An Interesting Thing on DX Atlas

I just noticed today that the grey line part of DX Atlas just changed from yesterday to today. The light pattern is changing towards Spring. You can see the very first day towards the big switch from Winter to Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. I added two Orange arrows to show where the change is happening first . . .

9BDXCC and 160M DXCC: Waiting for QSL Cards

We live in a world where literally minutes after making a QSO – we can have an electronic QSL card. For me, DXCC on 160M – and its close companion 9BDXCC has risen to the same “value” to me as Honor Roll. I did not expect this since Honor Roll has always been marketed as “The Pinnacle of DX Achievement” by the ARRL –…

Ham Radio . . . For The Fun of It

I enjoy my ham radio “shack”. Its really is a shack I built in the garage and is quite cozy. Like this fellow above in the Gil, W1CJD (SK) cartoon – it has a heater and cooling. A big part of the hobby is station “configuration” – and its fun to try new gear and swap pieces in and out. In the last year…

There is Life After DXCC

I had a great 17 year run chasing various DXCC “awards”. I do think they are more like working problems in a school workbook than awards. I have worried that without structure, would I still want to be a DXer?. The answer is Yes, absolutely. I love the integration of components in the Elecraft K-Line. I’m at a point where 500 watts is plenty…

Advancing the Radio Art . . .

I am a low bander, a CW enthusiast and a home brewer. I got my license when I was 13 in 1973. I went to school and earned a Computer Science degree after my fathers friend plopped an IMSAI computer on our kitchen table in (I think 1976) in Newton, NJ – when I was WA2QHN. I was told to get into software and…

DXing Changes Since 2001

Like the seasons changing, so has the ham radio sub genre of DXing. I started DXing in 2001 and saw quite a few innovations since then: Great improvements in radio design. The Ten Tec Orion, Elecraft and Flex gear all stand out in my mind Great improvements in antenna design. SteppIR and aluminum designs, plus low noise receiving antenna solutions Great improvements in Amplifier…

Liftmaster 8500 Direct Drive

Our chain drive garage door opener was on the fritz, so my brother in law Jim told us to consider the Liftmaster 8500. Its really fantastic, quiet, no chain, slows down nicely at each end of travel, and its very quiet. It also is compatible with Mobile Apps, so now my ADT Alarm system and Garage door opener can be controlled from my phone….

Bike Commuting and the Grey Line

I sold my car last June because I have been riding my bike to and from work religiously for about 2 years. The interesting thing is the correlation of grey line propagation and bike commuting. While I have great lights and flashers, I prefer to ride when there is still daylight. This is perfect for DXing too as I get to catch the grey…

2018 and Telegraphy

This is one of a handful of reasons I am still active in Ham Radio. I am almost done with a history book on Telegraphy: It reads like a college history book, not quite as entertaining as the biographies that I read before this, but a book that shows just how the time period covered has all kinds of parallels with today and the…

Spring Has Sprung!

We have had a beautiful Winter here near San Francisco. Just enough rain and temperatures that hit 60 degrees F every day. It has been just perfect “antenna weather”. The very first shrubs and trees are starting to bloom, and this will build for months. We do need more snow in the Sierra’s though, so I’m hoping we reach a normal level. Last year…