Saturday, May 25, 2019

My New Elecraft K2

I just received this beautiful little radio this morning. It is smaller than most radios with its capabilities. It operates both SSB phone and CW and has all the bells and whistles that the big radios have. This is a QRP radio (low power) it runs .1 to 10 watts output. With the Ham bands so poor I have contacted Michigan, North Carolina, and South Carolina on the 30 and 40 meter bands today. I am still learning the ins and outs of the menus and multi-function buttons. I have been using a very small rechargeable 12v. battery to power it. .... Jack WB9OTX
See my QRZ page for more info on my radio station.

Friday, May 24, 2019

How To Back up a Computer

These days, more and more people are using computers to store memories, important documents, and various other bits of information that may need to be kept for long periods of time. Backing up a computer is essential for keeping long term (or even short term) documents around.
CLICK HERE
https://www.wikihow.com/Back-up-a-Computer

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

World of Outlaws Winged Sprint Cars

The World of Outlaws Winged Sprint Cars
The World of Outlaws Winged Sprint Cars will invade Lawrenceburg Speedway for the Memorial Day Spectacular on Memorial Day, Monday: May 27th!

Anchors Aweigh! Fleet Week 2019


Fleet Week is a United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard tradition in which active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a variety of major cities for one week. Once the ships dock, the crews can enter the city and visit its tourist attractions. At certain hours, the public can take a guided tour of the ships. Often, Fleet Week is accompanied by military demonstrations and air shows such as those provided by the Blue Angels.
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

VE Day - May 8, 1945


Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day (Great Britain) or V-E Day (North America), is a day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces on the 8 May 1945.
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Photo from: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Monday, May 06, 2019

The Hindenburg disaster - May 6, 1937


The Hindenburg disaster occurred on May 6, 1937, in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States. The German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst. On board were 97 people; there were 36 fatalities.
Read More From: Wikipedia

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Looking for someone ?

Try:
www.fastpeoplesearch.com

Listed is my landline phone but not my cell.
Try it, its free, but background check is not free.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Get them before they're gone

Tyson Church - Tyson & Adams Street
Google will be dumping my photos in the trash very soon.
If you want to keep any of them, download them before they are no more.
I'm very unhappy with Google for doing this. .... Jack

See the albums HERE
https://get.google.com/albumarchive/105974274631821525519?source=pwa

Click the 3 vertical dots in the top right of the photo or album.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Owen Kay Garriott (11, 22, 1930 – 4, 15, 2019)

SK  4, 15, 2019
Owen Garriott W5LFL was the 1st Amateur Radio Op. to transmit from space. I remember hearing him load and clear. I was one of the thousands of earth based stations calling him but I was not lucky enough to complete a contact. I did send a SWL card to him and received one back from him. He will go down in Ham Radio History..... Jack WB9OTX
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Also

Monday, April 15, 2019

Apr 15 - 1959 - Come Softly To Me

RMS Titanic - Apr 15 1912


RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. Of the estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, more than 1,500 died, making it one of modern history's deadliest commercial marine disasters during peacetime. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time she entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. She was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, chief naval architect of the shipyard at the time, died in the disaster. Titanic was under the command of Capt. Edward Smith, who also went down with the ship. The ocean liner carried some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as hundreds of emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland, Scandinavia and elsewhere throughout Europe who were seeking a new life in the United States. The first-class accommodation was designed to be the pinnacle of comfort and luxury, with an on-board gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, high-class restaurants and opulent cabins. A high-powered radiotelegraph transmitter was available for sending passenger "marconigrams" and for the ship's operational use. Although Titanic had advanced safety features such as watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors, it only carried enough lifeboats for 1,178 people—about half the number on board, and one third of her total capacity—due to outdated maritime safety regulations. The ship carried 16 lifeboat davits which could lower three lifeboats each, for a total of 48 boats. However, Titanic carried only a total of 20 lifeboats, four of which were collapsible and proved hard to launch during the sinking.
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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Cpl. John C. Bishop USMC Tribute

Image from:
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/06/01/a_military_moms_journey/
Cpl. John C. Bishop, 25, of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2010. Cpl. Bishop was serving with the 2nd Battalion 9th Marines and was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. John was a member of the American Legion Versailles, Indiana.

