Saturday, January 14, 2012
Michigan Automobile Contact
As I've written before, I often take a look at the cities where the stations I've worked live, work, or retire. For me, this is another "fun" part of the radio hobby. This mornings contact with W8RP in Ypsilanti, Michigan led me to this interesting car.
Ypsilanti Michigan is the place where the Tucker automobile was designed.
I was born in year 1948 when the car was first produced. If you don't know about the 1948 TUCKER , take a few minutes and look at this machine. It had three headlights. The center "headlight" actually moved in the direction the steering wheel to help night driver vision. The engine was in the "rear" and there's an interesting "radio" in the dash. Look for it when you view the above link.
All my contacts today were on 40 meters.
Another interesting contact was NT8P in Ohio. Ron was also QRP @ 5 watts and using a dipole. He's also a member of the North American QRP Club. It's my favorite club because everyone uses CW and is also QRP.
Ron has some interesting information on his QRZ bio. http://www.qrz.com/db/nt8p
I still get an enormous "kick" out of working another QRP operator, whether they be 100 miles or 1000 miles from me. The "brass key" on his desk looks very much like mine. If so, it's a Brunnell key made in Long Island NY and a little over 100 years old.
Posted by Jspiker at 3:49 PM