It's about 3:00 on a Sunday afternoon, and I'm sitting in my shack in a pair of shorts watching dots crawl down a waterfall display. I can feel the aftereffects of the migraine I woke up with and the medication I took to feel almost normal. Sunday is my day for household chores, and I should be doing them, but I'm not. I've got post-convention work I have to do for ApolloCon, the science fiction convention I ran this year while y'all were having fun at Field Day, (lucky bastards,) but I'm not doing that, either. Instead, I'm watching dots crawl down a waterfall display.
I've been offline for a while because of ApolloCon, but I'm back at it. My XYL, KD5SBI, has expressed a desire to do PSK31 on 2-meters FM (and I've confirmed that there is such a thing) and has indicated that she understands the need for an interface box. To that end, she suggested that I purchase the UMI SCI-6 and assemble it, for it is a kit, for her birthday, which is coming up soon.
Last night, Dr. Mal Eiselman and I spent an hour on the phone going over my radio and the news is pretty uniformly bad. There is no loose connection or anything that I'm confident I can fix in the radio. The problem is that the local oscillator board is not working. So, it's back to the good doctor for repair.
The one bright spot is Dr. Eiselman whose efforts to assist me are much appreciated even though they were ultimately unsuccessful. I can definitely recommend NC4L as the guy to fix FT-102's.
ON6DX will be in Curacao from June 28, 2013 to July 7, 2013 as PJ2/ON6DX.
I am attempting to create whole-band antennas for 80m and 160m that will actually fit on my yard. NEC2 says that a particular design will definitely work, but having built a 10/12m scale model of the larger antenna, well, it doesn't work. I'm going to be investigating why. I hope it is because I made a construction error.
About a year ago, on March 30, 2012, an acquaintance of mine, Don Culbertson K5LDD died. Although he had had cancer, my understanding is that he died of a heart attack. Since he had been sick, he had discussed with his wife who was to help her dismantle his ham shack, their home network, and various related things, and the person that he suggested help her with it was me.
XR0ZR will be QRV from Juan Fernandez Island sometime in late 2013. The Web site http://www.juanfernandez2013.com/ is under development. It's got a countdown on it now that ends on July 27, but I expect that it'll be updated as soon as there's something to put on it.
Juan Fernandez Island is in the South Pacific off the coast of Chile. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Fern%C3%A1ndez_Islands
A while back, I complained that I had misplaced my second copy of the Jerry Sevick's The Short Vertical Antenna and Ground Radial What I was trying to do was simulate one of the antennas that he had put in the book to see if I was getting a handle on NEC2. As an aside, I don't use EzNEC because I usually run Linux at home, not Windows, and EzNEC is pretty seriously a windows-only thing. I suppose I could get it to run under WINE, but I'm not really very interested in paying money for a product that could be rather difficult for me to use.