Information Net for April 30

The History of Jelly Beans

Read by: LARRY KC4ZOA

What do you love about jelly beans? Is it the candy-coated exterior? Or the soft, gummy inside of these bean-shaped candies? While the world’s love for the tiny, colorful candies is undeniable, it seems the origin of jelly beans is a bit of a mystery.

According to the Candy Favorites website, the original jelly bean is thought to have been a combination of the first jelly candy, the Turkish Delight (which dates back thousands of years), and the hard-candy shell of Jordan Almonds created in the 17th century. The earliest reference to this jelly-bean ancestor is from the 1800s, when a Boston candy maker named William Schrafft advertised his jelly beans as a gift to send to Union soldiers fighting in the American Civil War.

Delish.com: Nostalgia Candy Quiz

Read by: ADAM W8IFG

The Jelly Belly website explains that jelly beans became a popular penny candy in the 1900s, when candy makers began using a French process called “panning” to sugar-coat the jelly interior. Jelly Beans returned to the spotlight during World War II when chocolate was less available. The Jelly Belly Company technically dates back to 1960, when the Goelitz family brought their family candy-making business to the U.S. The Goelitz family candy shop was known for its candy corn, for making America’s first gummy bear, and for, you guessed it, making jelly beans of all shapes, sizes, and flavors.

President Reagan also helped expand the popularity of the jelly bean when he was in office, famously stating that, “we can hardly start a meeting or make a decision without passing around the jar of jelly beans.” In fact, blueberry jelly beans were created specifically for the candy-crazed president so that he could serve a mix of red, white, and blue jelly beans to his guests.

Now, the Jelly Belly company boasts 50 official jelly-bean flavors ranging from classics like cherry, bubblegum, and licorice to modern flavors such as crushed pineapple, chili mango, sizzling cinnamon, and cappuccino. Bad flavors of jelly beans are also being produced, such as the Harry Potter-inspired Bertie Bots Every Flavor Beans, which contain the occasional earwax bean, and Jelly Belly’s Bean Boozled line, which includes flavors such as dog food, pencil shavings, and barf mixed in among the usual flavors.

Delish.com: Retro Candy from Yesteryear

Read by: Martha KJ4RIQ

While part of the novelty of buying a bag of jelly beans is not knowing which flavor you will pop into your mouth, sometimes it’s also fun to search for a favorite bean. When it comes to searching for a favorite flavor, we have a couple of recommendations: pay close attention to different shades of the same color and search for the little color specs on certain multi-colored beans. For example, chocolate pudding, Dr. Pepper, A&W Root Beer, and cappuccino jelly beans are all shades of brown. While chocolate pudding and Dr. Pepper are very similar looking, you can easily spot a cappuccino by the tiny white specs on the exterior of the bean. Root beer is also a slightly lighter hue than the other brown beans. The same goes for the green family of beans: juicy pear, green apple, lemon lime, kiwi, and margarita. Juicy pear and margarita are both distinguishable by their color specs, while green apple is a little darker and brighter than kiwi and lemon lime.

Don’t forget to munch on some jelly beans for National Jelly Bean Day, April 2013!

What are your favorite flavors of jelly beans? Do you search for your favorite flavor or wait to be surprised?

2012 ARRL EXPO at the Dayton Hamvention

Read by: PAUL KJ4WQN

The ARRL has finalized its planning to bring its large exhibition — ARRL EXPO — to Dayton Hamvention, May 18-20. The ARRL EXPO has been a mainstay at Hamvention since 2005, serving as the centerpiece for most of the League’s activities at the country’s largest Amateur Radio convention. “Our goal is help represent the fullness of the ARRL membership programs and services at the convention,” said ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. “ARRL EXPO is as much about creating an experience for convention goers as it is about having a place for members to interact with other members. The ARRL EXPO team includes more than 100 ARRL volunteers, officials and staff members. If you are an active Amateur Radio operator or want to renew your interest in ham radio, the ARRL EXPO is the place to be at Dayton.”

ARRL EXPO — located in the Ballarena Hall of the large Hara Arena — includes more than 20 exhibits staffed by ARRL program representatives. Among the new booths planned for this year is an exhibit introducing the new digital edition of QST, ARRL’s membership journal. “We’ll have laptops, tablets and iPads on hand at the booth so you can explore the online edition of QST, which all ARRL members will have access to beginning in late May,” Inderbitzen said.

Read by: NICKI KF4DHK

Another new feature this year will be the ARRL “DIY” Stage where presenters will offer a variety of short programs and demonstrations of a do-it-yourself flavor. “The inspiration for hosting these presentations came out of the positive reaction to the ARRL’s newest ham radio recruitment campaign that represents the contribution of today’s Amateur Radio innovators,” Inderbitzen explained. “We’ve assembled a great line-up of ham radio ‘makers’ and ‘hackers’ who will describe and demonstrate microcontroller technology and software defined radio, as well as opportunities to support educational outreach through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.” A complete schedule of presentations on the ARRL “DIY” Stage is now available .

At the nearby ARRL Project Building Booth, visitors can have a real-time DIY experience building one of four kits being offered. This year, the ARRL has added a computer-to-radio interface for operating the popular digital modes, including PSK-31, RTTY and SSTV. Engineers from the ARRL Lab will be among the team of instructors guiding guests through the project building activity. ARRL representatives are also scheduled to contribute presentations and programs on the popular Hamvention forums slate. Presenters include QST Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR, in his role as “The Doctor.” Hallas will answer technical questions from the audience–doing his best to answer them on the spot.

Read by: RICK N9GRW

ARRL Technical Advisor Martin Ewing, AA6E, will present a low-math approach to understanding Software Defined Radio and the evolution of radio designs throughout the years to the present day. ARRL Volunteer Counsel Jim O’Connell, W9WU, together with a team of attorneys will share information about legal issues of interest to hams, including how to avoid restrictive covenants, how to present your case for a tower permit and summaries from court rulings. As part of the annual RTTY Forum, ARRL News Editor Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA — an avid RTTY operator — will share stories about the lighter side of RTTY contesting. A complete schedule of ARRL-sponsored forums is included the ARRL EXPO Program and Activities Guide.

The ARRL will also have a special guest at Hamvention: television producer John Amodeo, NN6JA. Amodeo is most known among the Amateur Radio community for his current ABC television production, Last Man Standing, starring comedian Tim Allen as main character Mike Baxter. Allen’s character was introduced as ham radio operator KA0XTT during episodes that aired in January. Amodeo has used Facebook and other social media outlets to give the Amateur Radio community an insider’s look at the planning of the show. His Saturday morning presentation — Ham Radio in Hollywood — will offer convention goers some personal perspective about the media’s portrayal of Amateur Radio.

“There’s something for everyone at Hamvention and ARRL EXPO,” Inderbitzen added. “Young hams, and all young people attending Hamvention, should be sure to visit the ARRL Youth Lounge. There are loads of fun activities planned including scavenger and fox hunts, games, crafts and other ways to experience ham radio. The Youth Lounge is also the place to meet and connect with other young hams.” Other youth-oriented and education exhibits are planned, including a scouting booth organized by active Boy Scouts and scout leaders, as well as an exhibit featuring kits, projects and displays for the ARRL Education and Technology Program.

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