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Posted by on in General Chitchat

A few years ago I provided a link where people could download a small application which enabled you to download all your EQSL cards from their website. Unfortunately it seems that this application is no longer working. I seem to recall a few people leaving messages saying that they couldn't get it to work. I've just tried to install it and it didn't work, I just got an error message so I didn't even bother trying any further.

I am somewhat annoyed though. I just did a search looking for an up-to-date EQSL downloader. My website comes up at number two, obviously that's no good to anyone now. However, I came across another page which supposedly contained the link where you could download the EQSL download utility. Well, it just contains a bunch of advertising links including AdSense. These type of pages are there to make money for whoever owns the page. They are not really bothered in offering you what you are looking for, they are there to trick you into clicking on advertising links which I'm quite sure contravenes some rules somewhere.

Oh well, if somebody comes up with a really good bit of software that enables you to download EQS L cards than let me know.

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  • MW1CFN
    MW1CFN says #
    A rant is worthwile! I've just had one on my own blog! I'm glad to say I've become a nihillist and concluded collecting cards,

Posted by on in General Chitchat

I want to say a very big thank you to ICOM UK, especially Chris. Recently the PA (finals) went in my IC 7800 which meant the radio was as dead as your turkey at Christmas. So I contacted ICOM UK and they arranged for the media to be picked up from my house. Now since this happened only a couple of weeks before Christmas, you could quite understand me having to wait until after the Christmas holiday. Well, that wasn't the case, ICOM had the radio fixed within the week and returned it back to me a couple of days ago. Understandably, I was quite upset when this happened and I did send a letter with the radio telling ICOM how disappointed I was that the radio had packed up after just four years of me buying a brand-new. They obviously were quite sympathetic and listened to what I said because they waved their labour free and only charged me for the parts that were replaced. Obviously this was a massive surprise when I received my invoice.


All I can say is thank you very much ICOM UK, you are incredibly generous


A very Merry Christmas & a happy New Year



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  • Steve
    Steve says #
    Hi Penn, it's always nice to hear of a company doing a good deed. So congrats to Icom for that. Icom is the main brand of radio I
  • Steve
    Steve says #
    Hi Penn, it's always nice to hear of a company doing a good deed. So congrats to Icom for that. Icom is the main brand of radio I

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Unfortunately 2014 didn't really start off area well for me. After discovering a pressure sore on my backside, I have now been in bed since December 27, 2013. It's now February 27, 2014 and I'm happy to say that everything is almost feels, we're probably about 99.9% recovered. I suppose if I was going to spend some time in bed, this was definitely the best time of year to do it, the weather has been and continues to be extremely bad.

So what is new for me in the world of amateur radio four 2014? Well, I am really excited at the prospect of putting up my new beam antenna, hopefully in the next two or three months if everything goes well with me. I sold my SteppIR a few months ago and purchased and 11 elements Opti beam which is sitting in my shed at the moment. To be perfectly honest, after all the winds we have had in the last couple of months, I was so happy that I didn't have to worry about a huge beam antenna, after having when is that almost topped 100 mph, I think we may have been dealing with some serious damage.

Anyway, I go to be making some updates to the website very soon. I did notice that some people had left  on some of my blog entries, all I can do is apologise if you never heard from me. I intend to pay a lot more attention to this website in the future so I really hope people will continue to to leave comments, it's always nice to know that people are actually reading my blog.

So hopefully it won't be too long before I am back on the HF frequencies blasting the hell out of Torbay. Look forward to speaking to you all again, I've rarely really messed operating over the last few months.

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