupo DX Cuba’s the Diploma Caribe. To earn the award contacts must be made with a number of Amateur Radio stations around the Caribbean Sea. There are several classes of award, each requiring contacts with a number of unique countries. The different classes provide an easier and quicker […]

FT8 and RHR using Loopback

I’ve been using Remote Ham Radio for my serious DX’ing for some time now. Until recently this was limited to SSB and using the built in microphone on a Macbook Pro. I came across some good documentation from RHR on how to set up WSJT and RHR to work with FT8 with no need to […]

New Logbook

I just managed to finish off my second Amateur Radio logbook today, making some contacts in the RAC Winter Contest. The reason this sticks out for me is the date range of the QSOs contained in that logbook. August 1993 – December 2018 That’s 25 years between the first and last contact. I knew I […]

WPX Mixed

I applied for CQ’s WPX Award and though still waiting for the physical copy, I did receive their PDF version of the award. The WPX award is issued for Amateur Radio operators who confirm contacts with a given number of unique callsign prefixes (KA5, GM0, 6Y5, etc.).  The basic award is available for those who […]

1998 Phone Sweepstakes

The University of Texas ARC effort in 1998 earned a 5th place spot in the Collegiate Championship for Phone and contributed to an overall 3rd place finish in the combined category. It was one of the top 5 Phone Sweepstakes efforts in school history.

1996 GridLoc

Despite a “leisurely” effort this log was good enough for 1st place worldwide! Of course, GridLoc was a short lived contest created by George Fremin (WB5VZL, K5TR) and myself so mind share and participation was terribly high. By using Maidenhead grid squares as multipliers scores could climb rather high with lower QSO counts. GRID LOC […]

1996 NA QSO Party – August

According to some notes the University of Texas ARC may have placed 10th in the US with this multi-two effort. date (UTC): 08/17/1996 call: W5EHM QTH: TX mode: SSB category: Multi-Op Two Xmtr operators: N1PVB, SQ9DDZ, KA5WSS band QSOs mults ____________________________ 160 5 2 80 27 16 40 31 20 20 230 47 15 42 […]