Santa arrives by lobster boat Saturday afternoon at the
Motif #1 shack and gets a ride by horse and buggy to
Dock Square where he hands out Xmas candy, sings xmas
songs, and lights the town tree.....exciting day to be a
little kid in Rockport.....How about those dumb ass
thieving Mexicans that stole a truck load of radioactive
material unwittingly, they dumped the stuff and
authorities say they should be dead shortly from the
radioactivity. You just can't fix stupid......
This is why you don't decorate a fig
palm tree in Florida.....
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: NAMES OF FOUR PRE-TEENS NOW ON-ORBIT
The names of four pre-teens from the town of North Pole,
Alaska, have been sent into space, and its all thanks to
radio. Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is in the newsroom with
story of how it came about:
North Pole, Alaska is just outside of the city of
and its where Daniel Perry, age 10, Derik Perry, 9,
Perry, 9, and Kailey Perry, 5 all live. But these four
youngsters now have something very special in their
because their names are orbiting some 400 miles above
Earth on a microsat and its all because of friendship
between to ham radio operators.
The honor comes courtesy of their grandfather, Mike
AL7F, who became caretaker to some satellite-monitoring
equipment about a year and a half ago. This happened
he became close friends with Mark Kanawati, N4TPY of
Quest Ltd, which is a technology company based in
Virginia. AL7F says it all came about because of a note
the local ham radio club:
AL7F: "The way this all got started was that Mark, the
owner of Space Quest, being a ham radio operator got in
touch with the Arctic Amateur Radio Club here in
and had a letter posted to our membership site looking
someone who had some property or knew of somebody who
some property that would be a good location for him to
install a satellite tracking station. I own some
right off the side of the highway that's sub-divided
lots and I offered to let him put his tracking station
one of the lots."
This lead to a close friendship developing between AL7F
N4TPY and in turn to Kanawati offering to fly the names
Perry's grandkids on a satellite that was to be launched
this past November.
AL7F: "I was more than happy to have my grandkids names
into the satellite. It just launched on the 21st of
November on a Russian ICBM from Kazakhstan and there
quite a few ham radio cube-sat satellites along with his
several different university cube-sats that went up
But the Perry kids are not the only people whose names
flown in space. Putting names or initials on vehicles
for the final frontier is believed to be something of an
unwritten tradition in the space launch industry. One
apparently dating back to its earliest days. But
to newsminer.com at SpaceQuest, the practice has reached
new level. It says that photos and names are commonly
inside the company's micro-satellites and N4TPY
speaks to school classes about space. He says that
children's names on-orbit is one way to spark their
According to AL7F, the youngsters don't quite realize
rare it is to be part of an orbiting satellite. But he
that will likely appreciate it a lot more as they get
ONE FREE ARTICLE
FROM QST PER MONTH TO HELP
The ARRL has a deal that you can't refuse. This
to the League's Contact public relations newsletter that
notes that one QST article a month will be made
free of charge to non League members and the general
Traditionally, content from QST has been available only
members, who have access to the print and digital
of the ARRL membership journal. According to the Contact
article, this has hampered the ARRL's ability to send
articles to the non-amateur community, and consequently,
impacting on other efforts.
Beginning with the December 2013 issue, one QST article
month from each issue will be made available in PDF
on the "This Month In QST" page of the ARRL web site.
December 2013 article will be on the Colorado flooding
2013 and Amateur Radio's role in the disaster. You will
find it at www.arrl.org/this-month-in-QST. (ARRL)
PUBLIC SERVICE: HAM RADIO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 2014
Registration to be a 2014 Boston Marathon ham radio
communications volunteer is now open. If you'd like to
out as a radio operator at the Marathon on Monday April
or the smaller races on Saturday April 19th, you can
register at marc.mmra.org.
One note. Due to security issues, volunteer signup will
in early March and organizers will not be able to accept
volunteers up to the last minute as has been the case in
years past. So if you wish to volunteer, please do so as
soon as possible.
Again that URL to volunteer is marc.mmra.org. (K1IW)
HAM HAPPENINGS: W5KUB LIVE WEBCAST FROM R & L CUSTOMER
W5KUB.COM will be webcasting live the R and L
Customer Appreciation Day from Hamilton, Ohio on
December 14th. In addition to the actual event, Tom will
also stream forums on D-Star and another by ham radio's
Audio Bob Heil, K9EID.
