• And now Part 2.

    Let’s consider the second piece of the example – feedline. Hmmm…. sounds like a good name for a newsletter.

    The whole point of assembling your station is to hear and talk to the many other amateur stations on the air. Your radio may be modest, your antenna may also be modest, but why handicap what you do have. Within the…[Read more]

  • These are just a few thoughts from an old, sometimes bewildered and non-phone-culture ham. Most of this probably falls into what those who are younger would perceive to be in the “yada, yada, yada, heard it all before category”. But maybe, just maybe, it might help a new ham or two.

    Most of this is not new by any means and seems to be a…[Read more]

  • Yes, crystals were the expense you couldn’t skip. I put a couple of additional pairs in the HR-2B when I got it. That rounded the price out to a near even $200. What’s that today $600 – $700? What deal for a potential 12 channel, 15 watt out, 2m rig.
    I was hoping some folks would remember some other ham stores in the area – I couldn’t have…[Read more]

  • Buying Ham Gear in the Triad 1977-1983

    This is my first attempt at adding to the ham history of the Greensboro area as suggested by N4BYU and others during the Sunday night net.

    It’s based on recollections from my feeble mind, so please provide any corrections necessary. Feel free to add to this as I’m sure my…[Read more]

  • This is the final installment – I promise.

    As I said earlier, I see the Reflectors as the biggest draw for DStar. That’s just my opinion – you’re certainly welcome to your own and I promise not to try and convince you that I’m right. With the Reflectors being of much interest to me, I considered how to best go about exploring these nodes. I…[Read more]

  • I’ll pause in the progression story to offer some highly opinionated thoughts. Grouse Alert.

    The entirety of the MYCALL, URCALL, TO: and FROM: nomenclature seems to come off like a bit of a cluster hump. I’ve had an opportunity to discuss this with a few G/Ms, VEs, DLs and a couple of VKs. Apparently, I’m not alone in this opinion. I realize…[Read more]

  • I chose the term “ruminations” due to its diverse definitions – all of which seem to apply.

    What follows are my thoughts, opinions, reflections, etc on my DStar experience to date. As the title states, I’m new to the mode and there are probably any number of technical inaccuracies contained in this tome. As I said this represents my…[Read more]

  • Not a lot of activity yet. I’ll try and think of some good stories and see if I can rough out a readable draft.