Here are two new additions to my collection of QSLs from stations whose call signs spell words:

I worked Bob during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend as K6PV. We had a very nice QSO, during which he let it slip that his own callsign was W6HIP. He's a nice guy and a University of Michigan graduate.

I worked Bob during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend as K6PV. We had a very nice QSO, during which he let it slip that his own callsign was W6HIP. He’s a nice guy and a University of Michigan graduate.

I worked Bill (whose last name is Guy) during the KS QSO Party.

I worked Bill (whose last name is Guy) during the KS QSO Party.

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Now, here’s a couple new ones for my collection of QSLs from stations whose call spell words:


Greg was working a special even from the museum when I contacted him.


Lou’s call was KA1DIG before he obtained the vanity call W1DIG. He sent me both cards.

Operating Notes: 7/3/14 – 7/6/14

I’ve had an enjoyable Fourth of July weekend from an operating point of view and thought I’d share it with you.

Thursday, 7/3:
Thursday evening, after considerable internal debate, I got over my laziness and walked down to the Hands-On Museum to work WA2HOM. As it turns out, I was glad I did.

Thursday evenings are usually pretty slow there, meaning that the ambient noise level is such that I can actually hear myself think. I rarely get visitors in shack, but this week, I had two families visit with me for a while.

The first was a complete family: father, mother, two daughters (ages 10 and 12, I’m guessing), and grandma! I don’t know if they were just being polite, or were actually interested, but they endured about 15 mins of my babbling on about amateur radio. I tried to find someone calling CQ, and actually called CQ myself a couple of times, but was unable to make a contact to get the kids on the air. I gave them a WA2HOM QSL card, and they seemed pretty happy about the visit in spite of not being able to talk to someone.

After they left, I struck up a CW QSO with a fellow in Findlay, OH. In the middle of the contact, an older women poked her head over the railing and asked, “Are you talking to someone in outer space?” I told her no, but that we had indeed talked to someone in outer space before and pointed out our QSL card from the International Space Station.

About that time, she was joined by three people that I’m guessing were here daughter and two grandsons, Michael and Vernon, who are eleven-year-old twins. They seemed a little interested in what I was telling them about ham radio, and how I could actually copy Morse Code (I was copying on paper for their benefit), so I told them to come around into the shack.

The ham I was in contact with said hello to the twins, and they seemed pleased by that. When the contact ended, I sent them away with the paper that I used to copy the code on. Both of these encounters were a lot of fun, even though I wasn’t able to get any kids on the air.

Saturday, 7/5:
On Saturday, I once again headed down to the museum. Around 10:30 am, Ed, KD8OQG, joined me for a bit. He mentioned that he’d been playing around with a website he’d discovered that lets users communicate with one another by Morse Code – morsecode.me.

When you access the website, you’re assigned a random, four-character “callsign.” You can then send code to other users online by using the “.” key or the mouse button as a straight key.  It takes a while to get used to sending, and it’s a bit slow at about 15 wpm, but it’s amusing, and if it gets people interested in Morse Code, I’m all for it.

After we quit playing around with MorseCode.me, we got on 15m, where we heard ER4DX booming in. I put Ed in front of the microphone, and we worked him. It was like working someone local, and after looking at his QRZ.Com page, you’ll see why. He has a serious antenna farm!

This is the ER4DX antenna farm. No wonder he sounded like a local here.

Sunday 7/6:
Sunday, we had guests over for dinner, but after they left, I headed down to the shack to get on the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club Net. It meets every Sunday at 8pm Eastern time on the 145.23 repeater. You can also check in via W8UM-R on Echolink.

I guess our usual net control, Chris, KA8WFC, was enjoying some holiday festivities, so in his absence I took over as net control. Despite it being a holiday, we had a pretty good turnout, with checkins from KD8OQG, N8PMG, WS8U, W8SRC, WD8DPA, KD8PIJ, WD0BCF, and WA4CJX. Larry, WD0BCF was checking in from Houston, while Bruce, WA4CJX  checked in from Honolulu. Topics of discussion included the 6m opening that day and the upcoming UMARC fox hunt.

After the net, I fired up the HF rig and had some fun on 30m and 40m. I hadn’t been trying to work the Original Thirteen Colonies Special Event this weekend, but nevertheless, I managed to work  K2J, K2C, and K2H in quick succession on 40m CW.

Then, I moved up to 30m. My first contact there was with SN0LOT, a special event station commemorating the flight of two Lithuanian airmen, Steponas Darius and Stasys Gir?nas. They crashed after flying 6,411 kilometers from New York, only 650 km short of their destination, Kaunas. At the time, it was the second longest flight over Atlantic Ocean without landing. 

After that contact, I called CQ and got a reply from W1DIG. How about that? Two QSOs with stations whose callsigns spell words in a row! Not only that, I have neither “LOT” or “DIG” in my collection. That was a great way to end the weekend.


More QSLs for my collection of QSLs from stations whose callsigns spell words. These are the first “YOU” and “HEW” cards.


To hew is to “chop or cut (something, esp. wood) with an ax, pick, or other tool,” according to dictionary on my Mac. A second definition is “(hew to) conform or adhere to: some artists took photographs that hewed to more traditional ideas of art.”



Here are two QSLs for my collection that came to me as a direct result of being on Twitter. Bill, WA4FAT, and I set up a sked via Twitter, and we actually made on on-air contact. I haven’t yet worked Tom, N9GUN, but when I mentioned that I’d like to so that I could add his QSL, he fired one off to me. Thanks, guys!




Two new ones for collection of QSL cards from stations whose call signs spell words:


John writes, “I lived in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area for two years.
Working you brought back a lot of memories.” It was my pleasure, John.


Up in Canada, amateurs can have more than one call. Ed’s main call is VE4YU, but when I saw that he also held the call VE4ZOO, I asked if he could also put me in that log and send me a QSL card. After explaining about my odd collection, he graciously agreed to send me one. Thanks, Ed!

More QSLs: WD9GUT, 9A2NO

During our QSO, I asked Jim, WD9GUT, if he would QSL. He seemed reluctant, even after I explained that I collected QSL cards from stations whose callsigns spelled words. After a little pressing, he confessed that he didn’t have any QSL cards. I sent him my QSL anyway, and included the card you see below. It’s a blank QSL, and I wrote Jim’s callsign on the front and the QSO details on the back.

As you can see, it has the RCA logo on it. Many years ago, RCA gave out these cards as a promotional item to electronics engineers who were also amateur radio operators. I got a pack of 100, and still have probably 90 of the 100.



This card from 9A2NO is for a QSO we had back in October 2011. Sorry to say, but I have no recollection of this QSO. I do like the birds, though. I searched for this bird using Google’s “search by image feature, and apparently this bird is Moroccan. Of course, it may migrate north to Croatia in the summertime.



Just a couple more QSL Cards for my collection of QSLs from stations whose callsigns spell words.



More QSLs: K7TAN, W8UM

K7TAN is my first “TAN” card.


This isn’t a QSL from a station whose callsign spells a word, but I like it because it’s from W8UM, the amateur radio station at the University of Michigan, here in Ann Arbor. As you can see, they celebrated their 100th anniversary last year. At the bottom of the card is all of the station callsigns that they’ve had over the years.



Here are a couple new QSLs for my collection of QSLs from stations whose callsigns spell words. Yesterday, in the North American QSO Party, I worked N7LOX and hope to add his QSL soon.