November Five Juliet Lima Delta

Follow me down the road of my version of amateur radio, home brew electronics, kit building and a little severe weather spotting.

0 How to Measure Output Impedance


0 Reversing Tire Pressure Monitors with a Software-Defined Radio


0 FT 817 RADIO BAG . . . Ready for prime time!


0 Best Ham Radio ad ever

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0 CW Code Oscillator

Just getting around to posting the oscillator that I built some time ago.

Twin T with a small amp. Scopes out @ 700Hz

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0 Field Day 2013

Field Day 2013 a video by Rebel-Without-Applause on Flickr.
Video from WC5C 2013 Field Day

0 ARRL Section List

ARRL / RAC Section Abbreviation List 
Connecticut CT 
Rhode Island RI 
Eastern Massachusetts EMA
Vermont VT 
Maine ME
Western Massachusetts WMA 
New Hampshire NH 

Eastern New York ENY
Northern New York NNY 
NYC / Long Island NLI
Southern New Jersey SNJ 
Northern New Jersey NNJ
Western New York WNY 

Delaware DE 
Maryland – DC MDC 
Eastern Pennsylvania EPA 
Western Pennsylvania WPA 

Alabama AL 
Southern Florida SFL 
Georgia GA 
Tennessee TN 
Kentucky KY 
Virginia VA 
North Carolina NC 
West Central Florida WCF 
Northern Florida NFL 
Puerto Rico PR 
South Carolina SC 
US Virgin Islands VI 

Arkansas AR 
North Texas NTX 
Louisiana LA 
Oklahoma OK 
Mississippi MS 
South Texas STX 
New Mexico NM 
West Texas WTX 

East Bay EB 
San Diego SDG 
Los Angeles LAX 
San Francisco SF 
Orange ORG 
San Joaquin Valley SJV 
Santa Barbara SB 
Sacramento Valley SV 
Santa Clara Valley SCV 
Pacific PAC 

Alaska AK 
Nevada NV 
Arizona AZ 
Oregon OR 
Eastern Washington EWA 
Utah UT 
Idaho ID 
Western Washington WWA 
Montana MT 
Wyoming WY 

Michigan MI 
West Virginia WV 
Ohio OH 

Illinois IL 
Wisconsin WI 
Indiana IN 

Colorado CO 
Missouri MO 
Iowa IA 
Nebraska NE 
Kansas KS 
North Dakota ND 
Minnesota MN 
South Dakota SD 

Maritime MAR 
Saskatchewan SK 
Newfoundland/Labrador NL 
Alberta AB 
Quebec QC 
British Columbia BC 
Ontario East ONE 
Manitoba MB 
Ontario North ONN 
Northern Territories NT 
Ontario South ONS 
Greater Toronto Area GTA.

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0 A Few of My Favorite Things About ARRL Field Day 2013

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0 CQ Field Day de WC5C - June 22-23

CQ Field Day de WC5C - June 22-23

The Tri County Amateur Radio Club will be active on several bands and modes during Field Day, June 22-23, from Ash Creek Park In Azle, Texas.. We hope to talk to many of you, and add your call signs and information to our log. 
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!
It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, pre planned, non-emergency activities.
But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.
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0 Project Updates

Just some updates to my current project list:

  • QRP Dummy Load - completed
  • Switchable 1:1 - 4:1 Balun - 60% complete
  • CQ Parrot - 0% complete
  • SOTA end fed tuner - 0% complete
  • QRP backpack go kit - 5% complete
As you can see, I have quite a few things going on right now
I'm work on getting all these completed before Field Day, I hope.


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0 Transistor Switching

I was getting caught up on some of my notebook sketches and decided that these would be good to share. I use these quite often with micro controllers and hijacking a output from other devices.
You can replace the relay coil with a LED for example.

The whole idea is to be able to take a TTL level output and switch a larger load.
You can substitute just about all the components based on the Hfe of the transistor and/or input voltage you have. 
The main point is to keep the transistor in saturation. You get the idea.......