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ARRL eQSL Policy KB1XI 2 weeks, 1 day ago
"He should take a few mins to get familiar with the e-QSL awards program and he might see what it is all about."

Well Ralph, I took your sound advice and just spent 5 minutes clicking all the links on the e-QSL home page, trying to learn about the awards they offer, but could find very little information, other than a short list of "Latest eAwards". It appears that you have to be registered and logged in before you can find any useful information. Isn't that putting the cart before the horse?

Mark AI4BJ

ARRL eQSL Policy KB1XI 3 weeks, 1 day ago
The fact that so many eQSL'ers are demanding that eQSLs be accepted for ARRL awards simply (to my mind!) affirms the high regard in which these ARRL awards are held. They are held in such high regard because of the integrity of the programs, and the rules governing the types of QSLs that are acceptable.

I'm not too familiar with eQSL, but don't they offer their own alternatives to DXCC, WAS, etc., and if not, why not? I don't see any problem with having duplicate award programs, one with rules that are easier to comply with, and one for those of us who want to know that everyone who receives an award has truly earned it.

Mark AI4BJ
Stamping on WSPR - an appeal to the ARRL MW1CFN 3 weeks, 1 day ago
It seems to me that many (perhaps the majority?) of WSPR transmitters on the air are being operated in unattended mode, 24 hours a day, which means that they may not just be the victims of interference, but also be causing interference in their own right! I enjoy WSPR, having built an Ultimate 3 kit, but I only use it when I can monitor it to ensure that I am not causing any interference.

With the current popularity of reverse beacon networks for CW and other digital QSO modes, I question whether WSPRnet is as important as it once was for assessing propagation.

Mark AI4BJ
Universal Antenna Bilbotc2 on 2/11/15
If by "universal" you mean an antenna that will work well on 160 through 6 meters, I'm afraid there is no such beast. A multi-element beam (Yagi or log periodic) provides the highest gain, but such antennas are generally only practical on 20 meters and higher. The usual compromise is to have one or more beams that cover 20M and up, and one or more wire antennas (dipole/doublet/loop/sloper) for 30M and below.

And of course, if you intend to operate VHF and UHF, that will require a separate antenna.

Mark AI4BJ
best radio on market today SQJUMPER on 2/11/15
There is no "best" radio for all situations, and other than saying that you want an all-band radio (HF/VHF/UHF) you haven't given us much to work with.

Which modes do you like to use (voice/CW/digital)? Do you enjoy contesting, or are you primarily a ragchewer? Do you plan to chase DX? Do you operate primarily from a fixed location? Do you plan to do any portable operating? Do you want to be able to take the radio with you on vacation? What is your budget? Do you want to buy new equipment or are you willing to buy a used radio?

Mark AI4BJ

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