I posted this nearly a decade ago, still holds true today...
I have to wonder if this type of conversation happens on your area's repeaters (the exact conversation and names have been altered to protect the guilty):
Ham1: "Hey guys, I'm from out-of-town and need directions to the gas station as I'm on fumes
. I'm currently at (any location). Can anyone tell me how best to get there?"
Ham2: "Sure thing, stay on the interstate to the next exit, follow the highway about 3 miles, and then hang a left at the stop light."
Ham3: "Yeah, but if he takes the bypass he'll cut about 7 minutes off his commute, then go to the off-ramp past the "Y", hang a right, and he's there by the Post Office."
Ham4: "Hey everyone, I was just 'copying the mail' and wanted to let you know that the Post Office is now a Dollar General store, and the bypass has construction so (Ham1)
's directions are better, at least until December when they finish the construction."
I think your radio's got too much static (never mentions who...), you need to boost yer power or move to a better location."
Ham6: "I just checked with Google Maps and it says there's at least 3 stop lights before you get to the Post Office to make the turn."
Ham4: "I just said the Post Office is no longer there, it's a Dollar General!"
Ham5: "I still think
needs to move his radio, still a lotta static."
Ham4: "Who does?
Ham3: (After a looooong period of silence) "Didn't (Another ham) used to work for that Post Office branch some years ago?"
Ham6: "No you're thinking of (Yet ANOTHER ham)
who worked at the one by the Walmart near downtown."
Ham3: "Well, he worked for that Post Office branch too, didn't he?"
I dunno about that. What were we talking about again?"
Ham4: "I was trying to tell you that the Post Office is now a Dollar General, and the Walmart is near the mall, not downtown."
Ham5: "Your signal's not getting better
try a different radio if you have one."
Ham2 & Ham4: (doubling)
Ham1: (after another long period of silence) "Thanks, guys, but my GPS got me there 5 minutes ago and you all quick-keyed so fast I couldn't get a word in edge-wise, and by the way it's at the 2nd stop light past the McDonald's. There's no Walmart, Dollar General, or Post Office in sight. I think you all are off your rockers. Thanks for the comedy routine, this is (callsign)
Ham5: "I heard that same static on his radio as I did that other station (still never mentions who)
, and in fact several of you had that noisy signal, so maybe it's the repeater. Can't be my radio."
From many accounts it looks like Hamvention®'s return post-COVID has been a success, with over 31,000 attending the big event in Xenia.
From many Twitter accounts, however, it looks like COVID may be alive and well in whatever variant that it's currently undertaking.
A search on Twitter using tags "hamvention" and "covid" yield several tweets of Hamvention® attendees that subsequently tested positive for COVID upon their return home.
Most attendees that tested positive are reporting mainly fatigue and cold symptoms. Being an international event, several attendees from outside the US also reported testing positive.
My son VA3LML has tested positive also. I tested negative but haven't felt great. That 4th shot doing its work I'm guessing.— Pierre Fogal (@pierre_fogal) May 27, 2022
It is not known how many of these attendees were vaccinated, boostered, etc.
Yes me too. Tested Covid positive 24 hours after my return to the UK. Struggling to breathe - never felt so ill in all my life.— Allan Duncan (@gm4zuk) May 27, 2022
Outside almost everyone without masks. Inside maybe 1-3% masked. Heard there was a Covid outbreak and some think it started with the contest dinner which was packed.— Peter K8PT (@k8ptpete) May 27, 2022
Some commented they chose to stay home, as they were positive before the event or still uncertain about the possibility of catching the virus.
I was there. Saw several people wearing masks. Not the majority, though.— Robert L. Burns (@rlburns37) May 27, 2022
Never been, but've always wanted to. Usually no money, or time.— Kelvin - n0mql - EN35ld (@kelvin0mql) May 27, 2022
This year, I had plenty of both - could've gone, w/ plenty of cash on hand for the flea market.
But I see nearly everybody behaving as if Covid is over. Not mingling with a crowd of smart, unwise people.
