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“73 magazine” online archive!

Posted by on November 13, 2016 at 8:45 am

If you have been into HAM Radio for a bit longer time, you might remember this; “73 Magazine”. It was a United States-based amateur radio magazine that was published from 1960 to 2003. The magazine was known for its deep technical articles and for the lengthy editorials in each issue by its publisher and founder; […]

Unboxing of the QYT KT 8900 mini mobile radio

Posted by on January 18, 2016 at 11:18 am

After searching the smallest VHF/UHF transceiver with still enough power I found one that looks great and has the right specifications. It’s a dual band (2m / 70cm band) transceiver, 25 watt maximum power and VERY small. The model is the QYT KT-8900 from China. I made a video that shows the unboxing of this […]

Cheap, Cheaper, Cheapest Handheld!

Posted by on December 18, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Lately I have been listening a lot to the most popular repeater here in the Netherlands (PI3UTR). I need to travel for work and listening to this repeater is a nice distraction. I now and then also talk with people but most of the time I’m just listening. Until a few weeks ago I took […]

It finally arrived! My SARK100 from China

Posted by on April 19, 2015 at 3:53 pm

After waiting for a pretty long time, my new gadget from China finally arrived! It’s a SARK100 antenna analyzer. I wrote about buying one, in February I think, so already some time ago! Most radio amateurs know that antenna analyzers are pretty expensive; starting around 300 Euros (USD 310). The only reason we buy them […]

HAM QuickLog goes to Africa!

Posted by on April 4, 2015 at 9:55 am
My app on the iPad in action in The Gambia

I found out that my app; Mircules HAM QuickLog was used in the C5DX DXPedition to The Gambia in Africa! Most people that follow my blog will know that I’m the developer of Mircules HAM QuickLog which is an iPad app used for logging Radio Amateur contacts (QSO’s). I’m a software developer and I find […]

Operating in The Netherlands for radio amateurs from Canada

Posted by on February 25, 2015 at 11:30 am

Radio amateurs from Canada have been asking me the possibilities of operating with a Canadian HAM radio license in The Netherlands. Because I think this information can be interesting for more Canadian operators, I decided to post it here. Let me start by saying this; if anybody has updates or additions to my information here, please […]

It’s all about antennas!

Posted by on February 23, 2015 at 5:19 pm

A week or 2 ago I competed in the PACC contest. This is a radio amateur contest where operators from all over the world need to contact Dutch operators to collect points. A contest is always a good way to check your antennas, your radio and other equipment because you are making a lot of contacts […]

I ordered a Chinese antenna analyzer

Posted by on February 22, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Today I decided to buy a Chinese antenna analyzer. I already have a RigExpert analyzer and am very happy with it, so why did I buy another one?! Well, I must say that the price was a big reason to buy it. It’s only 77 euros (USD 88) which is very low for such a […]

Mircules DX Cluster now also for Android

Posted by on February 14, 2015 at 12:41 pm

A few years ago I made a DX Cluster app for iOS (iPhone and iPad) called Mircules DX Cluster. I’m a freelance software developer and found it interesting to make some software for mobile devices for my amateur radio hobby. A DX Cluster app seemed like a nice choice. Making the app got me into writing mobile […]

Mircules HAM QuickLog update for SOTA and IOTA

Posted by on January 14, 2015 at 4:26 pm

  Previous week a new version of Mircules HAM QuickLog came out. As most people will know, QuickLog is a logging app for Radio Amateurs voor the iPad. I wrote about this earlier in another post. The 2 most important additions to the app are “import from URL” and SOTA / IOTA support! Import from […]

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