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“Is my hair alright?”

 

 

 

All the different Little People Network stations that checked in on 3765 kHz the week of 12/09 – 12/15, our RECORD for one week.

KN6Z, KD7BCW, NZ7J, N7EN, W5HO, KE3KR, NR7Q, AG7G, K6MJD, W6FE, KB5B, W7LW, K6HTM, AF7J, W7LNG, KI6U, AE6FG, WQ6I, AD5SU, KT0DD, N6NP, K6AII, KE7BBX, WJ6Q, K7PSK, VA7MJS, KG6TT, AD9DX, AA8KB, AD7HP, KF7J, KC7ZNA, WA7PZR, K6LDO, VE5ANB, K6ZSR, N7TH, W7RU, K6FEJ, WB7EUH, AF6D, KG6TT, K7PRS, WG6K, WB6GGY, KO6QK, WY8I, W7KOL, K6PIC, KF6VOM, XE1HDD/W6, AD7HP, KF7J, KB1UM, WY8I, WA7CO, KE7GET, NO5I, KC0HLX, W1VO, VE7AYQ, AF6D, WC1E, WA6DAC, W7ZCX, K6USY, KD8CFU, N7FDI (Echolink/Cross band). Sixty-three different stations, not counting the blues or non-extras, smashing the old record of forty-four.

 

Barney Hall of Fame: Ben KD7BCW, Eric W7ZCX, John W6FE, Cary KD7KAU, Mike VA7MJS, Mike KB1UM, Duane AG7G, Joe KO6M, Bruce W6RAT, Terry KB5B, Chuck KE3KR, Moody WQ6I, Bob AF6D, Mike AA8KB, Conrad N7EN, Randy KC7ZNA, Gary ZL3SV, Mark K6FEJ, Mark K6MJD, Larry W5HO, John K7PRS, Gregg AE6FN, RoboLon KE7BBX, Dave WA6DAC, Bruce N6THN, Gary W6FH, Kevin K7TST, Art W6OBB, Kevin AD8Q, Iain K6IAM, Bob K6MIT, Tom W7PD, Keith KD7KZV, Stan WG6K, Mike AD5SU, Phil WB6GGY, Bob K6AII, Adam AF6ME, Greg W6EZV, Buddy W7JPL, WJ6Y John, W7HW Duane, K7JRL John, N7MAL Mal, WY6L Dean, WJ6Y John,

 

Ham Radio Heaven: W6NZA Art, Dave WA6DAC; Eric W7ZCX; Terry KB5B; Diane N7TNP; Buddy W7JPL; Orv K6UEY. Who’s NEXT???

 

Amp Repair Story

 

The Little People Regulars, past and present:

 

 

KN6Z Glenn “Steward of the Realm of Art Bell” San Diego

KD7BCW Ben “The Horizontal Ham” Salem, OR.

K6AII Bob “Ready to Rumble Rancho Cucamonga

AF6D Bob “Big Bear Bob” Big Bear

N7EN Conrad “Mr. Normal” Gilbert, AZ.

W6EZV Greg “The GREEN Entity” Burbank

W6FH Gary “Mouse Buddy” Nevada City

AG7G Duane “The Antichrist” Yuppyville

WB6GGY Phil “Yosemite Sam” Twainhart

W5HO Larry “HO” New Mexico

W7HW Duane “Hot Water” Silverton, OR.

WQ6I Moody “Moody” Claremont

WG6K Stan “Fat Head” Aptos

VR2HF Dan Hong Kong

N6LN Jack “I Ball” Palos Verdes

W7MAL Mal “Malcontent” Bullhead City

WAE6OF Paul “Clear Channel” Bakersfield

K7PRS John “Porta John” Redondo Beach

W6RAT Bruce “Rat” Coos Bay, OR.

KR7RR John Arrr! “Captain” Safford, AZ.

N6THN Bruce Vacaville

KB1UM Mike “Music Mike” Seattle

 

 

 

 

This never happens in San Diego.

 

450 ohm window-line detractor extraordinaire,

Mike “Fuck Ladder Line” AA8KB, wants me to

renounce my window-line allegiance and move over to

the inconvenience of the open wire line Dark Side.

 

450 Ohm Window Line, in Conclusion:

 

In the Sunday Jan 11 entry, below, I reproduce a report of a measurement made comparing open wire transmission line loss vs. window line loss.  The result was about 0.1 dB greater loss for window line, at 30 Mhz.  Why then bother with the bother of open wire line?, I impertinently axed.  Mike AA8KB made the argument that the loss will be greater if the window line gets wet from rain or dew, and that old window line wets better than new.  Moreover, “Fuck Ladder Line!”  I would point out that while it’s raining, there is a concentration of falling water in the air around the conductors in the open wire line, that cannot be ignored.  But let’s say it’s stopped raining.  I found some ten-year-old window line lying in the filth beside my mom’s house, exposed to the elements, for ten years.  That window line no doubt carried the voice of Art Bell, back in the glory days, when Art was the center of all things and everyone (almost) knew their place.  I cut off a piece of the window line’s plastic insulation and submerged it in water and let it drip for a minute.  It didn’t hold on to much water.  Dry, the piece of insulation weighed 12.89 g; wet, it weighed 13.59 g.  That’s an increase in weight of 5.4%.  The density of water is about the same as most plastics, so we can say that the volume of water sticking to the insulation is about 5.4% of the volume of the piece of insulation.  The dielectric constant of water is about 25 times that of most plastics, and dielectric loss is directly proportional to dielectric constant, so we can say further that water on the window line insulation will be 25 times as lossy as the insulation, PER UNIT VOLUME.  But the volume of the adhering water is only 5.4% of the volume of the insulation, so the water’s contribution to the total dielectric loss is apparently 0.054 x 25 = 1.35.  In other words, the dielectric loss due to the water adhering to the window line is 1.35 times the loss due to the window line insulation.  It follows that wet window line is going to have 2.35 times more loss than dry window line.  The loss per 100 ft of 450 ohm window line is 0.16 dB.  By delta dB = 10 log [(Power 1)/(Power 2)], 0.16 dB loss gives a power ratio 0.96.  That is, after the 0.16 dB loss, you have 96% of your power left.  So if we lose 2.35 times more power for wet window line as for dry, we will be down to 100% - 2.35(4%) = 90.6 % = 0.906.  10 log (0.906) = 0.43 dB loss for the wet window line.  Big deal.  If it’s cold enough that layer upon layer of water can freeze on the window line (as in the pic above), building up a volume of water on the window line comparable to the volume of window line insulation, then you’ll get serious dielectric loss.  But unless you are getting ice on your transmission line, I am unpersuaded that there is much advantage in using open wire line, even if you live in a rain forest.

