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GENERAL INTEREST

  • This is how most of my days go!

    Yes, this is the way most of my days go around here. I know that some of you can relate to this, but I wanted the rest of you to know just how it is when you retire!

    I decide to wash my car today, so I started toward to the garage when I noticed that there is mail on the hall table. I decided that I had better go through the mail before I wash the car, and that’s when I laid my car keys down on the table and put the junk mail in the trash can under the table. As I did that I notice that the trash can was full.

    So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash first, but then I thought that since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

    I take my checkbook off the table and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the can of Diet Pepsi that I had been drinking earlier. I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to put the Diet Pepsi aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.

    I see that my pop is already starting to get warm, so I decided that I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the pop, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye–they need to be watered.

    I set the pop down on the counter and I discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning.

    I decide I’d better put them back on my desk, but first I’ve got to water the flowers.

    I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water, and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone had left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight, when we go to watch TV, we will be looking for the remote, but nobody will remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decided to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water those darn flowers.

    I splash some water on the flowers, but most of it spills on the floor, it figures So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

    Then I head back down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do earlier. At the end of the day; the car still isn’t washed. The bills aren’t paid. There is a warm can of pop is still sitting on the counter. Those darn flowers are now starting to wilt since they didn’t get watered. There’s still only one check in my checkbook. I can’t find the remote. I can’t find my glasses. And, what hurts the most is that I don’t remember what I did with the car keys!

    Then, when trying to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m absolutely baffled because I know that I was busy all day long and I’m really worn out. I realize that this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail.

    Do me a favor, will you? Forward this message to close friends you know, because I don’t remember to whom it has been sent. Don’t laugh – if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!

    Portage County Amateur Radio Service, Inc. (PCARS)

  • While at the club meeting the question came up about terms used in communications like where did 73 and 88 originate.  Another topic was where did the term "Elmer" come from and why wasn't it "Harry" or "Fred" or "Louise"? No one present could answer the question. Where did the term "Elmer" originate?

    First, the definition of an Elmer is, someone who provides personal guidance and assistance to would-be hams. This definition first appeared in our A.R.R.L. publication QST in March 1971 article "How's DX". The author of this piece was Rod Newkirk, W9BRD (also using VA3ZBB). In Newkirk's article were a couple phrases describing the woes of a despondent person that had just failed the entry level amateur radio license test. "Too frequently one hears a sad story in this little nutshell: 'Oh, I almost got a ticket, too, but Elmer, W9XYZ, moved away I kind of lost interest.'"

    Apparently other hams began using 'Elmer' around the world and the new tag stuck. The term "Elmer" is not very old but the concept is older. What name was used to describe those hams that helped other become hams were probably just common describers like friend, helper, tutor, coach, etc.

    Raise your hand if you were aware that there is an award for "Elmer's". I can't raise my hand. I learned only from this research of the award. It is known as the Elmer Award, 'catchy isn't it?' and you can send or present someone with an Elmer Award certificate from the Amateur Radio Relay League. I AM NOT SOLICITING ANYONE FOR A CERTIFICATE! If you go to the ARRL Elmer Award page on the Internet you can read just above where you enter your Elmer's information and your information all about the certificate.

    So, in closing, "Do Elmer's have and Elmer?" Yes, emphatically.  Because we all participate and help each other. Therefore in some cases we are Elmers helping Elmers.

    (Pcars - 2018).

  • Hamvention® is important stuff that you have to plan ahead for.  Yes, it takes more than a few hours to get there, yes I know you're busy.... BUT.... Just think of it, hams from around the world can only dreamabout going to Dayton, and for us, it's practically in our back yard (almost). 

    Even if you only go for one day - GO!!!!Even if you don't spend any money - GO!!!!Visit all the dealers, see what's new and what's coming out soon. GO!!!!check out the great ARRL display area and meet some of the ARRL HQ personnel. There are plenty of freeforums. GO!!!!just to be there and walk around seeing all the ham gear and hams from around the world is worth the trip.

    Who knows, you just may bump into a foreign ham that you made a DX contact with. The outdoor flea market is really something to see - jammed packed with just about everything you can imagine. This is one heck of a flea market. Chances are you will never see a larger one! Many bargains to be had, and don't hesitate to haggle the price a bit lower.

    Take a camera and take pictures of everything and everybody!

    So, check it out - Friday the 18th, Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th in May - the ONLYplace to be is at the Hamvention®. 

    (PCARS- 2018)

  • On Monday August 21, a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you willbe able to see it. Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse.  This is what you’ll see, and the time you’ll see it, in your zip code.

    ENTER YOUR ZIP CODE HERE!

    Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP - http://www.hamsci.org/seqp-rules), sponsored by HamSCI, will take place on August 21, 1400 to 2200 UTC.

    Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) Rules

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