THE LITTLE PEOPLE LOG
Where life is beautiful all the time.
ďIs my hair alright?Ē
All the different Little People Network stations that checked in on 3765 kHz the week of 12/09 Ė 12/15, our RECORD for one week.
KN6Z, KD7BCW, NZ7J, N7EN, W5HO, KE3KR, NR7Q, AG7G, K6MJD, W6FE, KB5B, W7LW, K6HTM, AF7J, W7LNG, KI6U, AE6FG, WQ6I, AD5SU, KT0DD, N6NP, K6AII, KE7BBX, WJ6Q, K7PSK, VA7MJS, KG6TT, AD9DX, AA8KB, AD7HP, KF7J, KC7ZNA, WA7PZR, K6LDO, VE5ANB, K6ZSR, N7TH, W7RU, K6FEJ, WB7EUH, AF6D, KG6TT, K7PRS, WG6K, WB6GGY, KO6QK, WY8I, W7KOL, K6PIC, KF6VOM, XE1HDD/W6, AD7HP, KF7J, KB1UM, WY8I, WA7CO, KE7GET, NO5I, KC0HLX, W1VO, VE7AYQ, AF6D, WC1E, WA6DAC, W7ZCX, K6USY, KD8CFU, N7FDI (Echolink/Cross band). Sixty-three different stations, not counting the blues or non-extras, smashing the old record of forty-four.
Barney Hall of Fame: Ben KD7BCW, Eric W7ZCX, John W6FE, Cary KD7KAU, Mike VA7MJS, Mike KB1UM, Duane AG7G, Joe KO6M, Bruce W6RAT, Terry KB5B, Chuck KE3KR, Moody WQ6I, Bob AF6D, Mike AA8KB, Conrad N7EN, Randy KC7ZNA, Gary ZL3SV, Mark K6FEJ, Mark K6MJD, Larry W5HO, John K7PRS, Gregg AE6FN, RoboLon KE7BBX, Dave WA6DAC, Bruce N6THN, Gary W6FH, Kevin K7TST, Art W6OBB, Kevin AD8Q, Iain K6IAM, Bob K6MIT, Tom W7PD, Keith KD7KZV, Stan WG6K, Mike AD5SU, Phil WB6GGY, Bob K6AII, Adam AF6ME, Greg W6EZV, Buddy W7JPL, WJ6Y John, W7HW Duane, K7JRL John, N7MAL Mal, WY6L Dean, WJ6Y John,
Ham Radio Heaven: W6NZA Art, Dave WA6DAC; Eric W7ZCX; Terry KB5B; Diane N7TNP; Buddy W7JPL; Orv K6UEY. Whoís NEXT???
The Little People Regulars, past and present:
KN6Z Glenn ďSteward of the Realm of Art BellĒ San Diego
KD7BCW Ben ďThe Horizontal HamĒ Salem, OR.
K6AII Bob ďReady to RumbleĒ Rancho Cucamonga
AF6D Bob ďBig Bear BobĒ Big Bear
N7EN Conrad ďMr. NormalĒ Gilbert, AZ.
W6EZV Greg ďThe GREEN EntityĒ Burbank
W6FH Gary ďMouse BuddyĒ Nevada City
AG7G Duane ďThe AntichristĒ Yuppyville
WB6GGY Phil ďYosemite SamĒ Twainhart
W5HO Larry ďHOĒ New Mexico
W7HW Duane ďHot WaterĒ Silverton, OR.
WQ6I Moody ďMoodyĒ Claremont
WG6K Stan ďFat HeadĒ Aptos
VR2HF Dan Hong Kong
N6LN Jack ďI BallĒ Palos Verdes
W7MAL Mal ďMalcontentĒ Bullhead City
WAE6OF Paul ďClear ChannelĒ Bakersfield
K7PRS John ďPorta JohnĒ Redondo Beach
W6RAT Bruce ďRatĒ Coos Bay, OR.
KR7RR John Arrr! ďCaptainĒ Safford, AZ.
N6THN Bruce Vacaville
KB1UM Mike ďMusic MikeĒ Seattle
The EGO Grid
†ďIs my hair alright?Ē
Glenn† ďMessianic Cult LeaderĒ ††††
AA8KB††††††††††††† Mike ďComradeĒ†††††††††††††††† MI.
AG7G ††††††††††††Duane† ďThe AntichristĒ†††††††††††† Yuppyville
WB6GGY †††††††Phil†††† ď
W5HO ††††††††††††††Larry† ďHOĒ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
K7EH†††††††††††††† Bruce††††† ďEhĒ
WQ6I† †††††††††††Moody† ďMoodyĒ††††††††††††††††††††††††
N6LN †††††††††††††Jack†††† ďI BallĒ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Palos Verdes
K7PRS†††††††††††† John† ďPorta JohnĒ †††††††††††††††††Prescott
KB1UM †††††††Mike† ďMusic MikeĒ†††††††††††††††††† Ashland, OR.
Sunday March 9, 2014
The Art Bell Celebrity LOOP Report
ďÖoperationally, using a long wire loop is like having a separate rotatable dipole for
each band, always pointed towards the station you are working but with a lower takeoff
The above quote is from, as far as Iím concerned, the definitive loop article: http://home.4x4wire.com/deddleman/photos/WireLoop.pdf.† One wavelength loops are cloud burners, but at two wavelengths and longer, the takeoff angle is lower than the dipole, and gets lower with increasing number of wavelengths.
So, the Loop is in a growth phase.† Itís an ever lengthening horse shoe, and to use as an antenna what I have at any moment, I have to bridge the ends of the horseshoe, and the ends of the horseshoe are inconveniently far apart.† I can either put up with a long, sagging wire bridging the ends, or put up a temporary support.† Both options are doable, but have their drawbacks.† Iíve been taking advantage of the recent soaking to dig some mast holes in the soft dirt, well before theyíre needed.
Of the late, great Orv K6UEYís many desired realities, that all loops are cloud burners was one of them.† Orv is sitting on a cloud right now, Iím sure, warming his ass over countless one wavelength loops, but he wonít be getting much heat from my fifteen hundred footer.
Monday March 3
Happy birthday, Dad.
Tonight we talked about airport security and other things air travel and airports; Art Bellís thought experiment, and mental action at a distance in general; calculating antenna output from measurements at a distance; doggy style intercourse producing more males than missionary position; Philís antenna project; Moodyís miracle antenna.† I may expand on this later, but itís, like, 2:30, and I have to get to bed.
Sunday March 2
The Art Bell Celebrity LOOP Report
Damage report, is more like it.† We had powerful winds through here recently, gusts to 40 mph.† One of the loop masts blew down.† It wasnít a failure of design, nor of materials, but of execution.† A critical guy line was poorly anchored, and thatís all it took.† Fortunately, it doesnít look like the mast was damaged.† That aluminum tubing is about forty bucks per twenty foot length.† The mast that came down is not going to be part of the full size loop, so I am not going to raise it again, at least not in the same place.† I only put it up as a means to close into a loop the wire I already had up in the air.† So for now I will use my back up vee.† In the mean time I am going to put up a couple more masts, and make a larger loop Ė perhaps 650 or 700 feet around.† The loop I was using was just shy of 500 feet.† So Iíll C U Monday night at 12:00, for the Hello-and-Fuck-You Reunion Net.
Monday February 24
Little People Hello-and-Fuck-You Reunion Net: Midnight Monday night/Tuesday morning, 3655Mhz.
Well, we certainly had a good turnout for the big reunion.† The novelty will have worn off by next week, so we can expect about three guys on freq next Mon.† People mostly small talked and caught up with one another, tonight.† I wanted to hear about all the new diseases that people must have by now, but we didnít get to that.† Duane AG7G at least reported that he had an upper respiratory infection.† Arizona politics did come up, and John McCain, and whether he is mentally fit for duty any more.† Somehow we wound up talking about the U.S. presence around the world.† This is dangerous ground.† Safer to just say Hi, how are you?, and now you can fuck off and die for all I care.† Safe, friendly, neutral.† Moody WQ6I beat my loop to the north, northeast, and east.† I gave him a better run for his money with the loop than I have in the past with the vee, but Moody is still the standard.† The signal to beat.† Iíll just have to make the loop BIGGER.†
Friday February 14
Short Attention Span Net† 3740
KN6Z, WG6K, WQ6I, AA8KB, K6TXH, K6ETA
I turned on Stan WG6K (no jokes, please) about 2 a.m. and heard Mike AA8KB in there, so I had to tune up and catch up.† Seems like years since I worked Mike.† Moody WQ6I was on freq as well.† I grilled Mike on his personal life.† Heís got some woman, but he wouldnít give any details.† Mike lives in the same place as always, and still works at the same college.† We did some audio testing with Mike, which is always a treat.† I invited Mike to the inaugural Little People Dysfunctional Net.† He may show, but he seemed very distracted, fucking around with his rig and his audio.† Other than that, I guess we mostly talked music with Stan.† Moody did ax me for the latest on the loop project, so I gave him the lowdown.† I have five 65-foot masts holding up 480 feet of wire in a loop.† The sixth mast is in process.† It will ultimately be part of the 1500 foot loop, but it is close enough to the present five masts to include in the present loop, which will as a result grow to 600 feet.
Sunday February 9
Short Attention Span Net† 3740 and later 3840
KN6Z, WG6K, KR3RR, AG7G, KB1UM (!), KG6TT, N6MIW
I checked in mainly to ax Stan WG6K about his QSO last night with Comrad Mike AA8KB.† Stan didnít remember much.† I wanted to know if Mike was still near Kalamazoo.† I was too tired last night to check in and talk to that socialist menace myself.† So, anyway, Duane AG7G had been lurking, and joined in when I did.† We got off on some really nutty tangents about animals: coyotes, chickens, dogs, cats, rabbits, bobcats, snakes.† Stan thinks when I go walking on my property at night, I should arm myself against coyote gangs.† Music Mike KB1UM was with us, and we did some catching up with him.† Mike is still doing his cruise ship gig between Galveston and Cozumel, and plans to move to Colorado in the near future.† He was genuinely pleased to talk to us again.† He still hopes to meet BZ one day, and might be coming down to So. Cal. soon, so maybe we can hook that up.† We discussed the Little People Reunion Net, which is slated for midnight Monday night/ Tuesday morning of Feb 24/25, 3655 MHz. †This will be a once a week half hour, hello-and-fuck-you opportunity for the dysfunctional Little People to stay in touch.† Larry W5HO appealed to me to do this.† Stan had been talking about peculiar people just before I checked in, so I identified myself as peculiar when I gave my call.† Stan suggested the name of the new Little People Net should be the Peculiar People Net.† P P Net for short, as in Pee Pee Net.† Stan was insisting that I let go the dysfunctional old guard, and recruit some new blood for the net.† He thinks I should put down stakes on 3840.† He then got a wild hare up his ass to take his sycophants, yes men and non-ID-ing lids up to 3840.† So up we all went, and finished the net there.† Mike axed me about the night sky where I now live, and before I knew it he and Duane were insisting on a dissertation on my photometry project at Driveway Observatory.† So I launched into long boring monologue of the kind I usually try to discourage, and drove most of Stanís worshippers away.† Moving on, I told the gang I had been shooting some skip today with my buds on 11 meters.† I was running barefoot into the loop, and the CBers were just creaming over it and my signal.† I came back to an Aussie with the handle of ďRed Fox.Ē† Wowwee wow wow, was I surprised.† I mean, isnít that guy dead?† Perhaps not.† Perhaps his career just went south, in both senses.† He did a fine job of an Aussie accent, I must say, but it was really slobbery and hard to understand, sort of like when he used to do that GEHT-TO talk. †He was really a nice gentleman, and not at all the famously foul-mouthed guy he used to be.† He was in Sydney.† I wonder if he does a foul-mouthed nightclub act down there now.† There seems to be a lot more activity on 11 meters than 10.† If you like that part of the spectrum, youíll find more action on 11.† They are excited about radio, and very polite for the most part, but there are some rude CBers.† The worst are almost as rude as 2 meter and 75 meter hams.
Monday February 4
Short Attention Span Net without the Short Attention Span Gang† 3740.
KN6Z, K6TXH, AG7G, N6UGY and a bunch of lids who never ID.
Stan WG6K and his followers had already been run off the freq by the time I tuned in, so I didnít see the harm in joining the QSO for a while.
Thursday January 30
The Art Bell Celebrity LOOP DX Report
Wowee wow wow, 75 m was WIDE OPEN tonight.† I worked a bunch of Gís, an EI, an EA, and a 9Y.†
Saturday January 25
Radio Driveway Observatory KN6Z, WG6K, KG6TT, K6TXH, and the usual lids who never ID.