 

If you are skeptical of any of my unsupported assertions, well then:

 

1.     FUCK YOU!!!

2.     If number 1 is unsatisfactory, then I will send you the relevant links.

3.     If you cannot see how I reached my conclusions based on the links, then I can help with the reasoning or derivations.

4.     If you STILL cannot understand my results, please see number 1.  Thank you.

 

Wednesday Jan 28

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Impedance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, W6MVM, KK7TV, N6RC

 

I didn’t precipitate much tonight.  I was writing up my 450 ohm defense while I was listening to the gang.  They were seriously into some deep repair talk.  May I introduce Randy KK7TV in Cave Creek, AZ, and Dick N6RC in Tucson.

 

Monday Jan 25

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Impedance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, AA8K(G)B, K6AII, WB6GGY, W6MVM, KB1UM, AG7G, K7JRL

 

Mike KB1UM suggested the above modification to our slogan.  I think it is brilliant.  We talked a bit tonight about the Snowmass repeater.  Bob K6AII wanted to know if Mike KB1UM could hit it.  We had a helluva time, however, understanding Bob’s pronunciation of “Snowmass.”  Phil WB6GGY was using a stock hand mic and sounding terrible.  Everybody took turns telling Phil how bad he sounded.  And then everybody took a second turn.  Talk went on and on about Phil’s crappy audio and crappy mic.  Captain Mike W6MVM is having some kind of problem with his 6300, and we went on and on about it.  I heard groaning and sighing on freq, and I knew before he checked in that it was none other than resident malcontent Duane AG7G.  Duane got fed up with the hardware talk pretty quickly, and declared himself QSY.  Shortly thereafter, ironically, Music Mike and Comrade Mike got onto dueling soapboxes and slugged it out over the Muslims.  Muslim shit is right up Duane’s alley.  The whole freq revolted, however, and shut down the ranting about Muslims.  The gang wanted some “fun,” so they went back to the 6300 problem.  Tonight’s QSO was strictly tech talk.  Flex theory, ALC theory, mic testing, everything.  Bob wants us to all collaborate on an article about ALC, that will straighten out the entire ham radio world.  THEN, John K7PRS changed mics and started EQing and we went on and on audio testing with him.  It was heaven.  He was testing a PR-40 mic, the kind Art Bell and I use.  I then changed the subject to small loops, much smaller than a wavelength.  I axed the gang about the theory of how these small loops null out signals so well, and what the benefit is of using inductive coupling.  The answer to the latter was not nearly as straightforward as I expected.  All articles I’ve read describe small loops that are inductively coupled to the rig, but with no discussion of why.

 

 

Tuesday Jan 20

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, AA8KB,  K6AII, WB6GGY, W6MVM, KB1UM, AG7G, K6TXH, KY6W

 

3840 luminaries, Steve “Who appointed YOU net control?” K6TXH and Don KY6W, joined us tonight.  Steve is a big fan of South Pacific, as am I, and I reported to him that I received in the mail today the original reel to reel tapes of the 1973 Pasadena High School performance, in the orchestra for which I performed on my trombone.  Those tapes have been in a vault for decades, and I happened upon them on EBay.  I also got the 1974 performance of The King and I, in which I also blew my horn.  Only a few years’ worth of these tapes are available, right around the time I was a student.  It’s just unbelievable luck that I’ve been researching old PHS stuff just at the time the caretaker of the tapes decided to put them up for sale on Ebay.  Dirt cheap, too.  Comrade Mike and I talked 450 ohm window line again.  My mix of old and new window line stays dry even when everything else is soaked with dew.  Mike says old window line is bound to get wet, but I can’t get it wet even when I pour water on it.  In my next installment I will report my calculation of the additional power loss per unit length of window line, due to a few drops of water on the line (and a few drops is all that will ever stick to my line in the worst case scenario).  We did the WARFA post mortem: Comrade Mike concludes that the jammers are “contained.”  Sort of like the contents of a cat box.  There was some token jamming tonight on the super-secret publically announced auxiliary frequency.  What’s the point?  Is it to let WARFA know that the jammers are smart enough to find the secret freq?

 

Sunday Jan 18

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, AA8KB,  K6AII, WB6GGY, W6MVM

 

We talked long and hard about jazz and super-secret, anti-jammer mini loops.  I can’t remember what the hell else we talked about.  I waited too long to write this entry.

 

Thursday Jan 15

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, AG7G, AA8KB, W6UA, KB1UM, K6AII, K6VLF

 

We mostly just talked about my dwarf novae astronomy project.  People just kept axing me questions about it, so I kept talking.  The WARFA post mortem tonight was mostly just a lot of yawning.  Sunday, 41 check-ins; Tuesday, 56 check-ins; this night an estimated 62 check-ins.  BTW, where did the jammers go tonight?  They started off with a bang, and then just disappeared like roaches under a bright light.  Did they run off to confession?  Duane AG7G thinks the jammers are getting tired and bored.

