I’m Struck…

…by the thing that most people are struck with nowadays: noise. With the wife on a business trip and I having to take care of the kids there was little time to spend in the shack last week. But when I did turn on the radio last weekend I was met by an S3 to S6 noise floor. And I thought moving out into the country would prevent me from suffering something like this. Alas, I moved to “gridlock” county, with grid being the power grid. Taoyuan county is full of high voltage power lines coming from the south and going to the capital Taipei in the north. The noise sounds a lot like RF noise generated by arcing power lines and I have seen defective insulators before in the area. I took my (t)rusty ATS-909 for a walk on Monday night and the whole neighbourhood is suffering. I haven’t located the source yet, but I will. In the mean time I’m QRT as the noise is so intense that I can’t stand it for even a couple of minutes.


Now while this whole noise problem is something most people will be upset/angry/disappointed/frustrated/depressed about, nowadays I take the Buddhist approach: don’t long for things that aren’t there, but see opportunities in the things that are in front of you. (I know, not really a Buddhist saying, but one I made up myself. It does reflect the spirit, though). Just like KD0BIK with his unfinished dummy loads I started counting my unfinished projects: 2 BiTX transceivers, a variable power supply, my TS-440S with the dots problem, an AA0ZZ keyer, the VFO for my Pixies, a cloud temp sensor and a home brew Buddipole. Not to mention the antenna’s I still have to erect for 2m/70cm and NOAA-APT reception. Oh yes, my 1-wire weather station is also still packed up, waiting to be installed. Being QRT might just be the push to get my house in order and get something “really” done. By the time I am done the noise will probably have disappeared, too. I’ll see you in a bit.

Hans "Fong" van den Boogert, BX2ABT, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Taiwan. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “I’m Struck…”

  • Ernest Gregoire, AA1IK:

    You are not alone my friend. I have at least 4 maybe even as many as 6 unfinished projects waiting for me on the bench and in the garage!
    de AA1IK


    Ernest Gregoire

  • Wouter / PG2W:

    who is without unfinished projects?
    I’m not going to list them here!
    tnx es 73 fm pa-land

  • BX2ABT:

    Hello Wouter,

    Best thing is to give those unfinished projects to a fellow ham to finish, right? Sorry, couldn’t resist poking a bit fun at you. –H

  • Juan VE2ITZ:

    Hello quite similar situation at my qth each night. i have tried so many filters, antenna combinations that i went trough many of those same emotions that you so describe lol. But then i took the budhist approach as you said and have been taking some time to work on some projects and practice more CW.

    That is the best we can do in the here and now`.

    Cheers and 73 and enjoy working on those projects!

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