Welcome to n0xmz.com! My main persuits in amateur radio are home-brewing and working DX. Ever since I was a kid, I've been fascinated with electronics. My dad worked for Dale Electronics and would sometimes bring home parts which got me very curious. I'll never forget this enormous resistor he used as a paperweight. I built my first AM transmitter when I was about 8. I wanted to know what all those parts actually did and eventually, I learned.
I like to work all bands from 40m up, whatever is open or interesting. I work SSB, PSK-31, and occasionally SSTV and other digital modes. As for repeaters, I use a linked 900 MHz system (multi-state) and occasionally 2m and 70cm.
I was first licensed on June 15, 1993. I passed the written exams for the Technician and General class licenses but I didn't know Morse code. In 2006, I finally learned it after a few weeks of daily practice with an excellent program called "CW Player" by Gabriel, F6DQM. I was then able to upgrade to Extra Class at Hamcom in 2006.
There isn't much room for antennas when you live in an apartment so I make due with what I have. I'm always looking for new ways to "make a better mousetrap". I'm able to work all bands from 7 to 927 Mhz. I keep a wire hidden in the trees along with a j-pole for 2 meter and 70 cm. The trees are covered by a long vine that has latched onto my wires, making them stronger!
Above: This home-brew AMD-based machine is a beast, running Kubuntu Linux. The 19" monitor to the right is connected to a dedicated Windows machine whose job is to run media center and record TV shows and movies.
Below: A close-up of the radios. Icom IC-706Mk2G, Motorola Spectra (900 MHz), and some HTs: Icom T7H, Motorola MTX9250 (900 MHz), and a Uniden scanner.
Below: Balcony antenna farm. I live in an apartment, so stealth operation is important. I threw (2) 20 ga. wires into the trees and it works 40m and up. I also hung a cellular mobile antenna with a ground plane for the 900 MHz radio and the j-pole is good for both 2m and 70cm.
Below: The mobile antenna farm. On the left is a Larsen 2/70 dual-band VHF/UHF. In the middle is a is a Larsen for the 900 MHz band.
Click here for an Excel spreadsheet of Dallas area repeaters, police frequencies, and more. More HAM radio stuff is to be added in the near future. You're welcome to visit the rest of my website (which purposely does not link to this page) at: www.scottbomb.com
Below: Yes, the Commodore 64 still works. The off-white computer on the top-left is a 386 that is used for programming radios and writing files to the 1541 drive on top of it. The 1541 on top of the Commodore monitor connects to the computer itself. This arrangement allows me to download files from the internet and then load them on the Commodore. Barely visible (you have to know what you're looking at) is a Beaglebone Black running headless, although all of the computers seen in this picture are connected to the KVM switch that outputs to this 19" monitor.