|[AMRadio] Just a thought for laughter and memory|
w4rl at bellsouth.net
Mon Nov 26 22:17:54 EST 2007
I would think that most of us ain't no more spring chicken (rosters)
anymore, so I though I would ask this in light of some of the serious
exchanges that I've read/deleted over the AM band plan ala IRAU/ARRL
Question: What was your favorite April QST April Fool's article, or one
that could have qualified?
I remember from years past "The Vertical Beer Can Special" and also the
ham who wrote the article on the compact antenna mounted atop the roof
of his high rise New York apartment building with the radiating element
being a red light bulb with comments on all those he contacted on the
bands using the antenna aks dummy load.
Of personal note, I remember years ago when we were having a big
family/friend cookout in my backyard with all the young family/children
energies going on, I tried to assemble a beer can vertical or at least
get all the element parts collected. You can imagine the rest of the
story with all the other young non-ham fathers attempting to assist me
in advice and physical efforts. Did we succeed ? Well I'll say this. We
did get the antenna high enough to resonate on 6 meters.... then we just
kind of lost interest in the vertical extension element assembly for
some reason as each can was becoming more difficult to 'solder' to the
next, :-) then all of us going back to play with the kids and eat more
hamburgers and watermelon even though we had plenty of aluminum raw
materials left over to probably make a 160 meter vertical. Remember
Have happy thoughts this coming month with you families as they are (the
years) each numbered.
Remember, our hobby is not our life, it's just a hobby to help us extend
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