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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


ON4UN/WW: Good Operating Practices (PDF)(PPT) , F6EXV: Good Cluster Practices (PDF)
New DXers Handbook (PDF)  Q-CodesKey click mods: FT1000D & FT1000mk5
Look for GK4AMT N7DR G3SJJ F5VHC G3VTT

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.
Other IRC links: G3SWH  W9OL  N6DHZ

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!)

Don't run telnet (or open FTP) on any servers, routers or other infrastructure!


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: EM85TP
County: Buncombe (BUN)
ARRL Section: NC

Station at present in future
TS-590S Icom IC-706 (manual)
The incomparable Mercury paddle made by hand by N2DAN
MFJ-1425 25A Switched Mode Power Supplies
Toughbook CF-53 - running N1MM logging, & ICECAP/ICEAREA
Free standing aluminium 60' tower
Yaesu G1000DXA rotator / ERC serial interface
5 band Optibeam OB9-5 or 5 band Quad
LF dipole antennas and K9AYs
RigExpert AA-54 analyzer
Acom 1000 amplifier
Butternut HF9VX
SGC-230 Antenna Tuner
LDG AT-200Pro Antenna Tuner
Daiwa CN101 power meter

Baluns from Balun Designs
Beverages
WinKeyer USB keyer

Bencher Paddle BY-2 (Chrome)

Vibroplex Iambic Deluxe Paddle (Chrome)

Begali Simplex Mono (Palladium)

Sony MDR-NC20 Noise Cancelling full ear headphones
Going on a trip? - Carry one of these with you! Keep your log data and programs backed up. USB FLASH drive
Prices are now less than $1.00 per GB.
Pictures
 Butternut up
Butternut HF-9VX looks 1000' tall here
 

Live Radar and Lightning (animated) if there is red on this map, don't expect me to be on the air! Live lightning and radar
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:

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 ans 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- Supt'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?

If you have to bond something PERMANENTLY use 3M 5200 (see other options here). It will NEVER come off above or under water. Use with caution!

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.

Local Clubs:
NCDXCC BRARC WCARS WCARS blog Road Show ARC
plus NC ARRL Section ARRL Roanoke Division W4DXCC Convention

HF rigs through the  years: HW-101, HW-8, Omni-D, TS-130S, FT-757GX, TS-930S, TS-940S, IC-706, TS-590S
Other rigs: SRC-146A, FT-227R, FT-290R, IC-2E, IC-02E, IC-2E 


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