Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fort Knox. Mystery Is Its History

By Todd Brandes and Jimmy Shirley

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

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A lady walked up to me, shook my hand and said
"Thank You For Your Service"
She handed me this star.
What a nice feeling I had.
....... Jack

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

This may be the last year for the uniform

This may be the last year for me to wear my Army uniform as it was very tight around the middle.
Sgt. E5 Jack Demaree

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The World Clock — Worldwide

Click the below link to see what time it is around the world.

Did you know there are 38 not 24 time zones around the world.
See this page

Monday, September 17, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Weather Satellite GOES East Full Disk

Back in the middle 90s I put together a weather satellite receive station. The receiver and antennas were home brew and after several modifications weather photos were received in the 136 Mhz. band very clearly.  It was a challenge to get the station working perfect. Now you need nothing but an internet connection to see these images, but back then it was a thrill to get the images direct from the satellites.  See other photos I received HERE ..... Jack WB9OTX 

Remember 9-11

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Saturday, September 08, 2018

Open Letter to Nike - Sherry Graham-Potter

Widow of fallen officer pens open letter to Nike on Kaepernick campaign — it’s a must-read

A police officer’s widow penned an open letter to Nike that’s gone viral, telling her raw, personal story and expressing her disgust with the new Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.

Sherry Graham-Potter is the surviving spouse of Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Graham. In 2005, Deputy Graham was struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle as he grappled with an emotionally disturbed man on a highway.

Graham-Potter’s letter to Nike tells the story of how she worked through her grief, how a Nike cap came to be a symbol of the “strength and the sacrifice” of a loving husband who gave his life in the line of duty, and how Nike’s decision to make a cop-hating man who hasn’t sacrificed anything the face of their brand is “terribly, terribly wrong.”

Here’s the letter:

Dear Nike,

I want to have a conversation about this hat. It’s over 13 years old. I don’t remember when I bought it exactly, I don’t remember where I bought it. But what I do remember is why I wore it.

On August 10, 2005, I was a newlywed with two young sons. My husband Tim and I had toasted our one month anniversary the night before, and I was enjoying a rare evening to myself, catching up on reading and relishing the quiet. Until there was a knock on my door. I had no way of knowing that the small act of turning a knob was about to shatter my life into a million pieces. I sat numb and in sheer disbelief as I was told that my husband, while in a foot pursuit and subsequent struggle with a suspect that ended up in the road, had been struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle. He took his last breath lying in the middle of the street. What I lost in that moment is indescribable. I had to watch his mother be dealt the most agonizing blow a parent can face, and I couldn’t comfort her because I was in my own hell. I had to find a way to gut my own children in the gentlest way possible, and tell them that this man they had come to love, who they looked up to, who cared for them as his own, would never walk through our door again.

I don’t know if you’ve ever attended a police funeral, but watching grown men who’ve seen the absolute worst things a civilian can imagine, break down and sob over the casket of their brother is an image that never leaves you. The bagpipes haunt my dreams to this day, but it was the faces of my children, the innocence that abandoned them at such a tender age that brought me to my knees.

I had no choice but to move on. We trudged zombie-like through our days for weeks and weeks on end. I never left the house except to drive the boys to school, or buy food we barely touched. I realized that I had to do something. I had to move my body or I was going to crawl out of my own skin. So I put on the only cap I had and I went for a run. It was short, it hurt and it was ugly. But I felt, just for those few moments on that road, like a normal person. So I kept doing it. I put that hat on and I ran every day. Sometimes I had to stop and sit down because I was sobbing so hard. Sometimes I was so angry I ran until I thought I my heart would stop, sometimes I would just scream over and over again, but it still felt better than doing nothing.

That black cap became a symbol to me, it is sweat stained and it’s shape is gone, the buckle in the back barely closes; but that hat represents my family’s rise from the ashes. It stands for the strength and the sacrifice we made loving a man who had a job that we all knew could end his life, every time he walked out that door. And it did. And I accept that.

