Category Archives: Ham Radio

CQ CQ CQ: #HamRadio – International Space Station UPGRADED

Although I am a NASA certified Space Shuttle Door Gunner and a certified expert on the Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser, I have not yet had a contact with the International Space Station.  Contact, that is, via radio. I received a Just … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio issue: Video from NASA about “Our Next Solar Cycle”

NASA has a video about the next Solar Cycle. Every 11 years your planet’s yellow star goes through a cycle of more or less activity. This activity can effect the layers of your planet’s atmosphere. In turn that impacts the … Continue reading

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#CQ – 14 Aug -St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest, martyr, #HamRadio operator, intercede for the Fishwrap! #SP3RN

Today, 14 August, is the Vigil of the Assumption.  It is also the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest put to death at Auschwitz. St. Maximilian Kolbe, has a special relevance for Catholic media. Today, dear readers, say … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Sunday: Morse and an amazing mini-speaker

We are still in a period of relative “lockdown”.  This could be a good time for some of you to get your Amateur Radio license.  A while back I mentioned that a couple of obtained their Technician license and had received … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ – #HamRadio: Fun with Morse

I’ve been slowly but surely working on learning Morse Code.  It’s a bit of a slog.  And when I listen to CW pileups, it’s pretty intimidating.   But… FORWARD! Speaking of Morse Code, I received this via email. Meanwhile, I’ve been monitoring … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Sunday: Morse and a bite from the past

I’ve finally gotten serious about Morse Code for CW.  My goal: get up to speed with Morse so I can do CW on a an extremely portable QRP rig. In past summers I had set myself a goal of one … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ – Ham Radio Saturday: Ham radio operator finds “zombie satellite”

This is rather cool, from NPR: Long-Lost U.S. Military Satellite Found By Amateur Radio Operator There are more than 2,000 active satellites orbiting Earth. At the end of their useful lives, many will simply burn up as they reenter the … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ: Ham Radio in Pandemic – ZedNet is ACTIVE!

In this time of being shut in, I’ve been checking on the bands. I’ve had a couple of emails from folks saying that, just before the Coronavirus flare, they obtained their Technician license and had received their call signs.   While … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ: Ham Radio Thursday – ZedNet reminder and a throat tightener

As you recall, ZedNet is operational.  More HERE.  We should figure out some schedules. In a rather lackadaisical way I’ve put my toes into the waters of Morse Code.  I find it fascinating and would like to do CW, maybe … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Saturday: ZedNet revived

ZedNet has been quiet over the last month. I had sketchy internet in Rome. However, I saw a registration recently in which the registrant, also a ham, specifically mentioned ZedNet. We should get this going. For more on ZedNet – … Continue reading

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14 Aug -St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest, martyr, #HamRadio operator, intercede for dissident ‘c’atholic media! #CQ

Today, 14 August, is the Vigil of the Assumption.  It is also the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest put to death at Auschwitz. St. Maximilian Kolbe, has a special relevance for Catholic media. I would ask all … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio: Very cool idea – “Shrines on the Air” Special Event?

The other day, in reference to the conference I attended at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe near La Crosse, WI, I mentioned that it would be very cool indeed to hold a “special event” at the Shrine, perhaps … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Monday: kicking myself

I could kick myself. I am heading to La Crosse today for the annual Speculum Iustitiae canon law conference.  I might have thought to get my act together ahead of time so that I could operate from there.  I’ve gotta … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Saturday: DXing and Vatican call sighting, and Vatican Radio LATIN news program

I have had some success making DX contacts recently.  Here’s a shot of my log from yesterday. Sometimes when it is hard to copy the callsign letters, some hams will veer away from the standard NATO alphabet and use other … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Saturday: Shhhhh!

First things first. I’m calling CQ for a good graphic artist who might design an appropriate logo for ZedNet.  Maybe something with… lightning bolts against ones and zeros. I dunno.  I’m not creative that way. Regarding ZedNet and DMR operation, … Continue reading

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