30 August 2023


 Fiber is pulled all the way through the conduit, into the garage and house.  Confirmed as good end to end with equipment connected on both ends.  Next step is to get radios and hamputer relocated, everything on a UPS, vlans set up, etc etc.  The important takeaway though is I now have a working layer 1 between house and garage!

~shotgun moose

20 August 2023

Shotgun Moose goes off half-cocked

 Somewhat expensive lesson to learn, but learn it I did. Always pull cables by their jacket, not their termination.

Internet out to garageshack will (eventually) be provided by a fiber run.  I had purchased a pre-terminated length of fiber with LC connectors on each end.  Off I go, eager to get operational, and I make the mistake of tying pull line to just the LC connector, and not the cable jacket too.

Half way though, the pull line gets really light, and all that comes out the other end is the LC housing, sans any fiber.

Don't be like me! Learn from my mistake!

~shotgun moose

10 July 2023


I've been playing around with meshtastic recently, using three lilygo t-beam units.  So far, performance has been impressive.  Further testing is needed, but I'm inclined to set up a dedicated solar powered base station that can be co-located with the KL7AA-10 digipeater.  This site would provide coverage of the entirety of the Anchorage bowl, at minimum, with the potential to reach south as far as Kenai/Soldotna.  I don't know if nodes would need to be utilizing the same encryption key or range settings in order make use of a hypothetical repeater, but it's an intriguing possibility.

~shotgun moose

07 July 2023

KL7JFU Field Day 2023

Jermey, KL7EC put together an excellent video of the KL7JFU sponsored Field Day 2023 up in the MatSu.  Although the bands weren't great, a good time was still had by all involved.

KL7EC does a fantastic job editing his videos.  I would highly recommend checking out his other videos of his POTA adventures.  I can't say enough good about Jermey as an ambassador for ham radio.


~shotgun moose

06 July 2023

Hello World

 Welcome to my little corner of the internet.  Here I plan to mostly document my ham radio forays, although there may be the occasional rant on here as well.  More to come soon.

~shotgun moose