FSD-212 Report                                       07-02-07
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147.120+ PL=186.2
4       76
1       18
1       20
6       114


Many antennas have a problem with some of the current in the transmission line flowing on the outside of the coax shield. This is known as a common mode problem. The cure is a choke. The following definition was given in response to a the question "What is a choke?"

A choke reduces the amount of periodic air entering the carburetor or lungs. The electrical version tends to remove more as the frequency increases. I have a permanent built-in choke between my brain and my mouth and fingers. My daughter loves the arti version with butter. For those in the know, there is the swinging choke that doesn't seem to mind vows of singular and faithful inductance. No question that a choke is a very biased and discriminatory device with definite preferences toward those that don't move much. A separatist anchored in the past. As an example of discrimination, in RF coax a choke will only mess with the obvious and external stuff and will leave the sneaky internal goings-on alone. Much like Congress.



Years ago, ARRL CD (old Communications Department) Parties were held on the air for the purpose of exercising our stations, but frankly, were social (i.e., fun) events held over a weekend. They met their demise over 20 years ago due to inactivity and I don't think they would work again, but a new EMCOMM or ARES QSO Party might be extremely popular. ARES and other amateur emergency communications programs have seen skyrocketing interest in the years following 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. We are in a new era of Amateur Radio focusing on emcomms.

Would you support an ARES Party over a weekend where operators would exchange call sign, signal report, county, section or state, and their ARES or emcomm titles? I know I would. Let me know, and we'll run the idea up the flagpole in front of the ARRL HQ offices in Newington and see if they salute. Send your yay or nay, and brief comment to: <k1ce@arrl.net>


King Ozymandias of Assyria was running low on cash after years of war with the Hittites. His last great possession was the Star of the Euphrates, the most valuable diamond in the ancient world.   Desperate, he went to Croesus, the pawnbroker, to ask for a loan. Croesus said, "I'll give you 100,000 dinars for it."

"But I paid a million dinars for it," the King protested. "Don't you
know who I am? I am the king!"

Croesus replied, "When you wish to pawn a Star, it makes no difference who you are."


Don't forget the Great Lakes Division Convention on September 22 in Cleveland.  This is the day before the Cleveland Hamfest.  For full information, go to http://www.2007gldc.com/.  One can even make reservations for a hotel room from this site.
  This is in conjunction with the Cleveland Hamfest which takes place Sunday, September 23, 2007 just a short ride from the Convention location. There will be discount tickets available for the Cleveland Hamfest.

More to follow next month.

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