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!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Shack accesory

Got this baby yesterday. Upside, I have a good DC power distribution system, down side I have to rearrange my Shack. LOL

I needed a good excuse to do it anyway, the spiders are taking over. :-)

73, Dan

Monday, May 19, 2014

Hamvention 2014

Well I managed to make it to Hamvention this year. It was rough on me, but my Doctor said I needed to go. (long story).

Anyway, I had a great time albeit the weather Friday and Saturday sucked.
I missed three of my best Ham friends, Mike and Mary Beth Hall, and Brian Murry. Hope to catch up with you guys next time.

I was accompanied by my Son and Daryl, K8FP. We spent both days walking the flea market and checking out all the goodies. This year was the year of Heathkits. Seems like every other vendor had one on their table. We visited the AM gang from 7.295 and got to shake hands and put faces to call signs. They are a great bunch. We also spent some time at the DX-60 Net group, there Daryl found a near pristine Viking Valiant.

My finds for the weekend were a beautiful Heathkit HW-8:
She works as good as she looks!

Next I found an Autek QF-1A CW\SSB\AM filter for my Yaesu FT-101:
It was DOA when I got it home, a couple of capacitors were blown. A quick and easy fix!
I found a few other goodies, and a USB floppy drive for my PC.

The highlight for me was meeting some of the guys from Ham Nation:
This is Don, AE5DW. We both share an affinity for fine tobacco! 

I also got to meet the Audio Doctor himself, Bob, K9EID

All in all this was a good trip to Dayton!
72, OO
Dan, N8IE