Monthly Archives: November 2014

W5VE HF progress

20141124_143331[1]Closer after today’s mail to having an HF station again. Received a QSO King end-fed antenna (160 thru 6 meters including all the WARC bands). The large white cylinder is an antenna isolator. No RF burns for me — been there, done that. … Also won an antenna tuner on eBay (manual but can always upgrade to an autotuner later). … Already had the power supply. Have antenna masts ready. Need an eye bolt and a couple of regular bolts to mount the antenna’s balun. … Oh, and one other minor thing, need an ssb transceiver. Still shopping for that.

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New license tag

20141108_130950[1]Two things in life give me pride — my military service and my amateur radio service. Years ago, I had special state-issued amateur radio tags with my call letters. But after getting a Bronze Star tag a number of years ago, had to give up the call letters. Recently, Norman, N4NH (thanks, Norman!) pointed out I could have BOTH! It came today. A combination Bronze Star / call letter tag! (in NC this only works if you have a 1×2 call, total 4 characters). –W5VE

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