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Falls Lake North Carolina

5 January 2022 K-3841 Falls Lake State Recreation Area NC Rounding Out the Family Visit This has been a reasonably long road trip. First a night at Dillon State Park in Ohio, then staying with some family near the DC metro in Virginia and last but not least it’s time to visit family near Raleigh, […]

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Anacostia Park DC

31 December 2021 K-0654 National Capitol Parks Park Family Visit Near DC So after hanging out with some amazing small humans I decided to get up early and head out to a park. Strangely the DC area doesn’t have a ton of CW activators so I decided to bump those numbers up a bit. I […]

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Dillon State Park Ohio

28 December 2022 K-1947 Dillon State Park Road Trip POTA in Ohio On the road again to see family in Virginia and North Carolina. We made our drive from Illinois to Virginia over two days and stopped at a cabin in Ohio at Dillon State Park. We stayed at a cabin right in the park […]

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Buford Mountain Conservation Area Missouri

18 December 2021 POTA and SOTA Together My wife was was going to be out all day hanging out with a friend so I decided to activate a park while she was gone. After some looking around I found Buford Mountain Conservation Area in Missouri about an hour and a half away. Turned out that […]

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Julius J. Knobeloch Nature Preserve

12 December 2021 POTA with company! My wife Alison was just getting over something so we decided to get outside and go for a nice walk. The walk just happened to be nearby in POTA K-7853. We both have park bags now so we can both enjoy getting out of the house in our own […]

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IC-705 and AH-705

So I decided to sell of some gear and buy the Icom IC-705 and it’s matching tuner the AH-705. I initially hooked it up to my home QTH antenna, a 43 foot vertical with my existing Icom AH-4 tuner. It worked great of course, but being a home station isn’t really the intent of the […]

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Icom AH-4 on DX Engineering MBVE-5AE

I ordered a pile of goodies from DX Engineering including their DXE-MBVE-5AE-BRT, their radial plate, a spool of their DXE-400MAX, and a goodie bag of assorted bits. Just doing some quick test fitting before putting everything in the ground. I wanted to see if the Icom AH-4 will fit with the stock hardware.

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Icom AH-4 Mounting

For whatever reason, Icom doesn’t include mounting diameter in their specs. The included u-bolt will fit up to a max of 2.5″ pole. The mounting bracket is slotted up to 4″ so you could probably use a larger u-bolt of at least 3.5″. I’m not sure about minimum mounting, but I had it mounted to […]

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OmniRig and Icom Data Modes

I use OmniRig as a middle man for radio control. It works great for what I need, but I find that it could use a couple of different data modes as it only has one mode for data, while many modern radios have separate modes for RTTY and AFSK SSB digital. The default Icom IC-756ProIII […]