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  • 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': 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': Eye Candy Radios

    Nov 9, 2012 ... This week, Surfin' looks at radios that are very pleasing to the eye. 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': What a Deal, But Only Until Monday

    10/21/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' scopes out a real deal for the do-it-yourself ham radio crowd. Having written about ham radio kits here recently, Larry Wolfgang, WR1B, the editor of QEX, e- mailed me information that he thought Surfin' readers of the do-it-yourself variety might ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Beyond Bonaire -- It Was Like Magic

    10/29/2010. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' can't get enough of that listening to the radio (AM and shortwave) back when The Beatles were still making music. Missing the Netherlands Antilles struck a chord with many of you last week. So much so that I collected all your words for this ... Learn More

  • Surfin': A New “Old” User Interface for SDR

    12/17/2010. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' visits a blog where ham radio tradition and cutting edge meet head on. Tobias Wellnitz, DH1TW, recently concluded a year-long project to provide a new, but old user interface for SDR (software-defined radio). No fan of controlling SDR with a ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Get On the Air with SDR

    04/27/2012. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' gets its feet wet with SDR by means of a bevy of online SDR receivers. On the Software-Defined Radio (SDR) front, Tad Cook, K7RA, mentioned PA3FWM's WebSDR in the K7RA Solar Update on April 13 and I mentioned it here back in June ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Clandestine Radio in Uncle Tom's Corner

    10/23/2008. One of the people responsible for sparking my interest in radio died recently: "Tom Kneitel, W4XAA (ex-K2AES), died August 22 at age 75. He was a prolific author of articles and books on monitoring, CB radio and building electronics projects," according to August 29th edition of The ARRL Letter. As a newbie ... Learn More

  • Surfin': AM DXing with an iPhone

    01/11/2013. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' adds an antenna “booster” and an iPhone to the AM DXing tool kit. I received two tech gifts during the holidays: a C. Crane Twin Coil Ferrite AM Antenna Signal Booster and an iPhone 5. I am very pleased with both gifts and thank my family ( you ... Learn More