I’m a bit of a battery snob – I like having backup power & the option to take my equipment wherever I choose. You no longer have to be glued to the shack in fear of carrying that beast of an SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) battery around with you anywhere you go! Battery technology has been … More Review – Bioenno Power LiFePo4 Batteries
Just had to take advantage of the new Spiderpole that came in recently (the telescopic pole I use for antennas). I use a GoPro Session 5 which is probably the smallest camera i’ve ever used. I thought – why not put the camera at the top of the pole to see what kind of views … More Longest GoPro Telescopic Pole Ever – Awesome way to inspect your antennas or get a great shot @ field day! (Vid & Pics)
Welcome to project #37859 – the never ending saga of improving my signal! I’ve tried all sorts of different wire antennas here at the house in suburbia, and all have performed about as well as I’d expect them to given their compromised position & setup. However, I took a step back after I started realizing … More Experimenting with my first remote antenna tuner!
~Ok – so most of my posts have been ham radio related – but from time to time – I’d like to use this platform to talk about other things that are of great importance to me! ~ For anyone that’s ever known someone that suffers from Crohn’s disease, you know that’s its one hell of a … More Crohn’s Disease Awareness
Introducing the newest antenna in my arsenal. The W4OP Magnetic Loop Antenna (MLA)! A mag loop that does 60m-10m (with a 6 meter option planned in the future). I must say that my initial impressions of this antenna are much better than I anticipated. I know the inherent limitations of MLA’s, but this one seems … More The W4OP Magnetic Loop Antenna (Video)
It has been a cold & rainy past few days in Austin, TX. The type of weather suited for a warm cup of joe, hot cup o’ soup, and my pups snuggled by my side in the radio shack! I just had to get in on the action this weekend after I pulled up my … More Ton o’ fun in the ARRL International DX Contest
Well hello there little guy! Welcome to Planet Earth! Say hello to my first born 9:1 unun. He was born last night, at around 8:30 p.m., weighing in at just over 10 ounces! I’ve named him Old Glory, after good ole’ red, white & blue! 😛 Take a look at my color combination for the 3 … More My first 9:1 unun for an End Fed Antenna
I usually don’t have the chance to partake in tropo events, but tonight was my lucky night! Just so happened we were holding our Thursday night net with the N5OAK Amateur Radio Club, and afterwards the VHF Tropo Maps started lighting up like crazy! So a bunch of us hopped over to 146.520 tonight, and … More New record set on 2 meter FM – Tropospheric Ducting
Anyone get the Field of Dreams reference? 😛 Great movie btw. Band conditions haven’t been the greatest lately, maybe it’s just me? I’ve had a difficult time making contacts on voice & digi modes for the past few weeks. So I’ve shifted gears a bit, and put my crafty gloves on. I love to build … More If you build it. They will hear you!
I decided to give switching power supplies a go. Figured what the heck, i’m tired of this beast of an Astron when I have to take my radio to portable events, or when i’m just travelling period. Last I lugged it to a beachhouse @ South Padre Island… never again I said! The Astron weighs … More Do Switch-Mode Power Supplies have a place in your shack?