Author Archives: aaronrryan

Elk 2M/440 Five Element Log Periodic Antenna

Just picked up a Elk  Dual Band Five element log periodic antenna from HRO.  So far it’s looking like it’s working. I’m hitting some far away repeaters.  I’m going to get it setup on the  tripod and antenna rotator and … Continue reading

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Moved to new location

I moved to Brea, CA in September 2011.  Since I’ve moved to the new location, I haven’t done much on the air.  I have actually down sized my gear a bunch and only have 2 radios now, FT-857D HF/VHF/UHF at … Continue reading

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Callsign changed to KU6Z

I am now officially KU6Z (formerly AG6DI) as of Sept 16, 2011. I wanted to get a 4 character callsign before they are even more difficult to get. Luckily I was able to use http://www.vanityhq.com/ to help me find out what … Continue reading

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RFSpace SDR-IQ and IF-2000

I decided to add on the IF-2000 board to my FT-950 and run the output to a RF-Space SDR-IQ.  It is really nice being able to see 200Khz of the band at a time.  I use the software from SDR-Radio.com … Continue reading

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Caroline gets 100% on the technician exam, Her callsign is KJ6PYY

My wife, Caroline passed the technician exam on June 25th.  She took the exam so we can practice Emergency communications incase of an disaster in LA.  We want to join the local ARES and RACES groups so we can help … Continue reading

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Field Day 2011 – June 25-26

I checked out the Field day setup in San Pedro for W6TRW club. Several Yagi’s setup with generators and tents. Caroline was a trooper and hiked up the hill which was quite steep. I used the Field Day opportunity to try … Continue reading

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Custom S9 31 foot Vertical

I bought a 31′ Jackite pole off of ebay for $59, and then soon realized that it was the same pole they use for the 31′ S9 Vertical and Eagle One. In the end it is probably cheaper to just … Continue reading

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G5RV Jr

I heard some good reviews on the G5RV, so I got a G5RV jr, which works 40m-10m with a tuner.  I started off at the wall height. Then I raised it another 3 ft above the wall, which helped a … Continue reading

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Yaesu FT-950

I wanted to try more dedicated hardware for HF, so I got a Yaesu FT-950 and have an TV antenna rotator which I plan on using with a Yagi.

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Mosley Mini-32A 2 Element Yagi

I read the reviews about the Mosley Mini-32A being a good compact 2 element Yagi and for a reasonable price.  I sold my Atas-120A via ebay for $300, and used the cash to get the Mini-32a.  I ended up using … Continue reading

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