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  1. The Mysterious case of the Missing APRS beacon

    [FONT=Comic Sans MS]If you didnít already know, I keep one side of my D-710 in the car on APRS. Iíve got it plugged in to a Byonics GPS-2 GPS receiver which sends my position to the radio for beaconing. Itís a great little piece of hardware, sitting in a 2 inch pod unobtrusively on the dash. So pretty much anyone can see where Iíve been on the APRS network (Track K7TEJ-9). Now, something happened last week that had me pretty well baffled. I forget why, but I went to check my tracks on aprs.fi and ...
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  2. Hamshack Pahse IIIa has begun!

    OK, Finally got underway with getting the new antenna up. I ordered the Channel Stock for the tilt mount from Industrial Metal Supply at 48th & Roesser (Across from Diablo Stadium). Cut it to order for me for $25.00. Hinged the bottom using a 1/4-20 Bolt and nylon washers and ran a hole through the top to secure it with another 1/4-20 bolt. A few adjustments and it works fine. Spent yesterday whacking the post into the ground. Went in fine the first foot and then spent an hour whacking it ...
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  3. Hamshack Phase III

    OK, Hamshack Phase III is underway. Phase IIIA will be the installation of a new antenna, a Hy-Gain AV18VQII, an 18 foot, 5 band trapped vertical. But Rick, you live in an HOA, how are you gonna get an 18foot antenna past the prying eyes of the HOA? Simple, Iím going to make a tilt mount, similar to the Hy-Gain tilt mount ($69.99). It is simple enough in design to reverse engineer. I figure about $20.00-$30.00 in parts from Home Depot. Of course this weekend threw a little snag in the plans- the ...
  4. 30 meters was hoppin last night

    Last night was a good one for playing radio. Got on the air about 2300ut and fisrt had a nice 40 minute Olivia QSO with Alan W1NDY in Oregon. We've talked before and it always nice to chat with odl Firends on the air. Last time we talked he was in the middle of an Ice storm tha froxe the rotor on his beam. I asked and fortunatley the antenna suvived the storm. (And the two mag. 6.0 earthquakes!). He live tright on the coast and as I kind of figured his call is based on the wind storms they get there. ...
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  5. 3 degrees of seperation?

    Every now and again I'm surpised at how small this world can become. One would think talking to people around the world on a regular basis on the radio, one would take that for granted, but once in a while something happens the drives the point home.

    oOne of my regular Satellite contacts, Bob AJ5C, whose home QTH is Arkansas (EM36), was spendin the winter with friends in the Dominican Republic. He'd been browsing around on youtube and sent me this little snippet:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cQV5...Iv-0ooOxNk9GRz ...
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