Monday, August 04, 2008

Up and running.....





I don’t have much time to talk right now, with a tropical storm out in the Gulf. It’s projected path is right into Galveston with Houston only 60 miles away…..I am hoping that "Edurado" will decide to take different path and leave us along.

My ham radio is up now, just in time for hurricane season. We had a training net last night and we will check in again tonight to see what is needed before and after the storm hits. Check out my equiptment……

Have a great week everyone. Keep your fingers crossed and wish us luck….

15 Comments:

At 6:20 AM, Blogger Granny Annie said...

Glad you have battened down the hatches. I've got everything crossed for you!

 
At 9:02 AM, Blogger Putz said...

i get up at 4;30 am, LAZY BONES

 
At 10:19 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I know you guys are well prepared. Good luck...keep us posted.

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Hi Lucy, you'll have to update me on what your two-meter antenna is (called) and how you made it.
We are getting drizzling rain since about 9:00 this morning.
..

 
At 3:37 PM, Anonymous probligo said...

Lucy, I promised TF that I would come over here and express in person my admiration for the work you do.

I heard on the news that Eduardo sort of fizzled out. I hope that is so.

Keep up the good work.

(p.s. no cookies required - that was just me taking a snit at TF :) )

 
At 5:02 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Annie - So far so good.

putz - sometimes I'm up that early.

fred - the storm is fizziling out and we did just fine.

Jim - My antenna is a dual band Arrow J-pole. Check out this website for reviews on the antenna. http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/1613
I put it up a 4" x 4" post in the back yard near the house. We used two chain link fence top rails that I bought at Home Depot and linked them together. Robert Riedel and I sprayed everything with black flat paint and mounted the antenna on the top of the fence posts. The antenna comes with a special bracket just for that purpose. The coax comes down and along the fence line, over the patio doors and into the house. It works awesome. We did a net last night and everything worked great. Let me know if you want a J-Pole because I have some right now. (They come cheaper in groups of 10). The radio is an ICOM-2200h. I am using a MFJ power supply, keeping my homemade one as a backup.

probligo - Are you sure you don't want any cookies? Thanks!

 
At 7:46 PM, Blogger Diane@Diane's Place said...

Glad to hear y'all are doing okay through the rain since the TS mostly has fizzled out. At least you're prepared with your radio now, and this looks to be an active year for TS and hurricanes down your way.

We could sure use some rain off the TS, but it looks like it's going to track West instead of East this time.

Love and hugs,

Diane

 
At 12:45 PM, Blogger Oh great One said...

We ended up with some wind and rain but nothing to fierce. I'm glad you are safe and sound!

 
At 10:53 PM, Blogger Eve said...

That one missed but there is a lot of hurricane season left. I hold my breath the whole time. Usually though, I relax after we get through August. Camille and Katrink both hit in August. I don't think we have had a really bad storm after September at any rate. Just know I feel your pain when one gets in the Gulf.

 
At 5:35 AM, Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Lucy ~ I am hoping that the storm passed peacefully and that the ham station is still working? ~ jb///

 
At 8:04 AM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh I hope ALL is well there Lucy...! It's great that you have your HAM Radio up and running...And it will be interesting to see how truly handy this set-up is during this Hurricane Season...! My brother just got his HAM Set-Up going once again himself....He loves it and has met many interesting people through it!

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I will pass on your call-letters to my brother....! Thanks, my dear.

 
At 1:51 PM, Blogger Big Dave T said...

Let's hope you have a good storm soon so you have a chance to try it out.

Well, wait . . .

Hea, if a kid comes by with a toy walkie talkie, can he mess you up? Seems like I did that once when I was a kid with my own walkie talkie.

 
At 10:28 AM, Blogger CA said...

If the storm picks you up and sets you down in Liberty, say 'hello' to my sister! 'chuckle'

 
At 6:56 AM, Blogger Cliff said...

Hi Lucy: I'm glad the storm died off.
I just read every word of your vacation post.
That was a wonderful thing to do. I"m envious. I've been a Yankee fan all of my life.
Thanks for a great report.

 

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