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Last night, I stopped by my post office box to check it at 2 AM. I was tired, a little cranky, and wasn’t expecting anything. Instead, when I opened the box, there was a large envelope in it from the … Continue reading
I was able to contact TG9IIN on 21.300 on Sunday. Even through the S9-level noise floor from some local 60 Hz QRM, Ilias was very clear. He had a really nice clear signal. That was an unusual contact for me … Continue reading
I got around to replacing the old RG-58 (foam core) coax on my radio with the new Times Microwave LMR-300 RG-8U 20′ roll I bought off of Amazon. To my surprise, as I pulled out the connector out of my … Continue reading
I picked up a MFJ-949 Deluxe Versa Tuner II for $120, including shipping, off of QRZ.com last week. The tuner arrived yesterday in excellent shape and was packed very well. I set it up and it works great. I’m still … Continue reading
I didn’t realize that it’s been six months since I posted on the blog. I’ve been very busy with my work and haven’t had much time until recently to get on the air.
It’s been too hot to do much in my shack. I need to finish putting up a wall and covering it with drywall then hanging a door so I can work on insulating the room. I have an air conditioner … Continue reading
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 mounted the hamstick dipole on a 10′ tall piece of aluminum conduit and mounted it to a wooden fencepost about three feet high. I guyed it to the fence and to two large grounding stakes. Using my antenna matcher, … Continue reading
I’ve decided to try out the 40-meter “hamstick dipole” set up I bought once again now that I have my station set up semi-permanently and properly grounded. I have just been really busy with work, working both day shifts, night … Continue reading