CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Saturday: Zuhlsdorf’s Law isn’t finished with me yet, CW, and Echolink

ham radio antennaI told you last week about my ongoing travails with Zuhlsdorf’s Law.

It’s isn’t quite done with me yet, I’m afraid.

We had a big storm rip through here, a consequence of which was that a big pine tree I was going to try to run an antenna to any day now is not horizontal, thus making it a less than optimal choice.  During the same storm, lightning struck my local Elmer’s tower.  He texted: “Enough with the Zuhlsdorf’s Law stuff!… I was once specifically warned about standing close to guys like you.”

As it turned out there was no important damage done by that lightning strike.  He described his extensive ground system of 10′ copper rods.  We should all be so prudent.  It is a metaphor for life, no?  If we are grounded well in our virtues habits and God’s graces in the Church, when lightening strikes we can more easily take the hit.

Meanwhile, I continue to work on my CW.  A little bit every day!

Of course I’d like to get out and set up an antenna and get on with my new rig, but time, tasks and weather have conspired.  And early in the incoming week I have some travel.  Perhaps I’ll bring my new radio and set up somewhere!

Finally, remember that one of our readers here has made his Echolink node availble to us: 554286 – WB0YLE-R  (Thanks!) Remember: You must be licensed to use Echolink. BTW… there is a great iPhone app for Echolink. I can see quite a few hams using that method to connect.

I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list.

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. acardnal says:

    “Zuhlsdorf’s Law states that, in the very moment you need technology, that technology will fail you. And the extent of the failure is directly proportioned to the urgency.”

    A corollary: yesterday I wanted to check the air filter on my car. I needed a socket to remove the bolt to access the filter. I looked for the correctly sized socket for about five minutes to no avail. Never did find it. Where is it?!?

    Today I am reminded it’s Saturday afternoon so off I go to Confession.

    [According to Zuhlsdorf’s Law, were you to pay some shop to change that filter, you would instantly find that socket upon your return home.]

  2. MWindsor says:

    I’m off the air for a while as well. Not because of fallen trees or antennae that go bump in the night, but because I have to do everything outdoors. It’s the one drawback of being QRP portable all the time. It’s currently 102 in my backyard (with a cheery “Feels like 115” on the interweb weather thingy).

    Too hot to play outside.

    So what do I do instead…have to work on something the roofers left undone. Yippee…


    (And, yes, the Whiskey X-Ray stands for HOT right now.)

  3. oldconvert says:

    I like the cartoon! Is it by emett?

  4. AnAmericanMother says:

    The drawing looks like one by the great W. Heath Robinson. He was Rube Goldberg with more talent.
    He also illustrated the best edition of Kingsley’s “Water Babies”. I overlook the Rev. Kingsley’s occasional forays into anti-Catholicism, he got his head handed to him by Bl. John Henry Newman.

  5. AnAmericanMother says:

    73, N4MMG.

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