I was out at Driveway Observatory testing a back-breaking method of precision polar alignment of my telescope, while listening to Stan WG6K and his worshippers.† Finally my back was broke, so I poured a vodka and cranraz, sat down for a break, and picked up the mic and checked in.† Stan had been expounding on Jews, and his worshippers were clearly uneasy about it, so they jumped at the chance to ax me what I was doing with my telescope.† I explained that the precision polar alignment would enable me to track the sky better, resulting in tighter rounder star images and a better signal to noise ratio when I measure how many electrons are accumulated by the pixels in those star images.† One source of noise is sky background.† The sky isnít perfectly dark, because of distant stars and other distant sources of light; airglow, and light pollution.
Friday January 24
The Short Attention Span Net† 3740 LSB/USB/LSD
KN6Z, AG7G, N6LN, N6UGY, WQ6I, K6TXH, AF6D, VA7ANB and a plague of lids who never ID, and a QRP jammer.
Woweee wow wow, the Little People are like a swarm of locusts.† Homeless locusts.† Stan WG6K just dives for cover when they descend.† I think initially Stan and some friends went to USB to escape Steve K6TXH, but wound up in bed with Steve on USB just to duck the Little People.† I joined in on USB because not only am I not going to be part of a crowd of Little People on Stanís freq, but Steve wanted me to send him (Steve) some astrophotos that I had taken with my telescope and I wanted to get his real time reaction.† He has posted one on his site.† So, that activity generated astronomy talk with Stan and the USB gang.† And then we started singing.† Stan challenged Steve to sing, and Steve counter challenged, and the freq sounded like the Animals Dying in Agony Net for a while.† Duane AG7G came up to USB to greet me before we all signed.† I have reconsidered the new Little People freq, and I would like yíall to consider 3655.† Itís best to leave 3636 as a retreat for those who are fed up.† The QRP jammer was putting everything into it she/he had tonight, but itís always so hard to tell what it is.
Thursday January 23
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net† 3636
KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY
The Loop got a most enthusiastic +40 forty from all stations on freq. †John K7PRS wants me to plant six telephone poles for a more secure installation.† I have a very enthusiastic neighbor who loves my erections, and has a giant auger which he wants to use to dig me deep holes for my erections.† He wants to help me acquire and plant telephone poles.† I got a +20 on 40 m tonight from CO6QK.† Moody WQ6I reported that Art Bell W6OBB spent an hour and a half with Moody working on his audio.† OMG, I long for those halcyon days.† Hours of audio and antenna testing with Art Bell.† Larry W5HO claims to have detected a pulse in the Little People.† He wants a modest restart of the Little People Net.† Iíve talked to some other LP, and everybody seems ready to try it again.† Once a week to start, just to say hi.† I guess weíll just do it on 3636.† I expect this is going to be about as successful as restarting San Onofre, but weíll roll the dice.† Stand by for the date.
The Short Attention Span Net† 3740
KN6Z, WG6K, AG7G, AE7J, N6LN, AD4J and a shitload of lids who never ID.
Weird conditions.† Band was really long.† I could barely hear Stan WG6K or Jack N6LN.† I was hopping right over them.† We got a call from a N.C. station, Drew AD4T.† Heís a really nice guy compared to most jerks on 75.† He lives very near the hometown of Andy Griffith, the town on which Mayberry was based.† It was interesting talking to him.† He said I was the loudest.† ME.† Thatís because I am the most like Art Bell, and I am becoming more like Art Bell all the time.† I will be getting louder and louder and louder.† And when I am loud enough, I will change my call to KN6OBB, which, incidentally, is available.† For most of the QSO I could barely hear Stan, but later, over a span of about two minutes, he came up by 30 dB.† Ainít Nature weird?† Thatís why radio is cool.
Tuesday January 21
The Short Attention Span Net† 3740
Radio Garage Gymnasium KN6Z, WG6K, AG7G, K6TXH, KG6TT, and retinue of lids who never ID.
I was humping my elliptical machine in my garage while talking to Stan and the gang.†
Monday January 20
The Short Attention Span Net† 3740
Radio Driveway Observatory KN6Z, WG6K, AG7G, K6TXH, and a host of lids who never ID.
Stan WG6K was talking to Steve K6TXH, tonight.† It was really weird.† Really friendly.† I bought a fifty foot mic cable and ran it out the window to my driveway.† There seems to be an intermittent problem with the cable/mic connection.† Stan wants me to forget the mic cable, and get a Jabra wireless headset.† Thatís just avoiding the problem.† Iíve seen countless musicians have great success with long mic cables.† So, anyway, I was sitting out on the driveway running vox and listening to my external speaker sitting in the shack window.† It wasnít long before we were into some really juvenile, bathroom/genital humor.† We talked about BZís sick cat, Snowball.† Sheís diabetic and now has pancreatitis.† Sheís not eating.† Vet has been giving her sub-q fluids.† Those cruel heartless mother fuckers on freq just want us to write her off.† Get a newer model.† Stan sort of intimated that I should adopt a kid.† What the hell?† I told him Iíve taken many kids on outings in my life, but I enjoyed giving them back at the end of the day.† I told him I want to adopt Uma Thurman.† Sheís pretty hot, and we donít even have to bother changing her name.† Before I checked in there was some real heresy about Art Bell, going down on freq.† So I felt I needed to check in to keep things sane.† Keep things appropriately reverent.† People sometimes say unflattering things about Art Bell, and that is not sane.† Duane AG7G was hammering Stan over the head again tonight on the value of scientific theories.† Stan thinks itís all just conjecture and speculation.† Duane always wants me to join in, but itís a spectacularly futile enterprise.† Iíve heard the debate over and over, and it goes absolutely nowhere.† I ainít interested.
Saturday January 18
The Short Attention Span Net† 3740
KN6Z, WG6K, WQ6I, VE7WNK, K6ETA, and a bunch of lids who never ID.
I waited around for a long technical discussion to conclude before I jumped in to request some signal reports.† I wanted to A-B my Phase II (two wavelengths on 80) Art Bell Celebrity LOOP against my comparison vee.† Several stations helped me out.† On 80, the loop beats the vee by 5 to 10 dB on transmit, but the difference is less dramatic on receive.† On 40, the receive difference is like night and day.† I havenít tested the loop yet on 40 on transmit.† When the loop was one wavelength on 80, on 80 it was better than the vee on receive, but no difference on transmit.† Now, there is one caviar: there seems to be some performance dependence on the baluns.† When I switch baluns, the vee and loop compare differently.† One balun is a 4:1 and one is a 1:1.† I need to look further into this.† I may bend over for another Palstar 4:1 balun, available at my local Ham Reamo Outlet.† My outlet canít take much more; itís already bleeding.†††
Monday Jan 13
The Art Bell Celebrity LOOP Report
Still standin,í baby, the three coupled masts are still up.† Predicted gusts are up to 65 mph, but last night it was strictly low thirties.† As of this writing itís dead out there.† No blow job tonight.
Sunday Jan 12
The Art Bell Celebrity LOOP Report
Ok, so Iíve got three, count Ďem, THREE, strongly coupled wiggley masts, blowiní in the wind.† I donít know if our forecast high winds are going to really rock tonight or not.† Itís definitely getting windy out there.† There will be a red flag warning for San Diego starting Monday at 6 p.m., and running through Wednesday noon.† Gusts up to† 50 mph are predicted.† Lyons Peak looms 800 feet above us.† The latest wind data for Lyons Peak http://www.anythingweather.com/daily.aspx?id=13726 shows gusts to 34 mph as of 10:30 pm.†
Now, on the subject of A Tale of Two Clocks, for those of you emailing me wanting to know if there are any fast clocks that are useful, the answer is YES.† I will give you another piece of Tale soon, and I will discuss a very useful fast clock that is critical to my research at Driveway Observatory.†
Saturday Jan 11
The Art Bell Celebrity LOOP Report
I finally got it up.† The final massive erection.† Mast FIVE of Phase II (two wavelengths on 80) of the Art Bell Celebrity LOOP is up and secure.† I now have to get out my coils of overpriced Official HRO Antenna Wire, and start splicing.† There is cheaper #14 stranded copper-wire on the internet, but it might not work for antennas.† It might be the wrong isotope of copper, or something.† All I know is that Official HRO Antenna Wire has worked in the past, and I ainít takiní no chances with the Art Bell Celebrity LOOP, bud.† Iíll string the wire from mast to mast, pulley rope to pulley rope, then hoist the loop a little bit at one mast, then a little bit at the next, and then the next, make adjustments if necessary, and work the loop up to sixty-plus feet.† We are expecting high winds here late Sunday and Monday, so that will be a good test for the new erection.† Whatís hair raising about this loop raising, is that the loop will make the five masts COUPLED oscillators.† The wiggly waggly masts will trade energy back and forth, and a lot of energy could temporarily build up in one mast, possibly bringing it down.† Who knows?† I can always slacken the loop when we expect high winds, and that will largely decouple the masts.† This thing is going to be like five swinginí dicks in the wind, and the energy will usually be distributed over all the dicks, but sometimes one dick will get it all and will get much too excited, and, well, you know what happens when dicks get too worked up.† A giant limp mess, thatís what.† Then I gotta come up with a better idea and get it up again.† Right now Iíve got slack wire between two of the masts.† Perhaps I will hoist the slack wire to full height and tension, and see how the two coupled masts do in the expected high winds.
Friday Jan 10
The Short Attention Span Net† 3740
KN6Z, WG6K, VE7ANB, KG6ZAM, and a bunch of lids who donít ID.
It was music, music, music tonight.† Especially, the PENTATONIX (go figure).† Stan WG6K has a huge bone for the Pentatonix.† He has a bone for a capella, in general.† Stan insists that the Pentatonix donít use auto tune, but unless you can hear pitch mistakes, how can you tell?† How can you tell the difference between a perfect singing job, and an imperfect job made to sound perfect with electronic pitch correction?† I think if Stan discovered the Pentatonix were Milli Vanilli-esque lip synchers, heíd commit suicide.† I think Stan is going to burn out on these guys, the way you do on a favorite beer that you order every damn time you drink beer, until you fucking HATE it.
The Short Attention Span Net† 3837† (3740 was apparently jammed out)
KN6Z, WG6K, WQ6I, AG7G and a host of others who never ID.
There was considerable interest tonight in hearing me play my guitar (into my dummy load, OF COURSE!).† We played a bit oí the old Name That Tune.† Talked some music in general, tonight.† I thanked Duane AG7G for the nice Holiday greeting card and letter he sent me.† Some time ago Duane sent me a really cool pocket flask with my name on it and my call and a picture of a beam antenna.† The subject of that flask came up tonight, but I canít remember how or why.† Anyway, I mentioned that I used it to smuggle some booze into the Mouse Park this past New Yearís Eve.† It works really well, until itís time to pour.† The damn thing is so shiny and pretty that it calls too much attention to me while Iím trying to mix my cocktail.† Anyway, BZ and I managed to stay below the radar and have our drink and watch the fireworks at midnight.† Earlier that evening we drove up to Huntington Beach to have dinner at our favorite restaurant: Dukeís.† Weíve also eaten at three of them in Hawaii.† The meal was fab, as usual, and then we drove up to Altadena/Pasadena to see some of the famous light displays they have there.† I have very fond childhood memories of those Christmas lights.† We then took a drive down Colorado Blvd. to take in the spectacle of all the people camped out in the gutter, waiting for the Rose Parade to begin.† After that we headed for the Mouse.† And you know the rest of the story except for this: It took us over an hour to get out of the Mouse parking structure.† It was gridlocked.† We just put our seats back and took a nap.† Didnít even try to back out of our parking space.† It was a great New Yearís Eve.† One of the very best I can remember.† Duane has been axing for another Art Bell Celebrity LOOP report.† Ok, so here it is.† Phase I is complete.† That is, the one-wavelength-on-80 loop has been built and tested and matched my vee (same height) on transmit, and bested the vee on receive.† On 40, the loop kicked the veeís ass in all categories.† Phase II is nearly complete.† It will be a two-wavelenghts-on-80 loop, at 60 plus feet.† Four of the five required masts are up.† The steel support for the fifth mast is in concrete.† Iíve got the base of the mast attached to hardware sunken in the concrete, alongside the steel support.† That hardware will hold the base of the mast in place while still allowing it to rotate as I raise the mast.† I raise the masts using a contraption I conceived and built which I call my ďhoisting rig.Ē† Mosley includes a similar contraption with their antennas, which they call a ďlifting fixture.Ē† What bullshit.† What pretentious bullshit.† They just stole my idea and gave it a fancy bullshit name.† Anyway, Iíll get that fifth mast rigged and hoisted this week.† Then Iíll just attach the antenna wire to the pulley lines on each mast, and raise that mother fucker.† Two wavelengths on 80.† If my erections continue to stand up to our howling Santa Ana winds from the NE, and our howling winter storm winds from the SW, and I get enough oohs and ahhs and ass-kissing from my ham friends, I will begin Phase III: the full 1600 dick-sucking feet of Art Bell Celebrity LOOP.† I anticipate needing fifteen massive erections, total, to put out a signal the likes of which has never been heard in East County San Diego before, and likely never will again.† I predict Moody WQ6I, loudest signal on the band since Art Bell Himself, will refuse a shootout with me.† He will have one bullshit excuse after another.† He will sell his radios and crawl under his palatial RV and hide.