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team is supporting slow-scan TV transmissions from the International Space Station over the holidays. The images will be related to lunar exploration. Transmissions are available worldwide on 145.800MHz FM, using SSTV mode PD120, and started on 26 December 2021and will end on the 31st at about 1705UTC. The signal should be receivable on a handheld transceiver with a quarter-wave whip antenna. I was able to pick up the signals with my 2m ham radio and using my Android smartphone with the "Robot36" app from the Google Play store Apple Store has an SSTV app here During the pass the first few moments were not captured due to noise. Due in part to the terrain at my location (big oak tree to the southwest blocked the signal and there is rain in the area) but overall the image did look pretty good for what I was using. It's possible to use a handheld radio or even an SDR so long as you have a good path to the ISS with little obstructions. For more information, go to ariss-sstv.blogspot.com. Source of information via Radio Society of Great Britain Website used to track ISS: N2YO.com
This is Crystal, and she has been our cat for 15 years. She came to us from the neighbors who were making her an outdoor cat, and she kept "invading" our home.
We adopted her and kept her indoors and she would still love to go in and out at her leisure and cruise the neighborhood. Some crazy cat lady apparently would feed her when she wandered down to her house and we didn't know this and couldn't figure out why she'd come home to eat then throw it up! Only when we were leaving to go on errands and saw her at the cat lady's house did crazy cat lady confess she thought she was a stray (even with a COLLAR???) and was feeding her...
She was loud, noisy, annoying, always hungry (only to throw it up!) and independent. She had a damned attitude about everything and everyone. She would also find time to be affectionate and loving and allowing you her undivided attention. Usually when she was hungry...
I found this damned cat annoying. I kept remarking how I was gonna kill this damned cat if she wouldn't get out of my way, shut up, etc....
Saturday at 5:45 PM, we said goodbye. I've been taking it harder than I ever thought I would. I've attended family funerals and not lost my composure as much as I have with my animals when I've had to make "that decision". 2 dogs and now her. I'm not a cat person. Didn't think it'd hit me as bad as it has.
She had lung cancer and was having trouble breathing. I thought we'd have a week or so but only had 72 hours to spend.
As usual, she didn't want much anything to do with me, probably from having to take her to the vet. But in those last moments, she put her paw on me as if to say it was okay.
We're all hurting, but life will go on. Both kids have their own cats. But they had Crystal first, and they were reminded (like we all were) not to take our pets for granted.
Give your fur babies an extra treat and a hug. You never know when it will be the last time you get that opportunity.
For our recent anniversary, my wife and I travelled to Myrtle Beach, SC. I decided to attach the dashcam and record the journey! The video (below) is sped up about 32x normal speed, but still took just under 12 minutes for the full video journey to play!
The way the dashcam worked, it records in 5 minute segments. So imagine trying to edit 7-8 hours of videos in 5 minute chunks! Fortunately, Windows Movie Maker allowed for me to upload multiple videos and connect them together seamlessly. It still took about 12 hours of uploading, waiting, adjusting time to speed it up, and then save it on a laptop disk drive begging for more space as it was!
Enjoy the video. It's published to Youtube. I also put it on DailyMotion if Youtube decides it's violating someone's copyright or hurting someone's feelings.
If you must, you can mute the Yakety Sax for the music.
Is it safe to come out now?
Where to start:
|A sunrise from the Dome Nothing better!|
Until next time, whenever that is...
|The easier option?|
|Kinda giving us the middle finger, no?|
|Attempting shot #2|
|Shot #3 succeeds...barely|
|Uncovering the sewer line. |
The break is underneath.
|Removal of the offending piece...|
|The second leak|
|My brother-in-law replacing the drywall|
|Behind the washer|
|"X" marks the spot???|
|Uncovering the "crack" in the pipe.|
|Coupling replaced and reinforced with concrete|
|The sewer pipe from the first repair. Had they gone down |
about 6 inches further they would have found the 2nd break!
|Picture taken the day of the boring. The eventual sewer leaks are shown but not thought to have been an issue as they used water to assist the drill with boring the new holes. They would eventually show themselves over the next several days|
|New wall is painted|
"Just so you know, in my view, Pluto is a planet. You can write that the NASA Administrator declared Pluto a planet once again. I'm sticking by that, it's the way I learnt it, and I'm committed to it."