Category Archives: Amateur Radio

Thoughts and opinions concerning amateur radio.

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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A QEMU image for Debian armel

My interest in the Raspberry Pi has led me to setting up an ARM based virtual machine in QEMU.  A bit of searching turned up instructions on setting up QEMU on MS Windows 7, which, in turn linked to instructions … Continue reading

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An open letter to World Radio magazine and CQ Communications

I have been a long time subscriber to World Radio magazine dating back to the January 1984 issue when I received it as a sample copy due to my then having recently received my Novice license in November 1983.  I … Continue reading

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An SQL query for unique SKCC numbers in CQRlog

As a follow-on to the MySQL server spawned by CQRlog article, I present a nice bit of SQL for your amusement.  This query is based on the storage of SKCC numbers being in the award column and in the format … Continue reading

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Accessing the MySQL server spawned by CQRlog

Since version 1.0.0~alpha1 CQRlog has used the ubiquitous MySQL database.  By default MySQL is used as an embedded database and the individual databases are stored under ~/.config/cqrlog/database/  This is all well and good and has the advantage of removing the … Continue reading

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Fun with the FUNcube Dongle

Late last year a new Software Defined Radio (SDR) project hit the amateur radio market place, the FUNcube dongle from AMSAT UK (FCD).  It is a receiver covering the spectrum of approximately 64 to 1700 MHz and presents a USB … Continue reading

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Another tale on my entry to amateur radio

Looking for something unrelated I ran across this post I made to eHam.net back on 8 December 2007.  I’ll add more of such posts as I find them scattered about the Web.

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The Novice license turns 60!

The Novice Historical Society has been created to celebrate 60 years since the creation of the Novice class license in the USA.  The Novice became the pathway into amateur radio for the next 40 years until the Morse exam was … Continue reading

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