 

 

Sunday Jan 11

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS, AG7G, K6LK, W6SQ, W6MVM, AA8KB

 

When I got in I guess it was time to talk Star Trek.  How did we get on that?  I think Comrade Mike was trying to think of somebody’s name, and it sounded like “Gary Seven,” a guest character on the original ST.  I mentioned Gary Seven, and we warped out on an exhaustive trek into Trek.  ST was enough to pull Duane AG7G out of the woodwork.  He likes it better than Star Wars.  Of course we did the customary WARFA post mortem.  The covered wagons had the Indians surrounded tonight, I’d say.  41 check-ins, up from the average of 25 that has been holding for, like, a year.  But 41 is nothing unusual lately.  Then John K7PRS and Mike started twisting my arm to build some open wire line to feed my loop, rather than the 450 ohm window line commonly used.  What’s the advantage?  Here’s a post from an open-wire-vs.-window-line thread on QTH.com:

 

I made the measurements about ten years ago when I worked at Ten-Tec.

The comparison was made between 6" open wire line with ceramic spacers

every 10', Zo about 650 ohms, and  450 ohm ladder line. Frequency was

65Mhz, the upper limit of the HP-601.  I used a Boonton rf voltmeter

as the detector. Johnson matchboxes were used at each end to make the

bal-un transition and transform back to 50 ohms.  Identical parallel

250' runs of each were measured.  The difference was 0.5dB favoring

the open wire, which translates to 0.092dB/100' difference at 30 MHz.

 

Poly does two things: it provides a support/insulation role and makes

the spreaders easily, and as a dielectric, it slightly reduces the

spacing necessary to get to 450 ohms.  The higher the impedance, the

lower the loss.  Windowing the line lowers the weight and the loss -

both the initial dielectric loss and the 'aging loss'.

 

Polypropylene is an outstanding rf dielectric provided it is not

exposed to uv radiation which causes it (and most other plastics) to

become brittle which decreases strength, causes surface cracks which

permit ingress of contaminants.  The brown opaque fillers added to

prevent uv deterioration do increase the loss somewhat.  Like many

other things in life, nothing is simple!

 

 

It is difficult to get good quality 450 ohm open wire line. It is hard

to keep it from twisting shorted on long horizontal runs. The

ladderline is inexpensive, easily obtainable at good quality. And it

won't short by twisting.

 

So what’s the advantage using open wire line?

 

Mike and Duane and I finished off the night with Muslims, and if they mostly want to cut off heads and blow shit up.  I quoted some data from a Pew Research poll of 14,000 Muslims over 14 countries.  I guess they couldn’t be devout Muslims, because they mostly don’t want to kill folks for dissing their bullshit superstition.

 

Tuesday Jan 6, 2015

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS, AG7G, W7UA, AA6SC, KB1UM, K6AII, N6LN

 

There’s a new kid in town, Stan AA6SC in Mohave.  He’s as sane as the rest of us, which I hope he takes as a compliment.  Stan has a long history in Pasadena and Sierra Madre, as have I, so we had a great time comparing notes on our experiences in the area.  Stan was talking “microcosmics” earlier on during the net.  He was relating something he had read on the Quora Digest.  So far I can’t make heads nor tails of what it’s about.  I’m afraid the gang told him that I would have something interesting to say about it.  Duane AG7G did his best tonight to cope with the ponderous and elephantine “round table” protocol.  Especially sluggish with the big group we had tonight.  We did the usual WARFA post mortem.  I haven’t updated my WARFA jamming graph, because the plateau of about 75 check-ins a week has been holding steady for a long time, but things might be changing.  WARFA took 393 check-ins over the past 13 weeks, vs only 262 check-ins for the 13 weeks previous to that.  That’s huge.  That’s 50%.  I warned in my semenal report of a few months ago that the jammers cannot let WARFA just keep hanging around, or they will start clawing their way back.  WARFA’s fun can’t just be spoiled, their MORAL must be broken, if they are to be destroyed.  The current trend in check-ins clearly calls for more jammers, more power, and bigger antennas.

 

Tuesday Jan 6, 2015

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS, K7JRL, AG7G, KD7BCW

 

We welcomed home Duane AG7G, tonight.  He’s been in Hawaii.  What a loser.  I bet he had a lousy time.  We also welcomed back Ben KD7BCW to the frequency.  He’s come around twice recently, and we hope he keeps it up.  Dave W6UHA sent me an email informing me of his observations of comet Lovejoy, currently in the constellation of Orion.  Dave I guess is heading off to China for another fabulous adventure.  What a loser.  I bet he will have a lousy time.  We talked to Moody some about his tonsil exam.  He had his tonsils inspected via LONG PATH, and it really pooped him out.  I mean it POOPED HIM OUT.  But he got a clean bill of health, and I foresee we will have him to kick around for a good long time to come.  The Emmanuel Goldstein of the 21st century took a lot of bashing toward the end of the party.  Who will be the next boogeyman?

 

Friday Jan 2, 2015

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, W7UA, WQ6I, K6VLF, WB6GGY, K7PRS, VE7SQ, WJ6Q, AD6SL

 

