06/30/13

Going to General Assembly 2013…

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Every two years the my church denomination, Christian Church Disciples of Christ has a meeting commonly referred to as the General Assembly. Well I guess not commonly, that is just what it is called. It is I think an international meeting. So needless to say it is a large gathering. There are church services, training classes for ministers or church leaders, keynotes, decisions are made that impact the denomination as a whole and much more. There really is a lot to this thing. Truthfully more than I, myself really grasp. It is a tradition for many people, like my wife and her family that go every time, but then there may be some that come for the first time or like my self the second time.

I am a member of the denomination of Disciples of Christ but growing I basically never heard of this thing more-or-less attended. My first trip to this General Assembly was two years ago with my, now, wife and her family. It was held in downtown Nashville and was a blast. I took part in many of the things I listed above. As well as being an official usher for the church services and business sessions. That was interesting. I have done it once and I am good now. Hah.

Until about a week ago I thought I was unable to attend, as I recently started a new job. I guess those a higher power might have been at work because I was inquiring about some time I had request off to visit my parents and I asked about the week I needed for general assembly. Turns out the stars, moons, planets, and cards aligned and I am going.

I will try to post more along. But lets just say for now Florida or Bust!

06/20/13

Field Day 2013

ARRL Field Day 2013 is right around the corner. Seriously it’s Saturday! My first Field Day I took part in it with the local ham club and ARES group. It was a combined effort between all of us. I was a member of both. It was quite a bit of work getting setup and there was agreements but it was so so so much fun! At the time I was a new ham, for the most part, and I had a freakin’ ball. Between those two groups there a lot of Elmer’s to me.

This year I am in a new city and I have not hooked up with any ham groups yet. I have I guess joined ARES but they meet quarterly and that’s just not enough to keep my interest.

So I’m on my own, which is ok! For the most part. I am engineering all my own solutions. I have gone through several ideas and what I am down to is. 20 meter dipole in a tree. I would like to say I have more than that but I don’t. Not this year. Hundreds of feet of field line to feed multiple antennas is expensive and frankly I don’t have as much room as I thought. I have a bunch of trees that run along the apartment building and that’s it. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m going to get a 20 meter dipole just as high as I can. If i feel adventurous I’ll through up a 40 meter dipole but I doubt it. If I’m really in need I’ll cut a 80 meter dipole but I really really doubt it.

But that’s my plan. hanging a dipole. No generator or alternative power. Not this year, maybe next. I’d like to get into solar. We’ll see.

73 from K4EQM

06/3/13

A really cool setup…

This is a picture I came across on Pinterest. It is of a beastly tech-ed out setup. There is a Motorola Mobile Computer framed with a GPS, scanner, vehicle lighting control, radio transceivers and a few radio accessories. All mounted on a niece center console. Based on the dial cluster looks like in a Ford SUV. This is what I imagine as a perfect setup. I just love this system.

I have a Kenwood Dual band radio, a Yaesu HF 50mhz – 160m and a Motorola Mobile Computer. I just need a nice center console.