Friday, November 26, 2010

ROLDX DXCluster Node, Rolesville NC

I've made a couple of changes to the node, so it can now be reached via the W4RAL-7 packet node on 147.54, if you wish to connect to the DXCluster via packet radio.

Connect to W4RAL-7 on 147.54 in Zebulon. Type:


Next, connect to W4RAL-5 by typing:


That is a multiport node near Roleaville. Once connected, type:


That will connect you to the ROLDX DXCluster node on my home tower. Give it a minute to send everything to you before you proceed. You should get a message back that looks like this:

ROLDX:WB4IUY} DX Connect Bye Info Nodes Routes Ports Users MHeard

You're there! Type DX and hit enter. If you've never connected, it'll ask you a few basic questions (your name, location, and such). Once completed, it'll always remember you and you'll see the DX Spots rolling through.

The DXCluster node ROLDX has been operating on my home tower about 4 years. Users within range of my station can connect directly to it by switching directly to 145.07 and connecting to ROLDX. Using the W4RAL-7 node in Zebulon will allow those who are somewhat farther away to connect.

Have fun!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Motorcycle Related stuff...

Those of you into motorcycles, too...

A few non-Ham Radio things I've done that might interest some of you...

A few of us put some bikes in a local show yesterday (11/20), and here's what happened...

1- My youngest son, Brandon, took 1st place in 'Best Custom' with his bike (Bones), He's 26 years old, works at my motorcycle company, and this was his first full build. He did it with help from me, Dave KR4TP, and another friend named Jon over about 1 year of nights and weekends.

2- Jon Earp, our custom painter, took 2nd place in 'Best Custom' and also took 'Amy's Choice' with his bike (Low Life)

3- Bryan Long (good friend) took 'Best Stock' (non-modified frame) with his bike (RawHide)

You can see all of these bikes' builds online at:

Next - I just finished editing, resizing, culling, organizing, etc over 500 pics from Daytona beach Biketoberfest 2010. The pics were taken with 3 different devices used by some of us, so getting everything grouped more-or-less in the correct order and of similar size took a bit of work. At the end, you'll see some smaller pics I pulled from my facebook page's mobile posts, that's why there's such a size difference.

There's 4 little video's the Iron Horse on there. If they don't play for you when you click on the links, right-click the link and save it to your desktop, then play them from there.

You can see them at:


Friday, November 19, 2010

Having a BLAST on Ham Radio Nation!

Ham Radio Nation is a Social Networking Site, sorta like Facebook and such, but specifically for Ham Radio. It has loads of things to do, along with meeting lots of other hams, like blogging, forums, an awards program, classified ads, propogation info, an always current contest calendar, chat rooms, product reviews, and more.

I stumbled into it by accident, but have been logging in and doing something on it every day or so. Check it out! You can find it at: