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QRPGuys CW keyer

January 31, 2019 |

Although a Begali or Bencher (now Vibroplex) paddle was on my Christmas list, Santa must have felt that I wasn’t a good as I could have been. However, all was not lost. I did manage to snag a keyer kit … Read More

Monitor transmitter quality using a RF tap

January 29, 2019 |

The uBitX is a popular multi-band QRP transceiver. Preparing to assemble my own 40m uBitX, I wanted a means to monitor the RF output to confirm that any harmonics and spurs are at levels that meets FCC requirements. I have … Read More

Wolf River Coil TIA Enhancement

January 23, 2019 |

Woke up this morning and found my photo background covered with snow. Shoveled a bit and took this photo of my modified Wolf River Coil Take-It-Along kit with a dual collar.

The kit ships with three 32′ radials with … Read More

Raspberry Pi Slides from RARA presentation

October 12, 2018 | | 3 Comments

This evening, I presented “An Introduction to the Raspberry Pi” to a group of radio amateurs from the Rockford Amateur Radio Association. It was great to get together with this group again and a good time was had by all. … Read More

Celebrating one year back in the hobby…

August 7, 2018 |

Today marks my one year anniversary of my return to amateur radio. To celebrate, I presented a talk on the Raspberry Pi to our local radio club, the McHenry County Wireless Association. As promised, I am uploading my slide deck, … Read More

Arduino, Raspberrry PI, or any SPI enabled device: Speak Now!

April 25, 2018 |

I happened across an interesting Kickstarter project, BIG BUDDY TALKER , an inexpensive way to add natural sounding speech to your next project. It features more than 1000 sounds (visit the Kickstarter to see the current list of words) that … Read More

Raspberry Shake Wins Innovation Prize

March 24, 2017 |

Congratulations to OSOP SA, the team who brought us the [Raspberry Shake], a personal seimograph, on being awarded the Panama National Prize for Business Innovation for their work on the Shake.

Left to right: Amilcar Watcher, Ángel Rodriguez, Kiara … Read More

Review: The Turing Exception

January 31, 2017 |

The Turing Exception by William Hertling My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 out of 5.0 for the book and 5 out of 5 for the series – Amazing glimpse into what our future could be.

I started William … Read More

Fitbit Sleep Data Analysis

January 25, 2017 |

Do you ever wonder how your sleep patterns stack up against other Fitbit users? Well, the people at Fitbit did. They gathered 2015 sleep data from over 10 million Fitbit users and compared the statistics by generation (Millennial, Gen X, … Read More

Review: Quarantine

December 30, 2016 |

Quarantine by Greg Egan My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 out of 5 — Futuristic hard Sci-Fi with a great premise and so-so characters.

Warning: Not treadmill safe. Listening to or reading this book while on a treadmill … Read More