Yesterday my dad and I completed the last wall on my little 8’x8′ shack. Now I need to finish insulating the walls in the room and putting up drywall. I need to go under the shed and insulate the floor under my shack so I’ll stay cool in the summer (I’ll be putting in a window A/C unit soon) and warm in the winter. I am hunting locally for a few old solid doors that I can turn into a workbench and a desk. It is a small room but once I get it organized and get shelving on the walls, I’ll be able to utilize that room just fine.
I haven’t been on the air much due to my work and having dental surgery recently. It’s still a little hard for me to talk. I’ve been listening to a lot of 80 meters at night though and that seems to be the best band at night for me. Unfortunately I still have a lot of local QRM I am working through. I’m considering putting up my “hamstick dipole” on the top of a shed on a tripod and a small antenna rotor as a backup system if I keep having a lot of noise on my end-fed wire antenna.
I’m hoping that I will stop working nights by the end of the month after Field Day for a few months (in between production years at my work). With that I’ll be more active on the air. I am saving up to get a Yaesu FT-450D. I love the Kenwood but I’ve realized that I really like that 450D. My birthday is in late August; perhaps I’ll have the money saved up by then. Once I clean out (and up!) a rented storage room I have, I’m hoping to find my Azden PCS-5000 2 meter mobile radio and mount it in the shack for permanent 2 meter use.
After all, I have to have something to do in the air conditioning during hot late summer days, right? 🙂