Been very busy while Sue is away so I have been handling our QSL business alone. Have not had the time to do any search for the noise I posted about earlier.
I just ordered a County Comm GP5/SSB hand held receiver. This thing has great reviews on You Tube check it out. It should be invaluable in locating the offending source of the noise.
Over the weekend I noticed a buzzing sound about every 10Khz on 40 meters. Checking further I found it was on all bands. It is not a weak signal, its 20 over S9!
I have no idea where the source of this new interference is but until I find it and get it removed I am unable to operate. Never in 56 years have I seen external noise this strong. I am thnking it maybe a wall wart gone sour and boy do we have a lot of them in this house. Will start my search by turning off circut breakers for different areas of the house to see if it is within our house or perhaps a neighbor.
Accidentally pulled the control cable plug out of the back of my rotator contor while cleaning up a cable mess behind my desk. Unfortunately the control was on at the time.
Not sure what damage I did but the control no longer lights up. Took the fuse out and checked with ohm meter and shows it was good. So here I sit with not being able to turn
my Hex Beam with it stuck in the SE position.
Found out the only damage was the dial light. I took small screw driver and pushed the pins on the connector of the rotor to reset them just and case and did same
with the rotor cable plug. Rotor now turns and as said, only thing is the dial light which will involve taking front panel off rotor control to get to.
Not sure what has come over me ! I actually have a microphone hooked up to one of my rigs here on the desk. Yes I have even made a few SSB contacts the last week or so. The truth is I am having a really bad bout with arthritis right now and cannot use a key with my right hand or move my arm without severe pain. So in order to put a contact or two in my log I have called a few stations on 20 meters in the State QSO Parties. I heard S. Cook Islands, E51KTA on 20m this morning and logged him and left the frequency with a big head after he commented on how nice my signal was. Hey this could change my whole outlook on working SSB. We shall see…..
Made about 20 contacts in this contest and that is about the norm for me. I do not know how these guys can sit there and work the contest for as long as they do. I could never be a contester !
It still is hard to believe I was actually able to let go of my beloved FT-950. Since I have had the FTdx-3000 I noticed I had hardly turn it on so it was time for it to make someone else as happy
as it has done me for the last 4 years.
I like to experience other radios and decided to trade a chap in New Jersey for his TS-590S. It has been a very long time since I owned a modern Kenwood transceiver due to the bad taste a couple
of TS-2000’s left me with over their receivers being so poor.
The trade was fair based on age and current resell values. Awaiting the 590S’s arrival. Should arrive on Monday 2/26/17. Will report back here with my opinion.
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We recently had the honor of making the QSLs for Cliff, W4KKP who claims the title of the Worlds Oldest Operating Ham.
Cliff is 104 years young and turns 105 In October, 2016. Researched by Cliff’s local radio club and they could find no one older still operating.
Congratulations Cliff !
The Wireman ( www.thewireman.com) a well known supplier of antenna making products for the amateur carries some 450 ohm ladder line which is much better than the standard stiff solid conductor line you see on eBay and else where. It has two 16ga 19 strand conductors and is very flexible compared to others. It is their product number 552. Full legal power and very flexible.
Most of the 450 ohm line out there these days has two 18ga solid conductors.
I highly recommend this line, you will not be disappointed !