April 24, 2014 | In: Family, Geocaching, Ham Radio

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I hope that all my readers had a blessed Easter.  Our Good Friday and Easter Morning services at church went quite well, and the rain held off until after the neighborhood Easter-Egg hunt.  We were able to join some of Diana’s family for a picnic lunch at her dad’s place.

With the help of 2nd Harmonic, KF7EPZ, I was able to get my antenna re-strung, and it is actually higher than it used to be.  That said, I'm not sure it came through being downed without incident.  I seem to have sudden SWR spikes as if there is something intermittent going on. 

Fortunately, this time around I’ve set the guy ropes up in such a way that bringing the antenna back down (in a controlled manner, no less) is much more doable than it used to be.  So, on the next dry day that I actually have free time (and in the Puget Sound that combination is kind of hard to come by) I’ll be dropping the antenna and checking where the twin-lead meets the dipole for breaks.

If things continue to be wonky with the G5RV I may need to replace it…but since it has been up since before Y2K, it is not the end of the world… a bit annoying perhaps, but not the end of the world.

I continue to become more comfortable with my hamshack Linux install.  I got QSSTV built for Slow-Scan TV.  I can receive with no issues, but I’m still trying to get the rig-control portion working.  I also downloaded YFKTest for contest logging.  Not sure if I’ll use it as my new primary contest logger.  Since I already have licenses for all of the N3FJP software, I may just see how well they work under Wine (rumor has it that they work great…YMMV).

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