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Join date : 2011-12-14

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PostSubject: Re: OK everyone What goodies did you get?   OK everyone What goodies did you get? Icon_minitimeFri 30 Dec 2011, 2:11 am

Hi Everyone, OM Santa was real good to me this year! Lets see radio related, he brought me an Ensemble II SDR, HamCan 40m Transceiver, 300 feet of #14 antenna wire from DX Engineering and a MFJ 1708 T/R switch box, so I can use my tube transmitters without having to switch them manually. Just in time for the ARRL SKN (straight key night) on New Year's Eve and day.

I did have some other early radio related gifts from friends this year and even bought myself a gift of an inductance meter kit from electronicsDIY. The gifts from friends were all kinds of parts to help me build a nice DX crystal set. I got coils, coil forms, ceramic air variable capacitors, diodes, cloth covered magnet wire, litz wire, type 61 ferrite rods, switches, transformers and even a pair of sound powered headphones. Nearly all the parts for this crystal set were gifted to me. Maybe I should name it the friendship set?

All the neat radio stuff were great gifts, but the best gift I got this year was being able to walk again and visit with my family at Christmas. I'm crippled and real sickly at least 8 months out of the year and get twice annual surgical procedures that let me walk again and lots less pain. It only lasts a month or 2, but this year it fell during the holidays. I just pray that I can get that 300 feet of wire up in the air before the treatments wear off! The plan is to use it as a long wire for the "NonTest" in January and then convert it into a full wave 80m delta loop. I've never had a decent 80m antenna before. Anyway, that's my Christmas story for this year!

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Join date : 2010-11-22

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PostSubject: Re: OK everyone What goodies did you get?   OK everyone What goodies did you get? Icon_minitimeWed 28 Dec 2011, 12:15 pm

Finally received a DVD of The Christmas Story this year, I hadn't seen it on TV for over 4 years.

I really do empathise with Ralphie. And laughed at all the comments and foible's!

I remember getting my mouth stuck in the open position with my Mom grinding a bar of soap into my teeth for using foul language

And also making my brother fight a neighborhood bully. (If He didn't fight Him then I was going to beat Him up!) It worked the bully never tried anything again.

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Join date : 2011-12-15

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PostSubject: Re: OK everyone What goodies did you get?   OK everyone What goodies did you get? Icon_minitimeWed 28 Dec 2011, 7:37 am

Hey All,

I got a new all metal PCC H.O. streetcar in the old Boston MTA orange paint scheme.It is an exact copy of the ones I rode 45 years ago ! She looked sweet and ran ULTRA smooth circling around the Christmas tree.

FWIW I TOO did STUPID things with REAL trains when I was a kid ( including hopping on freights several times- got caught by RR police once !)

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PostSubject: Re: OK everyone What goodies did you get?   OK everyone What goodies did you get? Icon_minitimeMon 03 Jan 2011, 9:05 am

Always did like trains, especially Steam ones. I used to go to the Los Angeles Live Steamers park.
When I was a Kid In Madison I would go down to the Train yard and help unload bags of mail and earn 25-50 cents for helping.

One time I was with my brother and cousin in Lake Mills WI walking along the RR tracks when a slow moving train went by, so on impulse my cousin jumped on the train, so being an idiot, not to be outdone, I grabbed the rungs of a ladder, and almost had my legs cut off by the wheels, but I tucked them under me just in time. My brother couldn't keep up with the train so my cousin dropped off and when I saw that he was no longer on the train I jumped off too. Well to make a short story long, when I jumped I landed on my hand, arms and knees. Boy those cinders sure cut up my skin.

Ah yes the good old days Embarassed

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Join date : 2010-11-26

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PostSubject: Re: OK everyone What goodies did you get?   OK everyone What goodies did you get? Icon_minitimeSun 02 Jan 2011, 7:56 pm

2011 NorfolkSouthern RR calender.....Gregg
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Join date : 2010-11-23

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PostSubject: Re: OK everyone What goodies did you get?   OK everyone What goodies did you get? Icon_minitimeFri 31 Dec 2010, 4:39 am

Hi and happy new year all.

No radio stuff this Christmas, but I did get a new office chair for where I sit in my man cave in front of my computer. My old one gave out rather suddenly on me a couple of months ago. I leaned back and something snapped under me. I ended up doing a backward 360 onto the floor behind me. Laughing Didn't help my arthritis much, but I did learn 3 new words from the experience. :twisted:

I did get a bit of cash though, so there may be some belated radio related stuff yet.

Cheers, Bob
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PostSubject: OK everyone What goodies did you get?   OK everyone What goodies did you get? Icon_minitimeThu 30 Dec 2010, 10:59 am

I Now have a Portable Hard Drive (Seagate) 320 Gigabytes, so now I can store my radio files. ($49) at WalMart.

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