Look what came in today’s Mail.

Look what came in the mail today.  It will be my 71s Birthday day on the 2nd of August.  BDARRL2014

If you want to send something related to Ham Radio, I will humbly accepted them as well as the above.

Considering that I was born in Conn., it would be nice if they at the ARRL HQ would put someone to Scottsdale to aid this creaky old body in putting up  the HF antenna that’s sitting on the patio out back so I could get on the air.


As of right now it looks like I’m going to be kept busy away from the Ham Shack.

If time permits, I will move the power supply and the ICOM 707 closer to my computer.  I have cleared a separate desk with more than enough room on it for both and maybe a couple more items.  That happens if I have the time.

Even after the move there is still the matter of the antenna that is our on the patio, in pieces.  It needs to be put together and put up on the roof and a cable installed through the attic into the Ham Shack.  The move to the new location of the 707 actually might make the cable installation easier because it doesn’t have to go through a brick wall.



When I was home and not involved in other activities and there were quite a few yesterday, I took the time to clear off the desk that I plan to move my ICOM 707 to that is closer to my computer.

It’s not so much that I want to connect the two but I just feel like I want to do away with the second desk in my office (HAM SHACK) and gain space.

Although connecting the two would allow me to use the 707 in ways that I haven’t tried or even thought of.



radio1426503012011 001Down hill toward the weekend.

The SARC had a net last night at 7 PM but I was would you believe  taking  a nap after taking some medicine as my legs were causing me a great deal of pain.  It’s so much fun being old.

I did think and make some plans to move my ICOM 707 to another desk in my office (HAM SHACK) which will put it closer to my computer.  I have also been thinking of removing the desk that the 707 is on now and re-arranging the room.  In my mine right now less (furniture) is better



Today’s report is about my on the air contact yesterday.

No HF as I don’t have an antenna up.  Still taking up space on our patio. And being 70, it would not be a good idea for me to even think of going up on the roof.

I do, thanks to the SARC have  a VHF/UHF roof mounted antenna and cable coming  into my office (HAM SHACK) and I connect my Yaesu FT-60 to it.

About 5:30 went on the local Mesa Winsytem Repeater and made contact with a station up in Las Vegas Nevada.

We compared temperatures.  Las Vegas was 106 and the Scottsdale, Phoenix area was 105.  He said I had some white noise on my signal but otherwise had a good signal.  He was using a mobile and we ended when he got home.

It was my first contact using the Winsystem.


Wondering this morning what I can do as a Ham today.  My shack here in Scottsdale has a roof-top VHF/UHF antenna and I use my Yaesu FT-60 on it and can hit quite a few repeaters throughout the Valley of the Sun.  I know of at least one net tonight, but it’s kinda late for me.

As to activity on HF, the HF antenna still sits on the patio and my ICOM 707 waits to be connected.

However, being 70 and to maintain “safety” here in my Ham Shack, I’m smart enough to realize the last place for me is up on the roof installing an antenna.

Learned long ago, it’s behind a mike or using a key for this HAM.

New Year.

I know that I have not posted anything since last year.  Partly I just found I had other things to do when I thought of blogging.  There was at least a week when there were problems with the site provider.  And at least one day when our house was without power.

That should give you some idea of what it’s been like here.