July 26, 2013

IOTA Contest 2013

The annual IOTA Contest is here.  This is a great opportunity to work DX. The contest starts on 1200UTC Saturday 27th July and runs for 24 hours until 1200UTC Sunday 28th July 2013.

 A useful list of activations can be found at http://www.ng3k.com/misc/iota2013.html. 

Good DX and 73, NJ2X

Jean Shepherd (K2ORS) Birthday July 26, 1921

Today we remember the great radio personality, writer, and storyteller Jean Shepherd (K2ORS) who was born on this day July 26, 1921.

Jean Shepherd

July 25, 2013

Skyview Radio Society annual Swap N Shop! - August 25, 2013

August 25th 2013 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM  The best little hamfest in the world!
Skyview Radio Society annual Swap N Shop! ARRL Western PA Section Convention!
Breakfasts and lunches served – www.skyviewradio.net

Skyview Radio Society clubhouse grounds
2335 Turkey Ridge Road
New Kensington, PA 15068

Talk-in: 146.640- 131.8pl.
Contact: Pat Cancro, NK3P jpc2@psu.edu

July 19, 2013

Visualization of Frequency

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.
― Nikola Tesla

Four minutes of rather interesting video showing patterns formed by salt on a metal plate excited at various frequencies.

July 18, 2013

Jefferson's decalogue of canons for observation in practical life

Decalogue of canons for observation in practical life.
  1. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do to-day.
  2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
  3. Never spend your money before you have it.
  4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.
  5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.
  6. We never repent of having eaten too little.
  7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
  8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.
  9. Take things always by their smooth handle.
  10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.

July 12, 2013

What is not started...

What is not started will never get finished. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

K2BSA and 2013 Boy Scout Jamboree

K2BSA has been at every Jamboree since the 1977, right after it was first licensed. The 2013 Jamboree will be no exception. Amateur radio activities  at this year's Jamboree include a Demonstration Station, Radio Merit Badge  classes, ARDF Fox Hunting, High Altitude Balloon Launches with radio  tracking, Radio Contact with the International Space Station, APRS
demonstrations, VEC testing and more.
To learn more about the K2BSA operation at the 2013 Jamboree, please check
out the K2BSA web site.  To learn more about The Summit and the Jamboree, check out the Jamboree website.

The Boy Scouts need the help of hams by getting on the air and talking to the 4,000 scouts and visitors that will pass through the demonstration station during the 10 days of the 2013 Jamboree (July 13 through July 23, 2013).  These contacts will take place primarily between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm each day. Stations will be operating SSB and PSK31. There will also be Echolink connectivity and a D-Star repeater on site.  Check out the Jamboree Live page of the K2BSA web site for details on anticipated operating frequencies.

July 10, 2013

Nikola Tesla's Birthday July 10, 1856

Today we remember Nikola Tesla on his birthday.  Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 and forever left his mark on the world through his invention and vision.

Tesla and spiral coil of his high-frequency transformer at East Houston St. 46, New York.

Good DX and 73, NJ2X

July 8, 2013

Google Doodle Roswell Incident

Had fun this morning completing the Google Doodle game marking the 66th anniversary of the
"Roswell incident".  If you have a few minutes, do give it a try today.  Just type in google.com and click on the doodle to get started.  Have fun!