Author Archives: Tim

About Tim

Amateur Radio operator, television broadcast engineer living in Minnesota.

2012 State QSO Parties

Here is a rundown of this years QSO Parties worked with the Kenwood TS-590 with a few exceptions. Alabama, June 2 and 3. This is one of the exceptions. This was worked mobile on the way to Tennessee with the … Continue reading

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Ubuntu 12.04

Just a short note to file in the Linux category. I have been switching all my Linux Mint computers back to Ubuntu. Ubuntu 12.04 with the Unity desktop seems to work very well so far. On my old eeePC 1000 … Continue reading

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Field Day 2012

QRP portable zero Field Day plans were washed away by some very large, but ultimately imaginary storms and some not so imaginary hungry mosquitos. So for the first time since our first year in Alaska, Field Day 1990, I ran … Continue reading

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Mobile HF

A friend suggested that I put an HF radio in the truck for a work trip to Milwaukee. The next morning while getting ready to leave I went out in the light rain and installed a twenty meter hamstick on … Continue reading

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Minnesota QSO Party

The new TS-590 was installed Wednesday. It was fully tested and running by remote over the internet by the end of the day Thursday. I made a few contacts Friday to get a feel for how it worked and set … Continue reading

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NAQP

This last summer and fall I discovered the State QSO Parties. It started when I was outside at the local club building operating portable when I heard a California station call “CQ California QSO Party”. The contest is known as … Continue reading

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Some Challenges with Remote Operation by HRD

If you have read any of the previous posts you know that I operate by Ham Radio Deluxe to a remote location.┬áRecently I tried swapping the Icom-703+ with the Yaesu FT-897D. I ran into two problems. The first problem was … Continue reading

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Sweepstakes by HRD

I live in an apartment with an S8 noise floor. So local radio operation has been replaced by locating the radio, an IC-703, and a G5RV antenna at work and using Ham Radio Deluxe and the Kenwood audio over IP … Continue reading

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The Last Warm Weekend of 2011?

We have had a few of what I have been calling bonus days in October. Today was one of those with temperatures in the low 60’s. I packed up all of the gear and headed to the club house grounds … Continue reading

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Yaesu Day and CQP

The local ham store had a Yaesu day Saturday. The store was packed full of hams. The first prize that was given away was a fifty dollar coupon toward any Yaesu purchase. That would have been very useful as I … Continue reading

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