DX Pileup Etiquette

DX

I’ve been playing with radios since I was 15 and a lot of that time has been spent chasing DX. That is my major interest in ham radio. Toward that end, I do a lot of work with antennas and equipment; building, erecting, studying, etc. Nearly 99% of my operating time is spent listening to … Read more

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CQ Contest

ham shack

So this weekend there is some kind of contest happening on the HF bands. I’m not interested in contesting myself but I do use them to catch myself some new countries or prefixes I have never worked. I’m still relatively very new to HF so working Europe still has some panache for me. The pileups … Read more

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This is too easy

This weekend I just had to get the new rig on the air. I’ve had the 756 Pro for days now but have not been able to do anything but listen as all I had for an antenna was a random length of wire tossed out the window. All I needed was a simple dipole … Read more

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The Hustler 5BTV Antenna

DX contact

Today in preparation for my new HF rig arriving I took a trip to Toronto to buy an antenna and a few odds and sods. I settled on Hustler’s quarter-wave vertical, the 5BTV. The Hustler 5-BTV is a five-band trap vertical antenna adding 75/80 meter operation to the 4-BTV. It is self-supporting and I plan … Read more

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