Articles in category “Amateur Radio”

Appalachian Trail Golden Packet event 2018 notes

Due to a family emergency, I’m sitting down close to the beach instead of being atop a mountain summit playing with packet gear setting up a Georgia-to-Maine APRS network. Each year, hams scale mountains and temporarily setup digipeaters in an effort to pass a "golden packet" along the ~2 …

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Dipping my toe into FT8

There has been a lot of talk, recently, about the new FT8 mode that has recently been included in the WSJT software. It’s very similar to it’s older cousin, JT65, in that it is for weak-signal work but the transmission/reception time has been cut down to 15 …

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How to: Work DX, Talk locally, and other questions of new hams.

A friend of mine recently passed her FCC Technician Amateur Radio exam but has been riddled with questions ever since. I’ve been attempting to help but I fear that I haven’t been able to give adequate time to properly answer some "basic" questions that many new hams have …

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SOTA Activation: Snowy Mountain W3/PD-007

[caption id="attachment_1270" align="alignleft" width="244"]Eric holds up his SOTA flag while kneeling over his radio setup in the woods. Hey look, a flag![/caption]

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  • When: 2017-12-24 from 1543Z to 1625Z
  • Where: Snowy Mountain - W3/PD-007
  • Who:Just me
  • Ascent: 148' over 0.64mi** **
  • Equipment:Elecraft KX3, SOTABEAM MIDI antenna
  • APRS Coverage: Excellent
  • T-Mobile Coverage:Good. Had 4G (no LTE) coverage at …

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SOTA Activation Report: Methodist Hill North W3/PD-006

[caption id="attachment_1259" align="alignleft" width="300"]An Elecraft KX3 HF transceiver on the ground with a SOTA flag. Portable HF setup on Methodist Hill North[/caption]

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  • When: 2017-12-23 from 1832Z to 1915Z
  • Where: Methodist Hill North - W3/PD-006
  • Who: Just me
  • Ascent: None (see below)
  • Equipment: Elecraft KX3, SOTABEAM MIDI antenna
  • APRS Coverage: Excellent
  • T-Mobile Coverage: Nil

I arrived at …

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Upcoming SOTA Activation(s) - Methodist Hill North and Snowy Mountain

Updated: 2017-12-20 @ 0315Z -Not doing Long Mountain, adding Snowy Mountain.


SOTA LogoLooking at taking a few days and going hiking up in Pennsylvania this upcoming weekend.  I have at least two summits in my sights: W3/PD-006 and [STRIKEOUT:W3/PD-013] W3/PD-007 that I'd like to activate for Summits on …

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The Radio Shack

Somehow, in all this mess, work does get done...

[caption id="attachment_1179" align="aligncenter" width="2617"]WG3K Operating Position showing a mess of radios and assorted parts and pieces. WG3K Operating Position[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1180" align="aligncenter" width="2895"]WG3K Electronics Workshop showing lots of tools, wire, and stuff... everywhere. WG3K Electronics Workshop[/caption]

The scary thing is, I haven't yet fully moved-in yet so this could get better, or worse.

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FOUND: CLOVER2 Board cables

CLOVER2 Board cableYears ago I was given a CLOVER2 board. I later gave it away to someone who was interested in trying to add capabilities to his BBS. I now have found the cables for it! I wonder if I can figure out who got the board or if someone else could …

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APRS SATCOM base antennas

Years ago, Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, talked about a "good" antenna for APRS SATCOM applications.  It was a 19-inch vertical antenna that would function on both the 2m and 70cm bands, and had lobes that were up around the 30-degree mark.  Looking for information on that antenna last night I found …

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Apple Orchard Mountain in July 2017

Success! That's the word I'm using to describe my latest battle up a summit. It wasn't easy and it wasn't without some failure, but I'm willing to give this trip a grade of B. Luckily I had some help...

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  • When: 2017-07-15 from 14:00Z to 20:00Z
  • Where: Apple …

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