Monthly Archives: October 2013

CQ WW SSB Contest

I decided I’d casually work the CQ WW sideband contest this weekend figuring that I’d get in a few fewer hours than I did.  With some cold bugs running around, and not feeling spectacular myself, much of the weekend was taking it easier than usual for the family, and I wound up being able to play radio when other things weren’t going on.  Lucky for me!

Band conditions seemed pretty reasonable this weekend and 10m is where I wound up with most of my Q’s.  Working 40 was the biggest challenge for me – there just seemed to be too many stations close to my relatively high noise level too jammed together.

However, working casually I got just over 200 contacts, with what seems to me to be a fairly interesting list of countries.

More than anything, it’s fun and challenging, and makes me dream putting up a tower and beam.

Let’s start off with a new rig

Hi there,

Where to start when writing a new blog?  Well, I’m a couple of years in to having my ham privileges, and since I find it to be a fascinating hobby, I figured I’d do a little blogging from time to time.

Recently I’d been saving up for a new HF rig.  I had been using the Kenwood TS-450S, which is a pretty good little rig, but I’d begun reading about more modern rigs and wound up heading down the path of an Elecraft K3, which can be ordered as a non-solder kit.

The pictures below are from the assembly process – I forgot/stopped taking pictures through a large part of the building, including the front panel, but I’ll say that it was definitely an entertaining project and it was great that my 7 year old son Quentin was interested and helped out in a few stages as well.

Since the build was completed, I’ve very casually operated in a couple of contests, and the rig performs extremely well.  I’m finding it a pleasure to work with and have been making great use of the DSP for filtering, noise blocking and noise reduction – it’s been educational learning how best to make use of them.

In upcoming posts I expect to talk a little more about what goes on in my usual (or unusual) operating, and anything interesting relating to the hobby I trip across.