Archive for November, 2005

HF gear in the shack – updated 12/12/05

November 29, 2005

As many of you know, I have collected quite a bit of amateur radio gear over the years. Here is a list of the 10 rigs (not counting QRP) that are “online”, i.e., hooked up and ready to go on the air at any time. You will hear me using any of these.

1) Kenwood TS-2000 – primary station rig
2) Icom IC-706 – kept as a back up for my mobile 706, and used in the shack mainly for 6m
3) Icom IC-735 – used mainly for PSK31 and RTTY
4) Drake C-Line – was my primary station rig from 1980-1990. Has been extensively fixed up with Sartori mods, solid-state tube replacements, filters, crystals, etc.
5) Atlas 210-X
6) Kenwood TS-830S
7) Kenwood TS-820 (not the “S” model, does not have digital display).
8) Kenwood TS-520S
9) Kenwood TS-440S – was my primary station rig from 1990 until I got the TS-2000.
10) Drake TR-4

Entry for November 23, 2005

November 23, 2005

Well, we have our first snow, or at least the first I have seen anyway. It snowed on me lightly as I was walking back to the office from lunch.

My brother and his family are having a “cold” day in Florida today. The high will only be in the 60s Image. But of course, it will start warming up tomorrow.

Some interesting basketball last night as Gonzaga and Michigan State went three overtimes before the  Zags won 109-106.  I watched Arizona-Connecticut. Two great coaches have good teams again this year.

My Christmas shopping is finished, except that I am in a couple auctions on eBay that aren’t over yet. My goal each year is to have it done by Thanksgiving.

I want to wish anyone reading this a Happy Thankgiving! I hope you all get to spend some quality time with friends and family. Be careful out there if you are traveling or shopping.

Entry for November 22, 2005

November 22, 2005

Ohio State beats Michigan for the fourth time in Jim Tressel’s five years as head coach Image.

I didn’t think OSU played well enough to win, but a late touchdown sealed the victory for the Bucks.

My brother stopped by Friday night on his way to Florida. We went to a little Italian place here in town that Bonnie and I had discovered, and he liked it as well as I do. Our waiter had gone to high school with AJ Hawk, a star OSU football player.

As of yesterday, the outside work around the yard is all done. Good thing, too, as we’ll have rain and/or snow for several days. I wish I had gone to Florida with my brother Image

Entry for November 14, 2005

November 14, 2005

Over the weekend, we visited my relatives in Ohio for the first time since July.

We try to get to one Blue Jackets’ game each year. Friday night, Columbus played well but lost to Edmonton 3-1.

Saturday night, we went to my old high school and saw a presentation of “Father of the Bride”. My oldest nephew had the lead (“Mr. Banks”) and my niece played “Miss Bellamy”. Both did great, if I can say so myself. I heard people behind me whispering about how good Sam was. Friday night, Kate got spontaneous applause after her main sets of lines.

On Sunday, I had a brief eyeball QSO with my friend W8WCA. He was cleaning his house the other day, and came across a tube tester that he didn’t want. So, he gave it to me. Then we had a first-birthday party for my youngest nephew. There were about 30 people invited. We had to leave about 2:30, though, so that we could get home at a reasonable hour.

I spent the return trip on 20 and 17 meters. Poor conditions. I did work ZF1EJ on 17.