Archive for May, 2016

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 […]

Ham with Linux – CQRLOG

You might want to skip this one if you have no interest in Linux v/s Ham Radio.  It is no secret that yours truly is somewhat of a Linux enthusiast. “TUX” is the name given to the little penguin which became a symbol for Linux long ago, and you are currently reading this on InTUX 🙂 […]

Our Tiny Tri-bander HT Is Back In Service…

Back in early 2004, we took a chance and purchased a used ICOM IC-T90A from a Ham Operator on eBay. When it arrived, I was elated to find it worked like a charm – once we figured out how to operate it. Back then, had to take a drive to Ham Radio Outlet and picked up a wallet […]

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 […]