Category Archives: General

2017: Year of the Ham

I’ve decided this coming year will be one in which I invest heavily, both from an operations and licensing standpoint. I’ve been thinking of how best to expand my radio horizons, and have come up with a pretty good list … Continue reading

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Back to the past

I came across a listing on FB for an FT-101EE recently, and decided to buy it. I think I became intrigued at the idea of investing in the past, where the FT101 reigned as king of the tube transceivers. The -EE … Continue reading

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Back to Basics: Morse Code

Okay, I have a disclaimer to make before I start this discussion. When I took my Novice license test, back in the Dark Ages, I proudly passed my code portion with ease..then immediately forgot Morse and never used it again. … Continue reading

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FCC planning to cut back Field Enforcement bureau

The FCC announced earlier this week that they are considering a drastic cutback to it’s Field Enforcement Bureau in the US. At first glance, this seems like a good thing. No more “Big Brother” watching over our shoulders, no more dark figures … Continue reading

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Homemade Spectrum Analyzer

One of the guys on IRC made a pretty nice analyzer… http://gridtoys.com/sa/sa.html

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Ettus USRP

So I’ve been reading up on software defined radios and came across a couple guys who set up and ran their own private BTS (base station Transceiver Site, a.k.a cell site) at Burning Man. They basically were able to provide … Continue reading

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Stuck in SF all day with no radio

I had to journey to San Francisco in order to apply for a travel visa today. The plan was to apply for the visa and have the consulate fedex it to me, but as it turned out, the only available … Continue reading

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Pitcairn DXpedition, anyone?

I just read about the island of Pitcairn, on the pacific. It’s the least populated island in the world, and was founded by mutineers including John Adams. It sounds like an incredible place to do a DXpedition to! Who’s with … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my fellow Hams. Here’s hoping for stellar conditions this year. My personal goal is to work towards some awards, get more active on the air and earn my Amateur Extra rating. What are your goals?

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Backyard antennae

Here are a couple of my portable antenna systems. In the back of the below pic is my awesome 21′ tripod mast from HRO. I’ve used it for my Hamstick dipoles, G5RV jr. and longwire antennas. The mast is non-conductive … Continue reading

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