Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Live Webcam

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Live Channel Islands WebCam

There is currently a webcam positioned to look out the master bedroom window shooting the channel with my zodiac and Silverton boat.  You can see streaming video from the link on the homepage.

Watch for boats to go by…


Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Update: Shannon KE5ZTB now has N5JSD (Joseph Shannon Duncan). Congrats!

Station For May

Friday, May 29th, 2009



Here’s the latest version of monitoring.  The Mac sees the remote in Oxnard.  The right screen is remote in Conway, audio monitoring of Channel Islands, audio monitoring of IC-756-ProIII, Ventrilo in Conway and SSTV window with 756 monitoring 14.230 mHz.

UHF Remote Good And Bad

Friday, April 10th, 2009


Uh, yea..  Working on the UHF repeater…. Eventually it did look like..


Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


I have been working on my own homepage that will consolidate items of interest concerning ham radio. is that project.  I have done all the design and programming.   It cuurently gathers news, dx spots, youtubes and Craigslist forsale items.

Look at it and should you find it interesting or have suggests, let me know.

New Ham in Family – KE5ZTB

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Shannon, my youngest son, found time while at Henderson State University to get his ham radio license.   While I was visiting in Arkansas the first week of March, we attended the Russellville Hamfest.  He passed his technician.

Now the fun begins and I have to come up with another radio!  Currently he has a Yaesu VX-6R and is in Arkadelphia, Arkansas attending college.

Flagstaff to Amarillo

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Sunset in the rear view mirror.

Had to cover over 600 miles today, so did not spend much time other than driving.  However, enjoyed a ‘view from the window’ tour.  I have already been to most of the places like meteor crater, petrified forest and grand canyon but was nice to pass by so close.   I do enjoy the desert.

Santa Fe Train

So, am getting all settled here in Amarillo and resting for tomorrow – destination Dallas to visit Collin and Becca.  Wonder where they will have us go for dinner?

More photos are here.

Photo Album

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

What is this?


I have put a simple photo album and will add images to them as my travels progress.


Amateur Radio Station WD5B

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Welcome to WD5B.  Here is my station in California.  I am just starting to build this site, so watch and see how it goes.

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Station equipment from left to right is restored Collins S-3 line with 75S-3, 32S-3, 30L1 and 312B4.  Speaker not shown.  Yaesu Ft-847 for VHF/UHF, Alpha 76a amplifier, J. W. Miller tuner, Mac, laptop, remote computer display, Johnson matchbox and Icom IC-756 Pro III.  Antennas are dipole with matchbox, Cushcraft R-8 vertical, VHF and UHF antennas.

Not shown are the following in storage or used elsewhere:

Icom IC-706MkIIg (HF/VHF/UHF radio in Arkansas)
National NC-105 Receiver (SWL receiver used in late 60’s)
Heath HW-16 (first transceiver as a novice)
Drake TR-4 (first good SSB transceiver)
Kenwood TS-430S (used in Little Rock / Conway )
Kenwood TS-450S (at son’s house. First digital controlled radio)

Dentrol MLA-1200 amplifier (bad tube. Used during packet gateway)
Homebrew pair of 4-400’s. Bertha

Antique VHF:
Regency HR-2A (first commercial 2 meter FM radio)
Clegg FM-27A (first synthesized amateur VHF radio)

National FM Broadcast receiver. Rack mounted.

(3) FT-8800 (mobile and links)
FT-1802 (mobile)