SADARC - Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club, Founded in 1979, Incorporation No:A6677.

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Interrupted Phone Service:

Lawrence , Kansas, (true story)
A Kansas farm wife called the local phone company to report her telephone failed to ring when her friends called - and that on the few occasions, when it did ring, her dog always moaned right before the phone rang.
The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile lady. He climbed a telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber's house.
The phone didn't ring right away, but the dog moaned and the phone began to ring.
Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:

1 . The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire with a steel chain and collar.
2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.
3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of ringing current when the number was called.
4. After a couple of jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate.
5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to ring.

Which demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning.
Thought you'd like to know!

You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio if:

  1. When you look at a full moon and wonder how much antenna gain you would need.
  2. When a friend gets a ride from you and remarks that you have a lot of CBs in your vehicle, it turns in to an hour long rant on how ham radio is not CB radio.
  3. When someone asks for directions, you pause, wondering if long or short path would be best.
  4. When you can look at a globe and be able to point to your antipode (and you know what an antipode is).
  5. Your cell phone ring tone is a Morse code message of some kind.
  6. You have accidentally said your Amateur Radio call sign at the end of a telephone conversation.
  7. Your favorite vacation spots are always on mountain tops.
  8. You notice more antennas than road signs while driving your car.
  9. You have driven onto the shoulder of the road while looking at an antenna.
  10. Echidnas appear to be fascinated with your car.
  11. If you ever tried to figure out the operating frequency of your microwave oven.
  12. When you look around your bedroom of wall to wall ham gear and ask: Why am I still single?
  13. The local city council doesn't like you.
  14. You think towers look pretty.
  15. Your family doesn't have a clue what to get you for Christmas, even after you tell them.
  16. Your HF amplifier puts out more power than the local AM radio station.
  17. The wife and kids are away and the first thing that goes through your head is that no one will bother you while you call "CQ DX" a few hundred times.
  18. When you pull into a doughnut shop and the cops there on their coffee break ask if they can see your radio setup.
  19. You refer to your children as your "Harmonics".
  20. Your girlfriend or wife asks: "You're going to spend $XXXX on what???
  21. You actually believe you got a good deal on eBay.
  22. When you see a house with a metal roof, and your only thought is what a great ground plane that would be.
  23. You have pictures of your radio equipment as wallpaper on your computer's desktop.
  24. Every family vacation includes a stop at a Ham radio store.
  25. The first question you ask the new car dealer is: "What is the alternator's current output"?
  26. You buy a brand new car based on the radio mounting locations and antenna mounting possibilities.
  27. You have tapped out Morse code on your car's horn.
  28. A lightning storm takes out a new Laptop, Plasma TV, and DVD Recorder, but all you care about is if your radios are okay.
  29. Your wife has had to ride in the back seat because you had radio equipment in the front seat.
  30. Your wife was excited when you were talking about achieving that critical angle, but very disappointed when you finally did.
  31. During a love making session with your wife, you stop to answer a call on the radio.
  32. Your wife threatens you with divorce when you tell her that you are going on a "fox" hunt.
  33. Talking about male and female connectors makes you feel excited.
  34. You dream of big, comfortable, knobs, but not on women.
  35. You always park on the top floor of the deck, just in case you might have to wait in the car later.
  36. When house hunting, you look for the best room for a radio shack and scan the property for possible tower placement.
  37. When house hunting, you give your Realtor topographical maps showing local elevations.
  38. The real estate agent scratches his head when you ask if the soil conductivity is high, medium, or low.
  39. You have Ham radio magazines in the bathroom.
  40. When your doorbell rings, you immediately shut down the amplifier.
  41. Fermentation never enters your mind when "home brew" is mentioned.
  42. Instead of just saying no, you have said "negative".
  43. You have used a person's name to indicate acknowledgment.
  44. You become impatient waiting for the latest ham radio catalog to arrive.
  45. You have found yourself whistling "CQ" using Morse code.
  46. You always schedule the third weekend in May for vacation.
  47. You walk carefully in your back yard to avoid being close-lined.
  48. You have deep anxiety or panic attacks during high winds or heavy ice.
  49. You and the Toll freight people are on a first name basis.
  50. You really start to miss people that you've never seen.
  51. Your exercise machine is a Morse code keyer.
  52. You walk through the plumbing section at the hardware store and see antenna parts.
  53. Your neighbors thought you were nuts when you ripped up your lawn to bury chicken wire.
  54. Your next door neighbor thinks that your wife is a widow.
  55. Your wife has delivered meals to your Ham shack.
  56. If you sold all your Ham radio equipment, you could pay off your mortgage.
  57. When you say 73 instead goodbye over the telephone.

If you answer at least 80% correct, seek help.
If you answer at least 90% correct, You need the brainwave re-modulation machine to readjust your thoughts.

A List Of Some Q Codes:

Signal Question Answer, Advice or Order
QRG Will you indicate my exact frequency in kilocycles? Your frequency is ... kc.
QRH Does my frequency vary? Your frequency varies.
QRI How is the tone of my transmission? Tone of transmission 1 Good.2.Variable.3.Bad.
QRJ Are you receiving me badly? Are my signals weak? I cannot receive you. Your signals are too weak.
QRK What is the legibility of my signals (1 to 5)? The legibility of your signals is ... (1 to 5).
QRL * Are you busy? I am busy. Please do not interfere.
QRM * Are you being interfered with? I am being interfered with.
QRN * Are you troubled by static? I am troubled by static.
QRO * Must I increase power? Increase power.
QRP * Must I decrease power? Decrease power.
QRQ * Must I send faster? Send faster ... (words per min.).
QRS * Must I send more slowly? Transmit more slowly ... (w.p.m.).
QRT * Must I stop transmission? Stop transmission.
QRU * Have you anything for me? I have nothing for you.
QRV * Are you ready? I am ready.
QRW Must I advise ... that you are calling him on ... kc? Please advise .that I am calling him on . kc.
QRX * When will you call again? I will call you again at ... hours (on ... kc.).
QRZ * By whom am I being called? You are being called by ...
QSA What is the strength of my signals (1 to 5)? The strength of your signals is ... (1 to 5).
QSB * Does the strength of my signals vary? The strength of your signals varies.
QSD Is my keying correct? Are my signals distinct? Your keying is incorrect; your signals are bad.
QSG Must I transmit telegrams (or one telegram) at a time? Transmit telegrams (or one telegram) at a time.
QSK * Shall I continue the transmission of all my traffic? I can hear you between my signals.
QSL * Can you acknowledge receipt? I am acknowledging receipt.
QSM Shall I repeat the last telegram I sent you? Repeat the last telegram you sent me.
QSO * Can you communicate with ... directly (or through...)? I can communicate with ... direct Through..).
QSP Will you relay to ...? I will relay to ... free of charge.
QSV Shall I send a series of VVV....? Send a series of VVV.
QSX Will you listen for ... (call sign) on ... kcs? I am listening for ... on ... kcs.
QSY * Shall I change to ... kilocycles without changing wave? Change to ... kc. without changing type of wave.
QSZ Shall I send each word or group twice? Send each word or group twice.
QTA Shall I cancel nr ... as if it had not been sent? Cancel nr ... as if it had not been sent.
QTB Do you agree with my word count? I do not agree with your word count;
QTC How many telegrams have you to send? I have ... telegrams for you or for ....
QTH * What is your position (location)? My position (location) is ....
QTR What is the exact time? The exact time is ....
QST * General call preceeding a message address to all amateurs and A.R.R.L. Members. This effect "CQ ARRL".
QRRR Official A.R.R.L. "land SOS." A distress call for emergency use only.

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