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I had participated in the ARRL January VHF QSO Party my very first year as a licensed Ham and I must admit that I wasn’t that impressed.  It was cold, my fingers were numb and my arms were tired from holding an Arrow antenna at arms length trying to chase a dozen VHF/UHF contacts across metro Atlanta.  Yet, I still answered the call from a fellow Ham to participate in this year’s VHF contest. I actually thought this year would be different — and for the most part, it was.

I was equipped with new radios, new antennas and most importantly, I intended on letting a mast do the work: I wasn’t going to be holding any antennas this time.  So I met up with WK4U Saturday afternoon and we rolled up to the top of Sweat Mountain, found a spot in the shade a little ways down from all the antennas and EMI and got to work.

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As you might have read, I was having some engine-repair woes earlier in the week, but I finally got all that cleared up and everything running smoothly again.

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As a project wears on, standards for success slip lower and lower.

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Title shamelessly stolen from one of my favorite XKCD comics.

Yesterday was a “Spring Holiday” (don’t you dare call it Easter) so I thought I’d make great use of my time off and get some things done around the house.  We were expecting a LOT of rain and thankfully it held off long enough for me to get the yard taken care of.  However, I decided I was going to tackle a more ominous project: leaky valve gaskets.

So my Friday afternoon started off like this:

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