Thursday Jan 2
The Short Attention Span Net† 3740
KN6Z, WG6K, WQ6I, and a bunch of others who never ID.
Iím writing this days after the QSO, so I canít really remember much of what went down.† I did test a 50 foot mic cable that I want to use to put Driveway Observatory on the air.† While Iím out in the driveway with my telescope, collecting photometric data, I want to have my mic handy, so it needs to be on a 50 foot cable.† I could go with a wireless headset, but this is a simpler solution and I still get to use my audio chain.† Problem is, tests show the cable attenuates my bottom end.† Actually, the rude software at Kaiser recommends the same thing.† Maybe I can EQ the cable.† I think the Low Down and High Smelliní guys on 3636 wouldnít mind helping me with that.
Thursday Dec 19
The Short Attention Span Net† 3740
KN6Z, WG6K, AG7G, VA7ANB, VE7MJS, Craigo-who-never-IDís-and-so-I-donít-know-who-the-hell-he-is
I was playing my guitar and reading the mail and was all tuned up, so when Duane AG7G remarked that ďÖthis would be a good night for Glenn to check in,Ē I did.† Stan WG6K forgot my call, but Duane AG7G didnít give him any shit about it.† I then gave Duane some shit about why heís always busting Moody WQ6Iís balls for forgetting call signs, but he doesnít bust Stanís balls for forgetting my call sign.†† Duane axed me if I was on Christmas vacation yet.† I am, and talked about how the semester wrapped† up.† I was axed if any girls made any offers for grades.† I told them a couple of girls gave me a Starbucks gift card, but that I gave them the C and D they deserved.† The conversation continued on academic matters, generally.† Stan talked about his tenth grade biology class.† He said they dissected everything, including pregnant cats.† Or maybe it was only Stan who got the pregnant cat.† Or got the cat pregnant.† Or something.† I think he got a pussy pregnant.† Duane didnít want to talk about school shit, and kept trying to change the subject.† Stan started busting Duaneís balls for always trying to change the subject.† Duane shot back some accusations of his own, and pretty soon there was this ugly fight going on over who tries to change the subject the most.† It was really cool to share the freq again with Adrian VA7ANB and Mike ďCanadian BaconĒ VE7MJS.
Friday Dec 13
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net† 3636
KN6Z, WB6GGY, K7PRS, WQ6I
I brought the gang up to speed on what Iíve been doing lately.† John K7PRS didnít even know that Iíd found my tortoise.
The Short Attention Span Net† 3740
KN6Z, WG6K, AG7G, WQ6I, KG6TT, N6MIW, and others who never ID
Tonight we talked about music, music, music.† And plenty was played on the air.† Stan WG6K has a huge boner for the Pentatonix.† They are a fabulous a capella group.
Thursday Nov 28
Short Attention Span Net† 3740
KN6Z, WG6K, VR2HF, N6MIW, N6UGY, N6LN, AG7G and some others who donít ID, including the Jaba the Hut jammer.
I listened for a while, and heard the usual sparring and ad hominid.† But then a fresh breeze blew, and they started talking about music.† I had the amp tuned, and was just playing my guitar waiting to see if it would ever get friendly, so I jumped in.† Stan WG6K sent me three links to some new and unusual music.† We traded stories of turkey dinners.† I reported on the cellulitis in my left elbow (but not in the joint), and Stan told me about a bug bite he got one time, that bothered him for six months.† He operated on it himself, naturally, and I guess after six months of operations, he was successful.† Stan told us his wifeís Obamacare story.† She got Obamacare for $1/mo.† Wow, what a country.† Stan likes Huxleyís Brave New World, and pontificated on how we are headed in that direction.† So we talked about the book and the movie a bit.† I remarked in that context that it would be bad if everybody was smart and held advanced degrees and only wanted clean-fingernails jobs.† Who would clean toilets?† So Stan said thatís why we have Mexicans.† YIKES!† Oh, shit.† I couldnít believe that one.† A Mexican could have heard that.† We must be very careful because the Mexicans will be running the show one day, and they will be assigning the toilets to the gringos if we piss them off.
A Tale of Two Clocks Primer
Have you ever wondered about two clocks, one running normally, one running fast, and what time each clock would read after some number of days, say 10,000?† Letís say these clocks have all 24 hours on the face.† The normal clock ticks off 24 hours between sunset and the next sunset.† The fast clock ticks off 24 hours in less than the time between sunsets.† Well, after exactly 10,000 days, the normal clock reads exactly what it read when the timing started.† If it read 12:00 at the start, it would read 12:00 at the finish.† But what about the fast clock?† What will it read?† Just use my little formula, discussed below.† Letís say the fast clock ticks off 24.1 of its hours in the time it takes for the normal clock to tick off 24 hours.† 24.1/24 = 1.00417/1.† What this says is that the fast clockís hour hand goes around 1.00417 times for every one time around for the normal clockís hour hand.† Plugging into my formula, you get: (1.00417/1-1) * 10000 = 41.7.† That is, after 10,000 normal clock days, the fast clock has gone round 41.7 extra times.† Now, if the fast clock had gone round exactly 41 extra times, it would read exactly the same time as when it started, but it didnít go round exactly 41 extra times, it went round 41.7 extra times.† Itís that .7 that we are interested in.† The time that the fast clock will read is .7 of one 24-hour go round.† 0.7 * 24 hours = 16.8 hours.† The time on the fast clock will be 16.8 hours.† You can turn the 0.8 hour into minutes and seconds if you want to.
Erotic Rectum (Erratum)
There is a mistake in my Spininí Wheels formula, cussed and discussed below.† The variable JD spins appears twice, but the two JD spins are not the same.† They need distinct names.† JD spins! will be the number of slow-wheel spins used to express the constant ratio of fast SD spins to slow JD spins.† JD spins will be the total number of turns of the slow wheel for a particular case.†
Monday Nov 25
Iíve been spinniní my wheels lately about spinniní wheels.† I was wondering if for two wheels spinning at different rates, is there a simple constant by which you could multiply the number of turns the slower wheel has completed, the product of which would equal how many MORE turns the faster wheel has completed than the slower wheel.† Not the TOTAL turns of the faster wheel, but just the number of turns MORE than the turns the slower wheel has completed.† I expected the answer to be NO, until I fooled around with some numbers.† Hereís an example, suppose wheel JD spins nine times for every eleven spins of wheel SD.† So for nine spins of JD, SD spins two more times.† For nine spins of JD, is there a formula that could yield the two spins extra for SD?† Hereís what I came up with: (11/9 Ė 1) * 9 = extra spins = 2.† This formula will work for any number of JD spins.† We could write a more general formula as: (11/9 Ė 1) * JD spins = extra SD spins.† Even more generally: (SD spins/JD spins! - 1) * JD spins = extra SD spins.† Who cares?† You will all care when I write A Tale of Two Clocks, coming soon.
Saturday Nov 16
Science News NOOZE
The best of the November 2 issue
Oldest Pitch-Drop Experiment (The article is quoted here almost verbatim.)
Grass grows quicker.† Paint dries faster.† Yet thereís something irresistible about watching the glacial flow of pitch.
And now a long-forgotten experiment with pitch has come to light, probably the oldest known of its kind.† In a small display case at Aberystwyth University in Wales sits a glass funnel filled with a heap of ultra-viscous pitch, dated April 23, 1914.† Thatís 13 years older than a similar setup at the University of Queensland in Australia, which Guinness World Records lists as the longest continually running laboratory experiment.
The allure of pitch Ė a black tarlike hydrocarbon by-product of distilling petroleum, wood or coal Ė comes from its split personality: It shatters from a quick hit with a hammer, but flows if set aside for long periods.† For more than a century physicists have showcased that contradictory behavior with the pitch-drop and other experiments, in which a seemingly solid mass of pitch displays its liquid nature.† Following is a sampling of multigenerational investigations of pitch:
1. Sinking bullets† In an 1882 experiment, Scottish physicist Lord Kelvin put corks below and bullets above a block of pitch.† Over time the corks floated to the surface and the bullets sank.† Pitch was the only earthly material Kelvin knew of that could simultaneously behave as a solid and a fluid.† He and other physicists of his era believed that a similar substance call the ether permeated the cosmos.† Ether needed to be rigid enough to propagate rapidly oscillating light waves, yet fluid enough for planets and other objects to travel through it.† Pitch was a great analog.
2. Kelvinís ramp† In 1887, Lord Kelvin built a glacier-simulating experiment by placing pitch atop a wooden ramp.† Over the years the pitch slithered down; today the ramp is on display at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow.
3. Modern day† Physicist John Mainstone, who died in August after overseeing the Queensland pitch experiment for 52 years, never saw a fall.† In fact, nobody had ever witnessed a drop of pitch falling until July of this year, when a camera captured a drip in a 69-year-old experiment in Dublin.† More than a million people have watched the Dublin pitch-drop video online, while groupies keep an eye on a live webcast of Queenslandís experiment.
4. A new record† Despite its head start, the newly rediscovered 1914 pitch experiment in Wales has not produced a single drop.† The funnel stem is about 80 millimeters long, Aberystwyth lab technician Stephen Fearn says, yet the pitch has descended a mere 6 millimeters in the century since physicist G.T.R ďTaffyĒ Evans set it up.† At that rate, the pitch wonít emerge from the funnel Ė let alone form a drop Ė for another 1300 years.† Itís unclear what type of pitch Evans used and why it flows so slowly.
If you are such a loser, and have so little going on in your failed and useless life, that you would care to see the pitch drip in the Dublin drip experiment, referenced above in ď3.† Modern day,Ē then here is a youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ5Vm4vABH4.† I have not seen it as I lead a full life, a life of excitement and adventure, and am therefore too busy for pitch shit.
Tuesday Nov 12
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net† 3636
KN6Z, K7PRS, WQ6I, WB6GGY
We traded stories about bombing and rocket making in our youth, but I donít think Moody WQ6I wants to be included in that.
Monday Nov 11
The Short Attention Span Net† 3740
KN6Z, WG6K, KQ6EE, K6THX, K6FX
Wowee wow wow, this QSO was surreal and contentious and kinda personal for a long time, so I waited until much later and jumped into calmer waters.† It was still kinda surreal, but there was a lot less ad hominid.† Stan was talking a LOT about illusion.† He doesnít care for the Little People because weíre too much into illusion.† Apparently there are evil puppet masters that create illusions for public consumption.† Iím sure thatís no illusion.† So then this surfer dude came on, and talked surfing.† I axed him what the biggest surf was heíd ever surfed.† He got a bit defensive, and said ďsize doesnít matter.Ē† Iím not kiddin.í† He actually said that.† So I guess heís done no twenty foot waves.†
Tuesday Nov 5
The Worst QSO in the WORLD, aka, the Short Attention Span Net† 3740
KN6Z, AG7G, WG6K, KG6TXH, KB1UM, W5HO, AE7J, KY6W, and a host of others who donít ID.
