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  • Surfin': Got Heathkits?

    09/02/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' celebrates Heathkit's reentry into the kit business. This story was buried by all the coverage of the East Coast earthquake and hurricane last week, so in case you missed it, Heathkit is back in the business of producing kits. Here are a few ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Contesting for the Fun of It

    06/15/2009. June is my favorite month for contesting because the weather in these parts is finally good enough to operate outdoors. ARRL Field Day, of course, is the big outdoor event at the end of the month, but I always tried to make the June VHF QSO Party -- which is this weekend -- an outdoor event, too. I would spend ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Radioing Over the Appalachian Trail

    05/16/2009. When packet radio was a new Amateur Radio pursuit, packeteers would attempt to see how far they could digipeat using the maximum eight digipeater call signs that you could program into a TNC. Those were the days when you could count the packet users in Connecticut on one hand -- it was about the same ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Falling Meteors and Acorns

    Aug 10, 2012 ... The sky is falling, but that could be a good thing or a bad thing, according to this week's installment of Surfin'. Learn More

  • Surfin': Analog Ham

    06/01/2012. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' dusts off the Victrola to spin some platters (or queues up the MP3 player to play some tunes). Normally, I only mention music in passing here, although music was what first attracted me to ham radio. Back in the late 1950s or early 1960s, I saw a  ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Going Vertical

    12/11/2008. My first Amateur Radio antenna was a vertical: A Hy-Gain 18-AVQ trapped 5-band model. I selected a vertical antenna because everyone I knew in radio used a vertical antenna. The catch is that I was studying for my Novice at the time and I didn't know anyone involved in Amateur Radio. The "folks" I knew in ... 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': I Can See For Miles

    05/20/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' considers elevation, weather and propagation. I spent my first 32 years living in the city in the valley about 300 feet above sea level (ASL). I've spent the past 15 years living in the country on top of one of the hills (about 1000 feet ASL) that ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Got Kits?

    09/09/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' considers those other vintage ham radio kits. Last week's story about Heathkit's re-entry into the kit business caused many of you to wax nostalgic about those bundles of parts from Benton Harbor. Heathkit has quite a following, as evidenced by ... 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