Luckily, while my wife and most of her siblings went to The Amana Colonies, I worked on setting up the new shack. The shack is in the basement in one of the spare rooms down there which, appropriately, has a unique world map motif:
The new room is only about 8x8 feet so it is just perfect for a small shack and work area. For the first time I'll actually have separate work and operating areas in my cozy little shack. Here's the first preliminary shot of the shack:
I haven't found my VF-1 yet in all the boxes from the move, but it'll turn up. Once it does, the station will get moved around to accomodate and I may go back to the two-tiered setup of yore.
The idea for the antenna was to build an 80m doublet with some 450 ohm window line that I was given by a local ham. I was saddened to find that there were a lot more power lines than I remember at and around this QTH so a simple install of a doublet was impossible. So to hold me over until a more substantial installation can be made, I threw my Par End Fed Half Wave over a tree in the front yard outside of the shack. I called CQ on 40m for a while but only received one very weak (2dB) spot at 5w in Ohio. I switched to 20 and heard Mike operating K6JSS/3 in Maryland at about a 539/549. I promptly gave him a call and received a hearty 599; it sounds like the antenna installation is going to work all right for now!
So, with the in-laws still in town and much more work to do, I'll see you all next week! 73/72 W0EA