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Newtonian last won the day on April 13 2017

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    Chess, bridge, amateur radio, coins, thinking up weird stuff and shooting.
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  1. Newtonian

    Ham radio

    I don't know if the news story is accurate or not. It's hard to tell these days. I do know a thing or two about amateur radio though. The nonsense about people dying because of this decision is ridiculous. I was once driving home from the Middletown hamfest when my serpentine belt blew. For shits and grins I tried calling SOS on the simplex frequencies, as well as the 3 repeaters I was able to hit from my location on Rte 84. I called and called and called. After about 40 minutes I pulled out my cell phone and a tow truck arrived within 10 minutes. In case of a true emergency serious enough to knock out cell phone towers, the repeaters will almost certainly be down as well. One of two things might be at the bottom of this. 1) some lawyer for the state convinced someone that maintaining the repeaters involved some sort of liability risk. Hams tend to be old and fat. One of them falls or has a heart attack climbing a tower and he'll own the damn forest. Or 2) the state does not approve of communication that they can't control, monitor automatically, that doesn't require a trillion-dollar infrastructure.
  2. Blah blah blah blah never gonna happen never gonna happen blah blah blah never going to happen wait till next f-ing year never going to happen other case blah blah blah blah blah waiting to see if NY vs. whatever blah blah blah BS BS BS same old crap never going to happen grant cert not grant cert liberal vs. conservative NJ NJ NJ Governor Murphy has big ugly teeth and whatever you do don't hold your breath NRA, ANJRPC go F yourselves worthless take our money blah blah blah Supreme Court HMMMM Justice Roberts HMMMMM Justice Grabtitty HMMMMM can't wait until next year Blah blah blah blah never gonna happen never gonna happen blah blah blah never going to happen wait till next f-ing year never going to happen other case blah blah blah blah blah waiting to see if NY vs. whatever blah blah blah BS BS BS same old crap never going to happen grant cert not grant cert liberal vs. conservative NJ NJ NJ Governor Murphy has big ugly teeth and whatever you do don't hold your breath NRA, ANJRPC go F yourselves worthless take our money blah blah blah Supreme Court HMMMM Justice Roberts HMMMMM Justice Grabtitty HMMMMM can't wait until next year Blah blah blah blah never gonna happen never gonna happen blah blah blah never going to happen wait till next f-ing year never going to happen other case blah blah blah blah blah waiting to see if NY vs. whatever blah blah blah BS BS BS same old crap never going to happen grant cert not grant cert liberal vs. conservative NJ NJ NJ Governor Murphy has big ugly teeth and whatever you do don't hold your breath NRA, ANJRPC go F yourselves worthless take our money blah blah blah Supreme Court HMMMM Justice Roberts HMMMMM Justice Grabtitty HMMMMM can't wait until next year Blah blah blah blah never gonna happen never gonna happen blah blah blah never going to happen wait till next f-ing year never going to happen other case blah blah blah blah blah waiting to see if NY vs. whatever blah blah blah BS BS BS same old crap never going to happen grant cert not grant cert liberal vs. conservative NJ NJ NJ Governor Murphy has big ugly teeth and whatever you do don't hold your breath NRA, ANJRPC go F yourselves worthless take our money blah blah blah Supreme Court HMMMM Justice Roberts HMMMMM Justice Grabtitty HMMMMM can't wait until next year Blah blah blah blah never gonna happen never gonna happen blah blah blah never going to happen wait till next f-ing year never going to happen other case blah blah blah blah blah waiting to see if NY vs. whatever blah blah blah BS BS BS same old crap never going to happen grant cert not grant cert liberal vs. conservative NJ NJ NJ Governor Murphy has big ugly teeth and whatever you do don't hold your breath NRA, ANJRPC go F yourselves worthless take our money blah blah blah Supreme Court HMMMM Justice Roberts HMMMMM Justice Grabtitty HMMMMM can't wait until next year
  3. Newtonian

    Ham radio

    Yup, you can use it for target practice a week after SHTF, when every creature larger than a cockroach within a 50 mile radius of where you live has been harvested.
  4. Newtonian

