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  • Surfin': When Digital Was Cool

    01/18/2013. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' recalls the coolness of a technology that we now take for granted. On a recent visit to the website of regular Surfin' suggester Woody Woodward, K3VSA, an image of a Kenwood TS-520S transceiver brought back memories of the first time I ... Learn More

  • Surfin': A Thanksgiving Cornucopia

    11/16/2012. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. In honor of the holiday, Surfin' offers a ham radio horn of plenty. Maybe I need to get out more. Back in grade school, I remember images of cornucopia gracing the bulletin boards around the premises this time of year and I am sure that during art period, we drew a ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Open Source Ducks

    05/04/2012. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' rediscovers the wonders of open source software. I am trying to get my ducks all lined up for my annual trek to the Dayton Hamvention in less than two weeks. One duck in that line-up is PSR, the quarterly newsletter of TAPR. In addition to ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Still Finding Where the Hams Are

    10/08/2010. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' checks out more online applications that reveal where the hams are in your neck of the woods. I received some e-mails in response to last week's Surfin' and AE6RT's Where the hams are Web page. A few like Mitch Wolfson, DJ0QN/K7DX,  ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Serving the Public

    01/23/2009. Before my stint at ARRL Headquarters in the last century, I knew nothing about Amateur Radio public service, so I was an unnatural for the job of Communications Assistant in the Public Service Branch of the old Communications Department. Under the tutelage of my boss Bob Halprin, K1XA, and his boss, ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Buyin' Parts

    04/23/2010. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor April 23, 2010. This week, Surfin' waxes nostalgic about buying radio parts at the local electronics emporium. When I was getting into ham radio in the late 1960s, there were two electronic parts stores in my hometown: Bond Radio and Lafayette Radio. Bond had ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Finding Missing Sunspots

    06/25/2009. Where's Spot? When you are out in the field this weekend trying to work stations without the cooperation of Mister Sun, you may reflect on this article that Rich Zwirko, K1HTV, cited to me: "Mystery of the Missing Sunspots, Solved?" The article appeared on the NASA Web site last week and revealed that "At an ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Software Defined Radioing with a Mac

    02/26/2009. Past installments here have dealt with the topic of Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Surfin' tackles that topic again this week; however, this SDR discussion is completely different because this time it's all about using a Mac to do SDR. Sebastian Mrozek, DO8SEM, wrote software called DSP Radio and you can ... Learn More

  • Surfin': One Ham's Garbage Is Another Ham's Art

    06/05/2009. "Old radio parts are too cool to throw away," according to Rich Holoch, KY6R. Instead of discarding old tubes, dials, variable capacitors and the like, Rich uses the parts to create radio-related "assemblage art." It all started when Rich's wife noted that Amateur Radio operators continue to carry the torch for Morse ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Where's Channel 1?

    12/24/2010. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' uncovers what really happened to broadcast television Channel 1. When debunking radio urban legends was the topic of discussion here two weeks ago, various readers wrote back about the deflation of the legend “Why isn't there a television ... Learn More