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  • Surfin': Opening Up APRS

    08/25/2008. If you have been following along here long enough, you know that I am a big fan of APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System). I've written about APRS often and have been running an APRS digipeater and weather station forever (the digipeater since 1993, the weather station since 2003). As time has gone by ... 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': Following Meteors

    03/01/2013. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' chases meteors at the Radio Meteor Observation Bulletin website. Mike Schaffer, KA3JAW -- this week's guest surfer -- wrote the following about meteors. Several thousand meteors enter Earth's atmosphere each day. The vast majority of these  ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Finding Where the Hams Are

    10/01/2010. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' checks out a cool Google Maps application that reveals where the hams are in your burg. Mark Petrovic, AE6RT, wanted to learn about the Google Maps Application Programming Interface (API). He thought that a good learning vehicle would be ... Learn More

  • Surfin': It's Hacking Time!

    04/20/2012. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' loses the DIY blahs after learning about new ham radio modules that require hacking. Sometimes I feel like a slug. I get enthused about building something new, buy what I need to build it, sometimes start building it, sometimes not. I never finish ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Visibly Spacing Out

    04/03/2009. Last week, the local television weather man Geoff Fox, K1GF, got me going on a new crusade. During an early evening forecast, he mentioned that the International Space Station (ISS) would be visible later that evening and mentioned when and where. I remember seeing ISS once before: Standing in awe in ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Hill-Topping for the Golden Packet

    07/15/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' urges hams to climb every mountain on the East and West Coasts in the quest for the Golden Packet. July 24 is “Golden Packet Sunday.” Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, hopes to field enough Amateur Radio communications teams located on ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Batten Down the Hatches

    08/22/2008. The hurricane season is upon us. One just slammed through Florida. Although the weather pros downgraded it from "hurricane" to "tropical storm" status, it was a destructive storm nonetheless. And there are likely to be more chewing up the coasts of the US in the coming weeks as the hurricane season ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Wikipedia vs CIA

    02/03/2012. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' tries to determine the best place to just get the facts (Ma'am) about new countries. Before Wikipedia, there was the Central Intelligence Agency. A decade ago, if I wanted to look up information about the new country I just worked on 10 meters, ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Getting Parts in the 21st Century

    04/05/2013. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' finds radio parts on a fascinating website. Back when I began stinking up my parents' house with the scent of liquefied solder, there were radio and electronics stores in the area where I could buy all the parts to build my projects. But in the 1970s, ... Learn More