Monday, December 31, 2018

Ripley County Humane Society

Phone 812-689-3773
Location 1202 W. C.R. 150 N
Osgood, IN 47037
Hours Open daily 11-4 pm

Think about getting a rescue dog or cat in 2019 - Do not donate to the ASPCA, Rather give local.
....... Jack

A look back in time

While looking for a photo I took a while back I did manage to find it in the gagle. I thought you may want to look through them also. Some where given to me but I did take the most.
See them HERE

The Big Wheel Story

I was reminded that I did not post the "Big Wheel Story" this year.
Sorry, Here it is:

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Tis the season

by:Brett Sayles

photo by: Jack Demaree
 See lots of Winter scenes HERE 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

2 meter beacon added to my station

A new beacon has been added to the WB9OTX station. The frequency is 144.282 Mhz. It is transmitting 24/7 giving my call sign and full grid square. The antenna is a horizontal loop side mounted on my tower at twenty five foot. The RF output power is 10 watts. The location is Versailles, Indiana. (EM79ib) The use of this beacon is to provide propagation conditions. If you receive this beacon please send your report to my QRZ page email or mailing address. The link is:
I also run a 10 meter beacon on 28.203.3 and a 6 meter beacon on 50.075.5


Read more about  Amateur Radio propagation beacons HERE

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Pearl Harbor Day December 7, 1941

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day, is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.
Pearl Harbor as seen today

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2nd photo from:

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Flight 19 lost Dec. 5, 1945

Flight 19 was the designation of a group of five Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle on December 5, 1945, after losing contact during a United States Navy overwater navigation training flight from Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida. All 14 airmen on the flight were lost, as were all 13 crew members of a Martin PBM Mariner flying boat that subsequently launched from Naval Air Station Banana River to search for Flight 19. The PBM aircraft was known to accumulate flammable gasoline vapors in its bilges, and professional investigators have assumed that the PBM most likely exploded in mid-air while searching for the flight. Navy investigators could not determine the exact cause of the loss of Flight 19.
Read the full story  at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Monday, December 03, 2018

Saturday, December 01, 2018

1942 Prices

In 1942: all popular brands of cigarettes, 13 cents a pack or $1.20 a carton; Post Toasties, 6 cents a pack; Campbell’s tomato soup, two cans for 15 cents; No. 2 can of Whitehouse apple juice, 9 cents; pot roast, 29 cents a pound; bacon, 31 cents a pound Pillsbury flour, 61 cents for 12-pound bag; eggs, 41 cents; bleach, 9 cents per quart bottle; peaches, $1.98 per bushel; fresh shrimp, 33 cents a pound.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Snow Forecast

Its that time again, Snow forecast for your city
See it here

Photo by: Jack Demaree

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Assassination of John F. Kennedy 11/22/1963

November 22, 1963
Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Read About It HERE

I forget I am 73 years old and some were not yet born on this date.
All that were alive can remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard this news.
I was shooting pool with the late Wayne Black at Brownies pool hall in Osgood.
Where were you?

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

NASA’s 60th birthday

20 more vintage photos from space
Clck HERE to View

Friday, November 16, 2018

Indiana Ice

At 2 am Wednesday the power went out with a coat of ice that covered trees, roads, wires, and all else. 16,000 people served by REMC and Duke electric were without power. Today (Friday) at 2:30pm power was restored to our home, but many homes are still without service. Many trees and limbs blocked the roads also.
Here is a photo of a few ice covered electric wires.
 Luckily the temperatures hovered just below the freeing point. It would have been much worse if it had been much colder.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

SS Edmund Fitzgerald

Courtesy | Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Roger LeLievre

On November 10, 1975, the ore freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm en route from Superior, WI to Detroit, MI. Twenty nine crew members were lost when the vessel went down in 530 feet of water, 17 miles NW of Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior. The story is well-known, through the famed Gordon Lightfoot song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”
Hear Gordon Lightfoot's song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”
or click this link:

I usually never forget to post a link about the Edmund Fitzgerald but I'm a little late this year.
This story and song is one of my favorites. I hope you will remember this great ship and crew.

