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2024 WA0RC 2m Simplex Contest

2024 WA0RC 2m Simplex Contest

The Waypoint Amateur Radio Club, WA0RC, made up of Garmin employees at headquarters in Olathe, Kansas, held a 2m Simplex Contest on April 13th. As Vice President of the club for 2024, I decided to take the lead on this event after seeing some examples online and...

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2022 Field Day Report

2022 Field Day Report

For Field Day this year, I decided to run a solo HF operation from Tuttle Creek State Park (K-2353) in Manhattan, Kansas. At Dayton Hamvention, I bought a Yaesu FT-991a to use for HF and VHF/UHF given that my recent interests have been a lot of car-portable and roving...

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2021 Kansas QSO Party Report

For my first time participating in the Kansas QSO Party, I decided to operate as W0V, a 1x1 rover station activating several counties at different state parks around Wichita. By operating from state parks, I figured I'd have decent locations to operate from that would...

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W0V 2021 Kansas QSO Party Plans

For my first Kansas QSO Party, I'll be operating as a rover station under the special event call sign W0V on 20m and 40m SSB and FT8. I'll be traveling to the Wichita area hitting up five counties throughout the weekend. I am also planning for each of my operating...

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2021 Field Day Report

For the first time in several years, I decided to participate in a club Field Day operation. I headed to down Orlando, Florida to operate with WD4WDW, the Disney Emergency Amateur Radio Service (DEARS), of which my brother (KK4LWR) is the current club president. They...

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2021 June VHF Contest Report

After my experience in the 2020 June VHF contest, I decided to participate again this year with a better setup and more dedicated effort as a Single Operator Portable (SOP) station. After searching for good campsites around eastern Kansas, I booked a campsite at Fall...

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March 2021 Satellite Operations Gear

At the time of posting, I'm actually in the midst of changing my satellite gear so it is no longer my current setup. That said, I wanted to document it before I forgot about it and pass along my thoughts in case anyone else finds the information useful in the future....

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Powering a Ham Radio with USB Power Delivery

A while back, I built a cable to power 12V devices (in my case a Kenwood TH-D74 HT) using the QuickCharge standard available in some USB power adapters. This allowed me to use a USB charger to charge my HT rather than bringing a dedicated wall wart which helped save...

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November 28 Roving Plans (EN70/71 and EN60)

I'll be hitting a few more grids on Saturday, November 28th. I'll try to keep this page up to date but plans are subject to change. Follow along on Twitter (@kd8rtt) for updates along the way including planned frequencies for linear sats. EN70/EN71 Grid Line: 1708z...

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Keeping Arrow Antenna Elements Tight with Loctite

I'm a big fan of the Arrow Antenna for satellite operations for its good performance and portability, but one issue that pops up is the constant need to tighten the elements. I leave my Arrow assembled in the back seat of my Honda Accord, so it loosens up on its own....

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