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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': 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': Some Ham With My Pancakes

    07/02/2010. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' successfully makes a connection between radio jacks and flapjacks. We made our annual trek up I-91 to Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, to lunch at Polly's Pancake Parlor, which is a 440-miles round trip through some of the prettiest country in New ... 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

  • Search for Amateur Radio News

    Feature. 04/15/2011 | Surfin': Tell Your Story. This week, Surfin' relays an invitation to tell how ham radio touched your life and news about some new allies on the GPS QRM front. Learn More · Stan.jpg ... 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': Getting Small

    03/26/2009. Would you believe "a fully functional, fully integrated radio receiver, orders-of-magnitude smaller than any previous radio," constructed from a single carbon nanotube? "This nanotube is less than a micron long and only 10 nanometers wide, or 10000 times thinner than the width of a single human hair." We are ... Learn More