Monday, November 12, 2018

You just can't be nice

I'm retired and enjoy just setting in the porch swing doing nothing some of the time. While swinging away I catch the site of some people walking toward my house. I watch them and when they get closer I see a young mother with several small kids. One of the boys is carrying a gas can. They get in front of my house, I yell are you out of gas, Yes the mother replies in a tired disgusting voice. I told her to wait a minute. I went to my backyard shed and retrieved my gas can. I ask where is your car, she told me it was about one forth mile down the road. I told them to get in my car and I would take them back and get the car started. Upon ariving at there car I poured in the fuel and started the car. She ask me what do I owe you, I told her nothing as I may be out of gas some day and she could help me. About a year later my phone rang and it was the lady that I helped. I have a computer repair business and she had computer trouble. She brought me the computer and in a few hours I called to tell her it was fixed. She came and picked the computer up, paid the bill and off she went. A few months later she called again, She told me her computer was hit by lightning and she had several other computers she would give me if I would fix the lightning damaged computer. I said I would do that. A day or two passed and she brought me about six old slow computers that had been stored in an unheated out building for about three years. There was other things like incomplete sets of floppy disks, fax machines, monitors, and other non-working things. I carried the one she wanted fixed into the shop. The burnt ozone smell was coming from it. I told her that it smelled and when they smell burnt it is most likely all over. I told her I would look at it and see what I could do to fix it. I took the case off and started testing, it was real bad, lightning had done the big number on it. Most of it was damaged and un-repairable. I called her and told her the computer was not repairable at all. I told her I may be able to repair one of the other computers, This was OK with her. I started taking the other computers apart to retreative workable parts. Not many were found so I took some of my used parts and pieced together a slow 400 Mhz. workable computer. I sorted through the pile of parts and found almost nothing I wanted to keep. It was all going to be thrown away. I called her telling her I had a workable computer now ready for her to pick up. When she came for the computer I told her I made a bad deal as all of the parts she gave me was going to the garbage. She told me she had a dumpster at her home and would take it all back to the dumpster if I'd like. I told her fine and one of her kids loaded it all up. There was two computer cases and the one lightning damaged one setting away from the others. I was going to keep these for the cases. She said nothing about wanting these back. The value of the three was nothing. She told me she had several years of photos on the lightning damaged one. I told her I would try to save them but most times I can't. She said do I owe you anything. I said it would be nice if she gave me $35.00, she agreed and wrote me a check. She laughed and said it was her boyfriends bank account. I laughed and told her she had better hang on to a boyfriend that would let her have his checkbook. Off she went happy as a lark. I did tell her I would call if I could save her photos. The next day I removed the hard drive and after much time and sweat I burnt the pictures to CD. I called her telling her the good news, she said she would come the next day to pick up the CD. The door bell rang, It was her daughter wanting the CD. I also gave her a game CD that I had found in the CD ROM. She ask me if she could take the lightning damaged computer back home with her. I told her I had already put it out for the trash and it was gone. She said OK and left. Now comes the good part. In about a week the phone rang the party said he wanted his computer back because he had a lot of money in it. I told him I no longer had it as it was put out with the garbage. After telling me he had a lot of money in that computer about six times he said OK thanks and hung up the phone. In about another week I get a certified letter from the lady telling me I had stolen her computer and  sold it. She was going to take me to small claims court. Also she wrote not to call, email, or talk to her. At the end of the letter she said "I'll be waiting to hear from you". I never called or talked to her after receiving the letter. Another two or three weeks go by and her boyfriend called to tell me that she wanted him to call and ask what I was going to do. I told him I was not going to negotiate with him as he was not in the deal. He told me a few times that he had a lot of money in that computer but he was calm and said OK good by. Now for the real good part. The phone rings a few days latter and she tells me she is filling out the court papers this day. I just said "OK fine" Now she goes wild screaming if you don't quit stocking me I am going to have a guy from Holton beat you up. I said WHOOOO what are you taking about. She tells me I followed her from New Marion to Holton and she has three witnesses to prove it. She also said I was terrifying her children. I just said,"This conversation is over" and hung up the phone. I have not been in either town for about a year. I have never now or in the past stalked anyone, So I have no idea where she is coming from. I went and told this same story to the sheriff's deputy, He said yaw I know these people and I'll talk to them and get back to you. He took my phone number but never called back. This is not the end of the story I'm sure. I'll write the ending soon, that is if I can type with broken arms or am not dead ! I am carrying a gun now, I have my guns loaded in my locked house and I watch the rear view mirror very closely when I travail. The sheriff has their names, so if I come up dead or missing read him this letter. To be not continued "I hope".

