barrie at centric.net
Wed Nov 9 20:24:50 EST 2005
Gotch: 56 years.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Havlicek" <n8de at thepoint.net>
To: <ersmar at comcast.net>
Cc: "Reicher, James" <JReicher at hrblock.com>; <towertalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2005 4:42 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Anniversary
> You guys are all kids. ... heck, I was licensed before most of you were
> born! Celebrated 51 years .... of Ham Radio ... this year!
> Now to put up, this Spring, the 6 towers lying in the yard ... and the 6
> verticals, too.
> Anyone wanna help a geezer?
> Edmore, MI
> ersmar at comcast.net wrote:
>> I don't think of it as I'm old. I think of it as there are a lot
>> more younger people around than there used to be. Thanks.
>> 73 de
>> Gene Smar AD3F
>>>Dang! You're OLD!!! :)
>>>73 de N8AU, Jim in Raymore, MO
>>>Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 13:07:27 -0500
>>>From: <ersmar at comcast.net>
>>>Subject: [TowerTalk] Anniversary
>>>To: <topband at contesting.com>, <towertalk at contesting.com>, "PVRC"
>>> <pvrc at mailman.qth.net>
>>>Message-ID: <005c01c5e558$71860b20$0200a8c0 at downstairs>
>>>Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>>> I just looked at the calendar and remembered that it was forty (!)
>>>years ago today that I passed my Novice Morse code test! My Elmer,
>>>Schaefer (callsign forgotten by me, sorry) of Coaldale, PA had just
>>>my test at 5 WPM send and receive. He then showed me his station -
>>>Hallicrafters receiver sitting on a large wooden desk in his attic and
>>>King 500 Watt floor rack-mounted AM and CW transmitter feeding a tuner
>>>dipole just outside his window (in the days before RF exposure rules!)
>>> He tuned across a couple of QRQ stations in the low end of 80M. Of
>>>course, I couldn't copy them and asked what they were saying. Harry
>>>his head for a while, listening intently AND COPYING IN HIS HEAD (My
>>>He said one Ham in Massachusetts asked another Ham in New York state
>>>the power came back on in New York. The NY Ham said his town hadn't
>>>affected by the power failure. The next morning I read in the paper
>>>the Great Northeast Blackout of 1965. (
>>> Since then we Hams, and the rest of American society, have
>>>momentous changes in electrotechnology. In commercial radio
>>>FM supplanted AM as the delivery method preferred by more in the
>>>audience. The Carterphone decision of the FCC in 1968 opened the way
>>>interconnected devices such as phone-patches (remember when they were
>>>illegal?) and, ultimately, alternative carriers such as MCI, to connect
>>>AT&T's telephone network. We no longer hear, "The following program is
>>>brought to you in living color on NBC." Fiber-optic cables are now as
>>>ubiquitous as copper wires. Television sets went from using external
>>>converters for tuning UHF channels to mandatory built-in tuners that
>>>up to channel 83 to tuners that covered only up to channel 69 (the
>>>14 channels had been assigned to something called "cellular telephone"
>>>service.) And my kids are texting each other on their own wireless
>>>telephone devices. (Remember when Ham autopatching was all the rage on
>>>VHF-FM?) And computers in the home? Only on The Jetsons.
>>> Thanks for letting me wax nostalgic a bit today (not that you had
>>>of a choice, I suppose.) I'm sure we all have similar stories, but for
>>>it's been an extremely enjoyable trip down this path of Ham Radio.
>>> Now if I could just work KL7 on Topband!
>>>Gene Smar AD3F
>> See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless
>> Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with
>> any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
>> TowerTalk mailing list
>> TowerTalk at contesting.com
> See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless
> Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with
> any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
> TowerTalk mailing list
> TowerTalk at contesting.com
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