Have been loving each Soldersmoke Podcast and Blog Segment recently. You and Pete have made the program a superb treat while I've been busy with the Radio Room construction.
Building the Radio Room is like constructing an ARK in your Basement. Everything is being done in pairs and the water keeps rising. (No kidding)... I encountered two water breaks in the Radio Room while construction was under way but, that is a whole different story. Fortunately none of my prized boat anchors were damaged.
The project; (The Radio Room), includes operating positions for 14 complete stations. That wouldn't be too bad except I'm constructing walls, benches and over-head lighting from complete scratch. While this is going on, I wanted to finish my 3.579 MHz CBLA transmitter and return to the Minima build that I started in April 2014. However, in September, I retired and moved to another state. The reality of the latter took awhile to sink in. Most Ham Projects took a back seat to higher priorities. I will soon have the Radio Room I always dreamed of. The Drake 2B fills the space with the sound of 20 Mtr CW and the anticipation of having the HT-37 brewing away is just around the bend.
I'm taking a short sabbatical from the Ham Shack construction to get caught up on some other household projects. In this notion of taking a needed break, I rediscovered Jean Shepherd's programs on Youtube. I started to dissect Sheps monologue when I found that familiar path in my own life as a 15 yr. old Ham in the mid-1960s. I'm sure you too can relate to Jeans' life as a kid. I really liked his broadcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akyTVNorXQ8&feature=player_detailpage "Lightning Hits the Ham Radio." Near the end of the program, he mentions that his life was over because his Dad hammered him over the damage to the house by the lightning strike. I'd love to hear the rest of that story!!!
Please keep up the great efforts with Soldersmoke and bringing us all that good Tribal Knowledge. I think we should all go build something. Looking forward to what's next. Thanks to You and Pete.
In response to popular demand, "SolderSmoke -- Global Adventures in Wireless Electronics" is now available as an e-book for Amazon's Kindle.
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For the print version:
For shipping from a printer in the U.S. (probably better for N. American buyers) Click here: SolderSmoke USA Version
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Click here: SolderSmoke EU Version
The two versions are identical, except for a minor difference in the paper used. That's why the prices are a bit different.
Bill's OTHER Book (Warning: Not About Radio)
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