10 new entities from CQ WPX SSB

15m was the money band for the CQ WPX SSB contest. I got ten new entities.

  1. Antigua & Barbuda
  2. Belgium
  3. Croatia
  4. Czech Republic
  5. England
  6. Fiji
  7. Ireland
  8. Italy
  9. Slovak Republic
  10. Switzerland

I wish I had more time to operate.

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ARRL 2010 Sweepstakes results

I got 116 CW QSOs with 49 sections for a total of 11,368 points and 325 SSB QSOs with 68 sections for 44,200 points. We had terrible weather Saturday night. We had heavy rain with lightning in the area. I powered down for an hour or so because the noise level was so high, and there was the threat of lightning.

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Worked ZL8X!

I worked ZL8X before having to send my Yaesu FT-450AT to Yaesu for service. When I tried working them barefoot, no reply. Turned on the borrowed linear, and ZL8X replied on the first call. Now I am sending in my rig to get the CW plug fixed.

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FT-450 on steroids for ARRL Sweepstakes

Thanks to N6WM, I will be using a linear amplifier for the ARRL Sweepstakes this weekend. I also have a new 80m inverted-L antenna and better elevation for my fan dipole.

FT-450 with Linear Amplifier

FT-450 on Steriods

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14490 maps served

The azimuthal map service went online in January 2010. As of today, over 14,490 azimuthal maps have been successfully created by the server. There have been visits by over 100 countries.

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CQ ZRS published map

Map published in CQ ZRS

CQ ZRS published one of my maps in issue 1 and 2/2010

Thanks to Bostjan – Ian (S55O) for publishing one of my maps on the back cover of CQ ZRS, a magazine for Slovenian amateur radio operators.

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How do big print outs look?

I’ve never actually printed a very large map, and I am curious how it looks. If you’ve printed a poster sized map, I would be curious to hear how it looks.

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Now with latitude/longitude grids!

I added a new feature to the azimuthal map program to give people the option to add a latitude/longitude grid and Maidenhead grid square labels. This turned out to require an adventure in the world of cubic spline interpolation, but that’s a story for another time. These new features are turned off by default because the map is already pretty dense with information.

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Point your antennas to CM97bp (Jamboree on the Air)

In celebration of Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary, Northern California BSA is having a jamboree, and East Bay hams are putting on a jamboree on the air (JOTA) station to give scouts a chance to get on the air.  The station call sign is WZ6BSA, and it should be accessible via HF, VHF (including IRLP), and satellite (when visible from CM97bp). You can get more information here. I am going to be the HF control operator 9am-1pm PDT tomorrow.

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Want to see where maps have been generated for?

Locations for which maps have been made

Red dots show locations for which maps have been made

I wrote a script to generate a map showing all the locations for which maps have been generated.  There is also a link to show a graph of the number of maps generated per day.

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