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Thank you Sam!

Posted by in Morse

Its time to learn Morse… again… First, a quick history lesson… I’ve been trying to recount how many times I’ve learned morse: Age 12(?) – My big brother was interested in Amateur Radio and so he was teaching me morse. He used index cards with the morse di-dahs written on one side of the card and the alphabetic character on the reverse side. I specifically remember him helping me to remember the letter V. V for victory (to the tune of Beethoven’s 5th symphony). High School – I attended a ...read more
May.09 ’17

The Trials and Tribulations of Success

Posted by in Uncategorized

It’s time to let the cat out of the bag! I had posted a to-do list earlier and it seems I’ve been keeping a secret… About a day after I wrote that list, I decided that the end of June was too long to wait to take the Amateur Extra exam and that I could theoretically prepare myself in a much shorter time-frame. So that is actually what I’ve been up to for the last 2 weeks… Studying, and studying and then studying. About two hours ago, I went to ...read more
May.06 ’17

Solar Lemonade

Posted by in Uncategorized

Let‘s face it...This is not the best of times for us Hams, thanks to the current solar conditions! Worse still, this is just going to be the way life is for quite a number of years to come.

So, what do we do?

The answer is, ‘Just about anything you can dream of!’

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Apr.30 ’17

My QSL

Posted by in Uncategorized

As promised, here is a screenshot of the front side of my QSL design (the reverse side has the usual fill-in QTH and QSO details). ...read more
Apr.08 ’17

You Just Can’t Get the Help These Days

Posted by in Antennae, Rigs

LOL! My previous posting begins with “Has it really been that long?”, yet here I am again… Has it really been that long? Its been almost 10 months since I last posted an article – I guess I need someone to remind me that I have a blog… Anyway, lets get you up-to-date. I still have some antenna issues. I suppose that is the lament of all amateurs – the antenna is never good enough! Be that as it may, most of the time I sit at the radio asking ...read more
Apr.04 ’17

The Continuing Saga

Posted by in Antennae

Has it really been that long? I wrote the initial “From the Ground Up” posting back on March 27 and today is June 19th (Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads). Guess what? Yep! You guessed it… I still don’t have an antenna up… Never mind the plans A and B of wire routing, I think I must be on at least plan G of erecting the antenna itself! Although my residence has some HOA restrictions, they are loose enough to allow me to afford a little bit of height ...read more
Jun.19 ’16

The Magic Crystal

Posted by in Nostalgia

I must have been, I don‘t know, between six and eight years old, when I was given what looked like a tiny “rocketship” (I could have sworn mine was yellow). It was probably about half an inch in diameter and about two or three inches long. At the top of the “rocketship”, was a small red ball. Attached to the ball was a thin rod that could be slid in to and out of the top of the “rocketship”. Attached to the bottom of the “rocketship” was a short wire, ...read more
Apr.09 ’16

TMI (Too Much Information)

Posted by in Antennae

It was the best of intentions. It was the worst of intentions… The other day, I was watching a YouTube video where a Ham was erecting an antenna. He was very thorough in his plans and in the video, he even showed his pad of paper where he calculated the correct the correct placement for his guy wires based on height of placement, wind-load factor, distance from the mast, etc. Sheesh! I had never even considered the effect of the wind on a mast – huge oversight on my part. ...read more
Apr.03 ’16