Please click the below link to view his Tribute via YouTube Tribute
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqlDfrRBVaA

Please donate to
John Bishop's children fund
c/o Stratton Karsteter Funeral Home
P.O. Box 84
Versailles, In. 47042

Produced and edited by:
Jonathan (jack) Demaree

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

USS Thresher (SSN-593)


On 10 April 1963, Thresher sank during deep-diving tests about 220 miles (350 km) east of Boston, Massachusetts, killing all 129 crew and shipyard personnel aboard in the deadliest submarine disaster ever. Her loss was a watershed for the U.S. Navy, leading to the implementation of a rigorous submarine safety program known as SUBSAFE. The first nuclear submarine lost at sea, Thresher was also the first of only two submarines that killed more than 100 people aboard; the other was the Russian Kursk, which sank with 118 aboard in 2000.
Read More at:
Thresher Memorial Page

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Clear cache in Google Chrome

I did a web page and named a photo, like xxx.jpg It was then
deleted after a week, then a few weeks later I uploaded a
photo with the same name to the same web page.
Viewers of the page started calling telling me it was showing
the older photo. When I looked at the page it was correct
displaying the new photo. I told them to type F5 and if this
does not display the the correct photo then you must clear
the cache. Here is how:

Open Google Chrome browser
Type: shift+Ctrl+delete
At the top of the pop-up window pull down how far back in time
try 7 days first, then further back if that does not work
Then Scroll down
Put a check mark in the box that you want to clear
Probably only the Images and Files, Don't clear anything that
you don't know what it is.
Then click "Clear Data" at the bottom. Close the window and
reload the page in question, Do you see the new photo ? If not
Go back further in time. or maybe "All Time"

If you are using Internet Explorer browser:
Click HERE 

Good luck .......... Jack

Charles Yeager

Brigadier general Yeager
Charles Elwood Yeager born February 13, 1923) is a former United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Friday, April 05, 2019

What Can It Do? EMP bombs

Photo from Fema
EMP bombs do not cause casualties directly. The blast happens much too far away from people. Their power comes from interfering, disrupting, or damaging electronic equipment. That could mean power grids going down, cars and planes losing power, computer systems going berserk, and possibly even losing emergency backup power at facilities like hospitals. It sounds pretty scary, and EMP blasts are a significant threat, but the effects are largely untested and exaggerated through pop culture and inflammatory claims by politicians.
Read the full story
Read MORE at Wikipedia



Saturday, March 30, 2019

Seward's Folly - March 30, 1867

1867 US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre - Seward's Folly)

The Alaska Purchase was the United States' acquisition of Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867, by a treaty ratified by the United States Senate, and signed by President Andrew Johnson. Reactions to the purchase in the United States were mostly positive; some opponents called it "Seward's Folly" (after Secretary of State William H. Seward), while others praised the move for weakening both the UK and Russia as rivals to American commercial expansion in the Pacific region. Alaska became a state Jan. 3rd 1959.

From Wikipedia

Monday, March 25, 2019

NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR DAY March 25

National Medal of Honor Day on March 25 is dedicated to all Medal of Honor recipients.
It was on March 25, 1863, when the first Medals of Honor were presented.  Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton presented Medals of Honor (Army) to six members of  “Andrews Raiders” for their volunteering and participation during an American Civil War raid in April of 1862. Created in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor.  It is awarded only to US military personnel, by the President of the United States in the name of Congress, for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. There are three versions of the Medal of Honor; one for the Army, one for the Navy and one for the Air Force, with personnel of the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard receiving the Navy version. Since its creation, there have been 3,468 Medals of Honor awarded to the country’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coast guardsmen. In 1990, the United States Congress designated March 25th of each year as National Medal of Honor Day.
from:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medal_of_Honor_Day

Dull Knife and Little Wolf

Little Coyote (Little Wolf) and Morning Star (Dull Knife), Chiefs of the Northern Cheyennes