    Ham radio

    I posted a very long, detailed response that somehow didn't appear. You're 100% correct. Several times I've come within a hair of selling all my ham crap. I belong to two clubs local to me. Both suck, to be frank. They have three events per year (winter field day, field day, and their hamfest) and that's about it. The meetings are held for the sake of having meetings, as far as I can see. But they're run according to Robert's Rules of Order so you can go to your final reward knowing that they may not accomplish anything, but they do so in a most official manner. There's close to zero standardization in ham equipment, and the technology they brag about -- that we pay multiples for, like touch screens and bluetooth -- is 30 years old and has a fraction of the functionality you'd find on a $15 tablet. I've also found a disturbingly large number of hams who are dishonest crooks, who sell used equipment that they claim "works as it should" but is too often D.O.A. Forget the "Elmer" factor. If I hear that word one more time from some old geezer I'm going to puke. Elmer is ham dingy-dong-doo-lingo for mentor. Yes there are a few, who virtue-signal ever fart they let out to advance the hobby, but even they are few and far between. The clubs and ARRL do NOTHING to retain members, to explain the many complexities of this hobby. ZERO. I'd guess that the conversion from glorified CB (repeater rats) to HF operators is no better than 50%. And you're also right about uhf/vhf FM. DEAD AS A DODO. My serpentine belt burst on Rte 84 three years ago, on my way home from the Middletown hamfest, ironically enough. For shits and grins I called on 146.520 and the three repeaters I could hit from my location. I called and called for 30 minutes, and NOBODY responded. So I whipped out my cell phone and a truck was there in 15 minutes. The "public service" hams brag about is similarly B.S. More virtue-signaling. They put on irredescent belts and stand out in the rain fantasizing about end-of-world scenarios, when all they're really doing is counting heads at an Under-13 Girls 5k Run for Papilloma Virus Awareness. All that being said, I'm still a ham because of the enjoyment ****I**** get out of the hobby. I can still talk to people in Latvia on 5 watts without trillion dollar infrastructure, and that's cool. You're obviously more experienced in radio than me, and know 10x as much. However, if you'd like to talk POSITIVES about our hobby let me know. I might inspire you -- and sell you one of the many radios I never needed but bought anyway. adp
  5. If anyone who knows anything about me ever wonders why I no longer post in this sewer of imbecilic incivility, look no further than this post. Next time I know something (like Pennsylvania about to make your N.H. and Utah nonresident permits worthless), or think of something that might help, I'll be sure to keep it to myself.
  6. I am responding to the lawyer's comments only as a (possible) public service to my friends here. I have no interest in debating this or responding to anything that follows. NY gun owners allegedly possessed around 1 million banned rifles when the "SAFE" Act passed. I read that fewer than 50,000, five percent, complied with the assault rifle ban. I've also not heard of any door-to-door raids to seize the banned rifles or prosecute their owners. If history is our guide then there is zero chance that my legal status as of 12:01 am tomorrow morning will be of any consequence. I say "history" as if everything we read, even from our side, is true. It isn't. That doesn't mean that the individual now occupying the state's highest office will not think of some creative way to enforce his new fake law, perhaps by making examples of a few individuals. The IRS does this every year around the beginning of April. Ask Willie Nelson, Leona Helmsley, and Martha Stewart (who was not even convicted of tax evasion but of lying to someone whose entire existence is based on lies). I define risk as the product of the likelihood of something happening and the worst consequences thereof. I'm reasonably sure someone who looks an awful lot like a gopher on an extended bender, surrounded by storm troopers, will not be visiting me any time soon. I'm not so sure, however, that a governmental apparatus that knows the make and model of every gun I own (and probably every round of ammo I've ever purchased) will not try its darndest to make life miserable for me. Three to ten years in jail for me is a non-starter. At my age, and in my current mood, I will not go, because a conviction, one way or another, is the end for me of everything I value on this earth. I do not want to be one of the lucky bastards set up as an example. Think about this, your life, your family, before you post anything stupid in this forum or make any decisions about yourself and guns.
