Not happy with my cartoon, I decided to do version two - I hope you think
it's a better version?
Let me explain the joke:-
Back in the day when I fist got my Amateur Radio License (ticket) by doing the City & Guilds Amateur Radio Exam
(Think it was 1974)
We used Transceivers to transmit & receive speech to one another via radio (vhf, uhf, hf)
Usually modified ex commercial gear, as well as quite costly dedicated equipment, mobile, hand-help, & desktop gear.
Nowadays it's a completely different story!
Apart from these types of gear, there now is internet chat software for radio hams to enable worldwide conversations
by using computers instead!
But not just this. It is now the norm to connect your radio rig remotely to your computer, which then connects to a network
consisting of thousands of computers all over the world.
So I could be sitting in my armchair, talking to someone in Japan using a little low power hand-held!
It's all very clever, but not really my idea of real Amateur Radio - hence the cartoon :-)
It's only in the last two days, that my legs are easing up a bit, I even
did some pruning in my front garden at last!
I have started playing Amateur Radio again, and am hooking up with hams that I haven't spoken to since the 80's !
They even remember my name & call sign !!!
It's quite enjoyable, especially during this bloody lockdown, to be able to chat with people, as you must know how lonely
things can get, especially if you are a widower!
Staffordshire May Day - Angels
|Here is a sneak preview of my offering to the Angels day event!|
Quite a nice Sunday today on No Marathon day!
It's the fist day today that my legs aren't causing me too much pain, I even thought about mowing my back lawn (field)
But common sense has prevailed, and I decided to do this blog instead! (Slacker)
I have been watching Leland Sklar videos on YouTube just
recently, he like most musos is doing lockdown sessions,
Remix of Lockdown Blues
|Lockdown Blues Remix video link|
I wasn't happy with the audio level on Lockdown Blues after I had
published it on YouTube and especially the bum chord at the end!
|Amateur Radio & more Lockdown blues|
As I write this I'm listening to
radio hams chat with one another from all over the world
It's been a lovely day, but I've been a slacker and had a bit of a kip after my Tesco run today, where I had to wait in a very long cue for my bare essentials
(The famous Grouse)
Had a great chat with Peter G7RPG last night via his node but cheating using my mobile phone & not using a radio transceiver!
He's a very nice chap, & has helped me set up my radioless hotspot device which consists of a brand new Raspberry Pi & one of his modified USB sound fobs!
Well I did it at last & managed to do a video recording as well as an audio recording on my Tascam portable digital recorder, both recordings done at the same time
and then I added an additional guitar track as a blues solo in the middle of the song!
I usually suffer with red button syndrome, and get very stressed with nerves etc.
I sort of managed it all the way through, but not happy with some of my phrasing, "sod it" I thought to myself, and managed to complete it!
The main problem being was that I was a bit rusty with my guitar playing, and also setting up the recording devices, so it wasn't a straight forward job, but it had to be done!
Last night I also went outside with my Bongos, to join everyone who was clapping for the NHS ! Some one shouted to me I think it was something like "Nice one Jay"
but I may be wrong about that !?
Next week I may take my snare drum outside & do a bit of Queens "We will rock you"
Anyway, back to the song, below is the Link for my YouTube upload!
I hope you enjoy it
73 de Jay G8NAI
|Lockdown Blues initial video link|
Rehearsing the tune
After having to move some recording equipment due to the large mixer (ALTO
LIVE 1202) not
doing what I needed ( monitor a drum track while recording )
I have just set up my tascam recorder (TASCAM DP-008 EX) to do this. (see Ironing board pic)
I've just been running through the song as I need to get it right if I also do a video at the same time (rather than mime haha)
Being a bit rusty on the old guitar playing slows things down a tad!
I don't know whether to just have guitar & vocals, or add a piano & may be a drum track?
What do you think?? Let me know on Facebook
At the same time as doing all this I have been hoovering up & cleaning my guitar & microphone stands (very dusty )
I notice that Neil Buxton has
done a "Lockdown Blues" Harp rendition
It would be remiss of me also not to mention Dave Day (I'm a big fan)
Lockdown Blues (updated)
© James Lazzari - April 2020
Lockdown blues, lockdown blues
Self isolation with these lockdown blues
Danger danger danger, if I go outside
No closer than 2 metres, when people pass me by
Essential journeys are allowed to get my bread
Yeah I'll be courageous, so I can get me fed
I wash my hands, 20 seconds does the trick
Best be safe than sorry, don't want to end up sick
I pay attention to what they say to me
Chris Whitty is "the man", advice is given free
Instra - Chorus
Chorus - lockdown blues rep.....