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Here is the sun setting over Canada as I look across the border from Birch Bay, Washington.


I have spent the last three years converting my 1974 Super Beetle into an electric vehicle. The car is currently running on 36 Lithium batteries. I have a comfortable range of about 40 miles, which is plenty to get we around the bay and down to Ferndale and back for the Mount Baker Amateur Radio Club meetings.

Top speed is only 55 mph so I usually stay off the freeway, but hey! when you live in such a beautiful part of the country the back roads are a pleasure to drive. All the sheep and cows look up when I drive by.

I have to be careful when driving through Birch Bay State Park, because the pedestrians don't hear me coming and they sometimes step out into the road in front of me. I kind of sneak up on folks.

I deck the car out with magnetic stars that I cut out and flags on the bumpers for our annual Fourth of July Parade. The kids get a kick out the of the bubble machine that I tuck under my back bumper. It blows bubbles as I drive along. My idea of 'clean emissions.' Hi Hi.

Here is a photo a neighbor took of the car in the parade:


How do you like that license plate?

I am an avid Arduino hobbiest and of course I do a lot of Ham Radio projects with My Pet Arduino.

Here is a Morse Code Decoder that I created with the Arduino. I've been working on this project for about three years.

This version is my own PC Board that I sent off to OSH Park and had made. For around $30 I got three of my boards. I used Fritzing to lay it all out and had a lot of fun putting it together.

I have it hooked up to my Icom IC-7410 and use it regularly. I especially like to use it to copy my own CW when I am practicing code. It copies great, and lets me know when I have my letter spacing off.

Search my call: WB7FHC on YouTube and you will find several videos that document the progress of this project. You will find links there to the sketch as well.

Check out Jack Purdnum's new book: 'Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio' available on Amazon. Jack asked me if he could use my code for one of the chapters in his book.

And if you are into D-Star, search DV3000 for a three part series I did on running D-Star on a Raspberry Pi. 'DV3000 D-Star for the Linux Challenged Radio Amateur'.

I'll look forward to seeing you on the air, especially all the digital modes: CW, PSK31 and D-Star.


Budd - WB7FHC


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N4DAG 2017-02-24 80m CW CN87qk United States DAVID C STEHMAN
WB7TLK 2017-02-24 80m CW DN06LF92 United States MARK C GUENTHER
W6VXP 2016-02-01 20m CW DM13JQ54 United States Ted E Davis
VA7JC 2016-01-31 20m CW CN89oc Canada Jonathan Leung
W7GVE 2016-01-31 20m CW DM25ud United States Edward R Becker
KA9FCZ 2016-01-31 20m CW EM58xr United States GEORGE C HURSTA
K3Y 2016-01-31 20m CW United States Straight Key Century Club
W6TSJ 2016-01-31 20m CW DM13dm United States Thomas S Jacobs
K6JEB 2016-01-31 20m CW CM87ux United States JACK E BURRIS JR
K3Y 2016-01-30 20m CW United States Straight Key Century Club
W6JL 2015-02-23 10m CW DM13ji United States DONALD W HUFF
RT0C 2015-02-22 10m CW JJ00aa Russia Contest Call
JH3AIU 2015-02-22 10m CW PM74ov Japan KENJI KOISHI
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