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The New QTH – A Floating Shack

Archive for March 2010

First Contact on the Boat !

March 22, 2010

I finally screwed up the courage to hit the ‘tune’ button on the 746 and successfully ((I think) tuned up the entire rig on my sailboat (mast, shrouds, stays, etc.) since I have not yet installed my backstay insulator. That insulator will complete the installation of my boat QTH… At least my SWR meter indicated […]

Handheld APRS

March 19, 2010

Here is where I was at recently (as reported by my handheld ham radio): http://aprs.fi/K0GKJ-7 I was sitting on my boat, with my ham radio turned on and set to automatically transmit my APRS beacon to the world. Unlike my SPOT satellite tracker, no subscription fee, just a little amateur radio ingenuity, and it passes […]

Mobile VHF/UHF

March 14, 2010

Since I built my VHF/HF rig (Icom 706MkIIG) into a suitcase for portable ops, my relatively new HT (Yaesu VX-8R) is performing mobile duty on the road. Just got the GPS feature too, so now I can broadcast realtime position data (APRS) as I’m rollin’ down the road. Looks pleasingly funky, and works pretty darn […]

HF Install on Boat Almost Finished

March 8, 2010

A radio shack aboard a liveaboard boat falls somewhere in between a shack at the house and a mobile rig in the car. Best of both worlds, I say! I’m borrowing on my experience with mobile ops as well as gyrations in setting up a QTH at the house. Add to that those aspects of […]

Mobile Ops & Installing the “Sorta Base”

March 5, 2010

Now this is my primary mobile VHF setup: View Full Album And work continues on my primary “base station” (which is also sorta mobile) – the boat… below I’m constructing the high voltage cable that will connect my (end-fed) wire to the antenna tuner. After putting ring terminals on both ends, I found that I […]

Boat QTH Progress

March 3, 2010

Since we were at anchor away from home for a couple of days, the YL pursued her favorite on-the-hook passion (read) as I pursued mine (putz on projects, one of which was making progress on my radio installation). Installing my Icom AH-4 antenna tuner (coupler) was priority one for me now that I had materials […]