Episode 266 - Ralph Fedor - K0IR
Ralph Fedor, K0IR, has participated in at least 15 DXpeditions to the most remote parts of the World. Ralph shares his amateur radio story leading up to his DXpeditions, the opportunities, the lessons learned, and the avoidance of fate off of Bouvet Island in 2018. K0IR took a break from preparing for the upcoming Pitcairn DXpedition in October for this QSO Today.
Bouvet Island DXpedition 3Y0Z
Hometown: Lakefield, MN
Current QTH: Waite Park, MN
First License: WN0ABU, Novice, 1961
Upgrade to Conditional, WA0ABU
Favorite operating mode: CW
World Radio Labs Globe Chief transmitter
Drake C Line Transceivers
Hallicrafters SX-99 receiver
DXPedition Lessons learned:
Pitcairn DX Propagation Prediction K6TU
University of Minnesota, BA, MD
“Vietnam Doctor Draft”
Teleradiology System to rural hospitals
HCJB Voice of the Andies
Understanding Radio Electronics, By Milton Kaufman, Herbert Watson
A Course in Radio Fundamentals, by George Grammer, ARRL
Operating an Amateur RAdio Station
Continental Morse Code
ARRL National Traffic System
FT8 Digital Mode
Marty Laine OH2BH
Captain Cook about South Sandwich Island: “The most awful place in the World”
National Science Foundation
Bravehart, New Zealand ship
Peter the 1st Island
Transit of Venus observed - Captain Cook
Mutiny on the Bounty, by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
Fletcher Christian, Pitcairn Island
Movie reference: Fate is the Hunter, with Glenn Ford.
Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now: Attracting young people to our hobby.
Excited most by: Dxpeditions, new technology like digital modes
Advice to new or returning hams: Fasten your seatbelt, things have changed for the better.
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World Radio Labs Globe Chief Transmitter
Hallicrafters SX-99 Receiver
Drake "C" Line HF Rigs
FlexRadio Flex-6500 HF SDR Transceiver