World Radio Network: Special WARD IRLP net
1600-1730 UTC via the World Conference Server (IRLP Node 9251) and the Hi-Gate Server (IRLP Node 9250).
KD2HWN, net control. Stations around the world are encouraged to check in.


Public Contact Info:
ARRL  Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X.
Phone: 860-594-0328


World Amateur Radio Day – 2014

International Amateur Radio UnionThe World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) is celebrated every April 18 to commemorate the 1925 creation of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Paris, France.

The purpose of the IARU is to monitor the interests of the Amateur Radio community worldwide. Each year WARD has a different theme. In 2014 the theme is “Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication.”

Every one of the 150 countries within the IARU has a Member Society. For the US, the Member Society is the ARRL. Clubs worldwide that are associated with their Member Societies are on the air with their special event stations to celebrate WARD.

Find out more about the IARU here.


KX3 Sees The Light of Day!

Ke2yk's Elecraft KX3



After being told by a fellow QRP’er that 15 CW has been up recently, I managed to drag my KX3 out of its Pelican case this morning.

Its been awhile since it has seen the light of day. Didn’t see much point to powering it on since my main antenna has been down for some time and the amazing Par End Fedz that I jury rigged in the yard some time ago has been beat to hell by the lousy winter and the high winds here in the Northeast.

After being very surprised by the fact that the auto-tuner was able to tune without moaning and groaning, I thought what the hell.

I tuned down to 21.025 and started hearing Europe. What was even more of a surprise is that I was able to work stations @ 5 watts on the first attempt.

That doesn’t say much about my skills but it says a HELL OF A LOT about that Par End Fedz antenna.

PAR End FedZ Antennas – Unique and Efficient

Received my EF 10-20-40 PAR End FedZ Antenna in the mail yesterday. Hoping to get it in the air to start testing later today. Used N2JFD’s at a recent Scout event and had to have my own. I am like that!

par end fedz 10-20-40

PAR End FedZ 10-20-40

The design of the PAR END FEDZ is unique and if you trim it properly, you can take the autotuner out of line.

As we all know when running QRP, you need the RF to enter the airwaves, not spin around inside the autotuner!
Find out more about this amazing design: .

SCRC Field Day 2012

This year’s Field Day was another enjoyable event for our Radio club. While only a subset our total membership actually participates, a good time is always had by all who attend.

Our club does not treat Field Day as a competitive event but a time to get together, get the kinks out of our HF gear, log some contacts and enjoy good conversation, food and drink.

Each year we experience a handful of unexpected outcomes. This year we gained new members due to our public relations setup and another as a result of our on-site VE test session.

Although the bands were rather poor on Saturday afternoon and few logistical problems had to be worked out, we managed to eek out a few hundred contacts between our digital, sideband and CW stations.

SCRC Field Day 2012

Two of our teen members came by for the afternoon. They had a lot of fun operating the HF gear and enjoyed experimenting with their own homebrew UHF and VHF antenna systems.

Overall I’d say that each year improves over the prior year’s event. The club is planning to set up a recently acquired 50 foot tower on-site some time this year so our chances of making more contacts during future events should improve quite a bit.

A special thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s event and those who took the time out to stop by and learn a bit about Amateur Radio.

As we all know it’s more than a hobby and Amateur Radio operators worldwide are the first to step up to the plate with their own equipment during man made and natural disasters.

eHamStore Dot Net – A Collection of Fun and Informative Ham Radio Articles and Videos

eHamStore Dot Net

Click On The Image To Visit eHamStore Dot Net

Many of you are probably not aware of the differences of blogging with and Then again, many of you probably don’t care. In any case, I thought I’d share some information and explain why you have not seen new posts here lately.

To put it in simple terms, setting up a based blog requires more work and some out-of-pocket expenses but it also allows for far more control over how the blog is created and managed.

It’s really the best of both worlds. Using the free code offers the advantage of leveraging the years of development by the WordPress team while opening up the ability to homebrew any part of the code base.

As a result I have set up a second domain under my company name  The eHamStore and have been enjoying the freedom of the new format.

The theme of the new blog is a ‘work in progress’ collection of interesting and fun Ham Radio videos and articles I have been collecting from various stops around the net. The Huck Finn article is a great example of the fun and informative information found on various sites. Of course prior to posting articles from other blogs, the author is contacted for reposting approval!

The latest post is a video about Ham Radio operators DXing from various bases around Antarctica. I hope you enjoy your visit to the new blog as much as I have had in putting it together.

If you know of or have interesting or informative articles or videos about Ham Radio you’d like to have posted, feel free to contact me!

QRP – The Fun (and Challenges) of Low Power Operation

N8ZYA’s recent Blog post about working QRP and making a 2000+ mile contact brought back great memories of the last solar cycle and the fun time I had when I worked a lot of  CW / QRP / M.  You can find the link to N8ZYA’s Blog on the sidebar.

It was always aArgosy 525 lot of fun and a real challenge to make contacts into Europe and many other places on my old Ten-Tec Argosy 525 while driving down the highway at 55+ MPH with the 40 Meter Hamstick flapping around.  I made so many contacts with this rugged old timer that I do miss it from time to time. One of it’s best features was the fact that it could be easily switched from 5 to 50 watts when band conditions began to deteriorate. Hey! Got one for sale? Contact me, I’d be interested. I am still kicking myself today for being dumb enough to part with this little gem.

Some years ago, a friend of mine was going to take a trip to central New Jersey to pick up some Collins gear. He was also a CW / QRP / M nut like myself.  I haThe Old Hot Water - HW9 d some free time that day and took the ride. We were just getting onto the Belt Parkway and I was tuning around on his HW9 when I heard an OM3 calling from Western Slovakia. He was blasting in. Yep, we worked him and got a 539 signal report. Talk about ways to become hooked on a hobby. WOW!

