Saturday, January 5, 2019

Technicians on HF and more (GO FOR IT) CHALLENGE

Technician Class Amateur Radio Operator you can do it all

here it is spelled out very clear Technician Bands
here is  what  you can  do  (Technician bands)

HF:   10(cw,data,rtty,SSB), 15(cw), 40(cw), 80(cw)

VHF:   6, 2, 1.2 (220)

UHF:  70(440), 33(900)   23:(1.2)

so Fire up your HF radio and lets make some contacts
I challenge all Technicians to make:
1 qso with 1 person from each of the 50 United States

on 10 meters (28 mhz - 28.000 to 28.500 - lots of bandwidth)
and with 10 meter WIDE OPEN every day

How fast can you do this?
then can I challenge you to another degree.... how about 1 YL (young lady in each state)
if you do this contact me right away i will personally get your certificate to you!


ps: I challenge all EXTRA class operators to Elmira/Elmer 1 person in 2018!

help me develop this.... please add your comments below

Thursday, January 3, 2019



so remember there are hams who have been in this hobby for many many years
(that have been logging with paper and pen)
also remember there are brand new hams (we need a lot more of them
(kids/children/teenagers\yl's) who will not like
keep track of the qso's they have >>>>> so we must show them how to log online.
logging qso's are done so that some ham can achieve certificate,
meet new friends and lots more.

there are many ways of logging qso's (a contact between 2 or more ham radio operators.

one way (easy and free) QRZ.COM

here are the steps to start loggins qso's free and easy and
who knows achieve a certificate quickly.

Log into to
Look for the LOGBOOK Button in the right along side your CALL Button.
Click on the Logbook Button to enter your logbook.
If you agree with a QSO Record click on the green check to confirm it.

if you need more help KA1ULN@ARRL.NET

On-Line Qsling ( & and QRZ.COM

More recently the ability to send/receive QSL confirmations has now become available via the Internet. To do this you only need to go to at and register for this free service. lotw Using your web browser you will be able to design your own QSL card, send cards to contacts you have made and receive cards. The service also provides features for organizing cards received and creating summaries of them. Currently eQSLs are acceptable for CQ Awards.

LOTW (Logbook Of The World) is also very popular. This system IS valid for DXCC & WAS Award claims so it is widely used. It is understood that at sometime in the future IOTA MAY also be available by this system. If you need advice on LOTW then please email me.

QSL Managers
Active DX stations often use a QSL manager especially when mail to the DX country is difficult at best and non-existent at worst. You will be aware of the QSL manager when looking up the address of the DX call on or by lists published in some of the amateur literature. You must know whether the station of who's QSL card you need uses a manager. it is imperitive that this information is added to your outgoing card.

Check out my QSL Manager page at for an overview or more information on the topic.
is one qsl and confirmation website used by many hams... it is easy to use, free and keeps tracks of your qso's so at some point you can can certificates (something you don't even have to keep track of QRZ does that for you.
so be my guest and create your account and log away... oh yes please don't forget to CONFIRM my qso with you. THE ELECTRONIC QSL CARD CENTRE

How does work?


Step 1 - Register
Step 2 - Design eQSL
Step 3 - Verify Identity
Step 4 - QSO
Step 5 - Upload Log to OutBox
Step 6 - Automatic Transfer
Step 7 - Details of Transfer
Step 8 - Retrieve from InBox

Go to Register on the Home Page

this information on eqsl is taken from

LET'S try to confirm all qso's so YL's will be More recognized. if You need more help with online confirming and logging.
send Niece and email KA1ULN@MAIL.COM

Saturday, December 22, 2018

A battery box customized to my needs

by Alisha - AC1EW

I have a 100w Yaesu Ft-991a radio that I use at home and portable for Parks on the Air ( and for travel. To use this radio, I bought a Bioenno 30ah battery. This is a wonderful Lithium Ion battery, and I found that I can operate for hours at 100w without recharching. But it becomes somewhat of a mess to deal with the battery, cables, solar connectors, etc.