I still wear this hat, I wore it on my run this morning.
And then I heard about your new ad campaign.

Colin Kapernick has the absolute right to protest anything he damn well pleases. I don’t dispute that for one second. My father, my husband and many, many friends have all served this country and were willing to fight for his right to kneel.
But that right goes both ways. I also have a right to express my disgust at your decision to portray him as some kind of hero. What, exactly has Colin Kapernick sacrificed? His multi million dollar paycheck…? Nope, you already gave him one of those. His reputation? No, he’s been fawned over by celebrities and media alike. Funny, Tim Tebow was never called courageous when he knelt.
This man, whose contempt for law enforcement fits him like a…sock, has promoted an agenda that has been proven false time and time again, in study after study. But facts don’t seem to matter anymore. This man has thrown his support behind divisive anti-police groups, and donated money directly to a fugitive from justice who escaped prison after killing a police officer. I question the judgement of anyone who would put someone this controversial and divisive at the head of an advertising campaign, but it isn’t my company to run.

I don’t know if I’ll have he heart to ever get rid of this cap, but I will tell you this, I’ll never purchase another Nike product as long as I live. You got this one wrong Nike, terribly, terribly wrong.

Sherry Graham-Potter, surviving spouse of Deputy Tim Graham

French Guiana FY

Happy today (9/8/2018) to work a new country of French Guiana on the  40 meter Ham band..

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

I need a new pair of shoes

But they will be any brand but Nike

I think I like Sketchers now.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Neil Armstrong Placing U.S. Flag on Moon

Its not in the movie, But its here in my Blog.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey is an American actress who starred in the film Dirty Dancing (1987) opposite Patrick Swayze, a sleeper hit that would become one of the biggest films of the 1980s.
See a YouTube Clip
Read more about her

Monday, August 27, 2018

Patrick Wayne Swayze 1952 – 2009

Patrick Wayne Swayze (/ˈsweɪzi/; August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer, singer, and songwriter. Having gained fame with appearances in films during the 1980s, he became popular for playing tough guys and romantic lead males, gaining him a wide fan base with female audiences, and status as a teen idol and sex symbol. He was named by People magazine as its Sexiest Man Alive in 1991.
See a Youtube clip


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dirty Dancing "A Classic"

The Dirty Dancing movie was created on Aug./21/1987
31 Years Ago.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Fly on the Ford at North Vernon

September 20-23, 2018 - North Vernon, IN - North Vernon Airport
Field Location: Main airport entrance, 645 E County Rd 450 N, North Vernon, IN 47265
Aircraft: Liberty Ford 5AT
1929 Ford Tri-Motor
Call N.Vernon Air Port for more info
I have flown in this aircraft and it is a fantastic experience........ Jack
The price is $75.00 walk up pricing
September 20-23, 2018
Thur 2 to 5    Fri, - Sat, - Sun, 9 to 5

Monday, August 06, 2018

Gordon’s Leap

Photo by: Jack Demaree
Gordon’s Leap in Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles gained famous recognition as the spot where a student of the Versailles Medical College jumped over a cliff about 70 feet high and escaped death.
One night after dark two students, Bernard Mullen, and John Glass of Napoleon, and Dr. Jonathan Gordon were exhuming a grave of a patient who had mysteriously died in hopes to perform an autopsy and determine a cause of death. As Glass dug, Gordon and Mullen kept watch. When Glass struck the casket he was warned by the other two of the approaching pursuers. Glass sprung from the grave totally ignorant of his surroundings and ran straight off the cliff. The three escaped town soon thereafter, volunteering for the Mexican War. Gordon later distinguished himself in the Civil War and in later years was recognized as one of the most famous criminal lawyers in the United States. Called Gordon’s Leap, but Glass leapt!

from:batesville herald tribune

Sunday, July 29, 2018

My 1st ham transmission

My first ham transmission is over 50 light years away by now.
Who will hear CQ DE WN9GOA ? 
I made this call some 50 years ago as a Novice operator.

