Dick's law and Ham radio!
1: The minute you find a clear frequency and are having a great "Rag Chew" - QRM will wipe out the contact.
2: You have finally got through a huge pile-up an contacted an extremely rare DX station, and some idiot will tune up on the frequency before you can confirm the contact and then you loose propagation.
3: You make great contacts over a long period of time and your logging program crashes and you didn't backup the database.
4: Just once forget to disconnect your antenna(s) before leaving home for a extended time, and a lightening strike will have fried your radio.
5:You return from vacation and forget to reconnect your antennas and smoke your amplifier.
My shack consist of a: · FT 2000, MD 100 microphone, SP 2000 speaker, Kenwood TS-450S Transceiver · Kenwood MC-60 microphone · MFJ hamProAudio “Microphone Equalizer/Conditioner”. · Gap “HEAR IT” – In Line Module · Ameritron AL 811 & AL80B Amplifier · Two CCD 20 meter Dipoles (one North-South and the other East- South West)-G5RV-and MFJ 1796 Vertical· Ham Radio Deluxe software (ver 5.0)· ICOM IC-R75 receiver · Microcraft Code*Star CW, RTTY code reader - Icom 2200H, PCC for Yaesu FT-2000 computer control.
Hobbies besides Ham radio - are Genealogy and antique photo restoration, Wood Working, Wood carving, Model HO railroading, Web design, antique car "scratch" modeling from exotic woods, minature Stagecoaches &Gypsy wagons,and whatever else catches my fancy. Latest hobby is flying electric RC helicopters and planes.
MY QRP station
Flex 1500 SDR QRP radio, MFJ Auto Tuner, G5RV antenna, Asron SS-30M
Web sites I try to keep maintained:s
History of Utility Squadron One/NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii: http://www.utron1.itgo.com/index.htm
History of Sioux City, Iowa Fire department: http://historian.freeservers.com/index.htm
History of the 88th Army division in WWI: http://historian.itgo.com/Index.htm
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. "
COSMO - a 6 year old Rat Terrior, who adopted me.
i935 Ford Sedan
i929 Ford Roadster
1930 Packard Phaeton
Yankton is a city in Yankton County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 13,528 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Yankton County. Yankton was the original capital of Dakota Territory. It is named for the Yankton tribe of Nakota (Sioux) Native Americans. Yankton is located on the Missouri River just downstream of the Gavins Point Dam and Lewis and Clark Lake and just upstream of the confluence with the James River. Yankton is commonly referred to as the 'River City', due to its close proximity to the Missouri River, and the importance that it played in the city's settling and subsequent development.
Tom Brokaw is a native of Yankton, attending Yankton Senior High School, Brokaw was governor of South Dakota American Legion Boys State, and in that capacity he accompanied then South Dakota Governor Joe Foss to New York City for a joint appearance on a TV game show. It was to be the beginning of a long relationship with Foss, whom Brokaw would later feature in his book about World War II veterans, The Greatest Generation. Tom received his B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in 1964. He has been married to Meredith Lynn Auld (a former Miss South Dakota and author) since 1962.
Jack " Broken Nose" McCall, western Folk Figure. He killed "Wild Bill" Hickok in Deadwood, South Dakota on August 2,1876. His trial began on December 4,1876 in Yankton, the Dakota Territorial Capital, and was found guilty two days later. On March 1, 1877, Jack McCall was hanged and his body buried in the southwest corner of the Yankton Catholic Cemetery. As the story goes, his grave was dug up when they moved the old cemetery, and when his coffin was opened he still had the rope around his neck.
Yankton's Gavin's Point Dam and Lewis & Clark Lake
(Last of six Dams on the Missouri River)
The Meridian Bridge, a long-time landmark in Yankton, is the result of hard work and determination of local citizens. Built in 1924, it was the first permanent bridge crossing the Missouri River. This unique bridge is a “double-decker” with one lane positioned above another. It was constructed as a lift-span bridge to allow riverboat traffic to traverse the river. Up until 1953, it was operated as a toll bridge. The Meridian Bridge was closed in October 2008 to vehicle transportation, but continues on as a walking bridge and a standing reminder of the days gone by.
Ham Radio and me!
Calling CQ, CQ, CQ, anyone - anywhere,
I will talk to whoever answers me out there.
South Dakota can often be a somewhat lonely place,
there are not many Hams here to meet face to face.
Maybe I am the lone Ham and thus the voice of South Dakota,
as many call me just to make their Worked All States quota.
It probably isn’t that they call thinking I am that great,
They all just want to work this remote darn state.
But when many different stations start calling me at once,
I get really confused and I know they think me to be a dunce.
The pile-up gets to the point that my own Call Sign I have forgot,
binding my already frazzled nerves into a very tight knot.
Morse Code was unfortunately an unlearned skill,
understanding dots and dashes might have been a thrill.
But all I heard was what sounded like angry bumble bees,
nothing that translated into words and code to me was just a tease.
Different accents could often be difficult to deal with,
but as to me having a mid-western twang is just a myth.
Understanding Brits, Scots and Irish Hams accents is perplexing,
however the lyrical sing song speech is really not that vexing.
I try an get some exercise letting at full speed my treadmill run,
while sitting on the couch with a snack and watching it just for fun.
When it has run long enough to simulate me being quite tired,
I know at least in my mind that a good workout has transpired.
Button’s is sure his biped pal is definitely either a complete putz,
often finding him talking to the wall - so maybe he is just nuts.
Weird words uttered like QRN, QRM, and QRZ must be cat talk,
Dick needs to clear his head and take Button's for a calming walk.
But Ham radio isn’t any longer a hobby- but a way of life,
talking to new friends all over the world amazingly reduces strife.
Exotic locations and fascinating cultures would have been missed,
since without my radio and a wire in a tree they wouldn’t exist.
KD0ACR will be calling CQ - hoping to meet someone new,
or just to renew a friendship and have a good long rag chew.
But for now here is hoping that this poem made you smile,
“73” to those “copying the mail”- I will be QRT for a short while.
TRIVA: Any amateur radio wonders one or another day what could be the origin of the word "ham". There are at least sevaral possible origins.
Among these amateurs, some stations emitted with 2 kW and, like today, some of them jammed all the other operations to a few hundred kilometers around. When this occured, frustrated commercial operators would call the ship whose weaker signals had been blotted out by amateurs and keyed back : "SRI OM THOSE B@$%#! HAMS ARE JAMMING YOU". Amateurs, possibly unfamiliar with the real meaning of the term, picked it up and applied it to themselves and wore it with pride as a word qualifying their activity. As the years advanced, the original meaning has completely disappeared.
The second version tells that it is maybe in 1910 that the word was invented. Before the callsigns where regulated a powerful station able to emit at 5 kW and that everybody could hear at all hours of the day and night at distances of over 800 km (500 miles) operated with the initials H.A.M. No one knows if this rumor is true or false.
In 1909 Robert A. Morton reported overhearing an amateur radio transmission which included the comment: "Say, do you know the fellow who is putting up a new station out your way? I think he is a "ham". However, the term did not gain widespread usage in the United States until around 1920, after which it slowly spread to other English-speaking countries.
Early radio (initially known as wireless telegraphy) included many former wire telegraph operators, and within the new service "ham" was employed as a pejorative term by professional radiotelegraph operators to suggest that amateur enthusiasts were unskilled. One alternate explanation is that "ham" is a shortened version of "ham-fisted", meaning clumsy. This is a reasonable conjecture, given that all early amateur radio stations used hand-operated telegraph keys to transmit Morse code, and sending style is referred to as an operator's "fist", so someone who sends badly could be called ham-fisted.
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