June2017

  • Installing a Chinese TCXO in the Kenwood TS-480SAT & Learning PSK31 for Field Day!

    I’m the Digi modes station this ARRL Field Day, so just plopped in a Chinese 15.6MHz TCXO purchased on eBay for $13.99 in the Kenwood TS-480SAT. I had such good performance from the one I put in the 590SG, I found one that hadn’t yet been soldered to a board,...
  • First KX3 contacts

    Usually when I work QRP, I’ve got to put my ‘Johnny be patient’ face on…. not today folks. Within the first few minutes of operating my KX3, I landed North Carolina & California from South Padre Island, TX! I was able to get close to the salt water this...
  • Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Activation

    (My last post somehow got deleted, thanks WordPress.) Snagged 46 QSOs on 20 meters today. Thank you so much to everyone that worked me, even snagged a few DX! Could only operate for about 2.5hrs today as the heat was really bearing down on me (and my radio!). Was...
  • Elecraft KX3 has arrived.

    Just under two years ago, I had purchased a KX3 when I obtained my General license. At the time, I don’t even think I knew what the term QRP meant… I was quick to discover that QRP couldn’t be used on a whim with inefficient antennas. I had trouble...
  • Creating a makeshift mount for a beach mounted vertical antenna

    Concerning the activation I have coming up, I keep reading that vertical antennas are the way to go when operating very close to salt water. I’ve made some pretty awesome contacts at the beach before, some of my best actually, and I want to increase my chances of DX...
  • RPi R.I.P. 2015-2017

    I think overheating and being in an RF environment might have taken its toll on my RPi3...
  • Remotely Tuned Sky Loop with the WSPRlite – Massive DX!

      Well… I think its safe to say that adding a remote tuner to my home station gave me a bit of a boost so to speak. I don’t think I’ve had this good of a run with DX on WSPR in a long time – if ever actually...
  • HamCom 2017. Success.

        HamCom 2017 – Irving, TX Took a 3.5 hour trip to North Texas with KJ5VB this morning. My three takeaway points from this hamfest – iCOM  – you guys are the friendliest folks around – what a great bunch of people – and wow – what a display!...
  • Antenna Prepping for ARRL Field Day – the linked dipole

    Started gathering my field day equipment together, and started to think of what kind of antenna I want to use this year. You see, the big advantage with field day for most folks is you’re usually able to get pretty creative with antennas, and definitely go up in size. The more...