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Alaska, politics and ham radio an eclectic mix

February 10, 2016

My first drive back home

In 1998 when I started guiding fishing trips along the Tanana and Yukon rivers I had a 24 foot inboard jet-boat. It had a heated enclosed cabin for my clients and the 400 horsepower ford engine had enough power, I thought, to handle even the mighty Yukon river… I was in error. I found out quickly that when attempting to land the boat where I wanted it to land it was more a balance of wit than horsepower.

I discovered that the waters of the Yukon did not like it when you tried to turn across or run against the current. I bring this up because we have seen in 2015 that even though ‘we the people’ threw out enough Democrats to give the Republicans the majority in congress that the ‘mighty’ flow of the government did not change course from its disastrous ways. We were promised a balanced budget, repeal of oboma-care and a clamp down on the funding for illegal aliens, instead we got the exact opposite.

Yesterday in New Hampshire the voters said they would like either Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump running the country, and I ask why? Many republicans say they want an outsider not a political hack but Trump is anything but an outsider. Wake up….he is a billionaire who has worked the system for decades and by nature of his wealth may know how to succeed financially, but at whose expense? On the other side we have Mr Sanders an self confessed ‘progressive’, doesn’t his followers know that progressive is just another word for socialist.

Though it is still early in the campaign I am not liking the direction it is headed. I believe eventually Trump will fall by the wayside and someone backed by the Republican establishment will end up their nominee. On the Democratic side I do not think Hillary will make the cut and again the establishment will propose someone at the last minute maybe even Vice-President Bidden. Of course I am probably wrong about all of this but the point is I do not think these ‘primary elections’ have meaning anymore. The establishment will let us get excited about this one or that one and in the end our vote will not count.


When it comes to many things, OK most things I am a stubborn old fart. I was told years ago to bring my power source closer to my transceivers, but did I listen…. Well when I returned from Texas I brought a ‘newer’ battery up to my shack in the loft and like magic I can now speak with pretty much anyone I can hear on the radio. Just over the past week I have made contacts with states from NY to TX and received 5/9 reports. I am just saying sometimes an old dog does indeed have to learn new tricks or at the very least be open to try something new. I plan to try and be on the air at 20:00 UTC or 11am Alaska time somewhere around 14.345 + or – depending if the frequency is being used. Also if anyone wants to schedule a QSO with me please send me an email with a day, time and frequency and I will try and make it happen.

Everyone one of us want:
a balanced budget
affordable healthcare
and legal immigration
but I fear our representatives in Washington
and our next President
will continue to ignore ‘we the people’
unless we stand up as one voice
and demand change.

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 14, 2016 8:46 am

    Good Morning, Pete! Hey, my ex-husband is a Ham Radio operator! His call number is: W9IEW …..I guess he can’t do HF capability right now. He is only on 2 meters. He said I could give you his email address,


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