I really do. Have had it for 4-5 years now. Itâ€™s not particularly big, nor particularly powerful (Celestron Powerseeker 114EQ), but it does what it does fairly well. Problem is: around here, you just donâ€™t get that many chances to use it. Nor will you see â€œspecialâ€ celestial happenings. Itâ€™s like Washington State reads the papers. And when it sees that there will be something â€œspecialâ€ (Full Lunar Eclipse, etc.), it orders up a shitload of clouds, or rain, or both, and you canâ€™t even go outside and look up. Iâ€™ve really not seen one eclipse, meteor shower, or asteroid flyby because of the weather here in the â€œGreatâ€ Northwest.
So, Iâ€™m thinking of putting it back in itâ€™s box and storing it until we get our Tent Trailer/RV where I will find a place for it. Weâ€™ve camped out in some great open sky places and I think itâ€™ll be fun to take along.
Not much going on today. In a much better mood than yesterday, thank goodness. Just had my breakfast (Honey Nut Cheerios with walnuts & I added the leftover piece of fish from last night. No, not in the cereal.) and am about to get my day really started. Putting on my music (ChillTrax today); and when I put on music Iâ€™m usually up and around actually doing something instead of veg’ing with whatever show I put up on my other monitor.
Got off my ass (which I do when I put music to playing) and swept half the house. Did some sanding on the walls that needed it in my room. Generally straightened up along with my usual chores.
Then I got out and put up that new antenna I got. Itâ€™s now hanging about 40 feet up. What a difference! Itâ€™s so much better than the one I made. Actually made a PSK31 contact with W3HOT down in Arizona on 25 watts. My signal is being heard in Pennsylvania according to pskreporter.info. Have already heard a bunch of voice traffic that I couldnâ€™t hear when I switched back to my old antenna. Cool! Just heard by AB1KW 2400+ miles away. (Looks like New York)
Just received a picture on 14.233 from John (N7RKY) in Montana using Easypal. Cool! (Sorry I got your name wrong, John!)(And your call.)
And thatâ€™s it. MCARC 2-meter Wednesday Chat net went well. Couple of the guys helped me check my new antenna on 10-meters and 40-meters. Cool.