Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and read the blog over the past year. Hopefully it provided some helpful ideas and overall nice reading.

Happy New Year!

Afternoon Car Portable

With the temps edging near the 50 F mark yesterday afternoon spent an hour or so at the Fort Lee Historic Park in NJ high on the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River.

After a walk to check out the views and a few photos I set up shop in the car with the FT-857D, portable battery, and a 20 meter ham stick on the roof.

Had a wonderful conversation with a ham who lives in the Sunshine State of Fla. in the winter, Queens, NY in the summer months. His antenna was a wire attached to a palm tree, a stealth type set up, very cool.

My last contact was to the Ar tic Circle, OH9SCL, cranked up the juice for this one to break into the mix of other stations calling. That ham stick on the roof did it's job, for the price you can't beat it.

Circle Line tour boat.
View from the car.
Overall a nice afternoon on a fairly warm end of December, I will take it. The Fort Lee park is relatively quiet this time of year, the views are stunning. I have operated before here and its one of my favorites.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Kit Building & Soldering Guide

Here is a helpful and informative guide from Ramsey Electronics.

Kit Building & Soldering Guide

Monday, December 26, 2011

Google Plus

Over the past few weeks I have been on Google Plus playing around with the various features, so far I am a very happy camper.

Sure most have accounts set up on Face book but with Google Plus I feel it offers much more rich content and a great way to make new friends. Face book seems to be a gathering of old friends and some of the posts are unnecessary. I especially like creating different groups, QRP, electronics, family, following, etc. that I can post to.

There is always fresh posts by hitting the What's Hot button on your home page. If your into photography some of the pictures posted are amazing. There also is a group of hams and QRpers on board posting away.

If you decide to sign up and join the fun be sure to grab a vanity address at the Google Plus toolbox.

Be sure to follow me at:

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hoping everyone has a wonderful day!

Season's Greetings

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Stuff

Not much going on the past week or so with the holidays fast approaching.

In the Jan, 2012 QST, a future build caught my eye, A Transistor Tester in a Tin. This would be a great circuit for someone just starting out, simple and easy.

Next week I want to take a radio portable and set up outside if the temps hold up, if not will go with a few ham sticks on the car roof in a nice setting.

Enjoy the holidays.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Weather for kids & adults

Good easy to understand weather site for all.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Aurora; What Causes Them?

Good Stuff!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wonderful World

Saw this posted on Google Plus.
Just a super nice video.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Handy Capacitor Calculator

Here is a useful tool I came across for calculating your capacitor values.
Great online tool when you want to double check those values especially before soldering onto the PC boards.