Setup FLDigi and WSJT-X for HF Operation

Saturday, 20. July 2019

I did this video using a new tool to capture screen activity. I think the quality is much better then the previous method I was using. Let me know your thoughts!

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Howto reset your Windows 10 PC before you give it away

Saturday, 20. July 2019

So, you are going to donate your PC, well you need to clean it all off don’t you? Here is how to use the built in reset features of Windows 10 to clean your PC and reinstall the OS to factory settings.

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Clear FLDigi Configuration

Saturday, 20. July 2019

Here is a quick video on how to completely reset FLDigi back to it’s initial config. This is useful when things get so messed up with your config you just want to start over… Enjoy!

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Configuring FLDigi to us Ambient Analog encoding and decoding

Saturday, 20. July 2019

This video show how to setup FLDigi to use your internal sound card as the coder / decoder for Amateur Radio Digital Modes.

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Quick Howto on installing FLDigi.

Tuesday, 4. June 2019

Tossed this together as part of a series on digital modes for Amateur Radio. This is the first installment and covers installation of FLDigi, the premier open source software for Amateur Radio digital modes.

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Quick Start Guide to RTLSDR and HDSDR Install for Receive Only

Thursday, 10. May 2018

Quick Start Guide for RTLSDR setup.

I whipped this up in response to several requests by friends… Enjoy!

 

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Logging, HF Contesting and Proposed HF Privileges for Technicians

Monday, 9. April 2018

Is contesting really important to the hobby?

That question comes up a lot when talking to new hams. Although discussed in some detail in the ARRL Technician’s Handbook, the actual Technician test (at the time of this writing) has very few questions that mention contesting. Many General and Extra class operators don’t seem to get ‘the whole contest thing’ as well.

So why are contests important? Why should we care about radio sport at all? And what does this have to do with the new proposal put forward by ARRL to the FCC to grant additional HF privileges to Technicians?

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Somewhere in The County…

Tuesday, 13. June 2017

Somewhere in the county…

Monday Morning, 4:31AM. You are blissfully sleeping in your nice warm bed. You hear a noise that is trying to pull you out of your dream, it sounds kinda like a big truck or a freight train in the distance, it seems to be growing closer… You open your eyes, still half asleep, and you notice that the fan over your bed is starting to sway, but just as you think “wow, that’s weird” the approaching noise that originally got your attention slams into your bedroom with a force that you have never experienced before. You try to get out of bed, but get knocked back down. The entire room is shaking furiously. That’s when it hits you… We’re having an earthquake!

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A New Ham’s Guide to Your First Radio.

Tuesday, 11. April 2017

So you just got your Amateur Ticket…

Let me be the first to congratulate you on joining the ranks of Federally Licensed Amateur Radio Operators! You are about to start your journey of discovery and enlightenment that is only available to a select few.

I remember the day I drove 50 miles to take my Technician test. My wife went with me for moral support… well actually she wanted to walk around Old Town Pasadena CA while I was taking my test…. After figuring out the paperwork and going through the gauntlet of Volunteer Examiners all needing to see my ID and paperwork and such, I sat down and somehow managed to pass the element 2 level test, thus receiving my CSCE for my Technician Class License.

WOW! I Passed! Umm… Now What?

I passed. That day, I became a Ham Radio Operator, or Ham for short. I wasn’t all that surprised as I had studied and knew the material, but still, I had done it. I picked up my wife, and we headed back out on the freeway.

Once our conversation sank down to the silence of a long drive, my mind began to ponder the question that eventually hits all newly licensed Hams… What radio should I buy?

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More About Baofeng HTs

Tuesday, 11. April 2017

More About Baofeng HTs.

I wanted to write up some info on inexpensive Chinese HTs to go with my New Ham’s Guide to Your First Radio post. I am planning a video on HTs in the coming weeks, so look for it soon!

Baofeng has many HTs to choose from. However, there is really only two styles that meet the needs of Ham Radio.

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