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  • Surfin': Radio Ghosts Revisited

    10/26/2012. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. Ghosts and Halloween go together, but what about ghosts and radios? Last week's episode of Surfin' -- An Extremely Long Delayed Echo -- revealed that a famous long delayed echo (LDE) was actually a hoax. But what about other LDEs? Are they real and if so, ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Joining Our Public Weather Service

    02/22/2009. Continuing in the public service vein, this week we talk about something that an old sage once claimed we couldn't do anything about: The weather. Well, the old sage is wrong and hams have been doing something about the weather for a long time -- reporting it. If you are interested in this aspect of public ... 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': Designing Circuits Online

    Mar 2, 2012 ... This week, Surfin' considers a new online electronic circuit design tool. Learn More

  • Surfin': WWV Goes Digital

    Mar 16, 2012 ... This week, Surfin' discovers that WWV has a new voice -- and she is digital. Learn More

  • Surfin': Splat That Path Online

    03/13/2008. Back in July 2005, Surfin' featured SPLAT!, an excellent Linux application from John Magliacane, KD2BD, that analyzes RF signal propagation, loss and terrain for the radio spectrum between 20 MHz-20 GHz. Using terrain data available from the US Geological Survey (USGS), SPLAT! analyzes point-to- point ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Got E-s?

    09/07/2012. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' literally takes a look at Sporadic E propagation on YouTube. Last week's “Got Tropo” got me an e-mail from Mike Schaffer, KA3JAW, located in Tampa, who directed my attention to his recent YouTube video that illustrated the following:. Learn More

  • Surfin': The End (Or Is It?)

    12/21/2012. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, the end of Surfin' is the least of your worries. After 622 installments of Surfin', this may be the last. In case you have not heard, a Mayan calendar predicted that today -- December 21 -- is doomsday. To mark that final event, N0D, a special event station ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Looking for Cosmophone

    12/28/2012. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' revisits RigReference, RigPix, and Flickr and finds more radio photos (but none of Cosmophone). Elmer Torensma, PH5E, is the ham behind, which I wrote about here two weeks ago. Elmer e-mailed me to mention something ... Learn More

  • Surfin': More Going ATV Digitally

    10/09/2008. Back to last week's Surfin' about Amateur Television (ATV) going digital, I received some comments that are worth repeating here. Steve Lampereur, KB9MWR, recommended these resources for further information on the topic: Fundamentals of Digital Television Transmission, by Gerald W. Collins, PE (ISBN ... Learn More