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Welcome back, K9JY

Looking back over the blog, I see my last post was from May, 2010. Eleven years ago. Doesn’t seem that long ago, but then, time flies. I stopped operating longer than before that – I think I had gotten bored with the hobby. There were a few reasons: I moved to Washington State from the

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Signals!

You see, if you turn the radio on and have an antenna, you can hear signals on the air! Now to connect the radio to the iMAC. Hmmmm….

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K9JY Hacked!

The K9JY site was hacked over the last couple of days and you should have seen some weird screen renderings of the site. All should now be good. At least I hope so. I’m security-minded I try and not go nuts on the security stuff, but ever since I started putting out the K9JY WriteLog

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What Ham Radio talking points need

Ham radio is a diverse hobby. It’s a technical, engineering, builder, emergency service hobby. But ask most people about ham radio and you get stories of RF interference or a puzzled look followed by a question about 1950. I mean, the Internet obliterated ham radio, didn’t it? Over at Innismir.net, there is a great dissection

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SSB is dying — help save ham radio

Noting that several e-mail reflectors and other ham news outlets have said that over 10,000 CW logs were sent in for the CQ WW DX Contest, I have to agree with K3NG — it’s time to Save Phone! After all, K3NG waxes: …we don’t test for phone operating skill anymore. Today’s amateurs are lazy. They’re

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ARRL needs new media tools for donations

I get mail. Real mail, not e-mail. Outside of bills, I get mail about ham radio from the ARRL wanting my hard earned dollars for various different funds the ARRL has set up. Whether it is spectrum defense or just supporting the ARRL, the request for dollars is there. I understand that. So this weekend

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Ham Radio and ARRL Legislative Objectives

Ham radio is a small service when it comes to legislative priorities. While we might like to think our legislation is as important as a stimulus package for the economy, the truth of the matter is that we don’t count for much in the legislative priority process in the states and Washington. In other words,

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Presumed guilty

The Contesting Reflector has had some long threads based on a decision by a potential top ten team to not send in their logs to the CQ WW CW Contest Committee. Their reason for doing so was that the Committee, without their permission, would publish their entire log (and that of all competitors) on the

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How much do you trivialize your fellow ham?

An excerpt from one of my e-mails from a reader: I will not forget how excited I was to work a few new countries only to be belittled at the local DX Club meeting about how common and insignificant my QSO’s were. This message coming from guys at the top of the honor role. If

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