So, I was playing my guitar, and listening to the worst fucking QSO Iíve ever heard.† Duane AG7G and Don KY6W, were beating each other over the head.† Wow, it was just awful.† It was not in keeping with the great Orv K6UEYís vision of the fraternity, the brotherhood, of ham radio.† I donít even want to get into the details of the ill will, the bad vibes, the bad karma, the BAD COMPANY.† So then Stan WG6K dropped in, and boatless Joe AE7J, and the good olí, good will feeling of the heyday of the Little People just enveloped us all like a warm blanket.† We had some kind of radio group-hug.† Anyway, things calmed down, and we had a civil conversation.† People wanted an update from me on my activities, so I gave them the story.† Mostly just unusually busy at school, lately.† Iím also busy working on my photometry project, which I described.† And I was grilled on my Art Bell Celebrity LOOP.† It was more of an inquisition, really.† The nuts, the naysayers, the kooks, all of whom shall remain nameless, are skeptical.† They doubt that the cost and effort that I will put into the loop will be worth the performance I get.† Iíve read the theory.† Iíve studied the models.† Iíve heard Artís loop.† I have a comparison vee up and at the ready, and I will erect the LOOP and the TRUTH shall be known.† I will silence the critics, the non-believers, the heretics, the lunatics.† Locals who canít make it to Pahrump will make the pilgrimage to the edge of my property and kneel and worship at the alter that is the Art Bell Celebrity LOOP.†
Saturday Nov 3
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net† 3636
KN6Z, WQ6I, W6RAT, K7PRS
Well, tonight I was just reading the mail, working on some star field images I took a couple nights ago, when I heard Bruce ďRatĒ W6RAT pop in.† So I had to hit the power and say hi.† I didnít hang in very long, so I donít have much to say here.† Music Mike KB1UM has been on freq lately, and I tried to get some info from Moody WQ6I about Mike.† I thought he was moving to Vermont, like, a year ago.† I thought he had a seasonal gig on a cruise ship lined up, too.† What the hell?† Why is he still around?† Why is he in Oregon?†
Saturday Oct 26
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net† 3636
KN6Z, WQ6I, K6AII, WB6GGY
I was practicing my guitar tonight and decided to push the power button and read the Low Down mail for a while.† I heard long lost Bob K6AII, and so had to jump in and say hi.† I caught Bob up on everything going on lately in Jamul.† The big news here is that I found Miss Myrtle, my tortoise that I lost three months ago.† I thought she had been tortoise-napped, but apparently she just escaped.† One of our next door neighbors found her a couple months ago, and just took her in.† BZ had a work friend over for the afternoon today, and while the friend was exploring the property with BZ, the friend noticed a chicken roosting in our decaying exotic bird house.† BZ knows the neighbors have chickens, so she told them about the one in our bird house.† She told them that an animal might have gotten our truant tortoise, and that an animal might get the chicken.† The neighbors then told BZ that they found a tortoise on their property a couple of months ago, and that we should have a look at it.† It was Miss Myrtle all right.† Wayward tortoise.† Escape artist.† Sheís in excellent health and condition, except for some blue paint that rubbed off her pen in the neighborís yard, and onto her shell while she was trying to ESCAPE from the neighborís pen.† So itís been a very happy day around here.† Our family is back together: Snowball the fat white diabetic cat, Miss Myrtle the tortoise, BZ and me.† There are about six other cats, two chickens, two roosters, and a dog, that are trying to join our family.† And I guess the chicken out in the exotic bird house, and the eggs sheís sitting on.
Thursday Oct 24
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net
KN6Z, WQ6I, WJ6Q, KD7SKK, AF6D
I dropped in to say hi to Moody WQ6I, just as he was signing.† Moody had been talking to Bob AF6D.† I gave Moody the rundown on my day, at his request.† We talked a bit about the progress of the The Art Bell Celebrity LOOP.† Moody is very enthusiastic about the project, and my many erections.† Moodyís granddaughter recently underwent surgery for a brain tumor, but she came through it with flying colors, and is back kicking ass on her high school volley ball team.† She also has been accepted to Portland State, so sheíll be micturating there soon.† Bruce KD7SKK joined us tonight.† He teaches guitar, so I enjoyed talking guitar with him, and music in general.† Moody, as always, has a lot to contribute when talk turns to music.† Just as I was signing, good olí California City John WJ6Q dropped in, and we all had a big warm fuzzy hug.† Wowee wow wow, we really had the old Little People feel going on 3636 tonight.† John K7PRS is packing up and will be moving back to Prescott very soon now, permanently.†
Monday Oct 21
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net
KN6Z, AF6D, K7PRS, WQ6I, WB6GGY
I told the gang a little of what Iíve been up to.† Then we started talking UHF/VHF and Bob AF6Dís repeater.† John K7PRS is preparing to move back to Prescott, PERMANENTLY.† And he says when he does, he is going to give up 75m.† Heís just fed up with the foul language and the bullshit, at least the shit that goes on up the band.† Orv K6UEY walked away from the bullshit, and now heís dead.† Never walk away from the bullshit.† I tried to get a conversation going about Art Bell, but all I really got going was a little talk about Sirius radio and its problems.† I got to see far, far up my momís nose today.† I took her to see her ear, nose, and throat quack, and he stuck his scope up her snout and let me have a look.† She really has a healthy looking nose.† Noses cave in as we age, under the weight of sagging surrounding tissue.† Sheís a bit caved in.† A cadaver could be cannibalized for some rib, and the rib shoved up her nose for support.† My mom wonít be opting for surgery or any dead bones up her nose.
Saturday Oct 19
THIS PAGE IS DEAD!!!
Have you noticed that?† This fucking page is soooo dead.† I havenít written any shit here in weeks and weeks.† Why are you reading this?† I mean, is your life so empty and hopeless that you would keep coming back to read a dead web page?† OMG, that is pathetic.† Why is this page so dead?
Cause of death:† A new layer of bureaucracy that I and most of the other faculty at our college have to generate, the Instructional Program Review and Planning report.† The taxpayer is paying me well to write this thing, but I hate writing it.† So Iíve been very busy with that the last few weeks.† In addition, our school is being investigated for our accreditation renewal, and we all have been very busy the last few weeks preparing for that.† The site visitation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has just concluded.† It went very well.† I donít think we are in any danger of losing our accreditation, but itís hairy.† The ACCJC is pulling the accreditation from City College of San Francisco, the largest community college in California, serving 85,000 students.† Not for poor instruction, but for not spending enough money on bureaucracy.† So, anyway, thatís behind us, and so is the IPRP report.† Iíve also been busy preparing my trombone part for a concert our band just played.
I havenít been on the air either.† That is in part because Iíve been so busy with so much shit this past few weeks, but also because I pulled all my ladder line away from the house, and havenít re-rigged it.† See, our homeowners insurance agent came over to inspect our wood burning stove, and I didnít want him to notice the gigantic masts Iíve erected all over the place.† I didnít want him to see wires coming into the house.† Maybe heíd have some issue about it.† Well, he didnít, but I havenít gotten round to reconnecting the transmission lines.† Iíve started working on that, and will be back on the air very soon.
So whatís going on with the The Art Bell Celebrity LOOP?† Thatís what you want to know, right?† Thatís why youíre reading this dead page, isnít it?† Well, in my last report, I told you I had some mishaps trying to get a big erection.† The mast in front of the house went up without a hitch, but I think I got lucky.† I had a series of disasters after that, and it was because of flaws/weaknesses in my methods.† Well, I got things figured out, and the new 65-foot mast is up.† As Iíve discussed, Iím going to build a sub loop first, just to see how it performs, and how well the masts stand up to high winds.† Iíve already tested a one wavelength-on-80 loop, and reported that it equals the benchmark vee on transmit, but definitely hears better than the vee.† On 40, the loop beats the vee in all categories.† I need to start digging holes, pouring concrete, sinking steel, and getting erections up, to support my next sub loop: 2 Ĺ wavelengths on 80.
And of course, Iíve been glued to my satellite radio, listening to The Man Himself.
Monday Sep 8
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net
KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS, NA6XR (Otis in Long Beach)
Iím writing this up so long after the fact (Sunday 9/15), that Iím not sure of the date of the QSO.† Sep 7, 8, or 9.† We did some catching up.† Moody WQ6I was most impressed with my pic of ďThurman Flat.Ē† He canít recall ever seeing it, and Iím sure heís been up Big Bear way a few times.† Well, Iím sure heíll go searching for it and want a pic of himself rubbing his body against the sign.† Itís a good thing itís not ďBell Flat,Ē or people would be lined up for miles to grope the sign.† Moody will be off to the Monterey Jazz Festival (if he isnít already) soon, then on to WARFA.† WARFA has nothing to do with drinking.† You canít spell WARFA without _A__A.† And of course we talked about Art Bellís new show, and that it was imperative that everybody get hooked up with a Sirius satellite radio prescription.† Weíre going to start a new net that talks about nothing but Art Bell and his new show.† Wouldnít that just be HEAVEN?
The Art Bell Celebrity LOOP Report† (Sunday 9/15)
Ok, so Iíve been having some trouble lately getting erections.† And some that I get up, come crashing down and threaten the safety of those helping me to get erections, namely, BZ.† For the erection in the front yard that supports my benchmark Vee, I employed methods that were apparently unsound.† I got away with it on that one erection, but I have failed elsewhere to get it up.† There is this damn dirty decaying exotic-bird-house in the NE corner of the property, and itís been hampering me, for one thing.† Itís been hard enough to get erections, without that thing in the way, too.† So my next erection, if I ever get it up, is going to have to be much farther from the bird house, which will cut a few feet off the loop, but letís face it, if this mission fully develops, I will have fifteen erections supporting a loop 1600 feet around, and a few feet less wonít make any diff.
The one-wavelength-loop feasibility test was such a success, that I am going forward with the full scale Art Bell Celebrity LOOP. My erections that supported the test loop were flimsy, and only intended to be temporary.† Now for purposes of the full-scale permanent loop, the materials that I am using for my erections are heavier, thicker, and stiffer, so that my erections can be longer and last and last, BUT that means itís harder for me to get it up in the first place.† Methods that worked on the flimsy test loop are failing me for the longer stiffer erections I need for the permanent installation.† I have a new plan for the next attempt, and have dug the hole.† Only a good deep hole will accommodate my towering erections.† I will be pouring concrete today, and sink the new heavier support pipe, up against which I will attach my next huge erection (if only I could get it up).† But as I said, I have a plan.
Tuesday Sep 3
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net
KN6Z, K7PRS, WQ6I, AF6D, WB6GGY, N3CKF, NA6R (barely)
I checked in late in the QSO just to say hi.† Bob AF6D reported that daughter Rachel is putting on weight and starting sixth grade.† Bob is trying to take off forty pounds, because the weight hurts his back, but exercising to help drop the pounds hurts his back, too.† Fortunately, heís got dope up to his eyeballs.† Bob, follow LDOís lead.† Donít worry about a thing.† Just live for the next dose.†
BZ and I spent a couple of nights in Anaheim recently, while we attended the Disney D23 Expo, ďThe Ultimate Disney Fan Event.Ē† That was Aug 9-11.† We only attended on Aug 10.† I bought a book called Tinker Bell, An Evolution, by Misty Johnson.† She gave a talk and signed my book, and BZ took a photo of us.† While we were up there, we did plenty of Mouse Park, of course.
As if that wasnít enough Mouse, we spent Labor Day weekend up there doing more Mouse.† But during the heat of the day, we actually did some other things, too.† Sunday we drove the loop through Big Bear.† BZ had never been up there before, and she enjoyed seeing it.
Remember my ďChicken in the HoodĒ video?† For some reason I forgot to disable the comments on that video.† Anyway, somebody left an unpleasant comment Iíll share with you:
I grew up in this neighborhood. You're a goofy racist
that "in da hood" shit and playing that dumb music. I
wish I was there when you made this goofy shit. Would have socked
The commenter may well have grown up in the neighborhood, who knows, but he isnít very much like the people I met.† The customers were very nice to each other, nice to the Mexicans serving the chicken from behind the bullet-proof glass, and nice to me.† The commenter, on the other hand, is hostile and threatening.
Monday August 26
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net
KN6Z, K7PRS, WQ6I, WJ6Q
Well, I havenít had enough fiber lately, so while I was trying to work through that problem, BZ was just reading the mail in the shack.† Well, she burst into the john and told me to get off the shitter and get on the radio and straighten out some cold-hearted orbs, because she had heard some heart-breaking talk about turtle soup, on the radio.† So I did.† I normally donít like to have to interrupt the Miracle of Birth, but this turtle soup talk was just going too far, so I had to get on the High Smelliní Net and kick some asses.† When theyíd had enough, we did some civilized cussing and discussing of the Big Three Tortoise-Disappearance theories: Escape, Predator, Theft.† We threw out the alien abduction theory in a previous QSO.† So we rehashed all that.† I also gave a report on the The Art Bell Celebrity LOOP, which is all anybody wants to talk about anymore, anyway.† After much testing, the verdict is this: on 80, the loop and the vee are comparable on transmit, but the loop has bigger ears.† On 40, the loop is two wavelengths, and kicks the veeís butt on transmit and receive.† So based on these auspicious results, I have decided to go forward with the full-size, Art Bell Celebrity LOOP, and the first step is improving the existing supports.† Installing something that will last.† Iím going to upgrade to beefier aluminum tubing for the 65-foot masts.† I used the vee for the net tonight, because one of the loop supports is down for upgrades.† What goes up, must first come down.† When the existing supports are up to spec, I will install the additional supports necessary to grow the loop to its next stage of evolution: two to three wavelengths on 80.† And stay tuned for the D23 report!
