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Ai6XB

The New Plan B

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Alright then. If you read my previous posting, you’ve been expecting this entry… I won’t revisit all of my antenna/QTH woes, so suffice it to say that I’ve been very silent because I can’t find an antenna solution that works for me. I can access 6 Meters and 2 Meters, sort of, but all the other bands are mostly dead to me. I’ve decided on a work-around until I find a decent antenna solution… drum roll, please… My solution is to use some of the remote DX solutions available through ...read more
Sep.10 ’19

Where’s Waldo?

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You’ve probably been thinking that I totally abandoned this site, so let me tell you what’s been happening… I went quiet because: I forget I had/have this site. We got a puppy. I forget I had/have this site This is not unusual for me. As a matter of fact, it’s been so long since I added a posting, when I went to look for this site on the web, it was nowhere to be found! You see… I had forgotten that I terminated my web hosting account about a year ...read more
Sep.07 ’19

Phun with Phonics

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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 ...read more
Jul.31 ’17

20m Beacon Summary

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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 ...read more
Jun.19 ’17

Shhhhhh…

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I discovered WSPR! I was reading an article in the June 2017 issue of the RSGB’s RadCon magazine about the WSPRLite from SotaBeams (http://www.sotabeams.co.uk/wsprlite) 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 ...read more
Jun.16 ’17

My New QSL

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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). ...read more
May.27 ’17

New Name, New Hopes, New Dreams

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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 ...read more
May.21 ’17