May 30, 2021

Point Reyes to Mt. Loma Prieta WINS System Repeater (89 miles) on an HT

I recently went on a daytrip adventure up the California coast on the beautiful Route 1.  A nice long drive was the perfect opportunity to bring along my new 10w Wouxun KG-UV9D Mate dual-band FM transceiver and have some fun giving it a workout.

KG-UV9D Mate 10w dual-band HT

The radio performed very well throughout the trip using only the stock antenna.  I tested the radio's reception and transmitting capabilities at each turnout when we would stop to take in a vista.  The battery lasted all-day long with more than 75% remaining at day's end.

Of all the contacts I made during the day, I was most surprised at making 70 cm full-quieting contacts with the WINS System repeater on Mt. Loma Prieta, California (K6JSI) from both Mt. Tamalpias (66 miles) and again from Point Reyes Lighthouse (89 miles).


These impressive contacts are a testament to both the KG-UV9D Mate HT and the Loma Prieta WINS System repeater.  So the next time you find yourself at Point Reyes, California, be sure to make a call to the Loma Prieta, CA WINS System repeater (K6JSI) 442.900 MHz  (+) 162.2 Hz tone.

Good DX and 73, NJ2X


May 18, 2021

Completed the ARRL 15m Digital Worked All States Award from California

A big THANK YOU to N7MJ (Jack) for helping me complete the ARRL 15m Digital Worked All States (WAS) award with our FT8 15m contact between Wyoming and California.  We both confirmed on LoTW.  It is amazing how much fun you can have with 100w, a length of coaxial cable, and a little wire.

State flag of Wyoming



Good DX and 73, NJ2X

May 7, 2021

750 unique US State Counties confirmed on QRZ

A big THANK YOU to AA2EC, Ellie Mae, for completing my 750th confirmed unique US State county contact on QRZ.  Ellie Mae's QTH is in Columbia County, New York.  Ellie Mae, thanks for the new county on 17m.


Columbia County Flag, New York, USA


Good DX and 73, NJ2X

WSJT-X Tip #1: JTAlert

An outstanding companion to WSJT-X is JTAlert.  JTAlert monitors the stations you receive and provides feedback to help you choose which stations to select for a contact.  



Helpful alerts include:
  • Identifies stations you worked before
  • Color codes stations that are calling CQ in green
  • Color codes stations in grey that are in the middle of a QSO
  • Flags wanted callsigns
  • Flags wanted US States
  • Flags DXCCs
  • Ignores callsigns
 JTAlert is a must-have companion for anyone using WSJT-X.

Good DX and 73, NJ2X


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May 2, 2021

Completed the ARRL 30m Digital WAS Award from California

A big THANK YOU to W1BFA (Michael of Maine) for helping me complete the ARRL 30m Digital WAS award with our FT8 30m coast-to-coast contact between Maine and California.  We both confirmed on LoTW.  It is amazing how much fun you can have with 100w, a length of coaxial cable, and some wire.

Maine State Flag


Good DX and 73, NJ2X