Still hunting the terrible noise

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 got this 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. As it turned out the GP5 had a problem.

Update 7/6/17. Just as fast as the  noise appeared it is gone.  I am now suspecting my neighbor may have had a battery charger on his motorcycle and that was where my high noise was coming from. I noticed he had it out of his garage this last weekend and that is my main suspicion. He works out of town during the week and only comes home on the weekends.  Very friendly guy so I am sure
he would cooperate with me if the noise comes back.

Yaesu G-450A Rotator control fail

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.


The Kenwood 590 has now been in my shack a couple of weeks and I must say it is a nice little rig. Keeping with the nice Kenwood audio  I remembered from years ago. It is a pleasure to
listen to.  I worked a few stations during the recent WPX contest and had no trouble making contacts.  I  have acquired a amp relay cable for it to pair up with the AL-811 and works quite well.

Think I will hang on to this rig for a while.

A microphone ?

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…..

So Long FT-950

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.


Johnson Speedx Bug eBay find

My dad bought me one just like this when I was a young ham in 1962. He paid $19.95 for it at a local electronic supply house (Peninsula Electronics) in Salinas, CA.  I was so happy to get it as it got me away from a straight key. I developed my CW speed on it and used this bug for many years.
This weekend I ran across one just like it on eBay and it was a had to have.  So glad to have for the memories it will bring.



My Icom 7410

I have had the 7410 now for a week or two and I have to say I like the rig. The rig is very easy to drive around the bands. Front panel controls were well thought out in my opinion.
We have always judged 100 watt transceivers by the receive. Lets face it, 100 watts is a 100 watts no matter what brand is on the front panel.  Icom promotes this rig with advertising saying because it is double conversion there is less internal noise developed. Of course that maybe true but at the same time admitting it is not as hot as say my FT-950 which is triple conversion and  while I am on the 950, it is a much better receiver. Where the 7410 has it beat is in the DSP, especially with the twin pass band tuning.

I like the rig and it is a keeper in my shack quite a nice piece of equipment in the mid price range of amateur transceivers these days.



Update 10/8/15

Been pretty busy here with the QSL business and adding some new equipment to our business.  Also just purchased a used IC-7410 from a fellow up in Washington state. Waiting on him to ship when he receives my postal money order.  I really prefer to pay and have purchases using Paypal because it saves all the wait time and worry of mail with your payment being lost. I would have gladly paid the fees for him to avoid the hassle. Oh well.