I’ve been working on the shack again. Here’s the latest setup below. The laptop is a new acquisition. It’s a HP Elitebook 6930p that I picked up for a great price. It’s running Slackware 64 14.2.
I am also ordering parts to fix up my Mosley RV-4C vertical antenna. It’s 10-40 and I have the optional 80 meter coil on it. It broke off its mount quite some time ago in a wind storm when I was living in Johnson City. I would like to put up a dipole but that is just not an option where I am at now. There’s no trees to hang up a dipole in and it would be rather cost-prohibitive to purchase supports. Plus, my dad doesn’t like having to mow around stuff in his riding mower!
I haven’t been on the air very much. It’s hot in the shack right now as I need to finish the final wall, hang a door, insulate, and put up drywall. Then the window A/C unit will turn the little 10’x10′ room into an icebox. It will be very easy to heat in the winter too. I’m also going to insulate the ceiling. That will make for some nice fall and winter nights to operate the radio. I’m really looking forward to getting everything fixed up in the shack.
I’m finally starting a new logbook. The current one is from 2008 and I think it’s time for me to archive this one. I bought a nice three-ring binder with “D” rings (so the paper lays flat). For the actual log itself, I’m using this logbook template from the ARRL. I have been very bad about keeping good logs over the years and I’ve lost information about some great QSOs I’ve had like the one from Newfoundland that I can’t remember anything about.
Now, though, I’m off to do the day’s work and maybe get on the air during the grayline this evening.