I dug this up early this morning, an NBC affiliate in the Quad Cities profiled a ham last week from Moline IL. Fran Riley of WWQC-TV6 in Davenport, Iowa spent some time with James Mayfield W9WRL and put together this story, which is one of the best news stories I’ve seen about ham radio in a long time (with the distinctive exception of this piece which is one of my favorites). Mr. Riley obviously took his time in learning about the hobby and really put together a story that made all of ham radio look good. The video features a lot of vintage gear, including the radio set that Paul TibbetsK4KVZ (SK) used on the Enola Gay when it bombed Hiroshima.
I randomly ran into this today and I thought it interesting enough to invoke a post. When I first saw it, my mind was flooded with childhood memories of all of the building toys I have ever played with (Legos, Lincoln Logs, TinkerToys….). The folks over at Free Art and Technology have published .STL files of building set adapters that you can print out on your 3D printer. That’s right, attach Legos to your Lincoln Logs. Connect TinkerToys to your Bristle Blocks (Remember those? My dad does. Specifically he remembers stepping on Bristle Blocks that I left on the floor in a dark room). This set of adapters is designed to adapt between ten (count ’em-10!) different styles of building sets, a few I haven’t even heard of, and a couple I couldn’t even find on Wikipedia (links in the list):
A childhood Maker’s dream come true! Connect all of your building toys together!
* Zoob and ZomeTool related files will be published in 2016 and 2022, respectively, to avoid patent infringement issues. However, I’m certain that someone will fill in the gap and make their own instead of waiting….
I suppose the only glaring omission in the above list could be 80/20. Wouldn’t an 80/20 to Lego adapter be wonderful?
“We promote public service as back-ups to the police department and communication support for the Community Emergency Response Team,” which is a national organization under the Department of Homeland Security, said James Knighton, president of Amateur Radio Euless. “CERTS can do basic first aid, assess situations to tell the city’s responders where and whether help is needed.”
Some club members are also Skywarn storm spotters with the Tarrant County branch of Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES), among hundreds of North Texas operators trained by the National Weather Service, Knighton said.
“We have eight or 10 members in RACES,” Knightson said. “We’re called up by the county during bad weather. But we’re storm spotters, not chasers. We looking for wind speeds above 50 mph, water coming up over curbs, and hail bigger than three-quarter inch.”
Euless Police Lt. Joe Kraft recognized how vital amateur radio operators can be in crises, so when he became the department’s emergency management coordinator, he sought out and joined Amateur Radio Euless.