Archive for December, 2011

Happy Holidays!

December 29, 2011

It’s a bit late for me to be extending holiday greetings but the 12 Days of Christmas are still upon us. And I hope everyone has a wonderful 2012. I have been off work for a couple weeks and have been using that time to get caught up on a lot of things around here that have needed doing.

The road has been rough for the UK ladies since my last post. The Cats lost at Notre Dame, but still moved up to #6 in the latest poll. Last night Kentucky traveled to Murfreesboro and lost to Middle Tennessee 70-58. It reminded me of the collapse at Louisville last year. Hopefully something positive can come out of a nasty loss.

The Ohio State women continue rolling along. The OSU men opened conference play last night with an 87-54 win over visiting Northwestern, a team that gave the Buckeyes fits last year. Sullinger did not seem troubled with the back problems that kept him out of action earlier in the year. Sully got kicked in the foot during the Bucks’ win at South Carolina. A quick x-ray showed no broken bones, and he made a quick recovery.

Big games coming up. The OSU men travel to Indiana Saturday, site of Kentucky’s only loss this season. UK plays host to Louisville which is coming off a home loss last night to Big East rival Georgetown. The OSU women travel to Wisconsin to open conference play and UK goes to Florida.

The Blue Jackets have not won a game since my last post. Neither goaltender is playing particularly well right now.

After using paper logbooks my entire amateur radio career I am switching to a program called winlog32. It looks very good, and is free to use. It was written by Colin, G0CUZ who provides excellent support. I was happy to make a financial contribution towards his development efforts.

Logging on computer will make it much easier to upload QSO information to Logbook of The World, which I am determined to make work after several earlier problems. LoTW is rapidly gaining acceptance within the amateur community.

The Road Unkind

December 15, 2011

The men went out on the road for the first time and suffered their first losses of the season.

With Jared Sullinger out with back spasms, Ohio State lost in Kansas 78-67. I thought the rest of the team gave a good effort, at an extremely tough place to play. Sullinger did not start last night but did play a good bit in an 82-58 win over South Carolina-Upstate.

I didn’t get to see Kentucky’s game in Bloomington but the Hoosiers won 73-72 on a buzzer beating shot by Christian Watford.

The women keep rolling along. Kentucky beat Duke in Rupp Arena in front of a crowd of 14,508, the largest attendance ever for a women’s game at UK. Next up for the Cats is a trip to Notre Dame on Sunday. Ohio State continues undefeated as well.

The Blue Jackets’ old nemesis Nashville came to Columbus and won 4-3 in overtime, after trailing 3-1 with just a few minutes to play. Columbus also had a two-goal lead on visiting Boston before losing 5-3. Steve Mason got the start in goal for the first time in weeks this past Tuesday, and Columbus beat Vancouver 2-1. I am guessing Arniel will stick with Mason for awhile as long as the kid keeps playing well. The Jackets host the Kings tonight.

I operated almost 15 hours in the ARRL Ten-Meter Contest this past weekend. Made 300 contacts (most of which were on CW but some ‘phone) all running 5 watts.

I had an interesting contact with station W9UX on 40-meters last week, using Morse Code. Terry in Madison, Wisconsin was running one-half of a watt. You can see a video recording of it here:

A couple nice wins for the ladies

December 5, 2011

Today’s Louisville-Kentucky women’s matchup looked on paper to be close. But the Cats took control mid-way through the first half and held on for a 74-54 win. This series has seen a lot of routs lately. Kentucky lost in Louisville by 26 last year, and the Cats won big the previous time they played in Lexington.

The Ohio State women traveled to Oklahoma and beat the Sooners by 6 this afternoon. Good road win against a traditional power team.

I operated for five hours in the 10-Meter RTTY contest this weekend. Made 119 QSOs running about 50 watts. It’s a fun contest since no one is allowed to use more than 100 watts. We often have some sporadic-E (short skip) this time of year, but I didn’t observe any this weekend. But I did have some good runs of Europeans and stations in the western-US. Could not work any of the Japanese stations, but did have some South Africans call me.

3-in-a-row for the Big Ten

December 3, 2011

After struggling for a decade, the Big Ten has won the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the third year in a row. The big game for me was Ohio State’s 85-63 win over visiting Duke. In the other headliner, Wisconsin played well in Chapel Hill before losing to North Carolina 60-57.

The next game for the OSU men is a visit to Kansas next Saturday.

The Blue Jackets have been in western Canada. Thursday night they scored two goals late to tie Calgary, then Rick Nash won the game in a shootout. That game was bracketed by losses in Vancouver and Edmonton so the trip hasn’t really been a success so far. Columbus will come back east and visit Montreal before coming home for a long home stand, which includes another meeting with defending Stanley Cup champion Boston.

Anthony Davis blocked a shot with just seconds to go in Rupp Arena earlier today, and Kentucky beat North Carolina 73-72 to remain unbeaten. That’s two in-a-row for the Cats over the Heels, as UK beat UNC in an NCAA regional final last year. Last year’s regular-season meeting between the two was in Chapel Hill which North Carolina won by 2.

The Ohio State women got a scare from Florida State, and had to go to overtime to win. Tayler Hill had a career-high 31 points to keep the Bucks unbeaten. A big test comes tomorrow as OSU visits perennial power Oklahoma.

The Kentucky women are still unbeaten but the upcoming schedule is incredible. Of the next four games, three are with Louisville, Duke and Notre Dame, all three of which are ranked in the top ten.

The stock market continues volatile, but it was good to see a nice rally after the murderous Thanksgiving week. I think now one needs to let things cool off a bit before putting more money into stocks.

Lots of amateur radio stuff going on here. I had several nice QSOs on D-Star (mentioned previously) and it sure is a lot of fun. The North American QRP CW Club has an interesting “operating challenge” for the month of December: Ragchews lasting 20 minutes or more. I’ve already completed two such QSOs, and it always reminds me of my early days in the hobby as HF CW was the first thing I was able to do. Last but not least, there is an RTTY contest tomorrow on 10-meters only (starts tonight at 7 PM Eastern time). If the band is good, it should be a fun contest.