LEBoatanchor Group Feb 22 2014

LEBoatanchor Group Feb 22 2014

Lake Erie Boatanchors Group

The Lake Erie Boatanchor group is a bunch of ham radio enthusiasts that have a huge appreciation for old ham radio equipment. There is no organization and no membership.

The meetings that we have are NOT hamfests! I wish to emphasize that. The meeting is a place to see friends and bring any old ham radio equipment that you wish to see passed on for use by someone else. All equipment exchanged at our meetings is done without regard to what the equipment may be worth on an internet auction site. We simply expect that you will personally use any equipment that you acquire at our meetings. Reselling any of this equipment and profiting from our generosity is strongly frowned upon and asking Ebay prices for equipment that you bring will not be welcomed.

-- L E B Group

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Who Got the Oscar - Gary KG8LB

Sometimes you simply don't get any idea who you are really talking to on the radio. I guess it's the one real failing of ham radio. You sit behind a speaker and a microphone and exchange pleasantries, sometimes, but who that guy on the other end is, is mostly a mystery.

Even when you get together, the talents of the guy across the room is rarely known. You chomp on a donut and a good cup of coffee and then you walk by something that catches your attention. This caught mine! I have heard Gary KG8LB on the radio and every once in a while he talks about making something and it's interesting but I never had an inkling until February 23rd.

This is a microphone that Gary had sitting on his table. He built it himself .. every bit of it. Microphone design is interesting because all of the technology has been done but there are many things that makes a microphone sound how it sounds. The size of the chamber that holds the element or the vents into the chamber, all change what it sounds like. Then there's how it looks and feels.

The Oscar for Workmanship has gone this year to Gary KG8LB for this microphone. I have seen old salt shakers fitted with an electret elements and galvanized water pipe with an element glued into the end. I've even seen Heil microphones but this takes the cake!

Gary, it's beautiful, a real nice piece of work!

So you guys that didn't make it to the boatanchors meeting, click on each of the pictures and get a good look at one of the things that you missed.

--Larry W8ER