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Geomagnetic Field: Solar X-ray status: Proton status: Neutron status:
Geomagnetic status from SWPC Solar X-ray status from SWPC

Welcome to Swannanoa, North Carolina



IRCs (International Reply Coupons) - it takes MASSIVE effort (yes, nearly 45 minutes!) to get the USPS to exchange these as they are required to by membership of the UPU. Print this document and take it with you to the USPS Post Office nearest you!.
The USPS no longer sells IRCs online or in offices.
Another IRC link: G3SWH 

SSB. What's that? I haven't operated on SSB since 1992.

Author of the original computer Hellschreiber software (for the BBC Micro), as G4BKI, early 1980s.

Did this rekindle the mode? All I ever heard then was a very few mechanical Hell machines. Now the mode is BACK!

Radio emission designations (these have changed over the years)

Don't run telnet (or open FTP) to any remote servers, routers or other infrastructure.
Check that hidden/unknown telnet servers are turned off too!


location
Info on QTH
 Continent: North America
CQ Zone: 5
ITU Zone: 8
Time Zone: Eastern Time (GMT-4)
Daylight Saving Time - Yes
IARU Region: 2
Lat/Lon: 35.630(N)  -82.411(W)
Maidenhead Locator: EM85tp01 Find yours
County: Buncombe (BUN)
ARRL Section: NC

station
Station at present
TS-590S  [1] Icom IC-706 (manual)
The incomparable Mercury paddle made by hand by N2DAN
MFJ-1425 [1] 25A Switched Mode Power Supplies (x2)
Toughbook CF-53 - running N1MM logging, & ICECAP/ICEAREA
Ameritron RCS-10
[1] Remote Coax Switch & OK2ZI 6 way Remote Coax Switch (with 2nd RCS-10 Control Box)
Free standing aluminium 60' tower
Yaesu G1000DXA rotator [1] / ERC serial interface [1] / Ham Supply Illuminator [1]
5 band Optibeam OB9-5 or 5 band Quad
LF dipole antennas and K9AYs
RigExpert AA-54 analyzer [1]
Alpha-Delta suppressors - TT3G50UHP
Acom 1000 amplifier [1]
Butternut HF9VX [1]
SGC-230 Antenna Tuner
LDG AT-200Pro Antenna Tuner
CSV-19 Antenna Line Launcher [1]
Campbell Hausfeld CC2300 portable pump for CSV-19 launcher
[1]
Daiwa CN101 power meter
Baluns from Balun Designs
Beverages
WinKeyer USB keyer [1] [2]
Bencher Paddle BY-2 (Chrome)
Vibroplex Iambic Deluxe Paddle (Chrome)
Begali Simplex Mono (Palladium)
Sony MDR-NC20 Noise Cancelling full ear headphones (and replacement ear pads)
MFJ-250 1kW dummy load [1]
MFJ-260C 300W dummy load (on 2nd antenna port of TS-590S, just in case!) [1]

Going on a DXpedition? - USB Flash drives are your friend! Keep your log data and programs backed up. USB FLASH drive
Prices are now around $0.60 per GB, even for USB v3.0 drives.
Pictures
 Butternut up
Butternut HF-9VX looks 1000' tall here (it's only 28' tall actually and a standby antenna)
 

Radar and Lightning if there is red on this map, don't expect me to be on the air!
Live. Click here for full weather details.
Morse statue
 Google Doodle for Samuel Morse
Samuel Morse special callsigns:
M0RSE
EM0RSE
GM0RSE

Marconi

To the "Media" - if you are going to put morse in your content (Discovery Channel, CIA ads, etc.), then please don't include nonsense which is also badly sent. Please take a couple of minutes and use WinMorse to make your audio feed. Thank you. Here's a good BBC video.

Great Circle Map from Swannanoa


Why RoHS lead-free solder may be more of a problem than a solution.
Links to products on this page do not endorse either the product or the manufacturer.
Software pricing key. Nothing=Free, $=is free to use in limited way, $$=see pricing in link
Note: the software pricing keys are currently incomplete....

Got a frozen antenna part or anything else mechanical? Liquid Wrench Penetrating Oil is amazing.

