Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Office of the Indiana Attorney General
Indiana Government Center South
302 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Copied from the Ripley County Repeater Associations
club web page at:
Please read the below paragraph very carefully to
understand it fully.
The 146.805 Ripley County Repeater Associations repeater is an "open" repeater system to all travellers and visitors who are amateur radio operators and live outside of Ripley County Indiana as well as all members of the Ripley County Repeater Association anytime day, night, Sunday night nets, weather nets, official emergencies and/or disasters. The 146.805 repeater remains a "closed" repeater to all non-members of the Ripley County Repeater Association except for Sunday night nets and/or weather nets when non members from any location may participate.
Friday, March 28, 2008
See it on YouTube at:
It has also been added to my latest video page at:
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Clarke was born in Minehead, Somerset, England. As a boy he enjoyed stargazing and reading old American science fiction pulp magazines. After secondary school and studying at Huish's Grammar School, Taunton, he was unable to afford a university education and got a job as an auditor in the pensions section of the Board of Education.
During the Second World War he served in the Royal Air Force as a radar specialist and was involved in the early warning radar defence system, which contributed to the RAF's success during the Battle of Britain. Clarke spent most of his wartime service time working on Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) radar as documented in the semi-autobiographical Glide Path, his only non-SF novel. Although GCA did not see much practical use in the war, after several years of development it was vital to the Berlin Airlift of 1948–1949. He initially served in the ranks, and was a Corporal when he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer (Technical Branch) on 27 May 1943. He was promoted Flying Officer on 27 November 1943 He was demobilised with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. After the war he earned a first-class degree in mathematics and physics at King's College London. ...... Read more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_C._Clarke
Sunday, March 23, 2008
See a video of Laughery Creek at Busching Bridge near Versailles
Here is The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association's Press Room photos:
Read More at:
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The first day of spring this year (2008) is March 20. The equinox will be at 5:48 GMT. That's 10:48 AM EDT if I figure correct. In general, the four seasons correspond to the relative position of the Sun to the earth. Meteorological determination of Spring is calculated when the Sun passes through the equatorial plane. When going from Winter to Spring, the Sun is moving North, and as soon as the Sun crosses the equator, we call it Spring.
TinySpell installs itself in the system tray for easy access. It comes with an American-English dictionary containing more than 110,000 words. It is a lifesaver for me. Here's the best part, "its free".
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
High Water at the covered bridge near the entrance of Versailles State Park.
This video was taken by my Son Ty, He was trying to get a photo of the Versailles Lake Dam, but couldn't get there because water was over the road.
Here are some photos taken by my friends Faith, Ty, & Ralph of the high water in Friendship,Indiana.
Click to play click again to enlarge.
You should be using Safari or FireFox and not IE.
Google's new 411 service is free, fast and easy to use. Give it a try now and see how simple it is to find and connect with local businesses for free.
Say Versailles Indiana (if it states the wrong city say, "go back")
Say Ripley Computer
You will be connected
See a video at:
1-800-GOOG-411 (from my cell phone I must leave off the 1)
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for thousands of years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink, and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. Read more at:
Friday, March 14, 2008
Photos Of Eliot Spitzer's Hooker
Meet "Kristen," the 22-year-old woman who brought down the governor. Read the story here
Please don't take everything posted to the Web as the gospel, check things out first, that may be a fake Rolex watch she is wearing. Look at those nice boats !
My wife and I have a passport that will expire soon. I went looking for the information on how to renew and found the proper forms in short order. Isn't Google great? The bigest hassle is the photo. The last time I had a professional photographer process the photos and Wow was that a shock when I said,"what do I owe you". Times have changed and now you can get them at CVS Drug for about $8.00.
Here is where you can obtain the form for new or renewal:
The fee is a whopping $65.00 for new/renew.
Please Note: When traveling by air, all U.S. citizens must present a passport or a secure travel document to reenter the United States. This includes children.
When traveling by land or sea , oral declarations of citizenship at the border will no longer get you through a U.S. border crossing. As of January, 31, 2008 all U.S. citizens age 19 and older must present documentation proving identity and citizenship, such as a driver's license plus a birth certificate; those younger than 18 are only required to show proof of citizenship.
This documentation must include your name, your photo and your date of birth. To view a full list of acceptable documents go to the official site of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Here, you'll also find some FAQs on required travel documents.
For more information, consult the official site of the U.S. Department of State.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Broadcast Band DXing has been a hobby of mine from 1951 till present day. I admit I do not pursue the hobby as I did when I was younger but I still slip the headphones on ever so often. I had what was called an "All American Five" broadcast band receiver. This is what most people had and was the most common radio receiver for home use in the 50s. Most had a wood or bake-o-lite case and only two knobs, one for volume and one for the tuning. Most had a set of screws on the rear, one for the antenna and one for ground. Most listeners did not use an antenna or ground but relied on the internal antenna that was called a loop stick. If you added a piece of wire to the antenna screw you could improve reception a great deal. Bigger is better, so I had a 100 foot wire attached to mine. I had a speaker attached that I put under my pillow so as not to disturb my Mom or Dad. (And they thought I was sleeping). I tuned most of the clear channel stations, these were stations that no others were allowed on the same frequency and most ran 50,000 watts of power. Some of these stations are listed below. WSM I must say was my favorite. To see some of the history of these stations click the link below:
