Mobile HF – Our Counties Tour From New Hampshire To Dayton, Ohio And Back

We had a lot of fun during our 2015 Dayton US Counties Tour from our home in New Hampshire to the 2015 Dayton HAMvention and back. The trip involved a total of 5 days of driving and covered about 2,000 miles – giving our Mobile HF station quite a workout. We ended up activating 98 … Continue reading

HF Mobile – Planning A U.S. County Hunter’s Tour

Anita (AB1QB) and I have been having a lot of fun with our Mobile HF station since we completed it several months back. We’ve been working quite a bit of DX and we make some contacts whenever we are out doing errands or taking other trips. We are planning to attend the Hamvention in Dayton, … Continue reading

Operating Mobile HF – Working DX

It is still early days for operating mobile HF now that our setup is complete. I am continuing to make adjustments to improve performance. I had a chance to operate mobile from New Hampshire, USA this evening made some interesting contacts. I began by calling CQ on 20m SSB. I was operating with the amplifier … Continue reading

Operating Mobile HF – Working DX On The 80M Band

We have continued to gain experience with our recently completed mobile HF installation in our F-150 pickup truck. We have been working quite a bit of DX from our completed mobile station. Recently, I have been concentrating on the 80m band from the mobile station and have been pleasantly surprised with some great DX contacts on this … Continue reading

Mobile HF Installation – Part 4/4 (500W Amplifier, 160M and Accesories)

This article will cover the completion of our Mobile HF project. Our installation is fairly complex so we’ve broken the project into several phases: Phase 1 – Install the Icom IC-7000 running barefoot with a simple MFJ HAMStick Antenna (to be replaced with the Scorpion Screwdriver Antenna in Phase 3) Phase 2 – Properly bond all elements of … Continue reading

Mobile HF Installation – Part 3/4 (Screwdriver Antenna Installation)

We have made some 250+ contacts using the Mobile HF setup in our Ford F-150 Truck. Our initial setup used an Icom IC-7000 Transceiver and HAM Stick Antennas. This combination enabled us to work quite a bit of DX from our truck (56 DXCC’s worked mobile HF to date). It is surprising how well a … Continue reading

2014 Amateur Radio Highlights

It is once again time for our annual 2014 Year in Review post. First, I’d like to thank our readers for their continued interest in our Blog. Our blog was viewed about 100,00 times in 2014 from 165 countries around  the world. You, our readers have made 2014 our busiest year yet and this provides Anita … Continue reading

An Introduction To The DXLab Suite

I recently had the opportunity to put together a presentation introducing the DXLab Software Suite for several local radio clubs. The idea was to provide a fairly comprehensive introduction to DXLab and to show how it can be used to make Amateur Radio operations, QSL’ing and Award Management easier and more enjoyable. There are several good … Continue reading

Mobile HF Installation – Part 1/4 (Initial Installation)

We have been planning to install a mobile HF setup in one of our vehicles for some time now. Both our car and our truck currently have an Icom IC-2820h 2m/70cm DSTAR transceivers installed in them which provide access to our local repeaters. We also purchased a backup Icom IC-7000 Transceiver some time ago with … Continue reading