Author Archives: Bryan Bibeau

portable amateur UHF repeater

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Motorola GM300 cross band repeater

I’ve been playing around with old Motorola commercial gear on the amateur bands, and decided to try a cross band repeater. This setup is using 1/each of the VHF and UHF versions. For ID and repeater control, I built an ID-O-Matic IV by hamgadgets.com. The duplexer is a MFJ916B. Antenna is a TRAM-1480 @ 35′ […]

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First time out with the Alaskan Sawmill

My friend Paul let me borrow his 36″ Alaskan sawmill.  I purchased a Stihl MS 391 and a 32″ bar to go along with the mill.  Yesterday I took this rig up to the Forest to test things out. With a Stihl ripping chain, I thought the results were OK.  Definitely not awesome.  I think […]

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Security camera Foscam FI8904W

Due to recent vandalism at my cabin in Maine, I decided to add a video camera to watch the entrance area.  A friend gave me this Foscam FI8904W IP camera and an older Verizon Mifi 2200 hotspot.  I activated the hotspot for an additional $20 on my current account, sharing our 8gb data plan.  In […]

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New VHF/UHF antenna

I finally got around to adding an antenna for the 2m and 70cm bands at my house.  I chose the Tram 1480 since it got great reviews and was half the price of comparable amateur base antennas.  The antenna is fed with about 40′ of LMR-400 and is mounted to a short satellite TV mount […]

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W0C/SR-059 Mt Democrat and W0C/FR-001 Mt Lincoln

Continuing on with my recent desire to add more points to my SOTA total, I decided to drive to the Kite Lake TH last night and camp for an early am start up Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Democrat.  Mark, Christian and I hit the trail head at 6am to beautiful weather.  It had rained some […]

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Truck solar panel part 2

A continuation from my first POST about this subject I got the panel mounted tonight. 3M VHB tape and some angle iron. Seems to hold well! The hardware is #10 stainless self-drilling screws with star washers from a local hardware store.  I did add some 5200 around the connector once plugged in to help hold […]

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Truck camper solar panel part 1

I’ve been wanting to permanently mount a solar panel on the roof of our truck camper since installing the Truckfridge TF49 compressor type refrigerator. Routing the wires in was the biggest obstacle. Through a few internet searches, I decided on a marine bulkhead. I used 3M 5200 to seal this little guy to the roof, […]

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6M Yagi Match

Last year for Field Day I built a 6 meter, 4-element Yagi-Uda antenna for the W5YA team.  I never tried to match the antenna for 50Ω, and it compared poorly to Doc’s Hex Beam antenna.  This weekend, in anticipation of FD 2014, I decided to finally try and match the antenna.  I tried several designs.  […]

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KD1JV MTR v2 Part 1

I’ve been slowly building up my Steve Weber Mountain Top Radio version 2 kit over the past week. For the SMT parts I chose to try reflow soldering in a toaster oven, and I’m glad I did it that way. I used solder paste in a syringe from Cash Olsen as recommended by Steve. For […]

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