Ever so slowly things are coming together.

Audio, mouse and HDMI items 
And so it begins.....I have started to unpack the radio gear and it was evident very soon that I had to do some organizing of coax, various cables and test/repair items. For years my roll top desk draws were filled with "stuff" and it was items that I needed but when something was needed it was a chore to unload a drawer to look for something. Now that I am going to be at this location for some time I wanted to finally sort things out. We have these cubbies from Ikea that have been around for some
Coax cables 
time at our place with really no function......now there is a function for them. As I was unpacking my gear I was shocked to see how many cables I had. I sorted them into a cubby that had just coax cable and another with audio cables and finally a cubby with all my meters, solder station, solder and any item that fell into the category of repair and test. Today I was able to run the  coax cable from my Endfed antenna position into the home. Tomorrow I will be (weather permitting) getting the W1SFR Endfed 40m-6m antenna in place. Things are starting to take shape and it's very exciting. I have the radio gear all set in place within the roll-top desk. I did connect my H800 active antenna to the Icom 7610 just to check out the band conditions. I was shocked and pleased at the very low noise level compared to Toronto.
The test kit 

Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “Ever so slowly things are coming together.”

  • Dan - N5NOQ:

    Ok Mike, this sounds good. Here is an idea for the coax for you. Not sure about your area but here in Edmond, OK we have a “Sprouts” grocery store. In the bulk food section where you bag up your own goods then tie the bag close, the ties have a flag on them to write the item number. I recycled these ties on patch cables. I usually write the length of the cable and it helps this ole man out.

  • David, KJ4CMY:

    Moving is a great time to sort out everything into categories. Ir might seem like a pain now, but later on, you will be grateful when you can easily find what you are looking for. All the best in setting up your station. We are pulling for you.

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good evening Dan, thanks for stopping by and passing along the great suggestion. I have never thought about that and I have been in many a store where these twist ties are used. It sure does take the guess work out of how long a cable is.
    Thanks for taking the time to comment Dan and have a great week.

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Very nice to hear from you David, yes it’s so true that moving does have one purge and sort out. We have gotten rid of lots of stuff. As for the cables and “stuff” I’m wondering if I am just holding onto it for the sake of holding on to it. In the past when I had sold a piece of radio equipment no sooner than it was out the door I found I needed it! So holding onto it seems to be the right thing to do right now.
    Thanks for taking time out of your day to comment David and have a great week.

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