dimanche 24 août 2014

Coax fail...oh well!

I guess as good a time as any, so I took the Buddistick down. Also packing up the gear. As usual, over here, not too much success. Did have a half dozen or so DX contacts and a few locals. Nothing to really brag about though.

The YL is looking forward to her return and I am too. Not a pleasant stay. My brother lost his wife to colon cancer at age 61. My good friend, younger than I, is failing rapidly. Mom too but she is 96 years old.

I don't expect to post anything else until we are back in Benodet.  That is unless something occurs.


samedi 23 août 2014

17 meters

Using antenna tuner, loaded the Buddistick and FT-817 on 17 meters. Heard RN3GL calling CQ. I answered and he returned immediately for a contact. Running 4 watts from the rig and with a distance of 4543 miles, the 1000 MPW was met.

I will, probably, take down the antenna this week and prepare for our return to la belle France.

73 Dick

samedi 16 août 2014

Saturday morning QSO

Heathkit HW-8 @ 1.3 watts to Buddistick. About 6:30 AM EST heard J3/AI5G in Grenada calling CQ on 20 meters. He was weak, I was surely much weaker. We made it a quick 2-way. Distance about 2,256 miles from here in central NYS so qualified for the 1,000 MPW thing.

Quite chilly here this morning. Lots of fog. More like early October.

Coffee time.

73 Dick

mercredi 13 août 2014

Today's QSO

Using the FT-817 at about 5 watts. Buddistick antenna, of course. And from here in NYS.  Worked P43E in Aruba.  Good distance this evening from here in the NE.

Now back to my Kindle read.


lundi 11 août 2014

Special Event Station

Using the "new" K1 on 20 meters late afternoon, worked AM03GHZ. About 5 watts to the Buddistick. Again from the USA shack using my USA call.


mardi 5 août 2014

Rare trans-atlantic QSO

I had the  HW-8 that I keep here running this afternoon at 1.3 watts. Heard a very strong signal from EA3GBA working stations. Dropped my call and he came back with an RST 579 report. First trans-atlantic contact from the USA side using the HW-8. Only the Buddistick, as usual so I was surprised by the contact and report.

jeudi 24 juillet 2014

Back from Maine.

Had a great trip to Rockland, Maine. Six hours of driving with a couple of short breaks. The weather was fine the first two days, but the next three were rainy. Fortunately there was much to see indoors and the rainy, misty weather was atmospheric. Some interesting museums. The Maine Lighthouse Museum was nearly as good as those I have visited in France. Plenty of original lenses, etc. on display. The Transportation Museum, a half-hour's drive from Rockland,  featured wonderful automobiles of the early days through the 1930's. Gorgeous, all. And, fantastic early airplanes suspended from the ceiling and posed on the concrete floor. Originals with a couple of accurate reproductions from the Wright brothers through the late 1930's. . This museum is in an airplane hanger and many of the aircraft still take to the air.

I received my K1 rigs. Both in very good physical shape. Unfortunately one of them has a bad frequency board. A 20/40 meter board has full output on 40 but only half a mw on 20. As 20-meters is my band, a new board is required. The previous owner is sending a new one which I will, eventually, install. Probably back in France.

I did get on the air today and worked MJ/OK1FIK in Jersey. Had to repeat my call several times but he was patient and eventually copied me. So 4 watts to the Buddistick with a distance of, nearly, 4000 miles.

73 Dick