W5KUB Live Webcast Tonight – 10/30/14

From The Desk Of: Tom Medlin, W5KUB  http://w5kub.com

arduino ham radio projectsThis event will be webcast from W5KUB’s personal ham shack on Thursday, October 30th at 8:00 PM CT (0100 UTC).  Arduino devices are powerful and inexpensive microcontrollers, and they are an easy way for ham radio operators, students, and professionals to create devices that interact with their environment using sensors and actuators.  Glen will discuss Arduino and its many applications. Glen will show and demonstrate projects from his book.  He may even bring some surprise projects not in the book.

Glen’s projects include:


Random Code Practice Generator Talking GPS/UTC Time/Grid Square Indicator
CW Beacon and Foxhunt Keyer Iambic Keyer
Fan Speed Controller Waveform Generator
Digital Compass PS/2 CW Keyboard
Weather Station Field Day Satellite Tracker
RF Probe with LED Bar Graph Azimuth/Elevation Rotator Controller
Solar Battery Charger Monitor CW Decoder
On-Air Indicator Lightning Detector
Talking SWR Meter CDE/Hy-Gain Rotator Controllers


To join the webcast go to http://W5KUB.com where the fun begins!  For the first time, there will be a telephone line for viewers to join the webcast.  Viewers can ask questions or discuss their own Arduino projects.  During the live webcast, viewers can chat with us or other ham radio operators from around the world.


Viewers can win prizes, including autographed Arduino for Ham Radio books and some Arduino items donated by Glen Popiel.  To be eligible for prizes, you must have a registered chat room login account on W5KUB.COM.  If you don’t already have a login, go to “W5KUB” and click on “Live Events and Chat Room” where you can either log in or set up a new user account.  This year over $10,000 in prizes have been awarded to viewers of our webcast!  Of course, no purchase is necessary to win a prize because we don’t sell anything!!  W5KUB is not affiliated with any products or companies.


Following Arduino, our guest will be John Amodeo, NN6JA, Producer of ABC’s hit TV show Last Man Standing featuring Tim Allen.  John will provide an update of the recent K6H Special Event.


Please join our group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/w5kub/ for more details and to keep up with our webcasts.


Also, please help spread the word by posting this announcement in Facebook and forwarding this message to your ham radio friends that may not have received this message!




The New TS-590SG HF Transcevier – New Technology?

Kenwood TS-590GAccording to Kenwood, the TS-590SG HF transceiver pushed technology and performance to the limits! While roofing filters are nothing new (I have that technology in my 2 year old KX3), the TS-590SG receiver is configured to make the best of roofing filter performance and the IF AGC due to advanced DSP (also in my KX3) technology.

Kenwood claims the TS-590SG is yet another generation that steps forward into the world of high performance transceivers to meet the needs of DX’ers.

For the past 30 years I have been a lowly CW operator who enjoys working DX without amplifiers and beam antennas. I have never been or will ever be one of those BIG GUN stations.

My only point here is to comment about the glamorous wording used in these sales brochures. These brochures in some way remind me of new car advertisements! What would our World be like without car salesman and marketing people!

If you have a TS-590SG or care to comment on its revolutionary technological breakthroughs, please share your information with us. I’d like to know what separates this HF rig from the rest of the flock.

Want to read the glossy details? Click HERE