WA2USA’s European River Cruise and Ham Radio

A friend of mine in Evansville, who I check cards for, sent the attachment about his River cruise in Europe.  Dennis is WA2USA who many of you have probably worked during his Island hoping in North America and SOTA adventures.  Every time he travels I normally check his cards for WAS after his return.


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Florida QSO Party April 26th and April 27th

The Florida QSO Party April 26th and April 27th, 2014

Object: Everyone works Florida, Florida works Everyone.

Activate and/or work ALL Florida counties. Have fun!

When:  April 26th and April 27th, 2014

Two – 10 hour operating periods (20 Hours total):

Saturday April 26th 16:00z (Noon EDT) –  01:59z April 27th 2014, (9:59pm EDT 26th)

Sunday April 27th 12:00z (8am EDT) – 21:59z (5:59pm EDT) April 27st 2014

Exchange: RST and County (Florida stations)

RST and QTH (ST, Prov. or Country (DXCC Prefix) for Outside FL)

Where: 10, 15, 20, and 40 Meter bands (Approximate frequencies)

CW :  28.030, 21.030, 14.030, 7.030  (+- 30KHz)

SSB:  28.485, 21.345, 14.270, 7.190  (+- 20KHz)

(Approximate center frequencies, There is lots of activity!)

Mobile stations can be found listed below. Fix Stations may be found above and below:

CW:  7.025-7.035,  14.040-14.050,  21.040-21.050,  28.040-28.050MHz*

SSB:  7.180-7.190,  14.265-14.275,  21.340-21.350,  28.480-28.490 MHz*

* Fixed Stations, Please refrain from CQing in the Mobile Window

Categories: (Many!)

Single Op, SO Assisted, Multi Op, Multi-Multi, Mobile, and School.

Three power categories: QRP, Low Power, and High Power.

Use CW, SSB or a mix of the two.


Prizes: Beautiful color certificates for top participants

Plaques for top Winning entrants.

Send logs to:  <mailto:logs@floridaqsoparty.org> logs@floridaqsoparty.org

Web Site:  <http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/> http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/

Please visit for detailed rules, mobile routes, past results, and county maps. http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/rules.html

Florida Counties on the Air


K0RC: Awesome workbooks:


NO5W:Awesome Maps and mobile list:


April Monthly Meeting

April’s meeting has come and gone and we had another good turnout with 23 in attendance.  Our new room in the Emerging Technology Building at WKCTC is very nice.  It’s nicely equipped with projectors and WiFi to make future presentations enjoyable.

Field Day 2014 was a big topic as usual this time of year.  Testing out the new routers for the logging programs  was discussed using Paul’s ND4X router configuration.  If you haven’t read this yet it’s a very detailed and interesting read.  You can find Paul’s article here.  We are also needing to get an idea on how many operators and helpers we’ll have this year.  If you are interested in operating at Field Day or even help setup (hang antennas, set up tables, ect…) just email one of the club officers here.  Any help is appreciated and Field Day is a lot of fun.  Just let us know what you can do.  Field Day is June 28th and 29th.

Net control operators were set for the next month.  The net meets every Sunday night at 9PM on 147.060 PL 179.9 and all amateur radio operators are invited to check in.  Net control operators are listed here.

Ed – AB4IQ gave a great demonstration of the VE7CC DX Cluster software.  A DX Cluster is in essence a “chatroom” or node into which amateur DX hunters can post information about DX either worked or heard.  For more information about cluster software or W4NJA’s cluster info click here.

We’re still needing some submissions for our “Show Us Your Shack” portion of our web page.  We only need 1 or 2 pictures submitted.  These are a really good way to get different ideas for your own shack by seeing what other hams are doing.  You can email your photos to me here.  Be sure to include your callsign in the email.

Our next PARA meeting will be May 12th at 7PM.



W4NJA Field Day Computer Networking

W4NJA Network Site Overview

This is a very detailed article by Paul – ND4X about how to network the logging computers during this years Field Day.  It also is an excellent tutorial on how to install DD-WRT firmware for that old router you have laying around.  This is a really good read and a great learning tool.  Thanks to Paul and Ed for the contribution.  Click the link below for the article.

W4NJA Field Day Computer Networking 2014 – Version 20140405