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I am happy to report that there were no Geratoler Silent Keys listed in QST. If it can be trusted

Dave KJ8V

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Bill Moore K7IOO G#1813 SK

I am sorry to report that I just learned today that Bill became a SK on June 1, 2021.

His obituary is available at this link:

In addition to his activity on the Geratol Net, he was also an avid county hunter and mobile operator, having earned USA-CA #693 from CQ Magazine on January 26, 1991.

He was most recently serving as the club Historian for MARAC (the Mobile Amateur Radio Awards Club).

We will all miss Bill!

73 Barry K2MF (G# 325, D# 739)

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JULY Geratol Silent Keys UPDATED

After a go around with the ARRL I have gotten the Silent Keys updated. I posted the others because the ARRL had not updated their Version of the Silent Key listing in the July issue. It was still the June listing. With that said there is only one Geratoler Silent Key in the July issue W4YH Lee # 198 Lee Rest in piece Lee you will be missed. Dave KJ8V.

As a side note, if you receive QST in the Postal mail be careful to check what month you are reading is correct. I received my July issue 3 weeks ago and some of the articles were from the June issue and reprinted in the July issue. That is exactly what happened withe Silent Keys. Dave KJ8V

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Geratoler Silent Keys

Sorry to have to report three Geratoler Silent Keys. W1UL URB #253 NJ, W4YH Lee #198 AL, and WS0G Valus #1321 MO.

Rest in piece guys, you will be missed. Dave KJ8V

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Sorry to report two Geratoler Silent Keys. K2FL John NJ # 114 and Chuck Chuck IL #1923. RIP guys you will be missed.

Dave KJ8V

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We would like to welcome aboard to our GERATOL Website, the following new subscribers, who took the time to register on the site. Welcome aboard to each and every one of you, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me at: N1KL@GERATOL.NET

Welcome to:

  • Jim, N5JP from TN
  • Mike, KE0VWL from MO
  • John, AC8JB from OH
  • Luther, N5PU from MS
  • Dan, W3ZF from CO
  • Ken, N8FDI from MI

You are all now fully registered on the site, and have been granted, “Contributor” privileges. This allows you to place POSTS and also to make COMMENTS on POSTS on the site.

We hope you enjoy the site, and we look forward to working you on the net some evening, either this season, or next.

We had a couple other registrations, but as previously mentioned, without a way of confirming your call signs, we can only grant “Subscriber” privileges. We welcome you aboard also, and if you wish to upgrade to “Contributor” just send me an email with your Ham Radio call sign, and I will upgrade you…..we do this to insure we keep our site secure..

All the best, and again, welcome aboard. Kevin, N1KL GERATOL Website Administrator

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Missed Geratoler Silent Key

Mark brought it to my attention that I missed John W9WY IN #2478 in the May QST. Sorry for the mistake. Dave KJ8V

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Happy to report that there were no Geratoler Silent Keys listed in the MAY QST. Dave KJ8V

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Geratoler Silent Keys

Sorry to report that there was one silent key listed in the March QST. Walt LA #649.

Also there were W8BUD Walt MI #2409 reported by Barry K2MF and AD4SQ Charlie GA #1807 Reported by Harv AA4HF. Harv and I were both good friends with Charlie. We would meet Charlie at the Dalton Hamfest every year for a long time.

RIP guys you will be missed. Dave KJ8V

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As part of our ongoing series on the 50 states, this POST will cover the state of VERMONT, which was the 14th state to formally ratify the United States constitution, following Rhode Island and just ahead of Kentucky.

Official seal of Vermont
Vermont Seal

Vermont is a state in the New England region of the United States. It borders the states of Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, and New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Vermont is the only state in New England that does not border the Atlantic Ocean. Vermont is the second-least-populated U.S. state and the sixth-smallest by area of the 50 U.S. states. The state capital is Montpelier, the least-populous state capital in the United States.

Before Vermont became the 14th state, it existed as an independent nation for 14 years. It became independent in 1777 following clashes over land. The development allowed locals to begin printing their currency, enacting laws that banned slavery and established postal service.

Pail used to collect sap of maple trees to produce maple syrup.
Maple Tree Sap Being Collected

The state is undoubtedly the largest producer of maple syrup in the country. It produces a staggering 35 percent of the total supply on the market. Many locals produce the syrup at home while others pay a prominent role as the big producers. Did you know that it takes 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup? The sap from the maple trees flows and is collected in buckets.

A Vermont Classic

The state is the birthplace of the well-known ice cream brand, Ben & Jerry’s. The company still operates from headquarters in Vermont. Local farmers benefit from Ben & Jerry’s commercial activities as they receive ice cream waste to feed the hops.

Cold Temps Not Unusual in VT

You think you have experienced COLD. Just imagine this COLD. The coldest recorded temp is -50 in Bloomfield in 1933.

There aren’t more cows than people in Vermont. However, in ratio of cows to people, Vermont has the greatest number of dairy cows in the country.

Many like a little snow, especially around Christmas time, but are you ready for levels like the winter of 1970/1971 they experienced in Vermont? The greatest snowfall for a single season was 26.5 feet of snow! Yikes, time to think about Florida !!

Interesting Facts about Vermont
The GREEN Mountain State

Some additional Fun Facts about the state of VERMONT:

  • With a population of fewer than nine thousand people, Montpelier, Vermont is the smallest state capital in the U.S.
  • Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.
  • Vermont’s largest employer isn’t Ben and Jerry’s, it’s IBM.
  • Vermont was, at various times, claimed by both New Hampshire and New York.
  • Until 1996, Vermont was the only state without a Wal-Mart.
  • Rudyard Kipling, living in Vermont in the 1890’s invented the game of snow golf.
  • Vermont does not sell alcohol to out of state licenses, you must have a liquor ID in order to purchase alcohol at liquor stores and grocery stores. This doesn’t apply to bars, but can affect those traveling through the state.
  • U.S. President Calvin Coolidge was the only president born on the fourth of July. Born in Plymouth 7/4/1872.
  • The origin of Vermont name came from a French phrase of “Le Verts Monts”. Means of the phrase is Green Mountain.
  • There are no billboards in Vermont. In 1968, legislators decided to restrict the installation of billboards in towns or counties of Vermont. They have restricted the advertisements to preserve the natural beauty of the state.

We hope you enjoyed some of the fun facts and details about the GREEN Mountain State of Vermont. If you are from VT, or have traveled there, feel free to share some thoughts of your own about the state of Vermont.

73 for now, Kevin N1KL

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