December2015

  • I love breaking into a pile up with QRP!

    Ok, sometimes I just feel like bragging, but being able to break into a huge European pile up with QRP just tickles me to death. I don’t mean to step on anyone’s toes when working pile-ups, they seem to happen a lot nowadays due to the rarity of some...
  • Ionosonde in Austin, TX!

    What, what!?? Just found out that there’s an ionosonde in Austin, TX!!!! Had no clue! I’ve been using the data from the Boulder station since beginning in Ham Radio. I had to look it up too: Ionosonde Still figuring out how to interpret all of this data, so far...
  • Palm trees and QRP

    Ahhhh….. That’s the sound I let out today while kicking back at the beach… Oh and another sound I made… Yesssss!!!  After making my first successful QSO on the KX3. Using 10w, I spoke to a gentleman on the East coast today, my report was 5-7, he was coming...
  • First DX! Only 100w and a wire!

    So, this is what I’ve been missing… Been licensed as a general class for about a month with virtually no luck on HF (except for a few fat chances). Couple friends suggested an end fed. They’re great for HOA’s they said. I was skeptical to say the least, but...
  • My first mobile install – Yaesu FTM-400DR & Diamond NR770HNMO

    Decided to take my first stab at a mobile install last night. Took my Yaesu FTM-400DR and a Diamond NMO Mag Mounted Dual Band Antenna to the Toyota Tacoma. Install was relatively painless because I used a mag mount, and routing the power wires through the firewall was a snap...
  • Kite Antennas, what will they think of next?

    I’m filing this in my “To-do experiment bank.” Hoisting an end fed wire antenna up in the air using a kite! Check out this video! I live close to the Texas coast which always has a constant supply of wind coming in from the Gulf of Mexico. Although I don’t...
  • Here ye’ Here ye’ Get yer’ free vanity call sign!

    CQ CQ CQ This is Kilooooo Foxxtrotttt Fivvveee Zuluuuuu Hotellll Juliettttt (emphasis place on the phonetics here so I can get my message across clearly…) is a mouthful! After reading an article over on the ARRL website “FCC Eliminates Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Regulatory Fee,” I decided to...
  • It’s meme Friday & SWL on the beach!

    Oh Elecraft, you’ve really engineered a fine piece of equipment I must say. Being able to take this radio with me ANYWHERE is a big plus! Pretty soon i’ll be headed to the beach, and i’ll be taking my Elecraft with me and a good ole’ wire antenna! I’ve...
  • Another QSO for the mag loop

    I haven’t had much time to operate lately. Don’t we all wish we had more time to operate!? Oh, believe me, when I retire, I’m moving to the country side, and putting up huge Yagis and multiple towers! Can’t keep me off the airwaves then! But alas, as I...