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Mon Dec 17, 2018, 07:27 PM

DX radio geeks: Spent an entire summer living in a tent in my parents back yard

It was 1984 and I was 16 years old trying to get reception and a QSL card from these MF-ers. I think I went most of the summer with very little sleep. I used to fake sleeping when my dad would check up on me at 6:30 when he left for work. I was finally successful BTW.

Radio Happy Isles, Solomon Islands, 5020 khz, 5kw.

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Reply DX radio geeks: Spent an entire summer living in a tent in my parents back yard (Original post)
Currentsitguy Dec 2018 OP
TheShoe Dec 2018 #1
Currentsitguy Dec 2018 #2
TheShoe Dec 2018 #3
MeatSandwich Dec 2018 #5
fools_gold Dec 2018 #6
MeatSandwich Dec 2018 #7
fools_gold Dec 2018 #8
MeatSandwich Dec 2018 #9
fools_gold Dec 2018 #4

Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2018, 07:31 PM

1. CQ CQ CQ DX

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Response to TheShoe (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 17, 2018, 07:43 PM

2. You gotta figure

The signal was considered completely unreceivable in the Eastern half of the US, so picking it up was I suppose the radio equivalent of bagging the Great White Buffalo, or catching the Golden Egg Laying Goose.

I begged and bargained with my parents that if I made the honor roll I could get a good shortwave radio. I did and this was what I got:



I actually still have it.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 17, 2018, 07:46 PM

3. Over the years I lost mine

I had a great dipole in the backyard and had a nice collection of QSL cards. Wish I still had the stuff.

However, thinking of designing a new house with a shack. LOL.

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Response to TheShoe (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 18, 2018, 12:34 AM

5. I do only CW and have had a radio in operation for 30 plus years.

WAS (CW) and QSL's from more countries than I can count. It's much easier to get a signal on CW than voice.

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Response to MeatSandwich (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 18, 2018, 11:03 AM

6. I've been moving back to CW after decades off

At least for DX work. I'll never be a rag chewer on CW, but as you said, it's a lot easier to work a rare one or hear through a pileup on CW than SSB. But I still use an old straight key. I have never been able to get used to a paddle and a keyer. That keeps my speed way down.

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Response to fools_gold (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 18, 2018, 02:12 PM

7. I've been on CW from the beginning.

I built my speed up over the years, and am comfortable between 18-25 wpm. To me, it's like a second language and I really don't think about it much as I listen and occasionally write down info that I need for my QSL card. Back in the day (Ha ha) we had five written exams and three CW tests. I've been an Extra for 20 of the 30 plus years. I use both a straight key and paddles, but honestly prefer the paddles as they make life a bit easier.

Kenwood 570d /w 6 meter, running max 100w to a G5RV up at about 50 feet. Back to you. Or in CW ...

Knwd 570d/6 mtr 100w G5RV at 50 feet. BK

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Response to MeatSandwich (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 18, 2018, 02:35 PM

8. Yaesu FTDX3000 100W 40M OCFD AT 20 FEET 73 OM SK

Yep, passed 5 WPM test getting Novice Licence in 1961. Upgaded to Advanced Class with the 13 WPM test in '77 and barely passed the 20 WPM test in '93. (But I aced the Extra written test!) That same day my 13 year old son passed the Extra Class written exam by just missed passing the 20 WPM code test, so he was stuck at Advanced Class until two years ago when he finally upgraded to Extra to get my dad's old callsign.

I'm good to about 15 WPM, but I have to write down the letters as I never developed the ability to hear words or even remember the last character. Maybe now that I'm 70 and spending more time on CW it will come.

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Response to fools_gold (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 18, 2018, 11:32 PM

9. It *will* come as you use it more. I can listen to CW and carry on a conversation

with someone in the room. Trust me, you've already passed the 10 WPM threshold - your speed will improve rapidly with use. As a side note, I kept my advanced call sign because I liked the sound of it on CW.

73 OM FB SK

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 17, 2018, 08:10 PM

4. I had a Panasonic World Boy SW receiver in the early 70's

when I was running all around WestPac and SE Asia as a young Signal Officer working (mostly) with the Defense Communications Agency (DCA) doing field engineering ad troubleshooting. No matter where we were I could pick up some element of AFRTN to get news and info, and would sometimes listen to SSB on the ham bands.

I lost that radio in a move sometime in the early 80's. I replaced it with a Grundig Yacht Boy 400, which I still have and use regularly.



I've been a short wave listener for a LONG time. My boyhood best friend and I listened to the signal from Sputnik in 1957 on his dad's old Zenith console SW radio. That got us both into ham radio at age 12, me into a career in Electronics, and my friend into a career as a radio/TV producer and now a best selling author of political action thriller. See garygrossman.com

I guess SWLing isn't what it used to be, the world has changed and moved on, but it sure was fun back in the day.

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