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  • 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

  • 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': 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': Hamming from the Front Lines

    Aug 27, 2009 ... Using the call sign N0EFA, they did indeed "play" and ran hundreds of thousands of phone patches and MARSGRAMS from the battlefront to the States. Until next time, Semper Fi and keep on surfin'!. Editor's note: Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, recalls being one of the first members of the Young Marines eons ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Discovering the Voice of America in Ohio

    08/06/2009. Over the years, I have traveled to Dayton to attend the Hamvention using varied routes and means. These days, those means are by land in my vehicle du jour, but in my youth, I flew to Dayton a few times via other routes. One route I took back in the 1980s was to fly to Cincinnati and drive a rental car 65 miles ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Updating Surfin'

    07/22/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' revisits and updates recent installments of itself. HamStack. I mentioned HamStack twice recently. The first time was how much I was impressed with their kits at Hamvention, The second time was after I obtained their HamStack Starter Pack and ... Learn More

  • Surfin': The Ghosts of Surfin' Past

    12/25/2009. This episode of Surfin' follows up on two previous recent episodes: " A Wireless Dilemma" from November 27 and "Twitter, Facebook and Ham Radio" from December 4. I received a lot of e-mails and comments regarding both columns, but I expected that "Twitter, Facebook and Ham Radio" would result in more ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Getting Off The Grid

    07/23/2009. Last week in the story about the solar-powered ham radio station in The Bush of Australia, I mentioned how I would like to get off the grid real soon now. By that I meant that I would like to generate enough electricity (one way or another) to run the ham shack and everything else in the house and sever our ... Learn More