2018 Bouvet Island Dxpeditionary EME is big news among Moonbounce Boffins and stuff of dreams for us hundred watt and a dipole pluggers. We did this up for the Bouvet team not too long ago and are proud to do our little part supporting this very big DX deal.
Flexing new powers mandated by the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, FCC field agents staged a SWAT-like pre-dawn forced- licensing raid on just some regular guy watching the Weather Channel in his modest suburban Pittsburgh apartment.
“We opted for the element of surprise,” explained the drum-fed automatic shotgun armed FCC commando dressed in full tactical gear and night vision goggles.
“We expect the unexpected from these non-ham radio types. Intel suggests many have as little as no interest whatsover in amateur radio and may violently resist if kinetically compelled to take up the hobby. We’re sorry to report, this one went down hard. But if it puts ham radio deniers on notice we Feds aren't taking any inconvenient guff, that's more mandatory license fees in the bank."
with permission ©2017 SV1QFV
Old School MM!
Our latest K1NSS Custom commission is our first from Greece. Billy was open to something unusual so we went the good old Grecian Urn Look route, as seen through the prism of amateur radio. If that looks like Greek to you on the sail, you've got good eyes Homer! It's from that good old Greek tragedy Prometheus Bound, and makes reference to the "Holy Aether," how appropriate is that after all these years?
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Here's the POSEIDON Transceiver we orginally drew for Billy's QSL. It proved a little too detailed once shrunk down to QSL format size, so we simplified the QSL radio and passed this gussied-up image on to SV1QFV as a extra keepsake of our collaboration.
Hams Blank Fake News
When all else failed miserably in Washington to protect the Homeland from fake news, hacked presidential elections and like really strategic Vermont electric companies, it took but a few amateur radio operators and rocketeers to solve the problem on New Year's Day, 2017.
Hamland Security Systems is the latest private space venture, but worlds away from big-budget high-flyers like SpaceX, Blue Horizon and Virgin Galactic.
From a back yard launch facility in New York's Hudson River Valley, utilizing a whole bunch of Estes rocket boosters all tied together, HSS lofted an off-the-shelf Cold War era ham radio accessory into high polar orbit, effectively placing an impenetrable electronic tinfoil helmet over every square inch of our Glorious Affordable Lovely Mother Homeland.
"We were going to call ourselves "Gloriously Affordable Lovely Mother Homeland Security" to dramatize our advantage over the plain old Department of Homeland Security," exclaimed an HSS spokesperson who declined to be identified. "But then somebody suggested "Hamland Security Systems," which sounded all bluff and buff and Men in Black Tahoes and everything, only with ham radio, so we went with that."
HSS claims to have purchased the Woodpecker Blanker for just five dollars last summer at a local hamfest. To counter the growing strategic threat in the South China Sea, the group is currently modifying a second Woodpecker Blanker found in the basement of an abandoned S.S. Kresge Five & Dime.
"You couldn't beat Nicholls' patented Ninotchka Filter for blanking Soviet over-the-horizon radar interference," allowed an HSS geek who spoke in a funny voice for the purpose of anonymity. "But that whole Spratley thing is a different kettle of Kung Pao Shrimp. We can't reveal exactly what we're doing, but not for nothing, MSG is the new DSP."
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Baffled Crypto-Bio Boffins Discover NORMAL HAM!
EXCLUSIVE TO DASHTOONS Loch Ness Scotland 12.16.16
Searching for the elusive Loch Ness Monster, a team comprised of the world's most distinguished crypto-biologists has announced their discovery of a mythical creature still more elusive.
"He's a ham all right," exclaimed team leader Dr. Buddy Canasta. "And we have every reason to believe he's the only normal Old Man in the world."
"We've seen his license, his shack, his 100 watt radio and dipole antenna. There were some QSL cards on the wall, a junk box with a few old radio parts, and a small stack of RADCOM back numbers, all the markers."
"Beyond that, his normality was jaw-dropping."
"We encountered him last week in a pub after a very long, very cold, wet, unlucky day out on the loch. No monster. Bupkis. So we head over to the Leaky Haggis for a few pops and there he was, telling somebody at the bar about talking to some guy in Pittsburgh. No big deal. Not like he was the cat's ass or anything, just small plain chat in an unpretentious pub, the kind of place that only serves one color of quinoa, deep-fried with blood sausage accompanied by an Irn-Bru ragù plated on newspaper. Keeps the New Money away."
"We didn't want to scare him off, so we discreetly asked a few patrons if this apparent ham was, you know, normal."
"Johnny? Normal? they said. Aye he's a right bastard! They all said about the same thing. Not a word of weird uttered against the Old Man. Sure, Johnny did a little ham radio, but it wasn't any bigger part of his life than brushing his teeth or admiring a sunset. Spent most of his spare time with the wife and kids. While he enjoyed a real ale or a wee dram now and then and placed a bet every so often, Johnny kept both feet on the ground to the envy of all Loch Ness. And trust me, for the sake of healthy custom, these people keep up a good face with all the loonies parading through town, but they know normal and amongst themselves take every opportunity to cherish it."
QSL design ©2016 N4DSP with permission
RemoteHamRadio is a dogbona fide Dash!Chum and Hudson Valley neighbor. Their Empire State HQ is just down the river from us and RHR has been among our corporate ham graphics clients.
K1NSS is QRV via RHR and we look forward to QSOing with you and many more new, old and yet unmet friends around the world.
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We love QSLs madly and enjoy all we receive.
This VKØEK Souvenir Penguin Mug is still waiting patiently for you. Or maybe you already have yours, but what a swell hammy holiday gift to celebrate your DX buddies' ATNO of a lifetime.
Imagine these little rascals waitin' on New One Soup all around your morning coffee or your late night DX-chasing cuppa caffeinated performance enhancer.
Big 15-ounce capacity, with a nice solid feel like all our other Dash!Mugs, these babies hang in for the long haul. Check 'em out now at our easy-peasy CafePress shop. And while you're there, take a gander at all our radio-based fun stuff designed by me, Jeff K1NSS, the joker who draws art for shacks.
Do You Write Ham?
Besides designing QSLs and logos for some of the world's smoothest operators, we illustrate book covers for some of amateur radio's best-known authors, including NO NONSENSE! Study Guide guy Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Ward Silver NØAX.
Our rates are easily affordable even if you're new to publishing, and we'll work with you for a splashy original current look that you'll own outright, no fuss or muss.
What's it like to work up a cover with us? Ask those FB OPs!