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Solar and Band Update

I have added a new feature to the blog via an extra page.  Now you can check out just how good the bands will be for the day and evening will trying to make a few contacts around the neighborhood or world.

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For the Record…

Since 1999 I have recorded my thoughts for the new year as a way to at least think ahead on purpose. Although if you look at last years list I failed at my goals but I was at a 50% so I won some and lost some.

For the record…

Read through the Bible

Take my wife on a date at least once a month

Play a game with each of my kids once a week

Pass my Preliminary Exams

Complete 2 chapters in my dissertation

Run 650 miles

Run marathon 6, 7, and 8

Stay within budget

Reduce my consumer depth

Upgrade to Extra class license (Ham Radio)

Make 100 different contacts

Read 1 book for pleasure

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Another Secret

beware-of-ham-radioAnother Secret – No Phosphorus


Any given time I can only handle so much manure, phosphorus and statistics.  I can’t do much about it until I get my degree but in the mean time I have to have an outlet.  Most people know I run – if you read the blog you can trace my progress, but we have a hidden secret in our home…it is one we don’t really talk much about because it sets up apart from really most people that we know through work, church and school….our secret?


No – Mary is my first wife – the kids are all ours – I have no record but we are a Ham Radio family. Mary (KE7UUF) and Macuen (KE7WIC) have all passed the FCC exam for the technician’s license and I (K7VNG) have my general license (2 tests).    From the corner of the living or boys room we talk to the world via repeaters and HF waves.  We are learning Morse Code, slowly, as a family and meet on a regular basis with other hams in the area to talk sunspots, wiring and antennas.  Yes there are strange wires coming out of my house but my antenna farm is very small compared to some (KC7OE).  There now you know…we really are a little odd.  


My Rig: Yaesu 7800R for 2m and 440 and a

Yaesu 707 for 10-80 meters with a 80 dipole, tuning with a MFJ for 20meters.  

Icom 706 coming in December from an OM N7LH. 




If you are interested in more details we can suck you in!           

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