Sunday, 26 February 2012

Here you can see some of my QSO,s from the South of the UK. My location on the map is the purple square.

Whats interesting about this map in amateur radio terms is that the contacts in USA and Canada and also to Asiatic Russia were made on a Yaesu 817 using only 5 watts of power on a home made vertical antenna on 20mtrs.

These contacts were on SSB (voice) so that makes it  much more special.
Distance was over 3000 miles.

What was also interesting was even though I was on 5 watts my contact in Canada was using 1 KW of power back to me, he gave me a 5/7 report which was awesome over that distance.
These are confirmed contacts which is great.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Brachypelma Smithi update.

Its been a while since I updated but its not through being lazy its through being  busy doing the one thing I hate the most and that's work. I know that we all have to work to pay the bills but I don't have to like it.
 Coming soon will be a live web-cam of my Brachypelma Smithi tarantula it won't be streaming all the time but maybe a few hours on my days off.

There is no point in switching on the camera yet as my "T" is in its 11th day of hiding behind a substrate wall that has completely blocked her cave entrance. I am pretty sure now that a molt is on the way.
Any day soon I am expecting her to charge from her cave much bigger and demanding crickets, or something like that!

The picture here is not her (although she looks the same) I borrowed it off the internet and I promise to give it back. I just needed something to remind me of what my spider looked like.I know I keep referring to my "T" as a she it may be a he as its not big enough to sex yet, although if I can get to the molt I may have a better idea.

So far keeping a tarantula has been great, very exciting and very very interesting, if its a girl she could be with me for 2o years or more and a male 10 years or so. So I guess in the big picture two weeks hiding in her cave is not a problem, watch this space