Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hello all,
Decided to rearrange the shack yet again, LOL.

This time I'm going for a minimalist setup. I've had the pleasure of owning some great rigs over the years, but I'm at a point where too many choices of rigs to operate is taking the fun out of the hobby.

To get a look at my new set go to my web page, click on My Radio Shack. You might have to refresh your cache.

Dan,  N8IE

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Had fun yesterday with my fellow Ham, Daryl, K8FP.
Both our amps were down, his an Ameritron 811-H and mine is an 811.

After some troubleshooting we found his had a bad resistor on one of his tubes that caused it blow, mine was two of my tubes shorted at blew holes in the plates and took out the Grid meter.

Now to get a replacement!

Good times.

Dan, N8IE

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Well Murphy sneaked into my shack and screwed up some of my stuff!
First my FT-101EX T/R relay has gone bad, while an easy fix it has other issues so I put the FT-401B back in line. Like that radio better any way, 28 tubes and near 300W output!

Then two of the three 811's in my AL-811 have small holes in the plates. Had an arc over in the tuner, not sure if the tuner caused it, or the tubes did. At any rate Ameritron is know for using cheap ass Chicom tubes. My friend has a pair, so Saturday I hope to get it back in operation.

So goes the life of a Ham! :-)

73 de N8IE

Monday, July 07, 2014

6M Coast to Coast!

Yesterday 6 meters was open just about all day. Signals were loud, and plentiful.
I worked from NJ to CA.

In all I worked VE2-3-4-5, about 4 XE, and at least 20+ states.

This is the most I've worked on 6 in a LONG time.

Dan, N8IE

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Well my old girl (Yaesu FT-101) gave up on me. Had to put the older Yaesu FT-401B back in line.
No real big deal, it'll give me something to tinker with this winter.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Just added a Johnson Viking Valiant transmitter to my shack!
It's paired with a Hallicrafters SX-122.

Check it out on my webpage:

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Good week. Had two visits from Ham friends and family.
Gordon, N8YOH my brother in-law spent the week from Cali.

Then yesterday /rick WB6JBM (my brother from another mother) paid me a visit before leaving back to Ga.

Awesome to see you both again!