So close… but no cigar

I took the day off on Friday to try to get ready for Field Day this year. I planned to operate as class 1E. Here is what I managed to get done in a little over 36 hours: Moved all gear into shack and got set up on the new desk. Set up PC with Ham Radio Deluxe/DM780 (I forgot I gave my previous laptop tomy brother and wiped the drive), LoTW, etc. etc. I … Continue reading

Ham desk

After working on this thing for some evenings, and most weekends for about 4 months, I finished my custom designed and built sit/stand desk, and uploaded a couple of videos that detail the entire build process… take the third link if you just want to see the finished product.

New shack is almost finished!

I am very excited! I transformed my daughter’s old room, which was yellow, pink and blue, into the nicest room in the house. It is a nice flat grey called ‘Elephant Skin’. I added ‘Ironwood’ laminate floors, white casing, baseboards and crown molding. I even did bead board on the ceiling and added a couple of track lights. No more hot/cold garage. Maybe I will actually get on the radio again! My son appears to … Continue reading

All in the line of duty?

I recently helped out with a couple of volunteer events, providing safety and welfare radio support. First was the Plano Balloon Festival, which was to be the biggest, most time consuming event we support as radio operators. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas. Between the much needed rain and excessive winds, there weren’t any official launches. Second was the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes in Dallas. This second event was a ‘smaller’ … Continue reading

First time, and in control!

I answered the call of W5ADC (Tony) to volunteer to support the Plano Fun Ride this year. The event is a pretty small semi-casual bicycle rally. It has a 5 mile loop and a 10 mile loop. It is a family friendly ride. I expected to have Tony throw me in SAG duty, rest-stop.. or even shadow on the race director. Nope. Tony had other ideas… I was the Net Control Operator… All I can … Continue reading

Field Day 2011

Well, Field Day has come and gone. It was much as I expected: Too much sun Good eats Learning Too little sleep Lots of friendship Too few operating stations Interference from our own stations A good time all around And here are a couple of pics. Sorry.. they are of me. 😉

Mobile Installation Complete!

It took almost all day, but I’m done installing my Yaesu FT7900R in my 2008 Mazdaspeed 3. I tried to keep it as stealth as possible. Here’s what was involved: Installed Diamond K412S as low as possible to avoid the low clearance in the garage at work. (this was really a K412NMO that I converted to SO239) Installed Diamond SG7500 antenna and aligned three pivot points. Removed hatchback trim panels and pass-through rubber housing. Removed … Continue reading

Its been a while

Let’s see… I had to give up on the webmaster role a few months ago. Work just was consuming too much time. I’m glad I stepped down when I did because I ended up getting promoted at work and I have even less time available. I put up a Davis VantageVue weather station a little over a month ago. It hasn’t rained since. Perhaps I should take it down. 😉 I went to HamCom two … Continue reading

What have I done?

My wife says I’ve gone off the deep end. Perhaps she is correct. Why? Well, it seems that the local amateur radio club was in need of a webmaster. I offered. I was elected. Crap. What did I do? 😉 Seriously, I am highly qualified and even have experience setting up and administering the CMS package they use. Andy (WA5UP) has done a great job of getting the new site up and running and almost … Continue reading