Amateur Radio

  • QRPi – Raspberry Pi WSPR Module

    WSPR has continually been one of my favorite modes. While I enjoy the magic of a random CQ contact, I also enjoy getting a snapshot all around the world of who is receiving my signal sent from various antennas/locations/power levels/etc. I was using it so much though, I needed...
  • DIY Elevated Vertical Antenna Center Insulator for Telescopic Poles

    I’ve been thinking of a way to use a cheap homemade center insulator for elevated Verticals, and think I may have found an easy solution to an excellent DX antenna (short of having something expertly 3d printed!). I’ve had great success with elevated verticals with one or just a...
  • Support your Parks on the Air Winter Event (Jan. 20-21 )

    Support your Parks on the Air Activators this January 20-21, 2018. Operators from all over the country will be headed out to State & National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and many other protected outdoor areas to setup camp and operate ham radio for the ‘Parks on the Air – Winter Event’....
  • Connecting an XLR Microphone to your Kenwood TS-590 & discovering the best budget ham radio dynamic microphone!

    Was perusing YouTube the other day, and came across Cal’s channel again, DX Commander, where he discusses how to connect an XLR microphone to the rig, specifically his TS-990, which has the same exact pin out that the 590 does. Pins 1, 7 & 8 are used on the...
  • The 590SG has returned.

    Those of you who have been following the blog for a bit, know that I lost my first HF radio awhile back to some sort of power surge. Not to worry though! The 590SG has been replaced! Yes… I missed the radio that much! I stopped in at HRO while...
  • 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...