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Articles by WØSJS

Over the years I have had occasion to write some articles that have appeared in different newsletters and on the ARRL website and in QST magazine. Below are a few of my favorites in PDF format. Note, some older articles are no long available on-line.

"Talking Across Time" - this article appeared in the OMIK Communicator in 2010 and in an issue of the MVDX/CC newsletter. It is a remembrance of a friend now long gone yet connected via a QSL card.

"A Clock's Tick Away" - this article appeared in the OMIK Communicator in 2010 and in an issue of the MVDX/CC newsletter. It was submitted for consideration to QST but rejected as not being relevant. It chronicles the efforts of a friend of mine and his antenna problems with his subdivision and the court case that eventually ended the matter.

"Hey Elmer - Is Ham Radio Really For Me?" - Occasionally I have been asked by some what I see in Amateur Radio that makes it such a wonderful hobby. This often comes from newly licensed Hams or those who are seriously thinking about getting licensed - often in the form of a "Elmering" question.

ARRL Web Article (now available via BD3RJ's Blog on China Amateur Radio): "Straight Key Night 2007 - Memories in the Making"

"Fire and Ice -- SKYWARN Recognition Day 2006 in Missouri", published in QST magazine in the May 2007 issue.

The Code

Communication is one of the most important facets that link people together .. not only on a day to day basis but also through time via the words and ideas that are passed down through the memories of others and the written and spoken word. Effective communication creates images that bind our thoughts and ideas one with another and connects us through a shared consciousness. When communication is poorly done or lacking in effectiveness we often find that our minds begin to fill in the missing or unintelligible parts with whatever we can find. This often leads to false conclusions and misrepresentations of the actual reality. Communication, therefore, is essential for our understanding of the world and our place within it.

I am a communicator and over the years I have found that one of the most enjoyable forms of pleasure communications is The Code .. Morse Code that is. To me it is both enjoyable to hear as well as to create. It is organized and clear and allows one to effectively communicate not only in good conditions but also at times when reliable communication of other forms may be poor or completely lacking. The Code is also a great leveler .. it removes so much of the things that often create distance between people and facilitates a common field upon which people with small and great differences can find commonalities and form friendships. Things like age and gender differences, ethnic or nationality differences, colloquial speech and idioms that sometimes confuse, as well as simply the way one looks or carries themselves. All of these can separate us for reasons that are not valid .. The Code removes these as it creates an atmosphere of "pure communications". A time where what we say is the only thing that is being concentrated on by the listener(s) - and, because of this, allows us to find parts of ourselves within others.

If you are a "communicator" and have not tried Morse Code (CW), please consider it. The pleasure it holds more than outweighs the effort required to learn. Here is a good source for beginning.

I will be listening for you on the air and hope that someday we can communicate using The Code.

- Steve, WØSJS

The Amateur's Code

The Radio Amateur is

CONSIDERATE … never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL … offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE … with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.

FRIENDLY … slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED … radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC … station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

--The original Amateur's Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928.