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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Week 35 2015

This weeks bit of fun:


Not much to report this week apart from I was given a National HRO Receiver from the 1940's. It needs a fair amount of work before I can put power on it. Do I just repair it or do I do a complete rebuild? I think I will start with a simple repair and make sure it works before I start the rebuild.

With time and effort my one could look like this.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Week 34 2015

This weeks bit of fun:

Found on the internet

A child asked his father, "How were people born?" So his father said, "Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on." The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, "We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now." The child ran back to his father and said, "You lied to me!" His father replied, "No, your mum was talking about her side of the family."


Teacher: "Kids,what does the chicken give you?"Student: "Meat!"Teacher: "Very good! Now what does the pig give you?"Student: "Bacon!"Teacher: "Great! And what does the fat cow give you?"Student: "Homework!"


Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "And what starting salary are you looking for?" The engineer replies, "In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package." The interviewer inquires, "Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?" The engineer sits up straight and says, "Wow! Are you kidding?" The interviewer replies, "Yeah, but you started it."


Another very busy week playing with Chris's oscilloscope. It can do far more than the old analogue scopes and is able to make measurement for you. My Birthday has gone so lets hope Father Christmas looks favouritely on me.

We recorded another episode of the ICQPODCAST this week. This makes 192.

I did a major service on my computer tower this weekend and it seems far happier.

Sunday Colin released the latest episode of the ICQPODCAST.

Series Eight Episode Eighteen - Rigol 1050e Scope Review

In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield (G0CIB), Chris Howard (M0TCH / N4CTH) and Edmund Spicer (M0MNG) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief, and this episodes feature is a review of a Rigol 1050e Scope .

News stories include:-

  • New Youth Amateur / Ham Radio Contesting Program
  • Software Winner of Annual Construction Competition
  • Ofcom - HF Broadcast Licensing Position
  • Will There be an End to FM Radio Signal?
  • The Longest Reign Amateur Radio Special Event Station
  • Arduino CW Decoder Video
  • VHF/UHF/Microwave SDR Transceivers
  • £6bn Radio Replacement Emergency Staff May Put Lives at Risk
  • Amateur Ham Radio Communications for Hospitals
  • IRTS Amateur Radio Contests
  • Do not Digipeat via PCSAT
The ICQPODCAST can be downloaded from