One of the tougher decisions the portable HF operator can make these
days is KX3 or KX2. I’ve gone
through this exercise a half dozen times in my head and each time the
KX3 is my choice for a home and portable HF station. But if I were
interested in portable operation exclusively, I’d get a KX2. ARRL
Members can download
the PDF review of the KX2 transceiver that appeared in the May 2017
edition of QST magazine and continue sweating the details.
Club Log has become the first logging service to
achieve Trusted Partner™ status for Logbook of the World® (LoTW), ARRL
and Club Log have
announced. Radio amateurs holding LoTW “callsign certificates” who
have uploaded logs to Club Log now can readily cross-post them to the
highly secure LoTW — the world’s largest repository for confirming
Amateur Radio contacts.
According to Southgate Amateur Radio News, an
archive of Ham
Radio Horizons magazine is available for download. The magazine was
published from 1977 to 1981 and was specifically targeted at new ham
I received a couple of envelopes from the 9-land QSL bureau stuffed
with W1AW QSL cards from the Centennial QSO Party this
last week. Others have mentioned they’ve received theirs too so
make certain you’ve got SASE’s on file with the bureau if
you’re interested in receiving cards from the 2014 event.
The ARRL clarified
its contest rules this week to clearly prohibit the practice of
interleaved CQs — also known as “dueling CQs” — on two
or more frequencies in the same band. The clarification is an extension
of existing rules that permit only “one transmitted signal,” and it
formalizes what had been a “gentleman’s agreement.” The update brings
ARRL’s contest rules in line with those of CQ-sponsored contests, which
already prohibit the practice of in-band, interleaved CQs. The IARU HF
Championship Contest bans the practice for multioperator entries.
For the second time in 10 years, HNF and colleagues from
England’s Bletchley Park are bringing historic
technology from World War II back to life. Amateur radio enthusiasts in
Germany and Europe are being
urged to take part in this cipher event. They can hear the message
on the 40 m band (7036 kHz, DL0HNF) and try to decode it.
Keep your ear to the ground for breaking news about
new accessories for the IC–7300 from Vibroplex, new kits from the
Four State QRP Group whose
annual OzarkCon just concluded, and from Elecraft. Eric, WA6HHQ is scheduled
to speak at FDIM - the annual
QRP event that takes place in conjunction with the Dayton Hamvention -
and his time slot remains untitled at this point. New product
announcement? It always happens at FDIM – stay tuned!
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had acquired a DMR capable
handheld radio and that there’s an excellent repeater in my area.
With a month or so of experience under my belt, I’m no expert but
I have gained some useful experience, and one thing I’ve noticed
is that for an exploding new mode, there’s an unexplained lack of
traffic on the wide-area channels of the system.
I’ve also found it interesting that that many of those
I’ve met via DMR work in the world of Information Technology. Or
maybe that’s not so peculiar. IT folks seem to prefer digital
modes of operation. We saw the same thing back in the days of packet. I
guess it’s a natural fit.
That also means these DMR users are generally younger than, say,
those of us who frequent the HF bands. Not necessarily
“kids” but younger than most and generally under 50. This
should be taken as good news for a couple of reasons.
First, it means that we are succeeding, on some level, with the goal
of attracting younger hams to the hobby. But it also may answer the
question of why the number of US licensees continues to show strong
growth year after year, while activity on the bands, remains somewhat
Younger radio enthusiasts have careers and work a lot of hours, and
they may have young families with all the responsibilities that comes
Not all of us will agree on a precise definition of an
active radio amateur but we need to recognize and understand
that while retirees have copious amounts of time to clutter the bands
with tales of bursitis, younger hams will struggle to find time for the
It could be an unintended consequence that we work our tails off to
attract younger people to hobby radio only to find that these newcomers
don’t have the time to actively participate in it. If this is
reality, I suspect our hobby will change in ways that maximize
opportunities for radio activity in shorter time slots.
Who will be first to confirm DXCC working exclusively on
Sunday’s from noon to 4pm?