In my last post I talked about getting on D-Star and all that jazz. Well I'm happy to report the VHF/UHF repeaters in the area are pretty active so there's a lot of travel time stuff to listen to and take part in. I actually played Jeopardy on a repeater one night. That was something new! There are even special interest nets on the main repeater for astronomy buffs, food buffs, and Raspberry Pi people, and the net controllers seem very down to earth. All in all, it has been enjoyable listening in.
We signed the lease at our new apartment complex, Bella Vida Estates. It's further north in Plano, just about to Allen. They have a brand new remodeled club house which is really nice. They have lots of community activities and events and they invited us to their grand opening party last week. There was a few contests and drawings including an Instagram drawing that I managed to win! So I've got a few bucks to spend!
|A sample of the decor in the clubhouse|
Have no fear though, I'm not giving up on HF. I will probably give up on my magnetic loop for the time being. Unfortunately it just doesn't do the job most of the time. I have my hamsticks from mobile ops (which are very very few and far between) so I might go ahead and try to get them set up on the balcony somehow. HamCom is coming up here in Dallas so I'll probably pick up the goods to get something going on the balcony at the new place then.
Speaking of HamCom - I'll be there both days. I decided to take Friday off of work and peruse the goods. I think all of the presentations are on Saturday and I don't want to miss the deals in the flea! Anyway, if you're coming in, let me know. We'll definitely set up some sort of Reddit/Twitter meetup as we get closer to the date!