Monthly Archives: September 2019

Transmitting on Property with a CrankIR

Put my CrankIR together as I wanted to replace some worn out clamps and play with my new Sark-110 analyzer. Also wanted to update the Flex-6300 spare radio.

See the top of the antenna?

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FT8 in the big shack

Thought I would snap a shot of running FT8 from the new radio room.  In this case the actual transceiver is at the “K9ZW Work” QTH:

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SmartSDR for iPad adds FT8

A very neat SmartSDR addition of FT8 to iPad version.

I’ve been making QSOs with it, and can see how with a few small tweaks it could be exceptional.

The screen is pretty uncluttered but the toggles are not so clear.

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Trenches or Moats? Underground at K9ZW

The trenching is all dug in for the underground conduits.

The decision to use conduits is a hopeful one at avoiding having to dig all this up again.

The trench to the main tower was dug wider as I have a lot of conduits going in. Several coax feed lines will share one, the 110v and 220v power another and CAT6 and low voltage control lines the third. Considering pulling fiber rather than CAT6.

Trench from the new Tower location back to the Radio Room

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Anderson Powerpole Resources

Okay, I’m capitulating to the emergent power connector in ham radio. While I prefer that a connector have a mechanical lock, the majority of our hobby is good with Powerpoles.

While I have other connectors in my shack and in my spare parts inventory, I do have a full PowerPole inventory & tool set at each QTH.

Here are some resources for correcting Power Pole connectors:

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Setting up a TS-990, Yaesu FT-5000, a Icom IC-7800 and a Flex-6000 back to back

My island neighbor George W9EVT had some unsupervised urchins in his shack during a major event on the farm, youngsters whose curiosity set them into twiddling knobs and pushing buttons.

Stuff like that happens and while the radios were none the worse for the attentions, the settings were partially scrambled.

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