KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog


Another busy week at the radio station news room.
Most of my time on the home rig was spent listening
and working a bit of cw on the lower portion of 40
meters.  I spent some of my leisure time (what there
is of it after a long day in the news room), checking
out some interesting articles I found on the ARRL
website.  Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, has a general
interest column that always has a few gems to offer.
If you’re into QRP like I am, you’ll find Stan’s review
of the following worth a visit:  “Amateur Radio on it’s
(sic) Edge blog ” by Tobias Wellnitz, DH1TW; “The
Garage Shoppe” by Pete Goodmann, NI9N; and , on
http://www.eham.net/, an article by Charles Cohen, VA7CPU,
entitled “How to QRP–Operating Strategies for the
Power Challenged”.  All of these articles offer some
excellent advice on how to pursue your QRP interest.
Until next time, Aloha, 73, KH6JRM.

KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog


Mother Nature has put a damper on this weekend’s
Drag Race at the Hilo Drag Strip…a wet track means
no fast cars.  As a former racer, the heavy clouds were
a disappointment, but safety outweighs other concerns.
So, it’s back to the QTH after I make my media reports
to the newspapers and various racing websites.  I enjoy
my “other” self at the race track–I don’t race anymore,
but I manage to keep my hand in by serving as the tower
annoucer.  This is something that complements my job as
a news director.  Nothing solid here…just a welcome es-
cape from the real world.  In many ways, my artificial
world on the weekends gives me a chance to relax and
reduce the stress.  Amateur Radio serves a similar function.
Of course, all of this changes when a natural or man-made
emergency converts many hams to on-call communicators
for various public service agencies  All told, I wouldn’t have
it any other way.  Fun and public service are united by
Amateur Radio.  Enough of ye ole soapbox…it’s home to
pound some brass on the well-worn J-38 key.  Have a
good weekend…hug your loved ones….have fun.  Aloha
from Hawaii Island.  73, KH6JRM.

KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog


Well, after a few glitches and computer operator
problems, the blog is up and running again.  I took
a brief break to work on a few workplace projects
while whatever was causing my blog to redirect to
some weird sites passed through.  I suppose my
inattention to detail had a lot to do with this. Multi-
tasking can be a problem sometimes.  Between all
of this, I did manage to work some nice cw on 40
meters, restring the vertical on my new Jackite fiber-
glass mast (nice piece of work), and generally re-
laxed at the rig.  The news department at the radio
station has been a busy place with a tsunami warning
last month (we did get a few small waves in Hilo Bay),
a few moderate earthquakes in the Puna District, and
drought induced brushfires in the Waikoloa area.  Big
Island Amateurs were available for each of these situ-
ations, and provided timely tidal information during the
27 February tsunami warning.  All told, we have been
busy.  Our relationship with the public service angencies
is good.  All of the above provided valuable training for
us. I hope your community is prepared for whatever comes.
Until next time….I leave you with aloha from the Big Island.
73, KH6JRM.

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