Ham Radio

  • First ISS SSTV Capture

    Attempted my first ISS SSTV reception tonight for the 20th anniversary of ARISS. How exciting it is to receive signals from the International Space Station! I setup my Kenwood TM-V71A & used my Elk Log Periodic Antenna tonight for a pass that was 23 degrees at max elevation. I...
  • Activating KFF-0550 – Lower Rio Grande Valley, July 23, 2017

    I’m making a quick trip to deliver some furniture to a business down in Port Isabel this weekend, and figured it’d be a good chance to activate another park in that beautiful area of Texas! The Lower Rio Grande Valley is considered a National Wildlife Refuge, and consists of...
  • FT-8 – New Digi-mode by K1JT & K9AN

    I’ll admit, I tried compiling the new WSJT-X from source code initially before it was released, and was unable to get it working on my Windows 10 machine, even after following their instructions to a “T”. But lucky for me, it was released the very next day! First impressions…....
  • SOTABEAMS Band Hopper III Antenna Test for Parks On the Air

    Yesterday was one of those days, a really rough one stress wise. So I grabbed my pack, and went on a quick park activation outing to Lockhart State Park… if you’d ever like to try this park out.. the best spot IMHO is highlighted in the below pic. It’s...
  • Sneak peek of upcoming video projects

    Just wanted to share some sneak peek info on some of the videos i’m working on currently… First things first… I learned about an upcoming ISS SSTV event that’s scheduled for this weekend (Edit- now July 20th) through John Brier, KG4AKV, whose Space Comms YouTube channel is an absolute...
  • WWFF KFF-3038 Activation Results (McKinney Falls State Park)

    Sleeping in on the weekends? Who needs that… 😉 Even with the Texas heat rolling in, I braved the humidity & set out at the crack of dawn this morning towards KFF-3038. Another activation in the log & a successful test on the new homebrew link dipole (I know…...
  • Updates from the ham shack – park activation planned

    Hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day holiday, I know I did! I had my radio go kits ready and even brought one with me to the family house yesterday, but the bands were pretty crummy from what I was seeing online, and the BBQ & beer was just...
  • Setting up JT modes with the Elecraft KX3

    You know me… it won’t take long for me to figure out how to get up and running with digi modes with a new radio! WSJT-X is one of the easiest digi mode software programs to configure IMHO. JT65 & JT9 are two of my favorite modes – for...
  • Installing a Chinese TCXO in the Kenwood TS-480SAT & Learning PSK31 for Field Day!

    I’m the Digi modes station this ARRL Field Day, so just plopped in a Chinese 15.6MHz TCXO purchased on eBay for $13.99 in the Kenwood TS-480SAT. I had such good performance from the one I put in the 590SG, I found one that hadn’t yet been soldered to a board,...