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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
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 … Continue reading
Dad decided to pound the eight-foot-long copper-plated ground rod into the ground next to the shed, so I was able to ground my radio and tuner properly. What a difference! Little to no line noise that I suffered from when … Continue reading