Monday, March 18, 2013

Bitchin' net tonight.

GREAT net on 3730 tonight. Had a really good time. Had a contact out in Nova Scotia. Damn, can't quite remember his callsign. I think it was VE1UT. Sounds kinda right.

Asked that gang to get together to test out the bands on my radio. I'm keen to check as much out as a I can.

I think next weekend, barring nasty contest crap, I'll spend most of my time on the radio trying to get contacts.

Sunday, March 17, 2013


OK so the sun was being a bit of a prick this morning and spit out some hash. Made for a crappy day on HF. Tried to hook up with the guys on 3730 and it just didn't happen. I had a noise floor of S7 and the best of them were coming in at about S7.5. It was harsh. Gave up after a while and decided to read eHam forums instead.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

So...figured I'd start a blog.

Learning about the TS-440S.

Previous to this all I have had is theory.  Putting it into practise sure is enlightening.  All the little quirks of the rig are taking some time to learn. The almost constant adjustments when changing bands or modes are keeping me on my toes and forcing me to re-examine what I had learnt before.

I've joined a group of hams from Canada and the USA, the 3730 Group, that meet up nightly.  Good bunch of folks.  I'm having fun talking to them.  Although I've only been on a few times due to this blasted sinus infection.  I'm looking forward to participating in local activities such as field day with them.

Tried for some DX on 17m today.  There was a good strong station in Germany calling CQ DX, many were getting QSOs.  It seemed that there was something wrong with my knob twisting.  He could see or hear my signal but could not make me out due to a fault with my modulation.  Gotta keep trying.