I was cleaning up my astronomy mess tonight, bringing stuff like the laptop back into the shack, when I turned on the rig and heard Moody WQ6I mention California City John WJ6Q.  Wowee wow wow, I had tune up and say hi to John.  Well, before I could butt in, Pat W7UA axed if “that guy” with the well pump problem was around.  He had some thoughts about my problem that he wanted to share with me.  So I announced myself.  Pat said he didn’t want to take up a lot of our time – the same thing he said last night when he wanted to audio test with us and then spent an hour on it – and then gave an hour’s dissertation on well pumps, without taking a breath.  That brought out all the pump heads with an opinion.  God, I didn’t know there were so many pump heads out there just bursting to pontificate pump problems.  So they all got me straightened out.  I didn’t really need all the advice.  I discovered last night a breaker was off down by the well.  I reset the three breakers, but I must have fucked up, because today the well pump repair man reset the breaker himself, and the pump started.  All for only $110.00.  Yes, I turned the breakers to the “off” position before I switched them “on.”  Still, I obviously fucked up somewhere.  I also got some good info from the repair guy, for my money.  Since he had the pressure switch opened up, I had him instruct me on its workings.  I appreciate all the well-wishing from the well beings who wished me well on the well-being of my well.  I thank you all.  And thanks again to pump head Pat.  Pat said he laid awake much of the night last night thinking about me and my well.  After all this well-wishing was done, I finally remembered that I checked in to talk to Cal City John.  I axed John about a guy I knew from the scouts in the early seventies, who was now a practicing dentist in Cal City.  I told John his name and John said this guy has been his dentist for, like, 35 years.  So I told John to pass on my regards.  I haven’t communicated with the guy, well, since probably 1973.  Astronomers Bob VE7SQ and Kevin AD6SL axed me about my RX Andromedae monitoring project.  That turned into another huge can of worms.  They want me to build a phased array using telescopes.  An optical phased array.  Don’t hold your breath, guys.  Send me the 7K for the second telescope, and I’ll think about it.  And then somebody wanted to talk about some gigantic planet or other unidentified object that recently has been seen crashing into the Sun.  Coast to Coast stuff.  I dunno, man, ask Art Bell.

 

Thursday Jan 1, 2015

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, AA8KB, KD7SKK, WQ6I, K7JRL, WB6GGY, K7PRS, K9LPK, W6UA

 

Well, good ol’ Pat W6UA checked in tonight axing for a “quick” audio check.  Heh, heh.  An hour later his quick audio check was done.  We really punished him.  Ok, though, I love this shit.  It could only have been better if it had been Art Bell.  Tonight’s WARFA was analyzed.  Mike AA8KB stands outside of firing range, and just casts his hook into the battle, pulling out one check-in after another.  Mike takes exception to my conclusion that the high score Tuesday night indicates that the jamming is effective.  He argues that his far flung location enables him to check in stations all over the country.  But I countered that he has been helping out all month, not just on the clear frequency night.  Well, he then argued that we have had some magical solstice propagation advantage of late.  I can’t control for that or even quantify it.  I stand by my conclusion that the jamming is effective, i.e., the check-ins count is higher on light jamming nights.  Moody WQ6I added that some nights when the jamming is bad, the net is cut short.  Well, ok, but we don’t have the data on that.  My conclusion is based on quantitative data that I have, and not all kinda shit that I don’t have or that can’t be quantified, God dammit.  Don’t contradict me or I’ll fucking cut you out of this web page.  My well pump has crapped out and BZ and I are hauling buckets of water inside to fill the shitters.  God, the well pump fixit men are soooooo busy around here that it’s hard to get any help.  You have to wait so long for assistance that backed up turds start tumbling over the rim of the toilet.  The gang gave me a range of advice.  I walked down to the pump and did discover that one of the breakers was off.  So I switched it on.  At the time of this writing it has been over an hour since I switched on the breaker, but it has done no good.  Fuck.  Happy fucking New Year.

 

Tuesday Dec 30

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, KK6HWB, N6VNI, K7PRS, WB6GGY, K7JRL, AA8KB, K6AII, KY6W, W6MVM, WQ6I, KB1UM

 

I guess the opening gambit tonight was Capitan Mike W6MVM’s boat.  It’s fucked up somehow.  I’m not sure if it’s afloat or on the bottom.  WARFA caught a break tonight, so we discussed that.  Only the third stringers showed up to meet WARFA tonight, or should I say “stringer.”  Pathetic.  Like a single gnat at a pick nick.  No passion, no commitment.  WARFA decided to extend the net to the traditional two hours, because QRM was minimal, but the third stringer pooped out.  There was snoring on freq when the third stringer disappeared, and the snoring went on well after the frequency was abandoned.  Apparently it’s a recording that has been heard before.  Forty-nine check-ins.  That the count was much higher than the nightly average reveals two things: 1) The jamming is effective.  2) WARFA is intact: the WARFA stations are out there and still interested, but many just can’t get in.  As I type this I’m listening to the HHH net being jammed by CW CQing; no ID, needless to say.  We did a lot of testing tonight of Music Mike’s rain gutter and sloper.  It’s fascinating to hear how the changes he makes affects the sent and received signals between Mike and the rest of the group.  God, I love that shit.  We talked with Mike at length about piano voicing, tuning, and temperament.  The temperament issue is very interesting.  If you tune for the best sounding chords, then the octaves are not going to be exactly a factor of two apart in freq (if my understanding of this is correct).  Comrade Mike AA8KB mentioned high mountains with big telescopes on top, and that got us talking about Mauna Kea (to the top of which Music Mike has been) and other big mountains and our experiences at dizzying altitudes.  We met some cool new people tonight, and we hope they come back.

 

Monday Dec 29

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, KD7BCW!!!, K7PRS, WQ6I, AD6SL, WB6GGY, AG7G

 

I don’t remember much about this QSO.  I do remember the BIG NEWS, though: Ben KD7BCW on freq.  Ben sounds in good health and good spirits.  No more kids on the way, apparently.  Ben is doing some antenna work.  I guess a couple of Yagis are going up.  I wanted to ax for some juicy Art Bell poop, but I never got to it.  Ben says that now that he knows where we are, he’ll be back. 

 

Sunday Dec 21

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, AD6SL, K7PRS, WF7M, AG7G, N0PQK, AA8KB, K6VLF, KB1UM

 

When I tuned in, there wasn’t much happening, but wowee wow wow, a buncha people came outta the woodwork.  We did a WARFA post mortem.  Jack N6LN was reported to have checked into WARFA.  Jamming stimulates Beverage talk.  Comrade Mike AA8KB has a couple of narrow beam Bevs pointed at So. Cal that shave northern California right off.  Larry K6VLF made the Bored scene tonight.  He does VLF experimentation, if you can believe that.  Larry listens to atmospheric whistlers.  We were also joined tonight by Mark WF7M in WA and John N0PQK in MN.  By the end of the night we were still talking about Beverages and ferrites.  Duane AG7G says they squirm and bite.

