AMSAT’s 36th annual Space Symposium got underway today in Huntsville, Alabama. I last attended in 1995 when the event took place in Orlando where we were able to see Phase 3D at its integration center.

The new ARRL Contests landing page is live.

I just finished the book The Brasspounder by D.G. Sanders who worked 50 years for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a telegrapher and block operator. It was recommended by someone on a radio mailing list recently so I snagged the Kindle edition for a couple of bucks.

The author begins the book this way:

“This is the story of how it used to be in the romantic days of railroading, when the entire force, from the policymaker at the top to the track laborer at the bottom, took pride in a railroad’s service, its efficiency, its safety, and its personal appearance … and ‘on time’ was a religion.”

I like railroads and I like the telegraph. There’s a lot more of the former in this story but I still enjoyed every bit of it. You will too.