Back in the saddle

After a massive retina detachment in July of 2021, the rest of the year was pretty somber as far as riding goes. No riding for 6-7 months. Eye is back to almost normal, with some different correction that worked extremely good. Having a very talented eye surgeon helped as well. Can’t thank the surgeons and nurses at Carolina Eye Associates enough for what they did. Outstanding.

BMW S1000XR 

She didn’t complain at all when I took her out to stretch her legs. Awesome bike.

Digging holes in the ground – DX Engineering 80m vertical install

Digging a hole for the first DX Engineering 80 meter 1/4 wave vertical. Hopefully this will be the first dig out of 4 for a 80 meter 4-square phased vertical array. Each antenna requires a huge radial field, as seen from the short cut circle around the dig. 60 radials, each 65 feet long, for a total of 3840 feet of radial wire.

The vertical is currently on backorder, so I’ll have time to dig the 300+ feet trench back to the shack. We’ll use “Betsy” to make the trench. 1 1/2 inch pvc will house the LMR-400 coax line, to keep it from the critters. More to come.

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A piece of art. DX Engineering radial ground plate. First class parts, and first class service. Great company. Waiting for the concrete to cure, and continue to get some 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe in the ground to pull the LMR-400 Coax through. Then the real fun starts. Stretching out radials. A lot of them.

Betsy doing the trench work for 1 1/2 pipe out to the antenna site

Pipe done, and LMR-400 pulled through about 270 feet of pipe. Installed the radial plate and feed line pigtail. Ready to lay down radials.

Cranking the generator up to solder the PL-259 on the coax.

Testing coax length and connection. Next: Mow the grass all the way to the ground, then lay radials.

60 radials, each 65 feet long, installed. A lot of work.

No the wait for the arrival of the antenna begins.

Done…

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Microphone test with GoPro Hero 6

Trying out a new mike for a GoPro Hero 6 (I know, I need a Hero 9). Have tried a few different mikes, and all of them distort (clips) the input into the camera at higher speeds. This mike will probably be a keeper (Giant Squid lapel mike). Sounds pretty good, even at higher speeds, without any cracking or distortion. It’s a keeper.