I have recently added a number of DXing & DX News Resources for Amateur Radio at k8zt.com under "Operating" section. The link is www.k8zt.com/dx
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Even though proficiency with Morse Code is no longer required for getting an Amateur Radio license, young students often find code a fun activity. Fancy Code Keys can run in the hundreds of dollars and even a cheap plastic based “bargain” key is $12 to $20 each, even on eBay, and you have over 25 students!
The Clothespin Key was designed with price and durability in mind. In addition, it allows the students to assemble their own keys. Here is a typical price list:
As you can see, if you buy in bulk, you or your radio club could easily cover the cost for a class of 25 students by passing the hat at your next club meeting. You will notice the battery is over ½ of the cost for the key, so if you make it BYOB (bring your own battery) the keys can be under a dollar each.
Friday, January 13, 2017
K8ZT’s Contesting Companion
At the last meeting of my local radio club, the Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Club (CFARC.org), I was asked if there were any upcoming contests, so this article is an attempt to answer that question. .
Contesting Site Links
- Bruce Horn’s WA7BNM Contest Calendar- www.hornucopia.com/contestcal (probably the most comprehensive listing of contests anywhere).
- ARRL Contest Calendar (a.k.a. Contest Corral)- ww.arrl.org/contest-calendar
- Contesting.com - Contesting News, Articles, Surveys, Tips, Calendars & more!
SM3CER Contest Service- www.sk3bg.se/contest- contests, propogation, DX spots and more.
- DL2NBY’s Ham Radio Contest Calendars - A somewhat overwhelming but very thorough collection of subscribable Google Calendars (CW, Phone, Digital Contest & Mixed).
- 3830.com- a place for rumors, bragging, and summaries of current contests. You can upload your claimed score here to share with the world
- The CQ Magazine Contests- Worldwide DX- PH, CW, RTTY & 160M; WPX- PH, CW & RTTY and DX Marathon (some of the most popular/larger contests).
- NG3K Amateur Radio Contest/DX Page, www.ng3k.com, the place to find Announced DX Operations (ADXO) Stations that will be on during Contests plus a wide variety of other tools for Contesters and/or DXers.
- State & Province QSO Party Calendar by N5NA- http://qsoparty.eqth.net
Did you ever think about it- Amateur Radio Contesting
is the only competition I can think of
where you cannot score points unless
you provide your competitors with points!
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Monitoring Your JT65/JT6 Signal Around the World
Many of you are aware of the Reserve Beacon Network for gathering received CW signals from receiving stations around the world. This is then feed into spotting networks. This allows station that are not normally spotted to monitor their signal level from spots around the world.
PSK Reporter (www.pskreporter.info/pskmap.html) allows JT65/JT9 operators to do the same by displaying their received signal on a world map.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Elecraft K3S on JT65/JT9- Setting Up & Using
Link to this Doc- http://tiny.cc/K3S-WSJT-X
Installing and Setting Up Software
- Using Elecraft’s instructions, get the K3S rig control working using the USB connection. Check it using Elecraft K3 Utility and note the Com #
- Download and install the free WSJT-X software- http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt
- Setup the WSJT-X software
- From top menu select.File...Settings
- Settings screen dialog box will open
- Start with General Tab