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I woke up to the sound of the owls as they greeted the sunrise, a very peaceful time. I heated up my coffee and sat in my camp chair and watched the sun rise over the mountains.

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Sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Not a bad way to start your day. No, I did not see any of the Brown Mountain Lights, but at 4am I did see the Milky Way against the black velvet sky, what a beautiful sight. I wish I could capture that on film.

When I left to drive over to Mount Mitchell the clouds were just leaving the Blue Ridge Parkway and as the sun was shining through the mist and creating the montage of light and dark from the trees, I could feel the peace that you can only get from the mountains all around you.

What a wonderfully beautiful place we have on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
I am going to have to go back in Oct and camp there…..you should make some plans to join me.
73 Mike

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Good Morning everyone,

Just think, this time next week we will be at the Shelby hamfest, digging through all the toys, I am really looking forward to this years hamfest, I plan on arriving after noon on Friday. Please share this email with those who were not in my email list and would be coming to Shelby Hamfest.

First here are my WANTS: 10 meter mobile for a IF for my DEM 222 transverter. Uniden 2510, 2600 or a Radio Shack HTX-100. Keep me in mind if you see one at a reasonable price, not a CB price.

DownEastMicrowave (DEM) TIBK board
The DEM TIB is a circuit that will interface any transverter to any transceiver that has an ALC input circuit. Generates a negative voltage to ALC in your radio.

Need two TCK Xverter control IF switch. 10W input max. w/ adjustable atten., 9V regulated supply, w/24V relay driver. PC board kit

These DEM boards are for my 10 Ghz whitebox, I am using manual switches right now, I made a couple of contacts this June and that got me excited again to finally finish these.

10GHZ AT THE HAMFEST: Dex always brings his system, I especially enjoyed him showing off the 10 Ghz beacon reception at Shelby last year. I would like to bring my system this year and make some contacts, SO BE SURE AND BRING YOUR STATION AND LETS HAVE SOME 10GHZ FUN.

PLANS FOR SHELBY: Last year on Saturday evening after the hamfest had died down, I stopped by one of the Barbeque places just as they were leaving to go home. After a poor mouth’ lament by me on how much I was looking forward to one of their barbeque platters they went back and got me a BIG bunch of Barbeque with sauce and buns. They were super nice to do this. Anyway, went over to Dex’s van and shared this with all the guys, a great time talking and eat’in. I miss our Sat hamfest dinners, so why not just order something from the Barbeque places and spend some good times this next Shelby? We can check with the food people and see what the cost would be for each person, get a list and the money and now, a INSTANT VHF/UHF/MICROWAVE PARTY. Just bring your chair and a cold drink.
What do you guys think? We can make some plans for the Contest the next weekend.

I will have my rover van with antennas and gear at the hamfest, please stop by for a cold one’ and visit a spell. My cell phone is 423-xyz-1234. I setup on the last road with the RV’s, across from where Robin and Bob Lear were last year.

I look forward to seeing everyone and hearing your contest plans. Yea for Robin and Fred Flowers who will be roving this contest, exciting news.

73 Mike N4OFA/R

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