Friday, October 22, 2004

AE7Q - Amateur Extra Query Tools

I ran across this link while searching for a tool that might help with requesting a vanity call sign: AE7Q - Amateur Extra Query Tools

I continue to be amazed at the things that are available on the World Wide Web.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Oh, forgot to note that my new call sign is KI4HHL...the paper license arrived on Saturday.
Belated entry....

Got the new Comet GP-98 triband vertical antenna installed on the roof on Saturday. It's at the top of a 10 ft mast, and it looks great. Tested it out on Saturday evening.

Installed the Cobra Ultralite Junior on Sunday. It was a chore to get that antenna hung in the trees, then to get the RG8X coax run from the transceiver to the balun and antenna feedline. It all got done by a little after 1900 (which was good, because daylight was going fast), and it tested out fine. The wire isn't very noticeable against the foliage background.

Saturday, October 9, 2004

Amateur Radio "ticket"

I took and passed the Technician (Element 2) exam today. On a lark, and at the encouragement of the examination crew from the Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club, I took and passed the General (Element 3) exam. Now, all I need to do is complete the Morse Code exam within the next 365 days, and I'll be able to operate with General privileges.

After all of that excitement, Maureen and I went to Ham Radio Outlet in Woodbridge (the place I bought my Kenwood TH-D7a(G)) to buy a Kenwood TS-2000X (and a whole lot more stuff). I was able to bring the radio and a few other things home; several other parts must be shipped in from other locations. I'll be setting up the "ham shack" over the next few weeks. It will take a few days for the license to be posted at the FCC's web site anyway, so there's no big rush.

Friday, October 1, 2004

Boeing Statement on Darleen Druyun Sentencing

Oh, I'm sure Ms Druyun's statements were a total surprise. I'll bet the failed polygraph test was also a total surprise. I'm hoping that the U.S. Department of Justice continues to "have the will and a process to deal with it", as well as any efforts that The Boeing Company can exert.

Boeing Statement on Darleen Druyun Sentencing

This kind of shady under-the-table, deal-making is destructive to the national defense, and undermines whatever trust the public has in our defense procurement system. I'm looking forward to hearing the next few shoes drop in this case.

Club Fed?

On the heels of Martha Stewart taking a little contemplative time off, we have Darleen Druyun fixin' to spend time away from the "rat race". Looks like Ms Druyun might be spending a few months in South Carolina, while Ms Stewart is enjoying the climate in West Virginia.