I just completed a move from our old house to a spiffy new apartment. The reduction is square footage is really dramatic and the ‘downsizing’ was traumatic. All my Collins gear and old Vintage gear are gone, either sold or donated. My Yaesu FT-1000MP has found a new home in Pennsylvania and my two meter gear is still in storage. Fortunately, I can access the Boulder Amateur Radio Club’s remote station and keep myself on the air for the time being.
Getting back on the air will take some time and even more ingenuity to find a stealthy solution to getting a station working from this new QTH. But, that has never stopped me before. I managed to obtain my 5BDXCC using 100 watts and just my raingutter as an antenna over the last ten years. Check out the “raingutter” story by clicking on the Index label of “WMØG”.
I will post my progress…
I guess our only hope as hams is the power company’s knowledge that BPL and Smart Grid systems are not profitable or viable communication solutions. The FCC has obviously succumbed to the bureaucrats and lobbyists in Washington DC that still hold on to the notion of using this costly “last mile” Broadband over Power Line solution for providing the Internet to rural customers.
My conversations with XCEL Power folks here that initiated the “Smart Grid” test city of Boulder, CO decided that the return on that investment is way off of what was initially estimated and Smart Grid deployments have been delayed to other areas. To their credit, XCEL did “notch out” the ham bands in the City of Boulder deployment. Outside of the ham band frequency spectrum, the noise was, and still is, extremely high.
It’s all about the “Washington’s” folks… the almighty $$$$ will decide the outcome of this war. The ARRL will continue to do their part to keep our plight in front of the appropriate people at the FCC but we hams need to remain ‘Semper Vigilans’ to any proposed deployments of these flawed and expensive technologies.
If anybody that attended did not have a good time, it’s their own darn fault. There was so many things to do in a 72 hour weekend, it was a challenge to attend many of the great forums or to see all the vendor’s booths. From DX University on the previous Thursday right on to the Grand Prize drawings on Sunday afternoon, it was a whirlwind of activity. Field trips to the WWV transmitter/antenna site and to the FAA Regional Air Traffic Control Center were once in alifetime opportunities and NO one was disappointed. W1AW/Ø was on the air with reports of very good signals to the world most of the weekend despite a huge Geomagnetic interruption to propagation and more locally, a huge thunderstorm and lightning show only seen in high mountain elevations.
Live Bluegrass Music by all-ham musicians was enjoyed by all in the evening. Great speakers, ARRL dignitaries, unique displays, excellent forums, an extraordinary Wouff Hong midnight ceremony, Hospitality Suite every night, QLF contest, CW pileup contest, good food and camaraderie only found among ham radio ops prevailed throughout the weekend.
Thanks to all 600 of you who attended ! See you again in Laramie, WY next year…
I believe I have this web site ready to go now. Some drop down picture links of interest have been added as well as some RSS feeds and an Events calendar. So, if you have anything that you’d like posted for a club or ham event, let me know and I will add.
OK, I’ve graduated to a bit more complex web page and blog. Hope you like it. Looking for suggestions and comments.
TNX ES 73,