Panadapters make an enormous difference to finding stations. The ability to visualize the spectrum through one is probably familiar to many of us. I’ve always had an interest in software and recently have been teaching myself Python and so it was an easy sell for me to get the parts needed to turn my Raspberry Pi … More From RF Panadapter to UV Barchart
As a kid in London I remember reading magazines such as Victor and Valiant. All adventure, all fun and ripping stuff for an 8 year old and somewhere in this was my first exposure to morse code. All the dits and das where clearly going to win the war for the Brits. When I got … More Learning Morse with Skilman
Numerous methods exist to construct circuits including Manhattan that takes its name from the grid like layout you can adopt. As part of my “home-brew” journey I wanted to try and potentially use Manhattan on a regular basis. So far I have put together 3-5 small boards (2″x3″ approximately) and this is my favorite so … More Initial attempts at Manhattan construction and a Tone Generator
Consulting numerous map sources including Google, Garmin Topo 24K and De Lorme a somewhat confusing picture emerges as to the existence or not of a trail to the top of this peak just north of June Lake. Reversed is credited with stopping/slowing a glacier ages ago and resulting in it gouging out June Lake, thanks … More A BNC Connector and “Jinxed” (W6-SS-276) Reversed Peak August 7, 2015
I love the great outdoors and in January 2012 I took the opportunity to stop while driving through an uncharacteristically open Tioga Pass in Yosemite. Usually highway 120 is buried deep in pristine snow from November to May. This rare opportunity had to be memorialized with a short hike. The blue sky and crisp temperature … More W6-ND-037 (Lookout Mnt) SOTA Activation July 11, 2015
Flush from my morning success on Bald Mnt (W6-ND-012) and recently re-vitaled, I was ready for my afternoon adventure in search of Gilbert Peak. The previous night I had done my homework loading waypoints into my newly acquired Garmin eTrex20x (which I am very happy with) and a few cached maps into Google Maps on … More Oh Gilbert (W6-ND-026) where are thou?
When I think of deserts and California my mind immediately goes to thoughts of the southern deserts such as Mojave so the ND designator (for Northern Desert) was an education in of itself. The Northern Desert is actually a part of the Great Basin Desert and exists because the Sierra Nevada mountains block moisture traveling … More W6-ND-012 (Bald Mountain) August 6, 2015