Cloudy and a butt-ton cooler today than it has been. Nice in some ways. Hate to say it, but, we really could use a few days of moderate rain. You can hear how dry the trees are when the wind blows. Scary.
But I got out and ran the rider-mower around the front-lower and back yards. Hit something and bent that bell shaped thingie that encloses the blades and its making a lot of noise. Tried bending it back out but that didnâ€™t work. So I quit for the day (mowing) and will fix it tomorrow. Instead I took the shears, and a walk, and cut blackberry bushes trying to encroach on my path. Should have worn gloves! And a long sleeved shirt. And long pants. Mostly because the mosquitoâ€™s are out in force what with the cooler weather.
Waiting on a guy to come by and buy my old tool-box from the Ranger. I want only $100 and itâ€™s in really good condition. Well worth the price when you look online at the prices for a new one.
Mounted, well, re-mounted my 2-meter/440 antenna on the new tool-box and itâ€™s working just fine. I saw a 100% improvement in both incoming and outgoing signals. Now I need to learn to program this â€œnewâ€ radio. Iâ€™ll probably wind up bringing it in and using Chirp to program the thing. With over 500 memories I should be able to program in every repeater between here and Pennsylvania! (Along the routes Iâ€™d be likely to take, that is.)
Guy came for the toolbox and paid cash (as I requested). I contacted the other guy abut buying that Icom 2100H, but itâ€™s already been sold. So Iâ€™m going to get one of the Icom 2000H radios. It has only 63 memories but that should be more than enough for use as a base station here in my shack. I mean, how many repeaters can I reach from here? (Around 10.)
Not much else going on. Cooler than I like it mostly because the mosquitoâ€™s are taking advantage of the coolness to swarm. I already have 6 new bites! I even had to put clothes on! The Horror!
Watching â€œBattle Los Angeles.â€ Canâ€™t help it â€“ I still like most any movie where LA gets destroyed. (But I grew up there.)