July2017

  • First ISS SSTV Capture

    Attempted my first ISS SSTV reception tonight for the 20th anniversary of ARISS. How exciting it is to receive signals from the International Space Station! I setup my Kenwood TM-V71A & used my Elk Log Periodic Antenna tonight for a pass that was 23 degrees at max elevation. I...
  • Activating KFF-0550 – Lower Rio Grande Valley, July 23, 2017

    I’m making a quick trip to deliver some furniture to a business down in Port Isabel this weekend, and figured it’d be a good chance to activate another park in that beautiful area of Texas! The Lower Rio Grande Valley is considered a National Wildlife Refuge, and consists of...
  • Surprise in the mail

    How cool is this… Came home to a surprise box in the mail. Customized gifts from hamcrazy.com! Truckers ball cap, acrylic callsign display, and my favorite, my license in plaque form! Whomever sent these… thank you! Edit: Thank you Bruce, N4BRM! These will go nicely in the shack! ISS SSTV...
  • FT-8 – New Digi-mode by K1JT & K9AN

    I’ll admit, I tried compiling the new WSJT-X from source code initially before it was released, and was unable to get it working on my Windows 10 machine, even after following their instructions to a “T”. But lucky for me, it was released the very next day! First impressions…....
  • SOTABEAMS Band Hopper III Antenna Test for Parks On the Air

    Yesterday was one of those days, a really rough one stress wise. So I grabbed my pack, and went on a quick park activation outing to Lockhart State Park… if you’d ever like to try this park out.. the best spot IMHO is highlighted in the below pic. It’s...
  • Sneak peek of upcoming video projects

    Just wanted to share some sneak peek info on some of the videos i’m working on currently… First things first… I learned about an upcoming ISS SSTV event that’s scheduled for this weekend (Edit- now July 20th) through John Brier, KG4AKV, whose Space Comms YouTube channel is an absolute...
  • WWFF KFF-3038 Activation Results (McKinney Falls State Park)

    Sleeping in on the weekends? Who needs that… 😉 Even with the Texas heat rolling in, I braved the humidity & set out at the crack of dawn this morning towards KFF-3038. Another activation in the log & a successful test on the new homebrew link dipole (I know…...
  • Yamaha CM500 Headset – A plug & play ‘wow! factor’ for the Elecraft KX3!

    If you're a KX3/KX2 owner, and enjoy SSB, then this may be the headset for you!...
  • Updates from the ham shack – park activation planned

    Hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day holiday, I know I did! I had my radio go kits ready and even brought one with me to the family house yesterday, but the bands were pretty crummy from what I was seeing online, and the BBQ & beer was just...