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Re: [CQ-Contest] [DX-IS] Just one weekend

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] [DX-IS] Just one weekend
From: <kzerohb@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 16:27:14 -0700
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I’m an old man.  A gentle old man.

The notion of of a quiet weekend “turning the big knob” to sort through all 
that noise and hissing on HF are the reasons I love ham radio. Reasons like 
John, 9M2GV, an expat Brit running a rubber plantation overlooking the 
Mallacca Straits. Reasons like Sparky, W3UBM/MM making the Pacific runs on 
the rusty old SS Manderson Victory. Reasons like working K0IR (as VK0IR) on 
three modes and five bands from Heard Island, almost at the antipode on the 
low side of the freckles-del-Sol. In other words, picking out an almost 
ghostly signal from the molecular noise of the universe and finding a 
friend, a kindred soul playing exuberantly in the ether.

I’m not a Luddite, harkening to a "simpler time" but rather a lover of 
"radio for radios sake" wishing to expose todays Amateurs (with a capital 
"A") to what "brung us here".

It would be so easy.

73, de Hans, K0HB

From: Bob
Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2011 4:05 PM
Cc: kzerohb@gmail.com
Subject: Re: [DX-IS] Just one weekend

Hi Hans,

              Gnarly?   I don't think there was any growling to express
anger or hostility.  If you mean as in gnarled wood then I guess
you might apply "twisted"...

               The things mentioned were all used in my time  and going
back is not a great idea in my opinion. .    We can go back in time for
somethings so I'll dig into my collections of phrases that my mother
used for one that might be applicable to this.

           "You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube."

            The "boy and his radio" in this case was a Heath AT1 and AR3.
I do not want to go back there either.   I could, I do have them.

K2TK  ex KN2TKR  (1956) & K2TKR

On 2/27/2011 4:38 PM, kzerohb@gmail.com wrote:


Thanks for your gnarly response.

"We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is
put by different people, we read the poetry; we
meditate over the literature; we play the music; we
change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society
evolves this way, not by shouting each other down,
but by the unique capacity of unique, individual
human beings to comprehend each other."
--Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail (1979)

73, de Hans, K0HB

From: Bob
Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2011 2:32 PM
To: DX-IS@yahoogroups.com
Cc: kzerohb@gmail.com
Subject: Re: [DX-IS] Just one weekend

Why wait??     Your free to not use them any weekend, day, month, year  you 

If you proposal does take off will these be banned too?

Repeater announcements?
Secret 144 & 432 MC frequencies?
Telephone call lists?
"One Ringer" phone calls?
Use of propagation predicting software?

Since it is only a weekend, 48 hours, how about we make it even more 
interesting.  The 1st 46 hours are tube rigs only.  The last 2 hours can be 
for the Spark guys and gals only.

There is no turning back of the clock.   Unfortunate as that may be.

K2TK  ex KN2TKR (1956) & K2TKR

On 2/27/2011 3:12 PM, kzerohb@gmail.com wrote:
Let’s pick one summer weekend in 2012, when no DXpedition is planned and no 
significant international contest is scheduled.  Maybe the second weekend of 

On that weekend, let’s turn off all the DX packet clusters, all the internet 
spotting networks, all the skimmers, all the RBN’s, and just play “a boy and 
his radio”.

Just one weekend, 18 months from now.

Talk it up.  Pass it on.

73, de Hans, K0HB/K7


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