update: July 6, 2014

19 days ago

Still packing and waiting for a loadout time from relatives.

I hope to be on the air by September, 2014.


Jim

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This will be my ham radio doings

19 days ago

This site will be about my ham radio doings. I have my US Technician license.


Jim

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update: June 21, 2014

34 days ago

I’ll probably miss Field Day this year as I’m moving.

My radio is packed up and ready for the move.

I’m looking at buying a nice 80-10 meter antenna. I already have one in mind.

And in Rememberance of John Tippit, I added this K5BIT page at eham.net.

I have an Alinco DX-SR8T HF rig, a MJF 105-D 24 hour clock, an ARRL log book, an indoor antenna/936B loop tuner from MFJ, and a MFJ-4035MV power supply.

I’ll have to borrow tools from a relative, but I do have a soldering iron and know how to use it !


Jim

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update: January 1, 2014

205 days ago

I listened on the ham bands again today. I heard some digital signals loud and clear.

I didn’t hear any phone.

So, I’m going to look into using my rig for digital like rtty and psk.


Jim

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update: Dec 28-29, 2013

208 days ago

Got my Alinco DX-SR8T, power supply and the loop antenna and tuner connected.

Sound coming out of the speaker is like standing next to a large waterfall.

I can hear strong local signals. Not much else. Sometimes I can very faintly hear other signals.

I heard an international AM radio station above the 40m band. I could also hear local AM radio stations.

On Dec 28, I could hear two CW conversations and 3 SSB conversations.

On Dec 29, on 40m, I heard a local Net. I listened for about 30 minutes. I could hear two local hams, and sort of hear some others, and almost hear other hams.

Looks like I need an outdoor antenna, and maybe I can figure out where the ‘waterfall’ like white noise is coming from. It certainly makes it hard to hear anything.

I get the white noise sound with my Grundig shortwave receiver, but I can hear many more stations.


Jim

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