According to the wx experts, there's some rough stuff headed my way this evening. I had to go out of town on work and before leaving this morning I lowered my ZeroFive vertical by loosening one bolt and tipping it over. Hopefully that's a huge overreaction, but better safe than sorry. In my first post I probably sounded kind of critical of my new vertical. In the past few days, I must say, I'm growing quite fond of it. It's really working well for me, especially on 30 meters. Eventually I know I'll have to think about a beam, but for now this is all I can manage.
I've got a nagging problem with TVI in just one set out of five in the house. It's an older (circa 1995) Sony. Its a nice set, not HD of course, but a good TV for the living room above the fireplace at 32". The TVI is only on 40 meters and only when transmitting with more than, say, 30 watts. I've tried a Bencher lowpass filter - made no difference, and I didn't expect it to (but, hey, why not try?). I've tried a homemade choke at the feedpoint of the vertical...no change. And I've put a dozen ferrite clamps on the coax feeding the TV. I know the TVI is coming in through the coax and not the power line. My next step is to swap this TV out with another one - a step I've been delaying because of the weight of both sets. If that works, then the Sony will go in one of the bedrooms, where it won't be watched nearly as much. Reading through a lot of the posts on eHam it seems that finding and eliminating TVI can be a long, drawn-out process.
I never got around to putting in a computer interface on the TS-940. I intended to get a Piexx unit, and I may still get one eventually. But now that I have the FT-857D, I've been using Ham Radio Deluxe. For a fellow that's never used a computer interface (kind of ironic that I'm a programmer, huh?) to a rig, I'm learning all kinds of new things. I wonder if anyone has any other suggestions that might work well with the 857?