Taking advantage of the beautiful (if occasionally stormy) weather this weekend, I set up a computer in the shack for my logging and callsign lookup purposes. The computer itself is an old HP dc7700 ultra-slim desktop. Very tiny computer and it fits perfectly on the laptop desk that I am using for my shack desk right now. I am, of course, running Slackware 64 Linux 14.1 on it. I scrounged up a very nice Dell 20″ widescreen monitor and my Logitech K400 wireless keyboard with touchpad on it to complement the setup. I need to install all of the ham radio-specific software but that will come later today or this week.
With the lousy propagation because of the big solar storm going on, I’ve just been concentrating on getting things working in the shack. I did dig up my Mosley RV-4C vertical antenna out of my storage room. That antenna needs a new base on it before I can use it but that’s nothing $50 won’t fix.
I found several QSL cards I’d made out over the past year or so but I never sent them out due to postage. I’m looking at buying a roll of “forever” stamps…nearly $100 but it would be so worth it to finally get out all of these cards out I’ve been sitting on. However, upon a second look, the cards are all of different styles, so I may wind up just going through and redoing all of the cards.
Speaking of QSL cards, I found my collection hiding out in an ancient manila envelope in my storage room too. Need to find a safe place for those soon.
Lots going on and I’m looking forward to getting things settled down enough to start really enjoy the hobby again.