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Bruce E. Parkes KA2ZGW, San Antonio TX How is life in the snow belt? Once I finish the next four years in Ihe Air Force I may be joining you in the cold, only a few states to the west. It's loo early for me to get the cheap air fares, but then I do enough flying right now to last a lifetime, at least riding in the back.

You asked for product reviews in your December 1993 column, so i thought I'd send you a couple,

Since I travel a lot and still tike to participate in amateur radio on the road, I like to try both HF and VHF while in my motet room at night. VHF has been the easiest mode to use. Have you ever tried to hang a 40 meter dipole from the second story of a motel without attracting attention? PVe used a few window frames with an antenna tuner with fair resultsh but 2 meters seems the easiest. Use the ARRL Repeater Book to find the locals and kerchunk all the repeaters listed until you find some that you can hit. Calling CQ doesn't do much, so wait until you hear an XVL (or YL) come on frequency. Jump in. and soon you will have all the folks you would tike to talk to. I have found that the Radio Shack 2 meter HT is the best rig for the road. I carry it in my helmet bag, which takes a lot of knocks, and it has always done weli for me. Having two battery packs increases its utility on the road. The only problem I have with it is the inability to modify it to cover the MARS frequencies. It is a great rig for on-the-road packet and, with an external power supply, ii produces an honest 5 watts out.

However, I am not so fond of the ARRL's book Low Profile Amateur Radio by Jim Kearman KR1S, I have been Operating low profiie for years while away from home. The most impressive was during my tour in Panama, which coincided with the problems there that culminated in Operation Just Cause. Since I had a station that wasn:t really legal with the local government, I kept it low key. This was an advantage during the warr since I was able to slip away from my duties for a few minutes to keep a schedule with a ham near my home, and relay that I and others from the same area had weathered the initiai assaull and were well, to my wife, who then passed it on to other families. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any new ideas in the 124 pages. Maybe this book will be of interest to new hams. It dfdnj do a thing for me.

I liked your certificate from Lambda. Alter talking with targe numbers of hams over the years, I have noticed that what they do in bed has never been a major item of discussion. In fact, I've never discussed it with anyone. Strange that one group wants to throw it up in everyone's face. As a nurse, I have noticed that folks are most defensive about that which they are most un-

From The Hamshack comfortable with. Are gays that worried about themselves that they must throw their styles In everyone else's face? I hope they get a life.

John Doe I have just started reading your magazine and your "Never Say Die" column hits the nail on the head each month. I just recently passed the No-Cede Technician exam and I eagerly await my license.

I have tried on several occasions to learn the code but, for whatever reason, I've not been successful I joined a local club and one of the first things they did was try to pressure me into learning the code. They just don't understand how someone could be happy with just local communication capability. Let me explain.

My main interests are model railroading and photography, I often go into remote areas to photograph trains, then t use the photos to assist with building models. it finally dawned on me (!*m 36) that some means of communication would be good to have in case I get into trouble. The no-code license fills that need for me. Anyhow, I'm stubborn enough that ril remain a dub member and I'll resist their efforts to get me to learn code, especially when that archaic means of communication seems to be in direct conflict with one of the purposes of the amateur radio service, which is to "advance the radio art."

If you want to incorporate any of this into your column feel Free, just change the name and location. I don't need to be ostracized any more than I already am by the local hams.

PS. The ARRL will never see me as a member until they take a more up-to-date approach.

John—As long as you are able to get your interest piqued by the many other aspects of amateur radiot and are content to use just one very small piece of our hobby you have no real problem with the code. But if you have no interest in talking with people in other countries, in using the hobby as anything more than an alternate to CB11 wonder why you've bothered to join a ham club.

I've been fighting the ARRL for over 30 years to get rid of the stupid code as a barrier to getting a license. The no-code ticket is a good start. Howeverr 1 do admit that if a person goes about learning it the best way, it's a smali problem. You can learn the code characters in tcss than an hour. And that's all you need to know to pass the 5 wpm test as we pointed out in 73 several years ago, much to the consternation of the ARRL. You just write down the dots and dashes and then, at your leisure (their is no time limit for the exam), you decipher them.

But using my code tapes you can learn the code at 20 wpm within a few days, and it doesn't take any brains to do it. . . ¡USt tune our bands to prove that Totat idiots can learn the code. Five-year-old kids learn the code. We've any number of seven-year-old Extra Class hams. Yesr the code test is dumb. But then, one would be hard put to find any area where the government has messed with things that their rules aren't dumb.

