Really nice day out! One of the few remaining for this year. I tried to stay outside as much as possible. Really tried. Almost made it. Busy putting â€œstuffâ€ together for the trip though. Which meant being inside way too much for such a nice day.
Not much else going on. Playing with my 857d and the new Alpha Antenna. Added a couple of counterpoise wires to it. Made 4 but have room for only 2 to fit on the thing. Need an extension for the screw thingie that holds the coax attachment thingie. (There are a lot of â€œthingiesâ€ in Ham Radio.) Even managed to check in to the Noontime Net on 7.268.5 using only 25 watts! Thatâ€™s good.
Made Fried Chicken, Boiled Chunked Potatoâ€™s, and barely warmed up Home-Grown Peas for dinner. Was yummy. Now to remember that I have to save some for SWMBO. Or else. (Not really. I mean; she wouldnâ€™t really, like, hurt me or anything. But there is that look.)
Went back and attached two wires each to the connectors for the counterpoise. I figure it should work. Hopefully. No harm trying.
Heard on the radio today: â€œLady calling says she keeps getting texts that someone is trapped at the bottom of a canyon. Injuries unknown.â€ Several small fires in the area. Non-Injury Hit & Run. Altercation at Safeway in town. Three episodes of people passing out. (Probably the heat. It got up to 75 degrees today.)
MCARC 2-meter Wednesday Evening Chat Net went well with about 8 check-ins. I had to switch to the directional I built so they could hear me, and their signals were broken and scratchy, but we got it worked out. One of these days Iâ€™ll find a sweet spot for the 2-meter/440 antenna that will work just fine. Of course, I may wind up buying another 100 feet of coax to reach it in that spot.
And thatâ€™s about it for tonight. Just not much going on around here.