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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Making up for lost time...sometime

Came back from San Diego a couple weeks back but haven't had much to do with ham radio other than updating the TWIAR web site, and even then I didn't do it right. Came home from Dollywood and George had a message on my machine about the web site not updated. I had the pages updated but forgot to upload them to the site. Short story but the passwords to the pages got corrupted and I got sidetracked working to reset them and forgot to upload the new pages.

As for San Diego, I can't figure it, I was able to hit a couple of repeaters but unfortunately no one wanted to talk. I did the simple "K4HSM listening", then tried "K4HSM stroke 6 listening", then even tried "K4HSM stroke 6 listening for anyone on repeater". Nothing.

I tried daytime and nighttime, and couldn't get anyone to even key up to tell em to "get off the damned repeater" or that I was "doing it wrong", whatever.

I did hear a couple of QSO's but I wasn't able to jump into the conversation at that moment. I suppose if I head back out to San Diego (doubtful at this time) I'll need to bring a mobile and power supply to hook up from the hotel room.

As for the home station, all radios are still unplugged (I did this when I left the first time, just in case a thunderstorm tried something while I was away) and I haven't had any urge to get on the air and talk to anyone. Just another lull I'm going through I suppose, but hopefully when the Tennessee QSO party revs up I'll get the bug back. It tends to bring the excitement back in, much the same as Field Day or a balloon launch.

Look for me to be on the air on 20 and 40 voice. The frequencies they recommend are 7240 and 14280, so I'll probably be in that vicinity.

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