The KEØVH Hamshack for February 2015

February 16, 2015


           Jack Roland


By Jack Roland, CBRE, AMD and CBNT

K-LOVE/Air 1 EMF Colorado Engineering.

If you ever crack your cellphone display, (and I did severely) more than likely the cell phone itself is still good, but who wants to pay for a new phone these days, especially when they cost 4, 5 or 600 dollars or more? I would encourage you to check out a display replacement service. Here in Denver there is a group who for $120 for an IPhone 5c for example (different prices for different phones), come to your home, replace the display and even include a tempered glass cover. I watched the guy do this, VERY impressive. Saves a lot of money, and you don’t have to have the hassle of going thru the whole phone replacement deal in a crowded store and it take 2 or 3 hours. GREAT SERVICE! Check it out!

Over the super bowl weekend, before the game, I took my younger sons to a video game tournament here in Denver. Thought I would enter a few of the contests for prizes. Now for a while I have wanted to buy a quadcopter that had a camera so I could play with flying and taking video from one of these “drones”. I actually happened to win one from Davinci Coders, which is a Denver based school for programmers in various programming languages and coding. Here is a picture of the ‘copter I won!

01 Quadcopter

I will be posting some video soon, after I learn how to fly the thing. It also has onboard WiFi, and transmits the camera view to your IPhone while in the air. The IPhone records the received video. Pretty cool system. I can see this becoming another hobby! J

Our good friend Vic Michael, of Mauna Loa towers, who owns quite a few transmitter sites around this part of the country, has one of the BEST Christmas cards I have ever seen. I little late in posting this, but it is too cool to ignore!

02 TwrCrew

Vic and his boys, at his site on Lookout Mountain, looking down on Denver!


My friend Ken, KØUZ just obtained a Yaesu FTM-400 dual band radio and of course, the first thing that you have to do in mounting in one of todays new cars is figure out how to mount it and then get all the power going. He did a beautiful job, and so I thought I would share how great it looks here the article. GREAT JOB KEN!

03 K0UZ Radio

The KØUZ Yaesu FTM-400 mounted in the car

04 K0UZ Mic

                                               Mic Mount      

05 K0UZ Mount

                 Radio mounted under the seat


As of this writing, I have ordered one of these:

06 BaofengUV5R_

The Baofeng UV-5R is a very popular rig these days due to the price of $46 and is available in different colors too. Blue happens to be my favorite, so next month I will let you know how I like the radio. This one is also available with a bigger longer lasting 3800 mah extended battery. There is a users group too that has published a much easier to understand manual than the gibberish one that comes with the radio. Having a programming cable makes it much easier to setup with your favorite frequencies too. If you own one or will be owning one anytime soon check out the site:

Don’t forget the Monday Night Broadcast Engineering

IRLP (and Echolink) Hamnet, every MONDAY EVENING

at 7pm Mountain time for radio discussions, both

broadcast engineering and amateur radio. The first and

3rd Mondays are also SBE NET nights. Details on how to

join are at I hope

you will be able to join us and share your engineering and

ham exploits!


73’ & God be with you. See you next time! de KEØVH

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