Archive for September, 2011

I’m still here!

September 16, 2011

Wow it has been a month since I posted here. So much for at least once a week. Anyway, I have been pretty busy. Of course the job search takes a lot of time. We had a large family gathering here, and I spent some time at the local Air Force Base watching the aircraft hurrevacing from the east coast.

I began monitoring the military aircraft bands lately with my Kenwood TM-V71A. To say the least it has been very interesting. With a little research it is easy to find some frequencies to start with. There is a Yahoo group called Monix that is a local monitoring group. They are into all types of monitoring and a lot of the folks are hams. Check out their website here. RadioReference is a great resource for all types of frequencies and has a nice Mil Monitoring wiki. Any way I programmed in about 100 different frequencies and headed to a park adjacent to the runway in use. As I pulled in I saw a vehicle in the lot with a scanner antenna on it. A friendly “seen anything good?” resulted in introductions and the gentleman was a member of the Monix list that I had been communicating with. We spent about four hours listening and watching the planes. The most interesting thing of the day was a C5 Galaxy coming in with a hydraulic issue. Of course the set up for the emergency and sent out the crash trucks. Turns out they did have a leak but the landing was without incident. Very interesting listening and I realized that I need to buy a new scanner. Number one the Kenwood scans way to slow, about 10 channels per second. Number two i need to be able to hear the trunked system on the base. I live about 10 miles as the crow flies from the base so I will be monitoring it long term.

Another project that kept me busy in the last month was the Nescaf filter below.

 

W8VZM station with new Nescaf filter

 

After the last post on code practice.  I ordered and assembled the kit. It worked on the first try and it was a lot of fun to build. I will do a complete post on the kit soon. Let the CW begin!

That brings me to the next thought in my brain. What items do you think should be required to put together a kit shop? I have the basic tools and a DMM. That was all that was needed to complete this kit. I plan to continue building things as I have settled where I am and will be here for the rest of my life unless I hit the lottery! Drop me a comment or an email (w8vzmron at gmail dot com) and let me know what your ideas are. I will do a post on the suggestions when I get them together.

 

Until next time, 72

Ron


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