Morse Runner

General advice to get started on single call mode in Morse Runner (Ken Tucker, WF6F, Jim Carson, WT8P): Accuracy is more important than speed.  Wait until the sending station is done transmitting before you respond.  If you respond over him, immediately hit the escape key to stop. Scoring increases as you go along (see below). …

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College Visits 2015/7

The Seattle area is large enough that there are regular college fairs where throngs of potential students and parents wander aisles of a cacophonous hall of the Washington State Convention Center, seeking out schools they’ve possibly heard of and picking up brochures from (usually local) alumni volunteers.  While the volunteers are able to answer  generic …

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Potato Gnocchi

  Pomodoro sauce (recipe based on Italyum): 1 1/2 pounds beefsteak tomatoes, cored, seeded, deskinned, chopped 1 medium Walla Walla onion, chopped fine 2T tomato paste 2T butter 2 ounces olive oil 20 basil leaves 2 cloves garlic, minced Salt to taste Core then blanch the tomatoes so the skins peel.  Cool, remove the skins, …

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Rocinante

I’m a pretty huge fan of The Expanse, having read the first three books, listened to the audio books narrated by Jefferson Mays, watched its first three seasons a few times, added Belter easter-eggs to internal company email, and adorning my laptop with MCRN and Remember the Cant stickers. The TV show is gorgeous in …

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Fourth of July

Part of the vetting for Eastside Firecorps included taking the first set of FEMA‘s Incident Command System (ICS) courses online: ICS 100 – Introduction to Incident Command System ICS 200 – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents ICS 700 Introduction to the National Incident Management System ICS 800 National Response Framework The overarching …

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RFI

Tracked down my first RFI this evening! This squiggly thing: was showing up when I was on 160M and was caused by the charger for my Macbook. The squiggle would start moving down frequency until the radio stopped transmitting (and the computer driving the sound out).

Field Day 2018

There were scant formalized opportunities for field day this year as local clubs either didn’t have a formal program (Redmond) or weren’t actively open (Issaquah), so I joined my friend K7IP in Ocean Shores to mess around with radios and do some geocaching.   We operated from the public beach south of town.  (4WD very helpful …

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