Welcome to AA6E.net
This site is dedicated to Amateur ("ham") Radio and related topics at AA6E, Branford, Connecticut, USA. (So what is Amateur Radio?)
AA6E can currently operate in the 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, 6, and 2 Meter and 70 centimeter Amateur bands (3.5 to 450 MHz), at power levels from 5 to 1500 Watts. Operating modes include CW (Morse Code), digital keyboard modes (JT65, PSK31 and others), SSB voice, narrowband FM, and more.
In ham radio, we often identify by our callsign. AA6E is the alter ego of Martin Ewing. You can see some biographical data here.
Some notable covers!
Amateur Radio publications by Martin Ewing, AA6E. (New: Some articles are available here in PDF form.)
- TelePost LP-500 Digital Station Monitor (review, QST, March, 2018, pp 54-58) PDF Power, SWR, modulation and distortion display, up to 4 couplers.
- Icom IC-R8600 Communications Receiver (review, QST, November, 2017, pp 47-54) PDF Up to 3 GHz coverage, along with internal decoding of some digital modes.
- Member Profile, QST, March, 2017, p 13. (biographical) PDF
- FlexRadio Systems FLEX-6500 SDR Transceiver and Updated SmartSDR for Windows Software (review, QST, February, 2017, pp 53-59) PDF The middle member of the original suite of 3 Flex SDRs
- FlexRadio Systems Maestro Control Console (review, QST, November, 2016, pp 54-58) PDF
- LabNation SmartScope Model A14 (review, QST, June, 2016, pp 56-57)
- HobbyPCB RS-UV3 Radio Shield (review, QST, April, 2016, pp 49-51)
- Down East Microwave 2MLDPA75 2 Meter Amplifier (review, QST, December, 2015, pp 47-48)
- Apache Labs ANAN-100D SDR HF/6 Meter Transceiver (review, QST, October, 2015, pp 45-52) PDF
- RadWAV SkyPi-40 Transmitter Kit (review, QST, July, 2015, pp 53-54) Put your Pi on 40 meters!
- Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio (New Books, QST, June, 2015, p 44) This book, by Purdum and Kidder, is a good one to get hams started with the Arduino.
- FlexControl USB Tuning Knob (sidebar to Product Review: FlexRadio Systems FLEX-6300 Transceiver, FLEX-6700 Transceiver, and SmartSDR for Windows Software), QST, April, 2015, p. 53. PDF
- FlexRadio Systems FLEX-6300 Transceiver, FLEX-6700 Transceiver, and SmartSDR for Windows Software (review, QST, April, 2015, pp 47-58) Review of the FlexRadio 6000 "Signature" line of HF/6 SDR transceivers. PDF
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Radio Astronomy and Amateur Radio
We have recently started up a discussion group for folks who have a professional background in astronomy, particularly radio astronomy, and also in Amateur Radio. If you happen to fall into this happy group, please sign yourself up and join us at
- Antenna Measurements. Checking out the AA6E wire antennas for 80, 40, and 30 meters.
- Tiny Computers. Using small boards to run large (typically Linux-based) software applications is an interesting and relatively inexpensive pursuit. We are using the Beagleboard, Raspberry Pi, and similar boards. Arduinos and PICs are fine for smaller applications, but the Linux-capable boards offer ARM processors with mass storage and a rich selection of peripherals.
- Saga of the ISPs. We have struggled with a number of Internet Service Providers and tried to resolved some engineering problems, particularly with the AT&T U-verse service we installed in Sept., 2010. We asked is it compatible with Amateur Radio? Does it even work reliably without ham interference? Well, the quick answer is no, it's not compatible with HF operation below 10 MHz at 100 W or more, at least not without major effort. So now the story is about Comcast, DOCSIS 3.x, etc.
- GPS in the Shack, Adventures in time-keeping, time-tagging, and watching for continental drift.
More about AA6E
- AA6E on YouTube
- AA6E Station Log - a blog with more newsy and topical discussion
- Twitter @AA6E.
- "Personal" website
- Contact: ewing at alum dot mit dot edu.