First Quarter in the books

My quest for a QSO a Day in 2014 is going well.  The first quarter is complete and by far March was my best month in the shack.  I also continued my streak of adding at least one new DX entity to my logbook each month with March receiving two.  During the CQ WPX contest I managed to add Ceuta & Melilla and Balearic Is.   I’ll be honest…I had to look both of these up on the map.   But that’s the fun of amateur radio.

I’ve started April off on the right foot with getting W1AW/1 (Vermont) and W1AW/0 (Iowa) in the logbook.  I must also admit that I’m slightly behind on the ARRL Centennial QSO Party.  I’m currently sitting at four worked including Texas, Georgia, Iowa and Vermont.  Just 46 more to go…..

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The QSO breakdown for March is as follows:

Mode
Number QSO’s

JT65
63

JT9
1

SSB
40

PSK31
5

2m FM
0

Additional notes of interest:

DX Stations Worked in March – 22

New DX Entities in March – 2

Total QSO’s for March – 109

Total QSO’s for 2014 – 219

Total consecutive QSO days – 90

Days left in 2014 – 331

Until next time…

73 de KD0BIK (Jerry)

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Request for Information–Apps

If you own a smartphone and/or tablet device and use any of the amateur radio related apps designed for these devices, I would like to hear from you.  I’m conducting research for an upcoming episode of the Practical Amateur Radio Podcast (PARP) and would like to know what apps you are using, how you use them and how they work for you. 

Please contact me via the email address listed on my QRZ page.  Thank you!

73,
Jerry (KDØBIK)

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PARP–67 D-STAR, DVAP, DHAP and a side of Pi

Over the weekend I recorded and released episode 67 of the Practical Amateur Radio Podcast.  In episode 67 I discussed using D-STAR along with the DV Access Point and the Digital Ham Access Point (DHAP) from Hardened Power Systems.  All of course powered by the wonderful little Raspberry Pi. 

Thanks for listening…

73,
Jerry (KDØBIK)

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Two Down, Ten to Go

Yes..I know this blog update is late by several weeks.  But the good news is I’m still on track to complete my 2014 QSO a Day challenge.  As I write this, I’ve nearing the 90 day mark and all has been smooth sailing.   Hopefully my March update will hit your blog catchers in a more timely manner.

While my total QSO count is low for February, I did manage one new DX and added the Philippians to my logbook.

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The QSO breakdown for February is as follows:

Mode
Number QSO’s

JT65
34

SSB  
3

PSK31
0

2m FM
0

Additional notes of interest:

DX Stations Worked in February – 1

New DX Entities in February – 1

Total QSO’s for February – 37

Total QSO’s for 2014 – 110

Total consecutive QSO days – 59

Days left in 2014 – 334

Until next time…

73 de KD0BIK (Jerry)

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One down, Eleven to go – QSO a Day

As previously mentioned, I successfully completed a QSO a Day goal in 2012 and was brave enough (or perhaps crazy enough) to attempt it once again in 2014. 

With January officially behind me, I’ve managed to get on the air and make at least one QSO each and every day for each of the 31 days in January.   I’ll admit…I’m starting out slow and pacing myself.  Most days its been “one and done” but a few other days I’ve managed to spend more time on the air. 

For January 2014, I’ve worked 73 (great number) QSO’s and all have been using the JT65 mode.  While each successful day was a high point, the greatest success was working French Polynesia and increasing my DXCC count by one more. 

While my actual “on air” time has been limited, I have been spending time assisting a new startup amateur radio club and completing a few projects related to the hobby.  

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The QSO breakdown for January is as follows:

Mode
Number QSO’s

JT65
73

SSB   
0

PSK31
0

2m FM 
0

Additional notes of interest:

DX Stations Worked in January – 1

New DX Entities in January – 1

Total QSO’s for 2014 – 73

Total consecutive QSO days – 31

Days left in 2014 – 334

Until next time…

73 de KD0BIK (Jerry)

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