LEO Satellite System Part 3 – Final Installation And First Contacts

With some help from Matt Strelow, KC1XX  of XX Towers, we’ve gotten our LEO Satellite Antennas and Preamp System installed on our tower. We installed the antennas on a sidearm at about 80 ft and installed the preamp system (the upper left gray box) next to the antennas on the tower. The design and construction … Continue reading

2014 Es Season On The Magic Band – A Journey Towards A 6m VUCC

I decided to become active on the 6m band this year. This 6m Sporadic E (Es) season was in full swing about a month ago when I got active on 6m. The picture above is from the DXMAPS website and shows one of the daily openings that we’ve experienced on 6m here in the US during the last … Continue reading

Shack Construction – Part 4/4 (Final Setup Of Equipment)

The final step in the construction of our new shack was to outfit it with all of the infrastructures for power, RF switching, computers, and install the radios and related support systems. This post will outline what we did in this area. One of the first things we did was to get the LAN in … Continue reading

Bora Bora Island DXpedition

In February of this year, we had the opportunity to travel to Bora Bora Island in French Polynesia. This South Pacific destination is absolutely beautiful! When Anita (AB1QB) suggested that we take a portable HF radio with us, we had no idea what sort of experience we were going to have! We put together a … Continue reading

A Tour Of Our Shack

I wanted to share a little more about our new shack which was recently completed. Anita and I each have our own operating positions and both positions are SO2R capable. Anita’s setup consists of a Yaesu FTdx5000 and has provisions to add a second radio in the future. Fred’s position uses an Icom IC-7800 and an … Continue reading