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  • Surfin': Station Identification

    02/15/2013. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' hears weak ones, and then identifies them the old way and the new way. I have been having a lot of fun this winter chasing DX on the AM broadcast band. I am always surprised when I am able to log a new one that is transmitting low power. Learn More

  • Surfin': Finding a Home for Serving the Public

    Feb 5, 2009 ... Since Home Depot corporate supported the Warrenton installation, they may be agreeable to support similar installations at the other locations, which are everywhere. Until next time, keep on surfin'!. Editor's note: To communicate with Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, send him e-mail or add comments to his blog. Learn More

  • Surfin': When One Thing (Music) Leads to Another (Radio)

    11/04/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' considers different way of assembling a software defined radio (SDR). Tom Zicarelli, KA1IS, wrote to me about his music project that ended up being a ham radio project using ham software defined radio (SDR) project using Max/MSP. This nifty ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Eschewing Clutter

    03/11/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' complains about the clutter confounding the Internet. Clutter clutters my garage, but most of the time it is not in my face, so it is not a bother “out of sight, out of mind,” so to speak. On the other hand, I run into clutter all day long while I surf the  ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Time for Ham Radio

    09/17/2010. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' considers how time has changed over time. Time is an integral part of ham radio. For example, our logging and scheduling depend on it. So, one of the first accessories I added to my first ham shack was a clock. It was a secondhand mechanical ... Learn More

  • Surfin': A Wireless Dilemma

    Nov 24, 2009 ... In a recent e-mail, a Surfin' reader asked, "I wonder if the topic of wireless routers used in the ham shack has ever comes up? I expect a large percentage of hams use wireless in their homes, and I imagine many are like me and have their Internet connection and router in the shack, close to their amplifier. Learn More

  • Surfin': QSLing Those Radio Memories

    11/25/2008. At the conclusion of a radio contact, the final courtesy is the QSL card. So, to conclude the recent run of Surfin's dealing with radio memories, it seems apropos to look at the QSL cards. I recently inherited a shoebox full of QSL cards from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. It provided a mini-education in Amateur Radio ... Learn More

  • Surfin': You Get What Your Pay For -- Learning the Hard Way

    09/24/2010. A freak accident --- that is the only way to explain it! I often bring my laptop (a 17-inch MacBook Pro down to the family room to keyboard in front of the television. Before I begin keyboarding, I always set the computer down on the wet bar and go fetch dog treats for Pumpkin Pie and Q.T. Pie, also known as “the ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Making Hay During the Holiday Downtime

    04/09/2009. This has been a different kind of week. At the salt mine, the week started like gangbusters with everyone running around trying to get things done with a capital ASAP. By mid-week, things settled down and people began disappearing. No, my company was not down-sizing, rather people were going away for the ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Calling All Space Cadets

    03/04/2009. If you are a regular reader of this weekly piece, you know I occasionally wax nostalgically about the good old days, like back in the last century, when I started out on this wonderful wireless journey with my first crystal set, or last week, when gasoline was still less than $2 per gallon (nostalgia is relative). Anyway ... Learn More