Ham Radio Archive

Stop EMI / RFI Interference in Off Grid Solar PV Systems

Being a Ham radio operator, I am quite aware of EMI and RFI radiation interfering with my radios. Recently I added an Off Grid Solar PV system to my ham radio station. Using solar panels is great

DIY NVIS Antenna Using a Mag Mount

Part of being a ham radio operator is to provide communications in times of emergencies. With the upcoming Ohio NVIS Antenna Day, I decided to look into NVIS antennas. NVIS antennas, also known as Near Incident Vertical

Easy Way To Install Equipment into a 19″ Rack

I needed to install a transmitter into a 19″ equipment rack. Since it was heavy, and having installed heavy equipment into a rack I needed an easy way to do that. If you have ever installed something

Charge Yaesu VX-1R Via a USB Port

One of the many features of the Yaesu VX-1 is its extensive receive capabilities, including the AM & FM broadcast band, as well as 108 – 999 mHz (less cellular). With the 3.7 volt Lithium battery, it

DIY Solar Gel Cell Battery Charger using a LM317

Recently I needed to use a solar panel to charge a 12 volt Gel Cell Battery. So I went on Amazon and bought a solar charge controller similar to this one. However there was a problem, this particular charge

Bond Ground Rods With Exothermic Welding

At work, I recently put in a ground system for our new translator, which requires a good ground system. A critical part of that is properly bonding the copper ground wires to the ground rod. The best