Elecraft announce new products for Dayton 2016:
Elecraft announced two new products for Dayton 2016. A new radio, the KX2, smaller and lighter than the KX3 and the k-Pod. Just what DXers and contester's using Elecraft K3/K3S radios have been after for a long time. Some have designed their own or tried to get computer devices like the Griffin control knob through software.
When you have optimized you station, antennas and software. Got the human skills to the point where you can cannot eek out any more performance there is very little left. The k-Pod gives the Elecraft user an extra edge. How, ergonomics When running a pile up you can constantly be back and forth to the RIT control. The k-Pod moves the RIT to beside your left hand right beside the keyboard. For us right handed users the left hand looks after the RIT and the right hand can type.
Half way through the year and still the big 3 contests to come. In July we have the IARU international and the RSGB IOTA contests. In August the EU HF championship, The WAE CW leg. In September we kick of with WAS SSB and CQWW RTTY. AT the end of October we have the CQWW SSB and in November we have the WAE RTTY and the CQWW CW rounding off the year. Band conditions have dropped of significantly in the last few month's so the lower bands are going to be of more importance as 10m is no closed a lot and 15 is not in the shape it was in last year. This year I have concentrated mostly on CW contests. I have been enjoying them and plan to finish this year doing the CW leg of any multi mode contest.
Contest University 2016 videos now live:
I managed to catch some of the live streaming of the CTU session from Dayton this year but missed quite a few of them. Thanks go out to ICOM for putting them on the internet live. Well they are now all up on Youtube.
WRTC 2014 is now finished and we are all looking forward to the competition heading toward the 2018 event in Germany. There has been a video of the weekend released and its very interesting to see the background to and efforts of the participants during the event. The video in high definition can be found here.
WRTC 2018 Standings site:
There is now a web site up to check your standing as you work towards entry for the 2018 WRTC. The link is here. www.wrtc2018.de
New DX Cluster site:
DXHeat is a new web site set up last year which has some very nice features. Its very clearly laid out and customization which makes it very east to check activity from specific call areas or modes. Check it out here at dxheat.com