Author: Dennis, VE1XT

New callsign

As of about noon local time (Atlantic) I have been assigned a new callsign from Industry Canada. The new call is VE1XT. Being a computer geek, and not being able to find a call that represented my initials in some

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Back in the IT business

Yes, you read the title correctly. I have recently switches careers again and am now back in to the IT game. For a while I had been talking about how it would feel good to get back into the IT

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AEA PK-88 Packet Controller Manual

The manual for the PK-88 is a great help when trying to figure the thing out, but the problem is that I have yet to find a searchable version. The manual I’ve been referencing has been a PDF that was

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A “Go Bag” for my Baofeng UV-5RA HT

Since my purchase of a Baofeng UV-5RA a few months back, I have acquired more than a few accessories to go with it. It was getting to the point that I had stuff laying around all over the place and

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Standby Power (aka Phantom Load or Vampire Draw) – It may not really be off when you think it is!

You may not realize this, but many of the electrical devices in your home can draw power even when they are “turned off”. This is sometimes called Phantom Load, Vampire Draw, or Standby Power. From Wikipedia “Standby power, also called

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5 Tips For Saving Energy and Reducing Your Energy Costs

For this post, I am going to step away from my amateur radio hobby and talk about things related to my day job. During the week, when I am not playing radio, I am working full-time for an organization that

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The antennas are up!

It took longer than expected to finish my “Saturday evening project” but none the less the mast is up and so are the antennas. As you can see in the picture below, there are two of them. One is a

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A Saturday evening project

Now that I have set up all my VHF, UHF, and Packet gear, I’ve come to realize that I need to make a better effort to get my antennas mounted properly. I currently have two antennas mounted on the side

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Packet is up and running!

I am now up, running, and active on VHF packet! A week or so ago, I managed to get my antenna mounted and my radio and TNC powered. The antenna, however, is not in an ideal location as it’s below

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VHF Packet Racket

Packet radio has been something I have always wanted to get in to. When I first got licensed, back in the late 90s, we had a fairly active packet scene at the local club (VE1YAR / VE1GX) but I was

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