I got my test set finished last night and have it housed in a plaid tin from Wally World. It is a little larger than the set so there is room for some clip leads and such. I fixed a little slip in the lid to hold laminated cheet sheets for the use of the test set. This is a useful and easy project to build. The frequency readout is from my TUT 80.
After I cooked the finals with a shorted key jack, Terry sent me some new finals and the TUT is complete. She makes 2.5 watts. I am looking forward to this evening to make some contacts. I hope. It has been a long road as my skills are suspect. Thanks to Terry WA0ITP the TUT lives. He found all the stuff I did wrong... I will post to QRPSPOTs tonight de Paul
I had to work yesterday as there was an EXPO and film festival on campus. I set up my ATS III B and a 5 minute 5 dollar EFHW with a crappie pole. I tried to work the QRPTTF from the Maintenance shop. I heard only one 4 station and he was in the noise. Will try again de N0NBD
At dawn we were at mann's cove at Toronto lake to see if the fish stories were true. they werent! There were 20 boats on the cove and no one has much to show for their trouble . After a couple hours we loaded up and came back to our usual HAUNT at Buffalo. Within a few minutes were were catching nice crappie, some small bass and some dandy green bluegills that liked the looks of Les's beetle spin and my black and yellow micro jig. It was great fishing and now for some chair time and to check my eyelids.
The trip to Branson was great! We took in the Titanic mueseum and a few other sites. The Ozarkcon was great. I did not win any prizes in the drawings but Toodles won a book on crystal radios and a SW+80 kit. She did agree for me to build the kit for her and use as well. I had a blast working guys on the dummy load and got to work the special event station K0N. My ATS III worked great on Terry's 5 min/5 dollar antenna strung around the room. The food was great and the ham musicians were great. Next year I will take my 12 string along to play. If the weather allows I will fish some this weekend.
Les and I went to the east cove of Buffalo again today, the wind was variable but mostly East Southeast. Les caught a couple small bass and a nice crappie. I had a couple solid bites but no hookups. I was using a black over green squirmin grub and switched to a black bead head wolly bugger after Les caught a couple on a black 1/50th oz black maribu jig. the water was cool at 59-60 degrees and the winds were going about 20 mph. It was good trying anyhow.
The weather cleared off nicely after morning thunderstorms so Les and I went to Buffalo and fished at the north bridge. A guy was there fishing under the bridge and had caught a few small crappie at 12 ft. I had one good bite and saw a few fish swim by on my depth finder. We moved to the deep east cove and caught a few small bass and Les caught some small bluegill. We called it quits at suppertime as neither of us could feel out legs below the knee.. The water was 61 degrees and the winds were variable from all directions. I will go try again on Sunday. Les is off Saturday morning to do some four wheeling at the Garnett trails.