Dayton 2012

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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

Morse Code Day

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April 27th is Morse Code Day, to commemorate the birthday of Samuel Morse, inventor of Morse code.

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.

Link:

http://www.rcinet.ca/english/news/15_56_27_2012-04-04-rci-slashed/

What a shame! What a loss!

Short Wave Listening

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In existence for more than a quarter of a century, the Ontario DX Association promotes the hobby of short wave listening. On their website, there are monthly updates on various aspects of the hbby and they also have an active Yahoo group.

What Is It?

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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

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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

QSL Cards from the Past

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The ARRL just posted a link to this old QSL cards website by W8JYZ which documents some of the older QSL cards around. You will recognize some very famous names (hams and SWLers) on the website when you surf over there.

73, Al

Raising the VE3STR Tower

Dietmar VE3CG and Dave VA3TD on the tower

The VE3STR tower was taken down, re-zinced and repainted and then ona beautiful morning in early October was raised again, courtesy of Yarmouth Cranes. For the full story and pictures, check out the article at the club site web site.

73, Al

Dog Days of Summer

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A good way to pass the dog days of summer.. Thanks to Bob VE6RI for the picture.

73, Al

p.s. VE6RI Bob informs me that this op is K9DOG and clipping along at 25 wpm, not bad eh!

Flight of the Bumblebees

bee1The Adventure Radio Society sponsors an annual event called Flight of the Bumblebees.

This QRP event takes place on July 31st, from 1700 UTC to 2100 UTC, take that radio out to some shaded spot and get on the air and contact all of the Bumblebees and others on the air that day. See you hopefully from my own portable location…

73, Al