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 have right now. My dad and I are going to extend the antenna from 84 feet to 100 feet tonight and reshoot the far end of the antenna into a slightly higher tree on our property in time for Field Day. I’m seriously considering purchasing a 130′ EFHW antenna from myantennas.com. It’s a good price and has a large transformer on it. I really can’t use any other antennas currently, save for a vertical, in my current living situation.
Speaking of Field Day, I set up my registered copy of N3FJP’s Field Day logging software. I wish I had a headset and a footswitch for FD as I could keep the hands on the keyboard. Maybe I’ll have that for next year. I plan on visiting a few other Field Day operations in the local area Saturday afternoon and then spend my evening working FD from home.
I’m also reorganizing and cleaning up the shack after nearly a year of neglect. I’m purchasing a new small desk to go in the shack (remember the shack’s only 8’x10′ in size!) to help keep things better organized in there. I’ll take some pictures when I’m done. I also need to finish insulating and putting drywall on the walls in there so I can get it ready for winter. I might actually insulate the floor immediately under the shack to keep it warm in the winter.
With all of this I hope to send out a few QSL cards soon. It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to do that and I’m hoping I can, keeping myself much better organized than before.
I’m also working on getting the noise levels down in the shack from wallwarts and other electrical devices. It can get mighty noisy in there at times.