Some never learn

While doing some video editing this morning, I pressed the power switch on my Yaesu FTDX5000MP. It powered on to the last frequency I had it tuned to. I haven’t had it on in several weeks. 1.928mHz was apparently the last frequency I was on.

And what was the very first thing I heard? WA4OPO Terry Isenhour of Lincolnton, NC once again spewing his racist hate speech over amateur radio as before. However now he is using the term “Africans”, instead of his favorite racial slur.

There is no place for hate speech on amateur radio. None. Not sure how this unacceptable behavior can be dealt with, but I’m going to make a few calls and find out. This MUST STOP.

That time of the year again.

Going through my motorcycle camping gear for the 2021 season. Hopefully many of the State Parks along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Skyland Drive will once again be open this year. Last year was a disaster thanks the the COVID political virus scare.

Keeping the same load-out as before.
Marmot Tungsten tent and my trusty Big Agnes Sleeping System. This gear has performed above and beyond the call of duty for several years, and is in excellent condition.

Hints for becoming a better amateur radio operator. *

Your 20 years of experience on the CB means nothing to me.

You have a “name”, not a “personal, first personal, second personal, or any other personal”.

When you are monitoring radio transmissions, you are not “on the by, reading the mail, in the weeds, or on the side”.

The use of any “10 Code”, including 10-4, What’s your 20, etc. will immediately tell me all I need to know.

When you want to say hello to me, just say “Hello”. Please don’t “Wave a hand”.

It makes absolutely no sense to give your call sign, then add ‘for ID”. For what other reason than “ID” do you announce your call sign?

If I give you a nice signal report, don’t send me “flowers”, just say “thanks”. However you can send me CASH. My address is good on QRZ!

When we complete our QSO, I will say “73”. You’ll notice I won’t say “73’s” or Seventy Thirds, or some other such nonsense.

If you come across me while in a QSO, and you want to join in….identify with your Call Sign. If you yell “Contact”, I will not answer you. However I may ask you which runway you prefer.

If you are increasing the RF output of your transmitter, you are not using a “LINEAR”. You are using an RF AMPLIFIER, which may or may not be “LINEAR”,
depending on how poorly it is designed, or how hard you are driving it.

Don’t give me any crap if I don’t ID exactly each 10 minutes on the hour during a QSO. Go back and read Part 97 carefully.

There is a reason the owners manual is usually the first item you see in the box for your new radio. Read it before getting on air, and making a fool of yourself.

Above all others, before heading out to a hamfest, bathe thoroughly and use a quality deodorant.

73, and good dx.
WW4DX Hickory, NC

* Found some of these hints on other websites.

Sena 50S. Sucked at first. Now sucks a lot less.

I was an early adopter of rider to rider comms on motorcycles. I saw the benefit of being able to communicate with others while riding, without having to use some goofy assed hand signals. Besides that, having the ability to wirelessly stream GPS directions and music into my helmet, was a huge plus, since the wife and I enjoy longer rides than most.

The Sena 50 was the 5th generation of Sena motorcycle communication device I had purchased. As usual Sena had to experience some rather painful growing pains, until they made some improvements, before finally getting it mostly right. I will say firmware version 1.0.8 did address several of the shortcomings the 50S had (in my configuration) that worked mostly flawlessly with the 20S EVO.

The wife and I (she rides her own) put the Sena 50S devices through some rigorous testing last week. Sue does like the Group Mesh comms where she does not have to manually connect to me. Once I found the sweet spot for the VOX settings, the 50S devices functioned quite acceptable. Perfect? No. However much better than the previous firmware.

The main issue with the 50S was the Audio Multi-Tasking. The 50S had a very difficult time performing this function properly with the Sena SR-10. I spoke with the Sena techs on several occasions concerning this shortcoming, and they did address the issues, making very good progress. As it stands now, the 50S are our go to devices.

New addition to the radio gear

Picked up a like new Alpha 9500 legal limit + HF amplifier. The amp looks and performs like the day it was purchased new. I purchased this from the original owner. The original owner claimed it was used very little, and upon my inspection, I have no reason to doubt his claim. The auto tune feature on this amp is the bomb! After the 3 minute warm-up, tuning can be completed in a matter of seconds. Did some on air testing with a local ham at various power output levels, and zero were noted on his receiver. The plan is too use this amp exclusively with my FTDX101MP for rag-chewing. The OM Power OM2500HF will continue it’s service connected to my FTDX5000MP as a DX’ing/Contesting station.

Absolutely no place for this on amateur radio

Racism and hate speech.

I used to get on 1.928Mhz with some local hams most mornings. However after the numerous hateful racist rants from WA4OPO, I will no-longer be a part of this group, when he is actively operating on 1.928Mhz, or any other frequency as far as that goes. His hatred for other races, other than the Caucasian race is sickening. Hate speech such as this, further reduces the remaining credibility of amateur radio. In my opinion (for what it’s worth), this hateful, racist speech from WA4OPO will tarnish the reputation of the others who operate there.