Last weekend (two weekends ago now), Sarah was out of town with friends from college, so I was free to meander in and out of the shack at will. Between making QSOs on 2 meters, I got a “modern” computer set up for SDR. More on this in the future. Was pleased to make some QSOs into New England with the “$200 VHF station” that consists of the TS-700S, Mirage B3016G amplifier, and homebrew FO12 antenna. Nevermind that the Pro-Set, Bencher, and Keyer cost at least that much again.
Still working on getting the other bands going. 50 MHz is very close, although with the recent sale of some extra gear, a K3 is almost within striking distance if I sold one the of the TS-930s. One of the locals has offered to lend me his FT-736R to get on 222 and 432 for now. So, I think I’ll try to finish up the 50-MHz transverter and pick up the ’736 while working on the antenna situation for those bands. I’m going to have to change the rotor/mast situation to do that. Not sure how that will go…I may just duplicate a “rover mast” and accept whatever sacrifice is introduced by stacking the beams too close together.
ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes Call: K8GU Operator(s): K8GU Station: K8GU Class: Single Op LP QTH: FM19la Operating Time (hrs): Summary: Band QSOs Mults ------------------- 6: 2: 44 15 222: 432: 903: 1.2: 2.3: 3.4: 5.7: 10G: 24G: ------------------- Total: 44 15 Total Score = 660 Club: Potomac Valley Radio Club