Saturday, April 30, 2011

Streaming Audio

Live audio from WB9OTX
It may be music but most times it will be audio from my digital scanner. You will be hearing what I hear from the Versailles Indiana State Police tower. Try it, you'll like it.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Arbor Day - Apr. 29th

Arbor Day (from the Latin arbor, meaning tree) is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska during 1872 by J. Sterling Morton. The first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872, and an estimated 1 million trees were planted that day.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What is the dew point temperature?

I just purchased a weather station that displays just about everything to do with weather. I did not have a good understanding of dew point so here's what I found. I thought you may want to know too. ...... Jack

The dewpoint temperature is the temperature at which the air can no longer hold all of its water vapor, and some of the water vapor must condense into liquid water. The dew point is always lower than (or equal to) the air temperature.

If the air temperature cools to the dew point, or if the dew point rises to equal the air temperature, then dew, fog or clouds begin to form. At this point where the dew point temperature equals the air temperature, the relative humidity is 100%.

If there is then further cooling of the air, more water vapor must condense out as even more dew, fog, or cloud, so that the dew point temperature then falls along with the air temperature.

While relative humidity is (as its name suggests) a relative measure of how humid the air is, the dewpoint temperature is an absolute measure of how much water vapor is in the air. In very warm, humid conditions, the dewpoint temperature often reaches 75 to 77 degrees F, and sometimes exceeds 80 degrees. No matter how hot the temperature gets, a dewpoint temperature of (say) 75 deg. F always represents the same amount of water vapor in the air.

During the summer, the dewpoint temperature -- not the relative humidity -- is usually a better measure of how humid it feels outside. It is also a good measure of how much "fuel" is available to showers and thunderstorms, with a higher dewpoint representing more water vapor available for conversion to rain.

Thanks to Weather Questions dot com

Monday, April 25, 2011

I just like the Bee Gees

The Bee Gees are a musical group that was originally made up of three brothers: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful for most of their forty plus years of recording music, but they had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a harmonic "soft rock" act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and as a foremost act of the disco music era in the late 1970s. The group sang three-part tight harmonies that were instantly recognisable; Robin's clear vibrato lead was a hallmark of their earlier hits, while Barry's R&B falsetto became their signature sound during the late 1970s and 1980s. The brothers co-wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists.
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Easter day is the first Sunday after the 14th day of the lunar month (the nominal full moon) that falls on or after 21 March (nominally the day of the vernal equinox). For determining the feast, Christian churches settled on a method to define a reckoned "ecclesiastical" full moon, rather than observations of the true Moon. Eastern Orthodox Christians calculate the fixed date of 21 March according to the Julian Calendar rather than the modern Gregorian Calendar, and use an ecclesiastical full moon that occurs four to five days later than the western ecclesiastical full moon.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hands Across America 1986 25 yrs ago

I'm proud to have been a part of this event. Also my Ham Radio station (WB9OTX) helped in the organization of the chain of people participating.
I still have this hat hanging on the wall........... Jack

Hands Across America was a benefit event and publicity campaign staged on Sunday May 25, 1986 in which approximately seven million people held hands in a human chain for fifteen minutes along a path across the continental United States. Participants paid ten dollars to reserve their place in line; the proceeds were donated to local charities to fight hunger and homelessness and help those in poverty.

"On the afternoon of Sunday, May 25, 1986, almost seven million people joined hands to form a line that stretched 4,152 miles (6,682 km) – from New York City's Battery Park to the RMS Queen Mary pier in Long Beach, California. This nationwide event, called Hands Across America, was intended to raise money to fight hunger and homelessness."

In order to allow the maximum number of people to participate, the path linked major cities and meandered back and forth within the cities. There were undoubtedly many breaks in the chain, but enough people participated to form an unbroken chain across the country if the path had been a straight line.

drilling rig explosion - one year ago

The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion refers to the April 20, 2010 explosion and subsequent fire on the Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU), which was owned and operated by Transocean and drilling for BP in the Macondo Prospect oil field about 40 miles (60 km) southeast of the Louisiana coast. The explosion killed 11 workers and injured 16 others; another 99 people survived without serious physical injury. It caused the Deepwater Horizon to burn and sink, and started a massive offshore oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; this environmental disaster is now considered the second largest in U.S. history, behind the Dust Bowl.
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bay of Pigs Invasion Apr 17, 1961

In 1960, the CIA has received approval from the president to start a secret operation against Cuba, and especially against Fidel Castro. 1,300 Cubans were intensively trained and sent to the Bay of Pigs to attack Castro's troops. But Cuban intelligence was already aware of the planned invasion.

As a result of this project, 100 Americanized Cubans and 2,000 Cubans were killed in minutes. The bay was full of obstacles and the American troops had to surrender. A year later, Fidel Castro released the prisoners in exchange for $53 million in food and medicine for Cuban people. Read the full story

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cpl. John C. Bishop USMC Tribute

The Cpl. John C. Bishop USMC Tribute has been uploaded to YouTube and is viewable at:
I have now been granted permission to upload videos longer than 15 minutes, thus making it posible to ad this 20 minute tribute. You may still use the link from the Stratton - Karsteter Funeral Home page. Displaying this video on YouTube will allow many more people to search and find the tribute.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Titanic sinks at 02:20AM Apr. 15th 1912

At 23:40, while sailing about 400 miles south of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, lookouts Fredrick Fleet and Reginald Lee spotted a large iceberg directly ahead of the ship. Fleet sounded the ship's bell three times and telephoned the bridge exclaiming, "Iceberg, right ahead!". First Officer Murdoch gave the order "hard-a-starboard", using the traditional tiller order for an abrupt turn to port (left), and adjusted the engines (he either ordered through the telegraph for "full reverse" or "stop" on the engines; survivor testimony on this conflicts. The iceberg brushed the ship's starboard side (right side), buckling the hull in several places and popping out rivets below the waterline over a length of 299 feet. The Titanic sinks at 02:20AM Apr. 15th, 1912

Thursday, April 14, 2011

April 14, 1865 Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

From left to right: Major Henry Rathbone, Clara Harris, Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln, and John Wilkes Booth. The print, by Currier & Ives, erroneously suggests that Rathbone saw Booth before Booth shot Lincoln.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thursday, April 07, 2011

LizaMoon infection - Malware

Liza Moon is the latest piece of malware to infect your computer. It is very dangerous and very difficult to remove. The best way to prevent it is not to get it in the first place. One point five million web sites are infected and ready to spread it to your computer. If you browse to a web page and this little window pops up, Close your browser and do not go back to that page for a week or so. Do not click OK. In the past if you acquired this nasty piece of malware a good remover is Malwarebytes. You will have to run it in the safe mode and it will cost you about $25.00. Also you may have to download it with an un-infected computer. After the download you can move it with a thumb drive to the infected computer. Watch for the above pop-up when surfing the net and if you see it close your browser at once........... jack
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