My Ham friend in East Moriches was always the “bah humbug type” when it came to CW and he thought QRP was a total joke.  One day I went over for a visit and brought my MFJ 9040 with me. He just “happened to have” a Tri-Band beam up about 20 feet in his back yard. He lived so close to the Atlantic Ocean that he didn’t need much height on the MFJ 9040antenna. I asked him if I could connect the 9040 to his beam. With all that hardware in front of this peanut rig, I knew it would be a blast. It reminded me David and Goliathof David and Goliath. Anyway, I remember making a bunch of contacts without having to call CQ over and over and good signal reports were of course real easy to get. All of a sudden I got a guy from PA coming back to me. Man, he was hammering the front end of that toy radio. We got into a QSO and he gave me a 599 report. I asked him what I was actually showing on his meter and he told me it was 20 over. My friend and I were both laughing so hard our sides were splitting. I then told the op in PA that I was running 5 watts. There was dead silence for a moment. Then he proceeded to go on and on about my signal from the little old 9040. (I never told him that I was operating through the beam antenna!) I bet he will always remember that contact.

Ten-Tec 544

Yesterday I was tuning my Ten-Tec Triton IV Model 544 and heard a guy (not QRP) calling CQ  around 7010 from his mobile in Alabama. He worked a GB4 station (Special Event – Isle of Man). That did it, it gave me  the bug again! Now I want to start pulling more mobile stuff out of storage. ( I guess I am too easy to encourage!)

There seems to be some signs of life in the low bands again. It appears that the low bands are coming around for more DXing fun. After hearing that QSO I am getting the itch to pick by1up some more QRP gear and start banging the paddles again from the mobile.

However, I am older (any maybe a little wiser now) and will park my butt before starting a QSO.  Copying a QSO in my head at 55+ is best left to someone younger and more daring than I care to be these days. After hearing news stories about young men and women dying behind the wheel due to  text messaging, becoming a statistic is not what I have in mind. There is no DX in the great beyond!

Ever worked CW or SSB / QRP/ M?
If so, why not comment on your best contact or a challenging contact?
Not into CW? Why not  comment about your SSB mobile experiences.

LOTA – Lighthouses On The Air!

I don’t talk about DX very much but I do have a fascination with lighthouses. I  collect the exact replicas and have visited a few here on Long Island.spaceball

Anyway, this is a direct copy of a message that I received. It would be really nice to get a QSL with the photo of a lighthouse on it. For you, I am sure the card would mean something very different.  Oh yeah, I made up the term LOTA  so do bother chasing the term in Google 🙂

If you like looking at photos of the lighthouse(s) and a huge amount of other DX information then visit TA0U’s personal Web page.

Here’s a Flickr page with photos of the S.I.L.E. TUR/046 lighthouse and related information.

from    AKUT DXpedition Team <>
to    Undisclosed-Recipient
date    Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 3:46 AM
subject    Light House TUR 046 / TUR 014

The light that embraces the world !!! Since 1859….150 years !!!
The second largest lighthouse in the world…
It still has original crystalls ( 1.5 Tones ) that may move in eight ( 8 ) different direction and flash every 15 seconds….

” Istanbul / S,I.LE Light House  TUR 046 ”

Between 17-18 January 2009 TC2SLH was QRV on HF ( SSB )

!!! You can see the pictures on the next link…

Next week end, 24-25 January 2009 ,  the 4th step and the 3th Light House will be Anadolu Light House / TUR 014…

TC-SWAT and AKUT DXpedition Team will operate to gether the station during all the week-end…

TC-SWAT and AKUT DXpedition Team will be QRV during the following five months from the historical lighthouses around Istanbul / Republic of Turkiye. In collaboration with the Directorate General of Coastal Safety, TC-SWAT and AKUT DXpedition Team is organising the “ Istanbul Lighthouses On The Air ” activity, which will take place from Karaburun ( TUR 036 ), Sile ( TUR 046 ), Anadolu ( TUR 014 ), Ahirkapi ( TUR  056 ), Rumeli/Turkeli ( TUR 053 ), and Fenerbahce ( TUR 021 ) Lighthouses as of last two weekends of December 2008.

The dates, locations and callsigns are as the following:

1.      20-21 & 27-28 December 2008 Karaburun Lighthouse TUR 036 / TC1KLH
2.      17-18 January 2009 Sile Lighthouse TUR 046  / TC2SLH
3.      24-25 January 2009 Anadolu Lighthouse TUR 014  / TC2ALH
4.      21-22 February 2009 Ahirkap? Burnu Lighthouse TUR 056  /  TC1ALH
5.      21-22 March 2009 Rumeli/Turkeli Lighthouse TUR 053  / TC1RLH
6.      4-5 April 2009 Fenerbahçe Lighthouse TUR 021 / TC2FLH

Stations contacting four or more of the lighthouses will recieve “ Istanbul Lighthouses On The Air Award ” .

Details will be later announced on the website;


QSL Manager is TA1HZ

AKUT DXpedition Team will be,



TCSWAT Team will be;

TA1FR Leonardo RAGNO
TA2RX Bekir Kemal ATAMAN
***   ***   ***

TC12AKUT was QRV between 1-16 December 2008 for the Anniv. of AKUT Searc and Rescue Association… You can see the pictures on the next link

!!! The movie ( DVD ) of the activity is ready and will be soon published on the web site…  and

if you want to have it pls reply with you post address..

Hope to hear you soon….

Best regards

73! de TA0U