delara newsDelaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH VOL 37 NUMBER 2
Dr. Bob Dixon, W8ERD
The Problems An Indoor Antenna Can CauseBecause of the weather, I cannot yet install any outdoor antennas at my new house.So I have a 2 meter twinlead J-Pole antenna hanging from the ceiling light fixture in my radio shack.1. When I transmit, the water starts running in the automatic faucet in the kitchen sink, about 20 feet away. My wife is not pleased with this, and after a few episodes, she turned it off permanently. Now we just turn it on when I am not operating.2. The radio is powered from a big Astron 50 amp DC supply. Nothing else is currently connected to the supply. I have the voltage set to 13.5 volts. To my amazement, when I transmit, the voltage goes UP to 15.0 volts. If anything I would expect it to go down a little, although the big power supply has a powerful regulator that should keep it constant.3. I installed an external speaker for my shack computer. When I transmit, it emits a very loud hum, so I have to shut it off.The antenna is right next to me when I operate, and I suppose the RF may not be doing me any good.RF can cause strange problems.Here is a video on how to “Easily Add a Channel on the BaoFeng Handheld Radio”
Record Delay for QSL Card.I recently received a DX QSL card via the bureau from a station in Swaziland I contacted TWENTY EIGHT YEARS AGO !!!Cards often get delayed in the bureau but this one sets a new record.I wrote to the operator to ask him why it took so long.After all, I have just been waiting by the mailbox for all these years hoping the card would arrive. :)The card says KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND, so it must be rare.His nice response is below.Bob W8ERDPS - Of course K8MP will love this and say it is even more evidence why hams should use the Log Book of the World, instead of QSL cards.
Hi BobFrom a rather red-faced ZS6BRZ, I have to apologise for replying only now !It seems that the card you received was part of a batch that was written outbut never mailed during those years and was included in an assortment ofcards sent out last year. These were in a 'shopping bag' that had lainaround and moved to the garage when we had a family function ! Our postal service is atrocious both for outgoing and incoming mail... butthey are not to blame here. Solely my own doing - but I trust it came toyou as a pleasant surprise.Perhaps we will get to meet on the bands in due time again. Looking forwardto that!Very best 73Sam ZS6BRZ