Ham Radio . . . For The Fun of It

I enjoy my ham radio “shack”. Its really is a shack I built in the garage and is quite cozy. Like this fellow above in the Gil, W1CJD (SK) cartoon – it has a heater and cooling. A big part of the hobby is station “configuration” – and its fun to try new gear and swap pieces in and out.

In the last year I have been doing serious A – B testing of antennas, and right now I am testing the DX Engineering DV-40-P phased vertical array vs. a Cushcraft D40 rotatable dipole. The Vertical Array is the better antenna for the evening ZS short path, and the rotatable dipole is better for the morning Long Path. Both are superb performers and offer fantastic ROI. They are dirt simple to install and don’t require a huge tower and all that comes with that.

I love building things such as the uRAT and my Inverted L base switching circuit. They both were fun, exciting, and the Inverted L base circuit makes my Amplifiers happy on 160, 80 and 30M, and that antenna performs very well.

I stopped watching TV probably about the time I got back into Ham Radio – 2001. I guess you could say that Ham Radio has become my TV!

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