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KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog

This has been another busy week at the radio station news room.  With the approach of the holiday season, all of us in the "media circus" are busy with the Thanks- giving and Christmas programs, not to mention the remotes, haunted houses, and whatever else is attached to the Halloween festiviites.  No rest for the "wicked" until after the New Year.  Between all of this, I will squeeze in some quality time on the amateur bands.  Most of the simple repairs to my rapidly aging radio collection are done.  A few touchups to the ole "antenna farm" will bring the station into operating con- dition.  I'm still having fun with the Kenwood 520 I acquired a few months ago--nice rig and very for- giving of us who have forgotten the ritual of tune and dip.  If you have a chance to get an older rig from the major manuafacturers, please do so.  What they lack in convenience is compensated by the sheer pleasure of rag-chewing on the hollow-state tecno

KH6JRM;s Amateur Radio Blog

This has been a busy month in the newsroom, so my time dedicated to amateur radio has been minimal.  I will get back in the groove this weekend after some yard work around the radio ranch.  Presently, I'm working to equip my Odyssey min-van with a ham radio station.  I'm operating on 2 meters with my trusty HT, a set of solar powered gel cells, and a 1/4 wave whip positioned on the van room with a mag mount.  For now, the setup meets my immediate needs. I elected to not use the van's electrical system.  The set of gel cells in the van coupled with a set of small solar panels mounted on a side window keeps the system active.  The power demands of the HT are very small, so I have no problem of running out of juice.  Adding HF capability will be a challenge, not the least of which is the low clearance of my garage.  Most likely, I'll opt for a mag-mounted "Ham Stick" as a temporary solution.  This is not an efficient system, but it will do until I