This & That
At long last I have moved into my new shack. Completely sound proofed for my XYL's sanity. Operating conditions, Two Yaesu FT-1000Ds, Alpha 78 amp (behind me) and an ACOM 1000 (Foreground). I
installed 110V/AC outlets every 5 feet around the room with 2-240V outlets for the amps. All are coonected to a sub-panel inside the shack that connects to a transfer switch that will cut me over to
if we ever go off the grid. Not pictured: An area of the 20'X12' room is used for Audio/Video production and a corner is occupied by my drum kit. This is truly my 'ManCave'.
Meet Mai Temraz (E41MT). I was honored to host Mai on her recent
visit to San Francisco. She is the 1st woman to be licensed in Gaza,
Palestine. She and her husband Walaa (E41WT) are also the first married
couple to be so licensed.
During her month long stay, Mai, expressed a desire to experience
as much Amateur Radio as possible. Our first stop was the Pacificon Convention in Sunnyvale Oct 10-12, 2014. The next stop was our San Francisco Radio Club Meeting on the 17th. There she also took advantage of our VE Test program, passing both elements for Technician and General with 100%. Through both events many HAMS had the opportunity to meet this remarkable person. On the Sunday before her departure she visited my home and cooked a traditional Palestinian meal for my wife and I. It was a true delight to meet and get to know her; someone I am happy to call friend. Oh, her new U.S. call sign is KD9CJN.
The remainder of U.S. visit called for a stop in Washington, D.C.,
then a visit with her QSL Manager Ayman (KB9GSY) in Indiana and
a final stop in El Paso, Texas to visit another friend and take her EXTRA exam.
I will miss her presence and hope to keep in touch via HF.
This is Stan, SM7WT.
I met Stan on the air one
morning and we ended
up chatting for 45
minutes. We made
plans to meet at the
International DX Convention in Visalia,
CA., back in April of 2010. He almost did not make that trip from Sweden because of the massive volcanic eruption that halted most air traffic that year. Well he did make it, giving an entertaining presentation at the convention. It was great to meet this gentleman in person.
I try to help Stan promote his project which is a CD Book of stories from HAMs around the world, sharing their experiences in our hobby, our passion that is Amateur Radio.
If you are a HAM with a story, please look up Stan at QRZ.com and send it along. Thanks.