Author Archives: Edmond

ARRL Field Day 2020

I decided to try to operate during Field Day this year. My two goals, in keeping with the spirit of firld day, were: Operate to simulate real-world disaster conditions (Under emergency power, outdoors, minimal equipment, field expedient antenna deployment) To demonstrate and generate interest in amateur radio to my nephews. Set-up In keeping with my… Read More »

Replacing the G5RV

One aspect of this hobby that I enjoy is antenna design and experimentation.  I’ve written before about my plan to build and off-center fed dipole (OCFD) which I may build in the future.  However, I am currently looking at a different antenna design to replace my current G5RV when I finish cutting down trees on… Read More »

My CW Journey… update

One of my goals since getting my license was to learn CW.  I know there are hams out there that are upset that the CW requirement was removed from license requirements, but on the upside, without the CW test, there can be more people to get into the hobby and on the air.  I’ve had… Read More »

QRP Labs QCX 40m Build

Now to get proficient using the code! I recently finished building the QRP Labs QCX for 40 meters. This was a fun build! I didn’t run into any surprises once I read the instructions which are very well done. The only real challenge was winding the toroids (not pictured above). I actually would one too… Read More »

Weather station installed

I installed a Davis Vantage Pro2 and am sending data to the Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP). I’ve installed a Raspberry Pi that is running WeeWx that collects and distributes the data. You can view the weather station live at www.endlessraindrops.net.

Trying Contesting

I am fairly new to Amateur Radio, first licensed in January 2019. The great thing about the hobby is how absolutely broad it it. “The hobby of a thousand hobbies” as oft cited on The Ham Radio Workbench Podcast) There are so many aspects to try out. My interest in getting my license was focused… Read More »

New (to me) 4BTV vertical

I found someone selling a Hustler 4BTV vertical antenna on craigslist for under $100 so I had to go check it out. I went and it looked in good shape, and the guy sold it with a 20′ mast attached which made the deal even better! (Not that I planned on installing it on the… Read More »