Following the defeat of Morning Star (Dull Knife) and Little Wolf by Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie at the Dull Knife Fight in November 1876, Little Wolf and Dull Knife surrendered. They were forced onto a reservation in Oklahoma's Indian Territory. Around 1878, he and Dull Knife led almost 300 Cheyenne from their reservation near Fort Reno, Oklahoma, through Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakota Territory into the Montana Territory, their ancestral home.
During the journey, they managed to elude the U.S. cavalry units which were trying to capture them. The two groups split up after reaching Nebraska, and while Dull Knife's party was eventually forced to surrender near Fort Robinson, those in Little Wolf's group made their way to Montana where they were finally allowed to remain.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Spring Equinox & Princess Summerfall Winterspring

The spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 5:58 P.M. EDT. This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

At Versailles, Indiana
Sunrise 7:43 A.M. 12 Hours 10 Minutes total daylight
Sunset 7:53 P.M.
Transit
the sun reaches its highest point in the sky at 1:48 P.M.
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Thinking of Spring here is a past post of Princess Summerfall Winterspring. (Judy Tyler)
Click HERE
The video below is of Princess Summerfall Winterspring's granddaughter. I can not find her name anywhere.



As a side note, Judy Tyler starred opposite Elvis in "Jailhouse Rock" in 1957
Above link from Wikipedia.org

Monday, March 18, 2019

Three Mile Island 1979


The Three Mile Island accident was the partial meltdown of reactor number 2 of Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station (TMI-2) in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg and subsequent radiation leak that occurred on March 28, 1979. It was the most significant accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history.The incident was rated a five on the seven-point International Nuclear Event Scale: Accident with wider consequences
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Saint Patrick's Day


Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador (for provincial government employees), and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. Modern celebrations have been greatly influenced by those of the Irish diaspora, particularly those that developed in North America. However, there has been criticism of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations for having become too commercialised and for fostering negative stereotypes of the Irish people.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

Daylight Saving Time

Ham Radio operators need to be on the same time no mater their location. We use GMT time. This is Greenwich Mean Time, or Zulu time. This time never changes with the seasons . It is the same time in Perth, Australia as it is in Louisville, Ky USA. If I tell a Ham in Australia to call me at 09:00 December 22 GMT, both will be on the same day and time. I have a clock that displays the sun's travail across the world. I find this display very helpful in finding propagation of radio waves. At a glance, I can see where the sun is and where the terminator is located. (daylight - dark) (twilight)
Time is 9:35am March 11, 2019 local

The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called "Summer Time" in many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Countries have different change dates.
The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin.
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Friday, March 08, 2019

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370


Disappearance on 8 March 2014 with 239 on board.
Cause unknown, some debris found.
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Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Hula hoop facts


A hula hoop is a toy hoop that is twirled around the waist, limbs or neck. The modern hula hoop was invented in 1958 by Arthur K. "Spud" Melin and Richard Knerr, but children and adults around the world have played with hoops throughout history. Hula hoops for children generally measure approximately 70 centimetres (28 in) in diameter, while those for adults measure around 1 metre (40 in). Traditional materials for hoops include willow, rattan (a flexible and strong vine), grapevines and stiff grasses. Today, they are usually made of plastic tubing.

I have used Hula Hoops for the separation of antenna wires for Ham Radio. The smaller size works best for fan dipols but are a little hard to find now. ..... Jack WB9OTX

from wikipedia
click for photo By

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Just Buzzards

photo by Jack Demaree

I am a bird watcher. I scan the skies and view the feeders in my yard. This year (Winter 2018 -19) I have noticed the buzzards did not migrate South. A few have stayed all Winter long.

Buzzards migrate to get food; they go to where food is available. So it really depends on the winter weather. They migrate to as close as Kentucky to as far as South America.
This little tid-bit of information is of not much value but I just thought you might want to know it. After all I am retired and have little to do but post on this Blog.
See some photos I have taken from my back yard
.......... Jack

NASA.gov

https://www.nasa.gov/

A rearward view of the International Space Station backdropped by the limb of the Earth. In view are the station's four large, gold-coloured solar array wings, two on either side of the station, mounted to a central truss structure. Further along the truss are six large, white radiators, three next to each pair of arrays. In between the solar arrays and radiators is a cluster of pressurised modules arranged in an elongated T shape, also attached to the truss. A set of blue solar arrays are mounted to the module at the aft end of the cluster.
By NASA/Crew of STS-132 - http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-132/hires/s132e012208.jpg
(http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-132/html/s132e012208.html), Public Domain, Link

I have talked with members aboard the Space Station via Ham Radio ..... Jack WB9OTX 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Friday, February 08, 2019

The day the music died!

