The 40-meter hamstick dipole is doing surprisingly well being it’s close to power lines. I’m hoping to get a set of 80-meter hamsticks and relocate the antenna further in our property, away from noisy powerlines. If the finances allow, I’d love to get a remote-control TV antenna controller to rotate the antenna to allow for better reception with the narrow bandwidth available on a hamstick dipole setup.
Evidently my TS-430S is now broken. There’s no audio coming out of the speaker and it’s taking forever to warm up even though it’s solid-state. One of these days, if I can find someone that can work on this radio, I’d like to have it worked on and fixed. It has (had?) excellent receive audio and a fine full transmitted audio.
Another project that is being worked on is setting up the 706MKII in my old motorhome as a second shack. I’ve got my MFJ Versa Tuner II sitting here and a good Radio Shack 25A power supply so now I just have to get the motorhome cleaned up for that. It’d be nice to have a little setup in the motorhome to use when it’s rotten weather to be outside or I just don’t feel like being in the main shack.
I’ve made a few contacts recently on 40M but 20M has been rather rotten for me near these power lines. Hopefully when I move the antenna I’ll get less noise.
I’ve no plans on doing any upgrades to the shack or equipment right now due to some other issues going on in my life. Once I get them taken care of, I can look into a better antenna setup. At least I’m not off the air!