Category: Amateur Radio

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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The value of a good soldering iron (or gun)

For years I have been using a basic pen style soldering iron from Radio Shack (bought it back when we had those here in Canada). I never could quite get my connectors, or wires, to solder just the way I

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Getting excited for spring weather!

With the spring fast approaching, I am finally getting excited. This means that I will finally be able to put up my old 80m inverted V antenna (for use with my receiver) and my newly built J-Pole. I also have

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Looking into a new project

Since I have recently rekindled my interest in the amateur radio hobby I’ve been mulling over a few ideas I have for a new web project. It’s been a long time since I have spent any amount of time working

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How to build a 2m antenna from a coffee can!

I love watching KG0ZZ’s (Dave Tadlock) antenna videos (he covers other topics as well). He comes up with some pretty neat┬áconcoctions. Here are a couple of his videos. In the first one he makes an 2m antenna out of a

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My Ham Shack

My ham shack is nothing to brag about but it’s my little piece of the house where I can come and spend some me time. As of the present time I’m only active on VHF and UHF. I don’t currently

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What is Amateur (Ham) Radio?

  I was thinking about writing a lengthy article detailing all the ins and outs of the amateur radio hobby, fortunately I stumbled upon this great video from dighsx. This video outlines the basics of the hobby. It is focused

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