Have a vision

Yesterday, while reading the book Language Intelligence: Lessons on persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, and Lady GaGa, they used as an example Bill Clinton’s acceptance speech at the 1992 Democratic convention. Here’s an excerpt:

Of all the things that George Bush has ever said that I disagree with, perhaps the thing that bothers me most is how he derides and degrades the American tradition of seeing and seeking a better future. He mocks it as the “vision thing.”

But just remember what the Scripture says: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

I hope nobody in this great hall tonight, or in our beloved country has to go through tomorrow without a vision. I hope no one ever tries to raise a child without a vision. I hope nobody ever starts a business or plants a crop in the ground without a vision. For where there is no vision, the people perish.

One of the reasons we have so many children in so much trouble in so many places in this nation is because they have seen so little opportunity, so little responsibility, so little loving, caring community, that they literally cannot imagine the life we are calling them to lead.

And so I say again: Where there is no vision, America will perish.

Of course, amateur radio is just a hobby, but doing great things always starts with a vision. If you have a vision for what you want to do in amateur radio, there’s more of a chance that you’ll do something fun and exciting. That could be providing emergency communications or building a software-defined radio or even writing amateur radio license study guides. It might seem that encouraging you to have a vision about a hobby is taking it a bit far, but seriously, you will have more fun with amateur radio if you think about what drew you to the hobby in the first place and then set some goals. Doing so will keep you engaged and help you do cool things.

From my Twitter feed: future of SDR, Dayton review, fritzing

The Future of SDR – Fat-Pipe vs. Thin-Pipehttp://t.co/u6WpGGv6ML


Dayton in the Rearview Mirror | Smoke Curlshttp://t.co/PI25XUisGR #hamr


This looks like an interesting and easy to use PCB package - http://t.co/xsL7rY2t7n

A long, hot Day One at Dayton

Well, I made it through the first day at Dayton. I say first day, but it really was my second. Opn Thursday, I attended the Four Days in May seminar put on by the QRP-ARCI. This is a great event, which I’ll write more about later.

My day started very early. I always have trouble sleeping in hotels, and last night was no exception. I woke up about 2:30 am, and didn’t get back to sleep until 4 am. I got up for good at 6:30. Ugggh. At least breakfast was good. The Homewood Suites where I am staying serves a hot breakfast, including waffles, eggs, and sausages.

I got on the 7:30 bus, which, of course,didn’t leave on time, and then got stuck in rush hour traffic. It was after 8:30 by the time we arrived at Hara Arena. Then, there was some confusion with my speaker badge. I finally got that about 9:15, and that only left me with about a half hour to look around the flea market before my 10 am talk.

The talk went really well, I think. There was a good crowd, and my message was well- received. During the Q and A, one of the attendees, a teenager, gave my study guides a big plug. He said that he had used them to get his Tech and General.

The forum lasted until almost noon. Iwas pretty tired already by then,but I still tramped around the flea market and the inside of the arena. I saw some interesting things, but my heart wasn’t really into it. I didn’t buy a single thing. I did see a lot of people I know, including a couple of guys that were in a recent Tech class. That was fun.

Hopefully, I’ll get a little more sleep tonight and really attack the hamfest tomorrow.

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Upcoming amateur radio events

KB6NU teaching the Jan. 14, 2012 One-Day Tech Class

Me making a point (apparently about SWR) at a recent One-Day Tech Class

Here are some upcoming amateur radio events here in Ann Arbor, MI:

  1. VE Testing. ARROW, the club here in Ann Arbor, conducts an amateur radio license test session ever second Saturday of the month at the Washtenaw County Red Cross, 4624 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor (map).

    Preregistration is recommended but walkins are welcome. Contact Mark Goodwin – W8FSA (734-944-0730) mrkgoodwin@comcast.net, Beverley Stoner – K8ZJU (734-424-9446), or Ralph Katz – AA8RK (734-663-1288) aa8rk@arrl.net, for more information, and to register for the test.

  2. University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club’s 100th Anniversary Special Event Station. The University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary by operating a special event station on Sunday, April 14 on the Diag on central campus. Setup is going to start around 1300Z. We’re hoping to start operating around 1400Z and continue until around 2200Z. If you’re in or near Ann Arbor, please come down and operate with us. If not, listen for us on the bands.
  3. One-Day Tech Class, Saturday, April 27. I’ll be conducting the next one-day Tech Class on Saturday, April 27, at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Go to wa2hom.org for more details.

I’m a TV star (well, on community TV, anyway)

Randy, N1NEZ, asked me to speak about amateur radio for his community TV show, “Exploring Hobbies.” This was a lot of fun. We did over a half hour on amateur radio, and we only touched on some things.

From my Twitter feed: former ham fined, kickstarting science, science joke

FCC Fines Former Missouri Hamhttp://t.co/FcFUDdgzb1

Kickstarting science: How a new generation of researchers are crowdfunding collaborative projects: http://t.co/nlnS9nH0Y9 (via @Salon)

Asked a librarian for that book on Schrodinger’s cat and Pavlov’s dogs today. Said it rang a bell but she didn’t know if it was there or not

Amateur radio in the news: School Roundup in WA, Laporte (IN) hamfest, the magic of ham radio

Middle schoolers in North Bend, WA participate in the School Roundup.

Two Rivers calling: Ham radio roundup connects students with learning moments
After a slow morning of attempting to contact other ham radio operators, middle-schoolers at Two Rivers School in North Bend enjoyed an afternoon chatting with people all over the world, as part of the annual School Club Roundup.

Amateur radio enthusiasts flock to La Porte for annual event
For one man it was the discovery of a nearly 100-year-old radio in his attic. For another, it was a Christmas gift that connected him to voices from around the world. And for a third, it was his father’s military career that led him into the world of amateur radio. Hundreds like them gathered in La Porte on Saturday for the annual Cabin Fever Hamfest at the La Porte Civic Auditorium.

Magic Valley Ham Radio Operators Share the Fun
Video allows Magic Valley (ID) amateurs share the magic of our hobby.

From my Twitter feed: Hacking a ham radio, KX3 video, sleeping cat

This is very cool…

Amateur Radio: Hacking a Ham Radio http://t.co/n2FIT4J56U

Build a KX3 in a minute

You can watch a Video on youtube about building the #Elecraft #KX3 http://t.co/aGVscI5L0B

Who doesn’t like cats? I used to have a cat that slept like this.

?????-Sunny spot and Maru.-:http://t.co/PNUd4aM4kS #cats

From my Twitter feed: NASA, ARRL, SDR

NASA Communications via Hams:http://t.co/6FnwFq9d via @youtube#hamradio

Leaders in our hobby should embrace those that self identify as willing to help. Listen to their ideas, support their enthsiasm.#hamr

Thoughts on the new FlexRadio Systems SmartSDR Slices Video http://t.co/l8mQbj4w