19 December 2014

Using the bureau

As of now, I'm setting up myself to use the bureau for DX QSLs.  I'm starting to catch up on my huge backlog of QSL requests.  I'm printing my own QSL cards and unless otherwise specified by the DX station, I'll be sending my cards via the bureau.  It's a lot cheaper for me and I don't mind waiting even if it is up to a year for a QSL card.

My parents are going to let me set up an antenna so I can have my little shack in the basement.  I'm working on selling my ICOM IC-706MKII to a friend and then buying a Yaesu FT-450D.  I've set up my personal computer with Slackware 64 Linux.  I've been tinkering with xlog and fldigi too.  So far so good.  I do have CQRLOG setup and am trying it out.  I've been peeking at Clublog also.

The antenna I'll be setting up is my Mosley RV-4C vertical that has the optional 80 meter coil on it.  Right now, though, I need to get a new base mount for the antenna.  When I had it up on my parents' house roof last year, the antenna broke at its base, so I'm waiting to hear back from Mosley on the pricing and availability on the part.

I can't wait until I can get back on the air regularly again.  I've really missed my ham radio hobby a lot, especially when coming home from a long day at work.  Chasing DX for an hour or two is a great way for me to relax.

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