Albin Eilir

a time for eggs, bunnies, and 7MHz

The name for the festival of the Spring Equinox in Druidry is Alban Eilir, which means ‘The Light of the Earth’. One of the inner mysteries of Druidry is the Druid’s egg. Life-giving, it is the egg protected by the hare, which is the symbol of Alban Eilir – still celebrated by the giving of Easter eggs by the Easter bunny.

It’s another ancient celebration hijacked by Christianity, and one that doubtless has caused many of that persuasion to scratch their heads in wonder at the bizarre connection between a resurrection and a rabbit handing out colored eggs…

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I spent much of my holiday weekend celebrating the ionosphere by romancing the aether – while avoiding watching, hearing or reading any news. Had the world ended this weekend, I would have found out about it in real time, 3D, high definition, living color. It was wonderfully refreshing to unplug from the deadstream and jack into the radio frequency spectrum.

Forty meters remains my favorite oasis despite best efforts to make 80 meters home. It hasn’t yet stopped amazing me that I can easily work stations within 500 miles, and then run across other stations thousands of miles distant on the same band — at the same time of day.

The multiple paths taken by radio signals on 7MHz could be a science unto itself.

I spent a few hours Saturday afternoon watching a livestream from the MicroHAMS 2016 Digital Conference taking place in the Seattle area thanks to heroic efforts of technical prowess by Kenny, KU7M and Dennis, K7DEN (thanks guys!).

I particularly enjoyed the presentation on Ham Radio – Now What? on the future of the hobby presented by Ward Silver, N0AX who reminded us that adoption of new technology by radio amateurs always begins slowly before going completely vertical.

One example used to illustrate his point was Logbook of the World. In the beginning, hams whined and cried and gnashed their teeth about the complexity and difficulty of the process. And then suddenly, as if by magic, everyone “got it” and its adoption has become nearly universal.

It’s a good lesson and one worth remembering.

Hamshield presented by Morgan Redfield, KG7OGM & Casey, KC7IBT introduced us to their Kickstarter backed Arduino project to build a powerful, flexible, VHF/UHF transceiver using open source hardware.

Those were but two of several presentations. I believe the archive of conference videos will eventually be available on the MicroHAMS Web site if you missed the live event.

Day and night won’t be exactly equal today, and you can’t balance an egg on its end. But for those of us in the northern hemisphere, today marks the beginning of Spring and as the Sun grows warmer, so life begins to show through the soil — it’s time for planting and renewal.

A time for eggs, bunnies, and 7MHz.

Happy Spring!

Author: Jeff Davis