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NEWS

MAY 7 – Passed the Extra test. I am now KF7SFU A/E . Might be time for a vanity call, maybe not I like this one. APR 17 – got the Cobweb up and tuned. It is so much better than the hamstick dipole. I heard Italy and Croatia, worked Serbia so far. Will probablyContinue reading “NEWS”

4/3/22

I choose to do these by date if I think there will be a lot of random thoughts, kind of like this morning. Exam – nothing up to date here took a random study test and scored 46% correct . Oh well have to start somewhere. I am taking the sample exams on the ARRLContinue reading “4/3/22”

4/1/22

It’s really an April fools joke that I am writing. Been busy going without posting. Think I’ll post the site on my signature. Working on an FT8 Worked All States (WAS). Took 2 weeks to get the system up and running, one of my Signalink is not working correctly. Trouble-shot everything then replaced it andContinue reading “4/1/22”

Jerks

So a week ago I put several items on eBay. I did not realize this but there are some real JERKS on eBay. They bid up my items to astronomical levels, then put some bogus reason why they don’t have to pay. Is it some game to them ,wasting my time? Just a small rant,Continue reading “Jerks”

Quandary

OK. I have a decision to make. I have a Kenwood TS-440S that needs some love. I already have a couple of hours into labor on it and about $100.00 in parts. Got it and a pile of of stuff for $300. Do I keep it as a backup even though I have an 817nd,Continue reading “Quandary”

2/5/22

What news this day? My new Radio is here, my cheap radio is fixed and the shack is getting a good cleaning. New radio, IC-718. Clean lines, simple to operate, all in all a good buy. The price has gone up to $679.95 or about $150.00 more than I paid. Glad I got it whenContinue reading “2/5/22”

1/27/22

Well I did it. After a lot of planning, research, and stressing I did it. I pulled the trigger. A IC-718. Brand new from Gigaparts. (They had the best price by about 80 dollars.) This way I get the warranty if something happens, not no warranty and used. Kind of shaking from it, Its theContinue reading “1/27/22”

1/22/22

Its been a while since I posted. In that time the holidays have passed, and time has passed. My radio the Icom IC-730, gave up the ghost. Spitting sparks and black smoke, it finally died. Gave it away to someone to try and fix, is an anchor to me. Got a 4 amp Audiotek toContinue reading “1/22/22”

Base Station 15-NOV-2021

Radio: FT-817ND Yes I know its only 5 watts but it is the only HF capable radio Power Supply: AUDIOTEK AT-PS4 110 in 13.8 4 amps max out Tuner: LDG Z817 Autotuner was built for the radio and works great Sound Card: Signalink USB Works extremely well Computer: Dell T5500 4 Core 24GB memory. (overkillContinue reading “Base Station 15-NOV-2021”

Success

Today at 12:50 am 15-NOV-2021,I made my first FT8 contact in a couple of years. Here is the story of how we got here. Back this past summer, I tried to use a magnetic loop and a moxon antenna to do digital (FT8). Both failed miserably. I got disgusted and put everything away. Fast forwardContinue reading “Success”

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