October 9, 2013

Saying "Hi" to Juno

Today the day that Hams around the world get to say "Hi" to the Juno space probe. As it passes by the Earth it will be receiving a very slow coordinated Morse code message in the 10 meter Amateur band.

Since I was at work, I was not able to participate, but I did get a QRSS grabber going on the computer that is connected to my HF radio and captured some others sending the word "HI" using 30 second long dits.

Grabber Image

February 12, 2013

CSS Sprite for Weather Icons

I recently created a CSS sprite based on the set of suggested icons for use with the National Weather Service's DWML weather forecasting service.

The actual image comes in at about 400k, so long caching times are a must. I also have a CSS file to go with it.

November 10, 2012

QSL Card Experiment

A nifty orange envelope arrived in the mail today. In it were two photo print packages, each containing 50 4 inch by 6 inch prints bearing my callsign, portrait, address, and boxes to enter QSO information in.

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October 22, 2012

New 10 Meter Dipole

About a month ago I started working on an End-fed half wave dipole for 10 meters. The results were quite unsatisfactory (for reasons yet to be explored) so I decided to go a slightly different route. Some research and a look at the book More Wire Antenna Classics led me to begin exploring the Double Extended Zepp antenna.

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October 20, 2012

6 Meter Rigid Dipole

Cordless Phone Range ExtenderSome years ago, I laid my hands on an old 49 MHz cordless telephone "extender" antenna. The kit acutally included two fiberglass whips 55 inches long along with some coax, mounting hardware, and some additional components necessary for retro-fitting the unit to a cordless telephone base. When I came across it I thought that it may be possible to use as a 6 meter antenna. Fast forward about 10 years, I still had the thing in storage and decided that it was finally time to give it a try.

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July 3, 2012



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December 11, 2011

Just for Kix 3 Year Olds

This is the 3 Year Old class at the Stewartville Just for Kix Winter Recital

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September 17, 2010

May 25, 2010

December 14, 2009