Nice view from a reader.

Check out the view form Gary and Sherry’s weekend getaway….Fantastic!!!

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Cold Alaskan Winters

Thanks to Eric, KL3DO in Fairbanks, I can share with you some FANTASTIC photographs he has taken of the beauty of extremes.
Click on the link to go to his website…You won’t regret it.
Beautiful photos from a Cold Alaskan Winter

Also, just a quick update. I want to say thanks to the people who have donated…You know who you are!!! It is greatly appreciated and will go a long way towards keeping this network up and running.

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Photos from Nome fuel delivery

Thanks to KL2ZF…

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Donations accepted

I want anyone who visits here to understand why I added a “Donate” button to the Alaska Reflector webpage.

I am normally not a big fan of individuals clamoring for donations for their hobbies.  This case is a little different.  The donation button is on the behalf of the group at large, the users of the Alaska Reflector.  As you all know, there is one main person who has spent LOTS of his own personal time and PLENTY of his OWN MONEY to bring a “service” to a very diverse and dedicated group of people.  That person is KL7M, Dave Cloyd.  In the years I have known Dave, he has never asked for money or assistance to keep this volunteer enterprise up and running and yet he has kept it up and running for several years with little or no downtime.  There are several people who already assist Dave in this endeavor.  Just a few examples are:

K1BDX – He has done a lot to improve and expand the user base.

AL2B – The Morning Net Coordinator, he brings in the listeners and does a fantastic job with the net along with all of his volunteer net controllers.

KL3DM – He very graciously donated his bandwidth to this website and the Allstar connection.

I am sure that I am forgetting several other individuals who host nodes at various sites around the state and I apologize for not mentioning you specifically here.

Below are the reasons why I added the donate button to this website:

NUMBER 1… There have been a number of people who have asked what they can do to help continue to maintain or grow the user base for the Alaska Reflector.

NUMBER 2… Dave Cloyd has spent lots of his own money for hard drives, computer components, his bandwidth both mobile and stationary.

NUMBER 3… Dave has tirelessly assisted ANYONE who asks him with the administration of their nodes.  Yes, you might receive a minor chewing out if you aren’t listening to what he says, BUT he is usually right and can get it working for you.

NUMBER 4… Dave has provided the Alaska Reflector with better reliability than most phone providers do.

Several volunteers keep the Alaska Reflector up and running…We will continue to do so!  With or without any donations!

BUT, if you would like to donate now you can.  Any proceeds that come in here will be used for either hardware (radios, cables, motherboards….etc), bandwidth or hosting services.

Thanks for listening.


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Snow Humor

I ripped this off a friends Facebook page, it’s a Cordova Alaska refrigerator…

Cordova Refrigerator

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Snowy Sunday

There are places in Alaska with MUCH more snow than here. However, this is my back yard this morning with the snow still coming down. I was going to write the new Tech Section today, but I think I’ll be digging out!

Snowy Sunday


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Slimming down for the New Year

The Alaska Reflector has taken the New Year’s resolution thingy to heart.  We have slimmed down!  No, we didn’t lay anyone off or cut their pay (10% less than Zero is still Zero).  We have combined resources into a much smaller footprint.  What was previously managed by 4 (old power hog) computers is now being handled by ONE, much more efficient computer.  Two of the computers we used to provide the Allstar link and this web page are housed in my garage.

I am adding a new section which is a tech section which will discuss some of the technical hurdles that had to be overcome to accomplish this task.  I welcome any comments or criticism as we all know there is always more than one way to accomplish a goal.

Another benefit to the new slimming down, is the geek corner of my garage doesn’t sound like a wind tunnel anymore…the new computer is all but silent!

The Old Setup^

The New Setup ^

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Happy New Year !!!

It was a great 2011…but 2012 is shaping up to be more than the end of the world.

As most of you who are regular listeners know the Alaska Reflector is unique amongst the other IRLP reflectors out there.  We are very casual with an anything goes type of attitude.  We like to chat about topics that go further than just what the weather is like in your part of the world.  Although, weather is often a topic of discussion as we tend to get some extremes here.

