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Catastrophic Failure

Turns out that when a telescopic aluminium mast fills to the top with water it gets way too heavy.  No damage other than the mast itself.  Fiberglass pole quickly erected in the meantime.  I think…

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complex feedline

New Shack Starts To Take Shape

After a loooooong process of renovations I have begun the building of a new shack.  Well…technically.  I have built the indoor and outdoor termination points for the feed lines (3 x right now, with capacity…


wacky-mobile

New FT8900R Mobile Installation

I recently installed an FT 8900R in my Jeep.  It was a surprisingly simple installation with a remote head and speaker arrangement, dual band antenna and new mount+ feedline.  The only 2 things I needed…


RALLYSA WICEN

WICEN and Rally SA 2016

On the weekend of September 10 and 11 I helped WICEN with the Rally SA event.  WICEN provide communications and timing assistance for the rally.  After a last minute change to the roster due to…


Ron's book

New Amateur Radio Reference Book

From the RES Facebook Page: The Radio & Electronics Schools – Beginner to Advanced Course is now available in hard copy print version. This can be ordered NOW direct from CreateSpace Direct and shortly from…


steam-power

Portable Power for Laptop/Phone and Radio

Grabbed on of these from ebay to see how it might perform.  23000mAh (yep..23,000) with a max output of 19v/3A (12v and 16v and USB also options).  I expect it will be good for my…


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Amateur Radio Making a Difference

Here is an example of how Amateur Radio is directly making a difference to peoples lives (students/education) and indirectly to the planet (research).  Well done to the AREG guys! UniSA students launch balloon into stratosphere…


Battery Saver

Recently I heard about an inexpensive and simple low voltage alarm for LiPO and LiFePO4 batteries so I got my hands on one to try out.  They are very simple and plug into the balance…



No More Twisted Cables – How To

I don’t know about you but when ever I am setting up at a portable location and it is time to get all the wires and cables sorted I am faced with something that looks…