CW, But For Real

A few years ago, I made an attempt to learn CW (Morse Code). I made an honest-to-god attempt. But I didn’t stick with it. Got frustrated with the apps I used, and never got fluent enough at copying symbols to rise above the frustration. Well, I was chatting with my buddy Michael KG5RXG. I had …

Field Day 2020 Score

Tonight I submitted my Field Day 2020 dupe sheet and multiplier qualifications. My score is 212. It’s meager. I could’ve done better, but I learned things (see the link above for a recount of the difficulties I met during the event). Contacts (31 points) 5 digital, 2x multiplier = 10 21 phone, 1x multiplier = …

Field Day 2020 In Quarantine

This year’s ARRL Field Day was noticeably tinged with difficulty, problems, and loneliness. The goal of Field Day is to set up our radios with makeshift antennas and operate on emergency power while making as many contacts as possible for 24 hours. Adaptation in the face of adverse conditions is the heart of these field …

Icosiennial

Twenty years ago, I remember feeling hope. Was working a shit job doing overnight front desk at a hotel, night audit. Living in my mother’s rented house. Scratching my ankles every day because the carpets were still tainted from the flea bombs we set while moving in nine months prior. Glaring at the daylight streaming …