Field Strength Meter
I was reminded yesterday how careful you have to be when it gets too hot or too cold outside. I spent all weekend outside for quite a few hours – and while I took many breaks in the shade and drank lots of ice water, I was in the mid day sun in the heat for quite some time. I was pretty tired yesterday at work – trying to recover from the weekend – but I am very, very pleased with the outcome of the UrbanBeam on the AB-577 tower. That was a big project and it feels great to get back to a better height antenna wise. In fact, while I loved my N6BT DXU-32, in retrospect, that was a giant antenna – and it proved how strong these AB-577’s are. Like the Collins Gold Dust Twins, they are an engineering marvel, actually. I do feel a lot safer with the UrbanBeam up top – its a pretty heavy antenna, but no where near as big and heavy as the DXU-32.
Playing with different keys – which led to an epiphany and new direction CW wise for me
I have more than just one Summer Project, and am very excited to get started:
One thing that has fallen off the list is the remote tuner idea using the Collins 180S. Maybe some day – I will keep the two that I have because I do expect that hanging a wire antenna from the AB-577 opens up some new ideas an an antenna testing “platform” of sorts.
Work is super busy, but these days I love going to work and also love my weekends. I’ve been reminded in this past year how important it is to have balance – in fact, mixing things up a bit, trying new things and breaking up your routine is not tiring – its energizing. I do have a glimpse into why some say they are more busy in retirement than when they were at work – if you have the drive and some interests, there is a lot you can try and do.
And it all adds up to “re-creation” . . . .