Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ham Radio Stuff

I went to the Livonia swap last weekend. It was an OK swap I guess.. There was an ice storm and the roads were pretty bad. Alot of people showed up anyway. It was a very crowded swap with narrow isles. I ended finding and buying a Clegg 22'er. This is a 2 meter AM tube transciever. The radio is in almost mint condition. It didn't come with any transmit crystals or manual or mic. I bought a 144.45 transmit crystal online as well as an OEM Clegg mic and scanned manual. The whole setup costs less than 100 dollars. It will be interesting to see how it preforms on the air. The radio is capable of about 20 watts, although I have seen reports of the radio doing close to 45 so we will see. I think I am going to take the radio to work tomorrow and blow all the dust out of it so it is ready to go when the mic, crystal, and manual come.

Also, on a side note, a Shure model #450 Dispatch Mic sounds like crap on a Yaesu FT-1802. :)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Why did Romney lose Florida and dropout?

Romney lost Florida for one reason. http://ema.arrl.org/article.php?sid=802

1. How many old people live in Florida, Romney?
2. How many old people are Ham Radio operators?
3. How many old people go to Florida each year thatlive in Michigan?
4. How many people in Michigan didn't like your daddy when he was governer?

Michigan Has 22467 Ham Radio Operators.
Florida has 42141 Total, the second most. Only Texas beats Florida with 48052 (and that is because of the size of the state and population).

Bottom line here is: He flat out pissed of Ham Radio operators. As of Feb 10th, 2008, there are 772,261 Ham Radio Operators in the U.S. Good job pissing off 3/4 of a million people with a BS statement that you know nothing about, then not even explaining yourself. Romney is a big twat, plain and simple. I am glad he dropped out.

/waves