Category Archives: Amateur Radio

Thoughts and opinions concerning amateur radio.

4 State QRP Group Bayou Jumper (Paraset inspired QRP XCVR)

Just before Christmas the 4 State QRP Group announced that a new kit is available, dubbed the Bayou Jumper. From its introductory page: “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear” and build the Bayou Jumper. The name … Continue reading

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Compiling WSJT-X 1.7.0 on Devuan Jessie

The latest version of WSJT-X, 1.7.0, was released on 19 December, 2016.  I found that the available Debian formatted package would not install as it is biult for Ubuntu 16.04.1 (and variants) which has a newer version of Qt5 on … Continue reading

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My first introduction to amateur radio

It was early 1977 as I recall, probably just after New Years, I was 13, CB was big in the popular culture and I wished to be able to take part but a CB at the time was just too … Continue reading

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Running Electraft utilities on Linux amd64 and multiarch

At this time the Elecraft utilities for Linux are only available as i386 32 bit precompiled binaries.  Other architectures such as amd64 or armhf (Raspberry Pi) must use another means, if possible.  The Debian Linux distribution and its derivatives (Ubuntu, … Continue reading

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Marshall County ARC Field Day featured in ARRL Midwest Division newsletter

It’s actually a rare occasion that I check out things like the ARRL Midwest Division newsletter.  A week and a half ago I did so for the first time in a long while (shameful, I know), and found, to my … Continue reading

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Netiquette

In this post “netiquette” will refer to the way we conduct ourselves on amateur radio ARRL National Traffic System affiliated traffic nets, not the Internet version. Amateur radio traffic nets, particularly ones conducted in a phone mode, attract a number … Continue reading

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Hams we are!

An oft asked question, particularly from newcomers to amateur radio, is the origin of the name ham as applied to our hobby. Many explanations have been offered over the years but none have been as credible to me as this … Continue reading

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Kansas Weather Net: 55+ years and going strong!

I was looking through the July 1957 issue of QST (my local archive from QST View) and found the following in the Kansas Section News (I rarely look in this area of the old issues) on page 116: “[W0]LXA, of … Continue reading

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A word on amateur radio kits

Over the next few weeks I plan a series of posts on the amateur radio kits that I am building this winter.  The other night I was describing the first one I am building, the AC-1 Junior by Dwight, KG4HSY, … Continue reading

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Kit building, a journey into amateur radio

Amateur radio has a long history of building.  Whether from the earliest days of the hobby where nearly every component had to be constructed or modified slightly to convert a landline Morse component into wireless service all the way to … Continue reading

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