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February 1, 2004
Arizona Vacation 2002

The Biosphere 2 near Tucson was a highlight of the trip. This is where volunteers spent 3 years living inside a totally enclosed bubble. Tours inside became available to the public for the first time last month. Full Story.

March 17, 2002

South Orkney Card Arrives

The QSO took place 6 years ago but dumb ole me thought it was just Argentina so I didn't send a card until discovering it was really South Orkney just last month. Arrival of this card puts me 16 away from worked 'em all and 6 away from honor roll. Ooh, I can almost taste it.

March 4,2002

South Sandwich Card Arrives

Arrival of this card puts me 17 away from worked 'em all and 7 away from honor roll.

February 17, 2002

ARA Hamfest

Sunday's hamfest at the Adam's County Fairgrounds was one of the best in years. Full Story.

February 15,2002

The W6OAV Loop

Compact HF magnetic loop works the world and looks like a fan. Full Story.


February 11, 2002

The "Matrix"
Coaxial Cable Manager

Eliminates switches and going to the back of the equipment to change coaxes among antennas and rigs. And it does a nice job of covering a big hole in the sheet rock, too. Full Story.


January 29,2002

Forty States Worked on 160m
- 23' antenna,100 watts!

Incredibly a 23' antenna and 100 watts contacts 40 states on 160m during the CQ WW CW 160m Contest. Check out the Full Story.


January 27, 2002 - Two Cards Arrive For Hard-To-Get Countries

New cards arrive - both ATNO.

Madagascar and Spratly have both been difficult countries to work and get confirmed until now. The Spratly contact was made using PSK31. Check out the updated Needed Country List




January 22, 2002 - Burundi Card arrives (again!)

New Burundi card arrives.

Hopefully this one will count. My previous Burundi contact and QSL card was rejected by the ARRL. This new contact was December 1, 2001 on 20m SSB, QSL Mgr SM5BFJ.



January, 2002 - Letter With Bad Handwriting Gets Delivered Anyway
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Post Office Figures Out Address Despite Incredibly Bad Handwriting

Next time you're about to cuss the Post Office remember this letter. It took a lot of caring to decipher this script. Click here for the full story



December 15, 2001 - Beacon Antenna

Beacon Antenna Is In Place and Tuned Up

This article discusses the antenna for a 10 meter PSK beacon. For information about the worldwide beacon system click on BEACONet. For the full story of how the antenna tuned up and how it performs click on Antenna Story

December 1, 2001 - Old Herman Cartoon About "Hams"



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