Category Archives: Shack Work

Good weekend for DX

I had a fun weekend on the air. I successfully worked six of the 13 Colonies stations and then this morning before work, I worked a seventh. I’m hopefully on my way to a clean sweep.

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A good night

I didn’t do a lot of DX tonight but I did contact KA0BOJ in Raymond, Nebraska, at the Branching Oak Observatory. In 20 years of being a ham, this was my first NE contact. That was fun though I did … Continue reading

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Ever- changing bands

The past few days, I’ve come home from work and stopped by in the shack to take a listen to what I can hear on the air. I wound up working Canada, Grenada, and Northern Ireland (the last two being … Continue reading

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Back at it

Last night I decided to get on the air a little. Worked a station in Brazil and then a station in Illinois (a 14-year-old girl named Abby who was calling /AG). Not bad for the rather poor antenna installation I … Continue reading

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More antennas

I’m thinking about buying a larger end-fed half-wave dipole antenna that uses a 9:1 UNUN, perhaps something like this. I know I could build one myself but right now, I just don’t have the time nor the patience to try … Continue reading

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Cold at last

I bought a small A/C window unit and installed it in the shack this weekend.  Now to get the door installed and I’ll have the walls up on the shack.  It’ll be nice not to melt inside of the shack … Continue reading

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Fixed TQSL problems

I had recently upgraded TQSL from 2.0.3 to 2.3.1 and I was getting this odd error: tqsl: symbol lookup error: tqsl: undefined symbol: tQSL_ImportSerial After much hair pulling and teeth gnashing, I discovered that I needed to compile TQSL with … Continue reading

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Some activity on the shack

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 … Continue reading

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Finally, it all works!

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

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New antenna matcher

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

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