The Netcast will begin on Friday December 13th where you
follow Tom and his crew on their 500 mile trip from
Tennessee, to Hamilton, Ohio. During their airtime from
and L, there will be a number of special guests. Those
tuning in and joining the chat room will be eligible for
prizes. It will all be on-line at w5kub.com.
EDITION: We were talking on 3864 +/- about the Henry
pump rifle in 22 or 22 mag yesterday and how hard they
are to find. I contacted the factory today and the rep
said they only make a few thousand a year and they are
hard to get.............Have you ever noticed a lot of
hams enjoy pistols/rifles, camping, and RV models or is
it just me?.......
Before you guys spend money on the heavy
henry 22 ,check out the
Browning bl22 lever action , it even lighter than a
marlin 39A and the action is sweet..Regards Sam in Fla.
to Update the Communications Act
The US House
Technology Subcommittee has
plans for a multi-year
effort to examine and update
the Communications Act of
1934, the overarching law
under which the FCC
functions. The subcommittee,
part of the US House Energy
and Commerce Committee, is
chaired by Oregon Republican
Greg Walden, W7EQI. Walden
and Energy and Commerce
Committee Chair Fred Upton
of Michigan made the
announcement December 3.
This is what happens when your child is exposed to
too many commercials on TV.
A Baptist pastor was presenting a children's sermon.
During the sermon, he asked
the children if they knew what the resurrection was.
Now, asking questions during
children's sermons is crucial, but at the same time,
asking children questions in front
of a congregation can also be very dangerous. Having
asked the children if they knew
the meaning of the Resurrection, a little boy raised his
The pastor called on him and the little boy said, "I
know that if you have a resurrection that lasts
more than four hours you are supposed to call the
It took over ten minutes for the congregation to settle
down enough for the service to continue.
MOST POPULAR AND
STUPID PASSWORDS: The rankings were created by
SplashData who gathered the data from the millions of
stolen passwords posted online by hackers in 2012 and
ranked them in order of popularity. It's all similar to
year's past but we've got some new additions at the end
of the list in Jesus and password1. Yay for religion and
online services demanding you add a number to your
password! I just want to see the day where password is
unseated. Here's the full list:
1. password (Unchanged)
2, 123456 (Unchanged)
3. 12345678 (Unchanged)
4. abc123 (Up 1)
5. qwerty (Down 1)
6. monkey (Unchanged)
7. letmein (Up 1)
8. dragon (Up 2)
9. 111111 (Up 3)
10. baseball (Up 1)
11. iloveyou (Up 2)
12. trustno1 (Down 3)
13. 1234567 (Down 6)
14. sunshine (Up 1)
15. master (Down 1)
16. 123123 (Up 4)
17. welcome (New)
18. shadow (Up 1)
19. ashley (Down 3)
20. football (Up 5)
21. jesus (New)
22. michael (Up 2)
23. ninja (New)
24. mustang (New)
25. password1 (New)
CQ-DATV magazine issue 7 eBook or PDF
CQ-DATV magazine issue 7 is now
available as a free download. Besides the usual three
eBook files, this time we have added a PDF version.
CQ-DATV 7 has all the usual ATV news and comment, the
latest on DATV Express, a report on the recent CAT 13
(Conference on Amateur Television) and a look back at an
Also in this issue is the start of a new series
called Digital World, some help on home constructing
with Surface Mount Components, solutions for DigiLite
and Win TV, a look at television on the internet and
lots more including the FUNcube launch from the NRC
You can download either an eBook version or PDF
EDITION: Russian special event R0000O. The special event
call R0000O (symoblising the Olympic rings) will be on
the air in the context of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games
and 2014 Paralympic Games. QRV from December 1
until March 31 in 2014. QSL via UA1OJL, LoTW, eQSL.
