Getting back on the air

Now that summer is winding down I'm finding a few minutes here and there to get on the air again. This has also been prompted by my ten-year-old daughter who wants to learn about ham radio.

We made a contact to the Radio Society of Great Britain on SSB which then prompted the ARRL club station to call us. That was a pretty nice couple of contacts!

Last week I decided to dig out the Signalink USB and get on PSK31. Our first contact there was to Croatia. I plan to do a little SSTV in the near future as well. 

I have an RF issue in the house, that being that transmitting on 20m often causes the smoke alarms to sound. I've ordered some ferrites and hope to track that problem down soon. My thinking is that RF is coming in on the interconnect wiring between the units. And possibly it's radiating down the coax which crosses directly over the that runs to the smoke alarms. I need a real balun on my tri-band beam, so I'll probably order one and get it installed before the cold weather gets here.

Other than that, nothings been happening in Holy Cow's world as far as radio goes. 

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