Friday August 16
Wowee wow wow, I canít believe itís been almost a month since Iíve written any shit in this shitty blog.† I havenít been in the mood.† Iíve been grieving the loss of my little tortoise, Miss Myrtle, for one thing.† Sheís been a member of the family for nearly 45 years, and now sheís gone.† I loved her as much as anybody loves their dog or bunny or† pony or whatever.† Sheís been living in an enclosure in my front yard.† Saturday night, July 20, BZ and I left the house to go out to dinner, and we saw her in her enclosure.† We returned home after dark.† The next morning, when I went out to feed her some romaine and napa cabbage, she was nowhere to be found.† There is obviously the Escape theory, but I donít see how she could have escaped, unless she sprouted wings.† There is no evidence that she dug out.† There is also the Predator theory.† There was no blood or carnage in her pen, however, but I suppose a Great Horned Owl could have carried her off.† We rarely see any large birds of prey hanging around, and I think this theory doubtful.† Miss Myrtle laid us nine eggs in the weeks before we lost her, and some of the eggs have been sitting undisturbed in her pen for nearly a month.† An easy meal.† Easier than a tortoise, but no critters want them.† Nope, I donít think critters are too interested in the tortoise pen.† I think the Theft theory is the most likely.† There has been occasional evidence of mischief on the property in the time weíve been here, so we know redneck scum is afoot.† The night we left for dinner was a rare night that no cars were in the driveway, because BZís vehicle was in the shop.† I think opportunists noted the empty driveway, and struck.† Fuck.† I canít even keep a little pet on my own property.† We live on five acres, so you have to penetrate deep inside the property to steal a tortoise.
School is just getting started, so Iíve been busy with that, as well as my astronomy project.† The astronomy project isnít about taking pix, itís about photometry (low res spectroscopy, you might say), but the kick-ass SBIG 8300 CCD camera I bought for the photometry project takes great pix, so Iíve been taking some.
Wednesday July 17
The Art Bell Celebrity LOOP Report
Ok, so I sunk another ten foot piece of steel pipe in concrete, near the driveway, about a hundred feet from my embryonic loop.† To that pipe I U-bolted a 57 foot mast, from which hangs a resonant, 80 meter inverted vee fed by 450 ladder line, to serve as a benchmark antenna, for comparison to the Art Bell Celebrity LOOP.† Currently, the Loop is a† horizontal triangle, one wavelength on 80.† Iíve been testing it against the vee, on 80 and 40.†
A secondary reason for erecting the vee was to continue my investigation of the problem that I had with my previous vee (before it became the Loop), trying to use it as a multiband dipole.† Reviewing the vee problem: I couldnít find a match for the vee, on 40, with the amp in line, even at less than 100 watts.† With the amp bypassed, ok, but not with the amp in line, even at low power.† Some suggested that a 4:1 balun, rather than the 1:1 that I was using, would clear up the problem.† Another school of thought suggests that a 1:1 is the way to go, absent any details about the antenna complex impedance.† One thing is certain, I couldnít tune my antenna system as it stood, so I was more than game to try a 4:1 balun.† Well, surprise, surprise, the new vee works fine on either 80 or 40, regardless of whether I use the 1:1 or 4:1 balun.† Iím not sure if thatís good or bad.† I canít recreate the problem I had with the original vee, so I canít investigate it further, unless I devolve the Loop into the vee that it once was.† It should be noted that the two vees are not identical; most importantly, the ladder line lengths are different.† 145 feet for the current vee, and 95 feet for the previous vee (and present Loop).† In neither case are the ladder line lengths integral multiples of a half wavelength on 80 or 40.† You get a new batch of lab rats so that you can continue your cancer research, but the new batch donít get sick, no matter how many packs a day you make them smoke.† In conclusion, there is no conclusion, because I canít recreate the problem.† The matching problem with the vee-that-dreamed-of-being-a-loop-and-then-became-one remains unsolved.
Coming up: Loop vs vee, and the next step in the evolution of the Art Bell Celebrity LOOP!
Sunday July 14
The Cary KD7KAU NET
Nothing heard on 3636, nor 3808.
Thursday July 11
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net† 3636
KN6Z, K7PRS, WQ6I, WJ6Q, W5HO, WB6GGY
Tonight I mostly listened, and got some receive signal strengths for my benchmark vee (half wavelength on 80) and my loop (one wavelength on 80).† John K7PRS and Larry W5HO were five dB louder on the loop.† For the rest of the stations on the net, there was no difference.† During the day on 40, the loop (two wavelengths on 40) beat the vee (one wavelength on 40) for most signals I received.
Sunday July 7
The Cary KD7KAU Net 3636
KN6Z, KD7KAU, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, AG7G
Tonight we all mostly just caught up with each other.† I havenít been on 80 meters, lately.† Iíve been more interested in 40, because my horizontal loop is two wavelengths on 40, and itís the long-wire properties that I am interested in testing.† Iím erecting a reference vee about 57 feet high, to which I will compare the Loop as it grows.† Duane AG7G reported on local fires and weather in his area, his favorite subjects (besides gall bladder problems.)† Duane gave us a report on Ben KD7BCW.† Apparently Ben is procuring sections of Rohn tower.† Maybe we will hear some signals from Salem soon.† Sadly, for medical insurance related reasons, Cary KD7KAUís lady, Suzy, is going to have to move back whence she came.† Moody WQ6I gave a report on tonightís WARFA jamming.† Moody had to get to bed, because I guess he is running a marathon in the morning, with his daughter.† Something like that.† Heís afraid he isnít in shape for it.† Just do it, Moody, but itís going to be hot and humid Monday, so wear your little Speedo running costume, soís youíll stay cool.† BZ and I were parked on a local beach, recently, waiting for the Sea World fireworks to start.† They shoot them off every night in the summer.† It was about 10 p.m., and we were leaning against my car.† We had just been listening to radio reports on the shit going down in Cairo, and that lots of people were ďeager to die.Ē† Well, an Arab man and boy suddenly appeared out of the darkness, headed right for my vehicle.† The little boy, carrying a suspicious bag, was trying to get in my car.† The man kept calling to him, ďAhmed, Ahmed! (sounds like ĎAkmedí).Ē† The boy finally left the car alone, and continued down the beach, which the man did not want.† So he kept calling him to come back.† Ahmed turned and came back, and once again tried to access my vehicle, carrying his suspicious bag.† Finally the man was able to direct him away from my car, and back down the beach whence they came.† It was really weird and nerve wracking.† BZ remarked, ďI wish it had been a little Mexican boy.Ē
Sunday June 23
The Cary KD7KAU Net† 3636
KN6Z, KD7KAU, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, AG7G
Iím writing this a day late, so much of what happened Sunday night has run out of my ears.† I did not get to meet Caryís lady, Susie, on the much-hyped Susie night, recently.† I canít remember what my bullshit excuse was.† Anyway, Susie happened to be in Caryís shack, and in fact was sitting on hisÖ, hisÖ LAP!, so he put her on the air.† So I got to meet her.† Nice lady, but didnít say much.† Iím sure sheís fascinated with ham shit, though.† I guess she didnít say much because she was just in AWE.† I bet Cary will have her at WARFA in no time.† Perhaps I should say, Bring her to WARFA in no time. †Ham shit is just that fascinating.† Speaking of fascinating, I shared a fascinating tidbit about smallpox.† The virus uses an arsenal of weapons against the human immune system, including the ability to jam communication between human immune cells, making it very difficult for the immune system to launch a large-scale attack against the virus.† So, smallpox is a jammer.† Moody WQ6I is off to the Gulf.† Heís got radio gear stuffed into his vehicle, but I doubt we are going to hear from him on HF.† I did NOT get shot out of a slingshot at the fair, as it turns out.† Traffic and parking foiled my hook-up with my buddy and his girlfriend.† If I want to ride the damn thing (the slingshot, not the girlfriend), I can just drive my ass up to Del Mar and put my ass in a sling, solo.† Duane AG7G tried to check in tonight, but conditions just did not permit it.
Friday June 21 Ė Happy Solstice!
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net† 3636
KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I.† I reported on my doings of late.† One corner of my horizontal triangle has been on the ground, because I wanted to raise it from 40 to 60 feet.† Well, I got the 60 foot mast up, but the antenna hoisting cord was to skinny, and got fouled between the pulley wheel and the housing.† So I took the mast down and got some thicker cord.† Itís local cord, though.† Itís not official HRO ham radio nylon cord.† Jeezus, I hope it works.† Now all corners of the horizontal triangle, one wavelength on 80, are at least 60 feet high.† Moody WQ6I said I was the loudest signal on the band tonight, so Iíll use it a bit more and do some planning, and then enlarge it to two wavelengths.† I may raise it a bit higher, too.† I wanted to test it yesterday, but my amp blew a fuse, and I didnít have a 15 amp fuse anywhere.† So I drove a half hour to campus at 10:30 p.m., and raided the physics lab.† I tore apart every power supply, multi-meter, Oh!-scope, and laser I could get my hands on, but I could not find a suitable fuse.† Anyway, got some at Rat Shack today, and was on the air tonight.† Going to the Mouse for the first time in ten months, with BZ Saturday.† Going to bend way over and renew our anal passes.† Sunday I am going to be shot out of a giant slingshot at the San Diego County Fair.† Check it out:† http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPUNuMppEf8.† BZ is shit fitting, because she thinks Iím going to die.† Iím going with my buddy Daveís girlfriend, because Dave and BZ are too chicken.† Moody WQ6I is headed for the Gulf this Tuesday, for a week.† I didnít want to talk about myself entirely.
San Diego Ė June 16, Home
Seems like I lost a week somewhere.† Oh, yeah, so we took this trip to New England, and then we came home.† That was Sunday June 9.† The very next day, Monday, I started teaching my summer school class.† Itís the usual intro to astronomy lecture that Iíve taught a thousand times.† 9 Ė 12:50, MW, for six weeks.† I havenít taught summer school for a few years, because there hasnít been money for it, but things have improved a little.† Iím also getting $20,000 worth of laptop computers for my astronomy lab.† Thatís good for the students, but means a lot of front end work for me.† I have to design the computer projects.† One obvious thing to do is teach them how to download the astro photos they take during lab class, to the computers.† From there they can email the pix to themselves, or put the pix on a travel drive, or whatever.† As it stands, I have to get the pix off the cameras, and email them to the students who want them.
So this summerís astro class is turning out to be a really good bunch.† They are quiet and attentive and do well on the quizzes.† Every term, I offer an optional field trip to our local foothills for some dark sky viewing using my big-ass telescope.† I normally invite all the astro classes, and even the physics classes, because turnout from any one class is never very good.† But a couple people from each class, plus their friends and family, makes for a pretty good group.† This time around, however, I had only the one astro class to draw from.† Two students showed; one guy brought two girls, and the other guy brought his girlfriend and about five other family members.† They were all very interested and appreciative, and it was a really fun night.† My buddy Dave came along, too.† I guess there were about a dozen of us.† Conditions were superb.† Beachwear weather, winds nonexistent, and air steadier than I can remember in years.† The images were so good, because of the non-turbulent air, that it was like having a much larger telescope.† We got unbelievable views of Mercury, the Moon, Alberio (a blue and gold binary star), the Ring Nebula, and the globular cluster in Hercules.† Venus was typically uninteresting.† The Trifid nebula could have been good, but it was too close to the bright Moon to see very well.†† The weather, the people and the observing conditions were all so good, it really made it a magical night, no Mouse required.† Saturday I got up and unloaded the telescope, and that was it.† I was spent.† Went back to bed for the rest of the day.† I got up for dinner with muscle aches and a slight headache.† We ate at an Ethiopian place we like very much, then came home.† BZ gave me a head-to-toe rub down, and then I went back to sleep.† Feeling better today.
Since returning from New England (we hit Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Mass, Rhode Island and Connecticut), Iíve been on 3636 a couple of times, canít remember when.† 3808 is dead.† I checked into WARFA on 40, Tuesday night, I guess.† The jammers are having a tougher go of it on 40.† I also worked an EA on 40 this week.† I worked Moody WQ6I three times this week on 40.† Once he called me, and once I called him.† One of the times was at 3:30 a.m.† I am on Eastern time, and have been going to bed early, but I woke up and puttered around a bit and turned on the radio, and there was Moody.† Doesnít he ever sleep?
My antenna is down again for upgrades.† I want to raise one of the corners of my horizontal triangle, from 40 to 60 feet.† That will put the whole thing at 60 + feet, average.† When I am satisfied with this one-wavelength (on 80) triangle, I will expand it to two wavelengths.† And if that works well, Iíll grow it again.† I mainly want to be confident of the sturdiness of the supports at 60 + feet, before charging off into Art Bell Loop Land.
