September 2021 VHF contest

Never missing an excuse to get on the air, the ARRL VHF contest was this past weekend. Many of us, myself included, have permanent VHF / UHF antennas (plural) on the roof. Don’t ask how many, we’ve surely lost count… But they’re extremely non-ideal when the polarization doesn’t match the traffic you’re trying to work…Continue reading “September 2021 VHF contest”

Getting Internet access and N3FJP Logging configured at your ARRL Field Day site

ARRL Field day is an exercise for emergency communications, and a fun contest for ham radio operators. Most clubs use software, like N3FJP to handle logging from multiple locations at the same time. This presents the need for a network to connect the server to the clients. Having done this many times in many differentContinue reading “Getting Internet access and N3FJP Logging configured at your ARRL Field Day site”

Signage – 15 pieces of “flair”

When you get a tower trailer to use for ham radio, you’re going to get a lot of questions. The number of times most people see a construction tower set up with a Yagi, HF antenna, or some wi-fi dishes on it, are, in the experience of most people, exactly zero. They don’t notice people’sContinue reading “Signage – 15 pieces of “flair””

Hams on the Lake Mesh test

Today many local hams decided to meet out on White Bear Lake. Some to get on HF, others to test their go-kits, and others to test our tower fleet in real world conditions. The PB tower trailer was there to perform the following tests: Test of Hotspot/Mesh configuration to tunnel to the MN statewide meshContinue reading “Hams on the Lake Mesh test”

BM2 Battery monitors

Lately I’ve been playing with the BM2 battery monitors, available on ebay and automotive shops for 20-30 dollars. They attach to the batteries, connect to your phone or PC over bluetooth and hold the voltage history for 30 days. In addition the software provides low voltage alarm notifications. There are other automotive testing functions asContinue reading “BM2 Battery monitors”