Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Field Day 2007

Field Day 2007 was a lot more fun for me than last year. First, the entire family was there, Amy, Zoe, Aidan, & Alex, even Al, my father in law. Second, I chose to be the band captain for 80 meters. Our station made 300 contacts in 24 hours, 200 using Morse Code and 100 using voice.

I was originally going to build a station for 10 meters, but as planning for the event went on, nobody had signed up for 80 which was surprising because it is a very active band on field day. I figured why not switch, since I could never setup a good station for 80 meters at home, the antennas are just too big.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Frederick Amateur Radio Club Hamfest

Each year the Frederick Amateur Radio Club puts on a hamfest, which is basically a big flea market with a folks selling a lot of ham radio gear and electronics. There are a few commercial vendors as well. This year's hamfest worked out quite well, we were able to save some money on expenses and sold a lot more tickets than last year. Our total income looks like it will be more than triple what we made in 2006, just about enough to cover a year's worth of club expenses.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Quote from Fox News article about TV dads

Father Knows Best: 10 Life Lessons From TV Dads
By C. Spencer Beggs
"Archie Bunker may have been the most racist, homophobic blasphemer to grace the small screen until Eric Cartman was doodled into "South Park."

I wonder how many people have actually watched both shows. I'll go on record as saying, they are both good!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Anvil Restaurant Responds

We are sorry that your experience was less than great at our restaurant. We have been in business almost 22 years and always try our best to please!

It is our understanding that some member of your group caused quite a sitr during the evening and delayed the group as aw hole. We have attached a letter from another member from your group with an apology for the behaviors!

We hope you will accept our apology and hope you will join us again. A gift certificate is enclosed for $20.00


Danny E. Smith


17 May 2007

M/M Danny & Ann Smith,
The Anvil Restaurant
Post Office Box 707
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Subject: Letter of Appreciation

On behalf of our Association, please accept my thanks for making us welcome in your restaurant yesterday evening and for the courtesy and assistance of your staff members during and after the dinner. Ms Renee Smith, as our hostess, did an outstanding job of handling the unnecessarily obstreperous wife of one of our members and was a great help to me.

I was involved in assisting my wife to exit the restaurant. I was so concerned for my wife’s safety that I was not available to take the appropriate action and intervene as Ms Smith was enduring the unwarranted criticism that I noted while we were leaving. Obviously there is one medication for migraine that does not go well with two excellent cocktails.

There was one entrée delivered a bit late, but I did not get any criticisms from any of our members or their guests concerning food service. The lady who was served late was not angry or displeased. The woman who took it upon herself to complain was not an officer or member of the club and has caused this kind of trouble for the last time. We expect that she will be moving away next month and that will simplify our situation. We have been asked by other restaurants to ensure that she no longer be a guest at our monthly dinners.

Thanks Again,


Now, for my comments:

I was at the dinner, I think I chatted with everyone, and I have no idea who Roy was talking about in his letter, I guess that goes to show how well I knew everyone there. My suspicions is that the staff there felt that they were treated badly, and decided to take it out on the rest of the group, still, not acceptable if you ask me.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Live Free or Die Hard

Yippee-ki-yay, mother****er. John McClane will be back for a fourth Die Hard movie, I knew there was a reason I didn't buy the trilogy box set on DVD. I remember staying up late watching the first Die Hard on cable back in the day at my friend Aaron Jackson's house. I don't know how we managed to watch it, we were still in elementary school at the time, I don't think our parents would have approved!