Of The Year
Stone Mountain Hamfest
In conjunction with the upcoming Stone Mountain Hamfest the first weekend
in November, the GSSA will be announcing the award of Amateur of the
Year. Any voting member of the association can nominate a ham for the
award, and that ham doesn't have to be an association member.
To nominate someone, contact any officer or board member of the association
(listed at left under officers/ net info) and tell a little why you
think that ham should be the GSSA Amateur of the Year. It will be presented
at the hamfest.
By the way, the GSSA "sit and relax" table will be in the
main exhibition hall, just past the kitchen on the right. Look in this
diagram for "A7". There will be a GSSA banner up. Everyone's
welcome, come sit a spell!
Time Change November 2nd Means Net Time Change
As we have for a long time, the GSSA Net time will roll back to 6
PM (2300Z) with the time change on November 2nd. The Sunday of the
Stone Mountain Hamfest weekend the net will be at 6 PM until next March.
A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL
A first took place on Space Shuttle mission STS-37. SAREX (Shuttle
Amateur Radio EXperiment) provided live communication from the shuttle
into many school classrooms to teach the students about space exploration
and Amateur Radio.
In July 1991, N6CA and KH6HME set a new record on 3456 MHz between California
and Hawaii. Each was running 5 W to a 4-foot dish.
In 1992, after 8 years as ARRL President, Larry Price, W4RA, declined
to run for re-election. The League's Board of Directors subsequently
chose him as the next International Affairs Vice President, which provides
liaison with the IARU, which Price served as Secretary. George Wilson,
W4OYI, succeeded Price as ARRL President.
N7FKI and W7ZOI reported in the March 1992 QST that they had built a
one-transistor 10 meter CW transmitter and made contacts with it using
lemon power -- essentially a cell made by inserting appropriate electrodes
into a lemon. If life gives you lemons, make contacts!
During the early 1990s, interest in digital communication grew, and
QST published many articles on the subject that helped fan the flames.
Also, hams became interested in the old concept of direct-conversion
receivers. KK7B presented one of the best in the August 1992 issue of
QST. Another old receiver circuit was also revived -- the regenerative
receiver. WJ1Z described one for 40 meters in the September 1992 issue
By the early 1990s, digital
signal processing (DSP) had made its appearance, and had begun to be
used by both homebrewing hams and equipment manufacturers.
A September 1992 QST article, "ABC: The First Electronic Digital
Computer," recounted the fascinating tale of the first real computer,
the Atanasoff-Berry computer -- a vacuum tube device -- designed in
1939 and 1940 by university professor John Atanasoff and built by electrical
engineering student Clifford Berry, W9TIJ.
-- Al Brogdon, W1AB
Did you get behind on these? Want to catch up? Read the entire series
less the current one above here.
Recent Geritol Net Luncheon
Standing: W4OVS Neal, KK4SGX
Russ, K4APT Joe, KE7QF Dave, WJ4Z Dana, KD4BO Jim, Jennett/Melvin KK4QJR,
Sitting: KR4HV Walt, W2DHB/4 Pat, K4MDC Gary, Les's grandson Mark, KA2NNK/4
Marilyn, WA4ENC Les/Mildred
new Buzzard Roost Certificate
The "Buzzard Roost", an "educational"
gathering....not a net!.... convenes on 3975 kHz at 2400 UTC
on Monday nights. They have decided to issue a certificate
to folks brave enough to check in!