February2017

  • New record set on 2 meter FM – Tropospheric Ducting

    I usually don’t have the chance to partake in tropo events, but tonight was my lucky night! Just so happened we were holding our Thursday night net with the N5OAK Amateur Radio Club, and afterwards the VHF Tropo Maps started lighting up like crazy! So a bunch of us...
  • If you build it. They will hear you!

    Anyone get the Field of Dreams reference? 😛 Great movie btw. Band conditions haven’t been the greatest lately, maybe it’s just me? I’ve had a difficult time making contacts on voice & digi modes for the past few weeks. So I’ve shifted gears a bit, and put my crafty...
  • Do Switch-Mode Power Supplies have a place in your shack?

    I decided to give switching power supplies a go. Figured what the heck, i’m tired of this beast of an Astron when I have to take my radio to portable events, or when i’m just travelling period. Last I lugged it to a beachhouse @ South Padre Island… never...
  • Yet another record set for WSPR!

    As of late, I’ve been tinkering more with antennas that are easy to deploy, and ones that I might be able to experiment with easier when I eventually take my HF antennas down @ home. A few days ago, I setup a 40 meter wire for this LNR Precision...
  • End Fed Antennas – Where’s the other half?

    That was the exact response I got from a ham whom I had just met about a year ago during my first NPOTA outing. I had brought my HyEndFed (Classic 4 bander – 100 watts) & my Chameleon F Loop out to Lyndon B. Johnson National Park to attempt...
  • Slack! An excellent way for your Ham Radio Club to keep in touch!

    I just wanted to share this excellent service, called Slack, which is an online messaging platform that works across multiple platforms & devices seamlessly! Our club was looking for a better way to keep in touch, and what better way than real-time! Lets face it… we can’t always be...
  • Adding 160 meters to a Hustler 6BTV

    I have never been able to transmit on the 160 meter band. As I hear it, it’s referenced as the ‘Gentleman’s Band’. So I just had to see what the fuss was all about! I’ve been able to ‘listen’ on 160m, but the LDG KT-100 tuner I use, would not...
  • Kenwood TS-590SG & SDRPlay Panadapter Guide

    Ok folks, this one has been a long time coming. Thanks for being so cordial about my first video on the SDRPlay panadapter. I get questions all the time on how to hookup an Sdr to the 590SG. Luckily, it’s one of the easiest to setup. No IF frequencies...
  • New Record Set for WSPR!

    Yesterday I decided to do some ‘springtime’ maintenance on my Hustler antenna by resealing the coax, tightening all the connections & checking/adjusting with an antenna analyzer. I figured after all that work, I’m going to leave this thing up for a bit! So I took a bit more care...