Need a job? Need some techs?

This morning, I got the following e-mail: Hi Dan, I came across you website as we are in search of a Two-Way Radio Repair Technician at our Carlsbad, CA facility. Do you have any sources in the San Diego area that might be interested or even you … [Continue reading]



Here are two QSLs for my collection that came to me as a direct result of being on Twitter. Bill, WA4FAT, and I set up a sked via Twitter, and we actually made on on-air contact. I haven't yet worked Tom, N9GUN, but when I mentioned that I'd like to … [Continue reading]

From my Twitter feed: open source laptop, fritzing, audiophool product

Santosh Dahal @dsantosh_ World's First Open Source Laptop Gets Wideband Software-Defined Radio… #SDR #amateurradio   Digilent Inc. @DigilentInc How to use @FritzingOrg tutorial on our blog with the new Digilent … [Continue reading]

It never fails to amaze me how cheap hams are

I couldn't even get $50 for this paddle and keyer.

So, this morning, I loaded up the Freestyle and took some junk great stuff to the Chelsea Amateur Radio Club hamfest. Now, this is a small hamfest, so I guess that I didn't really expect much, but I was rather disappointed that I didn't sell even … [Continue reading]

Press release: RF Test Blog

From time to time, I get press releases that might be of interest to radio amateurs. Here's one. Making RF measurements can be difficult, especially if you need to make high-precision measurements. Fortunately, most amateur radio operators don't … [Continue reading]

What are you doing for Field Day?


My club here in Ann Arbor, ARROW, is still debating what to do about Field Day. We are unable to return to the site it was held at last year, so the organizers are still looking for a site. In addition, they have been talking about downsizing from 4A … [Continue reading]

From my inbox: 100 years of ham radio, spectrum analysis, mesh networks

Celebrating 100 years of ham radio. This month marks the centennial of the American Radio Relay League, the largest ham radio association in the United States. That means it will be a special year for the hundreds who converge annually on W1AW, a … [Continue reading]



Two new ones for collection of QSL cards from stations whose call signs spell words: John writes, "I lived in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area for two years. Working you brought back a lot of memories." It was my pleasure, John. Up in Canada, … [Continue reading]

From my Twitter feed: Tindie, resonant speaker

Blackrock Castle @blackrockcastle @WIRED: An inside look at Tindie, a thriving new marketplace for DIY gadgets” @ado_collins   John Ryan @n1pce April 2014 CQ Plus - Adding Volume With a Resonant … [Continue reading]

Makers should make things that work

In the March/April issue of CQ, Rich, W2VU wrote the "Makers" column for the regular editor. He writes about a one-tube transmitter that he built. It sounds like an interesting project, but then he says: I haven't actually gotten to testing it out … [Continue reading]