Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Nuttycellist's Monologue: Don't fight against sleep problem!

A Nuttycellist's Monologue: Don't fight against sleep problem!

Good day Shin, it is interesting what you have written on the subject of sleeping. I too have my times when I awake in the wee hours of the night, and some times I go into my radio shack and play radio for awhile. Unfortunately I suffer from Sleep Apnea and use a CPAP machine to help me breath more consistently. When I first began using this type of machine over five years ago I found that sleep was important and it made a big difference in how I felt in the mornings. I have always been a morning person, but for a few years prior to learning about my sleep disorder, I began getting up in the mornings feeling groggy and not very wide awake. This was prior to my retirement, and it was not much fun getting ready to prepare for a day at work. I would often sit at my computer at work and fall asleep. I was embarrassed on several ocassions when someone would find me sleeping. I finally asked my doctor what was happening to me, and he responded by sending me to a pulmonary specialist. The results of his exam and a sleep test, informed me I was waking up many times each hour from my body not getting enough oxygen. This resulted in me being told I must use the CPAP machine. At first this machine seemed like a large pain in the you know what! But gradually I grew to feel comfortable with its use, and now it seems like I am missing something if I go to bed without putting on the mask and turning on the machine. I even found that a 20 minute nap in the middle of the afternoon was worthwhile if I would wear my mask and use the machine. So I average well over six hours a day wearing the mask to improve my oxygen intake while sleeping. While I still have times when sitting at my computer (at home now) and falling asleep. I truly find that when I wake up in the morning whether it is still dark outside, or whether it is well into the daylight hours, I feel much more rested and intersted in what the day will bring. I still have my times of waking up in the middle of my sleep period at night, but going into the radio shack is fun and restful for me. I still think Ham Radio is a great hobby for anyone who likes to have a chat with people now and then.

73'
Bob Gates
W7AYN

Thursday, June 24, 2010

CWMAN

I am a Ham Radio operator with quite a few years of using CW for my personal enjoyment. I do occasionally use voice over the radio waves, but it is a rare event. Instead of having and automatic device to key in my words, I use a semi-automatic Key, commonly known by using
the term "BUG". The one I use most frequently is made by Vibroplex, but I own two other Bug's one which is older than I am, but all of them are at least 50 years old.

Around 04:15 AM this morning I had a very nice contact with 7N1PRD/O, Joe in Nogano, Japan on the 30 meter band. I was using about 35 watts of power into an end fed wire, shaped like an "L" that fell over face forward that uses a total of 100 feet of stranded copper wire. I have a ground rod driven into the ground at the point where a remote automatic antenna tuning unit is placed at the foot of the antenna and also several wire counterpoise wires cut
for various frequency bands that run along the ground along the edge of my property. These
wires seem to improve both reception and transmission. Plus I live in a neighborhood where
all our electric service wires are underground, but still it is a rather noisy location which limits my abilty to hear weak signals. But this set up allows me to operate on 160 meters and all the amateur radio allocated frequency bands up to and including 6 meters. During periods of good propagation on six meters, you will find me on around 50.095 MHz. on CW. I enjoy making contacts on this band because the signals seem to appear magically. During
the summer months you will find me mostly on the frequency band of 30 meters and above determined this year by the propagation conditions. During the fall and winter months I migrate to the lower frequency bands, again based on the Propagation conditions.

73'
Bob Gates
W7AYN