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Yes you could say that newer digital technologies have improved music listening and I could hardly disagree with you, but I grew up in a time when broadcast radio was all we had. (Remember the little pocket AM radio?) I still value it so and really like tinkering with radio reception. Here’s how my FM […]

The smartphone has become prevalent in today’s culture, but the costs associated with owning one can run a bit excessive for the average person. Most smartphone users will invest $40 or more per month to secure those unlimited talk/text/data plans the leading carriers offer. And let’s not forget the amount you have to fork over […]

Any experienced ham operator will tell you—height is everything. If you want to be heard, if you want better ears, if you want respect, height is the goal. Not many of us have the resources for the 100 ft. tower, but maybe you have a tall tree nearby that is sufficient. Get your dipole into […]

How To Program Baofeng UV5R

New out of the box—one must visit the Idiots Guide to programming your Baofeng UV-5R radio (W7DTG). This guide is useful especially for using repeaters with tones. I’m mostly interested in programming simplex type applications, along with local emergency frequencies. Sometimes I forget this simple process because I don’t do it very often. I will […]

TV Everywhere (TVE) Single Sign-on Feature Update The next software update for Roku players will add a convenient feature many users have requested: TV Everywhere (TVE) single sign-on. Now instead of having to log in to every TVE service you will only need to authenticate just one and the rest will sign-on automatically. The Roku […]

Email With Or Without The Internet Is there an emergency and you need wireless communication? Got Winlink? “Winlink is an all-volunteer project of the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, Inc. (ARSFI), a non-profit public benefit corporation.” BTW, you need an amateur radio license to operate. “Winlink is a worldwide radio messaging system that uses amateur-band radio […]

Your Best Option For A Used Apple

Those shiny new Apple Mac computers might carry a hefty price tag, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a PC if you don’t have that kind of money to spare. You can find good deals on used Mac computers for about the same amount it would cost you to get a new […]

Waterproof products are very useful, but we sometimes forget the list that’s available. Water repellency is what we’re after, on the car, in the back yard, camping gear, marine, electronics, amateur radio gear, etc. Let’s finish the project with style. Top Waterproof Products 1. Scotch Electrical Tape Super 33+ Vinyl — The tape’s pressure-sensitive, rubber-resin […]

Eeeks! It’s just one of those days when the audio goes out on the television, which is connected to the DirecTV receiver box. The problem is actually to do with the DirecTV receiver box. For some unknown reason the TV turns silent and the universe is not complete. What to do? I want to hear […]

How to connect multiple devices to a television, even an old TV? Not a problem. Panlong 4-Way AV switch allows you to connect multiple video devices with AV out (such as Wii, XBOX, DVD, PS2, Cable Box, Raspberry Pi, Roku) to one set of standard yellow-white-red RCA connectors of your TV using AV cables. I […]

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