Posts Tagged ‘photography’
|RAF SE5 flying past CN Tower|
|Me on the Island telling Julie I think I see a plane finally|
|C-123 buzzing a condo about 1/2 KM away|
Through some reorganization at work in the past two months, I have suddenly gained ready access to a lab full of RF test equipment again. Two years is a long time to go without. Apologies for the cell-phone photograph of the screen.
I took the W1GHZ 1152-MHz LO board over to have a look at it during lunch. I’m seeing -11 dBm at 1152.007 MHz. I am a bit dubious of the last digit of the frequency (even at 300 Hz RBW) but I’m sure there’s a frequency counter around somewhere. Anyhow, I need to put a MMIC (or two) on the transverter board. That should be a nice evening project along with the W6PQL preamp kit that showed up today.
Photograph 3 is a list of sections worked and one notes band conditions were long especially on 15 and 20m however 10m never ionized over the weekend. I miss 10m activity and hope the band will finally play next year?
California QSO Party.
Rest is important going into any RadioSport event and fatigue does not help one’s morale when butt-in-the-chair time is a priority. I was wiped out when Saturday evening rolled across the ionosphere and called it at 0100 UTC when CW signals blurred my brain. I slept 12 hours then returned to the keyer catching long skip into Europe on Sunday morning.
Likewise, logging Bill, N6ZFO who was booming through the ICOM wireless on Sunday morning from Lake County. A great signal from his location. I want to thank the North California Contest Club for sponsoring a stellar event. The California QSO Party is world class!
KA3DRR/6 CQP Score.
40m = 92Qs and 1 Section.
20m = 376 Qs and 25 Sections.
15m = 222 Qs and 26 Sections.
Total Qs = 690
Total Sections = 52
Total Points = 107, 640
Spirit of Ham Radio.
Likewise John, W6SL is a stellar example when speaking about the spirit of ham radio and the friendship that follows our hobby. He opened his operating chair and put me in the pilot seat of his accomplished station. John is a 5 band DXCC operator with 300 plus entities to his credit. He is one who patiently waits for a new country recently logging Andorra not an easy feat from the west coast given the mountainous terrain surrounding this country.
The spirit of ham radio moves through the ether in mysterious ways. I was speaking with Dick Norton, N6AA about moving to the next level in RadioSport during an annual swap fest in Santa Maria, California. He mentioned guest operating just as W6SL walked within range of our conversation. John asked about my guest operating interest and invited me over without hesitation.
I enjoyed operating a wireless set using an amplifier and competitive grade antenna systems through last weekend because of John, W6SL.
Rest is important going into an event. RadioSport is fun and reasonably defined goals make a difference in the operating chair. I logged new countries, grid squares, and counties through last weekend while learning about propagation using competitive grade antennas.
The spirit of ham radio endures through men like John, W6SL, Bill, N6ZFO, and organizations like the Northern California Contest Club.
73 from the shackadelic.
73 from the busy shack relaxation zone.