Montgomery Hamfest

On Saturday 11 November 2020, The Montgomery Amateur Radio Club proudly will hold its annual Hamfest!  It is also the ARRL Alabama State Convention!

While I may not be in attendance let them know that K1RET sent you.  Please remember to practice social distancing and have a great time.  I hope to make it next year!

Click to access hamfest-flier-rev-nov.pdf

Amateur Radio Awards

One of the activities that I’ve been able to enjoy since doing some minor updates to my shack is hunting Parks on the Air (the updates are a Heil Pro 7.0 headset in blue with a foot switch).  I received two awards so far.  The first one is for operating during the first week of 2020, and the second award is for hunting 10 parks (Please click and view the pretty certificates).

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Just a minor update

Greetings one and all.  Again I must apologize for my lack of updating here.  I’m still having some struggles with my health and the doctors are trying to address it, but with this seemingly endless pandemic it seems like I’m getting no where fast.  I am surprised I logged into write this update and WordPress notified me that today is the sixth anniversary of my blog. Six years here at Padre’s Study…where has the time gone?

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Health Update

I absolutely love my new PCP and neurologist!

My PCP is retired Navy and actually listens. Doc is slowly trying to undo something’s and investigate others. He really understands the pain I’m in and is trying to get it manageable.

My neurologist is great, I meet him today. He increased my Keppra and changed my migraine medication. He believes I’m having seizures because I’m actually having mini strokes. I have an EEG on Friday.

Please Excuse My Absence

I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long. I’ve been dealing with fibro flares and general ill-health of late. I’ve neglected this blog as well as my other hobby (amateur radio).  At the first of the year, I switch health care insurance and now I have a new primary care physician, my first appointment with him this Wednesday (the 12th), he is a D.O. (Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are fully licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine. Emphasizing a whole-person approach to treatment and care, DOs are trained to listen and partner with their patients to help them get healthy and stay well.)  and not an M.D.; I feel I have better luck seeing DOs.  I have a whole list of things to address with him: my pain levels, not sleeping, more migraines than usual and anxiety et all.

I’m hoping to have things on the mend by the start of Lent so I can write our daily Lenten Devotions that so many of you enjoy, just a reminder that Lent begins February 26th.

The Freewheeler’s Net

The other evening I was spinning the dial on 80M looking to make some contacts. I came across a friendly chat going on…the frequency 3.916MHz.  I threw out my call sign as a first-time check-in for the Freewheelers net that was going on, Ethan was the net control that evening; I was welcomed with warmth, open ears and arms.

I applied for membership, just waiting on my membership certificate! Besides my old club up in Maine, and the great folks at MARC these operators were so friendly and welcoming they made me feel at home. Last night I took part (at the tail end of) The Saturday Night Free For All. I was welcomed by Pete (KE5GGY) and a few other fine folks; I had a great time rag chewing with the group until it was bedtime.

Taken from the 3.916 website:
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The 14th Annual Santa Net

For the 14th consecutive year, The 3916 Nets will be presenting The Santa Net on 3.916 MHz. Good girls and boys can talk to Santa Claus, via amateur radio, nightly at 7:15 PM (Central) starting Friday, November 29, 2019. The Santa Net will run nightly at 7:15 PM Central through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.
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Planned Improvements

My Ham Shack is in my home office. Here is what my Shack looks like currently.

My current base rig I have is the Yaesu FT-991A, it operates on VHF/UHF as well as the HF frequencies, the desk mic is the MD-100.  My equipment sits on a simple wooden desk that has four drawers for storage.

I’m looking for recommendations on desks that will accommodate current equipment and any new equipment that will be added. In the next few months I will be adding an Icom ID-5100A Deluxe, a second power supply, Heil Pro Headset and foot switch. Come 2021 I will be adding an Icom IC-9700 and moving the Yaesu FT-991A to my Emergency Comm Equipment.

Any suggestions or ideas will be welcome.

Who Will Take The Son?

Who Will Take the Son?
Rt. Rev. Edward L. Tatro, Jr., D.Div.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Let us read in 1 John 3:16 (CSB): This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

My Brothers and Sisters I would like to tell you a little story; a story about a man and his father. Some of you may have read this already since it is going around on the internet, but it is worth hearing again.
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