Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by VK4HAT, Aug 11, 2018.
I bid on a couple of radios at the Schulman auction
Just about finished with the calibration and fan replacement on an old HP-8116A function/pulse generator. There are 25 pots and two caps to adjust, some of them interact, and there were a couple of typos in the long procedure.
Just look at all that through-hole and TTL technology, even custom HP hybrid chips!
Yeah, I know, it's not worth it for the old thing but I just couldn't resist.
Well, it was "today" UTC, though actually last night local time.
Made 50 Qs in the weekly CWT mini-contest (1 hour of absolute bedlam). 30 Qs on 40, 20 Qs on 80, all S&P. 45 different stations worked, 2,250 points.
lotsa CW so far. it's just after noon time here. more to go.
Some nice QSOs today, nothing special, but it relaxes me after work.
Icom 735=Instant like
This was yesterday but... just moved into a new QTH and was desperate to see just what I could do quick and dirty. I turned a 40m hamstick into a "random wire" by adding a random piece of wire I had readily available, added a 9:1, and a counterpoise. Less than 2:1 SWR at 20m. Set up radio for Data and ran WSJT-x on my Raspberry Pi. Got some QSOs, very directional to east (how I put out the counterpoise) and generally 800-2200 miles.
So, this is yet again another example of 'no excuses' on just getting some metal into the air and going for it.