Monthly Archives: February 2011

Free Book

The Four State QRP Group has posted a copy of “Crystal Sets to Sideband” by Frank Harris K0IYE. Here is a link to a PDF version of the book, enjoy!


Powers of Ten


Check out this video just added to the Astronomy Picture of the Day site. There is lots of other fantastics pictures, one is added every day to this site.

Al ve3gam

CFL Flameout

Reported by Vice President, Worth VE3BTC, from a friend in BC:

Below is a picture of a CFL light bulb from my bathroom. I turned it on the other day and then smelled smoke after a few minutes. Four inch flames were spewing out of the side of the ballast like a blow torch! I immediately turned off the lights. But I’m sure it would have caused a fire if I was not right there. Imagine if the kids had left the lights on as usual when they were not in the room.
I took the bulb to the Fire Department to report the incident. The Fireman wasn’t at all surprised and said that it was not an uncommon occurrence. Apparently, sometimes when the bulb burns out there is a chance that the ballast can start a fire. He told me that the Fire Marshall had issued reports about the dangers of these bulbs.

Upon doing some Internet research, it seems that bulbs made by “Globe” in China seem to have the lion’s share of problems. Lots of fires have been blamed on misuse of CFL bulbs, like using them in recessed lighting, pot lights, dimmers or in track lighting. Mine was installed in a normal light socket.

I bought these at Wal-Mart. I will be removing all the Globe bulbs from my house. CFL bulbs are a great energy saver but make sure you buy a name brand like Sylvania, Phillips or GE and not the ones from China.

Worth VE3BTC

Space Weather News

I just checked out Space Weather News and saw this fantastic picture. Check out the site for the latest news from space and the sun, click on the image or the link in the right sidebar.

northern lights

Elgin Amateur Radio Society

If you google ‘elgin amateur radio society’, you will soon find out that there was a club by that name in Elgin, Illinois. Looking at their web site, you will discover that this long standing club became extinct in 2007. You can read about their history on that site, although there does not seem to be any indication of what caused the club to fold that year, other than lack of new interest in the club.

Gallery of Pictures


I have acquired some pictures of past events of the club from Terry VE3TEH and Dave VA3TD and will be posting them on a new page called Gallery. As of now, I have posted some pictures for some of the years available. More pictures from this collection will be added on an ongoing basis. If you have any pictures that I can use here on this web site, please forward them to me.

73, Al VE3GAM