Shame on me………………

Good Sunday evening to everyone, have you ever been blindsided by something? In the past when  blindsided most if not all the time it was not been a good thing. Well I am here to tell you that I was blindsided and it was a GOOD THING!  Here in Ontario spring has arrived very very early the past few weeks the temperatures have been around 19C. The norms are around 3C and at night down in the negatives. This weekend it was great 23C lots of sun and blue skies this was a nice blindsiding. So why is my post topic "shame on me"? Here is the the math..........
Early spring+great weather=yard work, house cleaning, garden prep and blah blah blah and therefore it's > (greater than) ham radio which = shame on me! I have not had really any time for radio!

KAT2 in the works
It's not to say that here at VE3WDM there has been a total drought of radio time. My plans over the winter were to get my Elecraft K2 setup for portable operation. Which was coming along right on schedule but now the radio bug is bitting as the great weather is here, I have to hurry things along. It was my decision last year to not order the Elecracft KX3 but to use my K2 for going out and about. Here is what had  to be done to make this happen. Remove the KPA 100 option from my radio and remote mount it in combination with the KAT100 antenna tuner. That has been done and it works great. I now want to add battery power to the
The joys of toroid winding
K2 and that is done with Elecraf'ts KB2T internal battery kit. I also wanted to add an internal antenna tuner that is done with the Elecraft's  KAT2 antenna tuner. This sets up the Elecraft K2 along with Palm Radio's mini paddle. The antennas are the Miracle whip or space permitting a wire dipole. When in the car (stationary mobile) mono band whip antennas. This week my time will be spent (I hope) to complete the KAT2 antenna tuner which really just involves toroid winding and mounting. Then the internal battery will be installed and then GAME ON!!!
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “Shame on me………………”

  • Peter KG5WY:


  • Mike VE3wdm:

    Good afternoon Peter, by blindsided I mean totally could off guard and not expecting something. For me I was blindsided by the great warm weather up this way. Today for example was 25C when the norm is 5C so it was the great change in weather that caught me off guard or “blindsided me” Thanks for taking the time to comment Peter and I hope you have a great week. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

  • Omer Fournier AD7DY:

    I could use a similar blindsiding! Here, the winter just keeps hanging on- Snow, cold temps, YUK! Come on Spring- I’m looking forward to some yard work! (I’m sure the wife is too!)


    Omer, AD7DY

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Omer, sorry to hear about your weather. There was one winter here were it seemed every other day it was a major snow storm. Don’t miss that weather!
    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment Omer.

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