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Welcome to VK3HN’s amateur radio blog.  My interests are radio craftsmanship, homebrew, QRP (low power communication), repair, repurposing and ‘ad hoc-ism’ (making things from what’s available in piecemeal, bricolage fashion). I also like to write.  For ‘about me’ search up my QRZ.com page.  If you like what you find here please leave a comment, no matter how brief.

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Favourite quotes on the experience of climbing mountains:

It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks. — The 3 rules of mountaineering.

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was. — Dag Hammarskjold.

You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down — Stanislaw Lem.

To those who have struggled with them, the mountains reveal beauties that they will not disclose to those who make no effort.  The mountains reserve their choice gifts for those who stand upon their summits. — Sir Francis Younghusband.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. — John Muir, The Mountains of California.

On respect for the mountains and the environment:

Take only pictures; leave only footprints. — Anon.

There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. — Sir Rannulph Fiennes.
The choices we make lead up to actual experiences. It is one thing to decide to climb a mountain. It is quite another to be on top of it. — Herbert A. Simon.

On why we climb:

Its not the Mountain we conquer, but ourselves. — Anon.

Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains. — Jeffrey Rasley.

There is probably no pleasure equal to the pleasure of climbing a dangerous Alp; but it is a pleasure which is confined strictly to people who can find pleasure in it. — Mark Twain.

On mountain climbing as metaphor for life:

Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain. — Anonymous.

If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. — Edmund Hillary.

To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top — Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

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