08/16/09 — Just finished a full 10 hours of NAQP, from the starting gun with no breaks. Now I know why I need some receiving antenna for 40-80-160. Also know that I need better transmitting antenna on at least 160 and 80.
Band QSOs Mults
160: 1 1
80: 28 11
40: 220 41
20: 388 49
15: 21 12
10: 1 1
Total: 659 115 Total Score = 76,444
08/13/09 — Installed the 160m dipole on the crossarm at 75′. I should have put it up at 105′, but will wait until I get a 2nd crossarm up there, so that I can have more options. Completed the last jumpers from my SixPack to the row of Polyphasers. Finally have 6 independent bands worth of monoband antenna fully available in the shack. Finished recording the various *.wav files (including the letters.wav, both letter and phonetic style) for use with N1MM.
08/06/09 — Received, modified and installed the last StackMatch controller. I’m inching closer to being fully operational. John WE3C gave me the tip back at Dayton to make a goal to complete at least one task each day on the station. That was good advice; I’ve tried to do so, and the progress is amazing!
08/02/09 — Made a minor repair to my homebrewed PC-soundcard interface (Icom ProData, from QST March 2002). Verified operation with N1MM. Trying to get ready for NAQP SSB on August 15th. Made a few PSK contacts.
08/01/09 — Mounted a cross arm on the tower at 75′ from which I can suspend two dipoles, etc. Installed my 80m dipole as inverted Vee at that point. I had been off 80m since early April, when a limb fell and broke the old dipole which was up 30 feet.