New on the bookshelf

Fresh new books for the bookshelf arrived today.

Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur and More Arduino Projects for Ham Radio are the latest additions to the ham radio bookshelf.

More Arduino for Ham Radio
More Arduino for Ham Radio

A quick flip through them shows a good deal of useful information in both books, especially the Grounding book which is often a confusing topic for many hams.

Looking forward to reading them.

Logger project

Progress on my radiology equipment tracker has been coming along pretty nicely. After adding a bunch of new much wanted features, development on it has slowed down a bit while I figure out what else I want to add, and learn more to fix/refine what I’ve already done.

In the coding world, everybody says the best way to learn something is to work on projects that you’re interested in. In that spirit, I started working on a web based logging program using Laravel and PHP.

There are already lots of great logging programs out there, and maybe eventually this will become one. The primary purpose of this newest project though is to expand my Laravel/PHP/Javascript programming skills. Both PHP and Javascript have come a long way from the simple HTML add-ons they were when I first started doing web stuff, so in some ways it’s like starting over with new languages now. In the process, I’ll take the new knowledge I gain and carry it over into my equipment tracker.

The logger is still in the very early stages. I’m still working out the database schema, so there’s not really any working code yet.

For lack of creativity, I’m calling it AB4UGLogger for now. Feel free to following along, contribute, fork or make suggestions.

Charleston Hamfest 2017 haul

Managed to get to the hamfest for a little bit today, but because of a pinched sciatic nerve, I was only able to stay for less than an hour before giving in to the pain.

Early morning hamfest crowd
Early morning hamfest crowd
Early morning hamfest crowd
Early morning hamfest crowd

There was a decent crowd when I got there around 8ish. A few empty tables, but the ones that were there had lots to offer. Didn’t get to make it out back to see if there were any tailgaters though.

I did manage to find a couple of books to add to the library. If I was able to stay longer, I probably would have left with a lot more stuff.

One person at the hamfest had a bunch of books he was selling including this ARRL Antenna Modeling Course book.

ARRL Antenna Modeling Course
ARRL Antenna Modeling Course

He also had an old copy of Single Sideband for the Radio Amateur that I picked up.

Single Sideband for the Radio Amateur
Single Sideband for the Radio Amateur

The SSB book was one I heard mentioned on an episode of the Soldersmoke podcast. It seemed like a good one to look for to add to the bookshelf. Nice coincidence to find one at the hamfest.

Disappointed that I couldn’t stay longer, but glad I made it even if it was just for a little bit.

I’m in QST again!

I made it into another issue of QST! In the Dec 2016 issue among the 2016 Field Day results there’s a picture of me taken by Tom/AJ4UQ of me operating at the WA4USN digital station.

WA4USN 2016 Field Day
Me operating as WA4USN for 2016 Field Day

It’s small and pretty indistinct, but yep, that’s me.

Ham radio cake day #4

Today is my fourth year of being a licensed amateur radio guy. It’s been a lot of fun so far even though I haven’t been on the radio a whole lot recently.

Now going into my fifth year, we’re about to move into a new house with a few additions geared toward amateur radio. Looking forward to being able to get back on the air, and hopefully spend some more time playing radio. I have a lot of radio and electronics related projects to work on. It will take some time to get the shack and workbench set up and organized, but it will be nice to have a space to work in again.

The only thing missing is a convenient way to get an antenna a good height into the air. The trees next to the old house were a great place to hide an antenna in, but no such features at the new house. I’ll have to work on something else to get the antenna(s) up in the air.