Setting Up Raspberry Pi For Ham Radio Use

I’ve wanted for awhile to get a Raspberry Pi. The conversation with my wife usual goes: Me: I’d like a Raspberry PiWife: Why?Me: I don’t know But now I have an answer. I want a Raspberry Pi so I can set it up for use with a ham radio. I don’t know why, but I want to. From the article: …

KNX Celebrates Its 100 Year Anniversary

I did not know this: The station had humble beginnings, starting in a back bedroom of the Harold Way home of Fred Christian, who was a former ship-to-shore wireless operator.  He eventually started working at a radio supply store, the Electric Lighting Supply Company, one of only two radio stores in Los Angeles at the time. While working at the …

I Solved a Bug

I wanted to program my BaoFeng BF-F8HP using CHIRP. When I tried to select the serial port it was blank. I searched the CHIRP database for known issues. I found this: I have Baeofang UV 5R and Windows 10, when trying to program the radio no comm port shows up. The cable is plugged into a USB but doesnt recognize …

I Passed

I passed the ham radio Technician License exam! I have to give credit to HamTestOnline. Passed first try, planning on using it to pass the General exam next.

BaoFeng BF-F8HP

I’ve chosen the radio I’ll start my ham radio hobby using. The BaoFeng BF-F8HP (UV-5R 3rd Gen) 8-Watt Dual Band Two-Way Radio (136-174MHz VHF & 400-520MHz UHF) Includes Full Kit with Large Battery. Why this one? well, it’s cheap. It includes a programming cable and a slightly better antenna than the UV-5R. And to be honest, I don’t know if …

San Francisco Pastor Gaslights His Congregation

Currently there have been 4.3 million confirmed cases of Covid 19 and 148,000 deaths from it in the United States. But according to The Rev. Joseph Illo of Star of the Sea Catholic Church in San Francisco, without evidence he suggested that the intent of the media’s coverage of the pandemic is to unseat Trump. From Pastor Illo:  “We cannot …

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

As I get ready to be a licensed amateur radio operator, I need to memorize the phonetic alphabet. The one that goes: alpha beta charlie ? crap, what’s “d”? and I’m pretty “b” isn’t “beta. So much to learn. The funny thing, at least to me, is that until I started writing this post it did not occur to me …

Icom IC-7300

I’m still looking at new ham radios rather than actually studying for the ham radio license exam. I was looking at base stations (which I can’t afford) and I came across the Icom IC-7300 (5 stars on Amazon). It looks really complicated so I pulled up the manual to see how much I understood. It did not go well. Let’s …

QSL Cards

I can spend my time studying for the amateur radio license exam OR look at QSL cards and begin to imagine what mine should look like. What are QSL cards? Amateur radio operators exchange QSL cards to confirm two-way radio contact between stations. Each card contains details about one or more contacts, the station and its operator. At a minimum, …