Archive for the 'General Ham Stuff' Category

Setting up our old F-250 for HF mobile ops

I have installed a Yeasu FT-2900R 2m portable radio in both Heidi’s old Hyundai and my old F-250 pickup. Its a great “bang for the buck” radio with 5, 10, 30 & 75 Watts of output available and a terrific receiver. Around where we live, we keep them at 5 watts and have no problem […]

The Yeasu FT-817 for Portable Ops

After a ton of thought, I purchased a used Yeasu FT-817 radio on 2/2/2016 from another Ham and good friend. It required a minor repair as the power receptacle was damaged, but I was able to get the replacement part from Yeasu parts and service – then solder in the new receptacle to the circuit […]

Our Roll-up J-Pole Antennas

This one is picture intensive, I apologize if this page takes longer to load. Last Christmas, several members of our Ham radio club were setting up over at Sprout’s Market in Santee, CA. to give customer’s children an opportunity to talk to Santa on a Ham radio. While Heidi and I couldn’t directly support the event, […]

The Copper Cactus Super J-Pole Antenna

After I had passed the General Ham Exam, then the next month the Amateur Extra Exam, and Heidi had passed her Technician Exam, it was time to actually use our new radio privileges. I had previously purchased a couple of, relatively inexpensive, Baofeng handheld radios and learned to program then, primarily with the CHIRP program, (which […]

Discone Antenna for HF Receive and full 2 Meter operation…

Not too long after becoming a HAM, (Amateur Radio Operator with Technician license), back in 2004 – I “discovered” my old Radio Shack Discone antenna that I had been using for very wide-band reception on virtually all bands with a scanner, was also an excellent transmit/receive antenna on UHF, (2m), and worked pretty well on […]

Spring Has Sprung, I’m Still Here…

Had quite a bout with pneumonia in February and March, then spent most of April trying to get back to what passes for “normal” these days. 😀 Being ill put a bit of a hitch in my endeavor to learn/master CW, but am now fully back at it. Still using JLMC and our weekly code […]


Well, a few short months ago, (as I approached my 70th birthday), Heidi went to work on me saying I should get back into Amateur Radio.  (I passed my Amateur Radio “Technician” license back in 2004 – after reflecting upon the unpleasant surprises associated with the 2003 “Cedar Fire” that swept across the North and […]