no wasps so far, electricity, and other items

Feb 25, 11:32 AM

No wasps yet in my shed. Hurrah !

Getting 240VAC put in. That will get my air conditioner/heater hook up done. Just then have to mount it in the window. Its heavy.

updated: March 3, 2017

Ordered a 3800mAH battery for my Baefong. It doesn’t exactly fit. Apparently just missed the snap connection to hold it in place. I had to use my Dremel tool to trim it. A replacement is on its way. I’ll try that one, and trim if necessary. Possible pictures later. After contacting the seller, we both detemrined the battery wasn’t designed with the longer case of the Baefong UV-5RA in mind. They had changed they seller page to add this information.

end of update.

Serial to USB programming cable. After an hour of working with it, and it not being found by my Win 10 Home computer, an error message pops up. I would have preferred it popup early on, but it didn’t. The error informs me that the cable is 2.0, and my computer’s USB ports are 3.0. I thoguht that USb ports are backwards compantible, but apparently not. So I have to dig through storage boxes to find one of several USB strips I have.

And I’m still studying for my Amateur Extra license test.


Ham Radio, gear


bought a Beofung UV-5RA set

Feb 16, 05:31 PM

This is a 2 meter/70 centimeter dual band radio. Came with a charger, ear buds, a charged battery, and a wrist strap.

It was on sale. I could afford it, the programming cable, and a spare 3800 mAH battery for less than I could get 2 batteries for my other 2 m radios.


Ham Radio, gear


downloaded the CHIRP software

Feb 16, 05:26 PM

Just waiting for my programming cable to go with it. I found a youtube video by Bob Nagy that got me started.


Ham Radio, software


electricity in progress

Feb 16, 05:23 PM

Relatives and I are working on getting line power, mains, out to my shack/shed. Just a few more feet, along with the circuit panel, breakers, and wall sockets.

My radio’s power supply will be its own breaker. Then lights will be on their own breaker.

update: Now have line/mains power to 4 wall sockets. Each pair are on one breaker.

Now I just have to get the rest of the wiring, insulation, and mount my air conditioner so it will be cool in there during summer.


Ham Radio, gear


still trying to keep the wasps out

Jan 29, 02:16 PM

I haven’t been on the air since Field Day, 2016 due to wasps in my shed. I have closed up some small holes, and I hope to get the larger opnes along the roof peak closed up before the spring.


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