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  • Everybody's Elmer, Jud, K2CBA

    You often ask "How do you know all this stuff?". Well, the answer is easy. Hanging around with Jud and his friends for 40 years. He amassed a group of people that were not just happy reading about it. They had to build it, try it, push it to it's limits. Then improve it. And, that would always lead to another project. An education not available anywhere else in the world! So, this is a picture of Jud from one of the many trips to the Deerfield Hamfest, among many trips to so many other Hamfests. A half dozen of us would pile into Jud's van and start a 2, 4, even 6 hour journey, one way, to a Hamfest. Which meant 4, 8 or 12 hours of some of the finest technical hands on minds having a brainstorming session, with anything science or technology on the table. A PhD in the van would be scratching his head, not understanding a word being said. We recently lost Jud. Ham radio will never be the same to a lot of us again. Services were on the 1st of June, with full Military Honors, at the Gerald B Solomon National Cemetery. One of Jud's best and longest friends, John Stevens, WB2BYP, put together a site to honor and remember Jud. You'll see pictures from the June 1st ceremony, followed by numerous stories and memoirs from friends. One picture shows a tower with the "Dog House" at the base. Actually, it is a 180 foot rotating tower, dwarfing Jud's first farm house in Grafton. Later, you'll see the new 3 story house up on the hill with the rotating tower. Both houses provided countless hours of enjoyment for so many people, building, operating, testing, planning, playing. Advancing the technology as we cemented friendships. Rest in peace, my friend, rest in peace. Jim K2BHM

  • Just Deserts

    My wife was looking for a unique way to self serve deserts at her nephew's wedding next week. She saw some things on Amazon, ordered a few things, and nothing was as expected. So, I went about creating "Serving you your Just Deserts"! She picked out some 12" square marble floor tiles from Home Depot. They were trimmed down with a diamond wheel wet saw. The one piece saved from Amazon, the lazy susan bearing, was epoxied to the underside of the bottom marble tile. 1/2" diameter brass rod was cut to length and "Faced Off" in my lathe to give perfectly flat, square ends. They were easily taped in the lathe for the connector studs. My "Round Tuit" easily made a decorative accent for the finial in top. You can see this accent piece just under the crystal lamp shade holder from Lowes. A fun project! As mentioned, Mother Nature provided some excitement when she blew the paper tablecloths into the Sterno cans in the chafing dishes. I did manage to catch a picture before the firefighters jumped into action. I didn't want to get in their way! This was 1 second into the event. By 5 seconds, it had spread to the whole table! The Bride and Groom at the wedding, with heavy duty backup! Massapequa was not taking any chances. This was too important for any foul ups!!! Jim K2BHM

  • The move from analog to the digital cloud

    Paul, AC2UQ sent me an interesting article about the translation from broadcast engineering to everything now being digital, on the cloud, and requiring the services of a network engineer It got me reminiscing about my experiences in the medical Diagnostic Imaging field. Enjoy, Jim K2BHM

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