Sunday Advance Preps: Ham Gear & Sharpening Tools

While we’re waiting for the market to crater tomorrow…  [May load slow due to length and a zillion graphics]  This may be a bit on the “longish” today, so if you need to pee or get coffee…better do that first.  We’ll wait for...

Ham Radio Prepping: Quest for the Extra Decibel

I have made an AMAZING discovery.  But, unless you’re an electronics engineer, with an emphasis on RF design, this would be gibberish without first attending “Antenna School.”  So let’s do that.(..beats watching riots.) If you’re new to...

Radio Prepping: Ham Radio “Super Antenna II”

Ure is a gen-u-ine QRQ Extra Class Ham Radio geek.  QRQ means high speed Morse Code and some of us believe it enables a “direct digital” part of the brain.  Extra Class because there’s no higher certification offered.  And geek?  You don’t need...

Prepping: Antenna School 101 and 605

This being a holiday weekend, a young man’s heart turns to what?  Ham Radio Antennas, of course!!! Antennas 101:  Short Course In the event of an actual emergency, there are really only two antennas that work, provide reasonable gain and don’t require...

Prepping: Ham Radio Weekend (2 of 2)

In the Saturday report we got into the basics of restoring an old transmitter.  Like restoring an old car, what could be so hard, right? Well…Let’s sit back and take a look at the radio chassis after taking off the front panel: This is after taking the...

Prepping: Ham Radio Weekend! (1 of 2)

My late friend and colleague, Don Stoner (W6TNS, sk) had a marvelous saying about ham radio.  “Ham Radio is the King of Hobbies….” There was a good deal of truth to that.  Few realize, for example,  that King Hussein of Jordan was a very active ham...

Prepping: Project Big Ears Part-2

For this to make a lot of sense, you will want to revisit the original September 30, 2018 article Project Big Ears here. The goal of the project, to refresh, is to build a high-performance Beverage Antenna using commonly available parts.  That first article was mostly...

Prepping: Project Big Ears

OK, serious preppers:  Time to pay attention because George’s Radio School is now in session. At this point, a number of ham radio operators will look at the antenna to the right and proclaim they know all about it and then skip on to the next article. In point...

Prepping: Your Electronics, Robotics, and Ham Workbench

OK, you wake up tomorrow morning and the SHTF has actually happened.  People have gone crazy and there’s been a surprise EMP blast. Phones are down, your power is “iffy:” and you don’t know what will happen next… You whip out your EMP...