I haven’t been active in ham radio much lately. On February 27, I was hit head-on at 70 MPH and walked away from the accident with a badly broken right pinky finger and a banged-up left knee. I’m healed enough now to where I have been cleared to return to work. Due to storms, my antenna is no longer any good so I am working on getting another one once I am working again. I’ve moved the shack computer back to Slackware 64 Linux and have been moving things around to get settled again. I can’t wait to get back on the air again!
I’m going to be ordering the EFHW-8010 end-fed half-wave antenna from myantennas.com next week and the mounting hardware as well as a tripod to mount the back half of the antenna on the shed. I’ve got to get my own antenna going as it’s driving me nuts not being on the air.
Today, my dad was given a container full of “ham radio stuff” and there was a working SignaLink SL-1+ in it! So now I have the SignaLink USB and the SL-1+. I like the SL-1+ since you don’t have to deal with drivers; just plug it into the computer’s soundcard and go. I’m thinking about using that one with the Kenwood TS-430S as a “dedicated” digital station once I have the room to set up the other radio…or not. We’ll see.
So far, all I seem to hear is FT8 and after looking into that mode, I have no interest in using it. I much prefer Feld Hell or even PSK31 over that!
I’ve been toying around with the idea of setting up a packet BBS for quite some time now. I run my regular BBS on a pretty stout server running Slackware Linux so I had been researching on how to set up a packet BBS. Continue reading
I got around to installing my Yaesu FTM-3100 2 meter mobile radio in my shack. Thanks to help from my dad, KD7SXQ, we were able to get my ol’ reliable 2 meter J-pole installed on the outer wall of my shack (Dad made that antenna for me). The FTM-3100 can push up to 65 watts of power out so I’ll be able to cover quite a bit of area even from out in the sticks. That also means that I might start actually checking into a few nets again. I’ve been tinkering with the idea of setting up a packet BBS also for fun and to just tinker with something new.
I will be on the air for the Tennessee QSO party starting at 2 PM Eastern on Sunday, September 1. I’ll be hanging around on 20 meters during the day and 40 or 80 meters at night. If you work me, please spot me!
(EDIT: That was a total washout with no propagation to speak of. I hope next year will be better.)
I just uploaded my logs for July and August to LotW, QRZ.com, ClubLog, and eQSL.
I’ve not been on the air much due to a lot of traveling for my work. This next month promises to be quite busy with interstate travel three weeks out of four. I am hoping to get back on the air as soon as I can. I am working on saving up for an ATAS-120a antenna for the shack. Right now, our Internet connection is out at the house but it should be fixed tomorrow. I will then upload my latest logs to the usual sites. It’s been crazy but at least I’m not bored. Looking forward to participating in a few contests this fall and winter.
I’ve been quite busy with work and home life and haven’t had time to get on the air. I’m hoping I’ll be around this weekend…
After some rather rough operating conditions concerning propagation, weather, and just plain rude amateur radio operators, I completed my “clean sweep” with K2J this morning. I did work WM3PEN last night on 80 meters, complete with static crashes, but the operator wasn’t going to let something like lightning stop him, heh. I appreciate the time and effort the 13 Colonies group puts into this event every year. There were some incredibly rude and ill-mannered amateur radio operators (also known as “lids”) that were “involved” maliciously. Why people cause problems for the rest of us I’ll never know. If you don’t like a contest, turn the VFO dial!
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.