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Just passing through…

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.

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On the air again

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.

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Working on the shack

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.

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Better late than never

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

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Tinkering with antennas

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

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Making progress

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

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Shack progress

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

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A new shack

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

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A new project

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

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Keeping busy

Even with a three-day weekend, I’ve been keeping busy and haven’t turned on the radio much.  I am working on either setting up an end-fed antenna or a dipole that can actually work on 80 meters correctly.  It’s just been … Continue reading

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