Friday, December 12, 2014

Elecraft PX3 for Christmas (and Mister Mann)

Because I have been good I received an Elecraft PX3 kit from Elecraft (er Santa) a bit early. The package came in pretty late in the evening but after work the following day I got busy building the kit.

Total build time was about 35 minutes and would had been shorter if I took my own advice and read the instructions all the way through before diving in. Regardless, the kit went together without issue and was decoding PSK31 and CW in no time.

Here is a short video of the build. It is NOT a "how to" video or very informative, it is just for fun.

Searching youtube I found a few videos that were very helpful for those that want better information on building and using the PX3.

Here is a very good "How to assemble the PX3" video by W2AEW:

Here is one from JD Dupuy, N0IRS, that covers the current firmware features:


A few months ago a very starving and injured kitty came knocking on our back deck. I could see his spine and he looked like he got beat up pretty bad with blood, scabs and dirt everywhere. It took a long time before he would approach us but we feed him and provided him with a little dog house with a heated pad to keep him warm on the cold Colorado nights. Eventually he would let me approach him without hissing and soon I was able to handle him.

Here he is before he got comfortable with us:

He is limping very badly with his left paw

Waiting for food from the humans
After examining him I discovered that somehow he had a claw ripped out and that was what was causing him to limp. With food, water and shelter he soon started to get better and he also coming up to us after a few more weeks. Since we have two female indoor cats I decided to take Mister Mann (that name seemed appropriate) to the vet and get him checked out. The vet ran some blood test and discovered that he has Feline Aids. Most likely due to all the cuts all over his body.

When the temp dropped below zero we decided to bring him in and keep him separated from the other two cats and Mister Mann lived in my Ham Shack for a few nights.
Mister Mann fast asleep under my desk
Not too long after that he got into another fight and his right paw has swollen to twice its normal size. It turned out that he got bit and the puncture was invected. The doctor made sure it would drain and while we had him under we had him fixed as to not infect a little of new kittens. Both our doctors advised us to have him put down but I could not do it. He did not ask for this and he is a very good natured cat. I figured he was someones pet at one time.

After his surgery he lived in the ham shack 24/7 for over a week while he healed. He seems to not mind living in my ham shack at night and I enjoy his company as the girls like to stay upstairs. We gave him a bath and cleaned his ears and he gets brushed everyday. He is putting on weight and has really been well behaved in the house. I know the older cat is not too found of his scent but the younger cat seems to want to play with him.

All our cats are rescues and while I wanted a dog, Mister Mann has become a part of the family.

His favorite spot

His other favorite spot

Looking into the cold night


He has separate food and water, litter and living space due to his infection. He sure did nothing wrong to deserve that disease and certainly does not deserve to be put down. We will make him as comfortable as possible while protecting the other two cats. I am sure Mister Mann will make a few more appearances on my blog and videos.


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