Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Museum Ship Weekend

On the weekend of June 4 and 5 amateur radio operators around the world will activate museum ships around the world.  The goal is make people aware of the ships and to make contact with other museum ships and ham radio operators around the world.
In Galveston, we have two museum ships.  The USS Cavala and Stewart.  The Cavala is a submarine and the Stewart is a destroyer escort.  The two ships are located on Pelican Island in Seawolf Park.
The Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club will activate the two ships.  I am honored to be invited to operate with them.  I operated as a guest last year.  This year I should be on phone on Sunday morning.  I am really looking forward to this event.

This is the USS Cavala

This is the USS Stewart

This is a shot of both vessels on location at Sea Wolf Park.

Hope to work you!
73 and Good DXx
Leslie, ad5wb
Galveston Island, Texas

Sunday, May 15, 2011


What a nice treat today.  I worked through a month plus of qso's that I wanted to request confirmation for.   I was pleasantly surprised at how many of the other operators had used LOTW.  This was by far the largest amount that I had come accross.  It was at least 50 %!
This really helps financially.  To request a qsl card from some stations is up to $4.00 US.  One dollar postage from here and three dollars from there.  It does not takke long for this to add up to serious pocket change.
Now................if only the iota program took lotw!
Until next time:
73 and good dx
Leslie, ad5wb
Galveston Island, Texas

Thursday, May 5, 2011

spring / summer time

Ah............ the work year is almost done at school.  At some point next week I hope to be able to start vacation for the summer.  I am looking forward to spending some time putting the island on the air.  I have had some days where I have played radio these last few months, but I am looking forward to some prolonged sessions of calling:  "cq cq island on the air.  This is AD5WB, Galveston island, NA 143 QRZ!"

Hope to see you in the pile up.

73 and good dx
Leslie, AD5WB
Galveston Island, Texas