CQ, CQ, CQ…Hopewell?

Tonight, for the first time in months, I got on the ham radio, calling CQ on the 40-meter band. My second contact was “Bob.” In a flash, my buddy Milton´╗┐ (sitting with me) looked up Bob’s call sign on his computer, and started laughing hysterically....

When All Else Fails…

Last Friday, we had a wind gust sweep through Hampton Roads and with that one lone gust of 65+ mph winds, we lost power here at the Ringer Ranch (as did 307,000 other households in Hampton Roads). Next, I picked up my cell phone to call my daughter Crystal....

It’s Official: I’m Now A Ham!

In the mid-1980s, I saw the movie Testament, starring Jane Alexander and William Devane. The story is set in a fictitious town of Hamlin (near San Francisco), and tells the story of an average American family in a Norman Rockwell town. One moment, the kids are...