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  • 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

  • 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': 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': 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': 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': 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': APRS Finder

    Feb 8, 2013 ... This week, Surfin' repositions an airplane finder app to APRS-equipped vehicles. 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