My name is Geoff Haines, My call sign is N1GY and I have been an amateur radio operator since 1992. I was licensed initially as a Tech Plus (N1LGI) and over the years I have upgraded as the spirit moved me until I attained the Extra rating in 2005. I am a member of four amateur radio clubs plus the ARRL and the West Central Florida Section of the ARRL. I am a past president of the Manatee Amateur Radio Club Inc. and have previously served as an Assistant Section Manager and currently serve as the Technical Coordinator for the West Central Florida Section. I have served in the past as a Director and then President of the West Central Florida Group Inc., operators of the NI4CE linked repeater system. These days I try to concentrate on my duties as Technical Coordinator for the WCF Section and on trying to keep my various radios all running and working properly. Sometimes I even succeed, at least temporarily. UPDATE: with some of my medical problems behind me I have been asked to assume the position of Assistant Section Manager and I have accepted.
Occasionally I write articles for QST Magazine. I enjoy homebrewing little gadgets for the radio room like mic selectors and headset adaptors. I also enjoy constructing antennas to solve the needs of my particular situation. I write about these devices and some of these writings wind up in QST. They also wind up on these pages.
My purpose is to develop a resource for those hams who are intrigued by DIY amateur radio, but do not want to get into a major project right away. I want to help other electronically challenged hams like myself to get comfortable with this amazing hobby.
I want to point out that this new site is now hosted by a different company than my old site. Due to a decision by Verizon to stop hosting personal web sites, I had to rebuild my site from scratch at my new host, Go-Daddy. They (Go-Daddy) have been very helpful in making the transition as easy as possible, but because the two systems are not compatible, I have had to retype and rebuild everything from scratch. I hope you, the viewer, will find everything you need in the content. If not, please feel free to contact me and request further information on a particular project.
One of the changes appears to be that I will no longer be able to add my blog style updates to this front page. To solve this, I have created a specific "Blog" Page so I can still add comments as they occur to me, here in the Radio Room.
Apparently, This web site will also not be able to have a "Guest Book" in the usual sense. I have discussed this with my hosting provider and at present such a page is not available on their site building program. I guess I will have to live with that. However, should you desire to leave a comment after visiting my site, I encourage you to use the contact page near the top of the navigation panel on the left side to send me an email telling me whatever you liked or didn't like about the web site. I have had to drop a few pages from the old web site that were no longer pertinent. If you have visited my site before and cannot find the page you were looking for, pleaser email me via the contact page and I will do my best to get you the information you request.
N1GY- The simple Approach to Ham Radio
Once again I have decided to make my headset adapters available on a limited basis. I tried using the new smart phone headsets that come with a trrs type plug but I ran into problems with ground loops so until I get that figured out I have gone back to the Skype type headsets using two 3.5mm stereo plugs. These are the same circuits that I have used at my home station for years and they work very well. Another change coming soon is that I will be including two different headsets with each adapter. a mini style similar to the one in the picture at the top of this page and a larger, but still light weight unit that has headphones for both ears as well as the boom mic. Pricing will stay the same at $25.00 plus shipping for the adapter and headsets. I also have a limited number of mic selector boxes which allow selecting either the hand mic or a headset with the flip of a switch. Custom orders are possible, but please contact me to discuss you requirements first. The mic selectors are priced at $40.00 plus shipping.
My new License Plate FINALLY!!!!!!