Nothing from the sheriff or the lady  has been heard. Yes, you just cant be nice.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Versailles Indiana High School class photos

If you have the time look at Versailles Indiana High School class photos. I will bet you will see a few old friends there. This page is a winner. I get lots of great comments about it, It has all the class photos from 1929 to 1966 that lined the study hall wall and a few others such as the band, basketball teams, and Sunshine girls.
I have these photos scanned and digitized, so if you need any or all, let me know. I have them in  hi-res format for printing.

Much work by a few dedicated people went into creating this page for you.
Please thank Ken Sheets, Charley Pangburn, and myself.

**** Note
...... Jack Demaree's photo does not appear. Here is  a quote from Principle Forest Waters, " For the good of the community and Versailles High School you will no-longer be permitted to attend Versailles High School". 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Remember November 11th is Veterans Day

Remember November 11th is Veterans Day--Some Thoughts
Father Dennis Edward O'Brien
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.
Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.
Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.
You can't tell a vet just by looking.
What is a vet?
He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.
He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.
He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back AT ALL.
He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.
He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.
He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.
He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.
He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest,greatest nation ever known.
So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.
Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".
Remember November 11th is Veterans Day
"It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag."
Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Photo by: Jack Demaree
How many steps does the guard take
during his walk across the tomb
of the Unknowns and why?
21 steps:
It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute
which is the highest honor given
any military or foreign dignitary.
How long does he hesitate after his about face
to begin his return walk and why?
21 seconds
for the same reason as answer number 1.

Why are his gloves wet?

His gloves are moistened
to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.
Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder
all the time and , if not, why not?
He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb
After his march across the path,
he executes an about face and moves the rifle
to the outside shoulder.

How often are the guards changed?

Guards are changed every thirty minutes,
twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.
What are the physical traits
of the guard limited to?
For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb,
he must be between 5' 10' and 6' 2' tall and
his waist size cannot exceed 30.
They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb,
live in a barracks under the tomb,
and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty
for the rest of their lives.
They cannot swear in public
for the rest of their lives
and cannot disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way.
After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin
that is worn on his lapel
signifying he served as guard of the tomb.
There are only 400 presently worn.
The guards must obey these rules
for the rest of their lives
or give up the wreath pin.
The shoes are specially made with very thick soles
to keep the heat and cold from their feet.
There are metal heel plates
that extend to the top of the shoe
in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.
There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform.
Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.
The first six months of duty
a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV.
All off duty time is spent
studying the 175 notable people laid to rest
in Arlington National Cemetery.
A guard must memorize who they are
and where they are interred.
Among the notables are:
President Taft,
Joe Lewis {the boxer}
Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most
decorated soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame.
Every guard spends five hours a day
getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.


In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was
approaching Washington, DC,
our US Senate/House took 2 days off
with anticipation of the storm.
On the ABC evening news,
it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane,
the military members assigned the duty
of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
were given permission to suspend the assignment.
They respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!"
Soaked to the skin,
marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm,
they said that guarding the Tomb
was not just an assignment,
it was the highest honor that can be afforded
to a service person.
The tomb has been patrolled continuously,
24/7, since 1930.
God Bless and keep them.
I'd be very proud
if this Blog reached as many as possible.
We can be very proud
of our young men and women in the service
no matter where they serve.

See more photos

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Monday, October 29, 2018

McDonald's “Secret Menu.”

Recently, a Redditor claiming to be a McDonald's shift manager in Scotland confirmed that the long-rumored McDonald's secret menu is, in fact, real. And it's simpler than we thought -- though the Internet has popularized countless "secret menu" names (like the unfortunate "McGangBang"), the manager said names aren't necessary, and it's as easy as swapping ingredients in and out to customize your "secret" order. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fort Knox. Mystery Is Its History

By Todd Brandes and Jimmy Shirley

Click the below link to read the article

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Click to enlarge
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

Click image to enlarge 

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

Click to enlarge

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
Click the below link to view the movie.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

D-Day 6 June 1944

Click to Inlarge
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. 

Read more at 

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

above Image borrowed from

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.
Read MORE from

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.