Author Archives: Allen

Magnetic Loop Controller- new milestone…

In spite of the fact that I broke one of my vacuum variable capacitors, (crap), the MagLoop controller itself has passed another milestone… It successfully communicates with my radio and is receiving instant frequency tuning data. I may actually have … Continue reading

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Need more torque…

Apparently my stepper motor lacks enough torque to reliably tune this behemoth vacuum cap. Gonna need a more powerful motor…

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Magnetic Loop Antenna Project

I’ve been working on a project incorporating an automated controller with a magnetic loop antenna for HF frequencies capable of power levels in excess of 100watts.  My ham friends will understand the complexities of such an undertaking; but, so far … Continue reading

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Continuous Waves…

I went to my first amateur radio Field Day event this year with the Big Bend Amateur Radio Club and it was quite the experience.  The highlight of my weekend came when I was gently encouraged to exercise my newly … Continue reading

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My Darlin’ Loves me!

Arizona had awesome license plates for antique cars and motorcycles crafted from solid copper!  Texas antique plates pale a bit by comparison; but, you CAN register your historic antique with an original license plate from your vehicle’s year of manufacture- … Continue reading

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Big Bend ARC

I’ve contributed to helping update the Big Bend Amateur Radio Club’s web site.  While it is not fully complete, it is coming along nicely.  Take a look…

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Back… In the saddle

It seems like years since I had a good motorcycle ride.  In fact, it has only been months; but, my riding lifestyle has been interrupted for the last five or more years.  My failing eyesight, the surgeries to fix my … Continue reading

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No pressure…

With any luck, I’ll not only be qualified to make radio contacts via CW and Morse code soon; but, I’ll also actually make those QSO’s…  As an incentive; I have acquired and begun assembly of an Elecraft KX1 QRP CW … Continue reading

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Digital communications the Old School way…

So, my returning interest to amateur radio (thanks son, KG7VBI!) has me once again studying Morse code. Not sure where these recent retro fascinations are coming from; but, I’ve dived in to this one (as usual) with both feet and … Continue reading

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On Motorcycles by George Fitch (1912)

A MOTORCYCLE is a bicycle with a pandemonium attachment and is designed for the special use of mechanical geniuses, daredevils and lunatics. The motorcycle is equipped with a motor small enough to be put in a large pocket and loud … Continue reading

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