A look Back July 2012

Photos by Jack Demaree

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

weather satellite receive station

Photo by: Jack Demaree WB9OTX

Back in the middle 90s I put together a weather satellite receive station. The receiver and antennas were home brew and after several modifications weather photos were received in the 136 Mhz. band very clearly.  It was a challenge to get the station working perfect. Now you need nothing but an internet connection to see these images, but back then it was a thrill to get the images direct from the satellites.  See other photos I received HERE ..... Jack WB9OTX 

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

One of a kind

Every once in a while you see a photo that is one of a thousand. Here is one, My grand kids on the beach.
Photo by: Ty Demaree

Independence Day

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Monday, July 02, 2018

1st ham transmission

My first ham transmission is over 50 light years away by now.
Who will hear CQ DE WN9GOA ? I made this call some 50 years ago as a Novice operator.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Laughery Creek in S.E. Indiana

Laughery Creek is an 88.6-mile-long stream that flows through Ripley, Dearborn, and Ohio counties in southeastern Indiana, and is a tributary of the Ohio River.

Laughery Creek was named in memory of Lochry's Defeat, a Revolutionary War skirmish that occurred at the mouth of the creek, two miles south of present-day Aurora, Indiana on August 24, 1781. Colonel Archibald Lochry and his Pennsylvania militiamen, were rafting down the Ohio River to join George Rogers Clark in an attack on the British garrison at Fort Detroit. After two days of river travel they sighted and shot an American bison (Bison bison) at the mouth of what would come to be called Laughery Creek. While the Pennsylvanians were cooking fresh bison meat for breakfast, they were ambushed by Joseph Brant, a Mohawk military leader allied with the British. Lochry and 40 of his men were killed.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Busching Covered Bridge crosses the creek at Covered Bridge Road, just below the Versailles Lake Dam. This 176 feet (54 m) covered bridge was constructed in 1885 by Thomas A. Hardman. The timbers for the superstructure are said to have been cut from the site of the local Baptist church. The 170 foot clear span over Laughery Creek utilizes a modified Howe truss design and the varying dimensions of the structural members address the changing loads and resulting forces.

Built in 1885, the historic Busching Covered Bridge crosses Laughery Creek just below the Versailles Lake Dam. Photo by: Jack Demaree

Busching Covered Bridge
People of Versailles (including myself) only have a very short drive to see a covered bridge of noted history. As a kid I crossed this bridge with difficulty on a bike as the floor was uneven with the planking. A little later as a teen It was a nice place to set looking out the side at the sparkling Laughery creek with your best girl. On the way to the park we crossed with a few toots of the horn to warn oncoming traffic as the bridge was only one lane, but the real reason was just to hear the echo inside. I have many fawn memories of the Busching Covered Bridge. ......... Jack

Monday, June 18, 2018

Field day...

Budd W3FF
Way back. Field day was a weekend originally set up as a emergency test of basic bare bones communications from areas not usually used as a home base or home AC powered radios. In recent years this has changed to who can use the biggest amps.. towers.. beams.. etc that would not be able to be used in a actual emergency situation. And nothing but another useless contest for "points" that really mean nothing but a brag for numbers. The ones who actually DO as was intended by battery power.. minimal antennas.. basic reliable radios are the ones who do the actual reasons for the weekend we hold every year.. And are hard to hear with all the splatter and interference caused by operators and equipment you will never hear on air if a REAL disaster happens.. let's get back to basics and abilities for this weekend.. 73,
from:  KC5BBP

Monday, June 11, 2018

A look Back 2015

Sept 11, 12th, & 13th 2015
Southeastern Indiana Veterans Visit Washington DC
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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

D-Day 6 June 1944

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6 June 1944
The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history.
See a short Video

Monday, June 04, 2018

Battle of Midway 6/4/42 -6/7/42

The Battle of Midway was a decisive naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II which occurred between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea. 

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

"the greatest spectacle in racing."

