Becoming a Ham Radio nerd

Last Saturday, my wife found a 40′ radio tower on Craigslist for $75. I took a ride with my 3 little kids to pick it up. It was a bit more of a load than I anticipated, but for such a great price, I knew I better get it all in one trip. I don’t yet know how to set up a radio tower, but plan to learn from some of the local ham radio guys. I have plenty of room on my property, so I think it will be a great project for me and my boys. I am trying to get my teen boys to study for their license as well.
Lots to learn in the world of amateur radio and it feeds the nerd in me to learn more. Here is my truck loaded with the tower and antennas, can’t believe I didn’t get stopped by Highway Patrol on the ride home.


Learning about Echolink

Back in March, I obtained my technician class amateur radio license. Since then, I moved and things have been very busy, so I just recently started getting back into ham radio. I had seen some things online about Echolink, so decided to learn a little more about it. I downloaded the echolink app, but before [...]

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Nerd in the woods

A few months ago, my family purchased a 10 acre piece of property out in the woods. Prior to that, we had lived in town and on the beach for the past 8 years. There were many things we had to adapt to moving out here, being 30 miles from town meant planning our grocery [...]

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Review: Linux Academy

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A few weeks ago, while listening to the Everyday Linux podcast, I heard them talking about a site called the Linux Academy.  I have always had a desire to learn more about linux and have been playing with different distributions for many years.  I never really got deep into it, I mostly just played with [...]

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Ham Radio license test

I have been wanting to get my amateur radio license for about a year now. I find it interesting that there are so many people communicating all over the world. I did some studying and found that a test was being offered in Pensacola, FL on 3/8/2014. I decided to make the trip and hopefully [...]

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Ham-ing it up

I decided to look into obtaining my license to operate ham radio. I heard Leo LaPorte talking about it a few years ago and was always curious about it. A lot of people think of ham radio operators are a bunch of old nerds, but I have learned that a lot of younger people have [...]

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Why my family will not receive any electronics this Christmas

No electronics for Christmas may sound a little strange for someone like myself who is so passionate about technology. My wife and I discussed this a few months ago, as we began to realize the amount of stuff our kids already have. I am one who feels it is very important for kids to learn [...]

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Make Virtualbox and Mavericks play nice together

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I love Virtualbox and have been using it for several years. I use it to experiment with new linux distros and learn more about linux. After updating to Mavericks, I had a few issues, so I uninstalled and re-installed Virtualbox. Things seemed to be working fine, problem solved, so I thought. When I rebooted my [...]

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3 Steps to updating a Github remote repo

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If you have ever run into an issue where you are trying to push code to a repo, but find that you are still connected to another repo, it can be very frustrating. It’s actually fairly simple to change the remote repo   First run git remote -v View existing remotes # origin (fetch) [...]

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Learning about Enumerable’s


Last night I finished the Collections lesson from It was a great exercise, which provides you with some data and requires you to sort the data in the following ways:   Find all the even numbers Find the square of each number Determine if there is a number evenly divisible by 31 (you’ll need [...]

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