Dayton Photos

The madness of the main convention floor on Friday morning.
The madness of the main convention floor on Friday morning.

As I write this, all the radios are disconnected from their antennas as a few spring thunderstorms roll through my part of the world. With every crack of thunder though, I can;t help but think of what happened in Oklahoma today, and just how dangerous life in tornado alley can be from time to time. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in “five land” affected by today’s storms.

The trip to Dayton and the side trip to Toledo (more on that in another post) have left me exhausted. The late hours, the long drive, and the multiple trips through the tailgate have left me ready for bed. Before I do though, I’d like to share some of my photos from the big shindig for everyone who couldn’t make it this year.

The porcupine on wheels.
The porcupine on wheels.
Now THAT is a hat!
Now THAT is a hat!
Bob Heil holding court. His company is coming out with a mic for mobile operators this fall.
Bob Heil holding court. His company is coming out with a mic for mobile operators this fall.
A McMurdo Silver, the antithesis of disposable electronics.
A McMurdo Silver, the antithesis of disposable electronics.
Caution: ham at work.
Caution: ham at work.
Another radio that helped to win the cold war.
Another radio that helped to win the cold war.
Two Hallicrafters looking for a new home.
Two Hallicrafters looking for a new home.
A couple of hams give a nice looking r-388/51J a going over.
A couple of hams give a nice looking r-388/51J a going over.
Two American beauties pose for a photo.
Two American beauties pose for a photo.

And with that, I’m going QRT. Goodnight folks.

Hello, Radio

As I write this, I am in a hotel room in Dayton, Ohio, listening to Radio Kuwait on 15540. I’m not using the internet or satellite, I’m just using a radio and a long piece of wire strung across the floor of the hotel room floor. All in all, it’s not that different from what your grandfather (or even great grandfather) would’ve done to hear the news, a baseball game, or even the Jack Benny show.

Radio has been a passion of mine ever since I was a kid. Whether it was playing with my brother’s Sony Earth Orbiter, or seeing how many radio stations I could hear on a portable transistor radio from the back seat, radio has always captivated me. Even after all of these years, it still fascinates me how 750 AM, usually WSB out of Atlanta, will surrender its grip on the frequency as Radio Caracas fades in. While I may be able to give you some sort of explanation for why this happens from time to time, I have no idea when it will happen again. To the best of my knowledge, no one else can either. Its that unpredictability, that sense of mystery, that has managed to hold my attention for over 35 years now. The equipment has changed, and I’ve got a better idea of when to listen and where, but I’m still at the mercy of a lot of variables beyond anyone’s control.

As the title says, this blog will focus on the HF part of the spectrum. Our focus will be primarily on shortwave, but we’ll also cover the HAM bands too. Just for fun, you can throw in the occasional post about the AM broadcast band as well. We’ll just see where our radios take us. Who is the “us” you ask? Well, right now it’s just me. But if you have a passion for radio, and feel like you have something to say, let me know.

73s and good DX to you all from Tim, WI0H.