• Prepping for Winter Field Day 2018 with the N5OAK ARC

    Speaking of Winter Field Day… it snowed last night in Austin, TX! I haven’t seen snow in these parts of Texas in a very long time. In 1985, snow completely blanketed Central Texas, and I was only 4 years old, but remember it very well. I absolutely love the...
  • Ham Radio Adventures Part #2 Coming Up – Operating Parks on the Air with N9MM & W5MIG! (12/10/2017)

    I was recently invited to operate with W5MIG (Jerry) & N9MM (Norm), who are two very avid outdoor ham radio operators. They decided to get together this month & operate Parks on the Air at Blanco State Park (POTA ID: KFF-2990) in Central Texas on December 10, 2017. Estimated time of arrival (update):...
  • My love for Analog FM

    A new ham recently wrote me & asked me about my thoughts on the new digital FM modes, and so I thought I’d make a post about it! I’ve dabbled a bit in digital FM over the past couple years with C4FM & DMR. First with my Yaesu FTM-400DR...
  • Completely overwhelmed by West Texas Trip.

    I’ve been so emotionally overwhelmed from my trip to West Texas, that I’ve had a hard time writing my next post! This journey was exactly what I needed to give my brain a full reset – the problem is, it left a permanent mark but a good one! The whole...
  • Activating Fort Davis National Historical Site 11/20/17

    Catch me on the bands tomorrow (11/20/2017) activating the Ft. Davis National Historical Site. Kind of an impromptu activation, but I have some extra time to work some more stations while I’m out this way! I’ll be on 20 & 40m, starting about 10am (1600UTC) using 100w & the...
  • West Texas – Here We Come!

    It’s finally here. The trip I’ve been waiting for, for what seems a lifetime (ok maybe just a few months). This weekend, myself, N5CFB, N5MDB & K5JM are headed to my absolute ‘favorite spot’ on this planet. You heard me right – my favorite spot. I’ve travelled the world...
  • First Amateur Radio Satellite Contact with KG5CCI

    Pulled up the Heavens Above application on my phone yesterday just to see what FM birds were going to be in the air before sunset. AO-85 had two good passes for my location, so I hopped up on the roof yesterday. I had about 15 minutes to get ready...
  • Finishing up the BITX40 assembly

    I can’t believe I forgot about the BITX40 – I have been so busy recently with work, and the CW Academy class – which is finished BTW! woohoo! Now that I’ve got some free time on my hands, I’m going to finish assembling this thing and hopefully pass the...
  • 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...