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Don’t Do This!

I was restocking the fridge with some diet Dr. Pepper. I grabbed a warm twelve pack from the pantry. Many times I like to open the box like a can dispenser. All the makers of these packs perforate one end so this can be accomplished.

However, it is at least for me extreamly difficult to get the perforations to break properly. Most of the time I end up tearing the complete end of the box away. The bottom section is supposed to remain attached to act like a can stop.

I was struggling as usual so I had the brainstorm of using a paring knife to help break the perforations. […] Continue reading » Don’t Do This!

New WWW Home for W5EHS

Dan, W5EHS holding the brand new FT-60R

I have ventured down a new path and have just added a new subject to my ever growing list of personal web sites. The URL on this latest presentation is http://w5ehs.com, short and simple. That is the call sign for my amateur radio station license. For hams it also represents our persona as well as station identification.

Until this creation, my amateur radio activities have been spread throughout all my blogs and web sites. They can be found with a tag search and sometimes a category search. Recently, as I reactivate […] Continue reading » New WWW Home for W5EHS

Very and Ultra Radio Active

I am back on VHF and UHF amateur radio again. My old equipment, an Icom IC-24AT proved out to be a totally dead cat. (Sorry cat lovers, but it happens.) I had to get a new one.

The small hand held “Handy Talkies” or Handheld Transceivers (HT) have gained a lot of “features” since the late nineteen hundreds when I purchased the Icom. A plain old HT radio only, no longer exists.

The long standing Yeasu FT-60 shown here is as close as I could get to a “minimal” dual band hand held. I am not quoting price, just features. The FT-60 has over 1000 memory channels as if I […] Continue reading » Very and Ultra Radio Active

Amateur Radio thoughts 2015

W5EHS amateur radio station operator position

Local ham radio friends have been stirring the embers of previously low fire ham radio interests. I am still active running a digital mode called PSK31 on the short wave bands but otherwise not as extremely active as I once have been. It’s mostly because of my many other interests.

There wasn’t time for all my interests when I was working 12 hour work days. I did enjoy a night’s sleep when I could work it in… Now I have more time in the daylight hours.

I have already started doing more wood working which suffered from […] Continue reading » Amateur Radio thoughts 2015

Icom IC-24AT

Icom IC-24AT Internal

I know the title doesn’t mean much to most folks. It is the model number of a dual band amateur radio VHF/UHF hand held transceiver. I used it a lot well before cell phones became popular. It is at least 20 years old, probably more.

After the Field Day visit I decided to dig this “rig” out of the dust and spiders at the back of my junk shelf. It’s really not junk. As far as I remember it was working well when I “retired” it. Surprising is that it is still pretty much state-of-the-art in size and function. Newer Handheld […] Continue reading » Icom IC-24AT