With the storm behind us, and the damage already done, the only thing left to do was GET THAT ANTENNA BACK UP! So, that’s what we did! I actually think we got it even higher this time getting it to the tippy top of one of the trees in the side yard…
What we set up in the Ham Shack was my new HF rig that’s going to eventually make its way into my car… The Kenwood ts-480SAT. First of all I love that it has a detachable faceplate that will sit in a holder on the dash.
The screen and the controls are readable without a magnifying glass, and this model, the SAT, has an auto tuner, which makes it convenient while driving!
I’ve been on the air with it over the last 24 hours or so and it has already gotten compliments for it’s audio and signal, even running barefoot and with only a dipole antenna. But Kenwood is known for it’s great sound, and I’m very happy with it thus far. The reception is good, but I’ll have to get use to all the bells and whistles to get the sound a little nicer without external speakers. There is a speaker on the back of the faceplate, but I’m so use to the Elecraft K3 with the nice dual speakers that I’m going to have to adjust.
Something I really like is the microphone. It has a button control on top to tune into a frequency without having to go to the knob on the unit itself. VERY convenient while driving! Good for them making such a user friendly hand mic.
Well, this week the fallen trees get cut up and taken away along with one more tree that needs to go as well. Unfortunately that last tree has the other half of that inverted V our dipole is made up of, so we’ll be back in the side yard aiming high to get that side back up after it’s perch is chipped. Hopefully this will only be a blip in the grand scheme of things and there won’t be too much HF radio interruption. Other things to consider in the meantime are antenna’s for the car when the Kenwood finally makes its way to my Vue. Right now, Hamsticks are what we are aiming for- relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and easy to change. I’ll be going for 20, 17 and 75 meter sticks.
So what radio adventures have you been on lately? And what do you think about HF rigs for the car? Yes or no?