New Distance Record…

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Okay, I beat my last distance record (to Rio) running QRP. Though this time it was actually at five watts: 6058 miles to Tandil City in Argentina on the 10m band. Very nice.

Technically speaking, the 2.5 watt contact to Rio was better efficiency for watts per mile. But for the raw distance factor, I’m pleased with this contact to Argentina and on 10m no less. That’s a relatively rarely-used band in my part of the world.

What Do You Want To Do?

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In the style of Colossal Cave Adventure and Zork, comes Beltway Adventure. Okay, it’s not really an interactive game, just the results of somebody else’s adventure. Really, you need to read the whole thing.

WELCOME TO ADVENTURE! WOULD YOU LIKE INSTRUCTIONS?
>YES
YOU ARE SOMEWHERE IN BELTWAY FOREST, WHERE SOME HAVE FOUND TREASURES OF GOLD ALTHOUGH SOME HAVE ENTERED AND NEVER BEEN SEEN AGAIN. MAGIC IS SAID TO WORK IN THE FOREST. I WILL BE YOUR EYES AND HANDS…
Go read the whole thing. It’s awesome and strangely accurate.

Saturday Coolness

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Aside from my two year old daughter wrapping a bedsheet around her and calling it a dress… adorable… and aside from my littlest one crawling in bed and snuggling with me before we got up this morning, this is the most awesome thing I’ve seen today:

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So, what is it?

It’s nine entire amateur radio bands visible at once in what has to be the coolest SDR (Software Defined Radio) setup I’ve ever seen. WebSDR. Awesome. Just point, click, and listen.

Now don’t you want an amateur radio license?

Interesting

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Spotted on another blog, from a pilot who had TSA drones threaten to molest him then threatened his job… which now appears to be question.

Do they realize that the guy was flying the effing plane? It’s irrelevant what they think he may or may not have had on his person. He was the pilot! Check his ID and send him on his way. They should have said nothing more or less than, “Have a non-eventful flight, sir.”

The pilot’s description of events, it appears that when they couldn’t get anything on him, they resorted to trying to drum up some sort of “he hurt my feelings and made me uncomfortable” charge.

Malo Periculosam Libertatem Quam Quietum Servitium

I think that translates roughly to, “I prefer liberty to quiet slavery.” Correction: I missed a word, “I prefer perilous liberty to quiet servitude.”

Well, TSA, your actions hurt my feelings and make me uncomfortable… And actually do violate the rights of citizens.

Check Those Settings

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Warning: Ham Radio content ahead:

I’ve had my ham ticket for about a year now. Started as a Tech then received my general shortly after, and then a vanity call sign.

I run all QRP (low power), all the time.

A few weeks ago, I made a contact from Denver, CO to Rio de Janiero, Brazil.  To his location outside of Rio, it came out to 5,650 miles. I was impressed with myself at the time. A new personal distance record at five watts.

Then yesterday afternoon, I was making some adjustments to my FT817 and realized that it had been sitting at the 2.5w level for a few months now. So, that shout out to Rio was actually at half the power I thought I was running.

Well, I’m impressed.

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