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Newtonian last won the day on April 13 2017

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About Newtonian

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  • Birthday 06/15/1954

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    Sussex County
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    Chess, bridge, amateur radio, coins, thinking up weird stuff and shooting.
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    The Gallows

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  1. Newtonian

    Ham radio

    Hey W2MC. That's the exact antenna I use, but I believe the brand is Par. It does not need a tuner on 40 or 20, and it tunes on ALL OTHER BANDS with the little qrp tuner I use. I'm off to either Kitatinny or Swartzwood in about half an hour. I should have a spot listed on the site in about an hour. Look for KD2HPQ on the list!
  2. Newtonian

    Ham radio

    I'm not sure if this is being posted in the Ham Radio thread but here goes. I did my first Parks-on-the-Air (POTA) outing on Sunday morning. It's a shame I only just discovered this. Working with just 10W and an end fed antenna in Swartzwood State Park, approximately 30 stations answered my CQ in about 90 minutes. Let that sink in. My entire ham career (since 2014) I don't think more than 10 stations COMBINED have answered my cq, whether at 100w or 10w, SSB or CW (I operate mostly 5-10 w). I got 25+ calls in less than 2 hours!! If you're a ham who has lost interest you should definitely try POTA. I'd be happy to show you how I do it, or meet up in one of the designated POTA parks.
  3. Despite what you read in the right-wing "sky is falling" websites, the 2A has done very very well over the past 30+ years. In the late 1980s only a handful of states allowed concealed carry and only a couple had constitutional carry. Today it's 40+ and 20+. (digression: I consider constitutional carry to be the gold standard for gun rights, with shall-issue a close second. To me these are more important than mag caps or what type of gun you can own). Given how our rights in every other respect have been pummeled, that's a very positive thing. A positive ruling would end NJ's ridiculous ban on CC. I wonder though how far our shithole state (btw, has anyone been to Bridgeton?) will go to cling to its current status as the absolute worst state in the union for gun owners. They could, for example, introduce ridiculously high fees or crazy training requirements which will take many additional years of legal challenges to overcome, if that may be done at all short of another SCOTUS case. A "NYET" (a tribute to Mother Russia) could have very far reaching consequences, however. I'm afraid if SCOTUS re-defines the 2nd Amendment (perhaps in the image and likeness of the 2-3 "conservatives" on the court who are not very trustworthy) we could see a YUGE reversal in the progress that's been made. Especially as the legislatures and other state-level offices are infiltrated and conquered by the woke motherfuckers who are taking over every aspect of society. That trend is unstoppable, btw. We can "win" in November, but remember the Republican Party is only a couple of years behind the democrats on nearly every issue. You could see that with how they rolled over and played dead on the M-F vaccine mandates. The Republican Party is not your friend. They are better, much better, in a "lesser of two evils" kind of way but mark my words, in a few years they'll be marching in chaps at Tranny Pride next to Chuck and Nancy. The issues then will be whether there are 37 genders or only 35, and whether abortion will be permitted up to 9 months after birth.
  4. Newtonian

    Ham radio

    I have been using LCWO for about a year. It's a great service but has its limitations. Because LCWO is keyboard based I pretty much need to have the keyboard for any kind of speed (see my post on my "three speeds."). CW ops use a lot of abbreviations, which LCWO doesn't seem to cover. Abbreviations are a huge obstacle, as great to me as the letters themselves. One school of thought says to learn to hear the words in your head. So I've practiced the "500 most common English words" and I can copy those at 15-20 wpm, but the problem is CW QSOs use abbreviations, and the ARRL tests use an ungodly number of acronyms, numbers, and technical jargon (J10QrS or some such) which are not words. LCWO's plain text mode uses very familiar expressions so it's pretty much useless ("A stitch in time saves nine"). I also joined the Long Island CW club but I have never been able to figure out how to use that service. Unfortunately, like everything in this hobby "cw education" is haphazard. We pretty much must find our own way. Sink or swim.
  5. Newtonian

    Ham radio

    F u Cn rd ths U cn gt a GD jb
  6. Newtonian

    Ham radio

    I agree but it's very hard to learn morse without real practice, which is why I posted on this topic. I have three copy speeds: 20-25 wpm if the words are spaced, 13-15 wpm with a keyboard, and 7-8 wpm in my head. How do I lose the crutch of having the keyboard? It's like, when I hear "dih dih dah" I first think "middle finger on my left hand" and about 100 msecs later I think "d". I'm working on my extra as well. Any suggestions for actually LEARNING the material vs. memorizing the answers? Haha DIH DIH DAH = D indeed. I meant "index finger right hand, up" and then "u"
  7. Newtonian

    Ham radio

    Is anyone here learning or just learned morse code? I have started making CW QSOs and it's a blast. If anybody would like to practice on the air let me know. Angelo KD2HPQ
  8. Is this very recent then? My brother waited from October to, I think, February. He also has to go through the state police. I think my wife's friend does as well. Somebody musta given this system a YUGE enema because it appears to be unstoppered. Something is fishy (maybe). I recently dealt with two other agencies in Trenton, for an estate and for citizenship. The estate transaction took about 3 months for two forms to go back and forth, and we were told the other issue would take ONE to TWO YEARS. The reason, of course is DA VARRIS.
  9. My wife and her friend recently got their FPID cards and purchase permits around TWO WEEKS after getting fingerprinted. This is a record for Newton, for us. Is this the new normal for NJ? My brother lives in S. Jersey, claims it took 4 months last time he tried to buy a handgun.
  10. You mean like on purpose to f**k things up?
  11. Thanks Nick. This is a very nice upgrade, most unexpected. Somebody in Trenton must have caught The Plague and lost their sense of smell to allow this outrage.
  12. Just got notice that the Flatbrook WMA has been upgraded, "up to 30 caliber." I'm assuming this does not include handguns (I don't remember if they allowed rimfire handguns), correct? Also, a Mosin is sort of 30 caliber. Yes? How about an SKS (7.62x39)?
  13. Newtonian

    Ham radio

    Oh baby that's nice. What kind of coverage does it give you in terms of bands?
  14. Newtonian

    Ham radio

    I hope and pray you do not have to convince anybody lacking a Y chromosome that you need to put that thing up. My wife gets anxiety attacks when I show her pictures of antennas.
  15. Newtonian

    Ham radio

    Is anyone planning anything for Field Day this year? The NJ clubs are limited to at-home operating. I'm thinking of going up to Stokes or High Point. Anyone is welcome to join me but be forwarned: I will NOT be social distancing or wearing a mask. I'd also be interested in joining a club that is holding a normal FD without the infection fetish. I hung out with some hams at the Matamoras gun range a few years back, I think it was FD 2016, and it was enjoyable.
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