In the month of May WIBC had almost continus coverage of this great race, "the Indianapolis 500". I attended the 500 many times starting at the younge age of 14. After I was inducted in the army I listened for all the reports on the radio. My bunk mate and I recorded the starting positions and any gossip we could gather. On the day of the race we both would be glued to the radio.
It was 30 days in May back then. Yes times change as the 500 gets little coverage. Now I do watch the race and after it is over I tune into the Coka-Cola 600 NASCAR race, both live on TV.
I will never forget these two great voices on WIBC radio.

I suppose I'm telling my age, but I remember quite well listing on 1070 WIBC on the AM radio dial to both of these famous announcers.

Sid Collins

Paul Page

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

Lindbergh lands in Paris 5/21/1927

American pilot Charles A. Lindbergh lands at Le Bourget Field in Paris, successfully completing the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight and the first ever nonstop flight between New York to Paris. His single-engine monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis, had lifted off from Roosevelt Field in New York 33 1/2 hours before.
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Popular Science Magazine

This is just a well written very informative web page that I visit quite often.
You may like it too.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mount Saint Helens 38th Anniversary

In 1980, Mount Saint Helens in Washington state exploded.
Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. The volcano, located in southwestern Washington, used to be a beautiful symmetrical cone about 9,600 feet above sea level. The eruption, which removed the upper 1,300 feet of the summit, left a horseshoe-shaped crater and a barren wasteland.

Two Ham Radio operators lost their lives in the eruption.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Changes on the Versailles Square

Versailles, Indiana  Town Square
An old land mark is now gone. I will post what will be built there when done.



Saturday, May 12, 2018

Backup or loose it

Its not if its when your hard drive will fail. (crash)
In the last two weeks I and one of the businesses I work for have had hard drive crashes. I had 90% of my data backed up, but the business had nothing saved. This company has now learned you must back up all important files. I have now installed a solid state USB external hard drive on their computer. They are backing up manually every time a major file changes, but a safer way is to use a program to do the back up for you. A good program to use is "Second Copy" Find it HERE

There are other back up programs to choose from, so shop around.
If you do not want to spend the money for automatic software and you are a dependable person you can do the back up in just a few minuts. Make the back up on a schedule. I do this each time an important file changes (like my checkbook) and once a week on Monday of the rest of the stuff. (like My Documents)

Please take my advise, back up your stuff !
Above Image from Gisbot

Friday, May 11, 2018

Water Tower Rejuvenated - Milan Indiana

Photo taken by Jack Demaree some years ago
"State Champs 1954"

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Katie Oatman Moews

I have lost one of my closest friends, Katie Oatman Moews. Katie was my neighbor when we both lived just West of Versailles.
A memorial web site has been created at the address link below:
To remember her life.
Katie I will have you in my thoughts forever..... Jack

Friday, May 04, 2018

Sinko de Mayo

Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York. This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost. The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day. The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as Sinko de Mayo.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Guglielmo Marconi

In 1894 the young Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi began working on the idea of building a commercial wireless telegraphy system based on the use of Hertzian waves (radio waves), a line of inquiry that he noted other inventors did not seem to be pursuing.Marconi read through the literature and used the ideas of others who were experimenting with radio waves but did a great deal to develop devices such as portable transmitters and receiver systems that could work over long distances, turning what was essentially a laboratory experiment into a useful communication system.By August 1895 Marconi was field testing his system but even with improvements he was only able to transmit signals up to one-half mile, a distance Oliver Lodge had predicted in 1894 as the maximum transmission distance for radio waves. Marconi raised the height of his antenna and hit upon the idea of grounding his transmitter and receiver. With these improvements the system was capable of transmitting signals up to 2 miles (3.2 km) and over hills. Marconi's experimental apparatus proved to be the first engineering-complete, commercially successful radio transmission system. Marconi’s apparatus is also credited with saving the 700 people who survived the tragic Titanic disaster.

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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.

See the Web Page and more photos

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Still Photos

Click here to see some of my long lost photos
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

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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.

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