Sunday, January 9, 2011
So Quiet You Can Hear a Clock Tick
This afternoon on 20 meters, I heard Ken Muggli (K0HL) transmitting from his pick up truck located a few miles outside of Glen Ullin North Dakota. He drives there often because of his love of wide open spaces. I can identify with that....
Ken is a "horologists". (Yes...I had to look it up too)
A master clock repairman, he runs his business from the basement of his home. In these days of the internet, it's entirely possible to run a lot of businesses in this manner. His choice to do so is admirable.
Ken says on his web site that the sound of a ticking clock is one of the most comforting sounds in the world.
"The tick-tock - I can't think of a more comforting, soothing sound. I think it goes back to the womb, listening to mother's heartbeat."
The temperature out there today was 5 degrees and I imagine you could hear a pin drop in that cold air. You could certaintly hear the tick of a clock.
Ken was a little over a thousand miles from me and is FISTS # 14398. It's very possible he was QRP but only sent a "M" after his call sign today. It was a very quick exchange because QSB was a terrible problem.
Posted by Jspiker at 1:52 PM