Plymouth/Providence/Baaston Ė June 8, Day 8
This morning we found a good little place for breakfast in Plymouth, that serves breakfast til 1 p.m., which is about as early as we can manage.† After breakfast we drove straight to Plymouth Rock.† We took a picture of it, of course, and listened to a bit of a continuous live talk by a very good presenter.† A very enthusiastic elderly gal.† Then we looked around in the oldest house in Plymouth, built in 1640.† Very interesting, with an interesting history.† We then walked to a standalone gift shop near the Rock, and bought stuff for our families.† After that we had a really good time in a fascinating Pilgrim-museum.† We got there at 4, which was a half hour before closing, so the nice lady let us in free.† Iíve pulled the exact same scam at the Nixon Library and the Jimmy Carter Library.† The museum had terrific articles, art depicting Pilgrim history, and seventeenth century artifacts.† Wowee wow wow, swords were much shorter than those we see in the movies.† Without that English-speaking Indian, Sasquatch, and his buddy Cumquat, I donít think any of the Pilgrims would have survived.† Half were dead by the first Thanksgiving, as it was.† One fascinating exhibit compared the way Pilgrim fashion has been depicted at various times in history.† The clichť Pilgrim outfit is unlikely, if not ridiculous.† The plan for dinner was to head for Baaston, where we are spending the last night, and seek out some famous Baaston pizza.† Pizza is a really big deal here.† Well, we started driving and BZ fell asleep, so I headed for Rhode Island, instead.† When she woke up, we decided to head for a famous joint in Providence, called Nickís on Broadway.† On Broadway.† It was fun driving through Providence, and Nickís turned out to be at least as good as the best food weíve had on the trip.† Wowee wow wow, an unexpected last-minute treat.† Across the street from Nickís was some sort of establishment, I didnít notice what it was, with a small A-frame sign in the street, that read, ďYoga in the rear.Ē† Whoa!† NO THANKYOU!!!† If I wanted that, Iíd have stayed in Provincetown.† Well, once youíre in Providence, youíre practically in Connecticut.† So we took a very big wind up, and cut off the northeast corner of Connecticut as we launched ourselves back to Baaston.† A cheap and lame way to get one more state on the resume.† Killingsley was the one Connecticut town we drove through.† Iíve just about got my face-to-face WAS.† It is after midnight local time as I type this, and weíve got to be up by 4:30 a.m. in order to get our car returned and make our 7 a.m. flight.† I doubt Iíll get a wink of sleep, because I havenít been getting to bed before 3 a.m., lately.† This is New England, signing off.
High Anus/Provincetown/Plymouth Ė June 7, Day 7
Whoa DADDY.† Is it ever an advantage to have a high anus if you are visiting Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod, where the Pilgrims landed before moving to Plymouth.† Why?† Because Provincetown is soooooooo GAY.† Theyíll at least have to stand on their tip toes to get at you.† I took BZ to an urgent care clinic in Provincetown to get her cough treated, and, OMG, was that clinic GAY.† Yikes.† If I needed to get fingered by an MD (as I often do), at this clinic in Provincetown, I would demand that a nurse (FEMALE!) be present; and my head would be spinning backwards like Linda Blairís, making sure that what was in my butt was really a finger.† Actually, BZ had a nurse practitioner treat her, and he was a fresh fruit salad.† But itís not just the clinic.† I just canít believe how gay the town is.† Which means that their ancestors on the Mayflower must have been too gay to leave descendants.† I just donít get it.† It all started yesterday, in High Anus.† BZ has had this cough for three weeks and I am tired of listening to it all night.† She finished a course of antibiotics a week ago, subscribed by a doctor before the trip.† Sheís had this death rattle the whole trip, and for two weeks before that.† Night before last, she was shaking the rafters with this fucking cough, and I absolutely could not get any sleep.† While we were in the boondocks of New Hampshire and Maine, I had pushed her to let me take her to a hillbilly quack or witch doctor, but she refused.† So, last night I told her I was getting my own room.† Another $180.00 for an adjoining room.† Well, she was seriously pissed.† I guess she just expects me to get through the trip without any sleep.† Next morning was frosty, in more ways than one.† I told her the night before that we either go to a clinic and get some dope for her cough, or we get separate rooms for the rest of the trip.† So we enjoyed a nice silent drive along the Cape: dismal, grey, and raining.† The scenery got MUCH more interesting when we got into Provincetown, and BZ really perked up.† We both really enjoyed Provincetown, and while cruising through the quaint, clapboard town, she axed, ďSo is there a doctor in this town?Ē† An attack of sanity.† Incredible.† I often say to myself, Mood is reality.† Whatever is troubling you, just hang in there until something happens to improve your mood (e.g., you get really drunk, Art Bell says something nice to you, etc.), and invariably that will alter your perception of the original problem, usually for the better.† In less than five minutes we stumbled onto the gayest urgent care clinic in New England.† You think Frisco is gay?† Hollywood is gay?† Well, you ainít been to Provincetown, buster.† Oh, man, I can just hear the captain of the Mayflower shouting, ďHead for the rainbow!Ē† BZís lungs sounded good, but sheís still got a lot of crap in her tubes.† So the nurse practitioner gave her a subscription for some hydrocodone (no, not codeine) cough syrup, and told her to drink two liters of water a day (which soon got her into another jam when we got lost on a country road looking for a restaurant) to help get that crap in her lungs moving.† And he told her to take a long, hot, steamy shower.† Sheís sleeping peacefully, as I type this.† Wind-blown rain is slashing at the windows.† The cough syrup made a great mixer for our Vodka.† We bought a can of mixed nuts to go with all the fruits, and our drinks.† So it was late afternoon when we headed for Plymouth.† We had a really hard time finding the Rye Tavern, a highly rated restaurant in Plymouth.† It was built 200 years ago, but has burned down twice.† Our nav aids had trouble locating it, but we finally got there.† It was raining and getting dark.† Good food.† Very atmospheric.† I am typing this in our room at the Hilton in Plymouth.† Tomorrow (Saturday), we are going to see Plymouth Rock (of course), and see some museums and stuff, then drive to the Hilton Boston Logan, where we will spend our last night before the 7 a.m. insanity flight home.† We will arrive in San Diego at 10:30 a.m., local time.
Hyannis Ė June 6, Day 6
More balling today.† Major league balling.† But first, we had a very good breakfast in Baah Haabah, then took a drive up to the tip top of Mount Desert.† It is very desert-like at the top, at least in comparison to the lush surroundings, hence the name.† You get a breathtaking 360 degree view of all of Acadia National Park and the surrounding bays and islands.† With that done, we let the balling begin.† Once we got away from that down east area, we hit the interstate and really chewed up the terrain.† I thought we might make it straight through to Cape Cod, but with two hours still to go, BZ was squirming and groaning and I knew sheíd never make it, so we stopped.† While we were at it, we got some Cheetos and juice and ice (And thatís not all!), and hit the road again.† We came limping into High Anus around 8:30 p.m. (after about six hours of driving), checked into our room, and then had dinner at a highly rated place called The Black Cat, and it did not disappoint.† BZ got the fish and chips (which of course you can get in San Diego or anywhere else), because she hates everything else, and I got the fried everything combo: haddock, scallops, shrimp, clams, etc.† Out of this world.† For desert we ordered sundaes made from the local ice cream.† BZ did order an interesting beer called Grey Lady.† It was spicy, as of clove or ginger or something aromatic.† So thatís about it for this day.† Balling, mostly.† Friday we have to make time critical targeting-decisions.† Do we drive the remaining half of the cape?† Take the ferry to Martha Stewartís Vineyard?† There is plenty to see and do here, but time is desperately short now.
Baah Haabah Ė June 5, Day 5
Iím sitting here typing alone in our hotel room, because BZ had seventy-five cents left over from the laundry room, and decided sheís going out on the town.† Weíre not having sex on this trip, anyway, not only because of her terminal lung ailment and associated puss and blood, but because I have refused to demand that the lobstah joints we patronize humanely euthanize the lobstah before boiling.† So, anyhow, today I got my ass out of bed a little earlier than usual, because BZ had a boner for this place called The Two Cats, and we had to be there before 1 p.m. to get breakfast.† It was indeed pretty damn good.† After that we took a very long drive around the Island.† Mount Desert, that is.† Most of Mount Desert Island is Acadia National Park.† A chunk of it is the town of Baah Haabah, and a really small bit is Baah Haabah, the haabah.† There is a sizable sand bar that connects Mount Desert with a smaller island, hence the name Baah Haabah.† Wowee wow wow, at low tide you could drive the Space Shuttle crawler across the bar, but at high tide, IT IS GONE.† We were pretty tired when we got back from the drive, so we had a stiff drink and pretended to nap.† We really just played around on the internet.† BZ had researched a highly rated restaurant, for dinner, but our nav aids failed us Ė the one in the car and the one on BZís phone.† We were getting pretty far out in the boon docks, and should have long passed the restaurant according to our nav aids, so we gave up and turned around.† We went instead to our Plan B place, and it turned out to be the best meal Iíve had on the trip.† A rib-eye with bťarnaise sauce, two shrimp, half a micro lobstah tail, brie cheese-with-rosemary potatoes, and mini asparagus spears.† Simply Fab.† Better than the surf and turf I had at the almighty Atlantic Fish Restaurant, in Boston.† Godís favorite restaurant.† Afterward we took an evening drive, then stopped for ice cream before going back to the hotel.† Thursday we ball and ball and ball for Cape Cod.† Marthaís Vineyard is a primary target, but we will see how it goes.† Time is running out, and with Thursday shot driving, we will have only Friday and Saturday left for fun and getting into position in Baaston for the flight home early Sunday morning.
Baah Haabah Ė June 4, Day 4
Wowee wow wow, did we ever sleep in today.† By the time we finished breakfast this afternoon in North Conway, N.H., it was 1:30 p.m.† So then we got in the car and programed the Baah Haabah Regency address into the nav, and took off.† BZ saw a bookstore she wanted to check out, so I dropped her off and headed back to the Hampton Inn.† I was beginning to feel the miracle of birth coming on, and I wanted to take care of that before hitting the road.† So I drove back toward the Hampton and pulled into the Holiday Inn.† I walked in and thought, Wow, theyíve really moved things around in here.† I swore the check in desk had been on the right a couple of hours before.† Anyway, I found the pooper, confused as I was, and was pretty happy with how it all came out.† I then headed back toward the Birch Tree Bookstore, where BZ was.† Well, I couldnít find it.† I drove back and forth, up and down the road, and could not find that fucking bookstore.† I had just taken an illegal shit in a Holiday Inn, because I didnít even know where the hell I had spent the previous night, and now I had lost BZ.† Well, I simply called her cell, and that was that.† But wait, it gets better (or worse).† Tonight after dinner and a shower, I was doing some unpacking in our room at the Baah Haabah Regency, and discovered that I had left FOUR of my shirts hanging in our room at the Hampton Inn, or the Holiday Inn, or wherever.† It was somewhere in New Hampshire, I know that for sure.† So BZ made a phone call, but we will have to talk to housekeeping on Wednesday.† They handle the lost and found.† So anyway, after collecting BZ at the bookstore, we BALLED.† I mean it was non-stop BALLING and GRINDING and HUMPING all the way to Baah Haabah.†† The whole New Hampshire/Maine road odyssey was spectacular, I must say.† Anyway, itís been balling and grinding and humping ever since we landed in Baaston, and weíre going to take a break.† We are going to spend tonight and Wednesday night in Baah Haabah.† Acadia National Park is right here, and the sight-seeing is reputed to be glorious.† For dinner we ate at a jerk-off-all-night famous lobster joint.† There are lobtstah joints all over this town.† Go figure.† So I had their world famous lobstah roll.† Twenty bucks for some cold lobstah goop in a roll the size of a small hot dog bun.† BZ had a tuna melt, because she hates everything else.† Her tuna was really good, though.† So Iíve had lobstah in Baaston and Baah Haabah.† It hasnít been life changing, so I donít think I need to keep doing it, and itís definitely not worth coming 3000 miles for.† I go for lobstah with drawn butter and a piece of dead cow.† Other weird preparations Iíll skip in future.† We have a beautiful room here at the Regency, but one problem: there is a mirror on the bathroom door which faces the crapper.† I really cannot stand watching myself pinch a loaf.† Itís just too real.† Too gross.† So I turn off the light.† But then I canít find my butthole come clean-up time.† Besides that, and my shirts in N.H., and BZís terminal respiratory ailment, I expect a great day Wednesday.† This town is just crammed with tourist shops, lobstah joints, and ice cream shops.† Ice cream shops are as common as seven-elevens in New England.† In fact, Iíll tell you a little secret.† This place is trying to be the Key West of the North East.† Itís REALLY similar.† An endless stream of cheesy tourist junk shops, alternating with dive bars.† Ok, maybe itís not as cheesy as Key West.† It is pretty quaint.
