Sunday, April 23, 2017

K-Pod Control Panel

Looks like a great add-on for a rack mounted K-Line station!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Morning Moon

> Can you find the moon among the clouds?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

KQ5S DX Cluster Analysis for Past 24 Hours

The attached files are analysis of DX Spots for the past 24 hours where the spotting stations were either within 200 miles of my house or from the Eastern part of North America.  

This is propagation by band for the past 24 hours from Eastern North America.

This is band versus continent for spots from Eastern North America.

This one is 24 hour propagation from within 200 miles of Albertville, AL.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Cables Cables Cables

Because I want the K3-KPA-KAT in order, I will have to move every piece of equipment except the KAT.

Hog Wire?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Anyone need an investment in NYC?

This little opportunity is just a few house down from Josh's walk-up.  It has a little more to offer than Josh's place.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

NaP3 Connected to CW Skimmer

NaP3 getting spots from CW Skimmer.
Multiple connections made possible to FTdx3000 made possible by
LP-Bridge 2.  See post below.

LP-Bridge 2

LP Bridge 2 connected to FTdx3000 then sharing via Virtual Ports, the FTdx3000 with


COM12==>CW Skimmer


LP-Bridge 2 at Work

LP-Rridge 2 connecting FTdx3000 to NaP3, CW Skimmer, and N1MM

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

Command Line Programming Never Grows Old

I use an IP power switch to energize my radios and tuner. This particular power switch uses cURL to communicate through a browser interface.  For example the following cURL command lines power on the equipment plugged into ports 1 and 2.

C:\curl\curl.exe "$1/nagios_powerctrl.csp?slave_id=1&port=1&ctrl_kind=1" -u $2:$3
C:\curl\curl.exe "$1/nagios_powerctrl.csp?slave_id=1&port=2&ctrl_kind=1" -u $2:$3


$1 is the URL of the power switch
$2 is the power switch login user name
$3 is the power switch password

If you put these two commands in batch file and then run the batch file, the equipment will be successfully energized. However, you will see the batch file open a window and run. Functional but not so elegant.

A simple solution is to create a shortcut pointing to the batch file and set the shortcut to run minimized. The shortcut runs the batch file while minimized, opening no desktop window.  The equipment is simply energized upon clicking on the shortcut.  A corresponding batch file turns the equipment off by changing the "kind=1" to kind=2".