HF radio checked out!
19 January 2010 | Ray Here...
Couldn't resist this picture...it helps remind me what we are all about...of course reality is never quite as good but we do have our dreams!
Okay, so finally after months of trying, we got our HF radio working! Our super-star radio (a older model Kenwood TS440 full on ham set) has been on the boat since we purchased it but we couldn't get it to work. I finally figured out that, as a last resort, I would have to follow the directions...HA!... Anyway, I hooked it up over the weekend and after lots of fiddling and re-connecting, it pulled down pretty good....which means I could listen to a lot of places world wide. I also know it's transmitting but we can't do a radio check yet as we're working on getting out licenses and you need a license to talk to people on it. On the good side, we now should have full HAM capability, which includes, both Upper and Lower Side Bands, for world-wide communications. Theoretically, we should be able to communicate, one way or the other, about anywhere we go. This also means we can make phone calls using the ham/SSB and get our weather through the satellite weather fax system.
not everything is hooked up yet but we're getting there.
In the meantime, both Sandy and I are studying for our HAM exams (scheduled for March the 6th)... Sandy is also studying celestial navigation (as a backup to our GPS), and I am studying Spanish on line. (Right now I'm up to nacho and burrito...it's bad when you have to practice your spanish ordering from Taco Bell!).
The major irritation I have right now is that it's still winter and I'm a warm weather-wimp. I won't go outside to fix stuff if it's even a little cold. I don't go outside to work on stuff when it's anything other than 60 plus degrees, (and of course calm and no rain...I also prefer less than 50% humidity but I'll let that swing for now). So naturally, it appears that every project I have, is stacked up because of the weather issue. (I'm like an old dog that doesn't want to go outside to go to the bathroom or bark at cars...much better to lay up in front to the fireplace...if we had one.
Wow! (changing topics for bit)...but...bright red sunrise this morning!...not a good thing for sailor people though when you go with the jingle "Red sun in the morning sailor take warning" the one good thing about it is...unless it's going to freeze or blizzard, it can't get any worse than the last few days...wind-rain, wind-rain...come on springtime!