Archive for the ‘Ham Radio’ Category

August 6, 2016 | In: Ham Radio

First Satellite Contact

Well...I can cross that off my never-done list.  This afternoon at 14:32 local time, using an antenna I built myself, I made an amateur radio contact (QSO) via satellite. The antenna: a couple of summers ago I put together a tape measure Yagi...

After playing around with a number of different ideas for my Raspberry Pi, I decided to try making it into an APRS I-Gate, which will listen to APRS data packet transmissions on the 2-Meter ham band, and then forward that data on to the internet so it...

Well...I've done it again. Multiple projects going at once, and none are actually getting to completion. Project: Raspberry Pi APRS gateway. I got a RPi for Christmas, and I've been trying to figure out what to do with it. I've settled on...

March 1, 2015 | In: Ham Radio, IT

Shack Computer Redux

When Drew headed off to college with his shiny new laptop, he left behind a decent Dell small-form-factor Ubuntu machine with a nearly-new 20" monitor.  I just couldn't let it sit and gather dust now, could I?While Ubuntu was great for the boys to do...

Well...it has been a busy summer, and I haven't gotten around to getting anything written down, so here's a quick summary. Field Day with the FWARC was a bit on the damp side...OK we got SOAKED, but fun was had by all...and dry socks are a...

Walking In The Rain Last Sunday my younger son and I participated in the CROP Walk to support hunger programs both locally (Des Moines Area Food Bank) and globaly. As is common in early May in the greater Seattle area, it was a bit rainy.  We...

I hope that all my readers had a blessed Easter.  Our Good Friday and Easter Morning services at church went quite well, and the rain held off until after the neighborhood Easter-Egg hunt.  We were able to join some of Diana’s family for...

The ARRL's Logbook Of The World (LOTW) is pretty cool.  Several years ago I did a presentation to my local radio club outlining its use, and it seems to have gotten even better since then.  Recently the Trusted QSL platform that...

Well...I've had a bit of a setback on the radio front, and it isn't laptop related. We have a row of Douglas Firs right on the property line between us and our next-door neighbors.  The new owners of the house next door came over the...

April 5, 2014 | In: Ham Radio, IT

Avoiding XPmageddon

This coming Tuesday, the 8th of April, marks the end of the Windows XP era.  I have taken a simple step to save my hamshack computer from XPmageddon: I've ditched Microsoft altogether on that machine.   My shack computer is an older...