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Shack Relaxation Zone

It’s not writer’s block well may it is writer’s block? It’s not hobby burn out because I’m totally into traditional QSL cards while getting after core shack awards. Recent confirmations include KL8DX, AL1G, FS5KA, and HC8GR. Additionally, I’m into data compiling inside the log database as I’m adding grid squares, counties, propagation numbers, verifying three different QSL channels like eQSL, LoTW, and traditional.

The fall/winter RadioSport schedule spells improved long skip conditions from the shack relaxation zone. I’m listening for DX signals during the weekend on multiple spectrum spaces as 10, 15, and 20m yet faint, ever so faint, are those signals.

I added 6m into my quiver of ham radio activities but it was too late as the e season faded into the summer sunset. There is magic band opportunity later in the year and, hopefully, Cycle 24 will cooperate with an epic weekend. I logged one -Q related to sporadic e propagation before this space went silent.

There is antenna lab and we are nearing completion of K6MM’s No Excuses 160m Vertical. We have the upper section to wind and the final touches on the capacitance hat. My fiberglass push-up mast needs replaced because it wore out sooner than expected. My Kenwood TS850S will arrive later next month and the TS830S which powered my /DV2 activity and /0 South Dakota season, remains in storage.

On the other hand, I’m experimenting with mobile blogging using my Motorola Droid, and the results are changing my computing behavior. Seriously, I’m spending less time in front of the personal computer during the week using instead my mobile device to access the net. I purchased the last docking station just today.

The final days of summer are at hand and the shack relaxation zone enjoyed several changes this season. I’m looking forward to the 2010 – 2011 RadioSport schedule!

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