[AMRadio] Heavy Metal AM Rally

Jim Candela jcandela at prodigy.net
Sun Dec 27 12:53:47 EST 2015

Here is what I have found thus far concerning the 2015 HM AM Rally:
KDØHG Heavy Metal Rally

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"Announcement in the November issue of Electric Radio.
December 27 after dark."
Perhaps that is all there is available. If there is more, such as bands, frequencies, how to tally scores, and when it ends, a NON  ER subscriber is left out.  So if there is more available, perhaps someone knowing could update the announcement linked above, and / or post that here? I don't think I am thinking too hard on this.


    On Sunday, December 27, 2015 11:30 AM, "Todd, KA1KAQ" <ka1kaq at gmail.com> wrote:

 On Sat, Dec 26, 2015 at 1:47 PM, Jim Candela <jcandela at prodigy.net> wrote:

Do we still have to consider this announcement wrapped in a Copyrighted blanket, and sharing it would constitute breaking the law? I wonder how KD0HG if he were still alive would feel about this?

I think you're waaay overthinking this, Jim. Since when would announcing/mentioning/discussing a ham radio event be "wrapped in a Copyrighted blanket"? That's just nuts. No doubt in my mind that Ray would gladly welcome more discussion, more publicity, and whatever else it takes to result in more participation. 

Bill was a longtime moderator on AMfone and the Heavy Metal topic was discussed numerous times. We discussed it privately as well. The only thing close to any issue he may have had with it was the constant tinkering with the rules anytime someone whined about not qualifying because they had a Class E transmitter, a plastic Yaecomwood transceiver with a linear, or anything else that wasn't real Heavy Metal. He thought at times people were seeing it too much like a contest and not enough as a get together on the air to celebrate AM and big, heavy, high powered tube transmitters of yesteryear. 

The comparison Bill used often was to think of HMR like a motorcycle show or rally. Along with the Harleys you could find Indians, Triumphs, Nortons, Hendersons, and any number of off-beat or unheard of participants. Along with filling the airwaves with AM signals, the ideal was to draw interesting folks with interesting transmitters out of the woodwork and back onto the air. The awards were secondary, meant as much for entertainment as anything else. 

Participation was never limited to big tube rigs or meant to exclude any type of AM signal. But for sure, the event was meant to celebrate and highlight such transmitters. Barry and then Ray had to deal with the crybabies who wanted rule changes constantly to make the event more of a generic 'everybody gets a trophy' approach when it was never exclusionary to start with, beyond the final award. 

So if anything, it was the endless re-defining of 'Heavy Metal' to suit others that annoyed Bill. And I don't believe even that was an issue for him. He had no problems with and actually asked for/agreed to the ER sponsorship years before his passing. 

To answer Jim/W5JO - the HMR and KD0HG Memorial event are one and the same. Ray renamed it after Bill's passing 3 yrs back. Hard to believe it's been that long. 

~ Todd,  KA1KAQ/4



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