One of the students in my last Tech class, has taken up traffic handling. This evening, he forwarded a piece of traffic to me:
Message Number 1058 Routine HXG Station or Origin: KD8RCR Check 25 Place of Origin: Midland Mi Date: Nov 26th IF HF CAPABLE PLEASE JOIN US ON MACS NET 10AM AND MITN NET 7PM BOTH ON 3952 KHZ X WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION X 73 Ryan KB8RCR
Somewhere along the way, “KB” got changed to “KD” or vice versa, but it was cool to get it.
The bee’s knees
Last night, I worked Curt, N5CW, on 40m CW. This wasn’t the first time that I’d contacted Curt, but it was the first time that he mentioned that he kept bees. He isn’t the first ham radio operator/beekeeper that I’ve worked. A couple of weeks ago, I worked KC4URI, who also keeps bees, and a while back, W3BEE. I’ve now worked more beekeepers (3) than I have barbers (2).
This evening, I worked RD110RAEM, a special event station commemorating the 110th anniversary of the Arctic explorer and amateur radio operator, Ernst Krenkel, RAEM (1903-1971). He was a famous polar explorer, Hero of the Soviet Union, chairman of the USSR Radiosport Federation (1959-1971), and the first chairman of Central Radio Club of the USSR. There’s even an Ernst Krenkel Museum of Radio and Radio Amateurs in Moscow.
According to Southgate Amateur Radio News, there will be 23 special event stations operating throughout the month of December commemorating Krenkel, including 20 in Russia and three in the Ukraine. On Sunday, December 29, the 42nd RAEM International CW HF Contest will take place.