Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
- The deer are doubled and tripled up on fawns and the Bucks have already lost their velvet
- Squirrels are going ape-crazy collecting acorns and nuts
- The leaves are already changing
- The air has "that" smell that proceeds fall
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
WARNING! MATT IS STEPPING ONTO HIS SOAPBOX
Okay, I apologize. I don't get it. We're Amateur Radio Operators. Right? We spend countless hours and dollars in the hope of communicating with others. Right? Is Yahoo Groups really the only online service we can find to share ideas? At the risk of being dogmatic. Yahoo Groups STINK!
I just spent twenty minutes. TWENTY MINUTES! trying to connect to a Yahoo Group. Are you kidding me? Then, when I got there, the search function didn't work, the header was the same as every other group I've ever seen, and the threads were so confusingly nested that I ended up tying the noose--I had hoped to use to put myself out of Yahoo Groups misery with--backwards! How, in this day and age, can we possibly stand such pathetic forms of community sharing. There has to be a better way.
WE NOW RETURN TO OUR NORMAL VOLUME.
One of the things I love about Hams is our ability to persevere. We will pound out CW on gear built before we were born, we will hold massive structures together with zip-ties and duct-tape, we will rush toward hurricanes and tornadoes to help others.
One of the things that drives me nuts about Hams, is our ability to persevere. We will use electrical tape instead of shrink wrap, we will install filters to deal with AC hum rather than properly ground our rig, we will insist on communicating through Yahoo Groups when there are a million better/faster/simpler/more effective ways to do so.
Want to share information? Blog about it. Or start a forum, they're way easier than you think. Want to share files? Dropbox and Google Drive are WAY better. Want to share photos? Backspace a few words and click those links. The point is: if we want to continue to be relevant, we need to embrace technology that works and especially web technology that works. Newcomers to our hobby will be turned away by our continued clinging to outdated and inefficient virtual hangouts. Youth won't stand for it. They'll find a group that "gets" technology. And who "gets" technology better than Hams? Nobody.
Sorry for the rant, but...
Thursday, May 22, 2014
In case you're wondering: she rolled her eyes and gave me her best "whatever" look before informing me that I would have three children as company and that she would be happy to be left alone in the house for, "the entire weekend." She said it very menacingly.
Field Day IS a contest
Field Day 2014 Ham-N-Roll Point System
|Visible Insect Bites||1 Pt./Ea|
|Antenna Rope Burns||1Pt./Inch|
|Hair Physically Torn Out During FD||10Pts./Square Inch|
|Caffinated Beverages Consumed||1 Pt./8 oz.|
|Pens/Pencils Rendered Useless||2 Pt./Ea.|
|Speaking to Non-Hams about Event||10 Pts./Minute|
|New Friends Made||Priceless|
|Sunburn||Percentage of body covered expressed as a whole number i.e. 50% of body Sunburned=50 x total points|
|Lost Voice||Multiply points by db SPL lost from June 28 at 1800 UTC to June 29 at 2059 UTC|
Field Day is a GREAT Weekend for DX
You Don't Need an HF Rig to Enjoy Field Day
Even if You Are Set Up on the Moon Bring Bug Spray
37% of Field Day Happens at Night
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
It's an Easy Way to Meet New People and Get Information
Like Morse Code, It's a Universal Ham Standard
In an Emergency...
Monday, May 19, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I'll also be posting about the Hamvention here each night. I'd love to have you along for the ride. Also, if you can't make it, but wish you could be there to ask questions...let me know and I'll do my best to ask for you. I plan on spending plenty of time talking up the reps for all things QRP and Homebrew.
Catch you all in a few. 73
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Think my wife will buy it? I hope so, because a Norcal 40A seems to have followed me home. I know, I know; ANOTHER radio. I'll get rid of one I promise.
I have been eying the Norcal 40 for some time. The receiver performance and especially the RX current draw have always peaked my interest. At 15 mA, the 40A will run for days on a 4.5 AHr gel cell. Further more, it's small, I'm talking fanny pack small (not that I carry a fanny pack, but in case I decide to start). Best of all, it is solid state and has a tuning knob. I love my PFR-3, but that knob is really calling my name.
I should have the new rig in time for the weekend. So after a few honey-do chores, I'll be on the air looking for some QRP love. I've also ordered an Emtech ZM-2 tuner to accompany it...wait, no I didn't. What do you mean it says so right there?
Uh oh, better scoot. I've got some flowers to buy.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
I love to start new things. I love the feeling of learning and stumbling. I’m really good at being a Newb. Following through on projects I began…well, not so much.
I have at least a thousand projects currently under way. So, obviously, I’m ready for a new one. All these feel stale. Do you ever feel that way? I’ve often felt bad about going in so many directions without ever really settling on one, but my sporadic interests have also allowed me some unique opportunities that might not have been available if I wasn’t familiar with so many different things.
If you read around the web or the bookstore, there are a lot of “experts” out there, but no one seems to be selling themselves as a “generalist.” Why is that? Is a lot of knowledge about one thing more valuable than a little knowledge of a lot of things? I’m not sure. But this is the string of thought that I’m using to justify a new purchase and a new project. J Enter the Raspberry Pi.
- Logging contacts on portable ops, especially during SOTA or Field Day
- A dedicated Packet and/or digital modes computer
- A mobile web server for ARES activations or club events, especially field day