Migration in Progress

Hello, I am in the process of moving blogging platforms to WordPress. It will take me a bit of time to restore my older posts!

I have some exciting projects in progress that I will be sharing over the next few days.

73 KE9A

Battery power for my portable station

I have just published a short video on how I setup for powering my portable ham radio station.

New Power System

The video above does not go into great detail about how important a revolution the LiFePo4 battery is. These batteries have around twice the energy density of a Lead Acid battery. They have a flat voltage discharge curve and they can be recharged around 2500 times. LiFePo4 batteries are more expensive and require a different charging system they are revolutionary for portable operations.

This system is larger than I would need for a POTA activation or the like. It is intended to be setup for longer term deployments, with multiple radios and more.

73 KE9A

Setting up a Raspberry Pi

I have been “messing about” with the Raspberry Pi for a couple of years now. One of the great uses for the Pi is general-purpose computing for small scale projects. One of those projects is Amateur Radio. Most of our application needs for a dedicated station computer work well on the Pi. Here is my second Youtube video on my portable ham station:


In this video I show how to setup the Pi from scratch and install a system of managing Ham Radio applications on the Pi.

Many Thanks to fellow Youtube publishers who have helped me out along the way here.

Jason KM4ACK


Justin OH8STN


73 de KE9A

Another First, well for me at least.

As I have mentioned I started a YouTube Channel for my Amateur Radio projects. The first project is the construction of a portable HF station. The first couple of videos are “in the can” as they say. There will be more over time.

My YouTube channel is here:


Here is the first video in my portable station series:

I am getting close to the final station setup. Yesterday we had some fun testing, and I am making some minor changes to how the station will fit together. Here is a short video from yesterday’s operation and testing.

Hope you all are enjoying Amateur Radio and taking some time for your hobby.

73 for now, KE9A

A day of Celebration!

Today I setup my G90 outside on the patio and played radio for parts of the day. Well computers and radio! I helped a friend update his G90 to the latest firmware. We did some basic testing of a magnetic loop antenna for portable use!

I found out what the problem with my big loop antenna was! I have a bad lightning arrestor. Polyphaser here I come.

As I write this I am doing the final uploads to my new YouTube Channel of two videos about how I am building my Portable Ham Radio Station!

A good day.

73 KE9A


I am getting back on the AIR!
The world of ham radio has changed a lot in the last couple of years. This is going to be fun.  

73 KE9A