Archive for May, 2008

2008 6m Spring Sprint results

Posted in Contesting, Ham Radio on May 28, 2008 by WA4ZKO

Been swamped with work, just about forgot about this one. Did miss the deadline for sending the logs in…oh well.

Well, as somewhat expected, six meters wasn’t open for the sprint. There were some hints that it was trying to open to the west, maybe Colorado.

Let’s see, 10 QSO’s, 5 grids, 5 states, for a whooping 50 points, yeah right. Best DX of the evening? W9RM over in EM52 (Hampshire, IL), second best would probably be W3GLH up in EN91 (Volant, PA).

Couple pleasant surprises (what 6m is good for) popped up. First was a nice easy contact with W9IMS, a special event station at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS, get it?). 2nd surprise was a new “local” on the band. Welcome to Bob, N4IJS out of Erlanger. Guess I need to get cards off to both of ’em.

Still unsure if I’m going to be here in EM78 or in Connecticut for the June contest. I just staged a 432 beam, LMR400, and some 5′ mast materials in CT. So now it’ll be fairly easy for me to go portable on 6m, 2m, and 432 as time allows. The area where I stay is not exactly the best spot for VHF/UHF Dxing (a hilltop might be 100′ AMSL). I’m thinking a trip up to Mohawk Mountain (nice contest site in FN31jt) for a good spot. I’ve also got open invitations from N.E.W.S group and a couple of the local VHF/UHF’ers. Can you say “multi-op” effort!

That’s it for now.  73



Posted in Humor, Kentucky on May 10, 2008 by WA4ZKO

Considering how much flak I take from my “big city” friends/clients for being from Kentucky (aka the south), I’ll have to keep this one handy! I used to try telling them I’m actually a Georgia native, but I don’t think that ever helped ;-)

Yeah, there are some parts of Kentucky, and the south for that matter, that probably match some of the typical stereotypes. I still laughed till it hurt while reading this one.

Listen up City Slickers !

1. Pull your droopy pants up. You look like an idiot.

2. Turn your cap right, your head isn’t crooked.

3. Let’s get this straight; it’s called a ‘dirt road.’ I drive a pickup truck because I want to. The gun rack is there for a good reason. No matter how slow you drive, you’re going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.

4. They are cattle. They are live steaks. That’s why they smell funny to you. But they smell like money to us. Get over it. Don’t like it? I-64 goes east and west, I-75 goes north and south. Pick one.

5. So you have a $60,000 car. We’re impressed. We have $150,000 corn pickers and hay balers that are driven only 3 weeks a year. Suggest that you get over yourself!

6. So every person in Kentucky waves. It’s called being friendly. Try to understand the concept.

7. If that cell phone rings while an 8-point buck and 3 does are coming in, we WILL shoot it out of your hand. You better hope you don’t have it up to your ear at the time.

8. Yeah, we eat taters & gravy, beans & cornbread. You really want sushi & caviar? It’s available, at the corner bait shop.

9. The ‘Opener’ refers to the first day of deer season. It’s a sacred holiday here in the south and held every November in Kentucky. Don’t be alarmed by all the folks in orange carrying rifles.

10. We open doors for women. That is applied to all women, regardless of age.

11. No, there’s no ‘vegetarian special’ on the menu. Order steak. Or you can order the Chef’s Salad and pick off the 2 pounds of ham & turkey.

12. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables, and breads. We use three spices: salt, pepper, and ketchup.

Oh, yeah…. We don’t care what you folks in Cincinnati call that stuff you eat…

13. You bring ‘coke’ into my house, it better be brown, wet and served over ice.

14. You bring ‘Mary Jane’ into my house, she better be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.

15. College and High School Football are as important here as the Lakers and the Knicks, and a dang site more fun to watch.

16. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don’t hit the water hazards – – it spooks the fish.

17. Colleges? We have them all over. We have State Universities, Community Colleges, and Vo-techs. They come outta there with an education plus a love for God and country, and they still wave at everybody when they come home for the holidays.

18. We have a whole ton of folks in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. So don’t mess with us. If you do, you will get whipped by the best.

Oh, yeah… We don’t have much homeland security concerns. We know our neighbors so a terrorist would stick out like a horsefly on a weddin’ cake. The terrorists are apparently uncomfortable with how comfortable we are with guns. On ur red n blue political map, terrorists tend to avoid the red states, go figure.

19. Turn down that blasted car stereo! That thumpity-thump crap ain’t music, anyways. We don’t want to hear it anymore than we want to see your boxers.
Refer back to #1.

20. 4 inches isn’t a blizzard – it’s a flurry. Drive like you got some sense in it, and DON’T take all our bread, milk, and bleach from the grocery stores. This ain’t Alaska, worst case you may have to live a whole day without croissants. Those pickups with snow blades will have you out the next day. FEMA isn’t needed here, we take care of ourselves.