Category Archives: Articles

Robert talks uBITX and navigating the world of used radio gear

Many thanks to my buddy, Robert Gulley (AK3Q), who shares the following announcement from his blog All Things Radio: I have posted two new articles in the Reviews and How-Tos section. These were both previously published in The Spectrum Monitor magazine earlier this year. The … Continue reading

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The Elecraft KX3 still impresses

Note: this post was originally publish on my other radio blog, The SWLing Post. I’ve owned my Elecraft KX3 for five years, and this little rig continues to amaze me. In 2013, I gave the KX3 one of the most … Continue reading

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Heard VK0EK on the radio

[QRPers: Please note that the following is a re-post from my shortwave radio blog, the SWLing Post.] Regular SWLing Post readers know that I’m a ham radio operator (call sign K4SWL). Being a shortwave radio enthusiast, of course, I spend … Continue reading

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Looking forward to the 2014 Dayton Hamvention and FDIM

Each year, I attend the Dayton Hamvention and much of the QRP conference, Four Days in May.  This year, I’ll be working our Ears To Our World table again, along with other volunteers, at booth 411 in the Ball Arena (BA411). … Continue reading

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My favorite ham radio apps for iOS and Android

In November 2013, The Monitoring Times magazine published an overview of my favorite ham radio and shortwave radio apps for iOS and Android smart phones/tablets. I just posted the full article on my shortwave radio blog, The SWLing Post. Since … Continue reading

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“The Weakest Solar Cycle in 100 Years”

Thanks to QRPer.com contributor Eric (WD8RIF) for passing along this story from Sky and Telescope. Scientists are unsure why this solar peak has been less than stellar: (Source: Sky and Telescope) Scientists are struggling to explain the Sun’s bizarre recent … Continue reading

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A tour of the Edward R. Murrow Transmitting Station

For those of you, like me, who got their start in ham radio by listening to international broadcasters on the shortwaves, you might like the article I just posted on the SWLing Post. It’s a tour of the Edward R. … Continue reading

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NPR’s Robert Krulwich comments on EME and extra-terrestrial morse code

(Source: National Public Radio) Dot Dash Dot Dash This is the moon as Morse code. […]All over the world, ham radio operators and Morse Code enthusiasts beam dot, dash messages straight at the moon, then wait 2.7 seconds for the … Continue reading

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Mountain Xpress: Your cellphone can’t do this

I’m very proud of our local free community newspaper, the Mountain Xpress for its article on ham radio. Not only does the article give readership a short primer in the hobby, but it also profiles a variety of local hams–even … Continue reading

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Advances in Software Defined Radios could (will) change our wireless world

Note that I’m not speaking strictly of the HF spectrum here. But mark this:  a radio revolution is, right now, in the making. ARS Technica just last week published an article entitled, “How software-defined radio could revolutionize wireless” in which … Continue reading

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