Rumours of my demise…….

Are of course untrue ;-)

Quite a bit has happened over the last few weeks. Primarily domestic and work duties have kept me away from the rig other than the occasional VHF contest appearance.

At home I have spent a considerable amount of time replacing cables and renewing bits and pieces that have succumbed to the Cumbrian winters and salt spray. The salty, windy air has corroded connectors, got into the coax outer (my poor connectors to blame) and generally caused some ‘issues’

So cabling all done

New telescopic mast purchased

New antenna purchased

So to the purchases. I bought a simple, manual 12.5m mast from Spiderbeam that is pretty substantial. Why no fixed mast? because radio is a hobby that I do and not the rest of the family and we enjoy the sea view more on that in another post. The antenna is a lightweight hexbeam from folding antennas. Again more info on that in a more detailed post. But suffice to say its all going down the same path. Simple radio. Nothing complicated. Nothing that can’t be easily moved or changed and no chasing the next rig / antenna / thing. Just turn on what I have and enjoy the simplicity.

Hold on a minute. I haven’t done the remainder of the decking….well at least I got to think about radio

Alex Hill, G7KSE, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cumbria, UK. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “Rumours of my demise…….”

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Alex things here have also been very busy and not much time to sit at the radio. Good to hear that you are gearing up for the spring!
    Mike

  • Alex, g7kse:

    Spring? Did someone mention spring? It is slightly warmer but only slightly.

    It’ll be nice to get back on the HF bands and have an afternoon on the rig. It’s been a long time, perhaps January the last time I really got out. Seems a long time ago now.

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