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QSL Cards still used? KD2LZS 4 weeks ago
Many do, but probably not as many as in the old days. Sure, you can ask - or just send a card, asking for return, possibly with SASE. Many folks use electronic services now, like Logbook of the World,,, etc. If you are looking to earn awards, you can often use electronic qsls (LoTW for WAS, DXCC, etc.).

The situation for DX QSLs is more complicated. You can use the QSL bureau system (low cost, slow) or send direct (fast, expensive), but the electronic route may be faster and cheaper. Consult the station's listing in or other online sources to see what their requirements are for QSLs. Often, they charge US$2.


73 Martin AA6E
HT Question W0SJF on 18/3/17
I would expect a "tri band" HT to cover 144, 220, and 450 MHz VHF/UHF bands for transceive. Some units might have an HF receive capability also. There may be some units that transmit on the 28 MHz (10 m) band, but that band (in low sunspot years) behaves almost like VHF. THere are also some low power HF HT-like products.

"Real" HF operating in current conditions means the bands from 80 to 15 meters and power levels of up to 100 Watts. So you're advised to look at rigs that cover that range. There are a lot of older rigs available used. I would prefer the earlier non-digital rigs, like the TS-520/530 or the FT-101. You can get them for less than the cost of a Japanese HT.

73 Martin AA6E
Old call signs. gdwebb on 10/3/17
Check or search for 'amateur radio callbook archives'.
Solar Array Interference NS6Q on 16/2/17
No installations nearby, so no problem yet. It is something to worry about, however. Check the April 2016 QST for K1KP's experience. A quiet installation is possible, if you take great care, but a typical installation is likely to be a problem. I would never take the risk myself (unless the installer could guarantee no RFI), but there's nothing to stop a neighbor from doing it.

You can always restrict operating until after sundown -- or maybe have a kill switch that shuts off the system while you're operating. We need more real-life data on how hams are dealing with these issues!

Good post.

73 Martin AA6E
Swapping out xtal - power on or off? KE0KCG on 19/1/17
The safest thing is to power the radio down, but chances are your procedure is OK, too. Be careful of possible high voltages inside the radio.

73 Martin AA6E

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