Category Archives: Amateur radio

17m FT8 DXCC challenge is complete

My 17m challenge to work 100 separate DXCC entities using only FT8 is complete.  I expected it to take a lot longer than a mere seven months.  I don’t have them all confirmed but that wasn’t part of the challenge … Continue reading

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How to make your vertical HF aerial work better

Add more radials. No really, that’s it.  

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QSL card from Iran

My DXCC count of worked and confirmed stations has been slowly increasing over the last few years and I’ve received QSLs from every entity I’ve worked except for Iran.  I’ve only made one QSO with a station in Iran and … Continue reading

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Do people complain you’re quiet on the repeater?

One of the biggest complaints on our local repeaters is that people are quiet with very low audio.  Often they’re using the cheap Chinese handheld wirelesses such as the Baofeng UV-5R or similar which have a reputation for being quiet. … Continue reading

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Installing a good quality TCXO into my Kenwood TS-590SG

Over the years as I’ve operated QRSS and WSPR, I’ve noticed that my original TS-590S and then the replacement TS-590SG have always been slightly off frequency and suffering from a little drift.  This frequency inaccuracy was barely 30Hz which seems … Continue reading

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Update on my 17m FT8 DXCC challenge

My last update on this challenge was back in October and I did very little towards it until the New Year.  Since the last time I posted about this, I’ve worked an extra 27 DXCC entities on 17m using just … Continue reading

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I’ve got my Special Contest Callsign back

In 2013 I was issued a Special Contest Callsign (SCC) and used it very successfully for a number of contests which you can see on my Contest results page.  Because I wasn’t active in the qualifying contests very much after … Continue reading

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