Elecraft KX-3 in a Ammo Can

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I built a quasi GO box for my KX3 that contained a battery, antenna support and a front shelf to hold the radio.

I have the Buddistick on it as well for a quick checkin for the Transcanada Net

Works very Good!

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Foxes and Hounds — FT8 DXpedition Mode is in the Works for WSJT-X

02/05/2018
Speaking on behalf of the WSJT-X Development Team, Joe Taylor, K1JT, has issued a progress report on the team’s efforts to develop FT8 DXpedition Mode. The new digital mode will include new and innovative features, which are detailed in a draft FT8 DXpedition Mode User Guide, released on February 2. Continue reading

HF Bands Characteristics

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I was bored sitting by the Carousel waiting fro my luggage to show up and just crammed this up to give guidance to new operators what the bands are like

HF Bands Characteristics

160M

  • Late evening and night is the best time.
  • Winter offer less lightning noise
  • Summertime noise levels make this band difficult

80/75M

  • Evening/night early morning
  • Best in winter

40M

  • Early evening through early morning
  • Fall through Spring

This band and 20M are sometimes the workhorse bands at night 40 m is open everywhere

30M

  • Its like 40M m and like 20M
  • The in between band
  • CW and Digital modes only

20M

  • Open somewhere 24 hours best fall through spring
  • This band can be very busy with lots of pure random and lots of signals a beam antenna can be very useful

17M

  • The in between 20M and 15M band

15M

  • Sunrise to new typically Europe and Africa…

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Bad news from the Bouvet DXpedition team

First let’s start with the following chain of events.

On January 31st, at 0600z, the team announced that they have arrived at Bouvet! There was fog and freezing rain that greeted them. Later that day, at 1500z, Ralph, K0IR, reported: Bouvet Island came into view at about 0600 UTC today. Continue reading

KN-Q7A SSB 20m Ham Radio QRP Transceiver Kit

The Tech Examiner

Are you tired of building pixie kits, rockmites, and other entry level ham radio transceivers that just end up sitting on the shelf or junk box in your ham shack collecting dust? Take your kit building up a notch with the KN-Q7A SSB Transceiver from CRKITS, and build a radio that you will actually want to use on the air.

The KN-Q7A is available in three bands: 80/75m (10W), 40m (10W), or 20m (5W). Between those three bands, there are 10 different frequency range options for you to choose from, thus allowing you to customize what part of the band your rig will be able to cover. Each of those frequency options will cover roughly 20KHz of the band, except for the 20m version, which covers about 30KHz.

If electronic kit building isn’t your thing but you still want to own this radio, then you are in luck. The KN-Q7A…

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More Info On Winter Field Day

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​For immediate release:

http://wp.rac.ca/winter-field-day-2018/

Winter Field Day is presented by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), “a dedicated group of Amateur Radio operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.” Continue reading