TECHNOLOGY TRENDS TO WATCH
This as the Consumer Electronics Association releases
the 2014 edition
of "Five Technology Trends to Watch." This is an annual
publication that examines five prominent technology
movements that will influence the consumer electronics
industry in the years ahead. Amateur Radio Newsline's
Seeley, KI7UP, takes a look at what lies ahead:
According to a press release, this year's "Five
Trends to Watch" examines key developments from the
to things like driverless cars, digital health care,
robotics to the future of video distribution and
Geared toward industry professionals, the publication
provides in-depth analysis and outlines related issues
market forecasts for the coming year. Each section also
explores consumer perspectives, partnerships, key
and public policy issues. For example, a chapter titled
Hundred Billion Nodes" looks at how the Internet is
the Web to "learn" consumer habits and needs.
The Consumer Electronics Association Senior Manager of
Business Intelligence is Jack Cutts. He looks at where
major auto makers are in testing and refining their
driverless vehicles. He also expounds on the legal and
social implications of ceding the open road to science
"On the Road to Driverless Cars."
MAVEN MISSION TO
EXPLORE MARS PAST
A NASA spacecraft is headed toward Mars where its study
the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet. This in the hope
finding out how what was ione believed to be a warm
became what it is today.
The multi million dollar Mars Atmosphere and Volatile
Evolution or Maven mission began its 10-month voyage on
Monday, November 18th atop an Atlas Five launch vehicle
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the mission
deploying 53 minutes after liftoff. After separating
the launch rocket, the mission spacecraft successfully
out its solar arrays with radio telemetry showing that
systems were reportedly functioning well early in into
flight. Maven is expected to arrive at Mars on September
22, 2014 after which it is expected to drop into an
elliptical orbit around the Red Planet flying between 78
miles and 3,900 miles above the planets surface.
Previous missions have found evidence that water once
on the surface of Mars indicating conditions that would
required a warmer, denser atmosphere than exists today.
Mars now is a cold, dry desert with a very thin
These are conditions under which liquid water would
or evaporate. Scientists want to know where the water
gasses from Mars' early, thicker atmosphere went and
hope that data radioed back from the Mars Atmosphere and
Volatile Evolution mission will provide an answer.
As an aside, maven is a Yiddish term meaning a
trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass
knowledge on to others. It was derived from the Hebrew
language where it related to one who understands, based
an accumulation of knowledge. Kind of very apropos name
this mission into Mars past.
UK FUNCUBE 1
HAMSAT NOW IN SPACE
When the FUNcube-1 satellite was first reached orbit its
beacon transmitting just 30 milliwatts.
For its first two orbits FUNcube-1 was in this Safe Mode
with the beacon transmitting low power just of only 30
milliwatts. The satellite was then commanded into
Educational Mode which increased the power to 300
milliwatts. This enabled it to be copied on a SSB
with just a whip antenna.
By way of background, a Russian Dnepr launch vehicle
FUNcube-1 and 18 other ham radio payloads successfully
orbit at 07:10 UTC on Thursday, November 21st.
Approximately 8 minutes later, FUNcube-1 was deployed
orbit. Soon after the first telemetry was successfully
received, decoded, and uploaded to the FUNcube Data
Warehouse by ZS1LS and ZS6BMN in South Africa. Needless
say that there was a huge cheer and the FUNcube-1
team toasted the successful launch. Soon afterward the
bird was given the official designation of
but it's expected to be known as FUNcube-1 by the ham
FUNcube-1's telemetry downlink is on 145.935 MHz running
the BPSK mode. The control team is encouraging all
who may receive the telemetry to record it and upload it
the Data Warehouse at tinyurl.com/funcube-data. More
the overall Funcube -1 mission and its objectives can be
found on the web at funcube.org.uk. The full length
unedited audio clip is at tinyurl.com/fun-cube-sound
(FUNcube-1, Southgate, YouTube)
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: WREN NOT HEARD SINCE LAUNCH
Meantime another new hamsat has not been as lucky. The
microsat team reports that it has had no confirmed
of the signal from its Slow Scan TV Pocket Qube
which was launched on November 21st. The tiny bird is
supposed to be transmitting on 437.405 MHz +/- 10 kHz
Doppler shift. The length of the beacon is 1.6 seconds
it is AFSK modulated. The team says that it needs help
every amateur radio operator and ground station operator
can get. More is at tinyurl.com/wren-in-space and at
RADIO RECORDS: UK RADIO AMATEURS EXTEND 76 GHZ DISTANCE
Another new United Kingdom distance record of 80 miles
been achieved on 76 GHz. This on Saturday November 23rd
with contacts between Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire and
Winter Hill, Lancashire
Operating on three separate millimeter bands of 24, 47
76 GHz, were Ian Lamb, G8KQW, and John Hazell, G8ACE, at
Brown Clee Hill. At the other end of the path at Winter
Hill were Roger Ray,G8CUB, with John Wood G4EAT who was
operating the 76GHz station.
