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WMTV Channel 15 Madison, WI Television Station Tour

Recently I was at the Madison Area Repeater Association’s hamfest in Stoughton, WI. After the hamfest we met up with Tom, WJ9H, who is the chief engineer at WMTV channel 15, a mid-market television station in Madison, Wisconsin. He graciously gave us a tour of the broadcast facilities. Channel 15 totally rebuilt their studios in […]

SKYWARN Severe Weather Net Criteria and Report Format

Early spring through late summer are the the peak season for severe weather in the US. But our climate is quite varied and severe weather can happen at any time and anywhere. Here in Wisconsin, I’ve seen thunderstorms in January and snow in June. So being an active participant with your local storm spotter group […]

Wolf River Coils Silver Bullet 1000 Review

The Wolf River Coils Silver Bullet 1000 and the Silver Bullet mini are a variation of the popular screw driver style antenna. But instead of a motorized slider, these antennas you manually slide the tuning coupler up and down the coil. By removing all those mechanical parts and using manual adjustment, you get a rugged […]

Your Questions Answered and March 2018 Update

Thanks for indulging me and taking the time to watch the last few episodes about Digital Mobile Radio. DMR is one of the hot new VHF/UHF digital modes and is gaining popularity due to the supply of inexpensive DMR handheld radios. But it’s not without its challenges as the DMR specification was created for commercial […]

How to Build Your Own DMR Digital Radio Code Plug

A DMR radio isn’t any good if it doesn’t have any frequencies or channels programmed into it. Programming your first DMR radio might feel a little bit daunting. It’s certainly different than programming an analog radio. So in part 2 in my series on DMR, we’re going to walk through the process of programming, or […]

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