Author Archives: richcasey

About richcasey

Retired Corporate Communications manager for a Fortune 500 defense and electronics contractor. Still obsessed with social media, computers and ham radio (callsign N5CSU).

A Blast from the Past

I just noticed my old Blogger account is still there; I used Blogger before I switched to WordPress in 2011. Here’s a blast from the past: Dec 22, 2007. How times have changed! Web 2 Dot Oh Wow… since I … Continue reading

Posted in Internet

Moving the Ham Shack to Solar

After successfully getting my workshop solar system up and running, this fall I moved on to my next project, transitioning my ham station (what I call my “ham shack”) to emergency solar power. This turned out to be an interesting … Continue reading

Posted in Ham Radio, Solar, Uncategorized

Adventures in Solar

I’ve been wanting to move my ham station to solar power for a long time, but the cost and feasibility have been prohibitive until recently. As the cost of home solar panels has plummeted (closing in on $1 a watt), … Continue reading

Posted in Emergency Planning, Ham Radio, Solar

The Wind Helps Power Texas

I’ve always been intrigued with alternative energy, especially wind and solar.  Amazingly, Texas was an early adopter of a competitive marketplace for the electricity market. This means consumers can choose from many companies that provide electricity to the Texas grid. … Continue reading

Posted in Solar

Digital Ham Radio

This past year, I’ve been dabbling more in the digital voice modes for ham radio. I really like the digital audio quality and, I’ll admit, the networking aspect of it all is keeping me interested. I’ve just added a page … Continue reading

Posted in Ham Radio

My HamRadioNow Interview Part 2

Just completed Part 2 of a video interview on HamRadioNow with host and producer Gary Pearce KN4AQ. This time around, we’re talking about the Internet and ham radio. Non-hams might also enjoy this though, as we discuss quite a few general web … Continue reading

Posted in Ham Radio, Internet

Get on the Air!

My recent video interview on HamRadioNow has generated a few questions on ham radio. For those folks wanting more info, I’ve just added a new Get on the Air tab on my website with links to explain what it’s all … Continue reading

Posted in Ham Radio | Tagged

A Video Conversation Covering 50 Years

Fifty years ago, I had just gotten my ham radio license and was working local hams with my $45 Heathkit radio and homemade coat hanger antenna. One of the first guys I talked to was Gary Pearce, WN9NSO, located in a … Continue reading

Posted in Ham Radio

Weather Stations

I just posted an article on weather stations here at Cedar Creek Lake, and of course mine is down for repairs!

Posted in News

50 Years later, Ode to a Radio

2014 marks fifty years since I passed my “beginner” ham radio license exam. The Novice class license required a Morse code send and receive test at very slow speed, and a multiple choice exam on basic electronics and ham radio … Continue reading

Posted in Ham Radio