Thanks to democratic reforms, a new entity in the far-flung steppes of Central Asia is expected to soon be added to the list of available countries for DXCC credit.
Kyrzakhstan is believed to be the world’s first triangularly-shaped country and is bordered by China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
Translated into English, the word kyrzakhstan means “vowels ain’t all that”.
Little-known outside the region, Kyrzakhstani’s have a strong work ethic and an aggressively maniacal love of trigonometry due, it is thought, to the country’s geometric shape. Most Kyrzakhstani children can recite and explain Pythagorean’s Theorem by the time they are first able to speak.
Unfortunately, these trigonometric abilities also manifest themselves in other aspects of life - during conversation, Kyrzakhstani’s tend to “go off on tangents” (as I would soon find out). Continue reading 'A new DXCC country!'»
I loves me a good, funny story!
We’re less than two weeks away from 1 April when (hopefully) my fellow bloggers will be posting the traditional BS stories, tall tales and outright lies.
But no need to wait till then – there’s a blog whose postings make every day seem like 1 April. Continue reading 'Ferrite trafficking and ham radio dating services'»
Two Argo VI rigs – a “Non 12″ and a “Non 30″
A trendsetter in ham radio since the 1960′s, Ten-Tec has just released the first of what are certain to become some of the hobby’s most prized rigs.
With keen insight into the psychological attraction of the ”less is more” phenomena, the Argonaut VI is an attractive new QRP transceiver offering all the quality we’ve come to expect from Ten-Tec over the years.
The introductory Argo VI’s main selling point is brilliant – it offers a lack of the 12 meter band!
Please read and interpret that correctly. It isn’t missing 12 meters; it offers a lack of 12 meters.
World of difference. Continue reading 'Inverse mono-banders'»
Not just in pile-ups – a trip to the local mall shows the close proximity that exists between the two even in the physical world:
Tower work, as predicted through the decades by Dan K0DAN:
If you’re in your 40′s (or younger): No problem, you do it just for fun and exercise! You like to go looking for problems and challenges. You are disappointed if everything works perfectly. You regret that your tower is the only place you are able to do “technical climbing”.
If you’re in your 50′s: You can still do the work but are tired of it, the risk, and the unexpected. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If you go up the tower, you pray you don’t find the unexpected and hope for a miracle. You are tempted to ask people for help.
If you’re in your 60′s: Continue reading 'Tower work, through the decades…'»