Sunday, August 18, 2013

What do you know

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

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain

This is a fantastic story that I remember well. Read the full story.

Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain (11 June 1980 – 17 August 1980) was an Australian baby girl who was killed by a dingo on the night of 17 August 1980 on a family camping trip to Uluru (at that date known as Ayers Rock) in the Northern Territory. Her body was never found. Her parents, Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, reported that she had been taken from their tent by a dingo. However, Lindy was tried for murder and spent more than three years in prison. She was released when a piece of Azaria's clothing was found in a dingo lair, and new inquests were opened. In 2012, some 32 years after Azaria's death, the Chamberlains' version of events was officially confirmed by a coroner.
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Elvis Presley pronounced dead 8/16/77

Elvis Presley, "The King of Rock and Roll", was officially pronounced dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, after he was found unresponsive on the floor of his Graceland bathroom.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Aug 14th is VJ Day

I ask my wife, "Do you know what today is"? She said,"garbage day, don't forget to put it out". On August 14th every year I try to ask this same question to a few people I meet during the day, very few answer VJ day. I feel Peal Harbor Day and VJ day are little known to our younger people. I am so disappointed that no WW II history was taught in school. So take about ten or so minutes to see a video and read a few paragraphs about this famous day in our country's history and ask a few people on the 14th, "Do you know what today is", You then can tell them, Why its VJ Day, the end of WWII. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Japanese Instrument of Surrender was the written agreement that established the armistice ending the Pacific War and with it World War 

Douglas MacArthur Signs agreement (click to enlarge)

See a video of the ceremony aboard USS Missouri that took place on September 2, 1945.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

WB9OTX/B now active

Most HF radio propagation beacons are found in the 10 meter (28 MHz) frequency band, where they are good indicators of Sporadic E ionospheric propagation and F2 layer reflection.
WB9OTX beacon station

In service: August 10, 2013
Identification signal (Morse code): WB9OTX/B
Location: Versailles, Indiana USA - Grid EM79ib
Hours of transmission: 24 hours per day
Assigned frequency: 28.299.5 Mhz.
Transmitter: Radio Shack HTX-100 transceiver
Transmitted power: approximately 5 watt
Antenna: Antron 99 grown mounted vertical
960 Ft. above sea level

Monday, August 05, 2013

Purple Martins - where did they go ?

I have noticed the numbers of Martins here in South East Indiana have declined in the past few years. I went looking for a reason but found none. Here is some interesting information that I did find. You can read more HERE 

The Common House Martin, sometimes called the Northern House Martin or, Purple Martin, is a migratory passerine bird of the swallow family which breeds in Europe, north Africa and temperate Asia; and winters in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia. It feeds on insects which are caught in flight, and it migrates to climates where flying insects are plentiful. It has a blue head and upperparts, white rump and pure white underparts, and is found in both open country and near human habitation. Both the scientific and colloquial name of the bird are related to its use of human-made structures. It builds a closed cup nest from mud pellets under eaves or similar locations on buildings usually in colonies, and sometimes fouling below nests can be a problem. It is hunted by the Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo), and like other birds is affected by internal parasites and external fleas and mites, although its large range and population mean that it is not threatened globally. Its proximity to humans has resulted in some cultural and literary references.