Welcome, I’m “N0AGI”, a licensed HAM Radio enthusiast, a Maker with electronics, metal and wood; and an Overlanding Jeeper / Prepper. This is my blog dedicated to these hobbies and to the related projects I’m currently working on.
The world of HAM Radio is expansive and filled with opportunities for everyone to unwind oneself, go explore, enjoy and then give something back to the community. Many HAMs undertake and zone in on specific areas of this hobby to be their sweet-spot or field of specialization. My field of specialization or focused interest is the 2M and 70cm band specific operations such as APRS, ISS APRS, QRP, POCSAG, TNCs, iGates, Digipeaters, Analog/Digital/Hybrid voice repeaters, Packet Radio, VoIP over Radio, Email over Radio, Broadband Mesh Networks, among others.
Here you will also find projects related to electronics, specifically of Nixie Tubes, RF + Test Gear experiments, Home and machine automation, etc. You will find some material under my Electronics section.
I am an avid Jeep enthusiast, I own a 2015 Jeep Rubicon Hardrock in Fire-cracker red color. I have done a few mods to it and continue to do. You will also find Military Trailer projects. You will find some material under my Jeep section.
I am a learning apprentice of machining – you will find some material on this subject in my Machining section.
I am also a welder, and you will find some projects on this area under my Workshop section.
I am also an avid software developer – mostly systems programming; You will find some of those details in the Dev section.
I am getting back into digital photography and Aerial photography; You will find some material under my DP/Drone section.
On the Ham Radio front, to add further, I was also particularly focused on DMR – where I used to own and operated 3 DMR repeater sites here in the Minneapolis/St. Paul – twin cities area; I still host and run the MNDMR.net web domain/services and used to actively engage in regional Emergency Preparedness/Communications efforts through the use of DMR technology. In the last 2 years or so, I had sold off my MEDINA and Faribault repeaters systems to new owners; and still currently own and operate the Buck Hill, Burnsville, Minnesota repeater site/system. Please do visit specific pages in this blog to learn more and also visit my YouTube channel.
Looking to selling my Buck Hill, DMR Repeater System:
I am actively looking to sell my Buck Hill, Burnsville, Minnesota DMR repeater site/system to a care-taking owner. If you’re interested, please email me at N0AGI@N0AGI.com. I am very mindful of the care that the new owner would offer to this system and to the overarching MNDMR network; You may also reach a handful of my friends – N0PQK-John, N0BVE-Don, KD0YRF-Bill, KC0OUZ-Adam, KE0NA-Dave for information about this repeater system and how it operates within MNDMR.
Move to Texas:
As of the beginning of 2021, My wife and I moved down to Texas after having lived and raised our kids in Minnesota for 29yrs+. We always wanted to live here in Texas, but, timing had not worked out until recently. I am yet getting the nuts-and-bolts lined up for my ham shack here. But, have already gotten my electronics lab and the Data Center set up and running now.
I used to regularly redesign my ham shack and you will find updates to those efforts in this blog. Please look in the Shack-Updates pages.
There’s always something new happening in the world of HAM Radios and there’s always something for everyone to do in this world of hobby. In light of that, there’s tons of new and exciting technological advancements constantly brewing in this field, more than what meets the eye. More recently, there’s a surge of progress being made in the digital realm of this hobby; through the rendition of digital convergence of hardware and software through the field of Software Defined Radio (SDR) services. Additionally, we are also seeing improvements being made to enable these hardware platforms more closer to software by opening them up through APIs via programming languages such as C/C++, C#, Python, PHP, and more.
The purpose of this blog is really to share the progress (or lack there of) of my HAM Radio, Electronics, Metal/Wood fabrication, and Jeep Overlanding / Prepper projects. You will see each of these projects surfaced as individual tabs on the top of this page. And, each of these tabs will navigate you to those projects’ pages, collateral, pictures, videos, etc.
Please do visit these project pages and share your feedback and your own experiences; I also hope you will find this blog as interesting to read as it is for me to keep it and that it does some value add to your exploration of this wonderful hobby…
Please visit my other projects here:
Thanks, 73 and God Bless
N0AGI / Nagi