Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
My gosh, I'm sure you've been glued to the TV or Radio just like I have about this disaster known as "Katrina". As more pictures and video comes in, it's quite evident that it will be a long time before things will return to normal (if they ever can) along the Gulf coast states of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi! I know the news seems to be slanted towards New Orleans (just like the Pre-Hurricane landing warnings were), but many people died and many more have yet to rescued with ongoing saga. Here in Houston, we have many center opened up and I wonder, now that they will have to move everyone from the New Orleans "Superdome", why someone here in Houston or on a larger scale from Austin, request that our former "Dome", the Astrodome, be opened up for people who can no longer afford hotel rooms, or for those being moved from the Superdome. The Astrodome would have A/C, fresh water and working plumbing in the Restrooms. Our prayers go out to our neighboring states to our East!
Sunday, August 28, 2005
So as far as CB's went, Lafayette began to get really clobbered by the Radio Shack line.....needless to say, I never could get used to their DIN microphone plug, and always seemed to need a third hand for soldering that connector in place!
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Thursday, August 25, 2005
I'm still reading the S9 magazines I received in the mail, and the one I read today was really interesting - It had an article which discussed 11meters part in fighting Rommel during WWII. I know, you're scratching your heads on that one, and so was I, until I finished the story.
To make a short story even shorter: Some SWL in Rhode Island were picking up German transmissions durning WWII. They weren't picked up in Conn, Mass, Maine, VT, etc. - only in Rhode Island. They were determined to Rommel in Africa. A huge listening station was set up in Rhode Island for the sole purpose of receiving the radio signals and then forwarding their information to the Allied forces on the other side of the world! 11 meters truly has one crazy history.
I'm not sure whether the DX today is Hurrican related or not - but CH38 is filled with Southeast stations, like "Poverty Flats" in North Carolina.
My website e-mail is not working at the moment. Should have everything squared away by the 30th.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
While I was "copying-the-mail", I was reading some S9 magazines I'd recently purchased and in one of them (I believe 1968) a columnist wrote asking for reader help in tracking down a solid-state Stoner rig, made in Dallas, Texas!! Interesting, and so I ask you, the fearless, faithful readers of 'Nuff Said, to see if anyone remembers a rig from this era (almost 10 years before the Pro40) - Drop me an email if you do!
Whose Beam antenna is this??
I'm sure most of you have heard him at one time or the other!
So much for today's thoughts -
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Skip conditions are funny - when you want them to be there, they aren't. And when you're not going to be there, they are. At least that's the way they work for me. Sometimes you can fool it, for example - yesterday: I thought to myself "I'm going to work late tonight", but I didn't and guess what? Yep, the band was really rocking!
This morning, I'm waiting for my car to get back so I can drive into work, and while I'm waiting, I'm listening to a fellow on the West coast who always fades just as he's telling folks what his numbers are....otherwise it's fairly quiet. I'm almost tempted to turn the volume up to hear him better, but I know that if I do, I'll get blasted outta my chair by some hispanic truckers as they splatter by one channel above or below me.
The picture above is from an Ebay auction, where the fellow took a variety of items and made one VERY unusual Grant. You can view his description of the modification on the ebay auction here
'Nuff said for this posting,
Saturday, August 13, 2005
CB came first, and while I enjoy aspects of Amateur Radio, CB is where the heart is... Ham Radio is like the 5th grade: Structured, policed, do this now, followed by do that then. As long as you do what the FCC tells you to do, you'll get a gold star on your chart, and be spared the horrific trauma of detention, or even worse, expulsion.
CB is like High School: There are rules, but as long as you don't break them all the time, you're okay. It's freedom of speech, it's aggravating, fun, and chaotic (sometimes all at once).....it's a finger on the pulse of the nation.
The band was open this morning - through noon, mostly Midwest and Colorado stations, and then it died...Until about 8:30p.m., when it suddenly came alive again, with many voices calling into the night. One particular station, 1 Alpha 5 3 (Dave), in Rockford Illinois is the loudest, while the others are like ghosts in the darkness. Most of the operators tonight are ragchewers, more interested in talking for awhile, rather than just adding another notch to their dx belt and moving on. I like that.