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Here in its entirety is the text of an ARRL bulletin on the flooding situation in Colorado:
QST de W1AW
ARRL Bulletin 21 ARLB021
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT September 16, 2013
To all radio amateurs
SB QST ARL ARLB021
ARLB021 Amateur Radio Provides Critical Communication in Colorado
More than five dozen Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
volunteers have deployed in and around flood-stricken counties of
Colorado, providing critical communication for Red Cross shelters
and state and local emergency operation centers. Recent heavy rains
have caused veritable mountainside tsunamis that have caused rivers
and streams to overflow their banks, ravaged roads and property and
displaced an undetermined number of residents. At least three people
are known to have died. Read more of ARRL Bulletin on Flooding in Colorado →
This month, our club meeting moves to:
Saturday, September 7th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
We will host our annual swapmeet at the Medford Red Cross building, 60 Hawthorne St., Medford.
Bring your electronic items for sale or swap. If you need extra space this is the perfect opportunity to clean house. Scott says there may be door prizes every hour…
No, this has nothing to do with hunting, golf, or multiband antennas. In his much-revered novel, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig wrote of “gumption traps”–those psychological pits into which one can fall in the steps between intention and completion. One’s gumption to move forward gets caught by sometimes-minor realities. Here’s three of my gumption traps.
1. Not being able to find the tools I need to work on a project. “Where’s my hammer . . . the big hand sledge?”! “I saw that damn wrench somewhere! Where did I leave it?”!! “Oh no! I don’t have to dig through all those boxes, do I?”!!!! “Nuts!! I forgot to pick my sander from Read more of Gumption Traps →
Does size matter? Actually I’ve always found that saying (and its derivatives) to be bad taste, at least when used gratuitously. In this case though, it’s irresistable. In trolling the web for advice on how to resurrect an old rig, I read one glowing endorsement of Deoxit after another. Indispensable! Magic! A gift of the gods! And it could be had locally at Radio Shack! Yeah!
Not so yeah as it turned out. Read more of Deoxit and My Wallet →
I thought I’d kick off this news section with the first installment of my account of troubleshooting, refurbishing, cleaning, and aligning my latest acquisition–a Yaesu FT-101EX.
Yes, it was an eBay purchase. I paid a good but not fabulous price, and it looked to be in excellent shape. Relatively dust and dirt free inside, no rust, and no coating of cigarette tar. The outsides are in even better shape: the factory film covering the front panel was still protecting it after nearly four decades of . . . life? Existence?
Don’t worry, I’m not going to get philosophical. But since this is the first HF rig I’ve owned, I’m happy to be messing with it. After dithering and putting it off for more than forty years, Read more of A New Old Rig →