Several of us like to tinker with our nodes and the knowledge of how to is frequently shared here…If you want to know more you only need to ask.  Lately the topic has been on mobile nodes and vpn’s.

I am going to remove the register link from the page as lately, spammers have been signing up for accounts here right and left, so if you would like to leave comments and are not signed up, shoot me and email at :  WL7NI.AK (@) gmail (dot) com

One last thing, I am still looking for volunteers to help me keep things current here, so let me know if you would like to become an editor.  I would like to see someone help out the Morning Net controllers with some statistics we could add that might track how many check-ins and where people are from for each net.  Send me and email and let me know if you are interested.

Again…here’s to 2012!!!


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The Santa Claus Net

Join us on Saturday, December 10th for the annual Santa Claus net hosted on the Alaska Reflector.  It begins at 11 AM, Alaska Time.

12 PM – Pacific

1 PM – Mountain

2 PM – Central

3 PM – Eastern

Photo courtesy :

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It’s start to look a lot like Christmas

The following was originally posted on the Des Moines Radio Amateurs Association at the following link:

Special thanks to NØNUC for sending this to us…

Twas the night before Christmas,
all through two-meters,
Not a signal was keying up
Any repeaters.

The antennas reached up
From the tower, quite high,
To catch the weak signals
That bounced from the sky.

The children, Tech-Pluses,
Took their HT’s to bed,
And dreamed of the day
They’d be Extras, instead.

Mom put on her headphones,
I plugged in the key,
And we tuned 40 meters
For that rare ZK3.

When the meter was pegged
by a signal with power.
It smoked a small diode,
and, I swear, shook the tower.

Mom yanked off her phones,
And with all she could muster
Logged a spot of the signal
On the DX PacketCluster,

While I ran to the window
And peered up at the sky,
To see what could generate
RF that high.

It was way in the distance,
But the moon made it gleam –
A flying sleigh, with an
Eight element beam,

And a little old driver
who looked slightly mean.
So I thought for a moment,
That it might be Wayne Green.

But no, it was Santa,
The Santa of Hams.
On a mission, this Christmas
To clean up the bands.

He circled the tower,
Then stopped in his track,
And he slid down the coax
Right into the shack.

While Mom and I hid
Behind stacks of CQ,
This Santa of hamming
Knew just what to do.

He cleared off the shack desk
Of paper and parts,
And filled out all my late QSLs
For a start.

He ran copper braid,
Took a steel rod and pounded
It into the earth, till
The station was grounded.

He tightened loose fittings,
Resoldered connections,
Cranked down modulation,
Installed lightning protection.

He neutralized tubes
In my linear amp…
(Never worked right before —
Now it works like a champ).

A new, low-pass filter
Cleaned up the TV.
He corrected the settings
In my TNC.

He repaired the computer
That would not compute,
And he backed up the hard drive
And got it to boot.

Then, he reached really deep
In the bag that he brought,
And he pulled out a big box.
“A new rig?” I thought!

“A new Kenwood? An Icom?
A Ten-Tec, for me?!”
(If he thought I’d been bad
it might be QRP!)

Yes! The Ultimate Station!
How could I deserve this?
Could it be all those hours
that I worked Public Service?

He hooked it all up
And in record time, quickly
Worked 100 countries,
All down on 160.

I should have been happy,
It was my call he sent.
But the cards and the postage
Will cost two month’s rent!

He made final adjustments,
And left a card by the key:
“To Gary, from Santa Claus.

Then he grabbed his HT,
Looked me straight in the eye,
Punched a code on the pad,
And was gone – no good bye.

I ran back to the station,
And the pile-up was big,
But a card from St. Nick
Would be worth my new rig.

Oh, too late, for his final
came over the air.
It was copied all over.
It was heard everywhere.

The Ham’s Santa exclaimed
What a ham might expect,
“Merry Christmas to all,
And to all, good DX.”

C 1996 by Gary Pearce KN4AQ
Permission granted for any print or electronic reproduction.

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