Amateur Radio

  • 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...
  • Kenwood TS-480 Digi-Mode How-To!

    Ugh! I feel like I’ve been out of pocket forever! Rest assured… I’m still alive. This time of year gets really busy for me at work. Next month I’m scheduled to work 50 hours of overtime! I don’t mind the extra pay though šŸ˜‰ I’ve had plenty of requests...
  • The Texas Nexus C4FM Network

    Say hello to one of the newest & most robust linked C4FM systems in the entire country šŸ™‚ The Texas Nexus C4FM Network….   You’ve heard of the SaltGrass, Win System and others… but as they say here… everything’s bigger in Texas ;). Not to toot the TNC4FM network’s...
  • Activating Lyndon B. Johnson National & State Parks this weekend

    Look for me on the air this weekend, as I activate Lyndon B. Johnson National & State Parks located smack dab in the middle of Central Texas. Lyndon B. Johnson National Park was actually the first (and only) park I tried to activate for NPOTA last year which was...
  • Deploying the W6LVP Active Receive Loop Outdoors

    Now that i’ve finally got my vertical back up, I had a bit of time to devote to deploying the W6LVP active receive loop outdoors. I took a quick trip up to Fry’s and grabbed a 100′ run of RG6 75 ohm quad shield coax, some BNC to F...
  • I’m a Patreon… and on Twitter!

    I’ve joined the Patreon family.. I’ve only just recently learned about it through some other YouTubers and Bloggers, and figured it would be a great way for me to showcase content early and give special accessĀ to those who might be interestedĀ in supporting me through a Patreon donation. 100% of...
  • Solar Eclipse WSPR Results

    I was trying to focus on 40 meters for the eclipse due to the fact that the D layer was going to be most affected by this event. It’s usually pretty tough for me to pickup 40 meter spots on WSPR during the day except for theĀ operators in the...
  • Field testing some 80 meter antennas tonight!

    If you happen to be on 80 meters tonight around 2100 local (0200UTC), please join myself, Jon (N5CFB) & Fred (KG5PWA) test out some 80 meter antennas! Jon has been working on an 80m homebrew coil for the Buddistick vertical whip. It’s basically a set frequency coil, so any...
  • 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...