Type a callsign:

QRZ callsign lookup:


Telegraph abbreviations hang on into the 21st Century

wiresignals
Some little known wire signals
1 - Wait a moment
25 - Busy on another wire
2 - Important business
26 - Put on ground wire
3 - What time is it?
27 - Priority, very important
4 - Where shall I go ahead?
28 - Do you get my writing?
5 - Have you business for me? 29 - Private, deliver in sealed envelope.
6 - I am ready 30 - No more-end
7 - Are you ready? 31 - Form 31 train order
8 - Close your key; circuit is busy
32 - I understand that I am to .........
9 - Close your key for priority business (wire chief, dspr, etc.)
33 - Car report (Also, answer is paid for)
10 - Keep this circuit closed
34 - Message for all officers
12 - Do you understand?
35 - You may use my signal to answer this
13 - I understand
37 - Diversion (Also, inform all interested)
14 - What is the weather?
39 - Important, with priority on through wire.
(Also, sleep-car report)
15 - For you and other to copy
44 - Answer promptly by wire
17 - Lightning here
73 - Best regards
18 - What is the trouble?
88 - Love and kisses
19 - Form 19 train order 91 - Superintendent's signal
21 - Stop for meal
92 - Deliver promptly
22 - Wire test
93 - Vice President & general manager signals
23 - All copy
95 - President's signal
24 - Repeat this back
134 - Who is at the key?

***How to display real-time lightning map while running logging programs***
   

If you have to bond something PERMANENTLY use 3M 5200 (see other options here). It will NEVER come off above or under water. It can be persuaded to release with applied heat, but chances of success are limited. Use with caution!

Rats, rats, rats! This product has been discontinued. WHY???!!!
If you need to waterproof a connector or anything else use Elmers Caulk CLEAR in this tube E948. Some other tubes have terrible applicators, only buy the one with the nozzle. It goes on WHITE so you can see that it went everywhere you wanted. After 30 mins or so it dries CLEAR. Stands up well outside, yet can be peeled off if you need to change something later.

I am now trying ACE hardware Part No. 12589. This does the same (goes on white, dries clear). The website does NOT confirm that, only the tube says it on the back. It takes a LOT longer to cure and go clear. It also appears to have about 5-10% shrinkage when I tested it by applying to a flat stone surface with a dip in it. There is also a GE product and DAP product which I am going to test.

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Local clubs (NC & SC)

2nd Thursday of each month

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Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Club
 BRARC
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Western Caroina Amateur Radio Society 
 WCARS WCARS blog
 Map NC
2nd Thursday of each month, 18:00
1st Tuesday of each month, 19:00
1st Thursday of each month (except December), 19:30
Road Show ARC
Blue Ridge ARS
  BRARS SC
  Map

Greer ARC 
  GARC SC
  Map

Defunct, as far as can be told 1st Monday of each month, 19:00
2nd Monday of each month, 19:00
Isothermal DX and Contest Club Map NC
South Carolina DX Association
SCDXA SC
Map


2nd Tuesday of each month, 18:00 3rd Thursday of each month, 18:00


VP9KF
I operate only CW A1 Club (JA) [Challenge Degree, worked 204 members]A1 CLUB (JA) [2018-04-01 - 2019-03-31] CWJF - Life Member SOC NOC Worked All Britain - former CW Net controller CW LINKS

A1 Club (JA) - No. 1745 CWJF - No. 790 SOC - No. 1000 NOC - No. 1 WAB 1496

hamfests
Hamfests and Conventions (see ARRL also)
 
Club page
City
Hamfest page
Map
Date Begin
Date End
Year
Distance (m)1
Mecklenburg ARS Charlotte, NC
Hamfest Map March 10, 2018 -
-
150
Raleigh ARS Raleigh, NC
Hamfest Map March 31, 2018 -
46th
240

Catawba Valley, NC
Hamfest Map 3rd Saturday of April
-
21st
50
RAC Knoxville Knoxville, TN
Hamfest Map June 16, 2018 -
52nd
127
WCARS Waynesville, NC
Hamfest Map Last Saturday of July -
-
40
Cape Fear ARS Fayetteville, NC
Hamfest Map August 11, 2018 -
20th
260

Huntsville, AL
Hamfest Map August 18, 2018 August, 19 2018 -
320
Shelby ARC Shelby, NC
Hamfest Map August 31, 2018
Sept 2, 2018
62nd
80
SEDCO
Pigeon Forge, TN W4DXCC Convention Map September 21, 2018 September 22, 2018 14th
110
York Cnty ARS
Rock Hill, SC
Hamfest
Map
October 6, 2018
-
66th
140
  1. From Swannanoa, NC          

plus NC ARRL Section ARRL Roanoke Division All DXCC Card Checkers  
HF rigs through the  years: HW-101, HW-8, Omni-D, TS-130S, FT-757GX, TS-930S, TS-940S, IC-706, K2/100, TS-590S
Other rigs: SRC-146A, FT-227R, FT-290R, IC-2E, IC-02E, IC-2E 

DXCC Entity of the month  LoTW server status

lf antennas
A new breed of LF antennas (under construction)
In a very few years, new receive antennas for LF (160/80/40m) have emerged.
These are knocking the stuffing out of the previously preferred Beverage antennas and can sit on a smaller footprint of land.

