Snow, snow and snow? Will it ever end?

This weekend was spent at the QTH with gf and SM3JLA joining on Saturday at 0100 or so. He was gonna operate a bit in the WPX SSB contest and worked some 1200q before we went down to fix an amplifier. This took us several hours to trying to find the problem. It is an old auto-tune amplifier with a 4cx1500b tube which was built in the late 60s. It took us some time to understand how it worked and finally after several attempts we had found all problems. What started out with a broken relay went over to a broken soldering joint on the relay socket and then to another relay which was also bad. Finally we had it working and 1kW output on all bands and we also have good understanding now how the amp operates. The result was accomplished at around 02:00 on Monday morning so we started the sauna and did some celebration with a beer or two.

I also bought a new saw to be used when doing some carpentry and built a stand for it from and old table. However I need to make the foots of it a bit longer to make it more stable. We also moved some 19″ racks around the barn since they had been in the way. I installed a new camera as well in the shack so now it takes snapshots each minute and when there is movement it records it at smaller intervals. It has got night vision as well and pretty good picture quality. It is an IP-400 camera bought from

I did also shovel a lot of snow with help from the gf. When we arrived we had to shovel away some 20-30cm of snow and during the weekend we probably shoveled as much again. The snow depth is now 105cm and this amount of snow I can’t remember that I have ever experienced. Might be the winter 86/87 but then I was 5 years old and my references are a bit off. The neighbor came by and helped to take away some snow with the tractor too, which is very kind of him. He doesn’t like all cables though that are temporarily installed, so next year he won’t have that problem when the switch room is moved to the barn.

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