Hard to believe that a third of this year has expired so quickly. While most ham radio events remain virtual it feels like we may be turning a corner on this virus thing. Between the vaccinations and warmer weather we can move around outdoors with less concern for health and safety and that’s a welcome change. I even met a fellow ham last weekend (both of us fully-vaccinated) in an actual coffee shop!

The last month has been a blur. Busy with a number of projects at home, some pressing AMSAT duties (bylaws amendment) and an out of town project for work chewed up all of April. I’d like to take another week of vacation despite having enjoyed a week off at the end of March, but that doesn’t seem likely. Apparently, it’s going to remain busy right up to the day I retire - and I’m told it gets even busier after that.

a few other things…

Apollo Astronaut Mike Collins died this week at the age of 90. Collins is the guy who remained in the command module orbiting the Moon while Armstrong and Aldrin went for a stroll on its surface. In the news of his passage was mention of an auto-biography aptly titled, Carrying the Fire first published in 1974. I downloaded the Audible version and began listening on my drive home yesterday. That trip was only 4.5 hours so I haven’t finished it, but I’ll finish it over the next few days. Great story, more about it when I get done.

The demolition of Hara Arena is nearly complete. Check this video.

MacDoppler version 2.38 was released as was MacLoggerDX version 6.33.

An updated TQSL configuration file for LoTW was released (config.xml v11.14) on April 22nd that adds the Q65 mode.

Have you taken advantage of the free PDF book download, YASME, The Danny Weil and Colvin Radio Expedition by James D. Cain, K1TN yet? It might not always be available…

Dave Sumner, K1ZZ to Step Down from IARU

At its April 5 meeting via Zoom, the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) nominated past ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, to become the next Secretary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). The incumbent Secretary, David Sumner, K1ZZ, has announced his intention to step down on July 1. ARRL International Affairs Vice President Rod Stafford, W6ROD, explained that ARRL, as IARU Secretariat, has the right and obligation to appoint a successor. Harrison currently serves as IARU Assistant Secretary. The ARRL Board of Directors ratified his nomination on April 16.