Some can be 'home brewed' (others have embedded proprietary code).
Type
Web site
Designer
Patent
Supplier(s)*
8 Circle
Hi-Z antennas
Lee, K7TJR / Dick, KO7N
?
DX Engineering (sole) [~$1500]
Shared Apex Loop Array
Wideband Loop
Mark, KB7GF
8,350,776
Array Solutions (sole) Review
8 Circle
-
Charles, W8JI
7,423,588
DX Engineering (sole) [$3200+]
K9AY
AY Technologies
Gary, K9AY
?
AS RQTH RQTH
Single Beverage
-
Dr. H.R. Beverage
1,381,089
RemoteQTH eB eB DXE AS
Reversible Beverage
-
Many
-
RemoteQTH eB  DXE
Further information
Hi-Z 8 Circle
ON4WW
Notes from ON4WW
Various rx antennas
W8JI
Notes from W8JI
K9AY
MRS
Notes from G0WCW
Reversible Beverage ZL3IX

Beverages
W0BTU
Extensive Beverage page W0BTU
* DXE=DX Engineering; AS=Array Solutions; RQTH=RemoteQTH; eB=eBay vendor;



January February March April May June DX Calendar July August September October November December
Sorry, this calendar periodically disappears. The script is properly in the page source and the server is 'up' at DX News.


DXCC Entities active - long term

DXCC Entities active - short term

dx_news
Additional DX News
Amendment to ARRL DXCC Rules Will Expand DXCC List - 2018-01-23
The ARRL Board of Directors approved a motion to amend the DXCC Rules, when it met January 19-20 (2018). Section II, Subsection 1 of the DXCC Rules now will include a new Subsection
(d): The entity has a separate IARU member society and  is included in the US State Department's list of Independent States in the World.
“The discussion during the Board meeting and the rule change did not address any specific entity,” ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, said. “The amendment could allow some additions to the current DXCC List of entities. It’s a good thing not only for DXCC but for all active hams.” [really?]

In fact, the Republic of Kosovo (Z6) has been added to the DXCC List of current entities, increasing the total number of current DXCC entities to 340. The addition of Kosovo raises to 331 the required number of current entities confirmed to qualify for DXCC Honor Roll; Top of Honor Roll is 340. DXCC award accounts are being tabulated to reflect the change.

This change qualifies as an “event,” effective on January 21, 2018, at 0000 UTC. Nothing is retroactive.

Change of country name from Swaziland to "Kingdom of Eswatini" - 2018-04-25

Change to the name of "Macedonia"? - 2018-06-12
What happens now to the entity of "(Republic of) Macedonia" [Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)]? Does it become the "Republic of North Macedonia" in country files, etc.? Does it get deleted and replaced? Who knows! Note: It may very well not pass politically (beyond a yet-to-be voted on agreement) and may prove to be a 'red herring'.

St. Kitts and Nevis joins IARU - 2018-05-28
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has welcomed the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla(!) Amateur Radio Society (SKNAARS) as its newest member.
On 2018-05-28, IARU members  completed voting on the proposed admission of SKNAARS to the IARU to represent St. Kitts & Nevis.
SKNAARS does not claim to represent Anguilla, which is already represented in the IARU by the Anguilla Amateur Radio Society [no web site]. This is for historical reasons; Anguilla went independent and then went back to being a British Colony then a British Overseas Territory.


Oct./Nov. 2018 (26th) VP6D (DXwatch spots). Main site, Log and news. Check for lightning.

FCC Test programs

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Notes: Reciprocal Operating Arrangements | Federal Communications Commission Page 1 [About]
Click forward arrow (or Validity tab) to go to Page 2 [Validity]
Click forward arrow (or Eligibility tab) to go to Page 3 [Eligibility]
Click forward arrow (or Station Indicators tab) to go to Page 3 [Station Indicators]

Bilateral Reciprocal Agreements - ARRL

May I operate in the U.S.?
Aliens who hold a valid amateur license issued by their government may apply to the Federal Communications Commission for a permit to operate in the U.S. only if a
reciprocal operating agreement exists between the U.S. and the above mentioned government. (See FCC & ARRL above - United Kingdom, including Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, etc., etc. [British Overseas Territories, except Anguilla is missing])

How do I apply?

Effective February 12, 1999 no application is required.


