• 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...
  • 1st Parks on the Air Nationwide Event!

    Reposting from my QRZ news post… Greetings Amateur Radio Operators! I’m excited to announce the first event of its kind for the Parks on the Air / Worldwide Flora & Fauna Program here in the States… Support Your Parks Weekend! (09/30/2017-10/01/2017) The POTA crew have decided to hold their...
  • SOTA Activation Planned: Mount Locke (UT McDonald Observatory)

    Greetings Amateur Radio Operators! I’m excited to announce that I will be activating Mount Locke (W5T/DE-003)¬†for a Summits on the Air Activation on Sunday, November 19, 2017 (ETA 1700UTC). Still a ways away, but wanted to announce nonetheless & get the word out! Mount Locke is the home to...
  • Worked All States :)

    Finally! After 2 years of being on the air, and casually making contacts (never racing to get all of the states, just as they came really), i’ve finally contacted all the U.S. States! This is using a mix of modes, about half voice & half digital from what i’m...
  • The 6 Meter BBQ- Austin, TX

    How could I turn down an invite to the 6 meter BBQ (09/29/17 – 09/30/17) from the legend, Mr. Tim Duffy himself!? I touched base with Tim a few weeks ago regarding the recent Hustler 6BTV installation I did in the backyard, using some awesome DX engineering products in...
  • HamGadgets PicoKeyer

    Lose the radios & go anywhere you want to practice your CW… Sometimes I get hung up on providing reviews of very popular equipment, especially radios & antennas. In reality, sometimes it’s the smallest items/gadgets in my shack that can make operating that much easier. I’ve been searching for...