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Happy Fathers Day

Father’s Day salute to Larry Sieg…

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Them Ol Sieg Boys ..

The photo is from last October in David’s GapCreek ScanimateLab.
We have only aged slightly since then.

Thanks for everything Dad .!.
/;^)

Merry Christmas

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The little Conica that could.

I was showing the little Christmas Tree how to take a selfie that would help him to not feel so small. From a low angle, with a lofty background… This is a Dwarf Alberta Spruce. He still has damp roots & soil in the red bucket, and can go live outside in the spring. Likely will never be more than 6 or 8 feet tall. This spruce is also known as ‘Conica‘.

/;^)

Thanks Dad, and so many more.

For Veterans Day this year, I got out some of Dad’s insignia – did a quick buff-up and then into the HP scanner. I believe this photo to be from 1945 . . .

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Thanks for your service.

/;^)

Annual ARRL/ARES SET

That is almost too much alphabet soup.
What that means is that every year those of us that do ham radio, like to test our skills with a large scale exercise – most often coordinated at the state level.
Please read more about ARRL/ARES.            Exercise, Exercise, Exercise…
         “Test what you fly, and fly what you test. . . . . . . ”

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Hmm, mobile email via VHF radio – could be useful. (and fun) /;^)

My goal this year was to operate my VHF Winlink email from the Subaru.
I also needed to activate the MSFC club station WA4NZD for the exercise.
So, I setup the stuff in the passenger seat, and drove to the club station. There had been some power-grid work earlier in the month at the Fox AMC (host site for our Winlink Internet Gateway) and it had only returned to service the day before the Simulated Emergency Test (SET).  I have a 4G/LTE modem available, and could have also operated the mobile station as an internet gateway if needed.
Someday soon, I’ll test the HF mobile capability as well.

The N4WGY-10 gateway was easy to access from WA4NZD, and a few exercise-related messages were sent. I think I heard Bill/KB4NEI check in directly from FAMC as well.  This is a great resource for the community and I’m glad to see even a few dedicated users checking it out weekly, with their own station ‘s readiness review.  Perhaps I can update the W4HMC website with the latest version of the Communications Plan diagram we used as a baseline this year for our SET.  If you are not yet registered with the Madison County ARES group – and want to be a part of this, please check our HMC RACES.org website.

There were several nets activated, and lots of check-ins.
Sounds like a good intro for a future post…

Thanks  /;^)