Contacts on all three bands were made using narrow-band
Signals on 76GHz were exchanged for one hour with some
This likely due to changes in atmospheric conditions
This success follows closely on the heels of the
distance record that was set by Lamb and Hazell on
14th with a contact over a 63 point 3 mile path.
ENFORCEMENT: FCC ORDERS KANSAS HAM TO PAY $4000 FINE FOR
OPERATING AN UNLICENSED RADIO STATION
The FCC has ordered a ham to pay a $4000 monetary
but not for violating any of the Part 97 Amateur Service
rules. Rather the FCC says that Glen Rubash, KC0GPV,
operated the unlicensed radio transmitter on 88.3 MHz in
city of Manhattan, Kansas and Amateur Radio Newsline's
Wilbanks, AE5DW, is here with the details:
According to the FCC, on December 5, 2012, the
Bureau's Kansas City Office issued a Notice of Apparent
Liability to Monetary Forfeiture in the amount of
Glen Rubash, KC0GPV. As reflected in the order there was
mention of any Part 97 violation. Rather, on September
and 27, 2012, agents from the Kansas City Office
that an unlicensed radio station was operating from a
detached garage in Manhattan, Kansas. The agents
that Rubash had secured space and operated the
On September 27, 2012, the FCC says that Rubash admitted
over the telephone to its agents that he installed and
the station's radio transmitting equipment. He also
demonstrated control over the station by stating that he
would refuse to surrender the equipment to the agents
the Kansas City Office if required to do so.
In his subsequent written response, the regulatory
says that Rubash requested cancellation or reduction of
proposed forfeiture. The FCC said that even though
admitted via telephone interview to making the
he later asserted that his statements were based on
incorrect information. More specifically, in his written
response he stated that he owned and installed a low
FM radio transmitter but that it operated within Part 15
unlicensed limits. He also claimed that it was only able
reach 300 feet beyond the garage housing the station.
that its purpose was to teach a small group of college
high school students how to operate a community radio
Rubash want on to say that he attached his transmitter
home-built antenna supplied by one of the students. He
claims no knowledge of the radio transmitter that was in
place when the agents inspected the station on September
2012, because he was absent from the station from late
until September 29, 2012, due to illness. He went on to
assert that someone must have replaced the transmitter
he was recuperating and claims that he should not be
responsible for unlawful actions which occurred during
absence. Finally, as an alternative, Rubash claimed that
is unable to pay the original forfeiture and requests a
But in denying most of Rubash's requests the FCC said
it affirmed the Notice of Apparent Liability finding
violated Section 301 of the Communications Act by using
equipment without the required Commission authorization.
However based on the financial documents provided by Mr.
Rubash, the FCC said it found sufficient basis to reduce
forfeiture to $4,000 and that's the amount that he has
ordered to pay.
As is usual in these matters, Rubash was given the
thirty days from the November 21si affirmation of the
to pay in full or make arrangements with the FCC to pay
an installment plan. If he fails to do one or the other
matter will be turned over to the Department of Justice
enforcement of the forfeiture. (FCC)
ENFORCEMENT: OKLAHOMA CB OPERATOR FINED $15000 FOR USING
The FCC has issued a $15,000 Notice of Apparent
for Forfeiture to Carlton Lewis, of Enid, Oklahoma. This
for his alleged operation of a Citizens Band radio
with an external power amplifier in violation of the
Commissions Part 95 rules.
Back this past May 14th an agent from the Enforcement
Bureau's Dallas Office T-hunted down a strong signal on
27.1850 MHz which is CB Channel 19. He found it was
from Lewis' residence in Enid. The agent observed an
antenna mounted on the roof of the home and traced a
cable from the antenna into the residence.
