CQ CQ CQ – Ham Radio stuff

I had an interesting QSO in the sacristy of Ss. Trinita the other day. One of the priests of the FSSP is a ham.

That said, I haven’t done anything with Echolink yet. Sorry. I will have to be nagged into it, I think.

However, since I told myself I would post some ham things occasionally, here is something pretty cool. I have posted before about ham radio videos by USNERDOC available on Youtube. A while back he had some how-to videos about Anderson power poll set ups. I’d like to make some of the connectors, etc., for when I get a bit more ambitious (and actually have more gear). Anyway, he recently had videos showing how he made a convenient 100 foot wire antenna, that could be easily set up and taken down. Then, on a road tripe, he tuned into the AmRRON 20 meter HF Voice Net using a Tecsun PL-880 the above mentioned 100 foot antenna off of his hotel room in the pool area while in Scottsdale, AZ. I think that AmRRON broadcasts from Montana (not sure about that).

Anyway, here’s the video. Check out his other videos. He has made some great accessories/equipment.


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  1. Jacob says:

    Father, are you familiar with numbers stations? Have you ever listened to one or heard any freaky messages?

  2. I have heard of those, but I have never tuned one in. Sort of creepy.

    Are our future alien overlords toying with us?

    I, for one, welcome our future alien overloads.

    Aren’t we supposed to be welcoming?

    After all, who am I to judge?

  3. MWindsor says:

    We should start our own net, father. I’d offer to be net control, but I’m strictly QRP – odds are good that few would hear me. I can get DX, but conditions have to be just right. But in the event of TEOTWAWKI, it might be handy to find out where Mass is offered in an area with Ham operators. Just sayin’…

  4. The Cobbler says:

    Fr. Z, if I ever get into ham radio, I will be sure to convert the entire text of your blog history into its Unicode code points and broadcast those numbers day and night. Maybe our future alien overlords will learn something from you.

  5. The Masked Chicken says:

    “Are our future alien overlords toying with us?”

    Hey, those number stations are the only thing keeping the fabric of the universe together. Haven’t you guys learned anything from the Dr. Who episode, Logopolis?


    This episode features the TARDIS cloister bell and the Logopolis Mathematicians chant their equations.

    The Chicken

  6. The Masked Chicken says:

    Speaking of aliens, the Pope has made some statements about evolution and the Big Bang that have some geeks thinking that he has dismissed Creationism and Intelligent Design. Oy!


    The Chicken

  7. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Masked Chicken – At least The Independent didn’t quote the first English translation of what he said, where “God is not a demiurge or a magician” was rendered “God is not a divine being or a magician.”

    The English translation is not currently available on vatican.va. I wonder why.

    Sometimes I think the current Vatican translation office is just using Google Translate. Maybe they just got caught…..

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