My Next DX Chapter Has Begun!

New (candidate) QSL Card design for my Free Range QRP DXing Pursuit – Leonardo Notebook Style . . . (design by Jeff, K1NSS) I just about swore off DXing, at least “serious” DXing. Even though I’m only 2 away from working them all, for years I’ve felt like “I just want to get the damned thing done”. Honor Roll was fun, HR #1 is…

Slow and Steady Really Does Win The Race

I have learned this lesson this year more than any other year I can remember. Maybe its the first time I have noticed this lesson is always all around me . . . In fact, it seems like this is My Year of the Tortoise. Here are the ways that this Aesop’s Fable just rings clear and true: It took a year for me…

Free Range QRP DXing For The International Preservation of Telegraphy Society

Besides the challenge of DXing with 5 watts – and an antenna up 65′, using CW is equally as important. Its possibly a dying art – so at being a “younger” ham (but not young) – I feel I need to help keep it alive. Call it being part of a “preservation society” of sorts – hence the ridiculous title of this blog post….

Surprise! A KX-3 Upgrade for the Free Range QRP DXer

Turns out, the KX-2 deal fell through but was quickly replaced by a better deal on a fully loaded KX-3 I actually had one of these a few years ago – but was way too much into the “big deal” DXCC chase. I had tunnel vision back then – so now its time to remove the blinders and get crackin’ on the next chapter…

FREERANGEQRPDXER.BLOG?

My imaginary blog would be called “The Free Range QRP DXer” . . . I’d have a logo made with a chicken with a monocle and top hat sending Morse Code would grace the header of the blog. The problem with this – I like to write about more than just Ham Radio. I did try once to write a blog just about the…

2019: An Ironic Year

The Begali Intrepid Bug / Mono Lever Key The genius of Piero Begali and his fine keys has led me to my newest ham radio goal – 300 entities using QRP, and possibly only CW. It all started when I was finishing the restore of my Collins Gold Dust Twins. I thought it would be cool to use a Bug with the Twins –…

40, 30 and 20M EZNec Plots on the UrbanBeam

Glad I caught myself – when you factor in 30 and 20M – it sure is best that I keep the UrbanBeam . . .  Boy, for where I am in my chase – and like I said last post especially since I am going to start the long journey of trying to get to 300 DXCC entities using the Elecraft KX-2, yowza –…

An Epic Summer!

Summer daisies in full bloom Corte Bombero is a small street off of Orchard Road. I pass this scene every day on my way to work on my bike, and Friday morning the scene screamed HALT! It was photo time for sure – I only had my smart phone, but that’s OK. The project at work is way better than last summers work project…

UrbanBeam up 65′ vs. 2 Element Yagi up 65′ on 40M

The UrbanBeam right now is actually only up 45′, not the 50′ I thought. Its not a great DX antenna at this height – but it did seem to (usually) match the DX Engineering DV-40-P phased vertical array. I suspect that the DV-40-P had a pretty great low take off angle that beats a low 40M dipole. When I had the DXU-32 up only…

Elecraft KX-2

The diminutive Elecraft KX-2 My “very serious” DXing days lasted from 2001 – 2013 for Honor Roll, and I stayed high energy “OCD” throughout about 2016, mainly because of my involvement as co-organizer of VK0EK. Heard Island is my last ATNO. My wife said I could go to Heard Island, and after some soul searching I knew where I drew the line. I was…