Sunday, April 15, 2018

R.I.P. Art Bell 1945--2018

We are profoundly saddened with the news that the creator and original host of Coast to Coast AM, Art Bell, has passed away at the age of 72 at his home in Pahrump, Nevada.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Eye-Opening WW-II Facts

    The “Greatest Generation” sacrificed and did all of this:

    On average  6600 American service men died per MONTH , during WW2
    (about 220 a day).
    The Douglas plant in Long Beach produced a completed B-17 every 6 hours.
    People who were not around during WW2 have no understanding of the
    magnitude.  This gives some insight.
    276,000 aircraft manufactured in the US .
    43,000 planes lost overseas, including 23,000 in combat.
    14,000 lost in the continental U.S.
    The staggering cost of aircraft in 1945 dollars.
    AT-6        $22,952.        C-47      $88.574.
    B-17        $204,370.      P-38        $97,147.
    B-24      $215,516.    P-40      $44,892.
    B-25      $142,194.    P-47      $85,578.
    B-26      $192,426.    P-51      $51,572.
    B-29      $605.360      PT-17      $15,052.
    From Germany 's invasion of Poland Sept. 1, 1939  until Japan 's
    surrender on Sept. 2, 1945 = 2,433 days.
    America lost an average of 170 planes a day .
    A  B-17 carried 2,500 gallons of high octane fuel and carried a crew
    of 10 airmen.
    9.7 billion gallons of gasoline consumed.
    108 million hours flown.
    460 thousand million rounds of aircraft ammo fired overseas.
    7.9 million bombs dropped  overseas.
    2.3 million combat flights.
    299,230 aircraft used.
    808,471 aircraft engines used.
    799,972 propellers.
    Russian  Ilyushin IL-2 Sturmovik                36, 183
    Yakolev Yak-1,-3,-7, -9                                  31,000
    Messerschmitt Bf-109                                    30,480
    Focke-Wulf Fw-190                                        29,001
    Supermarine Spitfire                                      20,351
    Convair B-24/PB4Y Liberator/Privateer          18,482
    Republic P-47 Thunderbolt                            15,686
    North American P-51 Mustang                      15,875
    Junkers Ju-88                                                15,000
    Hawker Hurricane                                          14,533
    Curtiss P-40 Warhawk                                    13,738
    Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress                          12,731
    Vought F4U Corsair                                        12,571
    Grumman F6F Hellcat                                    12,275
    Petlyakov Pe-2                                                11,400
    Lockheed P-38 Lightning                                10,037
    Mitsubishi A6M Zero                                      10,449
    North American B-25 Mitchell                          9,984
    Lavochkin LaGG-5                                            9,920
    Grumman TBM Avenger                                    9,837
    Bell P-39 Airacobra                                          9,584
    Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar                                        5,919
    DeHavilland Mosquito                                      7,780
    Avro Lancaster                                                  7,377
    Heinkel He-111                                                  6,508
    Handley-Page Halifax                                        6,176
    Messerschmitt Bf-110                                        6,150
    Lavochkin LaGG-7                                            5,753
    Boeing B-29 Superfortress                                3,970
    Short  Stirling
    The US lost 14,903 pilots, aircrew and support personnel plus 13,873
    airplanes --- inside the continental United States .  There were
    52,651 aircraft accidents (6,039 involving fatalities) in 45 months.
    Average 1,170 aircraft accidents per month -- nearly 40 a day.
    It gets worse.....
    Almost 1,000  planes disappeared  en route from the US to foreign
    climes. But 43,581 aircraft were lost overseas including 22,948 on
    combat missions (18,418 in Europe) and 20,633 due to non-combat causes
    In a single 376 plane raid in August 1943,  60 B-17s were shot down.
    That was a 16 percent loss rate and meant 600 empty bunks in England.
    In 1942-43, it was statistically impossible for bomber crews to
    complete the intended 25-mission tour in Europe.
    Pacific theatre losses were far less (4,530 in combat) owing to
    smaller forces committed. The B-29 mission against Tokyo on May 25,
    1945, cost 26 Super Fortresses, 5.6 percent of the 464 dispatched from
    the Marianas.
    On average, 6,600 American servicemen died per month during WWII,
    about 220 a day.  Over 40,000 airmen were killed in combat and
    another 18,000 wounded. Some 12,000 missing men were declared dead,
    including those  "liberated" by the Soviets but never returned.
    More than 41,000 were captured.  Half of the 5,400 held by the
    Japanese died in captivity, compared with one-tenth in German hands.
    Total combat casualties were  121,867.
    The US forces peak strength was in 1944 with 2,372,000 personnel,
    nearly twice the previous year's figure.
    Losses were huge -- but so were production totals. From 1941 through
    1945, American industry delivered more than 276,000 military aircraft.
    That was not only for US Army, Navy and Marine Corps, but also for
    allies as diverse as Britain, Australia, China and Russia.
    Our enemies took massive losses. Through much of 1944, the Luftwaffe
    sustained hemorrhaging of 25% of aircrews and 40 planes a month.
    Experience Level:
    Uncle Sam sent many men to war with minimum training. Some fighter
    pilots entered combat in 1942 with less than 1 hour in their assigned
    The 357th Fighter Group (The Yoxford Boys) went to England in late
    1943 having trained on P-39s, then flew Mustangs. They never saw a
    Mustang until the first combat mission.
    With the arrival of new aircraft, many units transitioned in combat.
    The attitude was, "They all have a stick and a throttle. Go fly 'em."
    When the famed 4th Fighter Group converted from P-47s to P-51s in Feb
    44, there was no time to stand down for an orderly transition. The
    Group commander, Col. Donald  Blakeslee, said,  "You can learn to
    fly 51s on the way to the target."
    A future P-47 ace said, "I was sent to England to die." Many bomber
    crews were still learning their trade. Of Jimmy Doolittle's 15 pilots
    on the April 1942  Tokyo raid, only five had won their wings before
    1941. All but one of the 16 co-pilots were less than a year out of
    flight school.
    In WW2, safety took a back seat to combat. The AAF's worst accident
    rate was recorded by the A-36 Invader version of the P-51: a
    staggering 274 accidents per 100,000 flying hours. Next worst were the
    P-39 at 245, the P-40 at 188, and the P-38 at 139. All were Allison
    Bomber wrecks were fewer but more expensive. The B-17 and B-24
    averaged 30 and 35 accidents per 100,000 flight hours respectively --
    a horrific figure considering that from 1980 to 2000 the Air Force's
    major mishap rate was less than 2.
    The B-29 was even worse at 40 per 100,000 hours; the world's most
    sophisticated, most capable and most expensive bomber was too urgently
    needed to be able to stand down for mere safety reasons.
    (Compare:  when a $2.1 billion B-2 crashed in 2008, the Air Force
    declared a two-month "safety pause").
    The B-29 was no better for maintenance. Although the R3350 was known
    as a complicated, troublesome power-plant, only half the mechanics had
    previous experience with it.
    Perhaps the greatest success story concerned Navigators. The Army
    graduated some 50,000 during WW2.
    Many had never flown out of sight of land before leaving "Uncle Sugar"
    for a war zone. Yet they found their way across oceans and continents
    without getting lost or running out of fuel - a tribute to the AAF's
    At its height in mid-1944, the USAAF had 2.6 million people and nearly
    80,000 aircraft of all types.
    Today the US Air Force employs 327,000 active personnel (plus 170,000
    civilians) with 5,500+ manned and perhaps 200 unmanned aircraft.
    That's about 12% of the manpower and 7% of the airplanes of the WW2
    Another war like that of 1939-45 is doubtful, as fighters and bombers
    have given way to helicopters and remotely-controlled drones, e.g.
    over Afghanistan and Iraq. But within our living memory, men left the
    earth in 1,000-plane formations and fought major battles five miles
    high, leaving a legacy that remains timeless.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Tallest Tower in South America

