Joint US-Cuba DX Operation Planned

The resumption of normal diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba has led to plans for a joint US-Cuba operation that should occur in fall 2015. The projected dates will include the CQ World Wide SSB contest sponsored by CQ magazine. Cuban ham-radio operators get on the air frequently, so the country appears on the […]

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Bird Attacks Antenna, Ends QSO Party

During the North American QSO Party (8-15 and 8-16) I set up a Buddipole antenna to operate on 20M from a friend’s deck in the South Dakota Black Hills. My friend Mike (KB0ZND) and I operated on Saturday and made many single-sideband (SSB) contacts with only 75 watts. The Buddipole antenna uses two tuning coils, […]

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Antenna Tests at HARC Meeting

Antenna builders finished construction of their dual-band 2-m and 70-cm “aluminum-rod” J-pole antennas at the August 8th, 2015 club meeting. The previous weekend members Gregg McArthur, Lloyd Taylor, and Jon Titus completed cutting and threading the rods, and drilled and finished the angular mounting brackets. Gregg provided an MFJ antenna analyzer at our August 8th […]

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No Panadapter? No Problem

A panadapter connects to a radio and provides a “snapshot” view of signals on a given band. The display shown nearby illustrates what an operator might see. In this case, the display plots signal activity on a portion of the 40-M band centered at 7.220 MHz. The display shows “instantaneous” signal amplitude in the upper […]

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ARRL to Increase Dues in 2016

The ARRL Board of Directors voted a $US 10 increase in membership dues, effective January 1, 2016. The Rocky Mountain Division email newsletter described the need for an increase in an email to members several weeks ago. The following duplicates that information for non-ARRL members or those who missed reading the earlier information. The last […]

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