The agent knocked on the door of the residence but no
answered the door for over 30 minutes. A person
answered the door and claimed that Mr. Lewis was not at
home. However a few minutes later Carlton Lewis appeared
and showed the agent his CB transmitter, which was warm
The agent observed that no coaxial cables were connected
the CB transmitter but also noted the coaxial cable
into the residence and traced it to a linear amplifier
hidden behind a sofa. The linear amplifier was also warm
the touch. Lewis did not respond when asked whether he
used the linear amplifier.
Now in making its determination to issue the $15,000
proposed fine the FCC notes that prior to its May 14,
inspection Lewis CB station that he had been issued two
written warnings from the Dallas Office. Both advised
that using a linear amplifier with his CB transmitter
his authority to operate. Also that it violated the
Communications Act and the FCC's Part 95 Rules.
The FCC says that the fact that Mr. Lewis operated
and used a linear amplifier despite being twice warned
writing that such actions violated the Act and Rules
demonstrates a deliberate disregard for the Commission's
requirements and authority. As such a proposed fine of
$15,000 is warranted in this case.
Lewis was given the customary 30 days from the November
issuance of the Notice of Apparent Liability to pay or
file an appeal. (FCC)
ENFORCEMENT: FCC UPHOLDS $14000 FINE FOR SELLING NON
A California company has been dinged $14,000 by the FCC
making and selling unauthorized radio gear. Amateur
Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, has the details:
The FCC has issued a monetary forfeiture in the amount
fourteen thousand dollars to Custom Interface
a Division of Thornstar Corporation, in Joshua Tree,
California. This for willfully and repeatedly violating
rules against manufacturing and marketing of
radio frequency devices in the United States.
Back on November 17, 2011, the Enforcement Bureau's Los
Angeles Office issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for
Forfeiture for fourteen thousand dollars to Custom
Technologies for manufacturing and marketing uncertified
video assist transmitters. In response to the proposed
Custom Interface Technologies, did not deny the
but requested cancellation of the forfeiture based on
inability to pay.
However in affirming the forfeiture amount the FCC says
while Custom Interface Technologies did provide the
Commission with three years of tax returns and a bank
statement to support its claim of an inability to pay,
reviewing of these financial documents that the FCC says
that it declines to reduce the forfeiture amount and
the $14,000 fine is warranted.
Custom Interface Technologies was given the customary 30
days from the November 13th release date of its order
affirming the fine to pay the amount in full. If it
to do so the case may be referred to the U.S. Department
Justice for enforcement of the forfeiture pursuant to
Section 504(a) of the Communications Act. (FCC)
IF YOU WENT TO THE MALL EDITION: Hope you didn't get
sucked into going to the mall to buy stuff the marketers
convinced you that you had to have but really don't
need. We are a country of lazy consumers, we don't make
jack shit anymore. Around here we are a service oriented
bunch of liberal wimps......Hope you had your fill of
dead bird and enjoyed the company of family and friends.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, no
gifts!.............Xmas is my least favorite holiday,
give me, give me, give me....I am sure a lot of you
remember xmas as I did...magical as a kid. We received
one major present at Xmas and small stuff like clothing,
etc. One TV in the living room, a BW model, and one
telephone in the kitchen. A fresh tree came from Maine
every year cut during our last hunting session in
Farmington as well as a gallon of maple syrup from my
uncle's farm. We usually brought home a deer strapped to
the roof of the Ford Squire Wagon that my mother and
sisters would not eat but my Dad and I feasted on. Xmas
started after Thanksgiving, no Black Friday's....Stores
were closed on Sunday's. What a concept, go to church,
then have a family meal together, and then relax the
rest of the day playing sports, walking around in the
woods, watching the tubes glow on the SX-101....life
sure was a lot simpler! WTF happened. A middle class
husband could afford a family, could afford to buy a
house, and have his wife stay home and take care of the
Email today: To the Editor of local newspaper:
As I write this on 11/22/2013, I can't help remembering
where I was 50 years ago. I was at an auto parts store
making a purchase, waiting for the clerk to ring up the
sale and make change. Along side the cash register was a
small brown plastic table radio, tuned to a local AM
station, making the normal raucous static each time a
register or adding machine was activated.
