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20m Beacon Summary

Posted by in Antennae

I intend to edit this page in the near future to add some more supporting information and my thoughts regarding this data, so you might want to return to this page at a later date. Data Processing I imported the CSV export of my 20m DXPlorer beacon data into a MySQL table. While previewing the data table, I observed that although my beacon can only register the first 4 characters of my Maidenhead Gridsquare, most of the beacon data was registering 6 characters of the receiving station’s Maidenhead Gridsquare. I more
Jun.19 ’17


Posted by in Antennae

I discovered WSPR! I was reading an article in the June 2017 issue of the RSGB’s RadCon magazine about the WSPRLite from SotaBeams ( and thought, ‘That’s pretty neat… and affordable!’, so I ordered the SotaBeams WSPRLite from DX Engineering. A few days later the WSPRLite arrived. Setting up the WSPRLite was not without some problems. The problems had absolutely nothing to do with the WSPRLite itself or its configuration software but due to: My MacPro was one of the victim MacBooks which can not handle the required SiLabs USB more
Jun.16 ’17

You Just Can’t Get the Help These Days

Posted by in Antennae, Rigs

LOL! My previous posting begins with “Has it really been that long?”, yet here I am again… Has it really been that long? Its been almost 10 months since I last posted an article – I guess I need someone to remind me that I have a blog… Anyway, lets get you up-to-date. I still have some antenna issues. I suppose that is the lament of all amateurs – the antenna is never good enough! Be that as it may, most of the time I sit at the radio asking more
Apr.04 ’17

The Continuing Saga

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Has it really been that long? I wrote the initial “From the Ground Up” posting back on March 27 and today is June 19th (Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads). Guess what? Yep! You guessed it… I still don’t have an antenna up… Never mind the plans A and B of wire routing, I think I must be on at least plan G of erecting the antenna itself! Although my residence has some HOA restrictions, they are loose enough to allow me to afford a little bit of height more
Jun.19 ’16

TMI (Too Much Information)

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It was the best of intentions. It was the worst of intentions… The other day, I was watching a YouTube video where a Ham was erecting an antenna. He was very thorough in his plans and in the video, he even showed his pad of paper where he calculated the correct the correct placement for his guy wires based on height of placement, wind-load factor, distance from the mast, etc. Sheesh! I had never even considered the effect of the wind on a mast – huge oversight on my part. more
Apr.03 ’16

From the Ground, Up

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I failed to mention in the Backstory that I only recently relocated. I’ve only been at my present address for, at most, two months. With that being disclosed, you’ll understand more of this journey – i.e. besides my normal 9 to 5 job, much of my available time is spent getting the house organized and set up. I currently have a minimal amount time for Amateur Radio exploits due to the aforementioned scenario, but I am, nonetheless, determined to make Amateur Radio progress! First things first. I need me one more
Mar.27 ’16