After breakfast, Dave headed back to the boat and I walked to St Joseph’s church. I walked through the historic downtown area. They had several beautiful buildings that were built in the late 1800’s as gifts from the Standard Oil multi-millionaire Henry Huttleston Rogers, who grew up in Fairhaven and spent his summers here with his family.
|Town Hall 1894|
|Millecent Library 1893|
|Unitarian church dedicated 1904|
|St Joseph's church|
Dave had been working on the Single Side Band radio-SSB. Last fall, during hurricane season, he had disconnected the antenna and the meter from the radio to protect it from lightning. It hadn’t worked right since he put it back together this spring before leaving Georgia. With some trouble shooting and tracing through the system, he found two problems. I will try to describe them for those that are interested.
The grounding sheath on the male coax connector had broken. Dave made a new connector, but the radio still wouldn’t tune. Dave had 50 feet of coax wire for emergency replacement. He was glad he had taken it out of our storage unit and brought it along. He used it to bypass everything and the radio tuned. He even heard someone from the Black Hills of SD, where we used to live. That made him review the whole system to find the “weak link”. He remembered reading that the SWR meter made by MFD electronics was cheaply made. He took that apart and found 2 loose screws that connected the coax connectors on the meter to the circuit board in the meter. He tightened those and put it back together. Everything is now working!! He said it really felt good to take the time to chase down the problem. We don’t use the SSB much in the US, but we did when we were in the Bahamas. There are nets where you can check in. Dave would like to do more of that.