VE3WDM's QRPower BLOG 2019-02-17 17:03:00

A screen shot of the ARRL DX CW contest
I was on for a short time yesterday afternoon but we had a dinner date to go to in the evening so things were cut short. I stayed on 20m as it seemed to be producing very surprising results including a contact into Japan. I was shocked when I heard his call just come from out of no where! I gave him a call and he came right back to me and in about 5 minutes after he was spotted along with some other JA's the pileup was huge. It was just luck I was where I was at the time and made the contact with 60 watts and my MFJ 1788 loop.
I will see if the propagation gods are smiling down on me today as I give the contest another go this afternoon.

Mike Weir, VE3WDM, is a regular contributor to and writes from Ontario, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

ICQ Podcast Episode 287 – 50 years of Worked All Britain

In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell M0SGL, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Frank Howell K4FMH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is 50 years of Worked All Britain.


We would like to thank Robert Giesel (KE5VLI) along with our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit -

  • Ham Radio License in a Day
  • Qatar OSCAR-100 Web Receiver Live
  • Supporting Innovation through Wireless Technology
  • Two Milestones in Distance Learning
  • Electronics Notes Opens a Ham Radio Store
  • Reflecting on 50 years in the Radio Business
  • Reshaping ARRL Objectives
  • US Navy Explores Amateur Radio as a Training Adjunct
  • RSGB Company Secretary Vacancy
  • US Amateur Radio Population Grows Slightly in 2018

Colin Butler, M6BOY, is the host of the ICQ Podcast, a weekly radio show about Amateur Radio. Contact him at [email protected].

AmateurLogic 127: Winter Projects

AmateurLogic.TV Episode 127 is now available for download.

Emile and the Ozone ARC participate in Winter Field Day. Winter is the perfect time to catch up on projects. Tommy shows how to update the firmware of a DVMega. After six years, George revisits Echolink on the Raspberry Pi. SVXlink part-1. Plus your viewer email.



George Thomas, W5JDX, is co-host of AmateurLogic.TV, an original amateur radio video program hosted by George Thomas (W5JDX), Tommy Martin (N5ZNO), Peter Berrett (VK3PB), and Emile Diodene (KE5QKR). Contact him at [email protected].

SOTA News: Joyce/K0JJW Is Half a Goat

Recently, my SOTA Activating Partner and Spousal Unit Joyce/K0JJW racked up more than 500 activating points for Summits On The Air (SOTA). This is halfway towards the coveted Mountain Goat award, so naturally this is referred to as Half Mountain Goat. Steve/WG0AT noticed this achievement and created this certificate for her.

She has activated 108 summits in 13 different associations (including HB Switzerland). All radio contacts have been on the VHF/UHF bands. She really likes it when another woman gets on the air with her, which she calls F2F (Female-to-Female) radio contact.

Congratulations, Joyce!

73 Bob K0NR

The post SOTA News: Joyce/K0JJW Is Half a Goat appeared first on The KØNR Radio Site.

Bob Witte, KØNR, is a regular contributor to and writes from Colorado, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

A Blog a day: The Daily Antenna

While it takes me on average about a month to think up and produce One blog that doesn't bore the pants off someone.

The maestro of the Ham Video VK3YE , writer of a growing Amateur radio book collection along with his superb website to support his hobby Has done it again, and now come up with a new challenge a new daily Blog called The Daily Antenna

The idea is to produce One blog per day on antennas, accessories and related topics.

I don't know how Peter finds the energy to fit it all in, but I certainly will be dropping in and reading from time to time and wish him well with his new venture

I will also drop the link into My Blog list on the right handside, because I know it will be a very valuable source of material.

Steve, G1KQH, is a regular contributor to and writes from England. Contact him at [email protected].

LHS Episode #271: The Discord Accord

Welcome to Episode 271 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this week's episode, the hosts discuss ARISS Phase 2, the Peanut Android app for D-STAR and DMR linking, a geostationary satellite from Qatar, open source software in the public sector, a new open-source color management tool, Linux distributions for ham radio and much more. Thank you to everyone for listening and don't forget our Hamvention 2019 fundraiser!

73 de The LHS Crew

Russ Woodman, K5TUX, co-hosts the Linux in the Ham Shack podcast which is available for download in both MP3 and OGG audio format. Contact him at [email protected].

FT8 on 20m this afternoon

I was able to find some spare time this afternoon and in true ham radio spirit I hauled out the MFJ mag loop set it up on the balcony and gave FT8 a go on 20m. Last week I finalized the setup of WSJT-X 2.0 and my rig the Icom 7610. Once all the settings are looked after running WSJT-X with the 7610 is a breeze. I was spotted all over the U.S. and Canada and even into Europe while on 20m. I did make 3 U.S contacts but only logged 2 as I at first did not have the setting in Reporting "Log Automatically" or "Prompt me to log QSO" Unfortunately my memory is not what I think it to be and  I lost the first contact by forgetting to log it. So it was then that I went to Settings-reporting and checked the box "Log automatically" I was excited to see my FT8 signal was heard in France, Spain and Portugal. Over all it was a very relaxing day on the radio!
I found this site that offers some great FT8 tips:

I did remove the tick from the "auto Seq" box as by doing this it did give me somewhat of a feeling of interaction with the QSO. This evening it's going to be a cup of Earl Grey tea and go over the WSJT-X 2.0 manual very closely and see what I can glean from it. Also search out some writeup's on the internet for more tips with this mode. 

Mike Weir, VE3WDM, is a regular contributor to and writes from Ontario, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

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