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15 Feb 2010
What a great pity - I missed this contest, I had wanted to participate in the contest this time as It's fairly easy going - but sadly had to give it a miss - too many other things going on this week - it has been a busy one - I have entered into the spirit of this contest in past years using CW and found it very enjoyable - never mind there will be others I'm sure - I am just playing with PSK this evening, and thinking about setting up a few macros in Fldigi, at the moment I am using mixW which I am slowly getting used to but I have found that I cannot copy Locators I receive into the logging area, all we have in this area is Call/Name/Qth/Rst sent/rcvd and Notes - there does not appear to be a field for "Locators", whereas my old HRD does. I can click to enter locators under the "Notes" field, but it means having to edit the contact afterwards - I am not sure if there is a workaround for this, but it seems odd as thats one of the things of interest you need for the log, wonder if it's supposed to be like that ? Which prompts me into trying something else, HRD is too big, and I find it somewhat slow and cumbersome to use.
10 Feb 2010
PY2GN ON7KB DF2JP I had it set up on receive only primarily to get a taste of what was happening, but in future will investigate further - I can see this has a use with regard to Propagation and band conditions - I had this running on 40M for approximately half an hour - quite interesting !
6 Feb 2010
The shelving will not be built into the cupboard as such but will be of the free standing type, so if I decide at some later stage it could be removed and set up on a desktop - but we'll see how it goes.
At the moment all I have is the FT817 and ATU, A VC3000DLP Tuner, Tokyo HT120 CW rig, and a Hanson Swr/Power meter - Plus a power supply which lives below - plus the usual desktop stuff - Keys etc.
Not to mention my olde Ts830. seen below.
My OLDE - TS830 - Still working
Will report later on the station upgrade - bearing in mind the need to keep it simple !
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4 Feb 2010
It came supplied with the tabletop tripod which appeared to be quite well made, and when I put it up it looked and felt quite rigid, so that could be quite useful in certain circumstances, but I would be using it primarily outside on a full size tripod. The scope itself looked quite nice covered in what would surely be a waterproof rubberized shrink wrap of some kind - anyway I set it up and had peek down our drive which is exactly 75 yards in length and scanning around the trees at the end Wow ! most surprised to find I could distinguish birds pecking around below the bushes on the "opposite" side of the road - this prompted me to peek up in the trees and immediately "spotted" a squirrel, but of course I was not yet ready to grab a snap.
I think this is going to be quite a fun thing to use - I would not expect the optics to be as good as say a £60-£80 pound scope as I did notice some artifacts and a slight halo around the edge but the photo's can easily be cleaned up and enhanced later - focusing is done from the small knob at the front, while zoom is controlled from the eyepiece - I'm not in this as a professional, to me it's another tool to use that will enhance my enjoyment, and will surely enable me to take some of those close-ups.
During the course of the afternoon I did hang around to see if anyone would come down and pose for me
I realise that trying to capture wildlife shots especially, you need to be pretty well ready to go ! and one area that needs to be looked at is interfacing the digital camera to the scope - I will certainly need another tripod.
This scope is another useful thing to have with you and I can see me using it when I go out on my /P expeditions during the Spring/Summer this year - I'm looking forward to it.
Also - did not mention the end cap, and extending lense hood - the eyepiece has a rubberised cover too.
All in all for the price I think this is well worth it - generally from what I've seen so far the images look ok through this scope, and quite sharp - experimenting with the camera is a must, and I think this will provide me with hours of fun.
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