650 WSM, Nashville, TN Home of the Grand Ole' Opry.
700 WLW, Cincinnati, OH WLW was a true US "Flamethrower.
890 WLS Chicago, IL One of my favorites when a teen.
1020 KDKA Pittsburgh, PA Among the very first broadcast stations in the US.
1190 WOWO Ft. Wayne, IN Originally a powerhouse on the 1190 channel
Later in years I used communication receivers. These had many knobs to twist, and I must tell you they worked much better than my 5 tube first radio. Today FM is the preferred mode, AM has sank to an all time low but if you want to hear far away stations AM is the way to go. With AM not popular it is hard to find a well made AM radio. Most do good to pick up a 50,000 watt station 50 miles away. There is only one radio that still has a sharp sensitive receiver, that being the GE Super Radio. RCA acquired the GE division that produced this radio for many years. This model came in as the RCA RP7887 Superadio III. It is the same as the former GE model. See it here:
If you are on a budget try looking at an old and I mean old car radio. You may find one at a junk yard. Hook it up to a car battery and put a long piece of wire on it for the antenna and you will have one of the best AM radios you can get. Listen late at night and tune not only the loud stations but the weak ones too. Listen to the far right of the dial for the weak low power stations. These are nick-named the "graveyard stations". Listen for a station ID and location. If you only get the call letters you can search the Web to find the location. Give it a try ......... its fun.
Here is a Web site with further information:
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
As you may have heard the Bush Administration said each and every one of us would now get a nice rebate. If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China. If we spend it on gasoline it will all go to the Arabs, if we purchase a computer it will all go to India, if we purchase fruit and vegetables it will all go to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala, if we purchase a good car it will all go to Japan, if we purchase useless crap it will all go to Taiwan and none of it will help the American economy. We need to keep that money here in America, so the only way to keep that money here at home is to buy beer, since those are the only businesses still in the US.
Thanks to L.S. for this important information.
Just a few Friends Page has grown with leaps and bounds in the short time it has been on the Web. I still have room for lots more pictures, so send me old or new pictures that you want to see on this page.
This page is "just for you"
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Daylight saving time (DST)is the convention of advancing clocks so that afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn. Modern DST was first proposed in 1907 by William Willett. Many countries have used it since then; details vary by location and change occasionally. Read more at:
Remember "Spring forward - Fall back" Change your clock tonight.
"and you thought Ben Franklin thought of it".
----------> Click photo to enlarge <---------- Betty and I are snowed in, can't even get to the hi-way. There is a ban on driving, only cops and rescue are allowed on the roads. We have heat and electric, so we are doing OK.
*** Update ***
Sunday morning now, After much shoveling yesterday afternoon I was able to get to the state road. The ban on driving has been lifted. Betty left for church, she called to tell me 421 to Madison was fairly clear. With temps to reach 50 later in the week this snow will not last long. "welcome to Indiana"
Friday, March 07, 2008
Teresa Brewer (May 7, 1931 – October 17, 2007) was an American pop and jazz singer who was one of the most popular female singers of the 1950s. Born Theresa Breuer in Toledo, Ohio, Brewer died of a neuromuscular disease at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. at the age of 76
I remember Teresa as a young boy and loved the song "Music Music Music". I had a few records by Teresa when I was in the army, We played them till they were worn out. I'll miss her and the cute little smile. Read more about Teresa at:
See more videos of teresa:
Thursday, March 06, 2008
I have been listening to Matt's Today In History for some time and I thought I would pass this page on to you. You may like it, if you do bookmark it and check it daily to hear about the past.
Intro to his page:
Everything that came before us has helped to define the world we inhabit today. Matt's Today in History is a short podcast that brings you the story of an event that took place on today's date at some time in the past. From sobering to silly, from before the Roman Empire to the fall of Communism and beyond, we cover it all, a little at a time. We are all standing on yesterday. Begin your own journey of discovery with Matt's Today in History!
Here is a link to the History Channel's This Day In History page. A new short video each day at:
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Read the tribute to Tyson Auditorium Versailles In. written by Ken Sheets and hear an audio file produced by Mike Perleberg of WSCH Eagle Radio.
This page is not fancy as it was rushed into view for the Web but I think it will serve the purpose. Scroll to the bottom for the sound bite.
There is also a link from the Versailles High School Page at:
Happy Slip (Christine)
This is a video of the Cactus Cuties, very talented young ladies ranging in age from 8 to 13 singing The Star Spangled Banner. The performance was at the Texas Tech vs Texas basketball game January 20, 2008 in front of over 11,000 people. The Cuties are Andi, Baylee, Blaire, Madeline and Tatum.
Madeline Powell, a member of the Cactus Cuties
Paul Pots "WOW, I know, I say it louder" (from GEICO)
These people are just a few of the many on YouTube. I'm sure you will be seeing and hearing more about them in the future.
Monday, March 03, 2008
This is the way it ought to be done. I am tired of all those pop stars and hollywood types screwing it up. If you ain't leaking at the eyeballs after this you are a pinko commie. Ladies and gentlemen our national anthem the way it was meant to be... From my good friend Ralph. See his Blog
Ralph you couldn't be more correct. I know you were in the military and that plants a seed into your heart that I think others do not experience. I still get a lump in my throat when I hear the National Anthem or see the colors march by in a parade. I wish others could experience this feeling to. ...... Jack
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Thanks Goes out to Jane and Jess Westmeyer of Versailles Indiana for letting me place very old photos of Old Timbers located now inside the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge Madison, In. formally the Jefferson Proving grounds (JPG). These photos are large in file size and would be best viewed with a broadband connection. If you are using a dial-up connection please give the photo time to load to full view. See the album at:
See modern photos of Old Timbers and other sites inside JPG at:
This is a piece of history "just for you" ............ Jack