My other activities include creating custom QSL cards and drawing and writing amateur radio web comix found at dashtoons.com, a big silly shackful of radio funnies and fun loosely mashed-up with the Illustrated Adventures of Dash! The Dog-Faced Ham.
This joker showed up at my shack drawing table in late 2005. Since then, Dash! has evolved into something of a cross between an imaginary radio playmate and a better-looking alter-ego. Think of him, if you're old enough to remember, as Harvey in headphones, although sometimes he takes them off to wash behind his ears, like me, whether he needs to or not.
Like me, he grew up ham in the Cold War Space Race Au Go-Go Years. Like me, he got licensed radio religion early in life, only to stray from the fold and return as a bona fide OM with the new century. Like me, Dash! remembers the good, thebad and theugly old days. Like the time he pinned all his ham hopes and dreams on an ungrounded Gotham Vertical.
Oh yeah, been there, drawn that.
Like me as well, as a young dog-faced ham, Dash! resorted to fantasy as a coping mechanism.
But after a couple years in the cellar, under the nurturing stomp of his father's TVI-driven foot, Dash! came to adopt a more grounded perspective.
Like me, Dash! said goodbye to all that high school ham madness and suddenly woke up at a 21st century hamfest sporting a new callsign on his belt buckle and five or ten or thirty extra pounds. What's more, Dash! discovered that his newfound gravitas preceded him.
Not that we're comparing our hobby to aBlack Hole for goodness sake,but one never seems to escape its gravitational pull, do one?
Never mind, against all odds, our ham lives have been peppered with happy accidents. For example, Dash! and I fell into a smattering of DXtreme DXpeditions.
We soldiered through a couple grueling stints poolside in Tuckers Town.
And then there was surfside Virgin Gorda, where VP2V/K1NSSwon BVI Low Power Phone in the 2005ARRL DX Test, essentially for showing up. Here's to the days of nasty habits, la-dee-dah, la-dee-dah.
We also got out and about our former QTH in Portsmouth NH, spending an offshore overnight at Shoals Marine Lab, handing out NA-217 New Ones.
Now semi-retired, Dash! and I live in the scenic Hudson River Valley, not far from the Dog-Faced Ham's ancestral home of Dashville, New York, also HQ site of the Good Boys Radio Relay League, founded by our hero's late great great uncle Hiham Pugsley Maxbum. Suffice to say in this venue, Dash! is something of a prodigal quasi-distant relative who has yet to realize the vast non-profit empire of which he believes he is the rightful heir. But that story is for another time and place.
Among other ham-related activities, I'm proud to look after b29radio.com -- pages dramatizing the radio restoration of "FIFI," one of two flying B-29 Superfortresses (GO "DOC!") and Grand Dame of the Commermorative Air Force. Aside from historical and technical, my interest is personal. My dad was a B-17 radioman.
The site showcases work by Rockwell Collins Amateur Radio Club volunteers who restored her original radios. In June 2012 the now ham HF Aero Mobile operational "FIFI" radio position was dedicated to Medal of Honor winner "Red" Irwin and WWII historian Jim B. Smith, author of The Last Mission.
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