samedi 16 août 2014

Saturday morning QSO

Heathkit HW-8 @ 1.3 watts to Buddistick. About 6:30 AM EST heard J3/AI5G in Grenada calling CQ on 20 meters. He was weak, I was surely much weaker. We made it a quick 2-way. Distance about 2,256 miles from here in central NYS so qualified for the 1,000 MPW thing.

Quite chilly here this morning. Lots of fog. More like early October.

Coffee time.

73 Dick

mercredi 13 août 2014

Today's QSO

Using the FT-817 at about 5 watts. Buddistick antenna, of course. And from here in NYS.  Worked P43E in Aruba.  Good distance this evening from here in the NE.

Now back to my Kindle read.


lundi 11 août 2014

Special Event Station

Using the "new" K1 on 20 meters late afternoon, worked AM03GHZ. About 5 watts to the Buddistick. Again from the USA shack using my USA call.


mardi 5 août 2014

Rare trans-atlantic QSO

I had the  HW-8 that I keep here running this afternoon at 1.3 watts. Heard a very strong signal from EA3GBA working stations. Dropped my call and he came back with an RST 579 report. First trans-atlantic contact from the USA side using the HW-8. Only the Buddistick, as usual so I was surprised by the contact and report.

jeudi 24 juillet 2014

Back from Maine.

Had a great trip to Rockland, Maine. Six hours of driving with a couple of short breaks. The weather was fine the first two days, but the next three were rainy. Fortunately there was much to see indoors and the rainy, misty weather was atmospheric. Some interesting museums. The Maine Lighthouse Museum was nearly as good as those I have visited in France. Plenty of original lenses, etc. on display. The Transportation Museum, a half-hour's drive from Rockland,  featured wonderful automobiles of the early days through the 1930's. Gorgeous, all. And, fantastic early airplanes suspended from the ceiling and posed on the concrete floor. Originals with a couple of accurate reproductions from the Wright brothers through the late 1930's. . This museum is in an airplane hanger and many of the aircraft still take to the air.

I received my K1 rigs. Both in very good physical shape. Unfortunately one of them has a bad frequency board. A 20/40 meter board has full output on 40 but only half a mw on 20. As 20-meters is my band, a new board is required. The previous owner is sending a new one which I will, eventually, install. Probably back in France.

I did get on the air today and worked MJ/OK1FIK in Jersey. Had to repeat my call several times but he was patient and eventually copied me. So 4 watts to the Buddistick with a distance of, nearly, 4000 miles.

73 Dick

vendredi 4 juillet 2014

Still around but...

...but not active on band(s). We have been visiting friends and family these past weeks. Today, July 4, I will be at one of those friends' homes on the rivers' edge to pass the holiday. Weather has been hot and humid with storms late in the afternoons. Expect the same today. Visited my mother in the nursing home yesterday afternoon. She was sleeping and not responsive. Not sure if she was aware of my presence. We will do our visiting in the late morning from now on as we were told she is more alert at that time of day. She is on drugs to alleviate anxiety attacks.

Our trip to Maine is coming up next week. Never been there so it will be an interesting experience. Long drive both ways for a 5 day adventure. Looking forward to the visit but not the long hours behind the wheel. Driving was never my favorite pastime, even in the days of my youth.

We visited the Antique Wireless Association museum in Bloomfield, NY last Sunday. A very long drive but worth it. Wonderful seeing those old radios. We were given a nice tour by one of the volunteers at the site. Suggest a Google search for the AWA. There is a virtual tour of the museum on the AWA site.

I would also suggest going to u-tube and typing  in Charles Herrold. You could also go to the web page of AE5X. There, you will find an interesting video documentary of the life, career, and sad end of Charles Herrold, a practically unknown wireless pioneer. He deserved better.

I have a new radio though I will not receive it until our return from Maine. Very likely, my last transceiver purchase. It is the Elecraft K1. Two of them bought used from fellows looking to finance new rigs. Small enough to easily transport. Not the highest-tech of the Elecraft line but the K1 does get decent reviews. OK for my style of operating. Hope they are in good shape.

73 and have a good weekend.


mardi 17 juin 2014


Until today, I had been using the HW-8 on 20 meters. Not much success which I ascribe to the poor Buddistick. I hate those clips.

I decided to try 17 meters with my FT-817, though still restricted to the Buddistick. No way to get a reasonably flat swr so decided to use a MFJ tuner which was kept here. Loads up ok and power reads 4 watts. Managed to work MX0AAA after the stronger signals calling him were contacted. Good to know I can manage to get on 17M. Even across the pond. Will be the only band I use during my stay here. Also worked KW7D shortly after. No 1000MPW attempts, just not in the cards. Daylight operating  here and most likely late morning.

Weather has been very nice lately. We do get out walking so the dry weather is appreciated.

Visited my mother. Took a while for her to recognize me, but she did, eventually.

73 Dick

18/6/14 update
CT3FT on 17 meters  early this afternoon. Only a 549 with QSB report, but it happened.

6Y5WJ late this afternoon.