Fire Island National Seashore

Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) is a United States National Seashore is around a 30-mile long barrier island which is separated from Long Island by the Great South Bay.

Photos while operating from Fire Island National Seashore: K-0679 KFF-0679 WWFF-0679 BOTA 6995

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What Was Your Amateur Radio Summer Like?

September sort of marks the end of the summer around Long Island. Crazy city traffic to the Hamptons slows down a bit, farm stand and vineyard traffic also begins to ease off and the locals can venture out to the store without being inundated with foreign traffic out on the east end’s two lane roads.

Personally I think the summer of 2020 was the worst ever in the 72 years I have lived on Long Island. COVID-19 restrictions didn’t keep the city folks from jamming the beaches but the local haunts were all shuttered tight for quite some time. Visiting with family and friends were all but off limits for us seniors.

Now that restrictions have been eased here in Suffolk County, I just don’t understand how bars are operating (maybe not all bars). This past Thursday I stopped at a local bar/restaurant to pick up our take out dinners. It’s a restaurant we dined at for years before COVID-19 locked us seniors down. Entering the bar, I was kind of amazed to see customers sitting side by side without masks. I know, drinking and masks don’t mix. Do people that hang out at bars develop some sort of special immunity?

From an amateur radio perspective, the summer here sure was the pits. While I am sure it was much the same nationwide, it really hits home when there is a direct impact on the things you enjoy doing (like field day) as an amateur radio operator.

With the never ending cancellations of amateur radio events, I had to disable the blog’s ham radio special events and hamfest pages. Perhaps I am a bit too optimistic but I think these event pages will be back online next year.

Trying to fill the void, I activated the Parks on the Air program a few times and operated from spots near water. The image is a recently discovered, semi-quiet spot in Patchogue NY near the Davis Park Ferry launch. Finding any semi-quiet operating spot near water is difficult during a Long Island summer.

I’d have to say the highlight of general amateur radio activity this summer was found in a virtual setting. With Dayton Hamvention closed, attending the first ever Virtual Ham Expo was a fairly good experience. As I recall it is still running until early September in a limited way. For more information about Virtual Ham Expo check my blog post here.

What was YOUR amateur radio summer like?

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Icom ic-705

A Good Companion for the The ICOM 705?

Peter Waters G3OJV from Waters and Stanton Amateur Radio Shop in the United Kingdom has his own YouTube channel where he reviews different Amateur Radio products and homebrew ideas.

Peter has been an Amateur Radio operator since 1960 and has co-owned his Amateur Radio shop since 1973.

With that kind of experience, Peter is one of the few Amateur Radio YouTuber’s I follow.

Of special interest to me, Peter has done several videos related to homebrewing compromise antennas for small spaces.

Small space, compromise antenna projects interest me because I enjoy homebrewing antennas, have a small yard and small space antenna ideas are useful when I activate State Parks for the Parks on the Air program.

The Elecraft T1A is a fine piece of gear. I have owned one for around 3 years now and have used it on outings with several different QRP rigs. As Peter will demonstrate, the features of the T1A extend beyond a simple QRP tuner.

I’d have to agree with Peter. The Elecraft T1A will make a good companion for the ICOM 705. Let Peter explain the T1A and you can then form your own opinion.

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