New! Check out the DX Calculator!


Phun with Phonics

Posted by in Uncategorized

I monitor the airwaves a lot, mostly 2 meters, and I hear all sorts of things. What I notice mostly, is the rampant abuse of the phonetic alphabet! Take, for example, this QSO – the callsign is imagined, the abuse of the phonetic alphabet is not!: This is Hawaii Tango 2 Queensland Victor Zanzabar… I mean… C’mon people! The phonetic alphabet is not that difficult! Compare it with what you had to learn to earn your ticket – its a cakewalk!! Although we are called “Amateurs”, its no reason to more
Jul.31 ’17

20m Beacon Summary

Posted by in Antennae

I intend to edit this page in the near future to add some more supporting information and my thoughts regarding this data, so you might want to return to this page at a later date. Data Processing I imported the CSV export of my 20m DXPlorer beacon data into a MySQL table. While previewing the data table, I observed that although my beacon can only register the first 4 characters of my Maidenhead Gridsquare, most of the beacon data was registering 6 characters of the receiving station’s Maidenhead Gridsquare. I more
Jun.19 ’17


Posted by in Antennae

I discovered WSPR! I was reading an article in the June 2017 issue of the RSGB’s RadCon magazine about the WSPRLite from SotaBeams ( and thought, ‘That’s pretty neat… and affordable!’, so I ordered the SotaBeams WSPRLite from DX Engineering. A few days later the WSPRLite arrived. Setting up the WSPRLite was not without some problems. The problems had absolutely nothing to do with the WSPRLite itself or its configuration software but due to: My MacPro was one of the victim MacBooks which can not handle the required SiLabs USB more
Jun.16 ’17

My New QSL

Posted by in Uncategorized

As promised, here is a screenshot of the front side of my new QSL design (the reverse side has the usual fill-in QTH and QSO details). more
May.27 ’17

New Name, New Hopes, New Dreams

Posted by in Uncategorized

As you can tell from the home page, KJ6SJO has a new name! It’s AI6XB!! Talk about the longest day… that was probably the longest two weeks in my life (apart from the cruise to home after a 6+ month WestPac). It took exactly 2 weeks from passing my Amateur Extra exam to the FCC notifying me of my new callsign. Now I am in a flurry of activity to finish my QSL design, update this site’s favicon and update all web locations that know me as KJ6SJO (hope I more
May.21 ’17

Thank you Sam!

Posted by in Morse

Its time to learn Morse… again… First, a quick history lesson… I’ve been trying to recount how many times I’ve learned morse: Age 12(?) – My big brother was interested in Amateur Radio and so he was teaching me morse. He used index cards with the morse di-dahs written on one side of the card and the alphabetic character on the reverse side. I specifically remember him helping me to remember the letter V. V for victory (to the tune of Beethoven’s 5th symphony). High School – I attended a more
May.09 ’17

The Trials and Tribulations of Success

Posted by in Uncategorized

It’s time to let the cat out of the bag! I had posted a to-do list earlier and it seems I’ve been keeping a secret… About a day after I wrote that list, I decided that the end of June was too long to wait to take the Amateur Extra exam and that I could theoretically prepare myself in a much shorter time-frame. So that is actually what I’ve been up to for the last 2 weeks… Studying, and studying and then studying. About two hours ago, I went to more
May.06 ’17

Solar Lemonade

Posted by in Uncategorized

Let‘s face it...This is not the best of times for us Hams, thanks to the current solar conditions! Worse still, this is just going to be the way life is for quite a number of years to come.

So, what do we do?

The answer is, ‘Just about anything you can dream of!’ more
Apr.30 ’17


Posted by in Uncategorized

As promised, here is a screenshot of the front side of my QSL design (the reverse side has the usual fill-in QTH and QSO details). more
Apr.08 ’17