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Reawakening the blog


It’s time to get the blog going again. I’ve had several other things going on in my life that I won’t go into on this blog, and it cut into my ham radio time and pretty much stopped my blogging this year. As we start into 2012, I’ll make one of my resolutions to try to blog weekly.

In the past year I’ve added several pieces of equipment. Last spring I bought a Ten Tec Eagle just out of curiosity. I’d read the ads, and wondered if the receiver was a good as they said. My take is it does have a very nice receiver, but they worked hard at making it a simple radio, and in my opinion it is a little too simple. It has too few controls for my daily operating on cw, so I’ve found I’m not using it much and it will probably go onto eBay soon.
My other two acquisitions this year are the Elecraft KPA 500 amplifier to round out my Elecraft K-line station and a Yaesu FT 101 E that now makes up my vintage/AM station. I’m sitting here listening to the Midwest Classic AM net on Saturday morning on the old Yaesu, and it sound great on AM. That is the weekly extent of my phone operating.

Sorry for silence

It suddenly dawned on me I hadn’t posted in weeks. Sorry.

That reflects a little on my radio acitivity — it hasn’t been that high.

Two weeks ago I spent a little time running the CQ WorldWide DX contest. The first day I was plagued by high noise level and poor conditions, so did very little. The second day my noise disappeared and I could hear Europe and Asia on 40 and 80 meters, so I spent some time running both bands. Not a huge effort, but that was fun.

Last weekend was one of my favorite contests, the ARLL 160 meter. But I was travelling last weekend, so never got on the air. After all, this is just a hobby, so you do miss some contests.

This weekend is the ARRL 10 meter contest, but so far I’ve heard two signals on 10 meters. Hopefully it will pick up this afternoon and I can work a few stations. On 10 meters, you are entirely at the mercy of propogation — the radio gods. It doesn’t matter how good your station, etc, if the band is dead, it’s dead.

In the meantime, I’ve reorganized my station one more time. I think I’ve got it set up how I want it. It’s a big ergonomic improvement from past setups. Now all I need is a good contest weekend and an open band.

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