Category Archives: ham

Baofeng Packet Radio Adventures

Recently, I decided to set up packet radio capability for my station. This is primarily in order to be able to reach the local Winlink Radio Message Server (RMS) gateway and have email access when power and/or internet are down, … Continue reading

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Antenna modeling using nec2c on Ubuntu Linux

New Thing! Video! I’ve been playing with antenna modeling, and decided to make a video series introducing this to other people who may be interested. I’m new to this, but I think it came out pretty well. I only misspoke … Continue reading

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I feel like I found an easter egg!

I was jotting some notes for a future wiki page about how to debug network connections to dx clusters, and for my examples, I decided to use the host name dxspots.com. and I ran across this: sconklin@xps-1:/src/ubuntu$ whois dxspots.com [ … Continue reading

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Amateur radio operators: How to prepare to assist in disasters

In a previous post, I covered a bunch of ways in which you can prepare to be useful after a disaster. If you’re interested in helping as a radio amateur, or you’re already a ham and want to get more … Continue reading

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Would you like to help after the next disaster?

There’s a fundamental fact about disasters and disaster recovery that I try to explain every chance I get. Here it is again: The roles that can be filled by untrained volunteers during and after a disaster are very limited. Walk-up … Continue reading

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How to prepare for your family for the next Disaster

I’ve written that my family was well prepared to survive with no power for a week. There’s a mnemonic that someone taught me sometime during some disaster prep training. The fact that I can remember the mnemonic and not where … Continue reading

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Another first-person account of the tornado event here

Here’s another first-person account of April 27th and after, with some really informative links to some weather resources about the event.

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