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Larry Makoski
Attended Middlesex County College
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KX3 - Buddistick Mojo is back
Now, for a limited time ....... considering how the sunspot cycle is dropping like a lead balloon through a pool of hot, melted butter. But today was relatively decent.  I set up the Buddistick on the Jeep during lunchtime, hoping to hear or work a few NPOT...
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A few thoughts about RC08.
First, propagation was good that morning.  Here's an image from the Reverse Beacon Network showing some of the skimmers that heard me calling CQ: Actual stations in California, Saskatchewan and Alberta successfully completed QSOs, so my reach was even farth...
First, propagation was good that morning. Here's an image from the Reverse Beacon Network showing some of the skimmers that heard me calling CQ: Actual stations in California, Saskatchewan and Alberta successfully comp...
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Never heard Heard
I saw on Facebook this morning, that many were thanking the VK0EK expedition for the ATNO and were thanking them, in general, for a wonderful DXpedition. I would suspect they have gone QRT. And I would guess I'm in the minority as I'm not in any of their lo...
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Hi Larry, I heard them on 40 with my 83 foot PPD up 30 ft one evening but with my 5-Watts never attempted QSO.
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Hanging it up
After 11 years of blogging about Amateur Radio, QRP and CW, I've come to the conclusion that everything that needs to be said has been said.  I've run out of ideas and new ways to express the old ones.  So with this blog post, this will be the end of "QRP -...
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Me almost too Pat :)
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My log book obsession - has it come to an end?
Let's see if I get the timeline straight ..... things get fuzzier as one grows older! For the first 15 years or so of my Amateur Radio career, I used the "ol' stand by" ARRL paper log books for logging my QSOs.  I think everyone did - well, log books, I mea...
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They're still up!
My antennas, that is. After yesterday afternoon and last night, I expected to wake up to find my W3EDP at ground level and my Butternut HF9V bent at 90 degrees somewhere along its length.  In retrospect, my fears were probably silly as my antennas withstood...
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Interesting to read your opinion on VK0EK. I followed their plans and preparations after seeing the VK0IR video but currently I can't bring myself to adding my callsign to the pile-up.
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Broke the 100 confirmations mark today!
NPOTA, that is: I actually have about 1/2 a dozen more that haven't been confirmed yet. According to LotW, those stations have not uploaded logs since their activations.  A few were a while ago, so I guess it's possible that maybe they won't. While working ...
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It was an NPOTA weekend .....
in more ways than one. I worked about 5 or 6 new entities between Friday night and Saturday, so I am getting really close to my personal goal of working 100.  The bands have been good the past couple of days, after totally stinking during the middle of the ...
in more ways than one. I worked about 5 or 6 new entities between Friday night and Saturday, so I am getting really close to my personal goal of working 100. The bands have been good the past couple of days, after totally st...
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Lovely answer for the civil war reenactment!
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A popular misconception
I saw this on Facebook: Along with this comment: "Why do we always congratulate the QRP operators...?!?! The ones who REALLY need congratulating are the guys/gals who smash the headphones to their head, desperately trying to make sense out of the distant RF...
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Nice post, Larry.  I would like to add that there are so many more aspects to this scenario, ala Jeff Foxworthy style (my apologies for using the "he" pronoun in advance, of course I mean to include YLs, too):  

If a ham is using his Heathkit radio from the 1950s...he might be a QRP station.
If a ham inherited some QRP equipment...he might be a QRP station.
If a ham soldered up a transceiver kit (Rockmite, Heathkit, KX1, etc.)...he might be a QRP station.
If a ham has a poor antenna or poor antenna options...he might be a QRP station.  
If a ham can't afford a "Big Time Operator" rig and a Yagi atop a 100' Rohn tower...he might be a QRP station.
If a ham station is located in an area where QRO may interfere with monitoring instruments, such as in an assisted living facility, dorm, or apartment building...he might be a QRP station.
Finally, if a ham typically doesn't want to fish with sticks of dynamite, use a sledgehammer to drive a thumbtack, or call in a backhoe to plant a tulip bulb...he might be a QRP station.

There are so many reasons a station might be QRP, and while life may be too short for QRP, I would say life would really get boring if I had a nearly 100% guarantee that my QRO signal was being heard throughout the world all the time.  I like a challenge.  I know that I am not any less of a ham than someone with a kilowatt amp, and I don't mind that they are using that sort of equipment.  I enjoy working strong stations, but I particularly enjoy working weak stations more.  As a hobby, I enjoy making contact with someone who has taken the time to make their own antenna, perhaps assembled their own transmitter, maybe even a separate receiver, and is trying to make contact with affordable equipment.  I would love to have the latest Elecraft, Yaesu, Kenwood, etc., but any contact I make with my KX1 and homebrew, inverted V antenna is much more rewarding to me than one I would make with QRO equipment.
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Isn't that horse dead yet?
Yet another thread on QRP-L on why the Yaesu FT-817 is better than the Elecraft KX3. Sheesh!  Haven't we beaten that horse to death yet? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.  Different strokes for different folks. Either way, I thought we all outgrew those "My Dad ...
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Nope and it's even going on on the MIQRP reflector
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Easter Sunday - 2016
"Why do you search for the Living One among the dead? He is not here, He has been raised up" 2016 years later, that tomb is STILL empty. Wished for a Blessed and Joyous Easter to all of you and your families and loved ones, Larry W2LJ
"Why do you search for the Living One among the dead? He is not here, He has been raised up" 2016 years later, that tomb is STILL empty. Wished for a Blessed and Joyous Easter to all of you and your families and loved...
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Good Friday - 2016
Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, While we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, ...
Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, While we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, Upon him was the...
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    Photography and Marketing, 1975 - 1977
  • DeVry Institute
    Digital Electronics, 1985 - 1987
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