DIY Solar Radio
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DIY Solar Radio

For a long time now I have been wanting to design and install a solar system for my HAM radios. I also wanted solar power to run DC lights inside my workshop, charge AA/AAA batteries and more. I wanted to be able to operate HAM radios and charge basic batteries for handheld operation in the […]


W6/CT-007 Tahquitz
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W6/CT-007 Tahquitz

Tahquitz peak.  6 mile hike with 2300 feet of vertical gain from the parking location.  The peak sits at 8825ft above sea level.  We were easily able to make multiple contacts after setting up along a ridge past the fire lookout station.  We found a nice spot under a big pine, got the wire in […]


W6/CT-002 San Jacinto
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W6/CT-002 San Jacinto

What a great day to be at 11,000 feet!  While the desert floor was cooking, we were cooling off on top of Mt. San Jacinto.  This was a great test for our 20 meter ultralight SOTA design (how-to here).  After some minor disagreements with the local vegitation, we were able to get the antenna in […]


Ultralight SOTA
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Ultralight SOTA

Goal: To construct a lightweight ham radio antenna for Summits On The Air (SOTA)  that deploys easily and is highly compact. Through trial and error, we have constructed several variations of SOTA antennas from multi-banded di-pole to bi-directional dual-banders. Each generation of antenna was tested in the field on various SOTA expeditions. Through this experimentation […]


SOTA Testing
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SOTA Testing

Some images taken while testing and experimenting with new SOTA antenna designs. We set up in a dry lake bed in the Joshua Tree National park, and quickly informed any passing inquisitors that we were “attempting to contact aliens”, or “building Sasquatch snares”. Nothing brings me more satisfaction than convincing mundanes that crazy people wander […]


Favorite Shots
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Favorite Shots

This post is going to serve as a container for my older photography. Anything I liked for any particular reason. These were taken with many different cameras over the last six years or so. Some with full Canon SLRs and some with simple point and shoots. They cover just about every subject imaginable. I will […]


Chasing Darkness
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Chasing Darkness

Chasing darkness.  Sister activity to seeking solitude.  Most people have a difficult time understanding my obsession with escaping the pollution of population.  The greenish haze that pours over the jagged backstop of the nearby ridge a constant reminder that escape is more difficult than one might expect.  An ugly hole burned in to the  otherwise […]


SOTA W6/CD-020
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SOTA W6/CD-020

SOTA (Summits On The Air). What an amazing conception of recreational overload.  Why is SOTA such an intriguing activity?  What about SOTA draws so many in to it’s grasp?  I suppose the answer isn’t too difficult to find.  One must only break down the activity in to its primary components: Summiting a mountain. Radio Communications […]


The Lost Road
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The Lost Road

Roads and trails in the desert are forgotten all the time.  Most remain that way for years and are left for nature to reclaim.  Sometimes these lost roads are found again.  Traveling on these lost roads gives one the feeling of exploring new territory.  The chance to truly seek solitude in a place where one […]


Fall Ocotillos
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Fall Ocotillos

A trip up the Bradshaw trail, continuing through Amy’s Wash Road, and out Summit road.  As thunderstorms and rain were hitting the greater Southern California area, we were treated with perfect temperatures and cloudy skies.  The ocotillo were in stunning fall colors.  Clumps of them would range from green to crimson in color, only luminescent […]