Amazon Tall Tower Observatory

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Deep in Brazil's Amazon jungle, more than a hundred miles from the nearest city, stands South America's tallest structure, the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO). Reaching 325 meters (or 1,066 feet) into the sky above the trees, the ATTO is taller than the Chrysler Building or the Eiffel Tower.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Still Photos

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I was given some of these but most of them I have taken.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

The More You Know

Make do with what you've got
and you won't need what
you have not.

The above was the theme of a class that I taught while in the army.
Here is another:

The more you know
The more you know
you don't know.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Scenic Shots each day

  • The Daily OVERLOOK - Scenic Shots from around the World
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  • Monday, February 26, 2018

    Teachers with guns ?

    I'm not so sure that I would want teachers with guns. I think I may be dead today if they were armed when I was in school. I may have heard bang bang in stead of "Jack get to the study hall".

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    Thursday, February 22, 2018

    My Wife said

    My Wife said that Presidents day was over, so put something else on your Blog.
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    This photo taken by the local newspaper. It was taken in the 1970s When I was EC for Ripley County. I have thousands of pictures that I enjoy looking through, This one brings back a lot of memories for me.
    ........ Jack WB9OTX

    Monday, February 19, 2018

    Washington's Birthday -- Presidents' Day ?

    Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. It can occur between February 15 through February 21 inclusive colloquially, the day is also now widely known as Presidents' Day and is often an occasion to honor the incumbent president and all persons who have served as president, not just George Washington.
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    Sunday, February 18, 2018

    Henry Ford Quote

    Auto racing began 5 minutes after the second car was built.

