Monday, 27 October, 2003
It was a subdued birthday celebration. Debra treated me, my brother Jerry, and our friends Mike and Kristi to dinner at La Magarita's here in Round Rock. Then we went home for birthday pie (apple pie is so much better than any kind of cake) and ice cream. I hope somebody got some enjoyment out of the waitress putting a silly sombrero on my head and snapping a picture. It's all in good fun, I know, but it was a bit annoying.
Debra did surprise me by ordering a Kenwood TH-F6A tri-band handheld radio. It's a little handheld job that transmits on the 144, 220, and 440 MHz amateur bands, and will receive everything from about 100 kHz to 1300 MHz. That includes AM radio, amateur HF and 6 meter, FM radio, Aircraft, and VHF and UHF TV (although why I'd want to listen to TV on my radio is a mystery). I've had my Ham radio license for a little over 10 years, and this is the first new radio I've ever had. I guess it's time to get involved now.