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Engineer's Log of Mark W. Persons
SBE HAMnet Chapter of the Air

Sunday, February 15, 2014:  WMH here, checking into the Society of Broadcast Engineers' HAMnet Chapter of the air
This is a monthly meeting on 14.205 MHz sideband with Hal Hostetler WA7BGX in Tucson, AZ, serving as net control.
It is a good way to communicate with SBE members when I can't drive it to meetings in the Twin Cities 120 miles away.
I make about half of the on-air meetings using 400 watts into an inverted-V antenna at 65 feet.
The net meets on the second Sunday every month starting at 0000 GMT, which is 6 PM Central Standard Time or 7 PM Central Daylight Time. 

News flash!  I made contact with retired radio talk show host Art Bell W6OBB in Pahrump, Nevada, on March 25, 2014, at 9 PM.  Art was on 14.2535 MHz upper sideband and I just happened across his signal, hearing just "OBB."  That sparked my interest and sure enough, it was Art.  I called with just 400 watts into an inverted-V antenna at 65 feet and he answered on my first transmission.  Art was using his huge loop antenna.  The signal both ways was S9+30 dB and the conversation lasted more than five minutes.  By then other hams wanted to talk to him too. 

For years I heard Art Bell on the Coast to Coast AM nationwide and international overnight radio talk show.  His subjects varied from the paranormal to UFOs.  Most of the show was of little interest to me except for when he interviewed astronauts and scientists.  What kept me listening was Art's style.  He is an entertainer and even more fun to talk to on amateur radio.  Thanks, Art, for that moment in time.

The stories go on and on.  Stop in again sometime.  I'll leave the soldering iron on for you. 
Mark W. Persons

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