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I like to share information and that's what this site is for. I love living in Southwestern Colorado in the San Juan Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountain range. I enjoy motorcycling, both street and dirt, so I keep GPS tracks of my travels to share along with photographs. Oh, the wildflowers aren't bad either!
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Category Archives: Ham Radio blog entries
The Chinese are here! Chinese companies have entered the US ham radio market. They’ve come up with some very inexpensive handhelds, with prices so low that they’re hard to ignore. The Chinese radios will do everything that the Japanese radios … Continue reading
The Baofeng* UV-5R+ on APRS? Yes, it works! The Baofeng UV-5R+ is an incredibly inexpensive Chinese dual-band handheld, putting out 4 watts on its internal battery. See my review here. Today brought gorgeous weather, but I can’t ride because of … Continue reading
This 28 minute lecture will put you well in front of studying Section 6.6, Feed Lines, in the ARRL General Class License Manual for ham radio. Plan to spend some time with this one—it’s worth the effort. It covers material … Continue reading
I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive equipment to recommend to new hams, and the BaoFeng UV-5R+, at around $60 including shipping on Amazon, fits that bill. Here’s the review I wrote for Amazon: “I put my new Chinese Baofeng … Continue reading
Here’s your video introduction to Section 6.5, Specialized Antennas, in the ARRL General Class License Manual for ham radio. Watch this 16 minute video prior to studying the section, and you’ll be prepared to understand terms such as NVIS, log-periodic … Continue reading
Here’s KE0OG’s introduction to Lesson 6.4, Loop Antennas, in the ARRL General Class License Manual for ham radio. This is just the introduction—you need to study the book as well for the specific questions. The video is less than six … Continue reading
Yagi antennas, or as they are popularly called, “beams,” trace back many years. This is your video introduction to section 6.3, Yagi Antennas, in the General Class License Manual from the ARRL. The material introduces the text – you’ll need … Continue reading
Here’s your video introduction to Lesson 6.2, Dipoles, Ground-planes, and Random Wires, in the ARRL General Class License Manual. This video is about 17 minutes long but well worth the time to sit through—I think you’ll enjoy it! When you … Continue reading
One of the key tenets of grounding your ham radio station is to eliminate ground loops. All equipment grounds should run to a single point, which is then connected to your ground rod. This photo shows my single point ground. … Continue reading