The other day a song entitled "Western Union" played
on my local over-the-air oldies radio station. It was released by the group The
Five Americans in 1967. I've heard it many times before, but it finally occurred
to me that the use of Morse code-like symbols in the refrain made it a perfect candidate
for a spot here on RF Cafe. The full lyrics of "Western Union" can be found at the
bottom of the page, but notice the "Dah-Dit-Dah-Dit-Dah" repeats in the refrain.
Even though I'm a licensed (as of 2010) Ham, my shameful (according to some veterans)
status as a post-Morse-code era did not require demonstration of code proficiency.
As such, my lack of a Morse code deciphering ability required that I rely on an
online translator for considering what the code might be. Depending on how you separate
the dits and dahs, the string of characters can be interpreted as TETET (- . - .
-), TAA (- .- .-), KA (-.- .-), NK (-. -.-), CT (-.-. -) or other combinations,
none of which seem to mean anything in particular...
A couple years ago a house two streets away
had an estate sale after the elderly gentleman who owned it passed on. There was
a lot of old amateur
radio gear for sale, and most of it had been bought early in the morning, right
after the beginning of the sale according to the man's daughter who was on-hand.
The newspaper notice mentioned the Ham equipment. In the back yard was a nice 40-foot
crank-up tower that was a bit weather-worn, but otherwise appeared to be in good
condition. She said that was the first item sold. I didn't ask how much she got
for it. The house was to be sold, and they were glad to have the tower gone before
listing it on the market. I have wondered in the past when seeing a "For Sale" sign
in the lawn of a house with one or more radio towers in the yard how much they would
impact the sale price. Some Hams would plan to take...
Lincoln Vocational Technical Center. One
day in late spring of 1973 I found myself walking around the gymnasium of Annapolis
Junior High School (AJHS) trying to decide which courses I would prefer upon beginning
tenth grade the following fall. It was one of the final days of ninth grade, which
had been by far my least happy year in school. Living in Mayo, Maryland, I and my
fellow neighborhood ninth graders should have attended Southern Senior High School
(SSHS) in Harwood, Maryland, where our predecessors had gone for ninth grade, but
overcrowding caused the Anne Arundel School Board wizards to decide that for at
least that year, we would remain at AJHS for another term. Historically, kids from
my area went to AJHS only for seventh and eighth grades and then switched to SSHS.
Annapolis, being the capital city of Maryland, was significantly more urban than
the rural areas which SSHS type people were accustomed to. The clientele was much
more aggressive in the big city. Sure, we had our "red neck greaser" rowdies in
the southern part of the county, but at least their parents would whip them if they
got caught getting into trouble. The north county parents, we believed at the time...
If you are annoyed by
and extraneous framework elements and/or SEO (search engine optimization) tracking
code accompanying application notes, white papers, and images, and videos, many
times you can get rid of them by editing the URL displayed in your browser address
bar. Compare the displays in this set of screen captures based on the original URL
provided in an e-mail (top) to the one where all the extraneous terms have been
removed from the URL (bottom). Note that the yellow highlighted components have
been eliminated. Often, I remove that stuff from hyperlink URLs before sending my
visitors to websites. Companies don't particularly like me doing that, but doing
so helps maintain your privacy. URLs in e-mails are particularly likely to contain
appended code that contains one or more "&utm_" parts. UTM is the Urchin Tracking
Module introduced by Google Analytics' predecessor Urchin and are now supported
by Google Analytics. They typically ....
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