December2016

  • Enjoying WSPR over the holiday season

    Busy doesn’t even begin to describe my life over the past several weeks. Things never slow down during the holiday season. I love spending time with family and friends, but the hustle and bustle of the holidays just gets to me. It’s hard to squeeze out even just a...
  • Panadapting with the Kenwood 590SG

    You know the articles where other radio operators mention that once you go to a spectrum display, you never wanna go back? Well, that’s pretty much true for me. Not only does panadapting give you a real time spectrum display, but a waterfall display which displays the history of...
  • Using a GPS Repeater Antenna with the Yaesu FTM400DR

    My Yaesu FTM-400DR has had a difficult time ascertaining a GPS lock inside of my vehicle. Some others have also complained of this, but when my radio is in my 2nd story shack @ home, or if its out in the open during field day, it picks up a signal...
  • Reports of Kenwood TS-590SG Fans Installed Backwards

    Recent reports indicate that a small batch of Kenwood 590SG fans have their fans installed backwards....
  • Mobile HF with SDRplay

    Took a trip out to McKinney Falls State Park here in Austin, TX a few days ago during lunch to do some mobile HF operating with my SDRplay. I’ve always been interested in operating my SDR from a quiet & remote location. A state park was as close to that...
  • WSPRlite (WSPR Beacon)

    SOTABeams (SB) recently developed a new WSPR beacon called the WSPRlite. A small, light, & super portable WSPR beacon that transmits a WSPR signal on 20 or 30 meters. Lower bands are also possible with the use of a low pass filter. I jumped on purchasing one of these,...
  • Shortwave Listening with the SDRplay & SDRConsole

    I wanted to try and start a series of shortwave listening videos. Just simple enjoyment of the shortwave bands. I’m learning how to tweak my audio so it’s a bit better for the end listener, this first video was made with nothing more than my microphone in front of my...
  • Decoding Digital Modes with an SDR

    Time for some more fun with the SDRplay! I usually have to leave my HF rig & power supply on to decode digital modes. Well it’s required obviously if I want to transmit, but I wanted to be able to decode signals w/ my station without having to consume...
  • ARRL 10 Meter Contest

    Decided to try my hand at the ARRL 10 meter contest this weekend for a few hours. I operated from about 10am-12pm local on Saturday Dec. 10 & worked 24 SSB contacts to my surprise! I was using my OCF primarily, it seemed to be performing a bit better...