Salem Ė June 3, Day 3
Ok, so we checked out of our room and putt-putted into Salem and made the Scene at the Salem Witch Museum.† For nine bucks a head, we got to see a nice little presentation on the Salem witch trials.† Very informative, and very well done, I thought, but BZ was not as impressed.† It wasnít Disney animatronics, but I thought it was effective.† BZ wanted more of the dry details of the legal procedures, and where the ďwitchesĒ were buried.† Judge Corwinís house still exists, but is now a museum.† We bought some trinkets from the gift shop, and then plunged deep into New Hampshire, even shaving off a sliver of Vermont.† BZ is on another quest for a dead body.† We found a fat blue ribbon and impressive bow around a tree near where the dead body crashed her car.† It is known that she withdrew most of her meager savings from her bank account, stocked her vehicle with booze, informed her professors that she would not be in school for the week, and took off for parts unknown.† She crashed in West New Hampshire, and wandered off, never to be heard from again.† Thank God BZ tired of that game, and we could get going east again.† We are currently staying at the Holiday Inn in North Conway, N.H.† Tomorrow we are going to ball all the way to Baaaahhh Haabah, Maine.† Then weíll do nearby Acadia National Park.† I was working out on the elliptical tonight, in the fitness room here at the Holiday Inn.† A girl comes in and gets on the treadmill.† She finishes, does some stretches, and continues her stretching using a big red rubber ball.† Itís big.† Itís bigger than Nickie Minajís ass.† I mean itís huge.† So, anyway, her skin rubbing against the rubber makes these OUTRAGEOUS farting noises.† I mean, Jesus.† I wanted to start making Butthead noises, as in, ďHeh, heh.Ē† I almost couldnít help myself.† My eyes were filling with tears, and I was trying to exercise.† Thank God she left.† Back in our room, I went into the bathroom and grabbed a couple of little complimentary bottles, and got into the shower.† One was pretty blue and the other gooey white.† Obviously shampoo and conditioner.† So I shampooed my hair with mouthwash, and conditioned it with moisturizer.† When people talked to my hair before, they kept their distance, but they sure donít anymore.† Itís Baaaah Haabah tomorrow!!!
STOP THE PRESSES!!!
There was some shit that happened on Saturday Day 1 that I forgot to tell you about.† Just as we were about to get OH-wahf the tour bus at Boston Common, we heard the driver mention that he was going to drop off a couple of women near Cheers.† Cheers?† WTF?† THE Cheers?† Yeah, thatís what it was.† The actual bar upon which the lame show was based.† Well, that was some weird shit we HAD to get on the resume, so we followed the women to fucking Cheers.† You go down below street level, just like on the show.† You can enjoy the real bar if you want to, or go upstairs and patronize a mock-up of the actual studio set.† There is a sort of delocalized gift shop/shrine that fills the place, coexisting with everything else.† I never cared about the show, but now that Iíve seen the real bar and the studio mock-up, I am sort of interested in seeing another episode for comparison.
BOSTON Ė June 2, Day 2
Well, itís like, noon, or something, and weíre not out of the room yet.† We were supposed to get up early and kick some ass today.† We actually have to check out, so weíve got bags to pack and tote to the car.† After we finish seeing the sights outlined previously, weíre going to have dinner at the Atlantic Fish Company.† Itís a jerk-off-all-night famous place, so we have to go there.† Get it on the resume.† After dinner I guess weíre going to head for Salem, which is not far.† After Salem, BZ wants to hunt for a missing person in Haverville, NH, which is pretty far out of our way west.† I want to stick to the coast.† In theory, weíre going all the way up to Acadia, Maine.
Day 2 update:† OMG, did we ever get going late.† While we were having breakfast in the hotel coffee shop, Hulk-freakiní-Hogan comes walking in with two platinum bleach-blonds, wife and daughter I think, and sat down to eat.† He looks like an old man who used to be pumped up.† I had my laptop open at our table, and I was dying to show him my pix of Art Bell and myself, together.† I wanted the waitress to send a drink over to his table, compliments of some friends of ART FUCKING BELL.† Yeah, baby.† Next, we went into town and hit the Freedom Trail.† We did a death march around Baaaaston.† We enjoyed Paul Revereís house very much, and the graveyard in which he and other luminaries were buried, including Franklinís parents.† We were completely whipped by the end of it all, but then inexplicably elected to HIKE all the way to the Atlantic Fish Restaurant, passing memorials and tributes to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, along the way.† The Atlantic Fish Restaurant was damaged by one of the bombs.† The bill for the food was $85.00, but the VISA slip I was supposed to sign was for only $21.00.† I sooooo desperately wanted to sign off on that $21.00 ticket.† If it was merely an issue of dishonesty, I would have signed it, of course.† I donít give a shit about that.† But I do care about hurting people, and I didnít want the waitress to get in trouble, so I brought the mistake to her attention, and she thanked me for my honesty by charging me the full $85.00.† Crap.† No free drink.† No blow job.† Nothin.í† We then worked very hard navigating by caaaah to Mikeís Pastries, a place youíd know if you knew anything about Boston.† There is no place to park in Boston, of course, so I dumped BZ and just circled around in the chaos for a while.† She finally hopped back in the car with a cupcake and a cannoli, and we headed for Salem, where I am now.† Tomorrow, Day 3, we go into town and see some scary witch shit.
BOSTON Ė June 1, Day 1
We had a very smooth day of travel yesterday, and got our asses into the Hilton Boston Logan by about 9 p.m. local.† Itís a beautiful hotel, but it costs 34/day to park here.† I worked late Thursday night, blowing off the radio, trying to get my grades done and submitted online, but I ran out of consciousness.† So I packed up the laptop and took it with me.† Itís going on noon here, and I just finished the grades and submitted them.† I wish I could tell Orv that Iím working on my vacation.† I wish I could tell Orv that Iím teaching this summer.† Orv!!!† Are you out there?† Iím working!† But I regret that I canít get at your tax money any more.† So BZ just finished spraying San Diego tan on her legs, and we are about ready to go walk the Freedom Trail.† While I was sitting in the room grading, she went downstairs and brought me up an expensive espresso drink and a bagel.† But Iím done with that and still need to shower off the travel grime from yesterday, so Iíll sign off for now.
Day 1 update:† We didnít get our asses going til about 1 p.m. local.† We drove over to Boston Common and walked around the park a bit, saw some liberal kooks, and Turkish musicians with a political message about Istanbul. We then hopped on an on-and-off bus, with a small stash of vodka in hand, of course.† So I spiked our lemonade with it, and we enjoyed the tour.† We drove passed the USS Constitution, and Paul Revereís house (which we couldnít actually see), the Tea Party site (which had a replica Tea Party ship floating near-by),† and the one-if-by-land, two-if-by-sea steeple. †Cool.† A lot of this stuff we are going back to on Sunday Day 2.† For dinner I had a delicious sea food stew.† Nantucket Sea Food Stew.† BZ had the coconut shrimp, same olí shit you can get in San Diego.† So tomorrow is for cemeteries with dead patriots, Paul Revereís house, the USS Constitution free tour, and dinner at a very highly rated seafood joint that was blown up in the recent bombing.† After dinner tomorrow weíre going to head for Salem.
ATTENTION: NEW SIGNAL REPORT POLICY
Iíve been making you all giddy over the years with ridiculously inflated signal reports, and I knew they were inflated, but I thought it was harmless.† I thought it would help your self-esteem.† But now I know I was wrong.† Now I wonder what you are going to do out there in the real world when other Jamul stations give you HONEST signal reports.† See, I dragged out my Icom 746 and my Kenwood 850, and compared the S-meter response to that of my Kenwood 950 SDX.† For a given signal, the 746 and the 850 S-meters agree, but the 950 S-meter reports the same signal 15 dB higher.† So itís time for a little reality.† From now on I will report your signals as I read them on my ICOM 746.† The way they would read on my Kenwood 850.† The way they would read on most radios.† If you donít like that, then add 15 dB and put on your rainbow shades.† Go back to smokiní dope.† Go back to your half-dreamed dream.† And run, if you will, to the top of the hillÖ
Friday May 24
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net
KN6Z, K7PRS, WQ6I
The net was essentially a lawnmower trouble shooting session.† Hereís the deal.† I put the frigging $62.00 tire on my mower, started it up, and it wouldnít go.† It wouldnít go forward or backward.† The transmission bypass valve lever was pushed in as it should be, so the transmission was not being bypassed.† I couldnít frigging figure out what the hell was wrong, so I called Home Despot and was handed off about ten times, until I finally got to talk to a local repair shop.† The guy gave me the number of his field tech, and told me to call him on Tue.† In the meantime BZ did some research and found out that other people were having the same problem after changing the tire.† Apparently there is a little piece of metal called the ďkey,Ē that can fall out when the wheel is pulled off the axel.† The key enables the wheel to engage the axel.† Well, that sounded plausible, but I wondered why the good wheel didnít move the mower.† John K7PRS explained to me that the differential delivers more power to the axel encountering the least turning resistance, and that that would be the axel spinning freely in the wheel.† So the other wheel, the ďgoodĒ wheel, wasnít getting any power.† Now, Iíve been educated on the function of the differential before.† More than once.† But the light bulb did not go on.† So thanks to John for that.† And thanks to BZ for not only researching the problem for me, but for FINDING THE KEY lying on the driveway.† My mind was completely closed to the possibility that it was the tire installation that was the problem.† I knew I might have damaged something getting the tire on or off, but I did not even consider that the tire/wheel had anything to do with the problem.† BZ, knowing less about machines than I, was foolish enough to look into this and find the answer.†
Tuesday May 21
The Lawn Mower Report
I know youíve all been worried sick about my Mega Machine, my John Deere D110.† Itís got a flat tire.† A flat fat tire.† Man is that rear tire fat.† So I finally figured out how to get the damn tire off, and took the tire to a local hick-tire-shop, run by a local hick Mexican and his knocked up wife.† The guy really worked hard at patching that damn thing -- the tire, not the wife -- and even harder getting the patched tire back on the rim.† After all that work, it still leaked.† The hole was in the side wall, and the rubber there is very thin and hard to patch.† So he ordered me a new $62.00 tire.† Crap.† Less than four hours on the machine, and I have an expensive flat.† It should be said that that mower is for lawns, not rocks and thick brush.
Sunday May 19
The KD7KAU Net† 3636
KN6Z, KD7KAU, K7PRS, WQ6I
When I checked in, only Cary KD7KAU and John K7PRS were on freq.† I gave them a report on my latest John Deere adventure: a flat tire.† So I did some research and figured out how to get the tire off.† Once itís off I gotta take it around to see if anybody can fix it.† If nobody can, then I gotta figure out how to get another.† Home Despot really doesnít seem to know or care.† They suggested I just bring it in and see if theyíve got something that matches.† Christ, theyíve got three of the damned mowers parked outside.† Why do I have to lug in a tire?† We talked about my New England trip.† I got some suggestions from John on places to see.† He reminded me that ARRL headquarters is out there, so I do think Iíll stop by.† Iím sure BZ will enjoy that.† Caryís main squeeze, Suzy, is soon moving in with Cary.† He wants to introduce her to us on the air.† So hereís the schedule:† Thursday May 30 at 11:30 on 3636, we meet Suzy.† I axed Cary if he played the Art Bell card, and, of course, he did.† The new bullshit Star Trek movie is out, and we disgust it for a while.† John and I definitely disgusted it.† We donít like the characters and whole reality of the original, changed.† I invented/discovered a great tongue twister: ďtoriodal coil.Ē† Try saying that three times fast next time you find yourself at a DUI checkpoint.†††
Thursday May 16
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, N6LN, AG7G, KG6ZAM, WG6K
When I checked in Duane AG7G was talking about his imminent departure for McKinney.† Heís going to do an excursion into Ark Kansas, Louisiana, and some other inbred state.† Heís looking forward to doing some geocaching there.† Jack N6LN suggested he just play some video game that could satisfy the same need.† But Duane wants to do some pointless driving so he can burn fossil fuel and emit pollutants and fuck up Jesusís planet.† And then my neurons completely stopped firing.† I think Iíll stop trying to get high on epilepsy medicine.† So, today some Mexicans were working in my momís yard, and a big-ass snake came scooting out of our tortoiseís hole.† God damn.† Our beloved tortoise has had to room with a damn snake for God knows how long.† One of the Mexicans called animal control, and they said they only do Rattlers.† They just said to take the fucking snake far away.† Shit.† The Mexican took a pic and sent it to me.† The best match I can find on the internet is the California Kingsnake.† You know, I think these damned snakes still think I live at my momís.† This fucking snake was obviously planning to ambush me.† They are all out to get me, that much is clear.
