Here are some great pics and clips of Tim Smith, aka The Timtron. Timmy is NEAR-Fest's Director of On-site Communications and his distinctive voice is often heard on the Fairgrounds.
My all-time favorite portrait of 'da Tron! You don't even want to ask what he's doing.
Yes, friends, this is a SLIME-O-TRON. Here Timtron describes how he "intented" it and what it does.
Tim is a legendary figure on AM especially on 75 meters. He has some rather unique phonetics for his call and name:
The Famous Phonetics - part I
The Famous Phonetics - part II
Tron's vehicles are very unique and distinctive.
The "Little Red Pinto", aka the "Pinto Valdez", so named because it left an oil slick wherever it went.
(http://forum.near-fest.com/mm/cadaverlac.jpg)Then there's the famous "Cadaverlac", a 1972 Cadillac hearse he found while installing a shortwave transmitter in "Throw-upton", Kentucky. Unfortunately these days the "Cadaverlac" is off the road due to mechanical issues. It needs work. Hopefully one day these matters will be attended to and you may see the Cadaverlac once again at Deerfield in all its glory.
(http://forum.near-fest.com/mm/no-va1.jpg)For many years Tim's vehicles were mechanically challenged and would not pass the Maine state safety inspection. Tim became very adept at sticker transplant technology using what he was able to find on windshields on wrecks at Folsom's junk yard. However one year he was unable to find one but happened to spot a piece of cardboard the exact color for that year? The rest is history.
This is the famous Chevy "No-Va". Tim inherited it from his mother in 1995. It's a South Carolina car so ithad no rust on it when Tim got it. It's still on the road. This picture was taken at Hosstraders at Hopkinron NH.
Another view of the "No-Va" at Boxborough MA August 2000. Yes, that's Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, checking it out.
(http://forum.near-fest.com/mm/sticker.jpg)Here he is singing "I'm a Piss-Weak Little Mobile".
Tim's "signature" song seems to be "Piss Weak Mobile Blues". Here he is performing it accompanied by Eliot W1MJ at the ARRL New England Convention at Boxborough Massachusetts August 2008. This wonderful video was produced by Jeff, KA1OGM (SK).
Here's Tim's Electric Nose rendition of Happy Birthday to you performed just for Bob, W1QWT, the "Great Poopah" himself
for those with iPads/iPods/iPhones that don't play Flash files here's the direct link to it on YouTube:
Many of Tim's on-air recordings are extremely entertaining as well. Here's a short selection.
Here's Timtron's lengthy test transmission without a dummy load.
Tim recounts how he is responsible for K1MAN broadcasts on 3890.
Here's K1MAN giving Tim credit for his annoying broadcasts.
Tim and Riley, K4ZDH, at the ARRL New England Convention, Boxborough, Massachusetts, August 2000
Here's a great sound clip of Riley Hollingsworth discussing a totally obnoxious amateur in Canada. "We Can't Regulate Stupid!" http://forum.near-fest.com/mm/Multimedia/happymeal.mp3
Tim's "bug-eye" sunglasses, originally the faceshield from a jet pilot's helmet, around 1994 at Rochester Hamfest NY. Left to right: Tim, Dave K3ZRF (SK), Gary W2INR
Timmy in 1980