K-8325 Madera Side

Did a second POTA activation at K-8325 Millerton Lake State Recreation Area but this time I setup at the top of the boat ramp on the Madera side. This was a much better spot: open sky, repeater coverage, and cell service. These all made a big difference as I was able to communicate and spot… Continue reading K-8325 Madera Side

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23cm Beam

Added a run of LMR-600 and a 23cm beam to the roof. The antenna still needs some tweaking to get the SWR lower. I should be able to get back up to the roof in the next week to make some adjustments.


Using my modified Buddistick Pro and the Icom AH-705 tuner I now have a portable 40m setup. Adding a 32 inch arm bellow the coil in addition to the two 12 inch arms that come with the antenna and replacing the standard whip with a long telescopic whip greatly improves the bandwidth and SWR on… Continue reading AH-705

Coax Switches

This has been on my project list for some time but I needed to wait until I had most of my switches and the coax jumpers needed. I wanted to mount my coax switches on a board that was not attached to the wall so that it can be removed later without leaving holes in… Continue reading Coax Switches


Activated Millerton Lake State Recreation Area this afternoon on 20m, 10m, then 15m. Ended up doing all FT8 contacts as working stations on sideband with 10w on a Friday afternoon was going to be difficult.

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Activated K-0046 Kings Canyon National Park for Parks on the Air. I setup my Buddistick for 20m and was operating my IC-705 with external power for 10w of output. I started with sideband then I moved onto FT8 using the SDR-Mobile app on my phone Wi-Fi connected to the radio. This was a test of… Continue reading K-0046

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Installed an A-99 this morning for 10 meters.