In our last podcast I mentioned that I had a very interesting contact on 17 meters with Raul Midon AE3RM. This morning Raul's song "Tembererana" popped up on my Pandora feed. The song is great, but is was the album cover that attracted my attention.
Raul has an amazing personal history. Born in Argentina, he and his twin brother have been blind since birth. They have both obviously triumphed -- his brother is a NASA engineer.
From the Wiki: Midón's album State of Mind was released on May 10, 2005. The album features a guest performance with Stevie Wonder, one of his idols, another one with Jason Mraz, and a song written in tribute to Donny Hathaway entitled "Sittin' In The Middle." Midón is an avid amateur radio enthusiast, and in this song he also incorporates his call sign (KB5ZOT) by using Morse code.
Here is his QRZ page: http://www.qrz.com/db/KB5ZOT In it he writes: "He has been an amateur radio enthusiast since Mrs. Redmond introduced he and his brother to the hobby back when they both attended the New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped." Good work Mrs. Redmond!
Here is Raul's antenna in Maryland. Maybe he was thinking of this when he designed the album cover!
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