May2017

  • Headed to HamCom 2017 (June 9-10) 

    Well, I didn’t make it to Dayton this year, but I’m hoping for a fun road trip next year possibly. For now, I’ll take the next best Amateur Radio gathering west of the Mississippi! HamCom located in Irving, TX. I’ll probably head up early on Saturday morning. They still...
  • Oh WSPR. Oh how I’ve missed thee.

    I’m back on WSPR. Tired of waiting for my Kenwood 590SG to return, so I’m using this small USB sound card for the input on my Mac Mini, I try to avoid using the on board line in ports if at all possible.  Since my 480SAT doesn’t have USB...
  • Heil Ham Radio Microphone Review

    Big thanks to Heil Sound & Bob, K9EID for allowing me to test these dynamic microphones out over the last few weeks. It’s been frustrating to say the least trying to use the wrong kind of mic with your transceiver! I’ve discovered audio heaven though…   73 K5ACL...
  • First SOTA Activation – A Success!

    I came… I saw… and I conquered the mountain! lol, hey, it’s a mountain in Texas anyways… Special thanks to VK1AD for the inspiration to get going with SOTA (I can only hope to keep up, please checkout his site – lots of great adventures!), N5CFB for the kick-ass...
  • First SOTA Activation Tomorrow 05/13/2017 1500 UTC ETA

    Attempting my first SOTA (Summits on the Air) activation tomorrow atop Shovel Mountain (W5T/NT-033) which I previously visited to test out my Elk Log Periodic antenna on VHF. Only this time, I’m bringing my Kenwood TS-480SAT, 100 watts & a HyEndFed 4 band end fed antenna! I’ll be primarily operating on...
  • Motorola Public Service Speaker works great for a VHF/UHF radio!

    I’ve tried more little communication speakers over the years than I can count! I’m sure you have too, but I think I just found a gem of a comms speaker! A friend of mine, Jon-N5CFB, asked if I’d be interested in trying one of these small PA type speakers made...
  • Toyota Tacoma Audio Upgrades

    I’ve been meaning to do this project for years…. I’ve had this annoying rattling coming from the factory plastic inside the door panels on my 2013 Tacoma – which I should have removed the first go around. When I went to remove the door panel, I discovered that somehow, (possibly through...
  • My beginners YouTube Studio

    I’ve had such blast getting into the whole YouTube creator thing! My biggest inspiration – no joke, was probably Casey Neistat. I’ve been following him for awhile – such an original creator. His content is just absolutely mesmerizing! It literally just draws you in… and unfortunately started another ‘potentially’ expensive...
  • Bob Heil just sent me some really cool gear to review!

    I recently did a video on YouTube about the pros and cons of using headsets on two opposite ends of the price spectrum. A few days later, I was surprised to receive an email directly from Bob Heil (W9EID)! What a treat! Completely unexpected – he educated me a...