With the news that the President of the USA had been
shot the static stopped. Dead silence enveloped the
store except for the voice coming from that tiny plastic
box. Nobody spoke, no sales were added up or rung up,
and no one moved for several minutes. One of the clerks
finally broke the silence with an expletive of
disbelief, followed by others from those of us present.
Do you remember where you were ?
My most memorable recollection of JFK was when he said,
in part, " ....ask what you can do for your country."
50 years later and with great sadness I have been
transported to a place where we now ask " What can I get
for free from my country, and how much".
I have watched as we morphed from a self dependent, high
work ethic, responsible citizenry, to a self centered,
entitlement minded, not-my- fault crowd, who are
consumed with numb-thumbing their fondle-slabs on a
social media site.
I believe this started when LBJ was sworn in on Air
force One. President Johnson was an advocate of the
Great Society, and diametrically opposed to President
Kennedys admonition. His embrace of the disastrous
failed policies of Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano
Roosevelt placed us firmly on a path to repeat them.
The past 50 years have given us hundreds of Government
Programs. All at enormous cost, notoriously inefficient,
overlapping and wasteful. Implementation has required
hiring hundreds of thousands of drones to shuffle paper,
create regulations, and promulgate more of the same.
They assure their tenure by devising schemes to make
more people dependent on their programs, and seemingly
engineering the systems to enable easier scamming and
The latest and most notable is the roll out of the
boondoggle to buy 50 Million new conscripted Democrats -
Obamacare. This albatross of unworkable utopian doo-doo
was fed to low information voters by a series of
misrepresentations, half truths', wishful promises and
outright lies, with the implicit help of the lame stream
media. Thousands of voices from the people, the medical
community, the insurance community, the business
community, and economists were ignored, slandered,
silenced, or demonized by the media with the help of
It was passed in the Senate, unread, with dubious
parliamentary skullduggery, by mental midgets, Nancy
Pelosi and Harry Reid, on Christmas Eve. Nancy Pelosi
proudly proclaimed " We need to pass it to find out what
is in it". She just described a stool sample, which
ironically is what the bill is proving to be.
When Mitt Romney pointed out that 47% of the population
pays no income tax the establishment panicked. It
alerted them that their 51+% dependency goal was in dire
threat. If you rob Peter to pay Paul you can be assured
that Paul will vote for you. Their tenuous hold on power
depends on Paul being a majority. It required full speed
ahead to encourage, convert, create, or even import more
Paul type voters.
What they developed and forced into law was their
ultimate plan, " Too many sponges - Too little water".
To finance this pile of male bovine effluent they
decided to steal "water" from the states by shifting
more patients to Medicaid. Fortunately for the State of
New Hampshire we still have a modicum of sensibility in
the State Senate. Last night they voted down this latest
crap-shoot idea of adding 50,000 more "sponges" to our
am more firmly convinced than I have ever been, that the smoke and
mirrors, and the shell game of Federal/State/Subsidy
funding, has us on the rocky road to ruin.
If you were not living to hear the news on that fateful
day 50 years ago, I feel sorry for you, you never
experienced the wonderful country that America once was.
Happy Thanksgiving !
can't be.....Enjoy the holiday and stay the hell out
of the malls, it's Thanksgiving......I ordered my Duck
Dynasty Chia Pets for my kids, I always buy one joke
type gift, they also own the Obama Chia Pet.....How
about the Time Magazine person of the year, Miley Cyrus!
WTF, has our society become this fricked up that this is
the best they can come up with?? ....
Waukegan man charged with making
racially offensive radio transmissions
....they should try New England's
Cockroach Net on 3910 late afternoons!
An amateur radio operator from
Waukegan was arrested Tuesday
after authorities said he
breached security and used
racially offensive language on a
Lake County Sheriff’s Office
corrections radio communications
system, officials said.
Raymond J. Kelly, 24, of the
4800 block of Eastwood Court,
was charged with two counts of
tampering with jail
communications, as well as one
count of harassment through
electronic communications, said
Sara Balmes, spokeswoman for the
Officers allegedly heard him
repeatedly using a racial
epithet used to describe black
people over the communications
line overnight on Saturday and
Sunday, Balmes said.
