Saturday, July 9, 2011
2010 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) results are in. Georgia came in #1 in the nation. Chatham County came in #4 in the State of Georgia! Way to go team! See complete details at the ARRL website.
Friday, July 8, 2011
I got the coax feedline routed to the amateur radio gear and secured to the bulkhead. Will finish up the power distribution tomorrow.
Spent some time with Bruce the Facilities Manager of the museum learning how to operate the lift that he got for us to use. This big piece of equipment is awesome. Hope I can remember all of the controls tomorrow when we use it to reach the top of the light posts where we will install our antenna supports and pulleys.
Also talked with one of the amateur radio operators in Shreveport who is going to set up a radio station in front of the B-17 at the Eighth Air Force Museum at Barksdale AFB next Wed. We plan to make contact with them for our first official transmission. The two museums have formed a relationship as they both have B-17 restoration projects in the works and they both highlight the great legacy of the Eighth Air Force. The Shreveport Amateur Radio Association are really excited about making contact with us. I'll be coordinating times and frequencies with Mike Hawkins, KF5FCY as we get closer to the event next Wed. We can't thank these guys enough for stepping up to give us a hand with this project.
Will post another update after tomorrows work.
|Coaxial cable antenna feedline routed from inside left wing up through radio room floor to under radio operators table|
|Another view of coax|
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Another big event occured today when one of our radio team, Carroll Baker, WX4Y formally donated a fully restored BC-348 Reciever to the project! Jerry McLaughlin was only too pleased to accept! Carroll purchased this radio almost a year ago and has been meticulously restoring it to it's original condition both electronically and cosmetically. It looks great and Carroll assures us that it sounds great as well. This will definitely be our flagship component in the radio compartment. We hope to be installing and testing it in the compartment on Saturday and actually operating with it next Wed.
We'll back out on Saturday to finish the electrical wiring, terminate the antenna feedline, install our antenna, install the BC-348 and test everything.
|Carroll, WX4Y with the newly restored BC-348 Receiver|
|Jerry McLaughlin accepting the newly restored BC-348 Reciever from Carrol Baker|
|Carroll has spent the last year restoring this BC-348 to original operating condition|