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For those of us who grew up building Heathkits and hoped that the company would rebuild itself successfully, it looks as though there is no longer any hope.

The Heath Co. was founded in 1926 as an aircraft company but shifted its focus several times to remain competitive. After World War II the company switched to the electronics industry and bought a large surplus of wartime electronic parts to build kits. The company once employed as many as 1,800 people in the Twin Cities.

The article (link below) explains the bankruptcy and mentions how Steve Jobs was one of the thousands that were inspired by Heathkit. The two comments echo how many of us feel about the loss of the company.

http://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/disassembly-complete-heathkit-is-no-more/article_c00ffaac-d15b-11e1-a9e7-0019bb2963f4.html

[from the MorseCode mailing list]

The “new” country of Azawad was “born” per a signed accord between the Tuareg people of the MNLA (Movement for the Liberation of Azawad) and the jihadists of Ansar Dine.  The political reasons leading to the founding of the two so diverse movements are still somewhat unclear, with the Tuareg proponents of a secular state and the other of radical Islam; with this accord, the foundation of an Islamic State.

The actual situation remains unclear, still awaiting the disposition of the international community; however, also that of neighboring Algeria, a secular state, strongly anti-jihadist, finding itself either in a limited position protecting its own borders or in one requiring intervention in the region.

Thirty years have passed since 1A made its way onto the DXCC list. And an activation by an International team looks to celebrate the uniqueness of this event. So, from the 1st to the 4th July 2012, we will listen them on the air as 1A0C from Santa Maria del Priorato, home of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

The callsign that will be used belongs to the “The Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps (CISOM)”, an organization specialized in bringing assistance and relief during emergencies. This underscores the dual value of this activation. On the one hand, there’s the fun side ham radio, giving a not so easy “new one” to as many stations as possible (especially from the US and Japan).

On the other hand, however, there’s the noble goal, as often seen in ham radio, where a spirit of cooperation and mutual aid are shared by operators all over the world. The team’s aim, in fact, is to raise funds – thanks to donations and contributions from QSL requests – in order to buy radio equipment which The Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps volunteers will be able to use in case of emergencies.

The operators list includes: 1A0X, 1A0Z, EA2RY, EA5RM, EA7AJR, EA7KW, F5CWU, IN3ZNR, IT9YVO, IZ8IYX, PB2T, SP3DOI and KH6CG as a pilot for North America and Pacific. They will be active on HF+6m and the QSLs for contacts with 1A0C can be requested via Francesco Cozzi, 1A0Z.

It is japanese pronunciation of A1 CLUB! Homophone Kanji-character for ei-wan ku-ra-bu is selected by Hiro, JA1HHF. He selected Kanji-character carefully including profound meaning. He said that CW enthusiasts gathered in our club have various talents on CW operation.

Someone runs Morsecode very fast by his sharp arm, and someone play Morsecode leisurely like a dancing spiral shell.

In addition to the web interface at http://www.hamqth.com/dxcluster.php there is also new DX cluster node OK2CQR-1, accessible from telnet hamqth.com 7300. It can be defined in your logging contesting in the following way:

address: hamqth.com

port: 7300

login: your_call_sign (ie. G3ABC)


Congrats to Petr OK2CQR who created this very complex project at http://www.hamqth.com.