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SS Badger Steamship Special Event Station

The SS Badger steamship is an auto carrier ferry that runs between Manitowoc, WI and Ludington, MI. Built in 1952 and launched in 1953, the S.S. Badger has provided ferry service across Lake Michigan for 60 years. The Kankakee Amateur Radio Club will activate special event callsign W8S on the Badger September 14-15, 2013 for […]

Amateur Radio Bicycle Race Communications

As an avid cyclist, I like to help out when the annual Great Annual Bike Ride Along the Wisconsin River or GRABAAWR ride comes through town. As a past participant in this and other week long bicycle adventures, this is my way of giving back to the cycling community. Amateur radio plays an important part […]

ARRL Field Day 2013 Wrap-Up

How’d your Field Day operation go? I’m glad to say that for the local club I’m involved with, the Wisconsin Valley Radio Association in Wausau, WI, we have another successful Field Day in the books. While we may not have had the most contacts, or hit all of our bonus goals, we did have a […]

Will my J-Pole antenna work for sideband or SSB operation

The most common use of my J-Pole and Slim Jim antennas is for FM operation on the VHF and UHF amateur radio bands. Typically FM simplex and repeaters use antennas that are vertically polarized. J-Poles, being vertically oriented are also vertically polarized, which makes them well suited for this purpose. But there are many different […]

Getting started: Radio recommendations for new hams

Alright, you’ve just received your ham radio Technician license, or are in the process of earning your license. You’ve been reading the literature and looking at radios to get started with. Maybe you’re even shopping around on eBay or the other sites for a new or used radios. One of the exciting things about this […]

Lightning protection for antennas

I originally wrote this article on March of 2012, but over the past year this topic has been one of the most searched blog posts on my site. Lightning safety is an important topic, so I revisited the information, updated it and present it again at the top of my blog. When you look at […]

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