Anticipating more economic chaos ahead, I'm well on
my way to assembling a backup station, spare parts, and
assorted tools to tide me over in case my main rig goes
to the big ground plane in the sky. The ole Swan 100-
MX is holding its own, but one never knows when some
non-obtainable part gives up the ghost. So, I'm cleaning
up a Kenwood 520 the family of a Hawaii ham who went
SK a while back. The rig is is pretty good shape. I've
ordered a spare power cord, alignment tools, and a spare
12BY7A driver turbe. The original 2001 finals are still
serviceable. I have a few spare 6146Bs in the "tube" bin
in the event the old tubes die. My standby Yaesu FT-7
QRP rig (10 watts) is in excellent shape after I cleaned it
up and got the oxide off switches, etc. My collection of
coax feedline, 450-ohm twin lead, and assorted lenghts of
#16 antenna wire is adequate to build several antennas.
Along with my solar panels, deep cycle batteries, and a
trusty Honda generator, I can keep a modest ham station
on the air without a large outlay of funds. Once I get every-
thing in order, I can concentrate on riding out this economic
mess. One never knows how long the job will last, so I'm
watching expenses very closely and saving as much as I can.
For now, it's cash and no credit cards. I hope the best for all
of you. There isn't much we can do except to stay out of debt
and hold our public servants accountable. Have a good week-
end. 73 de Laupahoehoe. KH6JRM.
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