Camp Pellissippi

First Cub Scout Campout

This was the first campout for the boys as Cub Scouts, a “District Camporee”. Cub Scouts, from what I understand, do not camp as often as Boy Scouts, and have age-appropriate restrictions on the types of activities they can participate in and the weather conditions they can camp in. This was also my first BSA campout […]

1938 Zenith 5S127

1937 Zenith 5S127 Radio Restoration

I found this little project via a local estate auction. Got it for next to nothing – like $7.50. I bid based only on a couple of photos I had seen of it. It looks like someone started the project and was never able to finish it. The cabinet finish was stripped, the speaker was […]

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Hiking Challenge

I grew up going camping in the Smoky Mountain National Park every fall. Some years we would camp in Elkmont, some years at Smokemont, and a couple of times we actually got to camp at Cades Cove. You see, Cades Coves seemed like the holy grail of camp sites – we loved their scenic loop […]

Beginning my Amateur Radio Technician Ticket

Beginning my Amateur Radio Technician Ticket

When I was younger I spent many hours looking through catalogs from Radio Shack and Heathkit at all the cool 2-way radios. My 8th Grade year in Middle School my dad promised to buy me anything of my choice if I would finish with straight A’s in all my classes. I just knew I would […]