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  • Surfin': Hammin' North to Alaska

    06/10/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' counts backwards and visits our 49th state ham radio-wise. Last week, Surfin' visited a website all about ham radio in our 50th state. Since I can remember when the last two states were added to the Union, I will give equal time to our 49th state, ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Makin' Radio at a Higher Level

    07/09/2009. Summits on the Air (SOTA) is an award for radio hams and shortwave listeners that encourages portable radio operation from higher elevations. There are SOTA awards for folks who ascend and operate from the summits and SOTA awards for folks operating from home, a local hilltop or are on other summits. Learn More

  • Surfin': DCC at ATL

    08/24/2012. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week's installment of Surfin' previews the 2012 Digital Communications Conference. The annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) is on the move again and this year finds the DCC in Atlanta, Georgia on September 21-23. 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': Radio-Spotting Through the Windshield

    01/29/2010. By Stan Horzepa, KA1LOU Contributing Editor. On the road, Surfin' views the world of radio through the windshield. Last week, I wrote how as a ham, I see radio everywhere. I cited, for example, spotting ham radios in motion pictures that I happen to be viewing for entertainment -- not for their ham radio content. 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': Eye Candy Radios

    Nov 9, 2012 ... This week, Surfin' looks at radios that are very pleasing to the eye. 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': Have Radio, Will QSL

    05/03/2013. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' visits a website dedicated to QSL cards. The first QSL card I ever received was from shortwave broadcast station Trans World Radio in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles. I don't remember the first ham radio QSL card I received, but I do recall that I ... 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