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So I decided to turn on the radio and spin the dial around earlier today. I wound up working Orelvis, CO6LC, by accident. Glad the radio’s getting out. Just a lot of local QRM from storms.
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.
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
The new 12’x20′ wood shed my parents had built was set up yesterday and I have a little corner of it with a window for my shack. I’m using a small laptop desk right now but with the relative small … Continue reading
I’ve been feeling a bit restless lately so I decided to resurrect an oft-thought of but seldom-worked on project: I’m writing my own console mode amateur radio logging program. It’s nothing fancy and is pretty bare-bones for now, but I … Continue reading