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August 23, 2006 continued

August 23, 2006

Saturday night was our annual dinner with some guys I hang out with on 75 and 40 meters, most of whom live in or near Huntsville. It is always nice to sit and chat with them, after talking to them on the air all year. Dinner was barbecued meats provided by a member of the group that has won many barbecue contests. It was easy to see why he wins :).

The Concours d’Elegance show will be at Keeneland Saturday. Our Miata club has been invited to attend the “car club paddock”. So, we will do that. It will be fun to see some beautiful cars on display.

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Entry for August 23, 2006

August 23, 2006

I mentioned the Lexington hamfest last week. This past weekend, we went to Huntsville for their hamfest. It is much bigger than Lexington’s, and all indoors in air conditioned comfort.

A friend of mine that works at the Talladega Superspeedway gave us a private tour Friday. It was hot, but it was great seeing their facilities up close and personal. Bonnie thought she’d died and gone to heaven. There is also a very nice museum on site, and we had plenty of time to spend looking at historic race cars.

Saturday was the hamfest. I attended some interesting forums, and still had plenty of time to browse around the flea market and dealers. I bought a few items for the shack, including a contest voice keyer, and an automatic antenna tuner. My biggest purchase was a new Yaesu FT-817 .

A backwards sunspot

August 16, 2006

A solar physicist noticed a backwards sunspot on July 31. A “backwards” sunspot has a magnetic orientation different from other sunspots. The spots in each 11-year sunspot cycle have the opposite polarity from the previous cycle. So, this backwards spot is the first spot of the new sunspot cycle, Cycle 24. Full story is at: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/15aug_backwards.htm

Bonnie developed a case of shingles, but with the medicine she got, she was over it in short order.

Last Sunday was the Lexington hamfest. Bonnie spent 5 hours helping at the concession stand, and I helped some too. Although I didn’t buy anything of significance, the Lexington ‘fest is always a great time to have an “eyeball QSO” with people I don’t get to see very often.