|[AMRadio] Heavy Metal AM Rally|
ka1kaq at gmail.com
Sun Dec 27 13:17:44 EST 2015
You know as much as I do about the particulars, Jim. Just a guess on my
part, but I think all you need to do is keep a log and send it to Ray. He
can figure out the rest. My subscription lapsed in 2014 when I was
traveling, need to renew it.
Again - just a guess on my part - I think the main reason Ray doesn't get
more logs is due to the fact that the event has changed more into a
contest-like event with the emphasis on 'points' and less the on-air rally
atmosphere Bill envisioned. My experience has been that many (most?) AMers
enjoy AM because it's more laid back ad natural, and not like a SSB
contest. They enjoy just getting on and operating their station. The
opportunity to work a bunch of new stations and meet new folks/hear
different equipment is what draws them more so than any hope or promise of
On Sun, Dec 27, 2015 at 12:53 PM, Jim Candela <jcandela at prodigy.net> wrote:
> Here is what I have found thus far concerning the 2015 HM AM Rally:
> KDØHG Heavy Metal Rally
> KDØHG Heavy Metal Rally
> A site dedicated for the AM Radio Amateur and vintage radio. Home of the
> AM Press/Exchange, The AM Forum (the largest BBS of it's kind),and The AM
> Classifieds, Photos, Audio, and technical information. Audio and Video chat
> View on amfone.net <http://amfone.net/Amforum/index.php?topic=41069.0>
> Preview by Yahoo
> "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>
> 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
> 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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