Monday, May 15, 2017

Virus - malware - ransom ware

Just don't read (open) emails that you do not know the sender. Don't click on links in emails. Don't open attachments. It is as simple as that...... Jack

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Airline Ticket Giveaway Scam

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For a couple seconds of your time we are offering a $79 flight voucher claim now

If you received this email or see it on Facebook Like the one above.
DO NOT click on any links, open any attachments, call phone numbers listed, or follow any instructions in these fraudulent emails including opening any type of attachments. Instead, delete all emails and attachments.


Friday, May 12, 2017

CQ DX on the Ham Bands

I suppose CQ DX means different things to different people. To me it means don't call me if you are inside the USA. I guess for some like the Lid in Texas that calls me here in Indiana on 40 meters covering (QRMing) up the Ham in Europe. All you can do is move frequency and let'em call. I won't answer !! .... WB9OTX

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

How Far Can You Talk

Novice Radio Station WN9GOA 

People that are not familiar with Amateur (Ham) Radio ask how far do you talk? Distance is not a factor but how rare the location is. If there is no one there for you to communicate with you don't communicate. Heard Island is approximately 12,500 miles from my location but there are only a group of Hams that travail there about every 10 years or so. This makes the location very rare, not the distance. Below is an above average day of contacts I made. There is nothing  rare as there are thousands of Hams at any of these locations, but the distances are great. Some are over 10,000 miles away. 
Australia, Japan, Czech Rep.,  F.R.of Germany, Slovenia, Ukraine,  Hungary,  and Poland

See the WB9OTX QRZ page

Monday, May 08, 2017

Victory in Europe Day MAY 8

May 8th
Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day, VE Day or simply V Day, was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces. It thus marked the end of World War II in Europe.

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Monday, May 01, 2017

May 5th Cinco de Mayo

It has become a  tradition with this Blog to post each year the tragic event of May 5th.
We should all remember Cinco de Mayo. Please click the below link to view the past posts.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bank Swallows

These little birds come to our home every year. Yesterday was the first day I have seen them (Apr. 14th, 2017) They nest in a bluebird house but after  they leave the bluebirds take over the house. It is a sure sign of Spring when they arrive.I call them Bank Swallows but there are other names that people call them like Sand Martins. Read about them at Wikipedia.
Taken in my back yard

Saturday, April 15, 2017

444 miles per watt on 30 meters

It was just before sunset at my location (QTH) and just after sun rise at Perth Australia, this is called the gray line in Ham radio lingo. As I do many times I checked the propagation of the different radio bands. I found the 10 Mhz. (30 meters) band was my best chance for working longe distances (DX). I switches the 30 meter antenna to the transceiver clicked the mouse on the computer to the transmit mode. The funny sounds of JT65 mode called CQ DX WB9OTX EM79. The computer called for about 50 seconds the turned the transmitter back to receive. A 50 seconds wait then there it appeared on the monitor, WB9OTX VK6LC -06. This told me a fellow Ham in the far West of Australia was calling me. My report sent back to him was a -08 a very respective signal strength for the both of us. When we both signed off with our best regards (73) I used the computer to log the contact then a look at QRZ, a database of all radio amateurs. This told me VK6LC was located just a few miles South of  Perth, Australia. this was a distance of 11,100 miles from my antenna here at Versailles, Indiana. I was using only 25 watts of power and my antenna was a 1/4 wave that is gronnd mounted with 20 1/4 wave radial wires. A very simple 23 foot aluminum tube. (pictured above)
If you would like to see the station of VK6LC CLICK HERE
This little story is very common to Radio Amateurs. Its like fishing, you never know what you will catch when you put out your call, But Western Australia is a real big fish on the 30 meter band.
73, Jack WB9OTX