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Recent QSLs

_cfimg-3400925458103817560[1]Hams confirm their two-way radio contacts by exchanging “QSL” cards. Back in the day, these were always post cards via mail. Today, we more often use Internet services such as the Logbook of the World, eQSL, or (I use all three). Here are some examples showing confirmation of several recent amateur radio contacts I’ve made, all received by eQSL: Continue reading…

Hams Respond to Nepal Earthquake

PrintAmateur Radio Volunteers in Nepal, India Continue to Aid Earthquake Response … ARRL — “As the death toll climbs in the wake of the devastating magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Nepal, rescue and recovery work is continuing, and Amateur Radio volunteers have been a part of it. The earthquake — said to be the worst in Nepal in 80 years — hit an area between the capital city of Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara. An emergency net had been running around the clock on 20 meters with Jayu Bhide, VU2JAU, as net control station and other stations in India participating. Bhide is the Amateur Radio Society of India National Coordinator for Disaster Communication.

The Nepal disaster has claimed more than 3200 lives and wreaked widespread damage. Many others are missing or have been injured. Hospitals have been flooded with those who suffered serious injuries in the earthquake. Persistent aftershocks continue to terrorize those who managed to escape harm. On Mount Everest an avalanche devastated base camp, and at least 100 climbers were stranded on the mountain. Several mountaineers were reported among the dead. Continue reading…

My First Ham Receiver

“This Allied Radio Knight Span Master Regenerative Receiver was sold in kit form and assembled in the 1950″s. They are a bit of a trick to tune as you have to adjust the Regeneration control almost to the point that feedback occurs to listen to an AM broadcast or just past that point for Morse code and SSB.” … This was my first ham receiver, bought in 1963 mail order from Allied Radio in Chicago. All I could afford at the time. I built it from kit myself and it WORKED! When my novice call came from the FCC (May 25, 1963) I jumped on the air with this receiver and my Knightkit T60 transmitter (I also built it from kit). Everyone told me it was impossible to make contacts with a regenerative receiver. I made plenty. Still got the logs to prove it. 😉

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Early YL operators, 1917!


1917pre1[1]“Preparedness”  Includes  Woman  Wireless  Operators

During World War I, young ladies learn how to operate wireless sets and send Morse code.

Amateur radio is not just for us guys!

(Popular Science Monthly, June, 1917, page 814)    Send article as PDF   

WCARSVEC amateur radio exams    Send article as PDF   


For a quick look at band conditions (i.e. what bands are open), check this site!    Send article as PDF   

Ready to do a little ham radioing



 Ready to do a little ham radioing … W5VE is on the air! Using an Icom IC-7200 transceiver (100 watts to a 117′ end-fed longwire), HRD software (radio control on one screen, logbook open on other). Put together this setup on Dec. 12, 2014. Worked 81 countries and 44 states so far.  .. Follow my contacts in real time here.    Send article as PDF   

Easy Programming for Baofeng!

by Randy Harris, KI4VLW

Starting out with new radio out of the box.

Initial Setup

Put radio in VFO MODE

  1. go to MENU #28 and delete all frequencies in memory
  2. go to MENU #0 and set squelch, click MENU, use up/down arrows to set, click MENU
  3. go to MENU #1 and set freq steps to 5.0, click MENU, use up/down arrows to set, click MENU
  4. go to MENU #26 to put in offset freq, click MENU, set offset freq (2M is 00.600 440 is 05.000) click MENU,
  5. click EXIT.

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Radio Days Are Back

from a Fox News report via YouTube:    Send article as PDF   

More on Ham Radio Deluxe software


Computer control of amateur radio transceiver … [below] using Ham Radio Deluxe software on a Windows 7 computer to control my Icom IC-7200 transceiver using ONLY a USB cable. Works both well and comprehensively (i.e. all the buttons on the front of the transceiver can be controlled via HRD).    Send article as PDF   

Testing Ham Radio Deluxe

Ham Radio Deluxe is a suite of amateur radio software. Here’s a test of controlling my Icom IC-7200 using a Windows 7 computer. In the process of deciding whether to purchase. So far, looking good! … check the software out here.    Send article as PDF