Category Archives: Ham Radio

Icom 7300

After trying out Dad’s 7610 and 7300 on a recent visit, I decided to pick up an Icom IC-7300 from R&L.

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WSPR You Say?

The other day I was Googling for antenna comparisons (HF vertical vs OCFD) and came across a Youtube video by K5ACL where he uses WSPR to compare his two antennas. I thought this made sense and spent the next morning … Continue reading

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Grounding the ground rod

Way back in 2014 I documented installing a ground rod as part of fighting my RFI issues. I thought adding  ground rod by itself was enough. Turns out after reading the book Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur that … Continue reading

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NA1SS Downlink Reception

I spotted in my email a notice to my local club members that the ISS would be doing a direct contact today with the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) in Schenectady NY. Fortunately I spotted this about an hour before the scheduled … Continue reading

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New Radios

It seems I never got around to posting here on the site that I upgraded my HF radio to a Yaesu FTDX 3000. I’ve had the radio since the end of 2014. Sadly it hasn’t seen a lot of use since … Continue reading

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Jeep Mobile

Back in February 2015 I traded in my Ford F-150 for a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Being a Ham of course I had to take out my existing mobile setup prior to trading in the truck and then installation into a … Continue reading

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13 Colonies A Clean Sweep

This year I had the opportunity to participate in the 13 Colonies event as I was on vacation while the house was being painted. It was a fun event, especially as I had a plans to be out of town … Continue reading

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Dayton Hamvention 2015

Dad and I made the trip to the Dayton Hamvention this year, the first time for both of us. It was a good trip and flying from Atlanta to Dayton is pretty quick. But that also means you can’t easily … Continue reading

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Hunting RFI’s, Part II

As part of my RFI hunting adventure I am working to make sure that my station is setup properly. I’ve built a new ham desk that should help me cleanly route all the various cables between radios, power supplies, PC control and … Continue reading

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Hunting RFI’s, Part I

Since I upgraded to General I have been experiencing near constant S8 level noise on the 40m band. I’ve also had S5 +/- level nois on 20m. So far I’ve determined that the Samsung refrigerator in the kitchen is a bad RFI … Continue reading

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