Ham Radio other thoughts


[2+ miles on the arterial trail]

I ran with wife and dog for a bit this morning, then I had a blood donation appointment while the dog waited in the van and wife finished her 10k.

Later I traded an unused PA amplifier for a stereo amp with a guy on Facebook Marketplace. I brought home the stereo amp and hooked up the old speakers and CD player and played some tunes. The CD player died but rest works great. I hope to find my turntable and play some of my records.

In all of that I also arranged the office space and got some of the books stowed in an actual bookshelf!

This week I operated for both the 40 meter fox hunt on Tuesday and the 80 meter hunt on Thursday. I can tell that this location has a lot more radio noise than the house in rural Mississippi. I could hear a few stations on, but was not successful in finding any fox either time. But I am on the air!

This evening we went to a corporate activity: a hockey game between the Dubuque Fighting Saints and the Green Bay Gamblers. These teams are in the same league as the Des Moines Buccaneers. We left during the 2nd period and the Saints were up 4 goals to 2. Also we got free caps with the Saints logo.

And after my lament about the SBE certification renewal I sent off an email to the certification person. She gave me some good ideas about how to get some education points without spending big bucks. I’ve implemented that plan. I need to listen to some on-line webinars. I have done three so far. It is not unusual for me to spend an hour in the evening watching youtube videos, so this shouldn’t be a big problem if I can keep chipping away on it.