I've seen a variety of power boxes at hamfests, online and at the nearby Ham Radio Outlet store. But, except for an expensive custom box from Bioenno, none of them would hold the battery I have, and they lacked the features I wanted. Here was my wish list

  • Sized right to hold my battery
  • Anderson Powerpole connectors for the radio (I love these connectors).
  • USB ports for charging Iphone and other devices.
  • Cigarette lighter adapter for my laptop or other devices.
  • Anderson Powerpole connector for the AC adapter to charge the battery.
  • Internal Solar Charge controller to connect a solar panel to charge the battery.
Those were the must-haves. I wasn't concerned about having a power inverter to generate AC power. It seemed like an unnecessary drain on the battery and I couldn't think of anything that requires it. Besides, our pickup has an inverter, as will the trailer we plan to buy in the spring.
The solution gave me all that, plus a nice extra as a place to hold my 30w folding flexible solar panel .

Looks larger than it is, but it's the size of a small toolbox
When shopping at the local Harbor Freight store for hard cases to hold my radio and gear, I saw their ammo boxes. One was obviously too small for my battery. The other one initially seemed to be a bit large, but turned out to be perfect. Here's the box I purchased for $10. As you can see if you click on the link, It has a compartment in the lid for small items, as well as a tray that fits inside. The expensive part of this project (beside the battery and charge controller) were the panel mount connectors from (the maker of the anderson powerpole connectors). But the quality is excellent. I didn't want to be cheap on this project since it serves as the power center for my portable radio activities. The following pictures show the exterior of the box
The switch on the side selects whether the ac charge adapter or a solar panel would be used to charge the battery. I didn't want both accidentally connected at the same time.

The power connections and a switch to cut of all power to devices. I marked the bottom pair of powerpole connectors (somewhat crudely) to indicate that the ac adapter is plugged in there.

The connector for a solar panel.
The view when opening the lid. Note that the solar panel fits perfectly just inside the lid. This wasn't planned, but a nice feature

I trimmed the tray that came with the box to have openings allowing for the size of the battery, and removing the handle that was in the way, while maintaining some utility for solar power connecting cables. The power meter allows you to see the amount of battery power that has been used (Amp and Watt Hours). With a Lithium Ion battery, the level can't be judged by the voltage output, since it remains constant until the battery is dead. As a result, an amp/watt meter is the best judge of remaining capacity.

Removing the lid, you see the battery on the right, solar charge controller on the left, and the wiring for the connectors. I used Anderson Powerpole connectors throughout the project. This gives a lot of flexibility to alter the configuration if needed, in the future.

This box may not be what you need, but the beauty of building your own is that it lets you configure it to meet your needs. This turned out to be a better solution for me than I expected. All my power needs (both discharging and charging) are included in the box, reducing the clutter of wires I need to have when operating portable. If I decide to change the configuration in the future, I can just buy a new $10 box, and set it up to meet my needs.

Now I can't wait until next summer to take this on our cross-country roadtrip.

Any questions can be directed to me at .

33, AC1EW - Alisha

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Field Day JUNE 28-29 2019

New to Field Day? START HERE!

Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

"What Is Field Day" (Printable PDF Flier)


Wednesday, October 4, 2017



1. Bring kids and wives to meeting when there is something to keep them interested
2. give your kids or friends a Morse code keyer (along with a list of cw code)
3. go talk to superintendent of school committee in your town (or a teacher)
4. plan your field day (with/at the local school)
5. approach the GIRL/BOY scouts they need a ham radio badge
6. setup a local Morse code class in your town
7. learn satellites kids seem to love making a contact with them
8. learn about STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math - link Radio and STEM
9. talk to a teacher
10. talk to your local librarian to do a 1 or 2 hour presentation of ham radio or morse code (focus for kids)
11.​ip <<<<<<<<<< this is a ZIP file 12. approach the 4H club.... 13 >>>>>>>> <<<<<<< here is a ham related video for everyone to watch>>>​/it-challenges-your-mind-146

email me to add to this list KA1ULN@MAIL.COM

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