HF Digital Modes presentation

On Tuesday evening March 26th, Brayden Wise VA7BKW’s HF Digital Modes presentation was terrific. He used a combination of a well prepared slide package, real time demonstration of the FT8 digital mode, and a solid question and answer dialogue.

The link to the video presentation can be found here. The passcode is k4!3v5af

Brayden’s slide package is here.

Old SWL QSL cards

Many of you probably started out as a shortwave listener. I started listening to international broadcasts with an old Deforest-Crosley radio in one of those big old wooden cabinets. Probably with my ear to the speaker I listened to the overseas service of the BBC. I have one of its QSL cards.

I graduated to a Hallicrafters receiver (can’t remember which model) which I purchased for $60 in probably 1963. With a long wire antenna strung between two telephone poles in my parent’s backyard I was able to listen to some really interesting broadcasters. Below I show three of them: Czechoslovakia, Ghana, and the Congo. I received the Czech QSL card five years before they were invaded by the Warsaw Pact.

1943 Canadian Tombac Nickel

The 1943 Canadian Nickel is unique. It has Morse code imprinted on it. Check out the image below and start at the red arrow and move clockwise. First person to send me the correct translation wins a free 2025 IslandHF membership. And don’t cheap by looking it up. Your membership will be revoked! 😀