November2016

  • Mobile HF Install Update – Kenwood TS-480SAT

    Since my mobile HF install, I was inclined to get an HF rig that was a bit more ‘portable’. I realized that the 590SG is a pleasure to operate directly from the radio itself. Operating the radio through my laptop, would have been cumbersome and unsafe. I have no...
  • High Altitude Balloon Tracking

    This weekend I had the chance to checkout a high altitude balloon launch after noticing the following post over on the Reddit Amateur Radio Group: “The Baylor Amateur Radio club has been working with Josh Ward, a Baylor Staff member and balloon enthusiast, to develop a payload for a...
  • Toyota Tacoma Mobile HF Install

    Since the acquiring of my Flex 3000, (which i’m still learning how to master BTW), a radio which is just about capable of the same things my 590SG is capable of, albeit some different filters and such, I started to get the itch for mobile HF! After many hours...
  • Fan Dipole Troubles -Fail?

    This is definitely a learn by doing hobby! If there’s one thing I learned this past week, it’s that not all antennas are going to work out the way you want them to! Especially multi-band antennas. Maybe I shouldn’t call my project a fail, maybe a lesson learned? I...
  • One Year on the HF Airwaves!

    A year ago today, I received my General Class license at the same place I just volunteered for my first VEC duties! But I want to go even further back to when I was first licensed as a technician, not knowing much about the hobby, I picked up a...
  • The Fan Dipole – A valuable multi-band HF antenna¬†

    It’s time to test a new antenna! The fan dipole. I was considering building a parallel dipole, but I wanted the separation between the elements to ‘hopefully’ help in increasing the bandwidth available & decreasing the tuning interactions between the elements. After reading an article over on eHam: “The...
  • The Flex 3000 SDR – new addition to the shack!

    If you had to ask me what my favorite niche is in ham radio, that would probably have to be Software Defined Radio! Though, just about everything in ham radio is cool! I don’t think Software Defined Radio is better in anyway compared to conventional superheterodyne radios. It’s the...