Probably because I was busy most of the day! Unusual.
Finally got my Ham radio installed in the truck. Had to manufacture a support to hold the faceplate holder (and actually screw it into the dash!) but itâ€™s working great and the radio faceplate is totally visible but not in the way. Of course, there are wires all over the place that I need to straighten up today.
Have to move the antenna also. Itâ€™s just not working right where I put it. SWMBO and I went to ACE and bought a 3 ft length of steel bar that I can bend the end to hold the antenna then mount it to the truck bed just behind the cab. I think itâ€™s rigid enough not to vibrate too much at speed on the highway. I have no idea how Iâ€™m going to bend this steel bar (need heat) nor drill the holes Iâ€™ll need for mounting (do I have the correct drills somewhere?) but the rest of it should be fairly easy.
Watching â€œBBC Australia.with Simon Reeveâ€ on this lazy Sunday morning. Been a pretty good series. Iâ€™ve always wanted to go to Australia; especially the â€œOutback.â€ Iâ€™d like to start, say, in Perth and drive all the way around the circumference of the country before heading across the middle. But, Iâ€™m getting too old, stayed too broke, and will probably never get to visit there.
Still waiting on my BaoFeng *UV-5R Plus* UV 5R+ Dual-Band 136-174/400-480 MHz FM Ham Two-way Radio. It left Kent, WA two days ago. Probably for Bremerton but the tracking thingie doesnâ€™t say. To my way of thinking it could/should have been delivered yesterday. AND since itâ€™s UPS theyâ€™ll probably leave it at the Post Office instead of delivering it. Weâ€™ll see; but it has been their history when delivering to our place.
Later: Moving the antenna would have worked IF the piece of metal wasnâ€™t too damned thick. Canâ€™t screw the connector on enough for the leads to make contact. Damn! I even drilled two holes so I could mount my 6-btv antenna for field day ops! Damn! Iâ€™ll still take it along and play with it along the way to see how I can mount the 2-meter/70-cm antenna on it.
Thatâ€™s about it. Starting to pack my backpack for the trip. Strange not to have my radio sitting on the desk making noise. Too many â€œlast minuteâ€ things to do!!!