"This Week in Amateur Radio" will celebrate
its Fifth Anniversary of providing the latest amateur radio news, information,
and features via satellite and the World Wide Web with a Special Event
Station. Under new FCC rules, producers, staff members and affiliates will
be given the opportunity to operate all bands and modes using the special
event call sign W2T, which has been assigned for our use from 0000 hours
EST Saturday, February 28, 1998 through 2400 hours EST Saturday, March
A special QSL card will be offered to all stations
worked who send their QSL and an SASE to Stephan Anderman, WA3RKB, 183
Pine Ln, Stillwater, NY 12170-1259. If there is sufficient interest,
a certificate may also be offered.
Further details will be forthcoming to affiliates
of record and on future editions of "This Week in Amateur Radio."
Stephan Anderman, WA3RKB
Executive Producer - "This Week in Amateur Radio"
"TECH AMERICA" OPENS,
OFFERS FREE CATALOG
If you lived in the Northeast back in the sixties
and early seventies, perhaps you remember the "Lafayette Radio" chain of
electronic stores based on Long Island. Or maybe you recall the Chicago-based
"Allied Radio." Remember those four and five hundred page catalogs
of order-by-mail electronic goodies? Wouldn't you like to be able to order
from those catalogs again?
Bob Miller, K2RM, is Vice President of Merchandising
and Marketing for Tandy Corporation's new retail/mail order outlets called
"Tech America." Tandy Corporation, which operates "Radio Shack" and
"Computer City" retail outlets, is now in the mail order business with
the new operation. "`Tech America' is an extension of Tandy Corporation's
core competency," says Miller. "`Tech America' is picking up what `Radio
Shack' has left behind. The new business is what most `Radio Shack' stores
were about thirty years ago."
"Tech America" carries components, test gear,
kits, batteries and a lot more. 2000 technical book titles are available.
Having trouble finding Rohn tower? How about that odd value resistor,
or capacitor? You won't have that problem anymore! "Tech America"
also carries computer parts down to the chip level. Amateur radio
gear in the catalog includes complete lines from Standard and Alinco, Cushcraft
and Valor antennas, and more to come.
With its flagship store located in Denver, other
outlets are also open in Atlanta, Dallas, and Mesa, Arizona. Their
FREE full-color, 548 page catalog, sure to please any technophile, is available
at 800.877.0072 or try http://www.techam.com/
(Info provided by Hap Holly, KC9RP, and "The
Submitted By: George Bowen, N2LQS
Low Figures Puzzles Liaison
On November 8, 1997 ATVET (Albany/Troy
Volunteer Examiner Team) concluded their '97 exam schedule, which was anything
but impressive. ATVET's Liaison Bill Eddy, NY2U said, "This has been one
of the most puzzling and disappointing seasons I've ever experienced in
the 12 years that I've been administering exams with ATVET. We've seen
the numbers plummet from an average of around 35 to 40 candidates
per session, to an average of just 10 candidates this season. In fact we
even had one session where we had just ONE candidate that showed up. We
used to have so many candidates that we would regularly use 3 separate
examiner teams, with four examiners per team. Plus we would have 2 or 3
examiners that handled the floor during exams. Nowadays we can get by with
just 1 team."
ATVET hasn't yet posted their schedule
for 1998 but we are sure they'll be back again next year serving the Capital
District, just as they have for the last 13 years. Check TARA's web for
HERE FOR SCHEDULE
Editor's Note: We'd like to congratulate all the
volunteer examiners who have offered their services to ATVET year after
year. You folks have been there for all of us when we needed you.
Be assured that your services haven't gone unnoticed!
ATVET EXAMINERS 1997
Jack Culliton, N2LBZ
William J. Eddy, NY2U
Susan Rothchild, N2LBR
Walter Logowski, WA1KKM
John Tutein, WM2Y
Joe Gregory, N3NY
Neils Williams, WB2SBO
Bob Delaney, K2BUF
Gerald Murray, WA2IWW
Seymour Miller, K2XF
Richard Duffy, N2TZQ
Bill Nettleton, K2BX
Harry "Bud" Hovey, WF2B
Tim Roske, AA2WQ
Tom Remmert, N2TR
David Pascale, W2VS
Joe Pasquini, N2NOU