I’m still here

Things have been awfully quiet here at W0HC. I traded my Chevy Blazer last March, and that started a quest to find a way to fit radios into my new vehicle. I've not been in a big rush to do that, and winter time has slowed me down even more. But I've gotten as far as finishing the DC wiring, mounted a screwdriver antenna and a 2m/70cm roof mounted antenna, and have the control panels for both radios mounted. It's down now to mounting the radios themselves and finishing the grounding for the screwdriver. All things I'd prefer to do in warm weather when I can work in the driveway where there's better light and a lot more room to climb in and out of the vehicle.  I look forward to writing a post on the results of the mobile install this spring.

I can't even remember the last time I was on the air at my QTH. Between three jobs, two kids, dogs, cats, and aquariums, ham radio has been pushed to the back burner. 

I've noticed a lot of banging around on the tower this winter. I'm not sure what's going on up there, but I need to either get myself up there or get a local ham to climb and give it a good inspection. I have a 70cm horizontal loop antenna that I'd like to install up there as well, but I need to find some good low loss coax for it. I'd really like to try some ATV.

Which brings me to this. I think, after being licensed for 22 years, I'm finally going to make it to Dayton this year. My wife, KC0AMY, wants to come along, and has lined up someone to stay with the kids while we're gone. Our hotel room is booked, and time off work approved. Now it's just a matter of having the funds to go, which means I better start busting my butt with job #3 to bring in some paying businesses. You might see more about that here if I get the amateur radio side of things going, but right now I'm focused on two large clients that need to be taken care of before I can let myself get distracted with other projects.

I'll probably watch from some lower loss coax and a UHF linear amplifier at the flea market. I've toyed with getting an HF amplifier as well, but that's pretty far down on my list of things I should spend money on.

That's pretty much my world in a nutshell. 


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