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Build an APRS Fill in Digipeater

I’ve done a couple of videos on APRS, or the Automated Packet Reporting System. APRS is a tactical real-time communication system to share location information and short messages. It can be really handy for tracking vehicles and other assets during events like parades, rides or walkathons. But if you are using a low powered APRS […]

Portable Field Operations Presentation

A couple months back you may have remembered my video and blog post on NVIS or Near Vertical Incidence Skywave propagation. In that video I give a introduction to the NVIS method and perform a real world demonstration of an NVIS contact. Well that video was as a precursor to a presentation I was to […]

2017 Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference and Digital HF Presentation

Every year in October, emergency communication team members and leaders get together for the annual Wisconsin ARES/RACES conference. This year’s conference, the 19th annual held, featured the theme of Digital Communication. Digital is a big subject and a one day conference can barely scratch the surface. The presenters did an excellent job at highlight the […]

Amateur Radio Communications for Public Service Activities

“Will work for T-shirts” That’s a popular saying by hams that like to get involved with volunteer activities. I can’t recall how many shirts I’ve collected over the years from the various walks, runs, bike ride, ski events, and marathons I’ve been a part of. Suffice to say, I can’t remember the last time I’ve […]

Knots for Antennas and Support Structures

I must make a confession. I was never proficient at knots. I used to tie things up with a big ‘goober’ knot of twine. If the knot slipped, I’d just add more twists and loops. The knots weren’t pretty, they seldom held, and heaven forbid you try to untie them. I felt inadequate when I […]

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