Monday, February 28, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Power Pole Arcing

Alabama Power came out to the house today to locate the source of the broad
banded "frying noise" I hear. The rep began with a receiver and yagi antenna
in an effort to narrow down the source. Once it was determined to be "close", she
began to "listen" to each pole with her parabolic mic. The following picture shows
the location of the arcing on the pole right outside the shack!
Click on the video below the picture to hear the arcing on the pole as detected
by their parabolic mic.

The video camera was unable to focus. However, you can hear the sound of the arcing as picked up
by the parabolic mic and you can see the red light come on signaling the sound of the arcing.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


LDG tuner was set to Bypass and FT-2000 tuner was off.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

New Stat Counter

You may have noticed a new stat counter on the top right side of the blog. Implemented today, February 14, 2011, it will begin to track all hits on the site and provide interesting statistical detailed. Feel free to click on the View my Stats link see see details.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Portable Rotatable Dipole

1. Attach (screw in to the opposing connectors) two hamsticks (choose your band).
This would be the connectors at the upper left and lower right.
2. Connect your coax to the connector on the bottom left.
3. Clamp the fixture to a solid 20' long 1" fiberglass pole.
4. Strap the pole to the corner post of your deck or other secure vertical structure.
A rotor would be a nice twist (no pun intended).

The mount opposing the coax connector is insulated from the fixture itself.
The fixture is common only to the antenna connector shown at the top left.

Would this antenna perform better when pointed to the west than working off
the end of an east-west oriented 1/2 wave dipole?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Working with TRX-Manager

Left monitor shows Mentone TRX-Manager. Chat room was launched from Tuscaloosa.
Right monitor is from Tuscaloosa. Working up setup to use TRX-Manager as control program.
Notice the CW window on the Mentone machine. Remote CW works GREAT!

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