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 Nightime view of the HAARP antennas https://vimeo.com/316677774     By the https://skyglowproject.com/   Dish Dance <iframe title="vimeo-player" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/147382113" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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 Resisted the urge today. First day of spring  sunshine & melting snow. Lots of folks out hiking out and about. Kink River Springtime in the Chugach mtns
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 Began construction on a Hilltopper 30 this week. Was in the middle of the " group 1 " bag of capacitors and something did not feel rite. Put on the magnifiers, low and behold the lack of light reflecting off of the surface mount ic's pads was off. Grabbed the WG-30 camera set in in macro mode and started taking photo's. At my age, even with magnification my eyes just dont cut it when looking for surface mount soldering problems. Macro camera to the rescue. U1 and U2 So many times I have to relearn the same lesson over and over. Check each solder joint, carefully. The older I get, that camera's macro function is getting more use.  Here's a overall view of the radio's circuit board. I have no idea how many hours of troubleshooting  this saved me from. Could I cut it as a radio service tech. ? Not me, not by anyone's standards :) Anyways, here's some pic's of the end results.

ARCI Spring Qso Party

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 Yesterday was a blast. Carefully monitored 20 mtrs for any activity, nothing but static until 22 utc. Started hearing a few signals from both Japan and the lower 48.  The Japan DX contest was in progress, decided to jump in while keeping an eye on the qrp watering holes.  Stalked the stronger stations, began calling each at milliwatt power levels. Slowly increased power until the minimum threshold was found. Several were worked at the 750 milliwatt level, most required 3 to 5 watts output.  With the solar indicies yesterday at: sfi 70 a6 k2 felt pretty good about working the above stations. At times the 20 mtr band would go completely dead for awhile and signals would slowly return. Typical for a day with the A index of 6 from inside the auroral oval. Leaving plenty of time to relax in the sun out on the deck and read the latest issue of Qst.  Later this week, I'm gonna dig into the details about submitting my log for the JIDX event, as a

April Weekend Sprint SKCC

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Beautiful sunny spring day here in south central Alaska Decided to participate in the Weekend Sprint out on our deck and enjoy ham radio in the sunshine Strung up a 20 mtr end fed dipole  in our back yard. It wound up being in a sloping configuration, which worked out well, angled it so the main lobe of radiation was directed at the west coast states. http://www.parelectronics.com/end-fedz.php I'm pleased with this lightweight antenna. Band conditions this weekend were typical for this point in our solar cycle. Patience allways pays the greatest dividends http://www.skccgroup.com/