The several month absence from postings on my amateur radio blog has an explanation. We moved from Buford, GA to Starkville, MS after I resigned from the Board of Regents staff. Our house in Starkville (home of Mississippi State University and MFJ Enterprises) has been on the market since our retirement from MSU in 2008. The two-state commute back and forth from GA to MS as well as my two hour daily commute from Buford to the Capital complex was just too much for us.
So we’re back in Starkville where I’m putting together my station. More on that soon. I am still a dues-paying member of the Atlanta Radio Club (W4DOC) and plan to attend events when I get to the Atlanta area. I’ve joined the MSU Amateur Radio Club (W5YD) where I am Professor Emeritus as well as the Magnolia Amateur Radio Club in Starkville. I will probably join the Capital Cityh Radio Club in Jackson, MS soon.
OK, so I was the loser…in the sense that my Miracle MMD Antenna didn’t arrive in time (due to no fault of Robert at Miracle Antenna) but the hot-as-hades weather did! I am somewhat sensitive to heath distress so I just did some band monitoring and sat under the ceiling fan in our den. So, no Field Day for me! There’s always next year….
Tomorrow is Field Day for 2010. I’ve had a Miracle Antenna MMD ordered for a week….the MMD 17 so it will tune several bands….but nothing in the mail box yet! Robert at Miracle Antenna wrote me this morning that it should make it from Canada today. If it doesn’t, I’ll revert to a hamstick dipole using an MFJ dipole mount. It’s my first Field Day so I would like to get on from either the Atlanta Radio Club site or from a local area with some SHADE!
I bought a World Pack II with the battery power supply for this kind of thing. I’ve been testing it with my daily commute from Buford to downtown Atlanta where I work. I bought a Yaesu FT-2800M from an eBay auction and run it into an MFJ HT antenna mount that clips onto the passenger window. I have a Smiley Antenna HT that I screw into this mount…Smiley Antenna says it is rated to 50W, unlike most of the ratings that I’ve seen with other HT antennae. I run the power on the 2800M anywhere from 5W while I’m downtown to the full 65 watts as I near Buford while connecting to the ARC 2M repeater, W4DOC. Thus far, I can do a week’s worth of commuting QSOs on a single charge. I trickle-charge it overnight from a walwart in my garage. The Power Port Store’s product line seems to be what they say it is.
So, if the weather’s not too hot (and I’m not too lazy), I’ll try to get on tomorrow with my Icom IC-706 using portable power and the LDG IT-100 auto-tuner and try out the Miracle Antenna MMD end-fed dipole. See you on 20M or 40M tomorrow!