FINGBOX – Quickly Improve your home network security

You can greatly improved the security of your home network by simply plugging a Fingbox into your router or Ethernet switch A Fingbox is a cost effective network security device that watches over and helps you better control your home…

pureguardian humidifier

Hands-on Review – humidifier for the ham shack

Humidifier 101: Since I live in the desert southwest on a mountain plateau at an elevation of 5,400 feet, low humidity is a huge problem. Single digit humidity is not good for me or my gear. After doing a lot…

Hands-on Review - 3Gstore Remote Power IP Switch

Hands-on Review – 3Gstore Remote Power IP Switch

3Gstore Remote Power IP Switch. A simple solution to an annoying problem. I live on a remote mountain plateau in the middle of nowhere. My Internet connection is less than reliable, but I have certain home automation and security devices…

lowe's iris

Hands-On Review – Lowe’s Iris DIY home automation/security system

I use a Lowe’s Iris home automation and security system to protect my shack and home. I used to live in a home with an old-fashioned Brinks Home Security system. It was all hard wired — and difficult and expensive…

Battery Tender

Hands-on Review Battery Tender Battery Charger

I use a Battery Tender to keep my emergency gear 12v batteries safely charged I prefer the Battery Tender Plus  battery charger because it is designed to fully charge a battery and maintain it at proper storage voltage without the damaging effects caused by…

Koss SB-45 vs. HEIL 7

Hands-on Review Koss SB-45 Headset

The Koss SB-45 headset is an inexpensive headset with great performance characteristics. Koss is a well-respected audio company that has been in business since the 1950s.  I wanted to replace my W2ENY headset. Its boom mic was too short —…

APC Smart-UPS 1000VA

Hands-on Review APC Smart-UPS 1000VA UPS Sine Wave

After a couple of unfortunate CyberPower experiences, I have turned to APC again I had convinced myself there was no reason to pay extra for the APC name  — that I could buy comparable CyberPower UPS’ for less. I was wrong….

Hy-Gain AV-18VS Vertical Antenna

Hy-Gain AV-18VS Vertical Antenna – Hands on Review

A Hy-Gain AV-18VS Vertical Antenna — properly installed — can be a terrific antenna After being off the air for a few decades, I had installed a G5RV Jr. to get back on the air. I ran it from a…