Hex beam @ W5RRR

Hex beam project getting real.

Mother’s Day was spent getting up a used K4KIO hex.

The good news:  it unexpected included a 6m capability.

The bad news:  it didn’t come with 15m wires.

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A confessional

Gary, KE5AMW, is a CW guy.  He’s gotten me interested to sharpen my CW skills that have rusted over the years.

I confess– he’s also inspired me to finally learn how to use a CW mechanical Bug, something I’ve put off for years.  I bought this off of eBay a long time ago, but never learned how to key it.

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W5RRR Crankup Tower

KG5HOK devised a cleverly simple u-bolt mounting scheme to get our temporary 50′ crackup tower up for operation.

It will live at the empty concrete slab until we can get the plans (and funds) in place to re-erect the 60′ full sized tower.

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IC-781 update- Fixed (for a few weeks now)

Updating this Blog subject,…

IC-781 HF transceiver now working fine (fingers crossed) so we’re back to 3x HF radios in the shack.

Insidious R20 fusible resistor kept tricking us into thinking there was a downstream failure embedded in the power line supply.

Turns out that Icom engineers very cleverly designed this inline resistor just below the edge of it’s power handling capacity.

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