K5PEA celebrates ham radio and the purplehull pea

K5PEA QSL

Normally, when I post about QSLs in my collection of QSL cards from stations whose callsigns spell words, I post two at a time. Well, this one is so remarkable I thought I’d give it its own blog post. When I worked K5PEA in September in the Arkansas QSO Party, I thought it was just another guy lucky enough to get a distinctive callsign. When the QSL arrived, however, I was pleasantly surprised. Not only is the QSL very distinctive, the message is very friendly and inviting.

Bill, WB5FKG, writes, “TNX so much for FB QSO in AR QSO Party, Dan. VY happy to send the QSL with “PEA” in it. Hope you can come to our festival some day.” The festival he is referring to is described in the boilerplate below:

Emerson’s sandy loam is ideal for growing purple hull peas. These tasty and nutritious legumes are some of the best eatin’ the South has to offer. And, each year, on the last Saturday in June, we celebrate the purple hull pea at the PurpleHull Pea Festival. The feature event, the World Championship Rotary Tiller Race–a race of souped-up garden tillers–garners national and even international attention. Bring your ham rig and join us! For information, visit www.purplehull.com.

Sounds like a great time, doesn’t it? One of these years, I’m going to rent an RV and travel around to all these festivals, and if the festival already has a special event station, I’ll help man the station, and if not, I’ll set one up of my own.

HOT AIR?

Here are the last two QSL cards received here at KB6NU. You gotta love these kinds of coincidences. I can’t make this up!

kj6hot-qsl

Adam, KJ6HOT, writes:

Dan, you get to be the proud recipient of my first ever QSL card sent. The photo is one I shot a few years ago of professional rock climber Chris Sharma at a local San Diego crag. Best of luck to you on building your collection of QSL cards from stations whose callsigns spell words. 73, Adam, KJ6HOT

kw1air-qsl

Don, KW2AIR, writes:

Just changed my call from WA2PXY to KW2AIR. I was stationed on Governor’s Island, NY, NY from 1970 – 1974 and spent many hours on Coast Guard club station W2AIR. So, I changed my call to remember those days in the U.S. Coast Guard as a radioman…Glad to be part of your collection. Best 73s, Don.

CQ’s “ham shop”

I like to look through the ads and classified ads in the back of ham radio magazines and find items that I haven’t seen before. Since I just re-subscribed to CQ Magazine, I thought I’d scan the ads there. They call their classified ad section “ham shop.”

Breadboard Radio. Breadboard Radio sells a couple of small kits including the Splinter QRPp Receiver/Transmitter ($55), the Toothpick Audio CW Filter/Amp ($25), and the Sawdust Regen Receiver ($25). One cool thing about these kits is that you get a base onto which the PC board mounts. The audio filter or the regen receiver might make a good first kit.

MaineStore.Com. Name tags, belt buckles, coffee mugs, Christmas ornaments, and more, all personalized with your callsign are available from MaineStore.Com.

w8die_50QSL Cards From the Past. W8JYZ has built a collection of more than 43,000 QSL cards dating back to the 1920s, and he’s scanned many of them and put them online. As far as I can tell, he’s doing this just to preserve our ham radio history. This is a great website. There are a lot of QSLs from stations whose callsigns spell words, like the one at right.

One thing that I found kind of odd is that a couple of the ads there contained links that no longer worked, including www.hamradioprints.com and www.vintagehamshack.com. I guess the proprietors of these websites paid for their ads in advance, but have since gone out of business.

Remember to count your paper QSLs

The last time I uploaded my log to Logbook of the World (LOTW), it was promptly processed and reported that I had 121 total entities confirmed. That’s dandy, but I got to thinking about how many other entities I might have confirmed that for whatever reason were not recorded in LOTW.

