The Wiccan Rede

Bide the Wiccan Laws we must In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust. Live and let live. Fairly take and fairly give. Cast the Circle thrice about To keep the evil spirits out. To bind the spell every time Let the spell be spake in rhyme. Soft of eye and light of touch, Speak little, listen much. Deosil go by the waxing moon, Chanting out the Witches' Rune. Widdershins go by the waning moon, Chanting out the baneful rune. When the Lady's moon is new, Kiss the hand to her, times two. When the moon rides at her peak, Then your heart's desire seek, Heed the North wind's mighty gale, Lock the door and drop the sail. When the wind comes from the South, Love will kiss thee on the mouth. When the wind blows from the West, Departed souls will have no rest. When the wind blows from the East, Expect the new and set the feast. Nine woods in the cauldron go, Burn them fast and burn them slow. Elder be the Lady's tree, Burn it not or cursed you'll be. When the Wheel begins to turn, Let the Beltane fires burn. When the Wheel has turned to Yule, Light the log and the Horned One rules. Heed ye Flower, Bush and Tree, By the Lady, blessed be. Where the rippling waters go, Cast a stone and truth you'll know. When ye have a true need, Hearken not to others' greed. With a fool no season spend, Lest ye be counted as his friend. Merry meet and merry part, Bright the cheeks and warm the heart. Mind the Threefold Law you should, Three times bad and three times good. When misfortune is enow, Wear the blue star on thy brow. True in Love ever be, Lest thy lover's false to thee. Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill: An ye harm none, do what ye will.
- Blessed Be -
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Choosing an Ham Radio…

I am going to look at this in a few stages… The least expensive route and the narrowest involvement in the hobby, to a high level of enjoyment.

First I will say that I have decided to steer away from HT’s (Handheld Transceivers). I own a couple they have their place but prefer radios with more weight. 

After looking at most of the radio on the market today I came up with an Yaesu FT-2900R, it is a 2-meter rig capable of 75 watts output. Currently priced around $165.00. 2900 

Next on my list that stands out in my mind is the Yaesu FTM-10R, this is a dual band rig capable of 50 watts output.


It is available for around $350.00.

The next 3 radios are neck to neck in pricing from $600 to $750 to $900. They are the Yaesu FT-817D, FT=857D and the FT-897D. They are HF rigs, (High Frequency Radios) also covering 6-meters, 2-meters and 440 centimeters.

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               FT-817ND                                               FT-857D                                       FT-897D

The most important choice to make in buying and setting up you rig is the Antenna !  I am basically looking at two of them. the Yaesu ATAS-25 which is a very good match for the FT-817D. Also The Mini-Buddipole looks nice at the same price of $230.

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A more portable Antenna is the ATX Walkabout it is a mini all-band antenna from PowerPort,

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As you can see it is quite portable fitting into a nice little pouch. With a pricing that is a bargain at $130.


Next thing you need is power!  PowerPort again has quite a few answers here, I am looking at the PowerPort-312 as a source of power. For extended stays away from a AC/DC charging source I am looking at the Solar Cell SC-12F.

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Since I am a Cyclist owning a recumbent tadpole trike from Catrike named Onyx. I would like to be able to put this rig in a nice pack. Again PowerPort comes to the rescue with their product called WorldPack II priced at $72, that is not bad at all.  The pack also comes with a power pack add-on as well. 

WorldPackII_side  WorldPackII_open

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