Steve & Georgia Carter

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Logging into the QRZ Logbook

This is a tutorial on how to log into the QRZ.COM logbook to enter contacts in the Western Colorado Amateur Radio Club “Mike the Headless Chicken” event which is scheduled for May 30. It will be meaningless to anyone else.

First of all, you need to log into using your own username (probably your call sign) and password. From the opening screen, hover the mouse over your callsign, which is on the right of the title bar. A dropdown box should appear.

Click on “My Logbook”. This will take you to your logbook (even if you have never used it). There is a drop down box which has your logbook highlighted.

Click on it and if you have been authorized to access it, you should see an option to log into the “WØM Mike the Headless Chicken” logbook. Once you do that, you should see any entries entered by anyone else, and using the “Add QSO” button, you can add some of your own. For help, please consult the documentation.

Feel free to play around with it and practice entering QSOs. I’ll erase them before the event.

Thanks, and thanks for participating in the Mike the Headless Chicken QSO party!

Steve, KØGUZ

The Mystery Bike paths of Grand Junction

I have lived in Grand Junction, Colorado, for 4-1/2 years. One of the amenities that brought us here and which really enhances the quality of life here is the extensive mountain trail and biking trails which unite Fruita, Grand Junction and Palisade.

It’s called the Riverfront Trail.

This is the first draft of an exploration of this magnificent public works project that is both a transportation corridor and recreational opportunity.

But first, I’ve shot some videos, and this will be my effort to embed them in the blog.

How to navigate from the RFT to 25 road. Unmarked, of course.

And then there’s trying to get to the Colorado National Monument:


Pacific Crest Trail

Warrior Expeditions Group

Jackie has left Grand Junction on an ambitious project; she plans to hike the entire Pacific Crest trail from Mexico to Canada.  But not alone. It’s through Warrior Expeditions, an organization of returned soldiers and Marines who served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and who need to work out the stresses of warfare. She met someone who had gone through this program when she was in South Carolina a couple of months ago.  He urged her to apply and  we’re honored that she was selected, since she is the only woman on this trip.  Since it’s a charitable organization, they provide all the support and gear at no cost to her.  Here’s a picture of the others she will be hiking with.  See if you can pick her out without looking at the names…. 

She has started a blog about her journey; Here’s the link:

If everything goes according to plan, she should be ending her trip in Vancouver sometime in early September.  We’re going to pick her up.  After that, she plans to return to Grand Junction. 

QCX Part 1

Now that Floyd, AAØGU, has his kit in hand (it took three days to arrive), I decided to start with the assembly. As with Heathkits, I sorted the parts in an egg carton,


and sat down to install the IC socket and the IC’s.   At that point,  KI0G (and the manual, and every suggestion on the listserver) suggest that you jump to section 3.55 of the manual and wind then install the T1 transformer.  I had to wind a number of toroids for the Hardrock 50 amplifier I built last summer, and after a while developed a technique that involved sticking the core on a pencil .  Unfortunately, that skill has atrophied and I don’t remember exactly how I did it. There are at least 5 YouTube videos on how to do it, and they’re all different. 

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Riverfront Trail Access Imperiled

On December 28, John Hodge and I attended a meeting with Pete Firmin, who is the Manager of the James M. Robb state parks, which include Corn Lake, Connected Lakes and the Fruita section. John has posted on Facebook his impressions of the meeting; I’m putting it in my personal blog because it’s really too long to fit in the standard Facebook message format. You may feel free to add comments to the end of this message, or on the Bicycle Alliance Facebook page. You can also look at the rest of this personal blog if you care to…

Our meeting was cordial; I’ve known Firmin for years when we both worked in Rifle, and he’s a good guy. However, he seemed primed for this meeting with talking points from higher up, and I learned more from what he didn’t say than what he did. The following comments are my own opinion on this situation, and don’t represent the position of the Bicycle Alliance.

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