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It has been too long…

Sadly, it has been just over three years since I posted anything new on this blog. Most of my life has changed since then, but I still find the urge to write stuff about my adventures. Two years ago I retired from the day job, and started indulging in a few special interest groups on Facebook – but now I am trying to reel myself back in a bit. My micro-blogging turned into nano-blogging via FB. I was interested in posting my photos there as sort-of a ‘test market’, before posting to a big site that offers printing services. You can see a sample of my photography via https://www.facebook.com/SomenetImagery/ – click on Photos and browse thru the various Albums.

My interest in radio and antenna design is not gone, just on a back burner recently. I’m spending too much time with FB, and hope this post can help bring me back to WordPress. Subscribe, or check back soon. Thanks  /;^)

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Field Day 2015

I don’t recall exactly, when the last time was that I operated Field Day primarily from home. I haven’t had much setup at home lately, and have been involved with various club efforts for years and years. This year tho, I was “1 Dog from Alabama” – referring to the “1D” category of a home station using commercial power. I used this as an opportunity to exercise one radio with one antenna. I often have my tape measure tuned radial elements on display, but don’t get to use them much at home. I thought 40m was greatly improved. I use these on a Hustler 5BTV, with a Yaesu FT-897D. Conditions were good on 40m thru the night, worked nearly everybody that I called back to. I got good reports.
There had been some concern, that the recent solar storm might leave a mess, but I thought conditions were pretty good. I was pleased.
I worked only the 40, 20, 15, & 10 meter bands, SSB only.
I didn’t get in any hurry, didn’t even leave the house. Made about 50 contacts.

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I appreciate N3FJP’s programs; n3fjp.com

I didn’t have a current version of http://n3fjp.com/fieldday.html, but a quick visit to the site, and an install – and it was registered and running. Shows me that ~40% of my contacts were on 7 MHz, but all together fairly well spread about the map. Hope everyone else had a good time as well.

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52 contacts on a section map

Thanks for the QSOs…
/;^)

Happy Fathers Day

Father’s Day salute to Larry Sieg…

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Them Ol Sieg Boys ..

The photo is from last October in David’s GapCreek ScanimateLab.
We have only aged slightly since then.

Thanks for everything Dad .!.
/;^)

SWL log from 1968

Turned up an interesting relic (while looking for something else, of course). I was in the 8th grade in 1968, and had use of a Hallicrafters S-38 receiver. Staying up late, the ionospheric ‘skip’ would expand to include Europe and I kept a log of different broadcast stations as I found them.

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A page of my Shortwave Listener’s Log from 1968

I kept other notes as well, and often I wrote to the stations asking for a QSL card. I have found several of these as well – but they can go in a future post. Note the wavelength calculation, top left – to find the element length for a 18 MHz dipole… I think that was the antenna I had hanging from the ridge line of the attic.

What Fun that was.
Thanks  /;^)