Complete…enough.

Nothing is ever truly complete. But, this is complete enough for now:

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Had to power it on and work through an alignment procedure and make sure it works.

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This does explain that 50Ω dummy load a bit as well.

It’s complete enough: It works, so I’d call that successful. If I get really obsessive (I’m not), I could rework a few components and install it in a suitable enclosure and fabricate a suitable battery to keep it portable enough for lightweight QRP work. Maybe I’ll attach the already-mentioned GPS receiver and convert it into a WSPR node when I’m not using it.

Maybe I’ll build another for a 40 or 80-meter band.

All of that, of course, will need to wait. I’ve a few simple projects that I’ll be taking on, and, quite importantly, improving my morse-code comprehension and speed.

For now, I’d like to thank QRP Labs and designers of the kit that was originally intended for Britain’s RSGB Youths On the Air Summer Camp of 2017. This was great fun and was hugely beneficial for me, not only for learning, but also to improve some manual dexterity and mental focus during this extended TBI recovery.

Urgent Care

Had to stop at urgent care on Wednesday–sinus and ear pressure reached unbearable levels.

As I suspected: sinusitis secondary to the downhill from the flu.

Prescription filled, fluids added to both me and the tow vehicle, and back on the road toward the primary objective.

On the plus side, we’re now down at sea level and the pressure is quite high, but tolerable.

As an aside, the wind in eastern Washington today was so bad that we only made 160 miles on the tank; we usually make 275.

Also, I’d completely forgotten how astounding it is to see Mt. Rainer from waaay out on I-90 just outside of Spokane on a day as clear as this. Wish I’d had my faculties about me to have captured a vid or pic.