I got around to installing my Yaesu FTM-3100 2 meter mobile radio in my shack. Thanks to help from my dad, KD7SXQ, we were able to get my ol’ reliable 2 meter J-pole installed on the outer wall of my shack (Dad made that antenna for me). The FTM-3100 can push up to 65 watts of power out so I’ll be able to cover quite a bit of area even from out in the sticks. That also means that I might start actually checking into a few nets again. I’ve been tinkering with the idea of setting up a packet BBS also for fun and to just tinker with something new.
I haven’t been too active on the air. I have been busy as usual but I am going to try to allot myself at least one hour a night for working on the air. My dad and I are working on getting my own HF antenna up again. I’m going to get a satellite dish tripod and mount it on the roof of my shack. That will allow me to put the antenna above everything else and hopefully farther away from anything that is generating RFI. It’s all a process and it’s slow-going. Now that the weather is getting a little cooler, I am wanting to get my shack fully insulated so I can enjoy being on the air this winter. I want to get drywall up on the walls but that might be very difficult without moving everything that I can out (my workbench won’t come out unless a wall is removed). Just getting the walls and the floor insulated will help a lot.
I’ve also set up a serial port A/B/C/D box so I can connect several things at once. Yeah, I use a real serial port because it’s less hassle than having to use a serial-to-USB cable though I do have one if I need it. I’m wanting to get a SignaLink SL-1+ as it doesn’t use a USB connection. I’ve been getting more interested in digital modes as of late now that I have a working computer for it.
I’m looking forward to the fall with cooler weather and less work outside. I am hoping that things will get a bit less stressful at work and I can concentrate on more enjoyment at home instead of work (I try not to bring work home but in IT, sometimes it follows you!).