A-1 Operator Award

Very pleasant surprise, winning the A-1 Operator award last night at the WCARS (Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society) Christmas party. It’s a national award from the American Radio Relay League, which says “First organized in May 1933, the ARRL A-1 Operator Club has a proud history and occupies an important place in Amateur Radio tradition. ..." (photo of Ralph by Stephanie A. Harrill)

W5VE Running JT65

This is my computer-assisted amateur radio station, W5VE. Many people think ham radio to be an antiquated hobby. Not so. As we have been for over 100 years, hams are on the leading edge of communications technology. In this short film, I show off my station running the JT65 digital mode.


This Morning at the DXcorral

This morning, I was leaning against the fence of the DXcorral, drinking coffee. Last night, I had finished moving this site to my new server and realized it had not been updated in several months. I'll endeavor to do better. One thing will be more about the DXcorral, which encloses my new 43-foot ZeroFive vertical antenna. There's 3000-feet of wire in the ground underneath it -- in the form of 73 radials. Nice low-angle signal, gives my 100 watts good coverage into the South Pacific and elsewhere. Since it went it last September, I've over over 60 countries. My total as W5VE is now 162 worked / 141 confirmed. In about two years, very pleasing. Ham radio, it's a GREAT hobby! ... Oh, the fence is to keep the deer and neighborhood kids from getting RF burns.

W5VE Wins DXCC Award!

dxcc The American Radio Relay League, the sponsor of this award, state: “DXCC is Amateur Radio’s premier award that hams can earn by confirming on the air contacts with 100 countries.”

“Confirming” being the operative work. You can’t just say you talked to someone in New Zealand, it must be authenticated. Two way exist of accomplishing this authentication. In the old days, hams exchanged postcards (we call 'em QSL cards). You could bundle those up when you had 100 different countries and mail them to the ARRL. I did that under my original call years ago, WA4NUO. Today, the ARRL maintains a secure online method of authentication, the Logbook of the World or LotW. Continue reading...

Get Your Ham License

This summer would be a great time to get or upgrade your amateur radio license! WCARS VEC volunteer examiners can help you achieve your dreams.


Radio Ham heard Titanic’s call for Help

from South Wales Argus via http://QRZnews.com by Martin Wade — “ARTIE Moore was born in 1887, Victoria was still on the throne and he lived in a 17th century water mill. But his fascination for the very modern technology of ahamtitanicwireless communication meant that on the night of April 15 1912 when a disaster happened which would be known across the world, it would change his life forever.

As a child, Artie had an accident at the mill badly injuring his leg, which had to be amputated. Perhaps spurred by this setback he developed a fascination for engineering, which saw him make a device so he could still pedal his bicycle while wearing a wooden leg.

The water mill at Gelli Groes was the perfect workshop for the youngster. He used a lathe driven by the water-wheel to build a working model steam engine. Having entered a competition in The Model Engineer magazine, his prize was a book called ‘Modern Views of Magnetism and Electricity’. It was to be the spark which would ignite his interest in radio. ...

Artie used his engineering skills to store electricity in his batteries using a generator hooked up to the water wheel. He would also charge batteries for local businesses and farmers, who must have come and gazed in wonder at the sparks generated by his radio transmitter.
Continue reading...

Amateur Radio, the Passion

My Raspberry Pi Knows Morse Code

He’s still a little slow. 😉


ARRL DX Contest, the Movie

Me, participating in the ARRL International DX contest, where hams talk to as many other stations in foreign countries as possible. It’s great fun!


Morse Telegraph Key History

The Morse key has undergone considerable development since the first Morse telegraph messages were sent. Watch this fascinating video…


W5VE on QRZ.com

Below, the start of my bio page at https://www.qrz.com/lookup/w5ve :


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