Ham Radio Archive

Solar Panel Installation On The Roof Of My Home

The idea of having solar panels generating my electricity has always interested me. There is just something about generating your own power that is satisfying. Recently, I was in a position to be able to start looking

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