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2 Meter Whip Dipole Antenna

February 8, 2015 - My quest to make a reliable 2 Meter dipole antenna for use on 144.200mhz on single sideband took a few month. I purchased wire versions of a two meter dipole from Falcon Antenna on Amazon in May of 2014. The antennas are come with a center connector piece which has an SO-239.

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January 2015 VHF Contest

January 24, 2015 - East Harlem, NY.  I prepared my 2 meter and 70cm loop antennas for use during today’s VHF contest. Both are tuned to Single Side Band. And no I don’t do FM during this type of contest, but am willing to do AM as it reminds me of my Citizen’s Band radio days.

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Limitations of Going Stealth

October 10, 2014 - Having to go stealth is a positive thing in that you did not give up trying to get on the air. Like a muscle, coming up with ways to be on the airwaves, improve one’s signal all while going undetected, strengthens one’s knowledge and ability to stay on the air.  But going stealth is a compromise. A compromise that might slightly or severely limited your ability to ‘get out’. Here are some of the limitations you might have to accept until you buy your own parcel of land.

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The Hows & Whys of Stealth Radio

Why Go Stealth?
April 12, 2014 - There are many reasons to go stealth:
You Have No Choice due to restrictions where you live
You Choose To Work Under Cover To Avoid Others Knowing you are a ham and its associated possible problems
Its Fun Yo Get Away Without Them Knowing

Even though restrictions are a pain it can be fun! It’s fun and rewarding to operating without ‘them’ knowing. A real ham never gives up and preservers. Besides why allow a non-technical person keep you from enjoying the rewards of your hard earned Federally Licensed radio privileges? Seem unfair doesn’t it. Yet there is a national interest in having an Amateur Radio community that can provided communications during an emergency.

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Building a Tri-Band Dipole

June 18, 2013 - This is a short article of my building a tri-band dipole in March of 2007. After trying out a dipole on 20 meters I decided to construct a tri-band dipole made up of three dipole into a single feed line. I wanted the dipole to work on 20, 17 and 6 meters.

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VHF UHF Radio Go Bag

May 8, 2013 - After my initial test using a Pelican 1440 case as a VHF/UHF Radio Go Box, I began looking for an alternate way to transport my radio equipment. The Pelican case is strong and sturdy, but its small wheels and New York City sidewalks caused too much vibration, jostling to my radio equipment. I began to think that anything with wheels out of the question. The only alternative left (other than taking a NYC Taxi) was to carry my equipment, either on my back (backpack) or on my side (strong bag or container).

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VHF UHF Radio Go Box Part II

May 5, 2013.  The weather was brisk and cold and I was the radio communicator for the 5 Boro Bike Tour. It was time to officially field test my VHF/UHF Radio Go Box. I prepared the night before by gathering all the equipment needed for the event. Mentally checking off the equipment as I assessed its being needed for communications for the Bike Tour. I also tried to eliminated items that would have been nice to have, but which would have added weight to the Go Box.

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VHF UHF Radio Go Box Part I

April 26, 2013 - After putting an HF Radio Go Box utilizing a Pelican 1440NF case, I decided to create a VHF/UHF version. I figured that this new VHF/UHF version would be easier to build and a lot easier to use. But the go box was slightly harder to create and using it had its own set of problems.

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HF Radio Go Box Part I

April 7, 2013 The Radio Go Box bug hit me this month and I decided to put an HF version together. A Go Box is a complete, self-sustained radio station in a box. In this case, it is for Amateur Radio. I had a few considerations going into this projects.

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2 Meter Sideband

August 23, 2012 - East Harlem, NY - Recently I decided to check in on any possible 2 meter sideband activity using my Yaesu FT-857D multi-band multi-mode radio. I was surprised to not only find some activity, but a lot of activity. Well, more than there use to be anyway. Every thought of trying out 2 meter sideband? If so, keep reading to learn just a little more of what it is all about.

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Problem With Field Day

August 22, 2012 - East Harlem, NY - For decades amateur radio operators have held a yearly Field Day where they take their radios out of their homes or cars and operate them out in the field, either on or off the electrical grid. Some hams get together as groups of individuals, but most work through a radio club. But Field Day has one major flaw when it comes to the public.

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Going Portable

August 18, 2012 - East Harlem, New York. Lately the portable bug has hit me hard. Just the thought of taking some of my radio equipment out for a ‘walk’ gets me excited. I guess that the challenge of working off the grid and actually making contacts on the air gets me all excited. Part of this magic time is thinking through what equipment to take and where to take it.

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Echolink Is Not Radio

November 5, 2010 - In late 2005 I returned to Amateur Radio after a 9 year absence. I found that the radio equipment has gotten better and grown smaller. HTs packed more features in a smaller package and the cost had not gone up too much.  But I also came across the concept of Echolink.

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