Category: HAM Radio

Risk Analysis Videos

A while back I worked with one of my professors to produce videos on a number of risk analysis related topics, including thought exercises and other brainstorming techniques. I just found a couple of those videos on YouTube and thought I’d share them.

N2H at HOPE

This past weekend, i helped out with the special event station N2H at The Next HOPE. We worked everything from 2 to 20 meters, including FM, SSB, CW, PSK and RTTY. It was pretty cool doing digital modes for the first time. Here are some pictures of us setting up the antennas on the roof, as well as operating during the conference.

QSLing for the K3PSU special event station

The Penn State Amateur Radio Club turned 100 years old this year, and to celebrate we held a special event station over the weekend of April 18th and 19th. For both days, we had operators on the air using our special event callsign K3PSU which we borrowed from a local ham for the event. More details on the event over in my post about it.

For those unfamiliar with the workings of the amateur radio world, when you contact a special event station, it’s expected that you will get a fancy postcard in the mail validating your contact. There are contests worldwide that focus on such cards. Our cards, modeled after the 1950s QSL card (QSL means “acknowledge receipt of signal”), came in the mail weeks after the semester ended. So I’m only now getting to the list of people who need to be sent a card.

Our QSL cards

Our QSL cards

QSL cards from people who I sent cards to today

QSL cards from people who I sent cards to today

Today's outgoing mail

Today's outgoing mail

We had about 200 stations checking in. Today I was only able to get through the people who have sent us their QSL cards first, and even within that set I was only able to finish the subset of people who were nice enough to include a self-addressed stamped envelope. There’s about 180 more to go, and I think I smell a project for our next meeting.

Just for fun, I snapped the following image on my way out. It’s the stack of QSL cards from the school year 2008-2009, and ONLY those cards from that year specifically addressed to us, K3CR. Just one of the little boxes could contain over 200 cards.

QSL cards 2008-2009

QSL cards 2008-2009