WB4IUY's Random Blog

I've been in Amateur Radio since 1974, and still find new and interesting things to do. I like to build, restore, and operate on the air. This is a blog of various info about my Ham Radio operations and activities, projects, and opinions. Visit www.WB4IUY.net for the lowdown at WB4IUY.

Friday, October 29, 2010

EQSLs in digital picture frame...

Here's an idea for those of you who use eQSL... I keep copies of all my digital qsl cards from eQSL and load them into one of those little electronic picture frames that are so inexpensive these days. I then display them in my shack and enjoy watching them scroll by while operating. A neat way to display cards without taking up more wall space in the shack!

Dave Hockaday WB4IUY
AMA 119484
Live from my handheld...

Monday, October 25, 2010

This solar cycle is sick!

After reading the piece on Sciencemag.org, I'm beginning to wonder if folks our age will ever see another cycle with wild propogation like we did in the 70's and 80's...and even the 90's. I recall making contacts into Turkey and China on a converted CB @ 10 watts output from my truck, and working my 10m WAS from an indoor apartment antenna. My 10 meter repeater would begin transmitting an hour or so before sunrise, and work hard all day until midnight or later. Read this piece in Sciencemag for a real 'eye-opener'. You can google "No Sunspots" for loads of additional info on the topic...

Friday, October 8, 2010

Icom's lack of support...

Here's a $2800 IC-756 radio with a bad display. Icom recognized that it was an issue. Rather than support it, they recommend to BUY A NEW RIG from them to replace it. WTF???  There's lots of these out there, stuck with this problem. As much as I like this rig, i'll never spend another penny with Icom.

Dave Hockaday WB4IUY
AMA 119484
Live from my handheld...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Working AM on 80 Meters

I've been doing a bit of work on 80m at night of late. There's a group of AM ops down in the area of 3.705 nightly. Lots of fun and not nearly as congested as the old AM freqs around 3.885. C'mon down and give it a try!

Dave Hockaday WB4IUY
AMA 119484
Live from my handheld...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Testing a portable blog post...

Its pretty crazy these days to be able to post a blog from a phone, and be able to include a pic. I'm working AM tonite on 3.710 from studio A with my FT-901DE.  

Dave Hockaday WB4IUY
AMA 119484
Live from my handheld...