July2017

  • Big Bend National Park Activation Results

    A whopping 75 contacts on SSB for the Big Bend National Park Activation! A big thank you to all the hunters for this one. This was definitely a special park for me. Bucket list checkmark! This is one of the largest parks that i’ve ever experienced. So large you...
  • Big Bend National Park Activation & Summits on the Air Activation

    Big Bend National Park Activations planned this weekend! July 28-29. I’m going to attempt to activate the park tonight after I get to the park & get settled in. This will give me the opportunity to work a park activation a little bit later in the evening, and when...
  • Antenna Giveaway! & Announcements

    Just as a way of saying thank you to everyone who has followed my blog, or YouTube channel, or just sent me a bit of anti-lid advice (ha!)…. I’m giving away a SOTABEAMS Band Hopper III+ antenna system! I’m absolutely sold on using dipoles for portable operations (when I...
  • Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge (KFF-0550) Activation Results

    This had to be the toughest activation yet as far as noise & propagation goes. Thunderstorms were rolling all across Texas today, heck over the entire U.S. it seemed like! I guess you can’t win them all… Well, with 29 in the log, I really shouldn’t be complaining. I...
  • 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

    Edit: moving up the time to 1800 UTC-? 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...
  • 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...