Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Monday 19th August 2013

Again blue sky, 30+ knots, snow melting & dusty with radiant heat. If only the wind would go away this would be awesome weather. I had a bad headache today and felt a bit off colour. The water was off for the first time when I went to have a shower so I had to have one after smoko. I have to do stock take and reordering before the end of this month so I have to start cracking. It's a mongrel job and I'm hoping Chris will give me a hand to get through it.

I took a break from stocktaking in the afternoon to have a go at a moon bounce contact with both N7NW & K7CW in the USA. I still haven't managed to get a signal into the USA and I wasn't about to today either. The full moon looked spectacular as it rose up above the plateau and it would have been perfect watching my signals bounce off it on such a beautiful day, but it wasn't to be. Unfortunately as I was about to shut my transmitter down I noticed my 6m amplifier was dead. So now my final piece of equipment has blown up. I can't believe my luck, or bad luck I should say.

I stripped the amplifier down in disgust and found all four bias resistors were fried. All this time I must have been over driving it and it has finally said enough is enough. I just hope the two FET's are OK as if they are shot my moon bounce days are over and my 6m work has been reduced to bare foot.

I worked back late and wandered up for dinner feeling rather glum. After dinner I watched a documentary on five young black kids in New York who were wrongly convicted for rape in the late eighty's. It was a very sad story and they were released seven years later after a confession and a DNA match. The saddest bit is they are still waiting to be compensated ten years after being released.

 
 


1 comment:

  1. Arthur Blackwell21 August 2013 at 04:25

    Re; "I stripped the amplifier down in disgust and found all four bias resistors were fried. --- I just hope the two FET's are OK as if they are shot my moon bounce days are over and my 6m work has been reduced to bare foot."

    If I can help at all, I have a shed full of miscellaneous amateur radio junk, tell me what you need and I can then drop it into the Kingston HQ for you.

    One of the AULRO forum members' ( Stallie ) is a pilot that flies down to Antarctica, I could also ask him if he can drop the bits down to you?

    Cheers Arthur

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