To be continued...
Sometimes, like Franz Kafka's Gregor Samsa, we discover things about ourselves that ain't pretty. While our hero Dash! didn't wake up to discover himself changed into a giant insect, he did suffer something of a similar shock above.
To his horror, he began to understand why he recalled a young attraction to outboard car radio reverb units. In the old days we kid hams ridiculed that kind of electronic toy as "CB." But man, those Lafayette Radio reverbs could really spice up some boring tunes. Of course, mounting one of those puppies on your bike handlebars would look ever more cheesy than the six-transistor duct-taped to your headlamp. And then, like the transistor, you'd have to take it with you inside the public library when you went back in the stacks looking for lost radio books. So the real stumbling block was convincing Dad to let you install one in the family wagon. Long time ago, right? Maybe, but some old fears and repressed anxieties have a way of festering just below the surface, only to manifest themselves weeks, months, or fifty years later.
And so our little story begins.
Just Add Penguins
We recently illustrated a news item spotlighting the latest scheme for activating Instant New Ones. Read all about it at Klown Time is Over – the most entertaining blog of major Dash!Chum and Diablo DXer Rich KY6R
About your QSL card.
Is this the year?
If you come around here much you've seen what we've done in concert with smooth operators all around the world. And if you're new to these parts, why not click on over to our K1NSS Custom QSL Portfolio and take a good look.
Our clients play a major role in designs we create. We couldn't begin to make it up. Many of these hams have done and do some wild stuff - from racing dragsters and flying jets off aircraft carriers, to keeping bees and hiking with goats to put Summits On The Air. And now their custom QSL cards show it .
Of course, more K1NSS Custom clients are everyday ops like us, who just get a kick from sending out QSL cards that tell something of their own stories in a bright, bold, fun and distinctly different way.
Get the big picture at our Custom Design Page.
This could well be the year your QSL becomes all about you.
PHONY IMAGE INTERCEPTED 1AM EST JAN 5 BY DASHTOONS' "FIREWALL OF LIQUID STEEL"
EXCLUSIVE - Dashtoons claims to be under cyber attack by North Korean operatives, exactly like its identical cousin Sony Pictures, the extent of which is just beginning to rear its ugly headset according to Dashtoons' staff.
Off the record, an anonymous spokesperson asserted that images of GIANT HEADPHONES had been placed on Dashtoons' web page, part of a concerted effort to paint this Ham Headquarters for Radio Funnies and Fun as a likely buyer of the troubled Radio Shack electronics chain.
IMAGE DASHTOONS CLAIMS WAS INSERTED BY NORTH KOREAN HACKERS
Reports remain unconfirmed, but sources close to the Dashtoons brain trust categorically deny any intent to aggressively move into brick and mortar retail and revitalize the dying brand with traffic-stopping, GIANT MAGNETIC HEADPHONES hung over the entrance of every store to attract customers inside like so many iron filings.
"That's crazy," commented Mad Money mouth Jim Cramer of the troubled CNBC financial network. "But you know, it's just crazy enough to work. Bullish! There, I said it!"
ANOTHER IMAGE DASHTOONS IS 150-200% SURE WAS HACKED INTO THIS SITE
Amateur radio insiders are uncertain what and who to believe. Could it be a hoax of a hoax of a hoax – a kind of Giant Headphones Head Fake? Suppose it was an end run around the likes of Elon Musk and the other big money boys who don't like a crowd at their bottomfishin' hole?
Suppose Dashtoons really does become DASHACK?
Stay tuned...it's not over till the GIANT HEADPHONES are hangin' high!
Power Decluttering The Void
Since the beginning of radio, hams have been saving all kinds of electronic trash against the day it turns to treasure. Thing is, what's a ham to do if, for whatever reason, empty space has accumulated around your shack, instead of say, old, dried, and partially conductive rubber grommets, Fahnestock clips just missing that funny little tab in the slot that snugs the wire, or a molded-over 1958 QST with a cute poem in Strays?
Well, if too much space is what's plaguing you Punky, there are economical ways to stuff it with stuff you might normally take to the landfill. But don't try anything willy-nilly. Take a Tip from Dash! and by all means game the system.
No, he's not a faculty member, thank goodness.
But you'll find Dash! lurking in the QSL wallpaper of the background shack scene we drew up for the Ham College pilot episode, produced by webcaster AmateurLogicTV.
Click here now and screen this fun introduction to amateur radio aimed at Live Ones who just might need the slightest, uh, motivation to jump in and join our cool hobby that's hot, hot, hot again.
Ham College is hosted by popular amateur radio media personalities George Thomas W5JDX and Tommy Martin N5ZNO and their production is pretty darn slick, so have a look and pass it on to likely prospects in your circle of friends and family.
Ham College....because a back yard without an antenna just ain't right!