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  • 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 RigReference.com, 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

  • Surfin': Going Long

    12/23/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' goes long without stepping on the gridiron. I got my feet wet in radio monitoring the medium wave. Then I bought a radio that covered the medium and short waves. I kind or forgot about the medium waves to monitor the exciting international DX ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Microcontrollers -- Small But Mighty

    03/22/2013. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. Microcontrollers are gaining a foothold in the ham radio world. Here are some resources to help begin your explorations. I've added a new book to my library: Ham Radio for Arduino and PICAXE, edited by Leigh L. Klotz Jr, WA5ZNU. No, Arduino is not a new ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Wire in the Spring

    04/19/2013. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' considers spring outdoor maintenance -- with wire antennas in mind. Last week, I started poking around the yard trying to prioritize spring outdoor maintenance and I discovered a dangerous situation: An underground cable had popped out of ... 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

  • 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': 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': Hammin' in Hawaii

    06/03/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' revisits a website all about ham radio in the Aloha State. “Hamming in Hawaii” was the title of the fourth installment of Surfin' back in January 2001. In that installment, I wrote about the website of Ron Hashiro, AH6RH. Ten years later, I am writing ... 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