A Much-Needed Power Supply Upgrade – MFJ-4128 MightyLite

So I have been running my radio on a SLA battery with a 4A charger. Unfortunately the charger was introducing AC buzz noise into my transmit signal; guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I have a few small power supplies but they’re only good for a few amps at best. The bigger radio needs bigger power!…

QRZ Logbook – A Simple Option for QSO Logging

I was keeping track of new contacts on the amateur radio in a (notepad) text file. The limitations were becoming very obvious so I tried a few popular software downloads. All the software I tried do a whole bunch of things including looking up call sign details, QSL card handling, contesting, etc. But I am…

Breaking In The NOS Yaesu FT-2800M Radio

After running the little handheld for a while, and having not yet lost interest in playing radio, I felt it was time to step it up a notch. Several years back I picked up a Yaesu FT-2800M on clearance at HRO. At the time I intended to install in the car or maybe set up…

Getting Back Into Ham Radio

After ~5 year hiatus I decided to brush off my old ham radio stuff and get back on the air.  I dug out my Yaesu FT-23R handheld radio, AC power adapter and purchased a new Wilson 2 meter mobile antenna.  I used to run the same antenna on the car several years back and it…

Adding HTML5 to Old Forms

Recently I began migrating this website to new hosting.  Part of the challenge has been getting my old PHP-powered pages to work with WordPress.  There are still several pages remaining to be reprogrammed. One of the more interesting changes is adding HTML5 form validation features.  I was able to eliminate chunks of JavaScript and replace…