Look up Vanity calls and 1x1 calls, etc. (AE7Q)


W4/VP9KF - HamCap Propagation

W4/VP9KF
August 2018
Propagation Predictions SSN=2, Kp=1, Short Path, 100W

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ARRL
DXwatch
FCC - (UALR Mirror)
WM7D.net
HamCall
IK3QAR QSLs
HamQTH
UltraDX
QRZ.com
QRZ.ru
MORSE SOFTWARE (moved)

ONLINE CALCULATION
Great Circle
Greyline
Unit converter
Phased Arrays
Power Density  VP9KF
Pathloss (UHF/uWave)  VP9KF
Moxon antenna calculator  VP9KF
Maidenhead Locn F6FVY  click first
Maidenhead Locn TK5EP  
Maidenhead Locn K2DSL  
Great Circle - Clublog Online
Propagation - VOACAP Online
Propagation - DR2W
MODELLING SOFTWARE
(METHOD OF MOMENTS) (moved)

INTRUDERS, ETC.
IARU Region 1
IARU Region 2 ARRL OO program
IARU Region 3
PROGRAMMES / AWARDS
IOTA  Google Earth KMZ    
IOTA placekeeper for new site 
DXFC  Islandchaser
SOTA
WWFF    WWFF DXCluster
POTA
DXCC (ARRL)
WAS (ARRL)
WAC (IARU / ARRL)
WAZ (CQ Magazine)
VUCC (ARRL)
IGC 2018 (ARRL)
WUST (Metro DX Club)
WAZ more
WAZ more
WAZ more
Bermuda Awards
Lighthouses   WLOTA
WCA
ICPO News (VA3RJ)
GLOBAL/REGIONAL RADIO UNIONS
IARU R1  R2  R3
Band Plans  R1  R2  R3
ITU
CTU
CITEL
BEACONS
Worldwide HF (G3USF)
Worldwide 50MHz (G3USF)
International Beacon Project (NCDXF) with sunspots going down, beacons get more important
IBP Beacons RBN signal levels
IBP Beacons real time schedule
IBP Beacons real time azimuth map
Proppy - IBP online tool
BeaconSee analysis tool (old)
REGULATORY
UK Licensing  (monthly figures)
USA Licensing
1x1 callsigns (USA)
Reciprocal with USA (ARRL)
Other reciprocal info (ARRL)
Reciprocal Operating (FCC)
CEPT from Germany
OH2MCN reciprocal data
T/R 61-01 (CEPT)
T/R 61-02 HAREC
ERO
CEPT (RAC)
Operating in UK (RSGB)
Operating in Spain (URE)
MAGAZINES
CQ
QST
RadCom
Practical Wireless
Nuts and Volts
RadioUser
MANUALS
General
Fox Tango
N7TGB - Yaesu
W7FG
KEYERS
microHAM
Hamcrafters - K1EL
Mtechnologies
Ham Supply
Jackson Harbor Press
nanoKeyer
MFJ
Pico
QRPworks KLG
Begali
PADDLES/KEYS
Universal Paddle Interface (UPI)
Schurr
Schurr - Grimmeisen
Schurr -Scheunemann
Vibroplex / Bencher
Begali
Kent
G4ZPY
N2DAN
Chevron
Imel M1
RA Manufacturing
Bulldog
March
WK4DS
I1QOD
LC Variable
N3ZN Keys
American Morse Equipment
Palm Radio
NT9K
Plastic Concepts
STAMPFL
UR5CDX
Paddlette
HA8KF
ROTATORS
 
ANTENNAS/TUNERS
 
ANTENNA SWITCHING/SO2R
EZPZ
TopTen Band Decoder
TopTen 6 way switch
SO2RXLat Bnd Decoder (Kenwood)
Dunestar
WX0B SixPak
SixPak
Hamplus
HEADPHONES (inc. NC)
David Clark
AKG
Make your own (Kip Kay) (buy)
Heil Sound
Sony
Bose
Panasonic
Sennheiser
Monster
Able Planet
Fujikon
TOWERS / MASTS
AN Wireless
Aluma
US Tower 
Heights (direct sales only)
Universal Towers
American
International
Nello
Array Solutions
Texas Towers
Wonderpole
K1CRA store
Go Vertical USA
The Mast Co
Jackite
MFJ
Max Gain
Floatograph
Penninger Radio
Channel Master
Tashjian Towers
Tower Jack
GlenMartin
K0XG Systems
EMC
Don't QRM me - Forum
PLT/BPL
EMCIA
UKQRM
RFI - curing it  RSGB EMC info
NOISE CANCELLING
DX Engineering
MFJ
Timewave???
LIGHTNING
PolyPhaser
NexTek
Antenna Systems
GA Copper
Delta
FILTERS
 
