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The K1NSS Ham Radio Art
& Household Jumble Sale

It's amost unsual piggybacked event - beginning this Saturday and Sunday in Stone Ridge, New York, about 20 minutes from Kingston, NY on Route 209, at most unusual Davenport Farm Stand.

First the Ham Radio Art.

Signed art prints mounted in 11x14" archival mats ready for framing, just $10.

Chose from our warm, colorlful series of sweet and silly designs featuring K1NSS lifetime radio pal Dash! The Dog-Faced Ham.


Signed Dash! First & Second Books just $5.

Fair warning, these graphic memoirs of growing up ham in the 1960s will not inspire children. But they will provoke laughter and restore repressed memories of Cold War fun with Radio Moscow and the Vertical known as Gotham.

And while they last, our famous, extremely collectible and radio functional signed and numbered ceramic dogbone insulators, just $1 each and almost gone so don't count on 'em please!


Now The Household Jumble.

I'll have some homey treasures too. Like a real nice craps setup, pro chips, dice, puck and all, really! Baseball autographed by Feared Wild Fast Baller Yankees relief pitcher Ryne Duren. Hello Hipsters! Discover a cool kicky midcentury modern designer office chair set at a fraction of what you'd have to lay out in lah-dee-dah Brooklyn.

Plus fun and funky other stuff. Come on, just imagine what the creator of a Dog-Faced Ham might be liquidating for a song.

Our locale is real family town & country country, with neat shops, apple orchards and historic attractions in nearby High Falls and Rosendale.

So Shanghai your crew on a country road trip from your NJ, NY, CT QTH. Best not mention the ham radio angle, and just swing by our souk as if it were total serendipity.

All this and our little dog too. Awww, she loves you already!

PS. If you happened to notice Davenport's strikingly just-so casual graphics, yes, it's a very cool story unto itself. Not often does country get such a deft bright lights big city makeover, but it happened here. Click here and read all about Joe Euly and Davenport's and you'll understand why our good ol' Ulster County farmstand is one in a million.

Seems like only yesterday I was sketching that little volcano logo on my drawing board.

Suddenly, My Little Volcano is surrounded by gathering 2015 Heard Island DXpeditionary Team Members – scientists, extreme adventurers, and hotshot ham operators signed up for a swashbuckling voyage to a lost world between the Outback and the South Pole.

Huh. Like, I was wicked chuffed when I drew it, but now that VKØEK is getting all very real in the field, hoo boy! Since Dash! and I were kids we dreamed about being just a small part of something this far out and look at us lucky dogs now.

Of course, Dash! The Dog-Faced Ham and I know all about these things. We saw a video at a local club meeting and everything. Dash! told me that he planned to stowaway on the Heard expedition and asked me not to tell, so like I had to promise. Nevertheless, Dash! wasn't specific, so I'm not telling the Dalai Lama, but otherwise, the Heard Island Team has been fully informed and given a complete description, in addition to a bag of candy corn to distract Dash! long enough to cast-off.

Stay tuned. While generally inept, Dash! is capable of anything rash.

ThanksRandy KB3IFH

Randy Dorman, KB3IFH has been our K1NSS Custom QSL printer of choice for some time now and Dash! and I thank him for delighting so many of our customers with super work and spot-on service.

Of course, Randy prints much more than most of our custom designs. KB3IFH QSL Cards offers a marvelous selection of ready-to-go QSL designs and flipside formats. He'll create custom QSLs from your photos. Plus he features neat little eyeball QSO cards and nifty ham trading cards as well.

So click on over here whenever you need to replenish your supply or start your ham career with a bang-up first QSL card done-up just the way you want.

PS: A little insight into the ham behind the business. We had the pleasure of sitting-in with Randy at his Dayton 2014 booth. When weather made our business tough outside at the flea market, Randy generously offered us table space in his booth and helped rescue our cold wet enterprise. Trust us hams, Randy is the real deal.

Little Match Girl

Dear Readers...
If it seems like we're devoting a lot of space to self- promotion these days, well, it's like this. Dash! and I not a couple of golden-parachuted ham retirees doing this for twilight years giggles. No kidding, this monkey business is what puts beans on our table and you know we're far too pure & proud to beg contributions, stage some cockamamie Pledge Week, or Crowd-Source our way into a zippy little replacement for our long-in-the-tooth 4Runner. Yeah, the card biz seems to have picked up a tad and we're pleased as punch about that. Frankly, the two us are just too old to keep whatever niche appeal we might have under a bushel basket, so we're kickin' out the jams and lettin' er rip. So what's up with the bearded Little Match Girl ham? Beats us. She just shows up around here from time to time, especially during the holiday season. Kind of pathetic, huh? We try not to feed her but every so often we spring for a match or two so she doesn't start keening. Aye-yi-yi, like fingernails on a blackboard. Like, not for nothing, ya know?

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Super Fun

They're awarded, they now have homes, and at last we can reveal our secret summer project undertaken in a clandestine semi-cloak-and-dagger cartoon conspiracy with organizers of the World Radiosport Team Championship 2014.


In recognition of eight supporting "Super Volunteers," we were commissioned to created a series of lighthearted portraits celebrating the volunteers' contributions to WRTC 2014, as well as their passions inside and out of their shacks.

During the process, we got to know something about some real hams' hams and document a bit of their part in amateur radio history, and we felt honored for that opportunity.zoning

So if you ever wondered if we'd draw custom fun stuff like this for club activities or some special ham of your acquaintance, by golly yes we would! And we have, in a pretty big way.

The rate and the way it works is pretty much the same as a custom QSL. CLICK HERE and check that out.

We create the image and send you the printer-ready, high-resolution art file. It's up to you to have the image printed and framed, but if you're not sure where to get that done, we'll do our best to help you identify an appropriate local digital art printer and framing options, for best presentation.

For reference down the road, please tuck it away, eh?

QSL for Christmas


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Short Wave, Long Term.

Calling all Friends of the Short Waves!

We're spreading the word about Ears To Our World, a charity founded by Dash!Chum Thomas Witherspoon, K4SWL.

ETOW distributes wind-up radios to isolated villages around the world, an effort inspired by the beguiling radio magic about which we're all mad as hatters.

Here at Dashtoons, we kid radio because we love radio, make no mistake about that. So smitten, we support Ears To Our World as a vital 21st century force for public education and personal liberation. Plain and simple, radio is all about becoming airborne – that's what it was to us and remains so in this digital age, especially in remote and developing areas beyond the internet, cell phones and electric power.

Featured in Wall Street Journal magazine, ETOW makes it very easy to contribute whatever you can to foster communications where it's needed most.

Check out the Ears To Our World site now and join us in supporting a good thing for a better world.

Just between you and me and Dash!, it's personal.