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HF 101: Making the most of the HF bands at solar minimum

HF 101:  Making the most of the HF bands at solar minimum               Since we are teaching the General Class course right now at my local radio club, the anticipation is building for new … Continue reading

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WA0TDA Station Updates: CW function returns with new host PC

As CW users have noticed, the CW feature has been absent at WA0TDA for a while.  It has returned to service with the upgrade to a new host computer, a new mini-PC from Amazon: “N34 Mini PC Celeron Processor 4GB … Continue reading

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July 23, 2018: Remotehams.com Website

The Remotehams.com website has moved to a new server.  Remote stations are functioning normally, and the website is now available again after a short outage.

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Check the WX at WA0TDA

Find out if there are storms in the vicinity of Woodbury, MN, in which case the station may be temporarily shut down to avoid lightning damage. Link to the WA0TDA WX station on Weather Underground.

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The stuff you find

Most of us in Amateur Radio get called on to do tech repairs of one kind or another. It’s like being the kid in your class who knew how to run the projector, right? Anyway, last Thursday we spent the … Continue reading

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Be careful with digital modes on the remotes

Digital mode operation has really come into its own this solar minimum.  As with any mode, there are some best practices to learn and follow when operating.  While digital modes are fairly straightforward when you are operating with your own … Continue reading

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W0ZSW users welcome to use WA0TDA

Update:  As of 14 June, WA0TDA and W0ZSW are now on their own antenna systems.  WA0TDA uses the maypole inverted vee system, while W0ZSW uses an end-fed zepp for operation on 160 through 6m, with 17 & 12 m excluded. … Continue reading

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Summer antenna work

                Alas, I have had to remove a 270′ W0OXB dipole antenna which ran through a half dozen trees on the property.  The reason is that one of the trees is being taken … Continue reading

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Trading winter snows for summer woes

It wasn’t but a few short weeks ago that the backyard looked like this – snow everywhere.  Then as suddenly as the flip of a switch, the Twin Cities greened up and the snow was gone.  April, usually a rainy … Continue reading

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Failure Reporting

It is possible for remote stations to have a partial failure – the station will appear when a user logs in, but although the interface is responsive for frequency changes and other settings, there is no audio.  This means that … Continue reading

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