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Planning on going to Guadalupe soon!


Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Someday real soon I'll be here...


Guadalupe Mountains National Park resides fairly close to my home. Texas only has two national parks and they both live in West Texas.

I have driven by Guadalupe a couple of times in my life but I have never stopped there. The pictures of it on the internet intrigue me and I have a real thirst to go.

Guadalupe has eighty miles of hiking trails, among them the trail up to Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas. I plan on doing that one with some ham radio friends this spring.

Hopefully The Mrs will join me for the prelims.



I spent the better part of the weekend playing psk-31 on the ham radio. For the first time I even ventured out of the usual 20 meter band and went to every band and made a few contacts in most of them.

I made qsos in the 30, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands with PSK. Some of the contacts were DX even. I met with an operator from Guatemala and another from Canada. The rest live here in the States.

I even made some local contacts on the 52 here. I enjoyed myself playing on the radio this weekend.

She may not be all that pretty…


A Tao\pe measure yagi

FOSS, ham radio and Skywarn

As many of you may be aware I am a ham radio operator and that I am involved in the National Weather Service’s Skywarn program.

Some others of you are aware that I switched my computer over to a complete free and open source system (FOSS) a few days ago.

Ham radio and FOSS go hand in hand. Both are about experimenting, trial and error, and tweaking things until they work.

The above picture is from a FOSS Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) program called Xastir. APRS is used by hams primarily to show the location of various vehicle or points of interest or emergency. We use it to track both storms and storm spotters in our Skywarn activities.

In this particular set-up I am running maps from both the National Weather Service and TIGER maps from the US Government. As both sets of maps are from the government they are automatically in the public domain. You will notice some weather radar on the pic as well. That is fed to the program via the internet. The radar being from the government it is public domain as well.

A complete working APRS set-up that cost me nothing moneywise except for hardware and it has highly detailed street maps (which are not fully loaded in this pic) and weather radar to boot. How cool is that?

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