I learned the code over 50 years ago and haven't used it more than two or three times. But one of those times did save my life and those of S3 of my shipmates. Another enabled me to make aurora contacts on 2rn, which was cx-citing. The trouble 1 went to ¡earning the code did pay off for me. But I promote the learning of the code as voluntary, so one can have fun with it. *. Wayne

Jim Gray W1XU, Payson AZ

Wayne, your column in the December issue is a corkerl My wife. Peggy, and I had many good laughs, and we also enjoyed several Items particularly; psynce and subtle energies.

John Nelson, as you well know, pioneered the PSYNCE of planetary alignments in radio propagation, I've followed in hts footsteps, but have never been able to find his book on the subject. Consequently, my forecasts (in 73"Propagation" column) are not as elaborate—or as accurate—as lrd like them to be. Perhaps you have his book In your library; if so, Pd like to borrow it from you. When John died, a lot of good information went with him . . . and rm very interested in teaming more. None of the sources I've checked seem to have his book, and most don't even Know what Tm talking about Of course, as we both know, "scientists11 are great pooh-poohers of anything that's not dogma and "accepted'1 knowledge. However, here's a field that ought to attract scientists, but to them it's "astrolo^ gy" and therefore untouchable. Needless to say, "astroiogy" uses a geocentric system, whereas Nelson and I used/use a heliocentric system, and the Astronomical Almanac as our prime data source.

The welt-known "weak forces" of gravity and atomic binding forces are being studied everywhere among REAL scientists, and it's now considered by some that the Heisenberg Principle is factual, and that even looking at an electron or an atom can actually "create" ft and most certainty move it. We can know where an electron is, or when it is, but not both at the same lime , , . and many consider an electron field as a "smear1' rather than discrete orbital mechanics of individual electrons in "shells"... quite different from the Bohr atomic model that you and I learned. It is my view that the weak forces/subtle energies of gravity, eiectromagnetismT and atomic/nuciear binding forces are alt part of PSYNCE. So, what holds our universe together on the micro as well as macro levels is worthy of Study. Once, I built an Hieronymous machine according to the diagram and discussion by John W. Campbell in Astounding Science Fiction back in 1946. The darned thing worked , . , at least it did for me! Dowsing also works for me, as It does for the street and water depart ments of many towns and cities. I guess what I'm saying is that the so-caifed "esoteric sciences or pseudosciences" deal with portions of the whole. Just as medicine is now acknowledging a "holistic11 approach to human heatth, it is necessary to adopt a holistic approach to the unified field that may include remote viewing, psychokinesis, dowsing, and other "valid" portions of psy phenomena.

Tom Linde KZ0T, Knoxvilte IA

Wayne, thank you for your most marvelous piece in the December 1993 73. You speak with a glorious vision about the frontiers that we need to explore as an essentia! part of our good hobby. Some of those frontiers are in the classroom, some are in the stars, and a few are in resources that we use, and perhaps take too much for granted, daily. I suspect part of the survival of our endangered hobby is making better use of what we already have. The example I submit is the Extra Class subband on 75 meters.

Before I got my Extra I was motivated by the goal of having a classy 2 x 1 callstgn, and working people who were more enlightened than those who Inhabit other parts of the bard, I have a disability with a speech defect, arid there were predictable responses whenever 1 went on the air.

One day a couple of years ago I discovered a very special net in that very hallowed subband of 75. The net accepted me as one of theirs. But far beyond that, it launched me on an adventure that to me was the very essence of ham radio at its best. The net let me explore my limits on 75, Even better, it helped me begin exploring new ways to expand and stretch the limits of that often goofy band, it's a band which challenges us to find ways to make it work better for us. As a net, we do that

What net is this9 It's the Geritol Net, and as a member let me say right off that Geritol is not the greatest acronym. The net operates to help properly licensed hams win their WAS, There is a fine, strong sense of collaboration, a sense of collegialily which is too often missing from our hobby.

Our next newsletter (we publish three a year) will focus on ways to help people who live in the city be more active on our net since we noticed that most of our members have rural or upbeat suburban addresses. But there are lots of cliff dwellers out there. How can we help them expand their horizons?

I think it would be great if you could use some of this information in your column because I think you do wish to push the many horizons which give shape to our hobby, if by chance you ever tune in to our net—It meets every night on 3.768 MHz at 01 :OOZ until 50, 6 or 7Z—you might hear me. I do get on a lot because f iove adventure and adventure is the essence of this net. My voice stands out because it is the voice of one who has severe cerebral palsy, I have worked all states several times over and I'm also the editor of our newsletter. Hi!

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