MANUFACTURERS Mergers
Elecraft
Icom
Kenwood
Mizuho
Yaesu
Force 12
M2
Alinco
Juma radio
STAMPFL
ADAT
FlexRadio
Nifty Accessories
RF Concepts
Acom
OM Power
LINEARamp (UK)
Alpin
Ameritron
Command Technologies
QRO Technologies
HAM-Amplifier
DX Engineering
Comtek Systems
Breadboard Radio
Emtron DV
W6LVP Loop Antennas
K1JEK (Cobra antennas)
NI4L Antennas
Ultimax Antennas
TAK-tenna (miniature)
Green Heron
Progress Direct Systems
QRP Kits
QRPGuys
Aerial 51
Maxcon Antennas
SCS (PacTOR)
Kantronics
LC Variable
EZHang
LDG Electronics
RLM Electronics
Unified Microsystems
Rock Mite
Top Ten Devices
Tigertronics
MFJ
Palomar Engineers
US Interface
N4XM Tuners
Quicksilver
W2IHY Technologies
Communication Concepts
Zero Five antennas
JK antennas
Tarheel antennas
Palstar
W6PQL amplifier/parts
TG Electronics
microHAM
KMtronic USB-relays
DZ Kits
QRO Parts
Harbach upgrade kits
Peter W. Dahl Transformers
SPE Amplifiers
Micrometals
National RF
Magnetics and Controls
Cable X-perts
WarrenGregoire Headsets
PowerPortStore
Powerwerx
BatteriesAmerica
SSB-Electronic (SDR)
MiniRadioSolutions  (USA=W4RT)
RigExpert
West Mountain Radio
Hendricks QRP Kits
GA Copper
Davis RF Co.
Lance Johnson
LnR Precision
CrossCountryWireless (UK)
RM - Italy  (US page)
RadioDustCovers
Kuhne Electronics
Meterbuilder (FullWave LLC)
InnovAntennas
Next Generation Antennas
Kent Electronics (PCB Antennas)
IAC Antennas (Double Bazookas)
Scorpion Antennas (Screwdriver)
SAL Electronics (antennas)
Transverters Store
Status Quad
FoldingAntennas
MyAntennas
Kanga Products
Pro.Sis.Tel*
VisAir HF DSP/SDR
SainSMART USB relays
RETAILERS/Distributors
R & L
Gigaparts
Associated Radio
Farallon Electronics
ApogeeKits
NeonNixie
SAYAL Kits
BG Micro (parts)
SurplusGizmos (parts)
All Electronics (parts)
All Spectrum (parts)
SSB Electronics (parts)
Wholesale Electronics (parts)
Quicksilver Radio (parts)
The Wireman (parts)
Futurlec (parts)
Impulse Electronics (parts)
ProAudio Engineering
Dan's Small Parts (parts)
Kits and Parts (W8DIZ) [toroids!]
Rick's Radio & Electronics (parts)
HRO
Texas Towers
Universal Radio
Radio City
DxHamRadioSupply
WB0W
NCG (Comet, Maldol, Daiwa)
Diamond Antenna
VIS
Radioware
Radiowavz
RF Parts
Ham Gadgets
RS Components (UK)
Waters & Stanton (UK)
Radioworld (UK)
Martin Lynch & Sons (UK)
JAB (UK)
Rig Expert (Canada)
Aero Smith
The DX Shop (UK)
DX Supply AB (Sweden)
SRS AB (Sweden)
REPAIR
Burghardt (repair only)
Ham Repair
Affordable Radio Repair
Amateur Radio Repair
W4BBN Radio Repair
K4EAA older Kenwood Repair
Norm's Rotor Service
CATS (rotators)
Amp Repair Guy (KB1SEL)
MISCELLANEOUS
SecondHandRadio
HamTshirts
Ham Hats (Astrid's)
Hamthreads (hats/shirts)
Ham Hats (Etsy)
Embroidered Memories
Ham Radio Signs (UK)
Antenna blog by N6LF
Antennas & more by AA5TB
Antennas & more by M0UKD
QRPer by K4SWL
SWLing by K4SWL
ears to our world by K4SWL
Beacons 'n Things by AA7EE
Projects by G0UPL
LWCA  Weird beacons
TinyURL
FCCinfo KMZ file
TV Fool - OTA Free HDTV coverage
AntennaWeb
FM Fool - FM station coverage
Radio Locator - AM and FM
AM/FM strength vs ZIP code
REC Broadcast database
FCC Databases - AMFM - TV