SOTA = Summits of the ANDREW

One observation of this Sota caper is. Many of the operators are named Andrew. Is it just a case of age/naming popularity of the 1960’s and 1970’s? Or some other weird universe / moon / crystal / alignment that has drawn so many Andrews to climb to the top of hills and call out as…

The $10 Squid Pole.

Randomly searching around eBay as you do, i discovered a place in Melbourne selling Cheap 8m long squid poles. They advertise them as pickup only, and a search of the seller name found me the store, a fishing shop in Dandenong. On eBay, its 2 for $26.50 with pickup, curious about the quality of the…

A Happy Kranker Knob!

A flaw in the Kranker Knob upgrade for my FT817 was discovered soon after the knob was installed. The yaesu soft carry case for the FT817 neatly protects the radio, however the knob extension bar didn’t fit!, thankfully my wifey has a home/internet based sewing business making kids hats and other items, so i enlisted her…

Sink Holes on the Air!

Amateur Radio Operators are always looking for challenges. When the opportunity to launch a new sport arose, many operators were quick to participate. One amateur was recently quoted as saying “Simple point-to-point communications just didn’t do it for me any more. Sink-holes On-The-Air is an exciting new-low in Amateur Radio tradition that pushes the barriers…

The WIA embraces a Digital Future!..

Rejoice in the glory of 0’s and 1’s. The WIA has come to the realisation that paper magazines and the lack of a digital model is not sustainable. After amassing large losses over the recent years with the production and distribution of a paper magazine, the institute has decided to head towards a digital model,…

Basics of a morse QSO!

SOTA CW BASICS As part of the learning process of getting CW going, was the question of “HOW?” to hold a qso, the below information was posted on the sota group, the below is aimed at sota, and how to have a quick sota cw contact, but is also generic for those learning morse. It…

Raspberry Pi

I was looking for some items on the element14 website when I noticed they had a new Raspeberry PI item listed. The version B board and an 8gb SD card with the OS installed as a bundle for $45. I had been looking for one when the price was acceptable, and this new package deal…