Thursday, February 08, 2018

K8FAC FRANK A CASTRONOVO


I ran across the K8FAC QRZ page and found it very interesting. It made me think of myself some 50 years ago. I have copied a paragraph for you to read here. But you can read more about him HERE
I started with a Heath Kit HW16, a 40 meter dipole and a home brew 3 element 15 meter Yagi beam from old TV antennas. I was WN9GOA back then
------------------------------- What fun it was ......... Jack WB9OTX
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Below is From K8FAC:
While I consider my Yaesu and Elecraft radios, and all similar modern transceivers, to be technical wonders that make ham operations a pleasure, I also have a liking (some might say a masochistic one) for "boat anchors"-- ham-speak for classic vacuum tube equipment from the 1950s and 60s-- and I often go on the air with one of the entry-level, antique transmitters/receivers in my modest collection. Currently I have a Heathkit DX-20, a Knight T-50, and a Drake 2B receiver and I partner these with a manual key and a simple dipole to create a typical novice station from times long-gone. Making contacts with a 60+ year-old, rockbound antique transmitter, and a comparatively unembellished receiver can be a challenge, but it can also be fun. Technical shortcomings notwithstanding, this old equipment still works, and it's a nostalgic trip back in time for me to assemble the station that I wish I'd had, but couldn't afford, when I was a high school student in the late 1950s. No semi-conductors or printed circuits spoken here--just lots of colorful separate components, shiny soldered point-to-point connections, hot glowing tubes, jumping analog meters, hefty Bakelite knobs, brick-heavy transformers, lethal voltages and clunky steel cabinets.  Don't get me wrong, I would never give up the ease-of-operation, reliability and versatility provided by my modern equipment, but still, if only for the sake of knowing how far we've come, it's unfortunate that few new hams will ever have the experience of tuning a tank circuit, or operating rockbound on a single frequency, or getting a pink "love note" from the FCC for spurious emissions, or using a key with 400 volts across the exposed contacts, or chasing a drifting station on a simple SWL receiver, or heating the entire shack (and perhaps toasting a finger) from a dozen or more glowing tubes.  Yes, it did take more effort to make a contact with a boatanchor, but I think there was a correspondingly greater sense of acheivement that came with success. Those old rigs may demand our full attention, but they also connect us with the history of ham radio, and the romance and folklore of wireless communication in general. Too, there is something almost tactile in the way that they give the operator a "feeling" for the emitted signal, and a deeper understanding of what is happening from key to antenna. Here's a picture of my fully-functional, all CW, vintage station. Typically running between 25 and 35 watts of output power to a dipole antenna, this station can, and still does, work the world.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

8 years ago February 2010

See what Mike Stratton and I were doing in February 2010
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Saturday, February 03, 2018

'Super blue Moon'


A blue moon occurs when a full moon happens twice in one calendar month, and a supermoon occurs when the Moon is closest to the Earth.
'Super blue blood Moon' seen around the world
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Thursday, February 01, 2018

Groundhog Day

The second of February every year

Groundhog hibernation gave rise to the popular American custom of Groundhog Day, held on the second of February every year. Tradition dictates that if a groundhog sees its shadow that day, there will be six more weeks of winter, though such a prediction seems a sure bet over much of the groundhog's North American range.
From: nationalgeographic


Thursday, January 25, 2018

THE ANT & THE GRASSHOPPER


This one is a little different...
Two Different Versions...
Two Different Morals…

OLD VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.  Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE OLD STORY:

Be responsible for yourself!


MODERN VERSION:


The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green...'

Black Lives Matter stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, We shall overcome.

Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper's sake.

Ex-President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Trump, President Bush, President Reagan, and Christopher Columbus for the grasshopper's plight.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Ant Act, retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around them, because the grasshopper doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug-related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize and ramshackle the once-prosperous and peaceful neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

Be careful how you vote in 2018 and 2020


I've sent this to you because I believe that you are an ant!

You may wish to pass this on to other ants, but don't bother sending it on to any grasshoppers because they wouldn't understand it, anyway.

Author is unknown

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Just a few Friends


See anyone you know ?
Click the below link to see.
https://get.google.com/albumarchive/105974274631821525519/album/AF1QipPPB_lZdM0XMQ-QE2VQ7tQzSQSyAHVTliriMPL1?source=pwa

*** Flash ***
I have just added over one hundred new photos to this album - So look again, you may be there.
If you have a photo you would like in this album, Email it to me.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

My Blog "a look back"

From the Washington DC Veteran trip 

Click the link below to have a look back at past posts
I just looked at all of these and it is amazing how time
passes so fast. ....... Jack
https://plus.google.com/b/106774279470890524286/+JackDemaree

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

What is Ham Radio?

Jack Demaree WN9GOA 1968

Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.
You can set up a ham radio station anywhere! In a field, in the park, in your home, anywhere.

Although Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands." These bands are radio frequencies allocated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use by ham radio operators.

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

After 51 years



















Happy Anniversary to my wife Betty.
I do not know how you made it with me as your husband !!

The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person, and I did ...... Jack

From the digital forum

I have learned much in the past few days from this list. Most guys are running as much as 1.5 Kw.
I have been in the minority by using 25 watts or less. But now I will join with the rest and when
your whole waterfall now turns red, Yep it will be me with the big broad over modulated signal.
I have worked the world on 30 meters with 100 Mw - I just don't understand how I did it with less
than a KW.
The new way to get QSOs is find a weak signal on the waterfall then turn on your amp and call
on top of the weak station. I know this works as it has happened to me over and over time after
time when running 25 watts or less.

At the beginning JT-65, JT9, & FT8 was pushed as a low power mode. I ran 5 watts with a Yaesu
FT-817 and worked WAC with in days. Now FT8 has taken over but now it takes, at the very least,
100 watts according to you guys. Now you need more power to run over the QRP, attic and poor
antenna stations. What has Amateur Radio come to, I think it is a shame.

I think it legal to run FT8 where ever digital mode is permitted, and while your at it turn on the amp.
And don't forget on 60 meters run over the 100 watt power permitted to work that state side station.
--
Jack Demaree
https://www.qrz.com/db/wb9otx