Archive for the 'Amateur Radio' Category

Ham Radio – Ham Desk Riser Project

This is one we started a few weeks ago. Our “Ham Shack” is in the smallest bedroom of our 4br home, and it is literally in a mess. Last month, I started simply trying to pull everything out that wasn’t part of the hobby, or there for creature comfort. When that was done, decided we […]

Ham Radio – Our portable HF Dipole

First and foremost, I absolutely get a kick out of playing with Amateur Radio Antennas of just about any kind, configuration, etc. It is part of the hobby that just appeals to me. Have spent many hours on-line pursuing new thoughts, ideas, etc. Learned early on to avoid paying too much attention to Commercial antenna […]

Ham Radio – Our portable QRP HF setup

QRP can mean a few different things in Amateur Radio – Sent to another party it can mean reduce power or should I reduce power, but QRP operation, or a QRP radio normally means operating or operates at low power. (Usually 5 watts or less).  Many times on the air you will hear someones call […]

The Amateur’s Code

I am re-posting this here as much of a reminder to myself as anyone else. Folks aren’t always what you want them to be, but this is something to strive for. IMHO The Amateur’s Code is the creed by which all ham radio operators should aspire to live by. Written in 1928 by Paul M. Segal, […]

Our “Ham Shack” – starting over…

Originally, our Son claimed the back bedroom when we moved into this house, but he was near grown and it wasn’t too long before he moved out on his own, found work, married, and started a family. Eventually, I converted that room into a Home Office, and it stayed that way for many years – […]

Ham on Linux – be reluctant to upgrade

Freedom from Winders isn’t exactly “free” on Linux. Freedom *always* comes with a price. This is particularly true when it comes to doing a major software upgrade – whether you are running Winders, Linux, Unix, MAC OS, etc.  There will always be some “stuff” that needs to be overcome. (At least Linux doesn’t call home […]

Ham on Linux – IC-706MkIIG Rig Control

Working on this page for a good friend who has been more than just generous with her time, and friendship, as I’ve fumbled through life as a brand-new General, then Amateur Extra, and Volunteer Examiner since last September or so…  She, and her husband, are Amateur Extras too and inspired me to serve as a Volunteer Examiner […]

Ham on Linux – FT-950 Rig Control

Worked on this page for a good friend who has been generous with his time, etc., as I’ve fumbled through life as a brand-new General, then Amateur Extra, and Volunteer Examiner since last September or so…  I know a bit about computers and he knows a *ton* about radio – believe me its worth my […]

Ham on Linux – IC-718 Rig Control

This project got started when another Ham, (also a Linux Mint enthusiast), asked me to take a look at a package called “CQRLOG”.  I did, and after lots of research plus trial and error – have got it working, also have a growing love for CQRLOG. I am currently running Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon (64 bit), […]

Ham with Linux – TeamViewer

OK, so I am an admitted lazy old bum that spends entirely too much time setting on his comfortable couch with a notebook computer handy, an FT-60 handheld radio connected to a J-Pole antenna next to him, TV remote, radio, snacks, refreshments, etc. Ayup, the “life of Riley” around the old Pondee and life is […]