Alan’s window-mounted Elecraft AX1 POTA activation!
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by Thomas Witherspoon
23h ago
Many thanks to Alan (W2AEW) who shares the following guest post: New AX1 POTA Activation by Alan (W2AEW) I have to admit, I have been bitten “hard” by the POTA bug!  (I blame Thomas!) It started for me in August 2022 while I was on vacation at the Jersey shore.  Since that time, I have ..read more
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Replacement battery for the Xiegu X5105?
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by Thomas Witherspoon
2d ago
Many thanks to Chuck (K8HU) who writes: Hi Thomas, The battery in my Xeigu 5105 seems to have bit the dust and have been looking for a replacement part. Any sourcing suggestions? Best Chuck Rippel, K8HU Chuck had checked with the dealer, but their only suggestion was a battery (model BP-X5105) at Sinotel in the ..read more
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POTA Field Report: The Elecraft AX1’s secret power? Speed of deployment.
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by Thomas Witherspoon
3d ago
I believe I mentioned in the past that when I first purchased my Elecraft AX1, I assumed it would be a bit if a toy or novelty item. I thought it was a fun concept–and that’s why I bought it–but I remember the first time I took it out to the field on an activation ..read more
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André’s All-Season Yaesu FT-891 Go-Box
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by Thomas Witherspoon
5d ago
Many thanks to André (PY2KGB/VE2ZDX) who writes: Hi Thomas! I’m writing to share my idea for a cheap and easy to build go box. It’s not for a QRP rig, but the concept can be applied for the ft818, for example. Check out this YouTube video: I’ve been operating under snow with this box, in ..read more
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Jonathan takes the Yaesu FT-818ND on an inaugural POTA activation!
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by Thomas Witherspoon
6d ago
Many thanks to Jonathan (KM4CFT) who shares the following guest field report and video: Chatfield State Park (K-1212) January 20, 2022 by Jonathan Kayne (KM4CFT) The honorable Yaesu FT-817/818. You all know it and love it. I had been wanting to get myself one for a while but after just buying myself a shiny new ..read more
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Pairing the Elecraft KX2 with a 28.5′ random wire for a rapid POTA activation
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by Thomas Witherspoon
1w ago
On Wednesday, January 11, 2023, I was on my way back to the QTH after a brief trip to Raleigh, NC. Later in the afternoon, I needed to take my daughters to a class, thus I had a strict deadline to meet. Still, it was a beautiful day so I decided to pop by Tuttle ..read more
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Guest Post: Dan’s first straight key POTA activation
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by Thomas Witherspoon
1w ago
Many thanks to Dan (W9SAU) who shares the following field report: My first Straight Key POTA Activation Dan (W9SAU) 1/22/2023 After 3 weeks of working Straight Key for SKCC, SST, and POTA QSOs, and a lot of practice, I wanted to try a Straight Key POTA Activation, using a Cootie paddle. My Cootie/Sideswiper is a ..read more
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New Penntek TR-35 Field Kit, Canine Welcome Party, & Brilliant 20 Meter POTA Conditions!
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by Thomas Witherspoon
1w ago
There are few things that make me happier than radios and pets.  On Saturday, January 7, 2023, I got copious amounts of both. On the way back to the QTH, I stopped by Table Rock Fish Hatchery (K-8012) for a nice, leisurely POTA activation. En route to Table Rock I gave some though to the ..read more
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MINI Portable: Conrad’s POTA field report from Stuart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge
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by Thomas Witherspoon
1w ago
Many thanks to Conrad (N2YCH) who shares the following field report: Field Report :POTA Activation K-0228, Stuart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Great Meadows Unit by Conrad (N2YCH) January 21, 2023 Parks On the Air’s Support Your Parks weekend event for winter 2023 is the third full weekend in January and I found myself without my Jeep ..read more
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My winter kit-building cycle
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by Thomas Witherspoon
1w ago
What is it about winter that engages my inner kit-builder–? I go through this cycle every year: when outdoor temps plummet, I fire up the soldering iron and start building kits that have been sitting on the shelf for the previous three seasons. I used to think that I built more kits in the winter ..read more
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