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Using External Antenna Tuners with the IC-7300

I have been trying a couple external Tuners with my IC-7300 transceiver, with mixed results. They actually both worked, but operation is a little confusing. The tuners I have tried so far are: Elecraft KAT-500 LDG Electronics IT-100 The Elecraft... Continue Reading →

DXDUSB Update – Now Available

I have completed all the development I plan to do on the DXDUSB interface which allows using any USB Port to interface to a DX Doubler SO2R controller. I now have a stable version and will make available DXDUSB units... Continue Reading →

MFJ-1924 Mobile Screwdriver Antenna Controller Settings

I have been using an MFJ-1924 Controller on my HiQ 4/80 mobile antenna for a number of years. The Controller started having an issue when it was very cold outside (very cold here in VA is < 30 F.). It... Continue Reading →

WINDOWS 10 – More Garbage you Can’t Live Without

I just got a new laptop computer. Had little choice, as the old one is 5-6 years old and it has gotten to the point that it takes several minutes to bootup. I tried all the normal cleanup tricks, but... Continue Reading →

New Blog Look – Comments??

Happy New Year I went to a new layout Theme for this blog in the past couple days. The idea was to allow more articles on the Front Page at once, so you can easily scroll around and pick something,... Continue Reading →

Rig Expert Antenna Analyzer

Got a new Antenna Analyzer to use in my continuing attempts to improve the antenna situation at KG3V. I have had a great run with my old MFJ analyzer but I needed to get something that could save measurements to... Continue Reading →

CQWW CW 2016 – A Contest and a Beverage

As I have become more interested in Contesting, I have met some top contest operators in my Local Contest Club, and have been looking for some antenna improvements for my modest Station at KG3V in White Stone, VA. My current... Continue Reading →

VA QSO Party 2016 – Two for the Road

I went mobile again for the 2016 Virginia QSO Party, using the callsign KT4KA. I use that callsign so as not to confuse everyone when calling CQ (with my normal "3"call). The goal this year was to beat last year,... Continue Reading →

It Really is all About Antennas

As I try to continually improve my Station, I keep coming back to the antennas. I have a couple very nice Radios, but I am still not very competitive in Contests, especially DX contests. I have always used mainly wire... Continue Reading →

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