Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully everyone is enjoying their fill of holiday food and settling in for the rest of the holiday weekend with their friends, family and whatever else it is that makes this holiday special for you.
W3XAF Rooftop Antenna Install Seen At Hamvention 2013
Earlier this year I had the chance to attend Hamvention, located in Dayton, Ohio. I was lucky enough to go, it was certainly a highlight of the amateur radio year for me, and thought that I’d share what I thought about the event as my way of sharing the fun that I had- something I was very thankful for. This also may provide some insight into the event for people who haven’t made the trip and spur them on to finally commit and attend at least once. It really is something to behold!
If pirate radio is known for anything, it may very well be best known as one of the largest pranks in radio broadcasting. And if we are talking about pranks, then there is an upcoming holiday that comes to mind with which pirate radio is closely associated- Halloween (and don’t forget April Fools, too)!
The connection between Halloween and pirate radio is natural enough- both are about showing off and performing a prank or two. There are quite a few pirate stations that broadcast, and if you are a real pirate station, then Halloween is your time to shine. Anything goes- it can be talk radio or music of any sort!
Tune your dial to 6.925 or 6.955 USB to find all sorts of broadcasts (some scanning around may be required). Some pirate stations will QSL- follow their on air instructions. Station identifications to look for include, “Captain Morgan,” “Undercover Radio,” “Northwoods Radio,” “Wolverine Radio,” and “WBNY.”
While more commonly known among the amateur radio community as a “reflector,” The Southeastern VHF Society recently lost its email listserv (and backups, sadly) host. Instead of trying to rebuild the list, it was decided that the Society would instead use the popular Yahoo! groups format in the old listserv’s place.
The new Yahoo! Groups web address is:
Or you can send an email to the following address to subscribe:
Please spread the word!
Norm, WA4ZXV, is looking for some people to help put on the show that is TechFest, the premier January amateur radio event in the Atlanta area. He writes,
“I’m looking for forums for TechFest, and would like to know what you
might like to See/Hear. Also looking for suggestions for demonstration tables.
If you’ve seen a program that you liked, or have questions about one
of our many Amateur Radio related modes or methods, let me know.
TechFest is January 11, 2014. Be sure to get the date on your calendar.
We’ll have some great door prizes and super raffle items.”
If you have something you’d like to see or possibly demonstrate for all the OM’s around town, please drop a note to Norm using his call @ arrl.net.
Some friends and I recently took advantage of the nice deal Paul, W1GHZ, had announced regarding his 222 MHz transverter. He came into possession of the necessary TOKO filters and some more power amplifiers- items which until recently had been as rare as hen’s teeth. So, we pooled our resources and purchased three semi-kits from him (board, filter and PA). Maybe next year we will be able to participate in the ARRL August UHF contest, which begins on the 222 MHz band and goes up from there, with our newly constructed transverters! This contest is held on the first weekend of August and this year runs from August 3 1800 UTC to August 4 1800 UTC.
We aren’t populated in the same way as the Northeast or Southwest is with microwave operators, so I imagine the scores will be low for us here, regardless of whether myself or friends get on the bands. The Florida Weak Signal Society probably is going to be the largest hotbed of activity in the Southeast; hope they do well and have fun this year!
I’m currently working on two new blog posts, one about Techfest back in January and the other about this year’s trip to Dayton for Hamvention. Why mention these and not publish them already? When I originally purchased this domain and associated hosting package, I made two resolutions:
1) I would make at least one entry a month.
2) That entry was not to be a “I’m busy,” or some other sort of status that indicates I don’t have enough time to tend to correspondence.
So, since I cannot skip my duty or break my own self imposed promise- backslider!- I thought that while I continue to work on my other two articles (in addition to some other writing projects I’m currently developing) I could instead take this months entry to talk about how I actually create what it is you are reading now. I’m not sure if this will be interesting or helpful to anyone; since I’m paying the bill and it is interesting to me, I’m going to write about it in the hopes it will help someone else looking to improve their craft of technical writing, if there is anything within that is helpful, of course.
Green beans aren’t hard to fix, but they are hard to get fresh so that they can be fixed well. I’ve found that roasting green beans, while hardly new, seemed to help overcome the difficulties associated with beans prepared in a way which would otherwise be unremarkable. The great thing about this recipe is that it can be used either by itself or as a starting point for making a version which includes other items, such a almonds or even roasting the tomatoes with the beans themselves. I’ve made note of the recipe I use when roasting green beans here, or use the Cookery menu above to locate the recipe.
Georgia QSO Party Table @ Techfest 2013
The Southeastern Underground Radio Fellowship- W4SL- would like to announce the activation of the special event callsign N4G for the 2013 Georgia QSO Party, April 13-14.
N4G will be activated from historic DeKalb County and will be active on all the contest bands (160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 and 6 Meters) using CW, Phone and Data. Please look for N4G and spot us when you find us!
N4G operators plan to be active for the entire event (1800Z Saturday until 0359Z Sunday/1400Z-2359Z Sunday); however, we will have periods of downtime due to breaks, band switchovers and operator rotation. Please bear with us during these times.
All QSL requests should be submitted to W4TI either direct or via bureau. Our paper QSL policy is as follows:
Direct SASE/SAE+$2 or IRC – Direct Return
Bureau/Int. SAE + no funds – Bureau Return
QSL Card as postcard/States SAE + no funds – Postcard Return
We will also upload our logs to LoTW.
On behalf of W4SL, we look forward to working you during the 2013 GQP as N4G!
I received many compliments on my white turkey chili which I entered for competition at this years Techfest, an event put on by the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society. Even though I was the only contestant to have a empty crock pot after lunch had been served, I did not win this year. Bummer. Even so, I promised to put the recipe, which is based on one from Cook’s Illustrated, on my website for the folks who wanted a copy. Either use the Cookery menu above to find the recipe, or simply click here.
No chili left in the pot!