 

 

 

Saturday Dec 20

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, W7UA, K6AII, K7PRS, WB6GGY, N6VOH, W7UA, AA8KB

 

Small talk tonight.  Antennas, radios.  Barry N6VOH was just checking out as I checked in.  I didn’t get to meet him.  Something fun DID finally happen: audio testing!!!  We fixed Moody WQ6I’s audio.  I was pretty lazy about keeping track of the talk tonight.  Happy solstice all you Pagan bastards.  I’ll see you in HELL.

 

Thursday Dec 18

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, AA8KB, K7PRS, KB1UM, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K6AII, AG7G, WG6K, KG6TT

 

Fun QSO, but I can’t remember much about it.  I may have had too many Keoki Coffee’s during WARFA.  I threw up, barfed up, a quick Beverage antenna this afternoon.  Stan WG6K says that what I have is not a Beverage, but merely a very low long wire.  Whatever it is, the rejection off the sides compared to the ends is amazing.  Comrade Mike has done some work for me on my Bev, and has sent me the details on how to upgrade my low long wire to a Bev.  Wowee wow wow, WARFA got their asses kicked tonight.  The jammers win this one.  WARFA can’t just stand flat footed in the middle of the ring and take the pounding.  They gotta move and groove, dodge and weave, float like a butterfly…  I.e., use a second freq, or something.  Don’t just do the same thing over and over.  Relay stations and net control gotta give the date and/or time every transmission.  I myself was fooled by the recordings.  If you don’t make the jammers work, they will just start the recordings and go watch TV.  The JW attacked again.  Luckily, I was in bed again.  BZ headed them off once again, and told them I was “unavailable.” 

 

Tue Dec 16

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WI2R, K7PRS, WQ6I, K6ORJ, AA8KB, AG7G

 

The Geminids meteor shower has been raging lately, and we talked about that.  There was some WARFA talk, but I forgot what is was.  Quartzfest http://www.quartzfest.org/php/main.php?Home is coming up this Jan.  Is that a transvestite on their website?  Moody WQ6I is talking about making the scene.  Talk propagated to topics DX, such as best QTH’s for DX.  Duane AG7G was daydreaming out loud about exotic travel.  He was doing some virtual travel via Googlemaps.  Talk on this net inevitably turns to drugs.  So we covered the gamut again.  Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs.  When nicotine comes up, you naturally think Mal N7MAL.  We wondered if he was still alive (or still smoking; if one is true, then the other must be).  Judging from QRZ, he’s alive and smoking.  While we were on the topic of hams, dead or alive, we thought about trying to conjure the great dead hams, such as Orv K6UEY.  Some thought that some kind of séance within the confines of my loop might conjure him.  I got to know Frank WI2R tonight.  Nice guy.  I hope he comes back for more.  His signal was really weak, and tough for Comrade Mike AA8KB to copy.  Mike was somewhat hard on poor old Frank for his shitty antenna and signal, but that’s ok because Frank’s shitty antenna’s shitty reception protected him from Mike’s criticism. 

 

Wed Dec 10 (I guess)

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, AG7G, K7PRS, AA8KB, WB6GGY, KD7SKK

 

This is another entry long after the fact.  Moody WQ6I informed me that Captain Mike W6MVM is having trouble floating his boat, so the big boat ride to see the Parade of Lights is sunk.  I guess if I want to see the parade I’ll just have to stand on the shore like the rest of the scum.  I was axed by somebody what I would name my boat if I had one.  Art Bell, what else?  They said it had to be a girlie name.  Ok, I dunno, how about Tinker Bell?  Another famous Bell that I love.  I think it was Duane AG7G and Comrade Mike AA8KB who compared notes on how they discovered Art Bell, and how their lives subsequently changed.  I think you could make a heart-warming Christmas movie out of stories like that.  Mike or Duane would be standing on the edge of a bridge on a cold bleak night, looking down into the rushing water below, and a ghostly image would appear and remark, “hey, nice audio.”  And then they’d have a reason to go on.  They would loot the building and loan, and blow the money on audio gear.

 

JW Report

 

Oh, Jeezus, they came back.  The JW came back this past Saturday morning.  I was sleeping very late, so BZ intercepted them at the gate to our little fenced-in yard.  They elected not to open the gate and come to the front door, but to stand out there calling my name: Glenn, are you in there?  Glenn, God wants us to talk to you!  BZ just kept telling them that I wasn’t available, and that I wouldn’t be available for several hours, because I wasn’t getting enough fiber.  They persisted a bit, and then hit the road.  BZ said that they were impressed with me the first time they ambushed me out on the antenna farm, and that they said, Guys “like him” usually won’t talk to us.  Well, I did NOT talk to them about their superstition, or allow myself to be drawn into debate over how a miraculous thing like the oak tree in our yard could happen by chance.  I was merely polite to some very nice old guys.  They would have axed me if I’d read the copy of The Watchtower, which they left with me on their first visit.  I would not have had the heart to tell them that I did not read it, or that it wound up in the bottom of the tortoise box.  Unless they can advise me on how to get a better seat in the Fiery Grandstand than Comrade Mike, then I frankly have noooooo bidness with them.

 

 

Monday Dec 8

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WB6GGY, WQ6I, AA8KB, AG7G, K6ORJ, KB1UM, K7PRS, W7UA, K6AII

 

When I checked in, Mike KB1UM was getting some advice on lighting protection from John K7PRS and Mike AA8KB.  I axed Moody WQ6I if he was still coming down for the big boat ride with Captain Mike W6MVM, to view the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights.  I guess he’s coming.  Music Mike KB1UM told us he once performed music on a boat that was in a parade of lights in SF, and his band won second place for live music.  I reported on my dx adventure on 20 earlier this evening.  I worked VU3WIJ.  He has an amazing home brew station.  Much of it he made for CHEAP.  He’s got my call wrong (NK6Z) on his QRZ page.  Conversation moved on to smoking and eating shit in Colorado.  Pot talk is gateway conversation to harder topics, and sure enough, in no time we were talking about LSD and other hard drugs.  We even discussed getting high on nutmeg.  It was a big surprise when Pat W7UA checked in.  He used to check in to the old Little People Net, before everybody started hating each other.

