Tag Archives: 3D Printing

Low Radioactivity Lately

Holidays, work and poor weather and band conditions have all led to a period of low radio time for me since about Thanksgiving. What spare time I have has been devoted to working to get a 3D printer operational. I am looking to use this to build components for antennas. My activities on 3D printing can be seen at my bonobots blog. Aside from this I did manage to test the DC-DC converter to run the Gateway netbook from 12V battery power. Worked great! This will allow portable digital operations.

I got notification that I am on the class roster for the winter CW academy classes. I signed up for this several months ago as there is a waiting list. The classes begin in January and run for 6 weeks and is basic CW training using the Koch method. I need to find a CW paddle for the class. The class is a true class in that we meet online using Skype and video and basically all train at the same time twice a week.


Bands Weak…

I have not been on the air much recently. Lots of work and work around the house lately. Tried spending some time on 20m on SSB but did not make many contacts. A notable contact was with KC5MOL on 20m. He responded to my CQ…from across town! Surprised that the 20m contact worked as well as it did over the short distance. Even JT65 has been a bit weak on DX. Overall propagation conditions have been really bad.

Meanwhile, I have reactivated an old blog on 3D printing. I am trying to spend some time to get a 3D printer operational after a long hiatus. This serves two purposes: 1.) I can clean up the shack a bit and 2.) I can use the printer to make parts to build antennas. Feel free to check out my activities in this area at BonoBots