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I’m picking up an amplifier at a hamfest this weekend. Looking forward to having the ability to go QRO, if needed. My high power tuner is in place and working great. Tried to work South Korea last night…but too many people on the coasts apparently had bigger signals. BAH!
I’m currently in the process of making several improvements to the shack. In the middle of last week I received an LDG AT-1000 Pro II automatic antenna tuner in the mail. Unfortunately, due to a business trip I’ve not been able to use it. I hooked it up and made sure it worked….but other than that,… More »
Over the holidays, I upgraded from the iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 4S. It’s got quite a bit more horsepower, capability and…Siri. In case you don’t know, Siri is a “personal assistant” that will carry out commands via your voice. For example, if I want to send a text message to my son, I can… More »
The Joplin, Missouri Hamfest continues to be a better, bigger hamfest each year. It must certainly be one of the largest in the region of southwest Missouri, northeast Oklahoma, southeast Kansas and northwest Arkansas. Held at one of the city’s convention center, it always attracts a good crowd. Today’s group seemed larger to me and… More »
My attention getting headline may have snared a few ham radio operators, shortwave enthusiasts and others who are curious! As you likely know, after a 36 week trip the Mars Curiousity rover has successfully landed on Mars. Here’s an interesting fact: the tread pattern on the wheels on the Curiousity Rover imprint MORSE CODE into the Martian… More »
After rearranging the shack a few weeks ago, I decided I would set up a “vintage” operating position. I pulled the Drake TR-4C off the storage shelf and set it up. Cleaned it and in no time it was powered up and glowing (tubes!). After connecting it to my antenna system with some hastily made patch cables, it seems… More »
Surprise from a friend at church on Sunday. Jay N5RHJ gave me a couple of old Kenwood VHF radios that he found in his garage. Jay has been inactive on the ham bands for a while…and said when he gets back on he’ll be buying new stuff. So he gave me a TM-631a dual bander… More »