Monday, March 9, 2015


I had the pleasure this weekend of meeting Bob Anderson KN6X at the Woodturners Guild meeting. It was great meeting you Bob and I hope to catch you on the air one of these days!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Pathtag design!

Hey everyone! Here is a sneak peek at a new Pathtag design I've created.

If your not familiar with Pathtags, drop by and check them out!

I enjoy collecting Pathtags, as they go hand in hand with Geocaching another fun activity I enjoy.

This latest Pathtag hits on three of my favorite hobbies, Pathtags, Geocaching and Amateur Radio!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Where does the time go?

I know I have been lagging lately, well more than lately but Im still here!

Need to get on my General studies.

Having such a hard time finding time...

Monday, October 7, 2013

My first QSL Cards!

I've designed and ordered my very first QSL cards! I have 1000 coming in the mail soon! If you want one be sure to contact me on the air soon!

Really looking forward to getting my QSL card collection going, still waiting to receive my first one! Will it be yours??

Saturday, October 5, 2013

52nd Hoosier Hills Hamfest

I went to my first Hamfest this weekend! I woke up at 5:30 am so that I could make the two hour drive down just south of Bedford, Indiana. I wanted to arrive right on time.

Well I don't know what I had imagined I would experience when I got there but let me say it was a huge disappointment. I was able to walk through the inside area as well as the tailgating area and see everything in less than 15 minutes.

It was really just a whole lot of junk. Not to mention there was just a lot of non Ham related stuff, old computers and electronics, do I really need a used telephone answering machine from the 70s? A lot of it looked like it had been scavenged from dumpsters. There were a few things that might of been worth buying but nothing I couldn't just order online and save 5 hours of my life. 

Some of the people that I spoke with said they had been coming here for years and years and it has really deteriorated in the past few years. There is NO WAY they should have been charging people even as little as $5 for this event. It was really just a very bad flea market.

I won't let this experience keep me from the next one though, a friend recommended one in Ft.Wayne, so I will go give it a look next time, but I wont be going back to Bedford that is for sure. I just hope there aren't any other new hams out there that went to this as their first time at a "Hamfest" because I imagine it might be very discouraging.

They did have a VE license testing session so that was very nice if anyone wanted to take the test. Speaking of tests I'd better sign off and get studying for that General ticket!!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

W9SMH Granted!

This morning the FCC ULS website showed that KC9ZNK has been cancelled and my new call sign W9SMH was granted!

This was great news as it seems it just slipped in under the wire before the FCC shut down their entire website this afternoon!

I'm not sure now if I will have to wait for the Government shutdown to be over before the databases are all updated to reflect my new Call Sign or not, but currently the ARRL is only showing actions through Sept 29, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

My first DX contact!

It was very exciting tonight to make my first DX contact with KP4BI in Puerto Rico!

The contact was on 10 meters and now I know my set up will get out there!

I'm looking forward to getting my General and opening up my DX possibilities even more!