by Bob Wexelbaum, W2ILP
Unless we are anarchists, we all agree that we must obey
laws. Hams must follow the rules set
forth by the FCC of the
A now famous Law was written by Gordon Moore, a cofounder
In my opinion, as an active Internerd, Godwin’s Law of 1990 has proven itself. It states that: As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probably of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.
That all being said… Let me introduce you to Wexelbaum’s Law of pricing, purchasing and procuring precision parts. It states that… If something is small it will get lost…If it is big it won’t fit…and if it is “temporally out of stock”, it won’t arrive until the day after it is no longer needed
We have increased the
transmit power of the
August meeting will be on Wednesday August 20th at the usual meeting
time and place… at
September: SAVE THE DATE – Wednesday Sept 17th
at - The September meeting is going to be a big deal. First, we are having a picnic with real food
and beverages; probably hot dogs, burgers, etc.
We will be set up at a large pavilion so we can even hold the picnic in
less-than perfect weather. It is at the
same place where we were for the June 2007 meeting;
We also are planning to have
a guest speaker – Frank Fallon, N2FF.
Frank has been the Hudson Division Director for some years now and he is
always a pleasure to meet and listen to.
Many years ago, Frank and I found out that we have something unexpected
in common. When Frank first got out of
college, he started as a new teacher at Jr. H.S. 22
Looking forward to seeing all of you there on September 17th.
GRUMMAN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING 7/16/2008
Karen, KC2OPX, secretary.
The meeting was called to order by Ed at 5:40 PM.
TREASURERS REPORT – Ed, WB2EAV REPEATERS Gordon, KB2UB
Finances continue to be in good shape. The Hauppauge repeater is doing fine.
VE REPORT – Bob, W2ILP NET REPORT- Zack, WB2PUE
No VE session this month, since no Thursday night net 145.330 net had usual crowd,
applicants applied. 146.745
had only 3 check-ins. Sunday morning was good, but NY could not hear
Ed moved the antenna coupler on the
Gordon called Eaton’s Neck for Lightship weekend. The Petty Officer is on leave.
are planning a picnic for the Sept. meeting.
The picnic originally planned for
former President Pat, KE2LJ stopped by for a visit from
The meeting was adjoined at 6:30PM
40 Meters: 7.289 MHz at 7:30 AM EST Sundays.
2 Meters (via repeaters): 146.745 MHz (-.600)at Thursdays.
145.330 MHz (- .600) at Thursdays.
[Tone for both repeaters is 136.5 Hz] (ARES/RACES) Mondays
General Meetings of the GARC are held on the third Wednesday of each month, starting at 5:30 PM. The meetings are usually held at the Ellsworth Allen Park in Farmingdale. Driving directions and maps can be obtained from http://www.mapquest.com It is suggested that the GARC Web Site be checked to be certain of meeting location, which may change after this newsletter is distributed. Board meetings are held eight days before the General Meeting.
GARC WEB SITE
The web site of the GARC can be found at http://www.qsl.net/wa2lqo/ Webmaster is Pat Masterson, KE2LJ. Pictures of GARC activities, archives of newsletters, roster of members, and other information about the GARC may be found there.
We hams use a group of three letter signals to save us a lot of Morse Code characters or spoken words. These are known as Q signals. QSL?
Many Hams think that Q signals were invented by the ARRL. This is not so. They were first used by commercial shipboard radio operators. The Q signals that hams use are but a few of the possibilities. They are listed in the amateur handbooks, but do not include all those that commercial operators have used. Commercial ops needed more official signals. The only special abbreviation adopted by the ARRL is “QST” which means “CQ to all Amateurs and especially ARRL members…W1AW is about to broadcast.” Hams are not supposed to broadcast…but the ARRL is the only organization that the FCC has given the special right to broadcast inside of ham bands. “QST” is also the name of the monthly ARRL magazine that members get.
“Q” was chosen for these signals because there are few words that begin with Q in the English language…and fewer Q- words that don’t begin with QU in most languages (except for the abbreviation of an Australian airline). Thus there are no QU- radio signals, in order to be certain that these signals do not get confused with anything else. “CQ” but no “QU-?” All of the official Q signals start with QR- as they apply to receiving, QS- or QT- as they apply to transmitting. The Internet link for this month lists a bunch of Q signals that the authors of the list (KA0SEY and K7ITL) say were missing until they found them.. You can read it on http://www.zerobeat.net/qrp/missingq.html
For those who don’t have internet access, I’ll write a few of the “missing” Q signals here.
QBA My antenna is big!
QBA? How big is your antenna?
QBO Don’t sit next to that guy in the meeting.
QBO? Buddy, can you spare some soap?
….The list goes all the way to …
QZZ? Is that a 60-Hz hum, or are you snoring?
A word of caution: Don’t use any of the QR- signals as listed on the link, as their meanings may be confused with QR-s of the official amateur or commercial serious list. In fact I wouldn’t encourage anyone to use any of the “missing” Q signals on the air. I would prefer that they remain lost.