So, for the last couple of hours, I’ve been pawing through my QSL card collection, looking for QSLs not recorded there. I was aided in this quest by the EA6VQ DXCC spreadsheet. As it turns out, I have eight paper QSLs that are not recorded in LOTW:

  • 5R8W
  • 5W0OU
  • ER1DA
  • HB0/HB9QQ
  • HI8RV
  • KG4KRN
  • OM2VL
  • PJ7/PA2DGR

So, my total is actually 129 entities now confirmed. I feel a lot better. :)

More QSLs: N4RAY, RA3DUO, RN1ON

Here are some more QSLs from stations whose callsigns spell words. Unfortunately, the two Russian QSLs—RA3DUO and RN1ON—are for WA2HOM, not KB6NU. I did make those contacts, though, so I guess I can claim them for my collection.

n4ray-qsl

rn1on-qsl

ra3duo-qsl

Operating Notes: VEs, YVs, and the 13 colonies

I”m certainly no history scholar, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this time of year is a good one for independence struggles. Our own Independence Day is, of course, celebrated on July 4, even though I recently learned that the Continental Congress actually decided to declare independence on July 2, and Samuel Adams always thought that it should be celebrated on that date. Canada Day, the day they celebrate their independence is on July 1, and Venezuelan Independence Day is on July 6.

These events are being celebrated by amateur operators in these countries by either special operating events or contests.

U.S. independence is being commemorated with the Thirteen Colonies Special Event.  Since I’m mostly a CW operator, it’s more difficult for me to work all thirteen than it is for the phone ops, but even so, this year I bagged six of them. K2H was actually QSO #13,000 in my computer log.

On Monday, July 1, I got sucked into operating the RAC Canada Day contest. This year, I made 59 contacts in an hour and a half, and quit when my score exceeded 1,000. (My final score was 1,032.)

Tonight, I got sucked into the Independence of Venezuela contest, when I first the first station, 4M5IR on 7027 kHz. Not hearing any other YV stations on CW, I actually went up to the phone band and worked some stations on SSB. After working five on phone, I did manage to work another on CW, so I’m up to seven at this point. It’s getting late, though, and I might just call it a night after I finish this blog post. Seven is respectable, I think.

LOTW update
This afternoon, I uploaded my contacts from the last three months. The file was processed pretty quickly, and I was please to find that I’ve added two more entities to my DXCC total. I’m now at 120 total, with 117 on CW. On 30m, my best band, I’m up to 88 total confirmed.

DX QSLs spell words, too

These are for WA2HOM, but I had to post them here because the QSLs are so cool. The VE7TUB QSL is especially cool because it’s from a special event station set up for a bathtub race.

ve7tub-qsl

ea3box-qsl

IS it TEA for me?

More QSLs from stations whose calls spell words:

n6tea-qsl

I worked N6TEA during our W8P End Polio Now special event.

k9is-qslI worked Steve, K9IS, during the WI QSO Party a couple of weeks ago.

Two Vintage Photos

This morning, I found two links to vintage amateur radio photos in my inbox this morning. The first one if from Wystan Stevens’ Flickr photostream. Stevens is a local historian here in Ann Arbor, MI.

W8ZRF 1953 QSL

W8ZRF is still alive and kicking and an active member of our local amateur radio club, ARROW.

The second one comes by way of the Glowbugs Google Group:

It comes from an article titled, “The Weirdest Photo Research of 2012.” The caption reads, “Sam Harris, of Medfield, MA, trims his beard with electronic scissors controlled by moon bounce signals. Bettmann/Corbis” Glowbug members quickly identified the ham in the photo as Sam Harris, W1FZJ, who is famous for the first 1296 MHz moonbounce contact.

Not only that, they identified the receiver as the Lafayette HE-10 (fully assembled) or KT-200 (kit). Says, Bob, W9RAN, “Really a nice receiver with and RF stage and transformer isolated power supply – definitely a cut or two above the S-38 that the dial was borrowed from.  I like receivers like this for casual listening, as you can just spin the dial and always find something interesting to listen to.  It certainly would have been usable by Novices and on AM, although tuning SSB on receivers like this or my Hallicrafters SX-110 kept the operator busy, tuning to compensate for drift and controlling the audio with the RF gain, but this soon became second nature.”

 

From my Twitter feed: ham radio apps, pirate radio QSLs, and more

KC8GRQ:
My “Amateur Apps” presentation was a big hit at the #hamr club meeting last night. Its available for anyone to use.http://t.co/VRd0PLIf

This looks like a good presentation. I might suggest that we give it at our club.

jilly:
Shortwave QSL Cards – Pirate & Clandestine Radio #pirateradiouploaded to flickr mostly 1990′s erahttp://t.co/X66OZx9T

SWL QSL card fun

AlanAtTek:
Woo-Hoo! 275,000 views on my little YouTube channel about ham radio, electronics and test & measurement.http://www.youtube.com/user/w2aew

Alan does great videos.