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October 29/30 2012
Hurricane Sandy on the way
Thanks for birthday wishes
Einstein — a very nice fellow with a bit of the Knack
Rocket project update
808 key chain cameras (thanks for the Amazon support!)
Audio output transformer for Barbados Barebones RX
Mighty Midget RX — breaking it, fixing it (with help from friends)
Freq counter connection to Tek scope
Halli S-38E — How to avoid electrocution?
The HQ-100’s anti-drift alarm clock
Book Review: “Instruments of Amplification” by H.P. Friedrichs (5 Soldering Irons!)
BANDSWEEP: 20 meter SSB via DC receiver on hurricane day
Report on outcome of the hurricane — inverter saves the day (really the night)
MAILBAG (a big one).

FYBO 2005 Remembered

FYBO 2005


Just ran across these old pictures taken when a bunch of us got together to operate FYBO 2005. It was a cold but sunny day in February…

Prepping at Tim Horton’s first, then a little show and tell, followed by some cold operating…

Dayton 2012 or Bust?


Setting out from Russ KB8U’s place in Ann Arbor, Michigan, John VE3JC, Ken VE3ELA and Russ KB8U are on their way to the Dayton Hamvention 2012. Ric VE3RLX accompanied them, driving the transport vahicle.

KB8U's tower
KB8U's station
chow time
on the road
where to next?
in the park
resting up
on the air
let's go for a ride
ready to go

Dayton 2012

Dayton Hamvention logo

dayton 2011
Dayton Hamvention 2011

Going to Dayton 2012? Friends of mine are biking from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Dayton. These crazy guys are John VE3JC, Ken VE3ELA and Russ KB8U. Ric VE3RLX is the driver of the accompanying vehicle. Good luck guys and, if I get any pictures from them on their trip, I will post them.

Dayton Hamvention link

FDIM (Four Days In May) link

Radio Canada International going silent

RCI_logoRCI will bear the brunt of the 10 per cent funding cut to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced in the last federal budget. RCI is going off the air. The international service will no longer be heard on shortwave or satellite broadcasts. A budget cut of more than 80% at RCI will mean only limited service will be offered on the Internet in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic. Russian and Portuguese services will be dropped. A total of 650 jobs will be lost at the CBC over the next three years and there will be changes in programming. To generate additional revenue, CBC plans to introduce advertising on its CBC Radio 2 and Espace Musique channels. CBC TV will also shut down 620 analog transmitters and cut its in-house documentary unit. Marc Montgomery discusses the changes with The Link’s producer, Levon Sevunts.


What a shame! What a loss!

What Is It?

Hint: this picture was taken in 1956

A friend of mine forwarded this to me…

It’s a hard disk drive back in 1956… with 5 MB of storage.

In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first ‘SUPER’ computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored a ‘whopping’ 5 MB of data.

Do you appreciate your 8 GB memory stick a little more now?

73, Al

CQ WW Contests


CQWW SSB Contest: 0000Z October 29 through 2359Z October 30 2011
CQWW CW Contest: 0000Z November 26 through 2359Z November 27 2011
Contest Rules

Are you participating this year? Sounds like 10m might be a major playground this year, I have seen some major reports of activity on that band lately.

72, Al