Sunday, March 19, 2017

Equinox, Eggs in the balance

The egg being the most literal and obvious of all fertility symbols, ancient eggish customs survive not only in the form of egg rolling and Easter eggs, but also in the quaint superstitious belief, most often attributed to the Chinese, that you can stand a raw egg on end during the equinox. Apparently this derives from the notion that, due to the sun's equidistant position between the poles of the earth on the first day of spring, special gravitational forces apply.

From a skeptical point of view, the first objection that comes to mind is the fact that there's another equinox on the first day of autumn. Why is there no talk of balancing eggs on end in September? Secondly, while it's true that on both equinoxes the earth's axis is perpendicular to the sun, so day and night are of exactly equal length, there's no scientific reason to suppose that that alignment has any appreciable effect on gravitational forces here on earth. Thirdly, if the equinox can cause this curious anomaly, why aren't there others? Why don't we hear talk of being able to stand broomsticks, pencils, lollipops, or toothpicks on end?

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pi Day - March 14

Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (3/14 in the month/day date format) since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day.

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Monday, March 06, 2017

Made in USA

The Made in USA mark is a country of origin label indicating the product is "all or virtually all" made in the United States. The label is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

In general, goods imported into the United States must have a country of origin label unless excepted, but goods manufactured in the United States can be sold without any sort of "Made in the USA" label unless explicitly required. Requirements to label domestic content include automobiles and textile, wool, and fur products. Any voluntary claims made about the amount of U.S. content in other products must comply with the FTC’s Made in USA policy.

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Pitcairn Island

I seen the Pitcairn Is. group VP6EU on 30 meters JT65 this morning.(3/5/17) I called several times but the West Coast  guys beat me out every time. I think they leave today. Oh Well I have them on SSB and several bands, but this was many years ago. This was when Tom Christian was still alive and making a good living off QSL cards. I sent my dollars just like every one else. The call I worked Pitcairn Is. with was VR6TC The TC was for Tom Christian. The cards I had were red tint instead of blue tho.

VR6TC Tom Christian 1935 - 2013
This was in the early 1970s - lots of great radio memories back then.

...... Jack WB9OTX

Thanks to:
JH1IFS for the use of his QSL card. 
The Telegraph newspaper

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Yaesu FTDX 560 My 2nd transmitter

I had saved and saved to upgrade from my Heath HW-16 to a better radio, luckily I found a Yaesu FTDX 560 at the Strikers Grove Ham Fest in Ross,  Ohio, this was in the early 70s. The 560 was only a year or two old and the price was with in my budget. It came with the matching speaker and external VFO. I had a home brew two element 15 meter yagi constructed from old TV antennas and a bradcast band varible capsiter mounted on a roof top tripod, no rotor but pointed at Japan it was a pile up every evening after work. It was a slight bit hard hearing on 10 meters but a receive preamp cured this problem. I worked the world with the home brew beam and a fan dipole. One quirk that took some getting use to was the reverse reading S-meter, but after a short time it was un-noticeable. This was about the end of the Yaesu tube era. It was a great radio but I traded it for another glow in the dark Drake R4B and T4XB that severed me well for many years. I have not seen a Yaesu FTDX 560 in years at a Ham Fest, but if I seen one I may bring it home just to remember some of my very early fun years in Ham Radio. .... My QRZ WB9OTX page

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Nikola Tesla

Everything you ever wanted to know about Nikola Tesla

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Versailles Indiana Drone Footage

400 ft. above the Versailles State Park Dam Drone is a DJI Phantom Standard - Pilot Ty Demaree

Monday, February 13, 2017

400 foot above WB9OTX'S QTH

My son Ty was the pilot flying my drone above my home here in Versailles, Indiana. .... Jack

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Antarctica Vostok Station KC4/N2TA

A nice thrill came today just at twilight (gray line) The Russian Amateur Radio station at Vostok call sign KC4/N2TA returned my call on a frequency of 5.357 Mhz. mode JT65. This is a rare contact for this 60 meter band. I was using a 46 Foot vertical antenna with 20 grown radials and power of 25 watts. It is difficult to even talk to Europe on this band so Antarctica is a great contact.
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Vostok Station (Russian: Ста́нция Восто́к, translit. Stántsiya Vostók, pronounced [ˈstant͡sɨjə vɐˈstok], literally "Station East") is a Russian (formerly Soviet) research station in inland Princess Elizabeth Land, Antarctica. Founded by the Soviet Union in 1957, the station lies at the southern Pole of Cold, with the lowest reliably measured natural temperature on Earth of −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F; 184.0 K).[1] Research includes ice core drilling and magnetometry. Vostok (Russian for "east") was named after Vostok, the lead ship of the First Russian Antarctic Expedition captained by Fabian von Bellingshausen (the second ship Mirny captained by Mikhail Lazarev
became the namesake for Mirny Station).

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