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Getting on HF

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There's one thing I forgot to mention during my 2020 update. And it's important one at that.
I was finally able to get on HF!
Yes, during May 2020, me and my father went into the attic and hooked up the QuirkyQRP Slinktenna I have. It was quite the challenge as not all of the attic over the room where my station is has floorboards to step on, just studs. It also necessitated drilling a hole in the wall because despite our best efforts, the electrical fish tape kept falling behind the the metal junction box that was already in place in the wall.



Nevertheless, we persevered and I was able to start using HF via FT8. So far, SSB hasn't been successful but I believe that's due to the high noise floor I have. But still, I've had luck so far with FT8 and have made at least 20 QSOs so far with some QSL cards to boot.

Getting ready to send one of my QSL cards.
Some of the QSL cards I've received so far.

Unfortunately, the FT-900 died during a session of FT8 and I haven't …

A 2020 update

Yes, I know. It's been a while since I posted, just under a year. Unfortunately, as we all know, 2020 is not a normal year. Aside from attending the amateur radio training session for the 2020 Boston Marathon, the Marathon was delayed until September and ultimately cancelled and replaced with a virtual event. The same goes for the 2020 Head of the Charles Regatta. I was planning on going to my first Hamvention, but that too was cancelled. As was the May and October editions of NEAR-Fest. My last hope for some ham action was the Northeast HamXposition, but alas, it was also cancelled. As have all the monthly MIT Fleas for the year.It's not all bad though, we've still had NSRA meetings via Zoom and continued them into summer, which usually is a break period for the club. Also, there have been virtual ham expos and fests online, such as the QSO Today Ham Expo and the HamXposition is going virtual too.I just recently got back from a 3 month work deployment on Nantucket, I did…