QSL Return Rates

eQSL con­fir­ma­tion rate: 26% LoTW con­fir­ma­tion rate: 46% If CQ is seri­ous about using eQSL for the con­fir­ma­tion cam­paigns for their pri­ma­ry awards, the par­tic­i­pa­tion bet­ter step up. The Triple Play Award has stepped up the usage of LoTW. Learn­ing curve is steep, but sec­ond nature once you get the freakin’ hang of the cer­tifi­cate sys­tem. (Warn­ing, gross generalizations …

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Antenna Hallucinations

While this may be TMI, while lay­ing there on the couch dur­ing Christmas/​New Years recov­er­ing from umbil­i­cal her­nia repair, the Oxy­­con­tin-fueled fugue state pro­pelled copi­ous notes on the sub­ject of anten­nas. This would be my Kubla Khan, dare I be so pro­fane as to even utter this asso­ci­a­tion with the great Coleridge. Besides, my pre­scrip­tion to Per­coset ran …

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24 Hour Feld-Hell Contest!

Updat­ed: Final tal­ly… 51 QSO 23 States 3 Provinces Heard but could not work 5 or so mults…Lots of fun even though I am hav­ing some issues with my ghet­­to-fab­u­lous anten­na sys­tem: Flim­sy G5RV that breaks every oth­er wind storm. === The first ever 24 Hour Feld-Hell Con­test start­ing 1/​17/​2009 0000UTC! Check www​.feld​hell​club​.org for details. If you have Mul­ti­P­SK or Digital …

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A couple firsts for me!

I am excit­ed by a cou­ple of firsts today: 1. Had my first WSPR QSO with VE1RG on 14.076.5 this morn­ing. 5 watts is overkill using this mode…it and JT65A rep­re­sent the state-of-the art QRP modes in my opin­ion. Love this stuff! I will tell you, this ter­res­tri­al use on HF of WSJT sure gives me encour­ange­ment for VHF/​UHF moonbounce…A long-time aspiration …

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