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The New QTH – A Floating Shack

Archive for February 2010

A Second Portable Tower & Antenna – for VHF/UHF… Works Great!

February 24, 2010

When you gotta sneak around, slipping antennas toward the sky without anyone bitching about it, the results can be rewarding in a rather perverse manner. Especially when the results are SPECTACULAR !!! Plus, with portability as a priority, it’s a lot of fun knowing you can set up anywhere, literally in minutes, and get on […]

The “Bug” in Operation

February 24, 2010

Well, I finally got my modest unprepossessing new forty-eight year old (1962) Vibroplex bug–mostly cleaned up. Turns out that is painstaking work, cleaning with a Q-tip, isopropyl alcohol and metal polish (Flitz), while keeping track of lots of itty-bitty parts during the take-apart and put-back-together-again-without-screwing-it-up operation. I tried not to disassemble too much at one […]

Portable Ops

February 22, 2010

This was my first deployment of the completely portable and self-contained antenna system & station – great receiving, no contacts, however (didn’t try too hard) – mostly testing setup time, operational deficiencies, etc)… I only deployed four tuned elevated radials for twenty meters, but was able to load the antenna up nicely on forty as well, […]

Suitcase Station Packed for Action!

February 21, 2010

The new “shack” is a monster Pelican (1550). You could drive a tank over this baby, and it’d just ask for more… Two key building blocks – the trusty old Icom 706MkIIG and my new LDG Z-11Pro2 tuner. In QRP mode, both of these draw practically no juice, but I want a meter just to […]

A Successful ‘Hamcation’

February 16, 2010

View Full Album Aside from the ooggling endless ham-related merchandise at the Central Florida Fairgrounds this weekend, the array of which was incredible, I thoroughly enjoyed lots of eyeball QSOs (face-to-face meetings) with some really interesting folks. And it was a hoot monitoring all the VHF channels that were buzzing with activity in the hotel […]

Score One Bug at Orlando ‘Hamcation’!

February 13, 2010

This is only the second time I’ve attended what I believe is Florida’s largest annual hamfest, and so far, I haven’t ever been disappointed, torrential downpour and low 50s temps notwithstanding! And this is just day 1 (of 3)! I’m very proud of one of my newest acquisitions – a 1962 vintage Vibroplex Original ‘bug’ […]

Boat QTH (radio location)

February 11, 2010

Well, kids, I’m finally getting my act together on the boat QTH. The antenna, feedline conduit and mast are now completely uninstalled at the condo, so until I get the boat equipment up and running, my only opportunity to get on the air is in the car and with my HT (handheld transceiver), meaning VHF […]