This will be my ham radio doings

270 days ago

This site will be about my ham radio doings. I have my US Technician license. And in June, 2013, I passed the test and received my General class license. In October, 2014, I purchased my vanity license call.

Studying so I can take the Amateur Extra test in 2017.

I passed the Amateur Extra test in August, 2017.


General, Ham Radio


What is New ?

270 days ago

July, 2018

July 26

Got a new piece of coax with connector. I just need to put terminals on the antenna end and it back out there. Then I can get on the air again.

I’ll be putting a bug zapper out in my shed to try and reduce the amount of spraying I have to do to keep the wasps down. Its my shed, not theirs.

early July

Relative was mowing and trimming the lawn. He trimmed the weeds near the bottom of my antenna, and cut my coax.


Jun 23

Went to a ham radio club’s Field Day and logged some calls on 20m/40m.

April, 2018

Apr 22

Updated the navigation menus. Added this page


Ham Radio, What is New ?


Passed my Amateur Extra test !

619 days ago

I’m now an AE class ham ! One of my life goals complete. I hope to get back on the air by September.

Hopefully before June, 2018.


Ham Radio, tests taken


Bought a Baefong Tech UV-25x4 tri-band radio

628 days ago

I found two mistakes in their manual and their pdf, same mistakes, and the pdf and manual are the same info.

on page 33 is supposed to be the method of programming a channel offset with ctcss tone.

Here is the correct method.

M = menu button.

M 45(menu selection) M delete the channel you are about to configure. M Exit

M 13 M Tone frequency M Exit

type in receive frequency.

M 44 M channel number ( this assigns the receive frequency to the same channel) M Exit

M 46 M offset, no, +, or – M Exit

M 47 M amount of offsett. M Exit

type in the Transmitt frequency, should be the same as the Recieve frequency. The manual says otherwise, ignore it.

M 44 M channel number ( this assigns the transmit frequency to the same channel) M Exit

I contected Baefong Tech USA and asked which power supply to get for this radio. They suggested Pyramid PS9KX as it has a cigarette type jack. The radio comes with a connector for this type of electrical jack.

My HF power supply has a 4-prong outlet, and this radio has a 2-prong outlet.

I realize I could have simply cut the wires, but I wanted separate power supplies for HF and my tri-bander.

Update: I found info online that says operating this radio at 25 watts, its maximum, can lead to overheating. So I use 10 watts.


Ham Radio, gear


Bitx40 meter SSB kit

653 days ago

Someone brought a BITX 40m SSB radio kit to the ham radio club meeting today and said they had got in over their head and wanted someone else to complete it.

So I volunteered.

No microphone nor speaker, but I have a speaker in all my Arduino and Radio Shack electronics and arduino kits.

I’ll be going over the circuit board and checking his work and then get to work on my part.

update: I haven’t done more than look at it.


Ham Radio, kits


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