We liked it but would say that it was more because of the outstanding 3D graphics as opposed to the storyline....
TWO (sleepy) TUBES "UP"
READ THE LATEST SOLAR REPORT [LINK]
FROM "TAD COOK" (on the ARRL site).
I just heard about this one - had to look it up in the Dictionary. Appears that it's "AMWAY for the mind". Look out for those pyscho-ponzi-schemes.
The winter solstice occurred on Monday, December 21. Many non-christians (along with some wacko's West of town) celebrated this event with the usual sacrifice rituals you'd find in an old "Tarzan" movie....
THE CHRISTMAS REPORT
Antenna Tuners (ATU's) are considered by many as a necessary evil. Ideally you want your transceiver and antenna to be the perfect match, and in many cases they are if you purchase antennas for every band you want to use. In today's world of antenna restrictions and small parcels of land it can be almost impossible. This is where the ATU comes in. This mystery box (in a variety of sizes) can usually let you operate wherever you want to. But there's really no mystery or magic, and there are some trade-offs (i.e. - "Necessary evil") because to get a good match between the two and have relatively decent SWR (Standing Wave Ratio) you lose some of your transceivers efficiency in order to get a match that lets you transmit without blowing a final. There are a variety of ATU's you can choose from: O.E.M. (mfg, ldg, etc.) also the matching tuner from your tranceivers manufacturer. Many rig's today offer built-in tuners which work in most situations, but have some limitations (covered later), and then there are older rigs which had matching external tuners and unless you buy a complete set from someone, you may have to play the waiting game until one shows up forsale or trade. You can still buy an MFJ or LDG tuner and it will work just as good or better, but most of us like to have a matching set (ed. - because it looks "c-o-o-l", 'Nuff Said). More later....
Well, you've read enough and it's time for a break! If you like QRP (as I do) you'll enjoy this video which was done on "Black" Friday, last month, and btw, I'll be adding a link to their site on this page shortly...
MAILBAG: LETTERS LOST IN THE MAIL!
Or, mailbox. My main email unit crashed and the reader emails I planned to use are gone until I get the box repaired. Since then, I've setup a relay to another mail address so I can continue receiving and replying on my cbgazette.com email address. If you haven't received an answer to a question - now ya know why.
Many of you are readers from my old CB GAZETTE magazine which I started in 1994. I've run across a variety of issues and will be selling them either per issue or several issues in one lot. It wasn't the biggest, thickest magazine, however, it was the only CB magazine during that period.
I'm fairly close enough to where I feel comfortable to announce that I'm nearing the finish of my book on the history of CB (Vol.1). It will be in e-book form first, possibly printed next. More details as they occur.
That's it for now, Merry Christmas, Woody
ROBIN AND I AT THE PEARL ST. MALL, BOULDER CO. (2009)
Remember when the old E.F. Johnsons were selling at Hamfest or swapmeets for about $5 and then jumped way up in price? There really was a good reason for the jump because so many were still around, and in good or very good condition. Regardless, people bought them at the higher price. I see this every day whether it's the Johnson, Astatic, or Turner product that was sold in such a quantity that there really isn't a shortage. My latest example is the the lowly Realistic TRC-23/30A AM Base Station from the early 70's. A boatload of these transceivers were sold back then, and even in the beginning of this Century, they were only fetching $5 and shipping (if that much). Today they seem to command a much higher (and crazy) price. As many as there are that get sold, you could multiply that by 20 and still not reach an end zone. It's really puzzling to figure out what is driving the price upwards? (Maybe someone intends to buy each one that come available, and corner the market).
KENWOOD TS-50 HF RIG
The ICOM IC-706 (in it's various revisions) is still a popular mobile HF/VHF/UHF (Depending on the version) rig. It's more menu intensive than the TS-50, yet it is still VERY popular with the mobile crowd. DOWNSIDES:
The Alinco DX-70 is the closest thing to a TS-50 that is still being sold. It has the advantage of having HF + 6 meters, whereas the TS-50 does not. I've probably owned 4 of these throughout the years. It has great tx audio, an easily readable display (night or day), and the controls you need are on the faceplate - not buried in some menu. DOWNSIDES:
NB. This rig has the worst noise blanker I have ever run across - in fact, when you activate it to eliminate noise it actually makes it worse. If you check around, there is a modification/component change that makes it a little better, but it's still not up to par with other brand rigs.
PRICE. This is a very expensive rig considering it only has HF and 6 meters. While it is still in production, you'd be better off buying a used TS-50.
So what rig is best for you? I can't tell ya.... I can say that I've seen those weird false SWR and rf-in-the-box problems go away (or appear) just by changing vehicles. I know that today's vehicles are space limited and funnels you into an all-in-one situation. I tend to pick my vehicles by what rigs I want installed in them (whenever possible), and prefer to have separate HF and VHF/UHF rigs, along with a 3rd transceiver (yep, a dedicated 11m am/ssb mobile).
I've been working on this post off and on for about 5 days now (trying to get one last post in for November 2009), so I think I'll end this one now and finish working on my first post of December 2009. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and if possible, some DX too!!
I may have missed a few, but for the most part that catches you up to where we are now.
That's it for now! 73, Woody