    Thursday, February 08, 2018


    I ran across the K8FAC QRZ page and found it very interesting. It made me think of myself some 50 years ago. I have copied a paragraph for you to read here. But you can read more about him HERE
    I started with a Heath Kit HW16, a 40 meter dipole and a home brew 3 element 15 meter Yagi beam from old TV antennas. I was WN9GOA back then
    ------------------------------- What fun it was ......... Jack WB9OTX

    Below is From K8FAC:
    While I consider my Yaesu and Elecraft radios, and all similar modern transceivers, to be technical wonders that make ham operations a pleasure, I also have a liking (some might say a masochistic one) for "boat anchors"-- ham-speak for classic vacuum tube equipment from the 1950s and 60s-- and I often go on the air with one of the entry-level, antique transmitters/receivers in my modest collection. Currently I have a Heathkit DX-20, a Knight T-50, and a Drake 2B receiver and I partner these with a manual key and a simple dipole to create a typical novice station from times long-gone. Making contacts with a 60+ year-old, rockbound antique transmitter, and a comparatively unembellished receiver can be a challenge, but it can also be fun. Technical shortcomings notwithstanding, this old equipment still works, and it's a nostalgic trip back in time for me to assemble the station that I wish I'd had, but couldn't afford, when I was a high school student in the late 1950s. No semi-conductors or printed circuits spoken here--just lots of colorful separate components, shiny soldered point-to-point connections, hot glowing tubes, jumping analog meters, hefty Bakelite knobs, brick-heavy transformers, lethal voltages and clunky steel cabinets.  Don't get me wrong, I would never give up the ease-of-operation, reliability and versatility provided by my modern equipment, but still, if only for the sake of knowing how far we've come, it's unfortunate that few new hams will ever have the experience of tuning a tank circuit, or operating rockbound on a single frequency, or getting a pink "love note" from the FCC for spurious emissions, or using a key with 400 volts across the exposed contacts, or chasing a drifting station on a simple SWL receiver, or heating the entire shack (and perhaps toasting a finger) from a dozen or more glowing tubes.  Yes, it did take more effort to make a contact with a boatanchor, but I think there was a correspondingly greater sense of acheivement that came with success. Those old rigs may demand our full attention, but they also connect us with the history of ham radio, and the romance and folklore of wireless communication in general. Too, there is something almost tactile in the way that they give the operator a "feeling" for the emitted signal, and a deeper understanding of what is happening from key to antenna. Here's a picture of my fully-functional, all CW, vintage station. Typically running between 25 and 35 watts of output power to a dipole antenna, this station can, and still does, work the world.

    Wednesday, February 07, 2018

    8 years ago February 2010

    See what Mike Stratton and I were doing in February 2010
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    Saturday, February 03, 2018

    'Super blue Moon'

    A blue moon occurs when a full moon happens twice in one calendar month, and a supermoon occurs when the Moon is closest to the Earth.
    'Super blue blood Moon' seen around the world
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    Thursday, February 01, 2018

    Groundhog Day

    The second of February every year

    Groundhog hibernation gave rise to the popular American custom of Groundhog Day, held on the second of February every year. Tradition dictates that if a groundhog sees its shadow that day, there will be six more weeks of winter, though such a prediction seems a sure bet over much of the groundhog's North American range.
    From: nationalgeographic

    Thursday, January 25, 2018


    This one is a little different...
    Two Different Versions...
    Two Different Morals…


    The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

    The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.  Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.


    Be responsible for yourself!


    The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

    The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

    Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

    CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

    America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

    How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

    Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green...'

    Black Lives Matter stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, We shall overcome.

    Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper's sake.

    Ex-President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Trump, President Bush, President Reagan, and Christopher Columbus for the grasshopper's plight.

    Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

    Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Ant Act, retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

    The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

    The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around them, because the grasshopper doesn't maintain it.

    The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

    The grasshopper is found dead in a drug-related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize and ramshackle the once-prosperous and peaceful neighborhood.

    The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.


    Be careful how you vote in 2018 and 2020

    I've sent this to you because I believe that you are an ant!

    You may wish to pass this on to other ants, but don't bother sending it on to any grasshoppers because they wouldn't understand it, anyway.

    Author is unknown

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Just a few Friends

    See anyone you know ?
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    I have just added over one hundred new photos to this album - So look again, you may be there.
    If you have a photo you would like in this album, Email it to me.

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    My Blog "a look back"

    From the Washington DC Veteran trip 

    Click the link below to have a look back at past posts
    I just looked at all of these and it is amazing how time
    passes so fast. ....... Jack