I spent two days at the Roanoke and Berryille, VA ham fests, which is becoming a tradition (anything done twice in a row). While my good friend was out of town for the weekend events, I did get some nice deals on some 2 and 6 meter antennas, along with an additional broadband discone for my portable mast.
There were some very good deals on both new and used equipment at Berryville, so I came home with a TYT MD-U390 and a MMDVM hotspot. This hotspot runs Pi-Star and is very easy to set up and operate. I did find that the puppies barks are loud and highly pitched that they keyed a VOX mode on the handheld, even though was not programmed to a function key. I did previously program VOX but removed it later, as was not needed but I wanted to check the functionality to ensure it would work if I needed it.
I apologize to all on 3100 that had to listen to the puppies when I was out of the room.
Our building permit was issued on Jan 8, 2019, and almost seven months to the day, the builder brought our certificate of occupancy. While there are some punch list items to clear up, we now have space to park our cars, and an RV barn to use as a workshop until we get another rig. Working with the builder and the sub-contractors, we have remained onsite almost daily since the construction started. Our interactions and work over the weekend have ensured that only little issues remain.
The next effort is to move our furniture from the other house into the apartment and get the other house ready for sale. So I can now look forward to staying at the other house and driving home on weekends until it is ready for sale. At least we are closer to finally getting our NC house settled in so we can enjoy other things we need to do. Friends and family now have a nice place to stay during visits.
After attempting to add a calendar plugin to the site, I encountered the WordPress White Screen of Death! Not knowing what the problem was, and not fully researching it, I decided to update the site and reorganize some information and content.
In the near future, I will be offering ham radio classes to my neighbors so they may be better prepared for emergencies in our rural neighborhoods. In the event of a weather or other emergency, VHF handhelds would provide an adequate means of communications in our rural area. For those interested in upgrading, I can provide assistance in that area also.
To assist future ham radio operators, the Reference Library contains many articles and items for future study and use. Visitors are encouraged to view and download any of the items placed there.