  7. The latest issue of the ANJRPC bulletin included an article on NRA's efforts to get out the vote for this year's gubernatorial election. They have three grassroots field reps, including the author of the article. If you can tear yourselves away from polishing your blue guns for a few hours this fall I suggest sending NRA-ILA NJ Grassroots coordinator Christian Ragosta an email and volunteering. Christian's email address is cragosta@nrahq.org.
  8. I've only taken it out twice. It's a great gun -- very accurate, almost no recoil -- but IMO a bit over-built. (Note I am not an expert on guns). Plus the week after I bought it the manufacturer had a sale In retrospect I should have waited for a more retro-style with a milled receiver and a wood stock, which is more my style as an SKS enthusiast. I've seen tons of ads for AK-style rifles lately. It's a buyer's market. Ask around the forums for testimonials.
  9. I don't pretend to understand what goes on in Congress. I do know there's a reason it hasn't come up yet for a vote. Does my point...fail because the premise was wrong? Do you think a congressman in Nebraska believes that his constituents traveling to Camden is a big issue? Or that he gives a crap that the only way I can carry is by getting an out of state permit? What is your explanation for no vote?
  10. Put yourselves in the Republicans' shoes for a moment. 94% come from states that grant carry permits in one form or another. 86% are from "shall issue" states. They don't get elected by us or Marylanders or Hawaiians, but by their constituents. Reciprocity won't help their voters nearly as much as it will help us. This is one bill on their agenda.
  11. I see no difference between these two types of scumbag. Anyone who breaks into someone's house while the resident is home deserves to be shot, for the simple reason that whether they are armed or not, a teen or a career criminal, they know they often must harm whoever is home to get away with their crap. A part of me rejoices, therefore, when I read about such shootings, and my heart sinks when I hear the perp survived. That is not the point of this discussion, however. I don't know your personal history, if you did 7 tours in Afghanistan or just watch a lot of Charles Bronson movies. I do know that stronger men than you, fighting for causes as noble as your dream scenario of shooting a burglar, have been deeply affected by having to kill other members of the Homo sapiens tribe. The mods for this forum are good, fair-minded guys. They've let me slide a few times for using dicey language outside of the 1A Lounge. But they (and all of us) should take note that comments like yours reflect much worse on our gun culture than any 4 letter word, any slur of gays or blacks, any disparaging reference to a particular scumbag who happens to have been a NJ U.S. Senator.
  12. It's a miracle Trump has accomplished anything given the unprecedented level of shit he's taking. I give him a B+. The last president IMO with that high a rating was Eisenhower. His speech in Warsaw was, even with the military crap, the best speech by a US president in many decades. He has a set of brass ones that will not bust. I'm proud of him. Conservatives are against reciprocity because of federalism, which is a cute little charade. The natural or God-given right to self defense is codified in the 2nd Amendment, a Federal document. So IMO the feds have every right to intercede when regulation, which I believe in (but less and less when it comes to 2A), becomes persecution, confiscation, and outright denial. I see the upcoming election as another opportunity to recruit 1 million voters going to waste. Where is the NRA on this? You guys give them money every year to take credit for stuff they didn't do in other states. While you're writing your discounted lifetime membership check do you ask what they've done for us besides sanction training that you can't use or could otherwise get without their blessing? Minus the signet ring and faux enameled eagle-encrusted knife of course.
  13. So you don't think that killing someone will stir up at least as much in you as the last time you tossed and turned over...whatever, someone denting your car perhaps?
  14. You think you're confused? I mixed your post up with Ray Ray's. BTW Ray, I love your necklace.
  15. Comfort level is EVERYTHING in this hobby. H-Ex, what would you tell someone taking up rock climbing who decided to exercise the greatest caution possible? Do free climbing or give up the hobby? How about a cyclist who insists on wearing protective gear like a helmet, elbow and knee guards? I personally will not be turning in any 15 round mags regardless of what the law is, but that's me.
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