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  • Surfin': Still Finding Woodstock

    08/21/2009. I expected last week's Finding Woodstock to reveal a bunch of other hams who attended the event, but it only turned up three. The first was a big surprise: My editor, Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA -- the person who straightens out the mangled words I write here -- attended Woodstock. She was 2 years old and  ... Learn More

  • Surfin': When Digital Was Mechanical

    01/27/2012. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' recalls those mechanical digital clocks that once proliferated ham shacks everywhere. Jim Cain, K1TN, wrote: “Every active ham I knew in the 1960s and 1970s had a 24-hour Numechron Tymeter 'digital' clock, the one in a brown plastic case ... Learn More

  • Surfin': The Ghosts of Surfin' Past

    12/25/2009. This episode of Surfin' follows up on two previous recent episodes: " A Wireless Dilemma" from November 27 and "Twitter, Facebook and Ham Radio" from December 4. I received a lot of e-mails and comments regarding both columns, but I expected that "Twitter, Facebook and Ham Radio" would result in more ... 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

  • 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': 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': Ham Blogging

    Nov 30, 2012 ... This week, Surfin' urges readers to share their ham radio adventures by blogging. Learn More

  • Surfin': Finding Friends at Hamvention

    May 31, 2013 ... This week, Surfin' recalls all the friendly faces at the Dayton Hamvention®. 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': Groundhog's Viewing

    02/12/2009. The January 30 installment of Surfin' about using Microsoft's Live Search Maps to get bird's eye views of antenna farms, resulted in some revelations. Some readers e-mailed suggestions of antenna farms to view. Steve McNaughton, KB3JC, suggested the W3DAN/K3LR antenna farm in West Middlesex, ... Learn More