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Monday, May 11, 2015

Hello from Hamvention


I will be at Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio, this Friday and Saturday. When I am not attending forums, roaming the halls, and buying stuff, I will be staffing the TAPR booths (451-454)  in the Ball Arena of the HARA complex, so stop by and say, "Hello."

During my commute to and from and around Dayton, I will be running OpenAPRS from my iPhone, so watch for me on your APRS maps.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Oliver and Shaq

Oliver and Shaq
Our family lost a member Thursday morning: our first cat, Oliver. 

As a kitten nearly 16 years ago, he followed my wife home when she was walking our first dog QT-Pie and he moved in after some pushback from me. Turns out, Oliver and me hit it off and he became my best buddy, my "Big O" and always greeted me when I came home from work.


Oliver and QT-Pie were the only males in our menagerie and they became best friends. After QT-Pie died three years ago, one of our female cats, Shaq, seemed to replace QT-Pie in Oliver's life. The two cleaned each other and usually slept with each other.


After Oliver died, Shaq seemed to be lost looking all around the house for her friend. Friday night, when I took our second dog, Pumpkin Pie, out for last call, Shaq got out. She seldom gets out, but must have thought her friend was outside, so she went looking for him. Shaq was out until nearly 3 AM. 


I think Shaq found Oliver because the next day, I found a dead mouse neatly placed right in the middle of Oliver's grave!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

TAPR PSR Now Available


The Spring 2015 issue of PSR, TAPR's quarterly newsletter is now available here. (Yours truly is the editor of PSR.)

Table of Contents:

  • Hamvention with TAPR
  • 2015 Hamvention TAPR Forum Schedule
  • TAPR Calendar
  • DCC in Chicago
  • Penelope to PennyLane
  • Near Space Flights as a Tool for STEM Education
  • Build a Better Demodulator for APRS / AX.25 Packet
  • Amateur Radio Lectures in India
  • Write Here!
  • On the Net
  • The Fine Print
  • Our Membership App

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Since my last post, I added two new stations to the AM radio log, both broadcasting from the City of Brotherly Love:

  • WHAT on 1340 kc heard on April 3 at 2300 UTC transmitting 1 kW 164 miles to my southwest
  • WKDN on 950 kc heard on April 4 at 0300 UTC transmitting 21 kW 163 miles to my southwest

Both were heard using my CC Radio 2E barefoot.

I have heard plenty on the car radio during my morning commute, but nothing new to report.

Looking forward to the Dayton Hamvention next month. I will be staffing the TAPR booths (451-454 in the Ballarena). Stop by and say, "Hello!"

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Thank you, C.Crane!

WFLR Three weeks ago, I mentioned that C.Crane updated their CCRadio 2E Enhanced so that the default display is now user-programmable, i.e., you can configure it to display the time of day or the radio frequency.

Originally, you had no choice; it displayed the time of day. The radio frequency only showed up when you changed frequency or momentarily when you pushed the Freq button. I prefer to see the frequency displayed rather than the time, so I complained, C.Crane listened and now the display functions the way I like it.

And there’s more!

My 2E Enhanced completed a roundtrip to C.Crane last week where its firmware was updated. So now my radio’s display functions the way I like it, too!

And there’s still more!

I logged a new one with the 2E Enhanced last evening: WFLR on 1570 kc in Dundee, New York, transmitting 5 kW, 217 miles to my west-northwest.