AmateurLogic 187: Buck/Boost, Balun & M5 Ham Radio

AmateurLogic.TV Episode 187 is now available for download.

Tommy builds the M5 Ham Radio project. George makes a high quality 4:1 Balun. Mike assembles a Buck/Boost converter device for use with QRP operations.


George Thomas, W5JDX, is co-host of AmateurLogic.TV, an original amateur radio video program hosted by George Thomas (W5JDX), Tommy Martin (N5ZNO), Peter Berrett (VK3PB), and Emile Diodene (KE5QKR). Contact him at [email protected].

Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 307

Amateur Radio Weekly

FCC drops symbol rate for HF
Instead, the Commission establishes a 2.8 kHz bandwidth limitation in the applicable Amateur Radio bands.
Amateur Radio Daily

Self-spotting SOTA and POTA over HF.

DITs and DAHs from Alcatraz
I will activate with Morse code in the shadows of Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris.

A spectral look at the KH1’s sidetone
I don’t particularly care for the KH1’s sidetone for two reasons.

Automating NOAA APT and Meteor M2 LRPT reception with SatDump
SatDump is a popular program used to receive and decode various forms of weather satellites.

How to improve Ham Radio station grounds
Station grounding has the most misconceptions.

Antenna goes up for student-run Ham Radio station at University of Scranton
The new antenna was installed to help students learn more about radio waves.

Fort Baker on the air
This location offers spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco.


Converting a CB to 10 meter AM

Trailer: My Radio My Life
The film revisits the golden era of radio in India, including Ham Radio operators.
Timecap Documentaries

Stealth HOA antenna system
The ultimate (resonant on 8 bands) stealth HOA antenna system.

Portable with the new FX-4CR transceiver
Results and experience out of the box and on the air with the FX-4CR.
Coastal Waves & Wires

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LHS Episode #522: Fedora 39 Deep Dive

Hello and welcome to Episode 522 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this episode, the hosts take a look at some of the variations of the newly released Fedora 39 distribution. Topics include installation, desktop environments, ease of use, ham radio readiness, quirks and more. A particular focus is the Onyx edition which is an immutable distro option. Thanks for listening and have a great week.

73 de The LHS Crew

Russ Woodman, K5TUX, co-hosts the Linux in the Ham Shack podcast which is available for download in both MP3 and OGG audio format. Contact him at [email protected].

Sometimes you just have to come full circle.


As one of my regular readers of the blog, you would know I am a CW buff and the main part of CW is the CW key. For some time now I have been at odds to get the one that works for me. The first key I ever had was the Bencher BY-1 key. It is a very straightforward spring tension key that worked great for me, so what happened to it you ask? As with most of you, I got married, had kids, a job and all the activities that go along with that portfolio. Ham radio was put to the side and things got sold including the Bencher paddle. 

Fast forward to now when the kids are grown, work is no longer and retirement is here. I started to get back into radio again about 4 years before I retired as life did at that point start to slow done. It was time to start looking for a key again. I had read about Begali keys and looked online and decided on their Contour which was magnetic return and not sprin. Me and the key were not getting along very well. I thought it was a matter of adjustment, I had adjusted the contact spacing more than I can remember and I became over time more and more frustrated. I ended up selling the Contour key.

I then move to a solid-state touch key made by 9A5N. This is a very well-made key which is very solid and works as advertised. For me, I could not get the electronic touch adjustment done in a way that would work for me. Seemed it was either too sensitive to touch or not enough, now there was nothing wrong with the key it was just me. With this key, I tried adjusting and adjusting but never could get what I was looking for. I found myself sending extra dits or dahs.

It was time for me to come full circle and move back toward a spring key as that was the only one that worked for me. I ended up going back to Begali and purchasing their Simplex Basic Iambic key. It is their least expensive key but not at all poorly made. The key arrived about a month ago and I have been reacquainting myself with a spring key again. In a nutshell, it seems I have found my happy place again with keys. 

It's very odd as in the past I would have thought a key is a key is a key but not so there is a feel to each of the types of keys and I just had to find a type with the correct feel for me. 


Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 306

Amateur Radio Weekly

First worked all states certificate awarded for the 33-cm band
W5LUA’s 38-year quest to contact all 50 states on the 33-centimeter band has ended.
Dedicated to providing free email hosting for all licensed Ham Radio operators globally.

An upside down antenna?
A Zepp is basically a quarter-wave length of window line.
Ham Radio Outside the Box

Boondock Echo RF recorder
Records transmissions, stores recordings in the cloud.
Boondock Echo

Nucleo-64 development board
RF transceiver 150 MHz to 960 MHz frequency range.

Add your Amateur Radio certification to your LinkedIn profile
Adding your Ham license requires only a few steps.

POTA: Contest or operating event?
It comes down to whatever floats your boat.

Morning by the bay
An early shift activation at K-3429, then meet the train at 8:30 am.


ARDOP protocol for Winlink
ARDOP is a free, Open Source alternative to PACTOR and VARA HF.
KM6LYW Radio

Sunset over Mount Saint Helens
2 meter contacts while flying over Mount Saint Helens.

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Check Wx Using FAA Webcams

While investigating some potential Summits On The Air (SOTA) peaks, someone sent me a link for the FAA weather cam that was on a particular peak. I was able to get a real-time look at the snow on the summit and see the terrain. Of course, the world is full of many different webcams providing real-time video but somehow I had overlooked the FAA webcams. (I am sure some of the pilots out there are thinking “duh, everyone knows about these.”) This caused me to spend some time looking at the various FAA webcams available.

The FAA webcam site provides a useful map overview to choose an appropriate webcam.

Monarch Pass

There is a weather cam at the radio site on South Monarch Ridge (W0C/SP-058), a popular SOTA summit. It is labeled Monarch Pass, which is located below the summit. The orientation of the four cameras is indicated on the map. Besides being on a SOTA summit, this camera is in a great spot to see Monarch Ski Area, the south end of the Sawatch Mountain Range, and the north part of the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range.

This graphic shows the location of the Monarch Pass weather cam, including camera directions.

Here’s the camera view looking northwest from South Monarch Ridge. You can see towers and cables for the tram that goes up to the summit during the summer months. The Continental Divide and the Monarch Pass Ski Area are in the center of this image.

Looking northwest from the Monarch Pass location.

Wilkerson Pass

Another popular SOTA summit, Badger Mountain (W0C/SP-072),  has a weather cam on it, labeled for Wilkerson Pass, just below the mountain. Shown below, the SW camera from Wilkerson looks out over South Park with the Sawatch Range off in the distance.

Looking SW from Badger Mountain into South Park.

There are many more weather cams around the state and across the USA. They provide a real-time look at what is happening in the mountains which is complementary to a good weather forecast. Take a look to see what cameras are in your area that can be helpful.

73 Bob K0NR

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Bob Witte, KØNR, is a regular contributor to and writes from Colorado, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

ICQ Podcast Episode 416 – Amateur Radio Someone Else’s Problem

In this episode, we join Martin Butler M1MRB, Dan Romanchik KB6NU, Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, and Ed Durrant DD5LP  to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin Butler (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in the episode's feature is Amateur Radio, Someone Else’s Problem

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- Club opens arms to the Radio Community for a "build-a-long". - FCC Eyes New Approach to Wireless Alerts - FCC To Vote on Removing Symbol Rate Restrictions - Northern India State Makes Hams Top Priority - End of Teletext Service in Ireland - Saved by 2 Metres - RFI from above is Anything but Heavenly Interference - Broadcast Celebrates 80 Years for UK Shortwave Site - D.A.R.C. Celebrates 100 years of Broadcast Radio in Germany with a Transmission on Medium Wave and other Activities. - RCF funds amateur radio exams for young people - UK Amateur Radio Exam shutdown over festive season - Announcing the D-STAR QSO Party 2023

Colin Butler, M6BOY, is the host of the ICQ Podcast, a weekly radio show about Amateur Radio. Contact him at [email protected].

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