In case you missed it, Tom Christian, VR6TC, died on July 7 at age 77.
Friday's issue of The New York Times had an article about Tom's life including his radio exploits.
(Thank you Norman, W9VQ, for the heads-up concerning the article.)
Log entry number 162 was a tough one --- not because I could not hear it, but because I could not identify it.
I heard it yesterday at about 1750Z playing continuous 1950s and 1960s oldies without a break between songs for announcements, station identifications, or advertisements.
I waited patiently for 1800Z figuring that there would be an announcement at the top of the hour. I was wrong --- just continuous oldies until I gave up at about 1805Z to return to work.
Today, I found them again at about the same signal strength (S-3) playing continuous oldies, but this time, I was on the radio before 1700Z hoping that I would hear a speaking voice at high noon.
I lucked out and there were a series of speaking voices that definitely identified the station as WALK in Patchogue, Long Island, New York on 1370 KHz transmitting 500 watts 52 miles south-southwest of here. The screen capture above shows the WALK station building and antenna (Source: Bing Maps). By the way, WALK is my fourth logging of a station on 1370 kHz.
Equipment used to receive WALK was the stock radio and antenna in my 2007 Subaru Outback Sport.
Logged number 161: WYBC on 1340 kHz, which is my first logging on that frequency. WYBC is the Yale University station running 1 kW from a transmitter located in the marshes of the West River in West Haven, Connecticut (as Google Maps illustrates above.)
Equipment used to receive WYBC was the stock radio in my 2007 Subaru Outback Sport.
Look what I found growing in my backyard over the weekend. That mass of mushrooms is about 30 inches wide.
A friend says they are edible. I say anything is edible once.
We drove Friday night. Traffic was heavy, but the New York State Thruway was NOT closed, man!
We got a room in a motel on Route 17B “not far from the concert site,” according to the motel man. Overnight, Route 17B became a parking lot and we walked 10 miles (“not far”) to the concert.
We sat in the field on Yasgur’s farm and listened to Quill, Country Joe McDonald, Santana, John Sebastian, Keef Hartley Band, The Incredible String Band, Canned Heat, Mountain, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin and The Kozmic Blues band, Sly & the Family Stone, and The Who.
The sun rose Sunday morning, Jefferson Airplane were about to begin their set and I convinced Joe and Ron to exit the premises because I was feeling deathly ill. Traffic had loosened up and we managed to hitch a ride back to the motel, so I did not have to walk ten miles in my deteriorating condition.
I arrived home Sunday afternoon with a fever and stayed in bed for a few days dealing with flu-like symptoms.
What a weekend!
I got my feet wet in electronics (which I know is kind of dangerous) playing with this educational toy. Hours of fun for only $1 – it is amazing what a dollar could buy back in the early 1960s.
This is the last call for articles for the End of Summer - Pre-Digital Communications Conference (DCC) issue of TAPR's quarterly newsletter, PSR.
The deadline for the next issue is Thursday, August 15. So, please send your cards, letters, articles, etc., whatever you have, to the editor of PSR, wa1lou (@) tapr.org
FYI - the DCC is in Seattle this year, September 20-22. The DCC details are here.
My daughter is into arts and crafts and was an early adapter of Pinterest. She talked about all the arts and crafts stuff on Pinterest, so I assumed that the website leaned in that direction and did not offer much in the way of techy stuff. I learned that my assumption was incorrect when I finally got around to exploring Pinterest.
Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other pinboards for images, "re-pin" images to their own pinboards, or "like" photos. (Source: Wikipedia)
Go to Pinterest, search on radio, ham radio, amateur radio, AM radio, FM radio, shortwave radio, antenna, QSL, etc. and you will be inundated with hundreds of related images and videos pinned by Pinterest users. Some of the images are unique, some you will recognize, some are off-the-wall, most are worth a look and some are worth exploring further.
So far, I have two Pinterest boards, Radio and Ham Radio, that I am slowly filling with pins and I am following a few other boards of interest. (When you follow another board, new pins on those boards automatically show up at the top of the page after you log in so you don't miss anything.)
Until next time, keep on surfin'!
At 0030Z today, I added number 160 in my AM radio station log: WNSW, “The Voice of Russia,” on 1430 kHz located in Newark, NJ, 84 miles southwest running 10 kW. The station’s signal swung from one extreme to another over a half-hour period; most of the time it was about an S-3, but at times it was so far down in the mud that it was inaudible and on one occasion it built up to an S-7. My receiving equipment: C.Crane CC SW Pocket receiver and CC twin coil ferrite antenna.
The photo above is a screen capture of Google Maps Street View of WNSW’s impressive antenna farm on South Broad Street, one block west of the Garden State Parkway. WPAT AM (930 kHz; number 58 in my AM log) and WPAT FM (93.1 MHz) also transmit from this site.
On Sunday, August 3 at 0000Z, I logged AM radio station number 159: WJIP on 1370 kHz in Ellenville, NY, 75 miles west running 5 kW. The station format was 24/7 comedy and the signal was good enough (S7) that the broadcast actually made me laugh!
My receiving equipment: C.Crane CC SW Pocket receiver and Terk Advantage antenna. That is the WJIP antenna in the screen capture above (source: Bing Maps).