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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': 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': Spring Can't Come Quick Enough

    02/04/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' visits websites with warmer weather in mind. Since the last week's Surfin', five additional inches of snow have fallen here for a total of 62 inches this winter, making it the worst winter snow-wise in my lifetime (and we have six weeks to go,  ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Searchin'

    07/23/2010. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' searches the FCC database and finds more musical hams. New FCC Database Search Tool. Mike Staines, WM1KE, asked me to check out his new FCC Database Search tool, so I did. Mike says his online application “is a little different than your ... 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

  • Surfin': Radio Lover

    06/18/2009. "Amateur" is a word with two related definitions. According to Merriam-Webster, amateur is "one who engages in a pursuit, study, science, or sport as a pastime rather than as a profession," or "one lacking in experience and competence in an art or science." Both definitions irk me, especially the second, which is ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Short Bits

    07/16/2010. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' is full of short stuff that is not big enough to be tall stuff. Ham Radio on Highway Patrol. “Radioactive," the ham radio episode of the 1955 television series Highway Patrol is now available for viewing on Hulu (thanks to Mark Thompson, WB9QZB, ... 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