• Do you have an Amateur Radio blog/website/YouTube channel?

    Just a quick note… I’ve started adding a links page to my website with several links to various blogs, websites, YouTube channels & podcasts around the internet. This list is in the works as I scour the Interwebz for active content, but if you’d like me to add you...
  • CWops Academy Starts Next Month!

    I was originally signed up for the January course, but got notification this week from the program that I had been moved up to September! I’m nervous but excited at the same time. My focus will shift towards CW over the coming months (and hopefully continue!) as I take...
  • A Ton of Updates from the Ham Shack

    I have totally missed having a decent 100 watt station at home. Several months ago I tore down all of my HF antennas in preparation for a move that didn’t happen because our deal didn’t go through. Long story short, we’ll probably be here another year or so, so...
  • Wolf River Coil Silver Bullet – the Ultimate Portable Vertical Antenna

    Occasionally, I like to forego fighting with a really long telescopic pole, and deploy a ground mounted vertical antenna. Problem is, up until now, all I had were make shift mounts to mount a 3/8 x 24 stud mounted antenna to. No longer! The Wolf River Coil ‘Mini-Pod’ tripod...
  • First go at digi-modes with the W4OP Loop Antenna

    First time trying digi modes with the W4OP mag loop tonight… I had only used it with SSB thus far. I’m quite pleased with the results, granted I was operating for about two hours today including around grey line time. I just setup the loop behind the house and...
  • 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...