Yesterday was pretty much the usual. I did get to spend part of the day setting up SWMBOâ€™s old laptop with Linux; that was fun. Everything works just great, except: The networking. It will either connect to our network and let her watch stuff from the Movie & TV Drives, OR, connect to the internet to let her do her genealogy thing. Wonâ€™t do both simultaneously and you have to switch between connections. Havenâ€™t figure that one out YET.
Got my programming cable for the Baofeng radioâ€™s I have so I spent a bit of time cloning one to the other. Got my three cable coax antenna switch so I spent some time hooking it through the automatic tuner and the radio. Seems to work just fine. Have a bit more room on my desk not having to have that manual tuner on it. Of course, I wonâ€™t be able to use that new 6-160m antenna until I buy (and receive) that 4:1 ladder line to coax balun I need. But I need to get that antenna higher anyway.
But, both my multi-band fan dipole (I built) and the 6btv antennaâ€™s seem to be working pretty good. The 6btv lets more of the voices I hear come through but the multi-band fan dipole seems to bring in more signals. Itâ€™s a lot noisier too. Iâ€™m still so new at this that I canâ€™t tell if thatâ€™s db gain or just plain background static.
Found the fan for SWMBOâ€™s new laptop online. Only $60 plus shipping! That really seems like $50 too much for a damned fan; but what are you gonna do? Without? I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s happening. Then they want $44 + shipping for the dvd drive my laptop needs. (The dvd drive thatâ€™s been TU for the past 3 years so Iâ€™m probably lucky to even find one.)
SWMBO got home and took me to dinner at FPH in Port Orchard. Then I went through the Dollar Store while she bought herself some new shoes at Big 5. Then we went to Wal-Mart and got her a new 28â€ tv/monitor and I bought a portable 1 TB drive to replace the drive in her friends laptop. Doesnâ€™t fit though. Wrong kind of connector. Plain USB 3.0 instead of the SATA connectors. Looks like I got that portable drive Iâ€™ve been meaning to get a bit earlier than I planned.
And thatâ€™s pretty much it. Weâ€™re home and doing whatever we usually do in the evenings.