Archive for December 2011

HF Remote Antenna Switch – Sorted

Well the Power Supply arrived for the Remote Antenna Switch while we were away and today Angel picked it up so after playing about a bit (and adding a couple more caps to the relays) I had it working 🙂

Works pretty well on the bench so will try and test it outside at some stage during the week adding another Antenna to the Unit, I will also try and build a small Multi-band Antenna, perhaps with traps.. Anyway during the week I would like to have three antennas in the back garden for HF to test with the switch.. I have a Half size G5RV so that’s two right away (my long wire and the G5RV) just need to work out the other one or two 😉

In other news today, ordered up a load of insulation for the loft, and found out I need to get some vapour barrier of some kind to stop the condensation in the loft space due to the moist air from the rest of the house.. My idea at the moment is to get everything down from the loft, strengthen the floor/ceiling joists and then re-lay the floor. Then changed the structure of the loft and allow for a room by changing the supports from a small number of large ones to a large number of smaller ones on the supporting walls.. Then I’m going to place insulation in the rafters (leaving a 2 inch gap between the rafters and the felt/tiles), then some vapour barrier of some kind and finally plasterboard over the lot. Then.. I think I will investigate a way of creating a way of entering and exiting the loft space without creating any structural changes to the loft or ceilings.. I should be able to take a cable from the Consumer Unit up the the loft space for lights but I think I will not bother with power as it just makes it too easy to use it as another room.

Watched a film in the evening which was OK I guess and it managed to mask a few of the fireworks too, handy, before finally getting to sleep just after 1am (which was a surprise what with people parking all up and down the road going to the neighbours, and there’s, from hell)

Oh.. Happy new year.. For what it’s worth 🙄

Nope, lets just go home

Well after having a terrible nights sleep, I decided to not bother looking at a property this morning and we just loaded up the car and rushed (yes we did rush, sorry Angel) off home.

Then it was a long drive south (although not as bad as the trip up) until the M11 services, after that the rain started and I was really struggling at one point to see what was happening in front of me, I think angel might have got the wrong idea that I was in a mood but I was struggling to see where we were going and keep the car on the road, even having to take avoiding action on more than one occasion. I even came back the A22 as I couldn’t handle the motorway any more!

Anyway back home and the hounds settled down straight away! No messing they just went back to their routine, Which involved checking out all the carrier bags for food or toys 😉

I think all of next week will be looking at improving things, I suspect I will have to work a lot more in 2012 but one thing is for sure, I’m not going to end up like this come the end of 2012!

Anyway new years eve tomorrow and I expect it will be very noisy about with the neighbours from hell I should imagine not getting to sleep before about 3am 🙁

Sadly not a nice day..

We were hoping on seeing another property today but alas it looks unlikely as they only want to do a short term let and have been unavailable. So instead we planned on taking the hounds down to the beach again, but sadly shortly before we planned to go it started to rain and the wind picked up 🙁

So instead spent the day looking for jobs (applied for about 14-15) and just chilling out watching TV.

Annoying to think we could go out and do stuff if we were at home right now. 🙁

We are due to go see another place tomorrow morning.. And I think we are heading back a week early as well. Sadly our mood and the hounds not being able to be left or go out without us is making this a Holiday to forget 🙁


Well today we popped down to look at a property, just over an hour later we arrive to a place that is opposite a drive through McDonalds and next door to a warehouse, with huge cracks in *all* the ceilings and large cracks down the walls it wasn’t looking good. Although the garden was pretty big and had trees hiding the road and Fast food place.. So looking at probably about 2-3 weeks worth of hard work to get the place into a condition where we could even live in it.. I quite liked the garden and to be fair it looked ok.. But Angel was not too happy with the huge cracks the easy access to fast food and the possibility of the place falling down… Not the mention the fact that there is no fence to stop Smudge or Tia running over and ordering a Big Mac with fries.

Anyway got back.. Argued a bit. Argued some more and then watched some TV, before arguing again and generally wishing we hadn’t bothered coming here in the first place..

Worse still the place we saw driving along the other day has come back and said they only want to rent for 2-3 months and then sell (if only we could buy it 🙁 )…

Still as some smug git always likes to point out “these things happen for a reason” yeah just that it seems to be one to keep us in the gutter ARGHH!!

2012.. Is it going to be better?

So not long now until we start our move towards another year, the question on many peoples lips is will it be any better?

My thought on this are a little mixed right now, with no real work or even an idea of when I might get any I’m a little depressed with the prospects, but on the other hand I know there will be plenty of work during the year but I will have to accept another pay cut. On the one hand this seems fair enough but what does annoy me is that lots of people will now be earning more money and probably be in charge of me, because they are mates with someone in charge, or worked for nearly 6 months without a break.

I’m also a little cheesed off that we are locked into our debts right now and even if we were to pay them we would still be unable to buy another place.. So we are going to be renting for the next 3-5 years by the looks of things.

So 2012 not looking that great for me, probably means more work and longer times away (I expect to have to spend 8-9 months away next year to regain some funds) and even then I will probably be in a worse position than 12 months ago when the company I was working for went bust !.. Opps.

Well on a positive note I’m not working for a company that has just told everyone that there is no work until March!.. opps.. On the negative that means there are more people looking for work 🙁

Swings and roundabouts