Well I passed the 3rd element exam on Saturday. I now officially have a general class amateur radio license. Just call me KC1BGR/AG “General Booger”. I am slowly setting up my radio equipment. There is still too much snow to get up on the roof to put up an antenna, and the ground is still frozen, so I can’t put up the HF antenna. For now it’s the 2 meter J Pole across the table. Maybe I can find a beam to tie the antenna to until the weather is better. If I leave it on the table, I fear demon kitty is going to be cooked medium rare as he likes to leap on and chew the antenna randomly while I am using the radio.
In true zombie apocalypse style, my radio is mounted in a “go kit” a small compact mini rack case made by Iportable (www.iportable.com) The case is light and rugged, but too small to hold a battery or accessories. I am leaning toward building a second case to hold my meters, rigrunner, and batteries. When the apocalypse comes, I’ll be ready to bug out. A go kit in each hand, my survival pack, and demon kitty across my back.
Where did I leave my iodine tablets…
At my day job, I am frequently in conferences, training, or screen sharing sessions with customers using web conferencing services. Sometimes they work, other times not so much. The other day I had some free time so I was surfing the different services comparing features. On Cisco’s Webex site I noticed they offered a free subscription. You can have up to three connections per session. Glancing to the side bar I saw they also had apple and android apps. That was all the inner geek needed to see. Next thing I knew, I was holding a web meeting from my laptop. My muse the fairy, was connected to the meeting from my ipad, and the inner geek was connected through my cell phone. We had a very productive meeting and even streamed some video entertainment. Webex performed flawlessly on all three devices, and we even decided on what to have for dinner.
Technology has come so far, who would have thought a mere 10 years ago, that one could hold meetings with the voices in their mind so easily. By the end of our first web meeting, the inner geek was satisfied, and technology triumphed. Now, anytime I have a problem to solve, I simple send out a meeting request and hash it out. My wife claims I have way too much free time. She doesn’t understand, that there can never be enough time to keep up with the technology.