Author Archives: robert

CAS-4B with a Future Ham

I’ve been spending a little time with a young neighbor, introducing him to Amateur Radio.  I try to mix a little on-air activity with some theory.  It’s amazing how comfortable he is with solving equations in his head. This past … Continue reading

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Restoring HP3335A Part 2

After cleaning the synthesizer inside and out, I replaced multiple screws that were missing from the internal metal frame, and bolted down the power supply, which was obviously replaced in the past (without putting it back in properly).  Despite the … Continue reading

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Restoring a HP 3335A to full operation

I’ve always been sort of a time nut, but that’s pretty closely related to frequency.  The ARRL helps to sponsor a periodic Frequency Measurement Test, usually held in April and November.  A good friend of mine, John WA1ABI, always participates … Continue reading

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DX Progress through October

Many other projects (like teaching another set of Technician’s) reduce the amount of time I have on air, but DX progress continues slowly.  My confirmed country count hasn’t changed (262), but the DX Challenge count has creeped up to 1250.  … Continue reading

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3C0L Annobon Island

The Annobon Island DXpedition has been racking up QSOs.  I finally got a chance to listen to their 160 meter signal tonight and it’s outstanding here in RI.  Haven’t broken through the pileup yet.

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QSO #7000 in LotW

While I am sure I’ve had many more QSOs (I’ve got many old written logbooks from 1970-2000), I didn’t start using LotW until I got back on the air in February of 2011. Today I entered my 7,000th QSO into … Continue reading

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X9.3 Solar Flare Hits today ~ 12:02 UTC

A massive solar flare struck the earth today, a X-class 9.3.  This is the largest flare of Solar Cycle 24 by far.  It does have an Earth-directed CME that will be following on the heels of an earlier M-class flare/CME. … Continue reading

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Adding FT8 to HRD Logbook

Version 6.3.0.613 (Dec 2016) of HRD predates the WSJT-X “FT8” mode.  If you use the latest version of JTAlert (2.10.1), it has added back in HRD version 6.3+ logging support (but only temporarily, according to the author).  That’s great, but … Continue reading

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Work-around for Pesky OS X Kernel Panic with Arduino

I’ve been bouncing between my Windows PC and a Macbook Pro as I am writing the code for the Feather NTP Clock.  (Gotta love BitBucket and TortoiseHG which provide me with the latest source code wherever I am). While it … Continue reading

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Feather NTP Clock

While my obsession with accurate time continues, these days my obsession with avoiding the hassle of resetting clocks on DST/STD changeover and power failures grows. My original NTP Clock, based on the Raspberry Pi worked just fine, but it really … Continue reading

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