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Mister Mike's "Mishegas" Board / The 1620 WJDI Story
« Last post by W1RC on Today at 11:07:23 AM »
Dave Schneider, K2IJY, and his son Gary have been commercial vendors at NEAR-fest since Number One as well as most other flea markets in the Northeast.  They have some really great stuff, mostly parts and other hard-to-find goodies.  But here is a side of Dave that has been somewhat of a secret but with the publication of this article is a secret no more.

http://blog.amdxer.com/wjdi/

You can listen to and download some sound clips too.  The links are at the bottom of the article.

Enjoy!

MrMike


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Silent Keys / Glenn Baxter, former K1MAN, SK
« Last post by W1RC on May 21, 2017, 08:19:52 AM »
Glenn Baxter of Belgrade Lakes Maine passed away on Friday May 5th, 2017.

Glenn was K1MAN until 2012 when the FCC rejected his application for renewal.

In a nutshell, Glenn was bagged for unattended station operation. His real sins were, of course, he was a pain in the ass.  Glenn was assessed a forfeiture (fine), was able to have it reduced but refused to pay up. The FCC rejected his application for renewal because he had an outstanding debt.

Timtron and I knew Glenn personally.  He wasn't a bad guy back in the day but in the mid-1980s he got into a dispute with the QST advertising manager over his classified ads advertising his Collins Radio repair services.  Glenn made his living doing this.  He claimed to be a "former Collins engineer" which in itself wasn't totally false but was misleading because he worked for a short time in their computer division and had nothing to do with RF whatsoever.  Regardless it was because of his unclear pricing policies that QST refused to run his ads.

Them came the lawsuits.  Contrary to the myth Glenn was not an attorney nor a wealthy man.  He and his wife lived modestly on his family's forme summer place in Belgrade Lakes Maine, a beautiful spot.

Glenn used the courts to settle disputes that could have easily been resolved with a phone call.  He lost cases many times because of procedural defects,   Glenn even sued a neighboring girls camp over some stacked cordwood.  He was a classic example of the old maxim: "he who defends himself has a fool for a client".

He also ran afoul of the Maine Department of Education because he was calling his academic institution a "university."

His IARN broadcasts were made using a venerable Collins KW-1 AM transmitter.  Despite thenfact that he was a "former Collins engineer" it was another well-known AMer who redesigned his audio.  Then came the IARN "bulletin" broadcasts and his notoriety.  It was clear that Glenn was using his "bulletins" to battle with the League.  His first mistake, in my opinion, was his choice of frequency.  His second mistake was challenging the authority of the FCC and personally attacking Riley Hollimgsworth, K4ZFH, who was at the time in charge of Amateur enforcement.

When the FCC inspected his station they found it transmitting unattended.  That was the beginning of the end for K1MAN.  Glenn was able to remain in the air because he kept the case pending in the courts and through administrative action but in the end he finally lost and his application for renewal was rejected.

I understand K1MAN is now assigned to someone in NY.

More details on Glenn Baxter may be found here:

http://k1manthefool.blogspot.com/

However now that Glenn has passed away all I can say was he was an interesting individual.  When I knew him he was very hospitable to me and I found him very entertaining.  That was in the 1970s and early 1980s.  I did not have any contact with him after that.

May he Rest In Peace.
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NEAR-Fest XXI - May 5 and 6, 2017 / Re: The sound of crickets......
« Last post by DrOptigan on May 08, 2017, 03:14:09 AM »
Boy, that was quite a thing! Nice to see that there were some folks who managed to wade through the puddles to get to the jam building, and then had to endure my singing! ;D Seriously, though, thanks to everyone who showed up or tried to make it, and hopefully it won't be quite as wet in the fall.........
-Adam
"Annoying folks with the Big Red Farfisa™ since 2009"
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NEAR-Fest XXI - May 5 and 6, 2017 / Re: The sound of crickets......
« Last post by N1ERF on May 07, 2017, 02:47:53 AM »
Looks like everyone survived another fester!

Thanks to Near-Fest organizers, our Very Sound Guy, Ben & all who participated.

If anyone has pix or vids, please post the incriminating evidence!


J


 
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NEAR-Fest XXI - May 5 and 6, 2017 / Re: The sound of crickets......
« Last post by KB1NZN on May 04, 2017, 12:43:48 PM »
I'm bummed. I cracked a few ribs in a car wreck. The Doc sez no rock and roll for a while - especially if there is cowbell.

Cowbell rock would definitely have an effect on your recovery, stay away....FAR away from cowbell or anything that would affect your recovery time!!
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NEAR-Fest XXI - May 5 and 6, 2017 / Re: The sound of crickets......
« Last post by N1ERF on May 04, 2017, 03:15:29 AM »
John,


Major Bummer!

We hope your recovery is fast!

We'll save some extra cowbell for you in the fall too!  ;)
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NEAR-Fest XXI - May 5 and 6, 2017 / Re: The sound of crickets......
« Last post by AA2OZ on May 04, 2017, 02:45:46 AM »
I'm bummed. I cracked a few ribs in a car wreck. The Doc sez no rock and roll for a while - especially if there is cowbell. I will miss this one.
Have a great time and I will see y'all in the fall.
73,
John AA2OZ
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NEAR-Fest XXI - May 5 and 6, 2017 / Re: The sound of crickets......
« Last post by N1ERF on May 02, 2017, 02:37:36 PM »
I'm just a bass player that dabbles in guitar.
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NEAR-Fest XXI - May 5 and 6, 2017 / Re: The sound of crickets......
« Last post by DrOptigan on May 02, 2017, 03:49:42 AM »
  • Adam V. - You're going to get David Bowie - Suffragette City whether you like it or not. I'll be playing guitar. Start boning up on the lyrics. I'll provide some accurate ones that day (verbatim)
Awesome! Why not some other Bowie tunes as well, as a tribute? Ziggy Stardust, The Man Who Sold The World, Diamond Dogs, whatever. I'll have to see if I can source an orange wig on short notice, of course..........  ;D
-Adam
"Did Ziggy play Farfisa?"
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NEAR-Fest XXI - May 5 and 6, 2017 / Re: The sound of crickets......
« Last post by N1ERF on May 01, 2017, 07:04:16 PM »
So for the past three weeks, work has totally sucked out all of my intended practice time. >:(

I still want to get something out of what I previously got to work on though.

  • Adam V. - You're going to get David Bowie - Suffragette City whether you like it or not. I'll be playing guitar. Start boning up on the lyrics. I'll provide some accurate ones that day (verbatim)
  • Rick - I still need work on bass, but if still interested: Blink 182 - All the Small Things
  • Brian - I'll look around to see if I have any talent left - There's a small chance that I might have something squirreled away for a rainy day.  ;)

The rest is what it will be.



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