Multiband Antenna Switching

When I first started on this project I think my goal was to “magically” handle SWR on several bands and my area of focus was on using an UNUN or Current Choke to do so. They did do what they were supposed to – to a point, but there was no “magic” there. They did bring the match “close” to the range of the…

The Wonderful World of Amateur Radio

After 15 years of continuous DX-ing and almost being a slave to the ARRL’s DXCC program (2001 – 2016), I took a look around and found that amateur radio – as it always has – had grown and advanced in so many ways. My first “post VK0EK” effort was to dig into Top Band and learn more about receiving antennas. I spent an entire…

FT8: MAJOR Game Changer for DXPeditions

UPDATE: After the VK9MA DXpedition I have changed my tune. FT8 surely is the beginning of something very exciting, but when VK9MA kept switching between FT8 and CW I realized just how much better CW is. On paper, using a mode that could work when CW was too hard to “hear” seemed like magic, but because there still was enough back and forth with…

Amateur Radio 2.0 (A talk by Ward Silver, N0AX)

Mike, KJ4Z and I have had regular conversations regarding old and new ham radio. Mike found a superb talk by N0AX, Ward Silver at a TAPR convention a few years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rLlQeAVb08 Ward’s talk hit on so many points that Mike and I have discussed that its almost as if we had heard his talk before we both started blogging about this. Ward talks…