iMac Ham Radio and MyCuteSDR

Been playing on the radio a little today.  Honestly I mostly like to listen more than talk but seem to learn more that way :).   One thing I like to see when I browse different ham’s websites and QRZ pages is what software they are using.  For my shack computer I use a 21.5″ 2011 iMac.  I do have bootcamp setup so I can use all of the normal Windows ham software.  But normally I always have RumLog (http://www.dl2rum.de/rumsoft/RUMLog.html)  and usually have my modified version of CuteSDR (http://sourceforge.net/projects/cutesdr/) as a Panadapter.   I have short youtube video of my normal setup:

 

KX3 to the Field and Fishing

I recently got a used Elecraft KX3 on trade from a fellow ham in California.  It was loaded out with the optional filter, ATU and battery charger.  I have been using it in the shack along side my K3 for a couple weeks now just listening.  Well this morning my kids were wanting to go fishing at the pond at our church so I decided this would be a good time to give it a shot.  So we went by Wal-Mart to pick up some worms, hooks and sinkers for them and 8 Duracell 2400mah NiMH batteries for me.  I had grabbed my KX3, Mic and Paddle along with a Buddistick I had purchased a couple years ago.  Set it up on the picnic table and listened on 17M for a while.  The Buddistick really worked well I listened to hams in Australia, Japan and Europe with ease.  Was able to get a reasonable SWR.  I do need to pick up a a longer piece of coax the one I had on hand was only about 7′ long.

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Also my kids had pretty good luck as well.  Although my youngest wasn’t to enthused about holding the bass for me to take the picture

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Michael Morgan