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QRP to mobile transatlantic QSOva3stl

Sun, 02 Oct 2011 23:33:55 +0000

Today I grabbed a little time on HF with the K3.  I was pleasantly surprised to find 10m and 12m were open, so I listened around on those bands.  I worked a Welsh station, GW4BKG on 12m SSB and was pleased with a 55 report for my 10W.  Later I worked a mobile Italian station […]

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Ten-Tec 539: a new QRP transceiverva3stl

Fri, 30 Sep 2011 02:38:46 +0000

Through the QRP-L mailing list I have read about a new QRP HF transceiver to be made by Ten-Tec.  It has the model number 539 and seems to be a 10W output rig with 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m and 10m band coverage, three filter slots,  DSP and dual VFOs. Photographs and details are […]

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Gibson Girl Radiova3stlGibson Girl Survival Radio

Sun, 11 Sep 2011 12:30:29 +0000

I have recently finished reading “Unbroken” by Lauren Hillenbrand which is a compelling and in parts disturbing account of the life and especially the World War II exploits of the US Olympic runner Louie Zamperini. Within the book there is the mention of an emergency radio called a ‘Gibson Girl’ which I had not heard about. […]

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WB9LPU’s Marconi Centenary Keyva3stlWB9LPU Marconi Key

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 19:54:44 +0000

After my last post on my visit to Signal Hill I have been contacted Richard Meiss, WB9LPU, who constructed a straight key in the tradition of the keys made by the Marconi company, to celebrate the centenary in 2001 of Marconi’s reception of the first transatlantic signal. Rich has a written an account of the […]

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Visit to Signal Hillva3stlWelcome

Sat, 03 Sep 2011 01:41:58 +0000

Back in June I attended a conference at Memorial University at St John’s Newfoundland.  The morning of my last day in the city a colleague and myself went to visit the historic site of Signal Hill, where Marconi received the first transatlantic radio signal after they were transmitted from Poldhu Cornwall, England, in December 1901. […]

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An unscheduled interruptionva3stlField Day Site 2011

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 02:44:10 +0000

My last post was way back in June, when I was on business in St John’s Newfoundland. I had not planned for there to be an interruption in the postings but it just seemed to turn out that way. No single reason for the lack of output, things were busy with family, jobs around the […]

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