Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Back on the ITN

Apr. 17th 2020
I was able to squeeze in a couple of hours dismantling the twisted and bent antennas from the fallen tower. I was able to untangle the 75 meter wire and spice the broken pieces back together. This was a temporary fix as the broken pieces still need to be soldered. This temporary fix now allows me after eight weeks to check into the Indiana Traffic Net (ITN) again. All of my friends welcomed me back. I still have much work and many hours, work, and money to get back to what I had. I think I will be unable to achieve this. I will just do what I can and make do in the future.
Jack  WB9OTX

Monday, April 13, 2020

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Storm Damage

Apr. 8, 2020
A savior thunderstorm warning and a tornado watch had been posted about 45 minutes before all hell broke loose. There was reports of damage in Jackson county to the West, this report came over the police scanner. The first sign was a roar of the wind then debris of things hit the picture window in the living room. I had never heard this intense thumping before on the window. I hurried my wife Betty into the wheel chair and rolled her into our small bathroom, covered her with a blanket. I could hear crash, boom, thump coming from the roof  and walls. I have to tell you I was frightened like never before in a wind storm. The lights went out and in a few minutes the noise of the wind quit as fast as it had began. There was very little lightning with this storm, just a few cloud to cloud rumbling. Oil and battery lamps were lit. Betty was wheeled out of her safe bathroom location to the darkened living room. I took a flashlight and shined out the door to the car port. There was sticks leaves and all kinds of junk there.I ventured into the back yard and seen the radio tower with all of the giant antennas crushed to the ground. I could see that the trees were broken and large limbs were all about in the yard. I turned off the power to the breaker box to the radios and computers in the radio room. Our  power was off for about 2 days, but REMC was much faster than Duke restoring the electric. My internet is still out and I don't expect it to be restored for a few days. The coax from the power pole across the road is broken. We are now waiting on the insurance adjuster to arrive. All in all we are safe and the things that are damaged and broken can be fixed in time. We were lucky.


Saturday, April 04, 2020

Statton - Karsteter Funeralhome

For the last few days I have been working with the Statton - Karsteter Funeralhome in Versailles with a make over of their Web Page. If you have a few minutes please look the page over.
The Web address is:
Also there are some local photos that you may find interesting.

Friday, April 03, 2020

My wife

We are almost two weeks into self-isolation and it’s very upsetting for me to witness my wife standing at the dining room window staring aimlessly into space with tears running down her cheeks. It breaks my heart to see her like this. I’ve thought very hard of how I can cheer her up. I’ve even considered letting her in. But rules are rules.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

‘The Great American Takeout. Day"

Help support your local restaurant
Search Google for the phone number
then call your order in
Go pick it up or ask if they deliver

Covid-19 & Safe Grocery Shopping

Friday, March 27, 2020

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

* The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (RNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
* Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
* The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
* HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
* Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.
* Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
* NO BACTERICIDE SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; they cannot kill what is not alive with anthobiotics, but quickly disintegrate its structure with everything said.
* NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous), 4 hours (copper, because it is naturally antiseptic; and wood, be
cause it removes all the moisture and does not let it peel off and disintegrates). ), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic). But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
* The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.
* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer.
* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.
* LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.
* The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
* This is super said, but you have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
* You have to HUMIDIFY HANDS DRY from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better. * Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Almost made it

The giant 80 meter 1/4 wave vertical that was installed Oct. 20th, 2019 is now cranked down and the 20 of the 40 radials will be rolled up soon before grass mowing season. It is 64 foot tall and would be a perfect lightning target. I wanted to contact 100 countries with it but I got stalled at 95, So close ! It will go back up next fall when the thunder storms are over. Believe me it was a very fun chase.
Here are just a few of the countries I contacted:

CT3MD 2020-03-02 80m FT8 IM13tb Madeira Island
VK9NK 2020-03-02 80m FT8 Norfolk Island
ZD7BG 2020-02-16 80m FT8 St Helena Island
Z35T 2020-01-29 80m FT8 KN11cr North Macedonia Rep
C5GCJ 2020-01-26 80m FT8 The Gambia
4O4A 2020-01-14 80m FT8 JN92nc Montenegro
A45XR 2019-11-26 80m FT8 LL93do Oman
3D2AG 2019-11-21 80m FT8 RH91fv Fiji
ZA/IK2RLM 2019-11-21 80m FT8 JN91vh Albania
J79WTA 2019-11-20 80m FT8 FK95gk Dominica
PJ5/SP6EQZ 2019-11-20 80m FT8 Saba, St Eustatius
FO5QB 2019-11-18 80m FT8 BH52ek French Polynesia
JA4DHN 2019-11-12 80m FT8 PM64tm Japan
VK2DX 2019-10-29 80m FT8 QF56OE44 Australia
VP8EME 2019-10-26 80m FT8 GD18bh Falkland Islands

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Paul Harvey's classic "The Farmer"

While looking for information on the previous post I remembered the Paul Harvey classic The Farmer. Here it is for you to see too.

Walter Winchell 1945

About Coronavirus Disease


Sunday, March 08, 2020

Its been a long time

After months I have decided to start posting again. I have been away from this blog for over 6 months now. If you know or don't know my dear wife Betty suffered a stroke and I am her care taker 90% of the time. I do have a lady that comes 2 times a day to help out. I am home inside and can only be away for only about one hour. I am thankful that I can take advantage of my Ham Radio hobby to pass some of the time. I have been using some of my low power (QRP) radios with 5 watts or less. I have also been trying to contact 100 countries on the 80 meter band. As of today I have 95 worked. My 80 meter antenna is 64 foot vertical straight up and will have to come down when the thunder storms come soon as it will be a big lightning rod. Most of my low power work is done with CW (code like di dau dau) slow speed. I find with my old age my code speed is at a receive speed of about 13 words per minute. This is pretty slow, try talking to someone that slow. Fast would be 35 WPM. I do talk on the radio each morning with friends mostly in Indiana on the Indiana Traffic Net on 3.910 MHZ.
This was just a blerb that I decided to post today. If I think of any news or what I think may be of interest I will try to post it. ..... So check back from time to time. Thanks for reading.