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 on: Today at 07:27:46 AM 
Started by VE3VEE - Last post by NU1O
Operator SQ3PMM travels across Africa and uses various call signs (CN2MM, 9G5AG, 5V7MI, TY4AB, 9X9MM). He does not have QSL cards, but is willing to confirm QSOs by sending a post card. I received one from Rwanda (9X9MM) yesterday. I scanned both sides of it and emailed it to my local QSL checker who says "Looks good to me based on what the DXCC confirmation criteria are.".

73 Marvin VE3VEE

Mike has confirmed some bands for me from Benin and Ghana. 

I don't recall reading any of his operations were approved by the ARRL.  Have they been?


Chris  NU1O

 on: Today at 07:26:02 AM 
Started by KA4KOE - Last post by K9ZW
For every hard core flex lover you can find a equal or larger number of haters. I see little use for a "rig" that is a door stop without a PC hooked up to it.

So what?  Like they say YMMV and everyone has their preferences. 

Why even worry, much less judge, others over their preferences? 

I have a HUGE hobby enjoyment for SDR and traditional rigs.  Own several of each.  And have a blast pulling QSOs with each.

There is Nothing Mutually Exclusive in having/not having an SDR or since it seems to your specific focus a Flex, and having other radios.

If you truly have no use for SDRs of the separate Computer Driven form, great.  Kind of an end of conversation for you though in terms of SDRs unless you are using one despite despising them.



 on: Today at 07:21:58 AM 
Started by N6YFM - Last post by K6AER
A crimp connection will still be better than the basic friction connection of the connector as it mates to the other connector. Don'T forget the PL -259 was invented  60 years ago when we had limited technology and most RF was below 100 MHz.

 on: Today at 07:20:34 AM 
Started by W8JX - Last post by AC7CW
There are two schools of thought with regard to computers. To me it's a life or death battle for who is in control. Either the computer works for me [Windows] or I work for the computer for free [Linux]

Do you really think you are in control of your Windows machine? Really?

How do you  work for the computer for free [Linux]?

You seem kind of cranky, I might go so far as to say humorless perhaps? Too much command line work? You just realized that all your freeware isn't really supported?

 on: Today at 07:14:15 AM 
Started by AA6YQ - Last post by WO7R
And they love to post crap using W2IRT identity along with several others.

I can't speak for W2IRT, but I would find it far more disturbing to see my call pirated on the air for some of the jamming activities.  And, in that regard, they do seem to have it in for W2IRT for some reason.  I've heard his call pirated on the air doing crap and I know it can't be him.

You and your buddies are still not making a strong case.

Time passes and spots accumulate.  We've had a surfeit of major DXpeditions this year, a bit more than normal.  But, the behavior you talks about lasts for a day or two, per DXpedition.  Truth is, things settle down.  And, sheer time means a lot of dull, ordinary spots that offend no one anywhere.

So, we see maybe eight days a year where these terrible posts happen in any profusion.  But, I'll bet even on a day like that, they are under five per cent of all spots and probably under one per cent.  Even on those days.  Yes, the majors get spotted to death, and it attracts the silly, but there is still a lot else going on and it gets spotted, normally.  Even a lot of the spots for the majors.  So, numerically, the case is weak even on the worst days.  And there are few enough of those in a year.

And nobody has convincingly answered why it isn't enough to have an option to simply remove the comments altogether.  That's a lot easier to implement, does not diminish spotting and does not inhibit new DXers from joining the network and catching the "disease" of DXing thereby.  Oh, yeah, I bet you guys forgot all about that with all your clubby little proposals.  Or, maybe it's a feature?

If you're worried about pirated calls, map them to a country or a DX zone.  Nobody really cares about the individual identities of the spotters.  Truth is, I don't pay attention.  I got software that divides it into "North American" and "everywhere else" so I can assess the likely utility of the spot.  And yes, I know some of them are fibs.  So what.  It actually works well.  That's because the majority, the vast majority of spots are not done by miscreants.  Vast enough that ignoring the problem entirely has not notably impacted my DXing.

It seems to me you guys are working overtime to be offended and working double overtime to invent problems that most of us just don't see in any significance.

 on: Today at 07:12:31 AM 
Started by N7RVD - Last post by AC2EU
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

 on: Today at 07:11:02 AM 
Started by WB0FTY - Last post by KD8IIC
 I went to the hardware store and picked up a in-cord switch to retrofit mine, nice lamp, no buzz now.

 on: Today at 07:05:18 AM 
Started by VK3BL - Last post by K6AER
It is fine to have most of the equipment via pack pack but what about power and antenna. Your 500 watt amp is going to need serious DC power and you will need a three element beam if you want any State Side contacts.

I have been on several overseas ham outings and the antenna is first and power is next.

 on: Today at 07:04:13 AM 
Started by K8DJW - Last post by K8DJW
I would be very skeptical if the contact person doesn't reply.

You can't tell from the web listing when the posting was created, and there are lots of reasons why it could have changed.

That listing also has a phone number for the contact person. I'd suggest you use it.

If I don't hear by this afternoon I will give him a call.

This has been a LONG standing exam session, went there for my Tech exam a long, long time ago. But the "club" website is way out of date.

 on: Today at 06:53:45 AM 
Started by KD0ZGW - Last post by KD8GEH
Perchance do you have a computer or model near ? Smiley

73, Dave

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