Archive for March, 2010

Lazy QRP CW Day

March 7, 2010

I was debating what to do before we go out for dinner, and was lost as to get on the air or work on a project. I have two signal generators begging for attention…one is dead and the other will not allow me to peak the output signal (an old military sig gen).

I opt’d for some CW time on 20 meters. One of my hombrew rigs uses a KD1JV keyer that I built probably about ten years or so ago…I must have gotten it to close to an EMF or static source as it looses all settings after about ten seconds and just sits there. I was going to get on 40 meters with another HB rig but sounds like a contest or something going on…so back to 20 meters. Now, I have spent about an hour just trying to get on the air. Then I spied my FT-817 sitting on the workbench…this rig makes into some really nice test equipment functions, but today it was just a QRP radio. I had to dig out the manual to get all the menu settings back to a normal mode and then I set up several freq’s sending CQ and then getting stepped on by DX chasers.

Finally, on 14.056 sending CQ and along comes Steve, NU7T. Wonderful signal, great fist to copy and he likes to ragchew. We chatted for about 20 minutes or so until I got the call to start getting ready for my date with the boss-lady . Steve is a QRP’er and active FISTS member. I had to find my FISTS card as I had not be asked for that in a long time…my fault for so much workbench time. Anyway, had a great chat and now heading for the shower.

Hope be home before 9:00pm and maybe I can drum up some 80 or 40 meter QRP contacts tonight.

First Saturday Breakfast MI-QRP

March 7, 2010

Had the first Ann Arbor First Saturday Breakfast for the MI-QRP Club. There are now three locations hosting these saturday morning eating/eye-balling/swapping parts/etc events. Today’s event was better than I had hoped for. Lots of folks, a whole lot more ShareFest parts and lots of homebrewing chatter.

The next breakfast will be April 3rd at the Old Country Buffet just off I-94 (exit 175) and north two lights…turn right and go into the shopping center on your left. It’s worth the drive!!!