 

 

Wed Dec 3

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WB6GGY, WQ6I, AA8KB, KK6CJA, KD7SKK, KB1UM, K7PRS

 

I’m writing this up days after the fact.  I can’t remember too much about the QSO.  Moody WQ6I has gotten a couple of emails from a female ham named Kim.  She listens and approves of our little party, but she does not have the spectrum privileges to join us.  Hopefully she will upgrade, join us, and get bored.  I baked the hell out of some toll house cookies on this night.  I didn’t burn them, but they were just cooked to death.  So I compared notes with John K7PRS on cookie baking.  You really need to be disciplined and take the damn things out of the oven when the directions say to, gooey and runny though the cookies may be.  Mike KB1UM has lost an important thumb drive that he always keeps near his computer.  It just vanished into thin air.  It’s the stuff of Coast to Coast.  Mike got a couple of musical gigs for this month.  He also needs to get to work on the second edition of his book.  Or is it a NEW fix it book?  I’m not sure.  I still would like to get a copy of the first book, if he can get it autographed for me by Art Bell.  Comrade Mike AA8KB kept me on the edge of my seat with some recordings of Art Bell on the ham radio, and some old recordings of Mike KB1UM audio testing.  Really old stuff.  I talked some EZ NEC with Comrade Mike.  Mike has the Silver Dick version of EZ NEC, with the 1500 segment capability, so I guess I’m going to have to get that, or Mike is going to be looking down miles of nose at me.

 

Monday Dec 1

 

The Bored Collective  3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS, AG7G, K6ORJ, W6MVM

 

I’m trying out a new name for the net.  I made a joke about calling it the Borg Collective, but John K6PRS made a better joke by suggesting we call it the Bored Collective.  So we’ll see if it catches on.  Mike W6MVM is hosting a fabulous party on one of his big boats.  It’s going to be Dec. 14.  He’s going to float some of us over to the San Diego Parade of Lights.  We’re not going to be in the parade, but we are going to spectate.  Shawn N7TNP, son of Conrad, checked in and got some unsolicited audio help.  I was once again enraptured.  Had to change my underwear several times.  Shawn is running the PR-40 and W2IHY boxes, just like me and Art Bell.  We were so busy “helping” Shawn with his audio, that we totally blew off K6ORJ when he tried to check in.  We really can be selfish assholes when we are having an audio orgy.  We wanted to help Shawn with his dad’s Butternut, but Shawn knew better than to fuck up both his dad’s audio settings AND his antenna.  Shawn is going home to Oregon, and when he gets some power and a decent antenna, he is going to join the Bored Collective again.  I saw Interstellar recently, and cussed and discussed it with the gang.  We talked movies in general for a while, and somehow wound up talking about Tyson and Cosmos and Nova.  Moody WQ6I has never seen E.T., or seen Nova on PBS.  Moody, come out of your cave.  I precipitated in my first ham radio contest recently: the Sweepstakes.  I didn’t submit a log, because I only had, like, seven stations, and I didn’t think that was good enough to win, but I did exchange with these stations all the required info.  It was fun.  I might do it again.  I was in the high power, single op category.  Seven stations isn’t much, but I got them all in less than one minute, because I have a good antenna.  I pooped out pretty quickly, because I am not in shape for contesting, but my endurance will improve with practice, and I expect to break into double digits next time.

 

Friday Nov 28

 

The Low Down and High SmellinNet  3636

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, KB1UM, K7PRS, AG7G, N6LN, K6ORJ

 

I listened, enraptured, for about thirty minutes while the gang audio tested with Mike KB1UM.  Then I jumped in.  I had to jump in and out because I was making observations out on the driveway for my dwarf nova project, the photometry for which I am contributing to an observing campaign.  The photometry supports Very Large Array observations of a number of dwarf novae.  I chatted with Duane AG7G and John K7PRS about my likely vee/loop coupling.  I need to put up a mast dedicated to supporting my vee, and get it the hell away from the loop, if I am going to A-B the two.  Duane discussed his cake baking with John.  Jack N6LN has been contemplating the people dropping dead around him, and remarked that it is sad and is bumming him out.  Those people have gone on to glory.  Nothing to fret about.  They are with Orv now.  And another treat tonight was a long rehash by Moody WQ6I and Duane, of the history of the final days of Ramona Bell and the shit that went down with GU around that time.  In fact the post mortem went all the way back to the days of Orv K6UEY on 3830, and the problems that arose when Art and GU joined up.

 

Wed Nov 26

 

The Low Down and High SmellinNet  3636

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, AA8KB, KB1UM, K7PRS, WI2R, AG7G, N7NTP, KD7SKK, N6LN

 

We had quite a party tonight.  None of the usual friction.  I told the gang a concert story.  Just before the start of the concert, a French horn player and his chair and his horn tumbled off the back of the riser upon which he was sitting.  Thank god the horn didn’t break.  Tonight we met Conrad N7EN’s son, Shawn N7TNP.  He sounds just like Conrad, and just as happy.  We did a lot of antenna testing with Mike KB1UM.  I love that shit.  I hope we can do some audio testing next.  Jack N6LN checked in late.  We haven’t heard from Jack in a while.  He had some recommendations for Duane on what to read and how to better spend his time.  We talked pianos with Music mike.  I axed Mike some questions about his musical exploits of late.  Apparently he doesn’t want to teach any more, or play the cruise ship gig he had for a while.  There is a lot of communicable disease on cruise ships, and Mike had more than his share.  Mike also doesn’t draw the type of crowd that buys a lot of booze.  Mike is too classy for that cruise line, apparently.  Mike should perform the type of show that the 80 meter crowd would like, then a lot of booze would get sold.

