With the XYL having definate UK roots, and a Scots side to the family to boot, wishing all a great Hogmanay and Happiest Ne’erday as they start the New Year seems only natural!
Happy New Year!
Looking into 2008 I’ve planned some minor changes for “With Varying Frequency” which I hope will improve the quality for the several hundreds of readers each day:
Should be fun. With Varying Frequency started as an experiment to see if I could improve my writing, to show my children that I could work the technology and to share the bits of knowledge others had shared with me.
Looking to 2008 !! Here, Here !!
Contest University 2008’s website has been updated and registrations are being taken.
New for 2008 is a separate Alumni/Advanced session for returning Contest University course members.
Dayton 2008 is already on my calendar as is attending the Alumni Session of Contest University.
Hope to see you there!
Cliffhanger proves truth stranger than fiction. Rarely does a top movie cameraman become a film’s central figure portrayed by an actor. But in this little MGM short, actor Alonzo Price plays the role of real-life cameraman, world traveler, and adventurer Clyde DeVinna. One of his round-the-world trips took DeVinna to film scenes for “Eskimo” in Alaska, where he “camped out” in an igloo-like hut. Inside that closed space, DeVinna’s gasoline heater emits carbon monoxide fumes that begin to overcome the cameraman. As he is losing consciousness, he uses his amateur short-wave radio to call for help — all the way to a fellow “ham” in New Zealand. The latter radios the SOS to a second “ham” in Hawaii, who relays the call to a 3d “ham” elsewhere in Alaska. That ham desperately attempts to contact police near the location of DeVinna’s hut, in hopes that somehow a doctor could be found to get to DeVinna before it’s too late… Written by Prof Steven P Hill, Cinema Studies, Univ. of Illinois.
Our friend John NZ9Z emailed remarking how neat the BARTG resource listed the ARRL Contest Rate Sheet was (BTW Highly recomend you subscibe to the Contest Rate Sheet – it always has something for everyone).
Often new hams and amateurs first starting in Digital Modes ask what does a mode sound like and here is the BARTG Link John NZ9Z mentioned and several others:
The British Amateur Radio Teledata Group (BARTG) wibsite on what the different digital modes sound like:
http://www.bartg.org.uk/Sound%20Files/soundlibrary.htm http://www.bartg.org.uk/modesamples.asp (Updated URL 08 OCT 09) (MP3 or WAV Samples of: ALE, ASCII, CHIP, DominoEX, FELD HELL, FSK-W, JT65A, MFSK16, Olivia, Pactor, PAX, PAX2, PSK125, PSK31, Throb, SSTV, AMTOR-FEC, AMTOR-ARQ, DRM, MT63, sitora, sitorb, packet 300 baud, packet 1200 baud, and RTTY (170 shift 45.45 baud))
An overview of the range of amateur digital modes together with audio samples by WB8NUT
(WAV Samples of: Amtor, Pactor, G-TOR, PactorII, Clover, RTTY, PSK31, Packet, Hellschreiber, MT63, Throb, and MFSK16)
KB9UKD’s exceptional collections of large number of audio samples of different digital modes, including many non-amateur modes (Nextel, TETRA, Pagers… dozens & dozens):
Sean G4UCJ’s webpage of data modes and WAV audio samples:
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/g4ucj/html/digital_modes.html http://www.hfradio.org.uk/html/digital_modes.html (Updated URL 08 OCT 09)
The Amateur Radio link compendiums list more sites or of course you let google be your friend to find for more sites with samples.
Seems an amazing year to have gone past quickly and with so much done.
The usual end of year work, social & family activities have kept me off the air as much of these last few weeks. A handful of contacts here and there is the best I was able to do.
In the midst of all the life-whirl I have been able to make up a short list of tasks & goals for 2008, which some I will share:
All should be simple enough, though none of the tasks is trivial. Looks to be a nice mix for 2008 – some technical, some personal, some educational – but a lot seems to center on a couple focuses:
Gee, it seems like Amateur Radio is a lot like “Life!!”
Or perhaps like the non-religious side of the “Meaning of Life” as they say – prepare, learn & teach.
Whatever… it will be a great 2008 if I can do some operating and help get more people involved in our hobby.