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Author: Stuart, KB1HQS

Shenandoah SOTA Summits and Xrays

SOTA Activations Bones Fractured: Contacts Made: Once again, I decided to visit Shenandoah National Park (SNP) in Virginia and activate summits south of Thornton’s Gap. When I arrived early Sunday morning, the entrance park toll booth had a sign that read, “Pay when you leave”. Well, thanks to my awesome mother-in-law who gave me a 2017 Park Pass for Christmas this year, I was good to go. Later that day when I left there was a line going into the entrance half a mile long. It pays to get there early, even in the winter. This trip I was...

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Published Articles & Media

Ham Radio 360 NPOTA Podcast Interview:                   ARRL Operating Manual 11th Edition I wrote an article on tips, tricks and techniques for portable operating.   QST Magazine, November 2016 Gear review on the Packtenna Mini antenna system ARRL 2017 Amateur Radio Calendar My picture was featured for August 2017. Note that the picture was taken on top of Mt. Washington not Shenandoah NP as...

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I attended the Dayton Hamfest and threw my Elecraft KX3 in the trash

Ever since I have heard about ham radio and hamfests, there has always been whisperings of the “mecca” of all hamfests: Dayton. For my non-amateur radio friends reading this, let me describe the “hamfest” experience. As a youngster, my Old Man dragged me along to various hamfests: get togethers where hams sold and traded radio gear, told lies about long distance contacts and chain smoked (this was the 80’s after all). My earliest recollections  of hamfests was the smell of cigarette smoke, stale coffee and burnt electrons. Piles upon piles of HF radios, antennas, old coax from 1963 and...

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