Decided to give 3D printing a try. After days of research, settled on the Anycubic Mega X printer. Zero regrets to date.
Have printed several objects found on the Internet with a 100% success rate. Never used a CAD program until earlier this week. Learning.
Did design a very simple hobby knife holder and tray. Printed it. Came out great.
Currently 3D printing some wall brackets to store the printer filaments.
Not for everyone, but is for me.
I like the challenge.
5 watts on a band with a S9+ noise level is difficult.
Back on 160 meters, mostly in the mornings. I like 160 due to less crowding, and good propagation for several hundred miles with 100 watts.
I have removed myself from all of social media. Saw no positive benefit of supporting platforms that are the known and verified enemies of privacy and free speech on the Internet. Many who are under the spell of Fakebook and Shitter could benefit from having a one on one with themselves concerning the same. Unfortunately Fakebook and Shitter have a GRIP on many and many will turn a blind eye to the obvious. Fortunately I and and few others came to realize there was no real benefit from social media, and NONE of us have had any issue keeping up with each other after removing social media from our lives. NONE. The excuse that Fakebook and Shitter makes it easier to keep up with others is simply a crutch many use to justify this invasion of privacy and suppression of free speech.
Fakebook and Shitter make billions of dollars from advertising, base on the number of platform subscribers. More subscribers, more advertising income. More income, the more they give to their political bedfellows.
Do the right thing, and take one or more with you when you free yourself.
Was on 160 meters this morning listening to a local group of hams, when it was mentioned that a new ham was having some difficulty getting a fan dipole dialed-in. It was mentioned that he was getting some very inaccurate information from one of the local LIDS, KI4JSM about the effects of standing wave ratio (SWR, not SWR’s), and the usage of a trans-match. This got me to thinking about the current state of amateur radio, and how it seems to be going south.
Back in the day (LOL) when I became interested in amateur radio, I was lucky enough to have one the best elmers in our area. K4ILF. Lou Letendre. He was a 2 lander transplant from Long Island, NY. One hell of a great elmer, and great all around guy. If not for Lou, I’d never got my ticket. Lou knew how to teach!
Seems today most are more caught up about testing for new licenses, instead of TEACHING those interested in obtaining a license. Too me, that seems ass-backwards.
Anyhow, I reached out to this new amateur, and he did respond. Hopefully a few of us will be able to help this new ham with his antenna issues, and get him on the right path, so he can enjoy the hobby to the fullest!