Saturday, February 11, 2012

Things Change

Due to some things that have taken place in my life this will be the last post to this Blog for quite some time. I have enjoyed doing this Blog and to the very few readers I have, thank you.

*** Up Date
I have had several phone calls asking about my health. My state of health is almost perfect for a guy 66 years old. Thank you for your concern.

Friday, February 10, 2012

This changed my life

The U-2 Incident - Gary Powers released 2/10/62

Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy arrested by the FBI, was exchanged for Gary Powers, the pilot of the CIA spy plane that had been shot down over Soviet airspace two years earlier.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Florence Green Last veteran of WWI dies

The woman believed to be the last surviving veteran from World War I has died in England.
Florence Green passed away in her sleep at an aged care home age 110.

Think about it

Light travels at 186,000 miles per second. Light could circle the earth 7 times in one second.
Radio waves travel at the same speed.
This is 670,616,629 MPH

These are very big numbers to try to understand but
The United States Debt is:
Think about it !

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Make do

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

Meet Bob (Coop) Cooper VP5D

In 1989 the economy was better and the January weather was bad here in Indiana. Three Ham Radio operators and I traveled to Provo Island located in the Turks & Caicos Island chain in the warm beautiful Caribbean. Coop met us at the airport with a warm hand shake and a tour of the Island ending at our small but aetiquette chalet overlooking the ocean at 100 foot resting on the edge of a shire cliff. Coop had made all the arrangements for our stay. This was a Ham Radio dream that included a 3 element triband antenna, a 5 band vertical, and dipoles. Our group worked thousands of stations in all parts of the world. What a fun place. Coop was like a king on the Island. As we passed in his SUV people would wave and cheer. I talked to a few natives and they all said we love coop, he brings us radio and TV. We visited his studio (head end) where he transmitted radio from, it was a mess that looked as if a Ham had constructed it, but everything worked perfect. Coop has a web page where you can learn more about him at: and this about Provo:
Jack VP5/wb9otx

Below is from his page.

Robert B. "Coop" Cooper Jr. is one of the unsung heros of the CATV industry. During his career, he has been an amateur radio operator, RF engineer, CATV equipment manufacturer, association CEO-by-default, journalist, videographer, novelist, and CATV system operator. As an RF engineer and equipment manufacturer, he founded and ran CADCO, the Community Antenna Development Company, an early manufacturer of CATV headend and distribution equipment. As a journalist, he has been an effective voice on behalf of small CATV operators and the home satellite community, documenting industry news with pointed political analysis and detailed technical explanations. As a CATV operator, he built and operated several 12-channel systems in California during 1960s, at a time when solid-state amplifiers were just being introduced.He now owns Far North Cablevision, in Mangonui, New Zealand.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

I had to give up

I wasted most of last evening trying to make a very simple attendance chart with Microsoft Excel, Then Open Office to no avail. I hate to read the directions but I must sometimes. This morning I did a Google search for "XLS Attendance chart" and found that some kind sole had posted exactly what I wanted. With just a few changes in the wording I printed it out and it is perfect. This takes me back to 1982 when I was programming with MS Basic. After coding for weeks just to find that someone had already did the same thing only better. Oh well I didn't have much to do last night anyway.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Feb. 2, 1974 F-16 Falcon - Feb. 2, 1974 1st flight

The Fighting Falcon is a fighter with numerous innovations including a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system that makes it a highly nimble aircraft. The F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and has 11 hardpoints for mounting weapons, and other mission equipment. Although the F-16's official name is "Fighting Falcon", it is known to its pilots as the "Viper", due to it resembling a viper snake and after the Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper starfighter.