April2017

  • It’s time to learn CW.

    I’m still a little distraught over my recent mishap with the 590SG…. After seeing all the initial comments online that I posted everywhere, things are looking bleak, but I think I may have found someone that will attempt to repair it, but at what cost…? So i’m turning this...
  • My Kenwood 590sg just took a nose dive

    Well, i’ve spent the better part of the last few hours tracking down why my 590SG wouldn’t turn on…. Found some fried SMD components near connector CN4 on the board nearest the power supply. I definitely think this is power related, almost appears to be something that was happening...
  • SDRPlay RSP1 Metal Case Upgrade

    My trusty dusty SDRPlay just received a long overdue upgrade! RTL-SDR blog & KD2KOG teamed up and started providing these cases a couple months ago. They’re even for sale on Amazon now with Prime shipping! Only $39.95, not a bad deal considering it’s 15 bucks alone for the FM...
  • Headset Shootout Results (Video)

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  • Congratulations K5URU! Winner of the Bedspring Challenge!

    NY7N Bedspring Challenge update: We have our first winner! NY7N Bedspring Challenge update: We have our first winner! from amateurradio K5URU just made a successful 5 watt JT mode contact to Australia on 10 meters using a Bedspring for an antenna! How crazy is that!?  Blake’s one of the...
  • LDG AT-100 Remote Antenna Tuner Installation

    I took down my off-center fed dipole the other day to install the LDG AT-100 ATU on the same mast. Being that the antenna is pretty much at the same height, and oriented about the same as my OCF was, I’m not expecting a big boost in performance, but I...
  • Operating QRP with the W4OP Loop Antenna (Video)

    Happy belated Easter everyone! Yesterday was such a beautiful day! Took a short drive out to the family casa this weekend to spend some much needed time with everyone! Enjoyed some good ole’ Texas BBQ & was able to sneak in about 30 minutes of operating time with the...
  • The El Dorado Space Cowboys need your vote!

    Reposting from QRZ… ” At our small local high school with a total of 156 students in grades 9 – 12 – we have an Engineering Class with about 10 students that I help volunteer tutor. You can read about their activities at the following web sites: http://eldorado-space-cowboys.com/https://www.facebook.com/Eldorado-S…-Extraordinary-Space-Cowboys-461267087313859/They are in the...
  • Using a small transmitting loop (W4OP Loop) with the SDRPlay (Video)

    A few of my followers asked what it would be like to pair an SDR up with a small transmitting loop (STL) like the W4OP, so figured it was time I do a video! Actually….I’ve been wanting to try this experiment for awhile now! Before I considered getting the W4OP...