For those of us who remember “The day the music died!” American Pie. Although Don McLean only released the song in 1971, for those of us who grew up in the 50’s and 60’s this is a great piece with some very poignant moments in the history of those times.  And for those of you who did not, it’s a taste of what you missed! I knew that  "American Pie"  was the name of the plane in which Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed when it crashed in 1958 – and I knew the chorus about music dying on that day.  I have listened to American Pie for many years and I thought I understood what was being sung but now realise that I didn’t! However, when the words are put together with pictures and film clips the song takes on a new meaning.  It took a lot of thought to produce this and it brings back lots of memories and also makes the lyrics really come alive!

See it full size on YouTube

Monday, February 04, 2019

First U.S. helicopter is shot down in Vietnam

Feb. 4 1962
The first U.S. helicopter is shot down in Vietnam. It was one of 15 helicopters ferrying South Vietnamese Army troops into battle near the village of Hong My in the Mekong Delta.
See a short VIDEO on YouTube

Take a Trip

Take a Trip without leaving the farm
From: QRZ.com  - WB9OTX logbook
Read about the hobby of Amateur Radio

See more of my station WB9OTX

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Ground Hog Day

Click HERE to see the old Blog post

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Japanese holdout on Guam

Shōichi Yokoi  a Japanese sergeant 

Yokoi Shōichi, March 31, 1915 – September 22, 1997) was a Japanese sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during the Second World War, and was among the last three Japanese holdouts to be found after the end of hostilities in 1945. He was discovered in the jungles of Guam on 24 January 1972, almost 28 years after U.S. forces had regained control of the island in 1944.
Read more at::
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Valentina Tereshkova

I was asked in a triva game "Who was the 1st lady in space"? I answered, I do not know her name but she was Russian. The game answered it was Sally Ride. I suppose Sally is much easier to remember than Valentina.  Here is the correct answer. ...... Jack

Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to fly to space when she launched on the Vostok 6 mission June 16, 1963. Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to go into space. In 1963, she spent almost three days in space and orbited Earth 48 times in her space capsule, Vostok 6.

From:
http://womenofrubies.com/profile-meet-valentina-tereshkova-the-first-woman-to-fly-to-space/

Pueblo 23 January 1968 held captive by North Korea


USS Pueblo, still held by North Korea today, officially remains a commissioned vessel of the United States Navy. Since early 2013, the ship has been moored along the Potong River in Pyongyang, and used there as a museum ship at the Pyongyang Victorious War Museum. Pueblo is the only ship of the U.S. Navy still on the commissioned roster currently being held captive.
Read the full story

from: wikipedia.org

Monday, January 21, 2019

Patsy Cline - Arthur Godfrey TV Show (1957)


In 1957 (62 years ago) Jan. 21 Patsy Cline debuted with  Arthur Godfrey's  talent  show.
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I was setting in a club bar having a beer after the day was done when a young couple came in. The male ordered a beer and the girl ordered a coke, it was plane to see the girl was under 21. She strolled back to the back where the juke box was located. She stood infront of it for quite a while, she then retured to the bar and said to the barmaid,"What kind of a bar is this? there is no Patsy Cline songs on that juke box". This incident has always stuck in my mine because this cute little girl was not even 21 years old and Patsy Cline had died some 20+ years before she was born. This just shows that Patsy Cline's music will live forever.
....... Jack

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Itasca & the search for Amelia Earhart


I think the last words heard from Amelia Earhart was "Itasca, Itasca this is Earhart, Earhart. "
Read the coast guard's blog about Earhart and the ship Itasca.
Click HERE

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Right before a blizzard / winter storm



If you do nothing else:
  • Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
  • Check emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications and medical supplies. Keep it nearby.
  • Be sure you have ample heating fuel.
  • If you have alternative heating sources, such as fireplaces, wood- or coal-burning stoves, or space heaters, be sure they are clean and in working order.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Miracle on the Hudson


10th anniversary of Flight 1549
 It’s been 10 years since US Airways Flight 1549 landed in the Hudson, with no deaths and only minor injuries.
See the video on YouTube