Here is another cryptogram:
LGWGC GAESNPL - XDBC JCPGLIM ID LDU LGGI PU, NLI XDBC GLGHPGM TPSS LDU
QGSPGWG XDB NLXTNX . –GSQGCU RBQQNCI--
Solution to July’s Cryptogram: THE SECRET OF LIFE IS HONESTY AND FAIR DEALING. IF YOU CAN FAKE THAT YOU”VE GOT IT MADE. –GROUCHO MARX--
Our most popular daily LI
newspaper “Newsday” has been bought by Cablevision. This means that there is now a local media
monopoly of sorts. Cablevision and
Newsday may say that there is no such monopoly because there are now hundreds
of TV channels and newsletters and people have lots of options. I for one don’t like monopolies. I guess that you may have noticed that I
don’t think that there should be only one organization to represent hams as the
ARRL does…even though I believe that the ARRL does an excellent job. This kind of dilemma was once debated by
folks who didn’t like radio station WQXR (a classical music station) being
owned by “The New York Times”. WQXR insisted that they would not editorialize
on the air and would stick to playing music. Thus they won the debate. Newspapers all over the
w2ilp (Independent Little Pub?)
CQ de WA2LQO
VOL. 81, NO. 8
Bob Wexelbaum W2ILP
All the members of GARC (we hope!)
CQ de WA2LQO is published monthly by the Grumman Amateur Radio Club for its members and friends. Send articles and amateur equipment advertisements to: W2ILP
Articles may be sent by e-mail or postal mail. They can be in MS Word format or simply in plain text. Articles will only be edited when permission is granted by the author.
For insertion to the WA2LQO website, information may be sent to Pat Masterson.
Pat Masterson’s e-mail address:
Ed Gellender’s e-mail address:
Edward.Gellender@ngc.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
GARC VE EXAMS
We are continuing to proctor exams for all classes of ham licenses on the second Tuesday of each month, starting at 5:00 PM.
The present exams are:-
The Element 1 CW exam is no longer required.
Element 2: Technician
Element 3: General
Element 4: Amateur Extra Class
Please Note: THE EXTRA CLASS Q & A WAS CHANGED AS OF JULY 1, 2008.
The fee for 2008 is $14.00 for all exams taken in one sitting.
Applicants for upgrades should bring their present license and a photocopy of it and know their FRN number.
New, first time applicants should be aware that their Social Security number will be required on their application form, unless they register with the FCC for an FRN.
All applicants should bring picture ID such as driver’s licenses.
Until further notice exams will be given at:-
All applicants should contact W2ILP to register, so as to confirm location. If no applicants apply, the exam session will be cancelled.
For any information e-mail email@example.com or phone-
Study material is available at the web sites of the ARRL
All VECs use the same Q &A pools.
Since the beginning of the VE program the GARC has provided opportunities to take the ham exams monthly, during all 12 months of every year.
Bob Wexelbaum, W2ILP and the GARC VE team.
In the July 2008 issue of “Random Oscillations”, the newsletter of the Radio Central Amateur Radio Club, there is a list of Computer Sayings. The list was attributed to Anonymous. Since I don’t know Anonymous (although he sounds Greek to me), I’ll take the liberty of reciting some of the sayings anonymously here myself; editing them where I see fit and adding some of my own as well.
Home is where you hang your @.
The E-mail of the species is more deadly than the mail.
A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click.
Speak softly and carry an iPod.
C:/ is the root of all directories.
Pentium wise = # foolish.
The Greeks had no MS Word for it.
Don’t byte off more than you can view.
A Chat has nine lives.
Fax is stranger than fiction.
Modulation in all things.
Oh what a tangled website we weave when first we don’t practice to defrag.
What boots up must scroll down.
Don’t put all your hypes in one home page.
The geek shall inhibit the Earth.
The modem is the message.
Virtual reality is its own reward.
Give a man a dish and you can feed him microwaves for a day; teach him to point it and he’ll waste his time searching for ETs.
An Apple a day keeps a PC in standby.
Great oaths from little icons grow.
A fool and his memories are soon partitioned.
There’s no space like http://home
Have faith in apple-pie and motherboards.
A click in time may save CMOS.
Every chip must have a silver lining.
Any port on an ISB cable.
A pixel is worth a thousandth of a word.
The days of the digital clock are numbered.
A rolling strobe gathers no MOS.
Windows will never cease.
Never byte the bus that feeds you.
Take two aspirins and Google in the morning.
Don’t count your Gigabytes before they launch.
There is nothing new under the Sun work stations.
A slip of a disc may crash a hard-drive.
Care not for what your computer can do for you…Care what you can do to your computer!
Never look a gift survey in its modifiers.
Send no evil…View no evil…Hear no evil…Don’t pay your ISP bill!
A rose is a rose by any other name but product code bars form unique IDs.
Time and tides wait for no manufacturer’s rebates.
The printout isn’t mightier than a store receipt.
What hath Gates wrought?
Bob w2ilp (I Laundered Proverbs)