• [W2LJ] Down the shore

    From W2LJ via rec.radio.amateur.moderate@21:1/5 to All on Fri Oct 8 01:07:26 2021
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    W2LJ QRP - When you care to send the very least!

    Down the shore

    Posted: 07 Oct 2021 01:05 PM PDT http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/feedburner/KhQX/~3/wY8wWM5LDd8/down-at-shore.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

    In New Jersey, it's "a thing". We don't go to the beach - we go down the shore. Once we're at the shore, we may or may not go to the beach. Like I
    said, it's a Jersey thing.
    Last weekend, Marianne and I went down to the shore to spend our wedding anniversary weekend together. The weather was nice, and there were people
    on the beach. We sat on a bench on the boardwalk and soaked up the sun and
    did some people watching. We enjoyed the rare opportunity to do "not much".
    I took this short video to capture the sight and the sounds. And I have to admit that ever since I became a Ham seeing the ocean has been a different experience for me, than probably for most "civilians". I look at the water
    and it seems endless. If you look it up, at sea level, the visual horizon
    is only about 3 miles away. That is mind boggling when you consider how
    vast the ocean actually is. It seems endless - and "endless" is only 3
    miles away! The water actually stretches for thousands of miles beyond
    And what makes it even more amazing and magical, is that my 5 Watts of RF energy can easily hop right over that ocean and even further - at the speed
    of light! My radio signals, which can reach Europe, Asia or anywhere in the world for that matter, traverse the oceans as easily as I walk from my
    kitchen to my living room. It's truly mind boggling. How often do we take
    those QSOs for granted? How many times does a QSO to a different country
    seem like "no big deal"? "Oh, it's only Spain." or "Oh, it's only" Germany
    or Italy, or England, or wherever.
    Mass communication - radio, TV, satellites have seemingly shrunk the world.
    We take instant communication as a given. The Earth, our globe, our home,
    is tremendously huge! We forget how huge it is compared to us. The concept
    and magic of radio is so much a part of me; and yet I have to admit that I fall into the trap of taking it for granted. Taking in the ocean and contemplating the vastness of our planet, and how easily radio can conquer
    that makes it even more special and wonderful again.
    Those QSOs ARE a big deal. A very big deal, each and every one! Don't ever become blasé about them!
    72 de Larry W2LJQRP - When you care to send the very least!

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