Author Archives: Keith (WH7GG)

Bill Orenstein, KH6QX (SK)

I was saddened to hear this morning of the recent passing of Bill Orenstein, KH6QX, after a long illness. Bill was a longtime member of the Emergency Amateur Radio Club and a regular participant in the nightly nets, and came … Continue reading

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Interplanetary radio? Now that REALLY would be DX.

We hams pride ourselves on our ability to make contacts, across town, across the country, across the ocean. However, if intercontinental contacts get to be old hat, what about…interplanetary ones? if one wanted to get a message to another world, … Continue reading

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A QSO a day keeps the doctor away?

On the Internet, you’ll find many examples of people trying to do something every day over the course of the 365 days in a year. Probably the most common is to take a picture every day for 365 days, or … Continue reading

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PSK31: Please Say “Kewl,” 31 times

OK, that’s a bit of a stretch in the title there, but I think it expresses my opinion of HF digital modes quite well. 🙂 Once I was up and running on 20 meters, I had been playing with PSK31 … Continue reading

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He’s been a ham for longer than most people are alive

Via George Bollas, VK3LA of Melbourne, Australia has this year achieved a remarkable milestone. First licensed in April 1931 he has marked 2011 as his 80th year of continuous amateur radio operation. That is surprising in itself but as … Continue reading

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Mind your Ps and Qs. Well, your Qs at least.

Building on our look at CQ and 73 a few posts ago, let’s continue with the those weird three letter abbreviations that all start with the letter Q.  For a new ham, it might take a while to get used … Continue reading

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Calendar of Hawaii ham events

Lots of stuff on tap for Hawaii hams. Hat tip to Ron AH6RH for the information. Date Event Sat January 22, 2011+ ARRL VHF Sweepstakes Fri February 18, 2011+ ARRL DX Contest – CW Fri March 6, 2011+ ARRL DX … Continue reading

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Care and feeding of new hams

If someone gets a call sign and no one hears it… Last Saturday, I spent an enjoyable morning with Kevin AH6QO, Ron AH6RH, Tom WH6DJF, and Darrell KH6XL, as Kevin held a new ham workshop at Kakaako Waterfront Park for … Continue reading

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CQ, 73, and other related abbreviations

It’s not surprising that most communities have their own brand of slang. But then, ham radio has its own brand of English that one needs to get used to when you get into the hobby. And some of it is … Continue reading

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Pardon the dust…

Now that I’m actually populating this blog after so long, I figured it was time for a facelift. Unfortunately, the scars are still showing. Will continue playing with the CSS and graphics over the next week or so. Apologies if … Continue reading

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