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Think Johnny Cash was a one-trick pony?  My friend +John Corby sent me this link when I was telling him how much easier it is getting to copy Morse Code.  Apparently, he wanted to put me in my place.  Mission accomplished, John.  haha

Here is a great story and, as the article states, a cool "footnote of history."  I didn't even know Johnny Cash was in the military.   #amateurradio   #hamradio  
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This song always makes me smile.
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Not an open frequency on 10M up to 28.070.  Must be the contest Eddie mentioned earlier this week.  Appears not to be a slow operator in the bunch and everyone seems to be getting 599.  haha.  Checked out 40, 20, and 15, too.  Same thing.  Amazing.  It's like the Black Friday of ham radio.
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Coax installed through the wall.  XYL relieved that she no longer has to "be careful shutting the door or you will damage my coax..."  Too bad we couldn't make contacts today.  Seems like good DX and lots of people to make contact with.  Amazing amount of activity today.  
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This fail post made me think of you, +Jeff Munson   

A man and wife were in line in front of me to get their ballots on Tuesday.  After receiving them and starting to walk away, the man came back, interrupted me, and asked the voting official, "I see names on here I don't recognize...Should I have been able to look up these people on the web or something?"  The election officials said it's up to the candidates to campaign and make their names and positions known to their constituents.

After they sat down with their ballots (why sit?  it should take you about 30 seconds to vote), I heard the man exclaim loudly to his wife, "if they are Republicans, vote for them, just don't vote for anyone Democratic [sic]..."

Blindly voting for one party, without any research, is as bad as the fail post in the link.  You don't know who you are voting for without your own research.

I researched my (small) ballot before I voted and couldn't find anything on any of the candidates for local office.  Nothing in the local paper, online, etc.  The entire campaign season, two people came to my door and I had no calls.  The candidates who came to my door seemed reasonable, coherent, and nice, so I voted for them.  The rest of the local candidates for judges, clerks of this, officers for that...I left to fate.  I voted on the four state amendments after thoroughly researching them.  I colored in six ovals.  I later read one candidate running for the office that sets our property tax rate has been driving a school bus for years.  Not sure why that qualifies her for that position, but I am glad I didn't help her into office.  

Candidates!  Knock on my door, call me, send me a letter, stop me at the park, wear a sign on your back...Be prepared to tell me what motivates you to run for an elected office, what benefits you derive from holding office, what changes you will make, how you will benefit me, why identifying with a specific political party helps you, etc.  
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I didn't vote for either candidate in the local mayoral race because I ran into the same issue. They're both local businesspeople and both Republicans. Neither was a reason to vote for them, so I didn't. I could not find anything else substantial out about them. That's how voting goes here in the small town Central Valley... just vote for the guy who hates Obama more.
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I shamelessly ripped off the sotabeams "flightdeck" for the KX3 and other rigs.  The cutting board was about $5 bucks at Wal Mart.  On the back side, I have pieces of wire running through the end loops of all of the rubber bands.  I am thinking of using chopsticks instead.  Off to the left, you may see the Hendricks SOTA tuner.  I put it together a few days ago, but it's been too wet to get outside to try it out.  I may use that instead of the Elecraft tuner on the "flightdeck."  I rarely use hashtags, but I feel #cheapham  is in order.  
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HAM is acronym for Havent Any Money

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An article was in my +Engadget  news feed this morning about this cool artwork created by NASA.  Love these posters.  If I had a large-format color printer, I would matte and frame these.  I may have one printed.  Very cool.

http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/08/nasa-travel-posters-exoplanets/?ncid=rss_truncated
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Ham radio folks may find this kinda cool.  QSL card (contact acknowledgement) from Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association special event from December 7th, 2014 commemoration Pearl Harbor Day.  

They were weak, but their website explains they have a poor antenna in a noisy environment (Los Angeles).  339 both ways via CW (Morse Code for you non hams).   I'd like to work Battleship Missouri, but she is in Hawaii and I don't think I've heard Hawaii on the air.  I'd also like to try working the New Jersey.  Fun, challenging hobby.

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Cool card, Pat. I like working special event stations. I wasn't able to work the Iowa; but maybe I can during Museum Ships week.
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Paul Davis just reported over in QRP Radio forum that the Mountain Topper will be available fully assembled from LnR Precision.  I don't see mention of it on their website, but I have always wanted one of those little radios.  

Update:  Saw the post in the Yahoo Forum from Steve Weber.  Should be available at the end of January for around $250.

I know what I am saving up for.
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eh...I think kind of a cult following.  Tiny radio well suited to travel.  Dependable.  Limited release by a great designer.  Hope the coolness factor translates to the manufactured version.  
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It's fine this new guide is available in eBook format.  Nice move, ARRL.  However, at $20, it's a little pricey, and after you read it, you can't sell it or loan it to another ham, unless that ham has the same e-reader, same service (Amazon), etc.  

As an ARRL VE, I am always amazed at how unprepared candidates are for these exams, especially knowing the question pools are readily available at many resources online at no cost  The ARRL guides are fine (I have a few), but there is no substitute for question pool drills.  After you see the questions a few times, you start to recognize the distractors even before reading the questions.  In my experience as a VE, most successful candidates drilled through an online resource question pool  like QRZ (http://www.qrz.com/hamtest/) many times before their exam.

Safety is probably the most important aspect of learning about ham radio, and that can't be glossed over.  Setting up your station, another key factor for getting on the air.  So read these guides, study and enjoy them to learn the importance of safety and setting up your station, then drill for these tests with an online question pool to be prepared for the exams.  Afterwards,  you can enjoy these fine books by the ARRL at your leisure, as a resource or reference, etc.

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I don't like the fact that all the questions are published.  I personal think that's not a good thing.   For instance, the math questions shouldn't be exactly the same.  The values should be changed!  Also, Extra should have a 5 wpm code test.  I did it when it was 20 wpm.  I like a practical application test, like show me you know how to operate a radio.   So there is some good and bad.  
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One time on the beach is pretty close to 100 days in the park, +TJ Campie haha. 
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