This has been a busy month--not much time to operate on the old Swan 100-MX. Hawaii just experienced its primary election with all the hoopla and news coverage that surrounds politics in Hawaii....My newsroom was a busy place for at least a week. In more pleasant news, The Big Island Amateur Radio Club and the Hawaii QRP club hosted Russian QRP (RU QRP) club co-founder Oleg Borodin (RV3GM) and his XYL, Olga (RA3GKB) on September 11th at Hilo's Wailoa State Park. Oleg, who serves as the Elecraft representative in Russia, was invited by Dean, KH6B, to spend a brief vacation on the Big Island and to bring local hams up to date on amateur radio activities in Russia. Oleg had an excellent presentation on a variety of Russian QRP expeditions, including the "Moroz" (Frost or frozen) nose competition held during the winter. Oleg also passed his U.S. Amateur Extra Exam earilier in the week (I was part of the VE team). Oleg is a great guy and I gained a new
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Today is a solemn day for those who call a radio newsroom home. Nine years ago today I was on the early shift (in Hawaii) when the World Trade Center was hit by aircraft, re- sulting in the loss of approximately 3,000 lives. From that day forward, nothing in this nation remained unchanged. I'll leave the diatribes and finger pointing to others, but to me, the event reinforced the need to be prepared, both in protecting our communities and in keeping amateur radio communications intact. Since that awful day almost a decade ago, I've tried to have backup plans in place for the shack-- reserve power, spare rigs, extra wire, tools, and reference material. I've also kept a supply of food, medical supplies, fuel for the car, and money on hand just in case the integrated society we inhabit comes apart. Preparation, training, and a positive attitude can go a long way in maintaining your sanity in a world that appears to have lost all reason and a sense of re
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As Labor Day winds down, yours truly will be securing the radio station news room and preparing for the coastal drive to the qth in Laupahoehoe. The weekend was busy, with the usual parades, holiday events, and the drag races at the Hilo Drag Strip. I'm the tower announcer for the races, an enjoyable diversion from the usual gloom and doom of the news cycle. When I get back to the shack, I'll finish the Novice Antenna Handbook by the late Lew McCoy. The book is a useful primer for those of us who want to erect simple, yet effective antennas at minimum cost. On my postage stamp sized rural lot, I've erected several of his proven designs. Currently, I'm using an under the house 40-meter loop (great for local nets) and a modified vertical, using one vertical element and one elevated counterpoise. The system is fed with 300-ohm twin lead through a 1:4 balun for 40 to 10 meter coverage. Nothing fancy, but it does work from my Central Pacific location.