This past week, Les Rayburn (N1LF), compared his yearn for the start of spring baseball to the late spring return of summer VHF openings, with this delightfully nostalgic post to the VHF reflector.
It occurred to me this morning that being a VHF operator is a lot like being
a baseball fan. It was warm and sunny here yesterday, and this morning the
air has that first touch of Spring in it.
Sure, there arestill cold days
ahead--but you just have that feeling that we've turned the corner on
Winter. The days are getting a bit longer, and the sun doesn't set quite so
And like baseball fans, we start to look forward to those
rumblings out of the Spring league.
For me, that means the
confident voice of August, K5HCT. Nothing heralds
the arrival of the season
like those first faint signals and the
familiar refrain..."Here Comes
Texas!". This is nearly always the first
call I hear in the season, and the
last remaining on the band at it's end.
In my boyhood days, I loved
listening to baseball on the radio at night.
Those far away places, and the
crack of the bat---mixed with the static
and pops of Summer storms. It was
like a magic carpet that could
transport me thousands of miles away...The
rest of the year, I still
enjoyed tuning the dial during the overnight
hours--maybe listening to
the Herb Jepko Nightcap show from Salt Lake, or
Larry King---but radio
wasn't the same without baseball. And those months
between the World
Series and Opening Day were the longest of the
All these years later, things haven't changed much. I still love
listening to baseball on the radio---but now while waiting for opening
day, I find myself turning another dial...listening hard in the static
to see if I can hear that faint signal on the calling frequency. A deep,
rich, confident voice calling "This K5HCT, Here Comes
Somebody press play on that MP3 player or I-Phone---cue up Don
"Boys of Summer"...I'll hum along and wait for
Les Rayburn, N1LF
Maylene, AL 35114