I have returned to Florida. Good to be back. I will be operating sometimes up at my daughter's place in Osprey, FL just below Sarasota so if you hear me sign /P, that is probably where I will be. Most of the time, I will be in Bokeelia, on Pine Island.
Bokeelia is quite a spot. Old Florida for sure.
Here is a shot of the Pine Island QTH. I love it here. Tropical paradise.
Here is my back yard. Notice the S9 Vertical (31') on the mooring post. Got some radials underwater. My canal runs out to Pine Island Sound.
Here is my old, beat up, leaky O'Day Mariner 2+2 (circa 1972). It is called Calico Jack, after Captain Jack Rapham who plied these waters in the 1700s and plundered shipping. He was a bit of a different pirate. Dressed in wild outifts (hence "Calico Jack" Rapham) and had women on board his ship which in pirate lore that is really bad luck. One urban legend says that he was the role model for Johnny Depp's character, Captain Jack Sparrow, in the Disney flicks "Pirates of the Carribean."
Here is my other boat. It is a Shaeffer V 2.39 (24') with a 250Hp Yamaha 4 stroke engine. It moves right along and is perfect for these waters.
Here is what it looks like heading out of my canal towards Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor.
It takes me about 10 minutes to get out into open water from my dock out to Pine Island Sound on the Ben Gunn (power boat) and about 30 minutes in Calico Jack (sailboat). The water is pretty shallow around here so you have to stick to the channel and watch the tides carefully.
I just purchased one of the best keys I have ever used in 55 years of trying to master CW. Tom Withers, G3HGE, a craftsman-scientist-inventor, who lives in Bury St. Edmunds, England, developed something called the eZKe. It is a single lever paddle that is entirely magnetic. It is the smoothest, easiest to use paddle I have ever laid my mitts on. Impeccable engineering and stunning craftsmanship are the hallmarks of what Tom does.
Here is the latest addition to the shack. This is the Ten Tec Rebel. It is called an Open Source rig because you can program for additional features. I am not much of a computer geek but this has been a fun learning experience. You can download some of the applications from the Yahoo Group. It is a 40m and 20m CW only transciever. I have been having a great time with it on 40m just as a standalone rig. The penny in front of the rig shows some scale.
I seem to have a short attention span when it comes to trying new antennas, or even trying old antennas over again. Time for a golden oldie. Here is one that I just put back up here in Goshen. It is called a G3TKN dipole and is pretty obscure. I have never really heard much about the G3TKN and the references on the web seem to show a different design. This is the design I have been using now for some time and it seems to work really well, especially on 40 and 20 meters. Give it a try.
For contacts in NH or CO, QSL to P.O. Box 133, Goshen, NH 03752.FL QSO's can get a card to me here at the Bokeelia address above.
Please note: Bokeelia is on Pine Island which is IOTA NA-069.
Pine Island is in Lee Country in Florida.
Goshen is in Sullivan County in NH.
The Cayo Costa (a.k.a. Lacosta) Island QTH and the East Part Island QTH are also IOTA NA-069.
Member of A-1 Operator Club.
A few numbers for those interested: 10-10: 8274, QRP ARCI: 3788, FISTS: 6198, NE QRP: 41, FPQRP: 1042, NA-QRP: 481, SKCC: 1234, CW Ops: 182, FOC: 1734.
Rev: W4MQC - Saturday, May 17, 2010
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