Amateur Radio

  • 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...
  • Vertzilla Antenna has arrived. Testing this weekend.

    The Buddipole components I ordered a few weeks ago have finally come in, so that I may construct what the POTA group calls the ‘Vertzilla’ antenna. Essentially a 1/4w elevated vertical, 5 feet off of the ground, with a tuned radial for every single HF band from 10-80m. This...
  • 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...
  • 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 😉 I’ve had plenty of requests...