 

Wed Nov 19

 

The Low Down and High SmellinNet  3636

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, AG7G, KB1UM, AA8KB, WA1OXT, K6ORJ

 

The QSO tonight was just heavenly.  I checked in to touch bases with Moody WQ6I, regarding the BIG SHEW in Poway this Sunday, and the big feed following.  Moody wants to know where exactly to sit for the best view of my beautiful face.  Then Duane AG7G checked in, and he gave us the poop on his local weather, his gallbladder, local repeaters, and all kinda great shit like that.  That’s how I knew this was going to be a great QSO.  I just love that shit.  What could be better?  Art Bell, that’s what.  Moody talked to us about his RV-loop dueling with Art.  Bonnie Crystal told Moody some secret balun shit to do to his loop, which made him competitive with Art.  Phil WB6GGY said he has a loop and a Pro II because of Art Bell.  I was just in heaven listening to this shit.  Loops and weather and Art Bell.  Moody offered some fragmentary intelligence on Jim GU, but I don’t know if it’s accurate, so I’ll leave it out.  Mike KB1UM checked-in running power, and a half-sloper.  He was weaker overall on the sloper than the rain gutter.  So he AB’d the two radiators for us, trying different things.  We got into a huge antenna analysis over this.  Mike is pretty discouraged that his half-sloper sucks compared to the rain gutter.  We all think he should put in a counterpoise for the sloper.  I told a story about how I was out in the yard working on my antenna, and making a very important cell phone call.  An impressive looking SUV drove up the long dirt driveway, with three well-dressed dudes inside.  They got out and seemed very interested in my antenna masts.  I thought they might be from my insurance company, or maybe the power company.  I thought they were going to give me some shit about my loop.  I have never been so happy to talk to Jehovah’s Witnesses in my life.  Anyway, this story got us onto the subject of religion and creationism.  Mike AA8KB and Duane then turned that into a long argument about Islam.  The content was ok, but the fifteen minute doubles were killing the net.  Moody stepped in and broke it up.  Only the discipline of the round table can protect the net from this sort of thing.  Only the discipline of the round table can keep Art Bell on the table, where he belongs.  So we dumped the Muslims and talked more about the big shew on Sunday.  Duane mentioned something along the way about the absolute truth of math.  Well, don’t get too comfortable until you have checked out Godel’s incompleteness theorems: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del's_incompleteness_theorems.  I’ve been lying awake nights worrying about this.

 

Now, these JW’s don’t want me to burn in Hell, that’s why they came to the house to save me.  But that whole episode in the yard with these guys got me thinking about how some kind of Earthly counseling is needed for the Damned, like me.  I’m going down, I know that, but it has been on my mind lately that I want a better seat in the fiery grandstand than, say, Mike AA8KB, or Duane AG7G.  But how to get that?  What will the god I meet be the angriest about?  Would he be more pissed off that I believed in no god, rather than the WRONG god.  For example, what if I meet the god of Isis?  It seems like he would want to cut my head off, I suppose making me even more dead than I already will be, if I worshiped the Christian god.  Maybe he’d go easier on me if I just believed in no god.  But who knows?  What if this god thinks that Mike is some kind of wild-eyed Communist?  What if this god doesn’t like Commies?  Then Mike should burn hotter and deeper than I, don’t you think?  And how about Duane?  He’s some kind of half-assed Buddhist, I guess.  What if God doesn’t like Eastern religious bullshit?  Then I think Duane will be mucking around down there with Mike.  I just don’t know what is going to happen.  None of the Damned do.  So we really need a Minister of the Damned to advise us on making the best of a bad situation, and Hell is going to be a bad situation.  What about BZ?  She took the JW literature and put it in the bottom of the tortoise box.  Oh, sweet Jeezus.  That’s just in-your-face irreverence.  I think she might be keeping some Bad Company with Mike and Duane.

 

 

Tue Nov 11

 

The Low Down and High SmellinNet  3636

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, W6MVM, AG7G, KB1UM, AA8KB

 

I jumped in with a thin film of brandy in the bottom of a cup, and toasted my grandpa (Roscoe V. Thurman, my dad’s dad) for his service in the US Marines.  I read an old San Diego Union article about him.  He was highly decorated.  And then I toasted Art Bell and thanked him for his service.  And I thanked my dad for HIS service.  And Moody WQ6I clanged a bell in honor of my dad and his dad.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  I had the whole day off today, and Tuesday is normally my heaviest day.  More than half of my teaching hours for the week are on Tuesday.  So goofing off all day today was heaven.  It’s the closest I’ll ever get, anyway.  Ebola and recent Ebola victims and potential Ebola victims came up in conversation.  Then we started talking about longest running TV series.  I guess cuz I mentioned one of the creators of The Simpsons is dying of colon cancer.  The Simpsons is a very long running series.  Fourteen episodes.  A match for Bonanza.  When Duane AG7G checked in, Captain Mike W6MVM checked out.  Now, I don’t know if there was a causal connection, but Duane seemed to think so.  Comrade Mike AA8KB and I talked about school and the long strange trip of being raised Catholic.  Wowee wow wow, we really went to Hell, didn’t we?  Ok, well, maybe not YET.  Mike was very surprised that when I was confirmed, I/we were given the option of taking a pledge that we would not drink alcohol.  I just slumped down in the pew so the Bishop would not see me blowing off the pledge.  I wonder if I had taken it, how much it would have improved my chances of getting into Heaven.  Perhaps my chances would have improved from 0.0%, to 0.00%.  Music Mike KB1UM joined the party, so I read an article about how your chances of prostate cancer go down the more women that you screw.  Mike is going to be stuck indoors because of weather for a long time, so I suggested he make good use of the time by fucking his brains out.  Keep your prostate empty.  Squirt out the carcinogens and crystal structures in the prostate fluid.  Do not do this with homosexuals, as the benefit disappears, possibly from the trauma of being rammed up the ass.  I’m afraid Disneyland Anal Pass holders may have an increased risk of prostate cancer.  Duane joined in the school daze discussion.  We talked about prehistoric computer games, such as Lunar Lander.  I liked that one very much.  It was just a command line game, in its earliest incarnation.  Then Comrade Mike and I got into a long and interesting (in my opinion) antenna modeling discussion. 

