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Sean

About Sean

I'm Sean KD5COL. I'm an active amateur radio operator and hold my General class license. I enjoy many aspects of amateur radio but my favorite aspects are chasing DX, working special event stations, and building my own wire antennas.

The Mosley RV4C

When we moved to our current home in 2015, I stuck the unassembled Mosley under my ham shack.  I pulled it out today and laid everything out: The antenna is 33 feet tall normally but if you look at the … Continue reading

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Site survey

So I decided to do a site survey tonight which really means I stood around outside, chin in my hand, for 30 minutes and thought about six different types of antennas I could set up.  I’m still planning on putting … Continue reading

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Another antenna

I forgot that I have my Mosley RV-4C vertical (10-40 meters and I have the 80 meter coil on it).  The base of the antenna broke off quite some time ago.  I can get a new base for $50 from … Continue reading

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So far so good

The 40-meter hamstick dipole is doing surprisingly well being it’s close to power lines.  I’m hoping to get a set of 80-meter hamsticks and relocate the antenna further in our property, away from noisy powerlines.  If the finances allow, I’d … Continue reading

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The shack

I finally took a picture of the “operating position” in my tiny shack.  It’s an 8′ x 10′ room so there’s not much room in it. The 706MKII is sitting on a shelf to the left in this picture.  Seen … Continue reading

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Configuring the serial port under Linux

I discovered that this new computer has its physical serial port at address Ox3F8 but on IRQ 10.  I wasn’t sure how to correct this problem so I dug deeper.  This is specifically for Slackware Linux but this should apply … Continue reading

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Using the tw suite under Slackware Linux

Tonight I decided to install most of Ted Williams’ WA0EIR suite of Linux-based amateur radio programs on my new shack computer running Slackware 64 Linux 14.2.  It was a very simple install with a minor variation you need to be … Continue reading

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Been a while

I haven’t been active in ham radio much lately.  On February 27, I was hit head-on at 70 MPH and walked away from the accident with a badly broken right pinky finger and a banged-up left knee.  I’m healed enough … Continue reading

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New antenna

I’m going to be ordering the EFHW-8010 end-fed half-wave antenna from myantennas.com next week and the mounting hardware as well as a tripod to mount the back half of the antenna on the shed.  I’ve got to get my own antenna … Continue reading

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Packet BBS

I’ve been toying around with the idea of setting up a packet BBS for quite some time now.  I run my regular BBS on a pretty stout server running Slackware Linux so I had been researching on how to set … Continue reading

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