More GAS!

And another pass at HRO.

And the shopping list:

  • Yaesu VX8DR car charger
  • Mag Mount dual band antenna ( cheap but not MFJ )
  • Dual Band J-Pole
  • Coax
  • Swapped Diamond antenna for one with BNC on it.

Rant Time

I've had way too much experience with SMA connectors. I've installed kazillions of the damn things on hardline. I've never had one fail however N7JAK and I had a discussion and it made me start thinking about it some more and some points he made started to make sense after I swapped antennas and coax for the 8millionth time. I figure I'll settle down after a while but until then I'm going to leave an SMA/BNC adapter on all my radios and swap at that level so I can wear out an easy to replace connector and not the one built in to the radios.

Besides, I really hate putting on SMA connectors.

Categories: gas, equipment
Date: 2010-08-27, 7 years and 56 days ago

I've got GAS!

Gear Acquisition Syndrome has landed. I bought myself a birthday present of a radio.

HRO should be happy.

And the shopping list:

  • Yaesu VX8DR
  • Charging Cradle
  • Misc connectors and adapters.
  • Diamond DualBand antenna
  • Vectronics Shortwave antenna
Categories: gas, equipment
Date: 2010-08-25, 7 years and 58 days ago

Got my License

After many decades of procrastination I finally got my license. Tested with the Sunnyvale VEC ARC. Passed all 3 on the first try. with some very large amount of luck.

I know, not much of a first post but I'm testing out this new Blog software.

I do want to provide a link to the testing site I used. Ham Test Online's system is great and I definitely found it useful and of course highly recommend it

HamTestOnline - online courses for the ham radio exams
Categories: stuff, learning
Date: 2010-08-21, 7 years and 62 days ago