Its amazing how much can or can’t be done with only two days off…I was able to get the FT2400 (2m mobile radio) installed in the Pickup truck along with a Larson 5/8w 2m magmount antenna. The testing of the truck was so far a success with acceptable gas mileage (for a full size pickup truck at least) and nothing that looks serious in the repairs catagory. There is the need for some cosmetic work but not that much and once that has been done then some serious antennas will be installed and along with my FT 857 this could be the vehicle that goes to VE8Land in 2009.
As far as the rest of the radio weekend goes….Made lots of contact on 40 and 80m on Saturday and Sunday….A few contacts were also made on 20 although I was in Embrun at my daughters home and missed the Trans Canada Net on 20m on Sunday afternoon so I will have to wait till next week to make my VE7Sked…
The pothole 40m net on Saturday was an OUTSTANDING SUCCESS with 13 checkings including VA3MHB Matthew who just passed his advanced test to get access to HF. I was the NCS for Saturdays net and my furthest checkin was VE3UK Bob from the Windsor area. This was not really DX but given the recent poor conditions on 40m….Not Bad!!!
Sunday’s 80m net with VA3CMD Patrick as NCS (operating from VE3JW) was also a great time but I don’t have his totals for the net.
The only bad side for the weekend was a “miserable so and so” who tossed an iceball and broke my front window at home on Saturday evening. Filling out the police report and waiting for the on call property management representive to arrive to arrange repairs took us to the early hours of Sunday Morning and that messed up my plans to operate from Brewer Park on Sunday am…..Oh well just my luck that when the WX was good…something would mess me up!!!1