October2017

  • Using WSPR as a comparison tool

    Although my effort to compare my antennas at home was a noble one, it still needed to be pointed out that switching back and forth between my antennas to see where my WSPR spots were being received, wasn’t the most accurate. Propagation, QRM, QRN can all change from one...
  • Vertzilla Antenna has arrived. Testing this weekend.

    The Buddipole components I ordered a few weeks ago have finally come in, so that I may construct what the POTA group calls the ‘Vertzilla’ antenna. Essentially a 1/4w elevated vertical, 5 feet off of the ground, with a tuned radial for every single HF band from 10-80m. This...
  • N5OAK Amateur Radio Club Quarterly Meeting – and a surprise!

    Held the Fall Quarterly meeting with the N5OAK Amateur Radio Club today at the SFFMA in Manchaca, TX. A big thank you to Jon, N5CFB & the SFFMA for allowing the N5OAK to use their facility for the N5OAK Quarterly Meetings, we are forever grateful! It’s only through the...
  • Need help deciding antenna options!

    Ok, so here’s the dilemma… I’m headed out to West Texas this November, and will be attempting a SOTA, and possibly even a POTA activation if time allows. I need a different antenna option than the one I’ve been using which is a link dipole with telescopic pole. I’ve...
  • My CW Learning Journey #2

    Just a quick update on my CW learning progress! I’ve finally finished learning all of the letters & numbers, and am now concentrating on the prosigns. We’re now approaching lesson 11 within the Morse Trainer application which basically starts giving you real world QSO chatter to attempt to copy....
  • 6 Meter BBQ

    Attended the six meter BBQ today here in Austin, met K3LR, and several other hams who are avid 6 meter enthusiasts. The room was filled with so much talent and wisdom, I felt like a total noob! I learned so much today, and have been energized to get on...