Last night I wandered over to the Science Museum (which you might remember is a short walk from my home) and attended the monthly meeting of the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club. The meeting served as a great meeting place as I had to drop off one piece of equipment as well as get back another piece of gear…
The gear coming home was my TAKTENNA which I had loaned out to a new ham about a year ago.
The antenna covers 10-40m and can also do 80m depending on your tuner.
As you can see from the picture its a different style design but it does work (read my earlier posts) about as well as any of the other compromise (limited space antennas) antennas do.
It will not out perform a wire antenna stretched out but it does get you on the air with a signal that can be heard.
I was talking to another amateur about this antenna and I believe it will be leaving me shortly (again) on another long term loan as he tries to find the best way to get an apt balcony “Radio Active”
Now lets talk about the toy that just left….
A few of you might know that I had a Yaesu VX1…
Thats a .5w micro dual band handie that Yaesu put out a few years back… I think that now they are up to the VX3. At the last VE3ORF/3730 group supper meeting one of the hams there was mentioning that he was going to buy one of the Chinese knock offs of the VX3…. I mentioned that he should enjoy it and that I had a “REAL” VX1 that was sitting in a box and gathering dust…. We kept on talking and to make a long story short … We met at the OVMRC Meeting last night and now its his VX1…. As much as I hate to get rid of gear … Its a radio I was not using… Could not see myself using…. And I still have the VX5, the VX8gr and the FT60r handhelds still in the shack that all serve alike purposes… The VX1 was definately surplus to my needs….
So one piece leaves and another piece returns…. Liz probally would of been happier if two left but….
As I was at the meeting anyway I took the time to watch the guest speaker (Micheal VE3WMB) who was giving an excellent talk on Portable Radio HF Operations. Micheal and myself are both avid QRP/Portable types and we have been out on a couple of event having fun. The last time I saw Micheal was the 2012 ChillyCon event held in early September at the Rideau River Provincal Park.
He gave a very interesting talk/presentation and it was nice to be used as a good example (as a change) as he did mention QRP SSB as well as the FT817 and W3EDP Antennas in his talk.
Anyway the meeting ended just after 9pm and I was home by about 2130 local after a great day. After that I worked a bit on re designing the QRZ Page of a fellow ham and then I called it a night…
Today will be spent getting gear ready for the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes Contest which happen this coming weekend….