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Clay Bartholow
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W0LED Ham Since 1968
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APRS & Packet Radio
PSK31 & other sound card digital modes
SDR experimentation
Kit building
ARES and Emcomm

HF/VHF/UHF transceivers
Packet radio TNCs
WMR Advantage and Plug'n'Play interfaces

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Taught electronics and computer programming full time for 23+ years at NEI College of Technology and Dunwoody College of Technology -- Principal Instructor.
Continue teaching Advanced Electronics one semester each year -- Adjunct Instructor.
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)

ARRL -- American Radio Relay League -- Life Member
QCWA -- Quarter Century Wireless Association -- Life Member
Twin City FM Club
Anoka County Radio Club
Twin Cities Repeater Club
Maple Grove Radio Club
Richfield Amateur Radio Club
TAPR -- Tucson Amateur Packet Radio

W0LED Updated Profile - 8/6/2017 7:28:21 PM

W0LED's Blog Post - 10/19/2016 8:25:53 AM

ICOM IC-7300 -- New Radio!

As is typical for me, I start a blog and then forget to keep adding timely updates. So, now it's been over two years and I finally add something new.

I added an Icom IC-7300 HF transceiver to my station about a week ago and I'm having a lot of fun with it. It's a pretty cool piece of hardware -- an SDR inside an enclosure that looks much like any conventional Ham transceiver of the last twenty years.

I've got it working with Ham Radio Deluxe but, here in Minnesota, ARES prefers Fldigi. I like Fldigi, it performs well, is not'bloatware' like HRD, and the price is right (free!). I had it working for about a minute, then it stopped. I haven't been able to get it working since then. I've been researching on the internet, found some good info about setup for the IC-7300 and Fldigi. So far it's still not working. I'll have to take a step backwards and verify that it still works with HRD. I'll figure it out pretty soon. I always do.
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W0LED's Blog Post - 1/31/2014 7:14:41 AM


I started my part-time gig teaching Advanced Electronics at Dunwoody College of Technology in early January. I teach two nights a week, four hours each night. That's not counting the prep time although, since I have taught this material before, I have lots of notes, worksheets, study and review materials to draw upon. I already have most of my material organized by topic: multistage transistor amplifiers, op amps, thyristors, radio and electronic communication. So prep time is kept to a minimum. Anyway, since Dunwoody pays one pay period behind, I am just now getting my first pay check. Feels good! It is a nice boost to my checking account. I am happy. Now all I'm waiting for is my first pension check to show up. Retirement is not so bad. 73
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W0LED's Blog Post - 1/30/2014 6:29:24 PM


Hi! My name is Clay and I am from a suburb of Minneapolis MN. I was first licensed as WN0WEP in 1968. My radio roots go back farther than that though -- I have been an SWL since I was a kid. I remember listening to shortwave broadcasts and other weird signals coming out of the speaker of my old wood-cased tabletop multiband radio (maybe a Philco?) When I was in high school I made friends with a couple guys who had their ham licenses. Together we started a ham radio club at the high school and pretty soon I earned my Novice license. After high school I worked as a surveyor for over twelve years. In 1981, after I got married, I went to electronics school (Northwestern Electronics Institute) and earned an associate degree. After graduation I worked for eight yers as an electronics technician. In 1990 I had a chance to teach electronics and for the next twenty-three years that's what I did: I taught electronics and computer programming. I retired in 2013 but I am still teaching a class in Advanced Electronics two evenings a week. Since retirement I have been trying to get more 'seat time' in front of the radios. I still listen a lot and talk a little but I'm trying to talk a bit more. I belong to two local clubs (Twin City FM Club and Anoka County Radio Club.) I am very glad that I have a hobby that I love. Ham Radio keeps me going. Lately I have gotten interested in D-Star and gotten myself registered on one of the local D-Star repeaters. It's kind of a steep learning curve but I enjoy learning new things. 73
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W0LED's Blog Post - 1/29/2014 5:20:28 PM

Icom ID-51A and D-Star

I recently got an Icom ID-51A HT. It has D-Star capability and built-in GPS. I have been working on understanding D-Star and getting registered on a local D-Star repeater. It's been fun!

The ID-51A comes with a programming cable and software to make the process of programming memories easier. The software is basically like a spreadsheet that you enter your frequency data and other operating parameters into. Then the collected data can be downloaded (or is it uploaded?) to the ID-51A. It works pretty well.

I also ran across a cable/software package from RT Systems that is similar to the Icom-supplied software but it is more capable. In addition to the ability to program frequency, offset, and the usual data you can program all the radio control settings. This is a great way to set up the radio and sure beats digging through the menu hierarchy of the radio to set all the operating parameters. I like it!

I still have a lot to figure out about D-Star but I am enjoying the challenge.

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