Kelly, who had formerly
participated in youth explorer
programs with “multiple” police
and fire agencies, was charged
with a similar crime by Kenosha
County Sheriff’s office, she
When looking for suspects,
“we requested if any other
agencies had similar instances
to let us know,” Balmes said.
“That is how we knew about the
Kenosha suspect. So we reached
out to them, which led us to the
Balmes said that she did not
know where Kelly had worked as
an explorer or when the Kenosha
Kenosha County authorities
were unavailable for comment
During a search of Kelly’s
residence, authorities seized
radio and electronic equipment,
Balmes, who said the office
was declining requests to
provide audiotapes from the
incident, said it involved
“repeated use of the n-word.”
“It was not directed to
anyone in particular,” she said.
Kelly is not licensed by the
Commission as an amateur radio
operator, Balmes said.
Kelly’s jail bond is set at
$10,000, and the case has been
referred to the FBI, officials
He is scheduled to appear in
court on Dec. 5.
“The Lake County Sheriff’s
Office has implemented measures
to prevent a future security
breach,” according to a news
Balmes described Wednesday
as: ”Not your typical day at the
Do you know what it is?
EDITION: Well, I am glad I have a few hams reading this
page that have Amplifiers and HV power supplies and
actually knew what that device was above.... I use a 3
foot hunk of BuryFlex coax with the center conductor
hanging out and soldered, does the trick and I am still
alive after many successful discharges of the Ameritron
80 and 1500 caps...........
"hot stick", or discharge wand, it's
likely used for bleeding down those
nasty HV caps before sticking your paws
inside that big old amplifier (at least
that's how I use mine). Connect the clip
lead to the chassis for ground -- or
clip it to a terrorist's dick if you
want information quicker than you can
say "Google this".
Looks like a
grounding device of
Hi, Jon: Isn't that a safety
device to discharge the
plate caps on an amplifier?
Also, I see you are back on
the air. Don't forget the
Midwest Information Net on
3967.5 starting anywhere
between 5 and 6 pm. "The net
that never ends..." If you
plan on trying to get in,
let me know when and I will
try to wedge you in between
the KW stations.
Not sure where that chicken stick (hv
grounding stick) picture came from. I
have a couple of them, removed from RCA
Broadcast transmitters. The big
difference with mine is that, instead of
the eye bolt at the business end, there
is a hook. I like the hook better
because you can leave it hanging in
contact with the high voltage object.
That way, if somehow, some way,
something gets energized, it will
continue to do its work. Yes, I know
that everything is supposed to be
disconnected from the mains, and that
any breakers in a commercial
installation should be locked out and
tagged out, but I get a warm fuzzy
feeling feeling seeing that stick
protecting my cardiac rythms. I have
designed and built transmitters running
20,000 volts (no, not for my ham
station..) and the chicken stick has
never had to do its job, but I use it
every chance I get.
73 de Norm W1ITT
From Bob- W1GWU
Radio Shack unun.
C. HV capacitor
D. CB ground
E. K1JEK new
None of the above.
looks like something to ground or discharge
something with a big charge on it.
"chicken stick" to discharge HV from caps, was in an old
QST magazine...jon, k1tp
New England Hams you might run across on
3864 or 3910.........
K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
NIEDU- Dave.... Asst. manager
at HRO's Salem store and for some unknown reason rides
his cycle year round..
Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat
out of VT
Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes
and playing radio
Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
W1PNR-Mack....75 meter Regular...wealth of ham
W1GWU-Bob....one of the
Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech
W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of
Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my
best friend from high school
K9AEN-John...Easy going ham
found at all the hamfests
going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and
Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
K1JEK-Joe.........Easy going, can be found at every
ham flea market in New England ...Cobra Antenna
Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of
Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at
KB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be
found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
N1XW.....Mike- claims to have been abducted by
ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim- Retired
Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master
plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of
3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
WB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod,
construction company/ice cream shop, hard working
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod,
lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques
Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular
N1IOM- Paul.....3910 test
Bob, easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until
politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas
company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to
Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group and
owner of Peanut (silent key)- mascot....
W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO
Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from
easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Loved ham radio........Ham Radio Ambassador!
Very colorful character!......claims to an appointed "hambassador"
by Gordon West.....
Nice fellow to talk to on 3936 on the early afternoon
professional musician, one of the nice guys on 20