 

Saturday Nov 8

 

The Low Down and High SmellinNet  3636

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, KD6SL, KB1UM

 

We talked about my loop, mostly, at least after I checked in.  John K7PRS recommends a 9:1 balun for my 450-ohm-ladder-line-fed antennas, because 450/50 = 9.  Before I invest in one of those, I’m going to put the antenna analyzer on the lines and see what impedance the rig actually sees.  I can’t operate power on 160, because even though the tuner finds a match, I still hear sparking in the amp.  The 9:1 may be the answer, but I’ve got to investigate further.  Kevin KD6SL thinks I ought to stick to dipoles on 20, because the radiation pattern of the loop on 20 is so flower petal-like.  The loop absolutely clobbers my vee on 20 in all directions, so I’ll be sticking with the loop on 20.  I would like to build a three element quad, which would give the loop a better run for its money on 20.  John doesn’t think the loop could stand up to a beam at 100 feet, but that’s hardly fair.  My loop is only 62 feet high.  I would like to get on the ANZA dx net some night with Moody WQ6I, and get some signal reports for use in comparing his SteppIR with my loop.  The loop’s advantage over the vee starts disappearing fast around 5 MHz, but is still significant at 5 MHz.  As the freq goes down, the loop and vee are both shorter and lower in terms of wavelength.  So I am going to try an experiment.  I am going to lower the loop significantly, and see if the loop’s advantage over the vee at 5 MHz is significantly reduced.  If so, I will conclude that a major contributing factor in the loop having such a small edge over the vee at 3.5 Mhz, is that the loop is just not high enough.  If, however, the low loop is still much better than the vee, then I will conclude the that the reason the loop has such a small edge over the vee at 3.5 Mhz is because the 1000 foot loop is TOO SMALL.  Further, if the conclusion is that the loop is too small, I will predict that when I add the additional 500 feet, doubling the enclosed area, that the loop will finally show a significant edge over the vee at 3.5 MHz.

 

Thursday Nov 6

 

The Low Down and High SmellinNet  3636

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, KB1UM, AF6D, W6MVM, AA8KB, AG7G, K6ORJ

 

This QSO was really for the birds.  I mean, I really wanted to give these guys the bird.  I tuned in, hoping to hear weather reports, signal reports, Art Bell reports, and other exciting stuff, but these fuckers were talking about BIRDS!  Wowee wow wow, I’m nothing if not a bird lover, so I checked in.  I mentioned in passing that the high winds predicted around here, that I expected would knock my loop around, did not materialize.  I also mentioned that I watch the forecast on weather.gov and like the site very much.  Well, Comrade Mike AA8KB has a huge bone for unisysweather.com.  I guess it’s got all kinds of bells and whistles and power and flexibility.  I’m sure weather.gov can’t do all that shit.  So fuck weather.gov.  Be sure you are wearing your reinforced underwear before you dare to use Mike’s BIG BONE unisysweather.com.  Low-tech Duane AG7G says he just looks out the window for his weather data.  WARFA, WARFA jamming, and the Sherriff came up again.  I guess Duane has pissed off the Sherriff, and now the Sheriff is monitoring Duane’s “signal levels.”  Whoa, Daddy!, has Duane got trouble now.  When the Sherriff starts watching your signal levels, you are fucked, man.  You know you are fucked.  I brought up Rolling Stone’s top 100 vocalists of all time.  You can find the list on the internet, but you gotta subscribe to the mag to get the discussion.  Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger are in the top ten.  How is it that those guys even make the list at all?  Why isn’t Sonny Bono in the top ten, or at least on the list, if Dylan and Jagger are?  Now I am well aware that Dylan and Jagger are among the greatest rockers of all time, but are they very good singers?  Urethra Franklin was number one.  That’s fine.  At least she’s a great singer.  Duane twisted Mike KB1UM’s arm for some exposition on life in Colorado.  Mike has been working some parties and restaurants, but has no permanent gig at this time.  Mike is dating a woman from some hell hole called Arvada.  It’s a very long drive from where Mike lives.  Susan will be driving over to Mike’s for their next date, and I hope Mike prepares well by looking over unisysweather.com.

 

 

Sunday Nov 2

 

The Low Down and High SmellinNet  3636

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, KB1UM, AF6D, W6MVM

 

Repeaters, repeaters, repeaters.  That’s why I checked in.  But then the conversation shifted to Mike W6MVM’s new boat-location.  I wish he had checked with me on that, because now BZ and I can’t come down and see free Humphrey’s concerts.  Mike’s boat is at a different marina.  I reported on minor wind damage to one of my loop masts, and that deflected the conversation to antennas.  Bob AF6D had some questions for the group, about bazookas.  There was tons of doubling tonight.  Jeezus.  Mike KB1UM has hooked up with a new woman.  Her name is Susan and he met her online.  That is so romantic, don’t you think?  I hope for some stories from Mike about romancing Susan.  I played an A minor and an E minor on my guitar, over the air, and Mike named the chords without hesitation.  Bob told us a story about a guy in the hospital, who had a fifteen inch dick.  Nurses were coming around and taking peeks under the sheet.  I don’t know the setup for this story.  Who the guy was or how Bob knows about him, I don’t know, so if you want the details, or just want to talk dick, talk to Bob.