Wednesday, February 21, 2007

an account of hf weekend part 1 delayed report

well things stared out pretty dead at midmight as expected at 12:10 a gruop of my then gathered to tlak to each other on 10M I arranged that my wife should have the honor of the first qsofirday morning set for Eat Troy where my father in law lives trying out my new 10 m adio as I went made a few conacts as I went south , biggest observation was the noise level arround around even smal cities like Like Green Bay WI Milwakee the noise was just horrible and I truned the radio off as I had managed to arive at rush hour turned it on a bit as I pulled out of townsat morning scruiied into AES for the exam place was a Zoo a very good sight for the ARSmust have 40-50 people starting out taking exams which did not count the paperwork upgrades being handled in another room and people keep coming in Indeed after I took my geneal (passed) and extra exam (which I fialed one too many this time not suprised) there was someone waiting for my chairdropped in AES itself to pick up some stuff and headed home made a few more contactrs on the way all preetlocal although I did hear from the LP of Michigan possible on VHF but not commonit is now sunday about noon time to turn on the radio here and see what is upI'd sting the new G5RV-M up but it is very windy today and the thing is 200 feet long should have check that and maybe picked a smaller anttenna like a 20 m DipoleKB9RQZ/ag

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

29 hour more or less

my old Nemises Robeson confuses he want to make a big deal out of the fact have no interest in trying to manage an unlike qso with him on air after his decade long (thereabouts effort to anoy and harass me?

Sunday, February 18, 2007


49 hours 45 mintues to go

58 hours to go or thereabouts

yes a countdown it is MY blog after all

2 days

wel 2 more days to D-Day pataince is strained but it will happen soon enough

Friday, February 16, 2007

4 days

ran into from of freinds in wal mart another excited tech looking forward to the day helped her solve a painfull techincial problem with her new 10/12m mobile sation feels a bit strnge that a gagale of female hams (MTU students) keeps asking my help but it is flattering and the experence of elmering is an interesting one it is hard to understand how Hams could get away from it but I know I never had the experenced of being elemered realy with some of this I feel a bit out of my depth such recomending hf radios when I have little more real expernce than they but I have poured over what one you can buy new

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

6 days till day

well it was bound to happen qso with ME or be labeled a cowardas if I, or any other nocoder, would want to QSO with him

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

lord of the tech

3 remotes for the old network on the air7 remotes for the techogeek in their halls of chrome9 remote for mortal men doomed to be confused1 rmote for the techlord on his dark thonein the land or Recordor where the shadows lie1 remote to rule them all 1 remote to find them1 remote to bring them and drakness blind themin the land or Recordor where the shadows liecopyright 2007with no apolgies to JRRTolkein it was just something the sprit forced me to write

Sunday, February 11, 2007

day 9

missed a day some how amazing how time crawls when you are waiting for somethingI suppose the experence is to give us a taste of what it was like back in the days you had to wait your license by US Snailpersonaly Id prefer to pass on the experence

Saturday, February 10, 2007

11 days to go

nothing but the normal sniping on RRAP and QRZ truly youd think it iwas the end of the worldwife and I have worked out I will venture off to a VE session that weekend alone since the weather is so frightfull nowit will eb the first trip I have made over night since we finshed moving up here although she has been severl time to see her mother father a trip to NM we will be seeing just how well 10m work as I pull away intot he distance

Friday, February 9, 2007

one last studied insult by the ARRL

the ARRL ever eagar to insult the tech class and the NoCoders in general has scheluded one last insult code tests on the Eve the begining of the new Eraby there deeds we know and will long remember this last (I hope last prehaps the ARRL divise some further insult)from The ARRL Letter, Vol 26, No 06 Website: on February 9, 2007 View comments about this article! W1AW Special Event, Midnight Exam Sessions to Mark New Amateur Rules:As new Amateur Radio Service rules phase in Friday, February 23, eliminating the Morse code requirement, Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will mark the milestone with a weekend-long special event. In addition, a number of Central Connecticut volunteer examiners will be on hand at ARRL Headquarters -- both before and after the new rules become effective at 12:01 AM EST -- to offer Amateur Radio examinations under the current and new rules. ARRL Regulatory Information Specialist Dan Henderson, N1ND, is helping to coordinate the celebration. He says Headquarters staff and other volunteers will keep W1AW active for the "Welcome Weekend" event. "W1AW will be on the air all weekend for this special event to celebrate the fact that so many amateurs have gained or will earn new privileges as a result of the rule changes," he said. "The station will operate starting at 12:01 AM Eastern Time on Friday, February 23, continuing into the wee hours and resuming operation during the day. Then W1AW will be on the air on both days of the weekend, from 10 AM until 5 PM -- perhaps longer as conditions and enthusiasm dictate." Operation will be on both SSB and CW. W1AW operators will concentrate their activities on the Technician and General class HF subbands. On SSB, the station will use its normal phone frequencies -- 1.811, 3.990, 7.290, 14.290, 18.160 and 21.390 MHz. On 10 meters, W1AW will operate SSB on or about 28.480 MHz. Henderson says operating will be casual unless pileups develop. "The purpose is to welcome newcomers to new privileges," he said. "First Contact" certificates will be available as part of this event. ARRL invites anyone making a first contact or first HF contact to enter the contact information on the ARRL "Welcome Weekend" Web site and receive a certificate in return. "If the first contact is with W1AW we will also be including a W1AW QSL card for the contact," Henderson added. The ARRL anticipates a huge influx of upgrade applications once the Morse code requirement disappears. In addition, all Technician licensees will have limited HF privileges starting February 23, whether or not they've passed a Morse code test. Amateur Radio exam sessions both before and after the zero hour will offer an opportunity for applicants either to upgrade under the outgoing licensing rules at the last possible opportunity or under the new licensing rules at the first possible opportunity. "Dual exam sessions are scheduled at ARRL Headquarters around the effective time of the new licensing rules," says Brennan Price, N4QX, a former ARRL staff member and an ARRL VEC volunteer examiner. "At 11 PM on February 22, a session will be held for candidates wishing to upgrade under the existing rules. A few folks have expressed interest in such a session." Price says all Amateur Radio written and telegraphy elements will be offered until midnight. "At 12:01 AM February 23, a second session will begin under the new licensing rules," he said. "Examiners will not only be evaluating previously earned Certificates of Successful Completion of Exam (CSCEs) for upgrades, but will be offering all written elements." Two teams of volunteer examiners will be on site until all applicants have been served. On or after February 23, applicants upgrading on the basis of a valid CSCE must present the certificate for element credit, fill out an application and pay any applicable exam session fee, which most VECs charge. Only after the VE team has issued a CSCE for upgrade credit may applicants actually use their new operating privileges on the air. Additional details and more information will be available on the ARRL Web site in the days leading up to February 23. Source: The ARRL Letter Vol. 26, No. 06 February 9, 2007

Monday, February 5, 2007

16 day till d-day and news from the club meeting

was an interesting clube meeting tonight here in the Copper Country6 new memeber long term techs that have never realy jioned the club. 5 New ham (having taken their tests since the NPRM) showed up2 folks showed that are students at the local college took thier exams over the previous weekend so they don't know their calls yet1 new unlicnsed propective ham

Friday, February 2, 2007

an interetsing happening at a hamfest

My wife (kd8ctl) and were at a ham fest she picked up a curious looking item and asked me what what it was, I did not recnize it she looked at at a mintue said it might a c appiter and sure enough it it was a big one given she is a fina rts major and has learned what she knows about electronics from Me and Gordon west mostly I was impressed even if she did show sho me up a bit in my own feild