Tower Time – Lightning suppression


Well spring has sprung and with it time to turn my attention to lightning suppression. During the research phase on the tower project I encountered much data, recommendations, and techniques on the subject of grounding. A simple internet search will provide you with as much information as you care to Continue Reading →

Yaesu FTDX3000 Sound card digital modes setup using internal USB interface

Back panel of FTDX3000

In my PSK31 travels I have encountered other hams also using a Yaesu FTDX3000 with an external interface such as a Signalink. As the radio has a built in interface I am somewhat shocked by this. And when I ask why are they not using the built in interface the Continue Reading →

Do it yourself Yaesu FT-450D Digital interface


Added a Yaesu FT-450D to the station and wanted to get it up on digital modes. So leveraging what I had learned in my earlier posting on USB Sound cards. I gathered up parts to build a cable to connect a USB sound card to the 6 pin mini din Continue Reading →

Ameritron RCS-4 Remote coax switch “kit” review


Looking at the available solutions to maximize the utilization of my feedlines, I selected the Ameritron RCS-4 Remote coax switch for placement at my tower base. It is an elegant solution which uses an imposed DC voltage on the feedline to switch to four separate outputs. Research Reading the reviews Continue Reading →

Yaesu FT-8800R Programming with CHIRP


Programming the FT-8800R via the front panel and microphone keypad is not extremely difficult. Already having a list of local repeaters in CHIRP, the addition of a USB cable would allow me to coordinate the memory layout across multiple radios with ease. Not wanting to deal with counterfeit chips and Continue Reading →

Tower Time – Part 8 – Wrap up


Inspection The county building department came out after the tower was set and signed of on the project. With this formality complete I was able to back fill all of the trenches while the soil was dry and easy to work with. The moisture and freezing temps over the winter Continue Reading →

Tower Time – Part 7 – Crane day

Ground crew bolts tower to foundation.

The weather which was forecast to be warm but wet, stayed warm and dry with an overcast sky, moderate winds and temp in the 50s. Ground Prep As the tower was assembled on the ground, the first order of business was installation of a cross arm assembly on the bottom Continue Reading →