Monthly Archives: June 2016

Mini-Watt

July 2016                                                                                                                                           Issue 97

Another month about gone by on the North Loup.. Everything looks pretty good.. The farmers are pretty close to being on schedule.. The corn is all about waist high and pivets are running full blower..

    We are surrounded by feed lots and everyone is trying to raise all the feed they can.. A few feeders have come up with a new idea to raise more of the feed they need.. They plant oats early, which is ripe now and being harvested and going into the silos.. Now they are planting a short season corn or beans and realizing a double crop.. Must be working for them, we see a few more doing this each year..  
     The second crop alfafa is ready to cut.. Looks like 2 crops of meadow hay this year too.. 
    We’ve been seeing several young deer, about the same amount of twins as singles. Either they are twins or the does are baby sitting for each other..  
    The bass and carp are keeping  the water roiled up.. Some friends had good luck catching some nice bass, but threw them back.. 
    BHS had an alumni dinner last week.. Classes who were celebrating 5 or 10 years since graduating were honored.. This person was celebrating 65 years since  running out the door with his diploma.. Time is going too fast..    
    I’ve been restoring a 1947 John Deere MT  tractor.. Had it popping a couple days ago.. More on this next time..  Victoria Springs is getting close.. Hope to see a crowd there   73 for now..  ejl..

Letters to the Editor (ARRL)

From Ed Loeffler W0EJL
Burwell NE 68823

I’ve been debating spending $39 for the membership and QST
magazine.. A letter from Tom Gallagher NY2RF made my mind
up for me..

I’ve been licensed for about 57 years, more or less and been
a member all that time.. Being over 80 years old I may not get to
read another years issue..

I have probably a pick-up truck load of old issues in my garage
and any one that would like to have them, they’d be welcome..

As I said, I’ve been walking past that letter for some time and
couldn’t decide if I should spend the $39 bucks, then when I
opened it, there was no deciding , the $49.00 price settled it..

I’ve seen the 80 years go by and enjoyed the hobby alot, but it’s
time to slow down.. therefore, thanks for the last 75 years, but
feel free to take me off your mailing list..

I’m mailing this parcel post, while I can still afford the stamp..

73 Ed W0EJL Burwell NE……

Mini-Watt

June 2016                                                                                                              Issue 96

I see it’s time for more Poop from the Loup.. 
Spring has been a long time coming this year..
From January one, we recorded 25 inches of snow, then a rain snow mix and finally good old rain..  The good old rain came in several  storms and various amounts, which finally added up to about 19.5 total inches, at this location..
I think the farmers were getting anxious, but are now getting some corn planted.. I haven’t seen any beans planted as yet.. Of course it’s hard to tell whats in the multi-row planter boxes
 as they crawl along their way..
Our renters started cutting alfalfa..  Our field seemed to have acquired some wild hay seed somehow.. It was as thick as the alfalfa and I’m watching to see if it doesn’t double the amount of bales when they wrap it up..
I mentioned some antennas last month that I’d like to get rid of.. I’m going to try to get more equipment cataloged an Steve offered to put some of my equipment in a seperate FOR  SALE
spot in the Mini-Watt..
Things like a
Kenwood TS120, it works ok.. 
 ICOM   IC-745, Works if you
 poke it in the right spot..   
  Hamtronics 2meter repeater and cans..
     It’s been fired up under my bench for ages
     Works every time I try it.. nuff for this time.. 73 ejl