FT8 Portable Blues Continues

Yet another quirk. This one doesn’t affect operating portable. Just weird… ios no longer connects to pi access point.

Got the proverbial “No route to host message”. Googled it.

Seems like a known ios quirk.

Some say to enable and disable airplane mode. NFG!

HA. My guess, it’s bitchin because there’s no internet connection which apparently the modified kindle/android os doesn’t care about. Luckily for ft8 portable and us.

Made about a dozen contacts off the kindle this morning. Of course the big gun stations tromp over my penut whistle 7 watts. No point in calling cq!

So now the only diff will be antenna and battery power when portable.

72 de KE2YK – Stay tuned for the continuing saga of FT8 portable blues!

New ICOM IC-705

Just read that this new rig will be delayed until the 3rd quarter due to the wonderful gift from our bat eating friends in Wuhan.

Holy Cow! Random Wire Calculations Made Easy!

 

TenTecR4030

Been hacking around lately looking for more fun antenna projects to do with my QRP rigs.

In the meantime, I’ve been having a blast with this old Ten-Tec R4030 which I recently picked up.

I’ts been quite awhile since I have been experimenting with QRP antennas or been in the mood to build stuff but lately I have been doing a bit both for some odd reason…

Anyway, to avoid boring you to death with my idiosyncrasies, I have been reading a lot about theory of UNUN’s, random wire lengths and other weird combos or for the nerdy ham in me.

In doing so,  IMHO I found a rather priceless article on random wire lengths.  One of the keywords on the page which lends itself to my idiosyncrasies is UNORTHODOX.  Perhaps you will get out of this article as much as I did. (Yup, I even compiled and ran the C Code on my Raspberry PI!)

The Article is titled Random Wire Antennas. 72 and Enjoy de KE2YK