Monday May 13
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, AG7G, KG6ZAM, K6TXH
Duane AG7G and I kicked things off talking about my kick-ass, bend-over-and-spread-your-cheeks-expensive-cuz-itís-California-compliant-and-wonít-hurt-Jesusís-planet John Deere riding mower.† Itís the only model Home Despot sells, because all the other models hurt Jesusís planet.† Itís a mulching mower and I have mulched this property into oblivion.† I had some hair-raising close calls on that thing today.† A gang of Southern Pacific Rattle Snakes chased me around and tried to put me in the hospital, as one of them did back in 2006.† I reported on a nice QSO I had earlier tonight on 40 meters.† Much nicer guys than those meanie pantses on 7255.† Theyíre not nice to me because they are afraid I will kick their fucking asses.† My reputation precludes me.† Duane mentioned he was on 3636 earlier, listening to people sing his praises, and none other than The Entity W6EZV was on freq.† The Entity was running, like, 20 watts, so that he wonít damage Jesusís planet by consuming a lot of electricity.† Steve K6TXH made the scene, so we took advantage of that to talk to him about POT.† Duane also axed Steve about courtroom flatulence.† I think the courtroom bit sprang out of speculation about The Entityís legal perspirations.† He certainly has been working hard lately.† Then we talked about the ďSpace OddityĒ video thatís making big news, in which a recent ISS commander sang the Bowie song on the ISS.† So the issue of reliance on Russian transport to the ISS came up, and the dry land landings of the Russian reentry capsule.† Naturally, we moved on to Art Bellís toilet, and whether he cleans it himself.† I believe Art has said that he cleans his own damn toilet.† Larry W5HO dropped in on us very late, and Duane started grilling him on nu-cu-ler reactors, and why the hell we arenít using thorium.† Hereís an opinion: http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/environment/dont-believe-thorium-nuclear-reactor-hype/.† We finished the night talking about high voltage dc transmission.†
Sunday May 12
The Cary KD7KAU Net
This net tends to happen on 3636.† I got ready to check in, but I was having the weirdest interference.† It was around for a couple of days.† Anyway, I couldnít hear well enough to check in.
Saturday May 11
AND THE ANSWER IS: RADITION RESISTANCE.† This is the big DUH at 5:30 a.m. that I got up to write about.† The complex impedance is the sum of a resistive part and a reactive part, for an RLC circuit or an antenna, but for an antenna the resistive part is itself the sum of a loss resistance (heating the ground or antenna) and a radiation resistance.† The radiation resistance of an antenna may be very large or small, and is frequency dependent.† That there is a two-part resistive contribution to the complex impedance is what the ham books donít tell you.† The ARRL is suppressing it so that you will burn up your tuner and have to buy another one from ARRL publication advertisers.† There are plenty of internet sources for this info, however.† Some of them are complete, others only give you part of the story.† But I am not at peace enough yet to die.† There is still the problem of why I canít tune my dipole (even at 100 watts out the amp) with my amp in-line.† 100 watts out ok if the amp is bypassed, but 100 watts not ok if the amp is in-line.† So Iím going to leave my loop alone (which I created from the problem dipole), and put up another dipole for studying this problem.† The dipole will also provide a benchmark for comparisons with future incarnations of my loop.
Friday May 10
Short Attention Span Net† 3740
KN6Z, WG6K, N6RVV, KR6RR
I listened to these guys enjoying some recordings jamming for a while, but then it stopped, so I checked in.† I wanted to discuss the question: Why does the resistive part of my antenna impedance change with frequency?† It clearly does so as indicated by my kick-ass AA-230 PRO antenna analyzer.† The resistive part of the impedance of an RLC circuit doesnít change with frequency, so whatís the diff?† Then I talked to them about my new riding mower.† Iím scared to ride it.
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net
KN6Z, K7PRS, WQ6I, AD6SL† 3636
AD6SL Kevin.† Heís back.† Fun talking to him again.† I axed the same question about antenna impedance as I axed on 3740.† That discussion morphed into a more general antenna conversation.† Then I slid up to 3808.
The Art Bell Afterglow Net† 3808
KN6Z, AG7G, AD6SL, N6LN
Duane AG7G filled me in on the net last night.† Apparently it reached its logical conclusion: coffee enimas.† Duane needs to sleep Friday night because of the start of his work weekend, so he was loading up on over the counter sleep aids, Mexican valium, and booze.† Kevin AD6SL followed me up to the ABAN, from 3636.† Duane will be getting sick in a couple of weeks, and head down to tend to his property in McKinney, TX.† Jack N6LN woke up just as we were signing off, so we stayed on a bit longer.† Kevin is using a cool antenna tuner at the feed point of his antenna.† An SGC antenna coupler.† We finished off the net talking about squirting coffee up your butt.† Same way they finished last night.
Monday May 6
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, N6LN, AG7G, KG6ZAM
Tonight we were joined by the ďRachelĒ jammer.† A.K.A. the falsetto jammer.† I talked a bit about what I did over the weekend.† For one thing, I took my buddy Dave out for his birthday.† Jack N6LN turned us on to a story about a Chinese guy who stuck an eel up his butt.† The eel ate through his intestine and was swimming around in his body.† Then we moved on to homosexuals in entertainment.† It was bits oí this and bits oí that tonight.† Oh, and we talked about my new John Deere rider mower.† 42Ē, 19.5 h.p.
Sunday May 5
Sink Hole Day May, Oh!
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net
KN6Z, K7PRS, WQ6I, W7HW, KD7KAU, NE6Y, AG7G
I kind of hijacked the net by getting into it with John K7PRS about SWR, impedance, baluns, and the shit Iíve been obsessed with lately.† I got my kick-ass AA-230 PRO antenna analyzer the other day, and boy is it fun.† I think I might give up operating, and just measure antenna characteristics all the time.† Donít use the antenna, just measure it.† Then make another one, and measure the hell out of that one.† I want to put up a 10 meter dipole.† Small, low, easy access.† Then I want to stick a piece of coax on it and measure the impedance at the antenna, and then at the end of the coax.† And then measure the SWR at the antenna and at the end of the coax with the antenna analyzer and the tuner.† Then I want to stick a piece of ladder line on it, and do all the same things again.† Then I want to go up and down the ladder line with an RF voltmeter and measure the max and min voltages and from that data calculate the SWR.† And I want to also calculate the SWR from the measured impedance at the antenna and the nominal impedance of the line.† And then I want to lower the ends into a vee, and do everything all again.† And then I want to raise the whole antenna, and do everything all again.† And then lower it and do all the things again. †And then I want to fuck it.† Moody WQ6I gave us a summary of WARFA.† John had a nice lesson prepared for me at WARFA, but then I didnít show.† I wouldnít have blown him off had Iíd known he was going to so much trouble.† Apparently the band needed my guitar as well.† One reason I didnít show at WARFA is that Iím rehearsing my bass trombone part for our upcoming concert band performance at Cuyamaca College.† One of the pieces we are rehearsing is The Black Horse Troop (March), by Sousa.† Not Greg, John Philip.† The weird thing is, after the net, I queued the Maestro, and he played Horse.† Wowee Wow Wow.† Cosmic.† He then played us the last few bars of the National Anthem.† Duane AG7G came crawling in after about an hour.† I have reservations about showing up too much on 3636, because I donít want my presence to turn it into the Night of the Living Dead Little People Net.† The Little People are dead, and the 3636 gang have tried to escape their cold dead hands by QSYing.†
Thursday May 2
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, N6LN, AG7G, KG6ZAM
We kicked things off tonight talking about water saving toilets.† Our house came with one.† A short push on the handle for pee, and a longer push for flushing poop.† If you are getting your fiber, then you might get away with a short push for a turd.† Thatís as interesting as the net got tonight, at least the parts I heard.†
I was at the Kaiser pharmacy today.† They feature something called the ďpick-upĒ line.† Well, I must say there is some fine looking merchandise in the pick-up line, especially today, but I strike out every time.† Iíd like to ax some of these people populating the pick-up line, what the hell they are doing there, because they are never ever interested.† Are they just shills?† And Iíd like to ax Kaiser why they advertise this ďpick-upĒ line as such, when it is most certainly anything but.† I have no better luck in the ďpick-upĒ line than anywhere else in town.† Worse, even.† Iíd do better at a nunnery.† Is Kaiser using misleading advertising just to get more people in to buy drugs?
I want to measure the output impedance of my RF amp.† Or at least just see if it is purely resistive, or has reactive components.† So, I am going to buy an Oh! scope.† I am then going to put a resistor of known resistance in series with the amp output.† I then am going to put one channel of the Oh! Scope across the resistor, and one channel across the amp/resistor series combo.† If the two waves I see are in phase, then the output is resistive.† If the waves are out of phase, then the amp output has reactive components.† In the latter case, I can take the ratio of the amplitudes of the waves, and the phase angle between the waves, to actually calculate the complex impedance.† Iíd like to do the same with my transceiver.† My tuner apparently sees something different in the transceiverís output than it sees in the ampís output, and I want to know what it is.
Tuesday April 30
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net† 3636
KN6Z, WB6GGY, K7PRS, WQ6I
I hijacked the net so I could ax John K7PRS some questions on impedance.† The problems Iím having only arise when I involve the amp, even at only 100 watts out.† I wanted Johnís opinion on my idea that while the tuner can obviously handle the reactive components of the transceiver output impedance (with amp bypassed), itís possible that the tuner canít handle the reactive components of the ampís output impedance, even at low power.† John seems to think my idea is a possibility.† Hereís a question: how can you measure the complex output impedance of a transceiver or an RF amp?
The Assholes Net† 7255
KN6Z, W6LW, K6BIG, W6AD, W6GEV, N6RV, and a bunch of others.
Well, I checked in this afternoon with these jerk-offs because I wanted to test the loop that I made out of my dipole, and possibly talk to some of them about my antenna impedance matching problems.† Wow, are they unfriendly.† They were unfriendly the first time I checked in, weeks ago, and they havenít changed.† I got a good balling out about my BIG FAT WIDE-BAND audio.† And they told me I had a really weak signal.† I worked Spain tonight with that lame signal.† EA3JE, Lou, in Barcelona.† He has a 4-element 40 meter beam at 150 feet.† Incredible signal.† Anyway, back to the assholes.† I just kept beating them over the head with niceness, until they gave up and made friends with me.† We then had a stimulating QSO about tuners and impedance matching, and my antenna problems in particular.† A lot of people joined in, and I got the usual bushel of conflicting opinions and theories.† Stan WG6K even popped in, although he never admits that heís been on 7255.†
Monday April 29
The Art Bell Afterglow Net† 3808
KN6Z, N6LN, AG7G, WQ6I, VR2HF, K7RCE, N6MTP, KG6ZAM, KH6TY, KG6ZOA
We had a really good QSO that started slow and picked up steam.† My internet was down Monday night, so I couldnít write anything that night, and by now Iíve forgotten what was newsworthy.† Mike N6MTP wanted my email so he could pass it along to Bob K6MIT so Bob can relay a message to me from a friend of his about God only knows what.† Something about some person that I am interested in.† Hmm, I wonder who THAT could be?
Sunday April 28
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net† 3636 Ė Reloaded
KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, AG7G, KD7KAU
Good group tonight.† Duane AG7G even stooped to come down and talk to us.† In fact he even went outside and crawled through the bushes with a flashlight to add a few feet to his antenna so it would tune up better on the dullest, most boringest frequency on the band.† Cary KD7KAU gave us some luv nooze: his lady is moving in with him.† She is divorcing the Old Man, and is moving to Mesa.† Congrats, Cary.† We talked about my antenna woes some more, of course.† And we talked some AM theory as well.†
Saturday April 27
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net† 3636
KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, W7JOE
I tuned the rig to 3636, while thinking and working on my antenna problem, to see if there was anybody to talk to about my problem.† I heard the gang talking about me, which was quite a relief.† Iím no Art Bell, and when Iím not around much, I have anxiety that people will stop talking about me.† So I told them about my quest to make a multiband dipole.† In the opinion of K7PRS and W7JOE, I should use a 4:1 current balun instead of the 1:1 current balun that I am using.† Well, the weight of informed opinion Iíve found on the internet stands against them.† If you donít know what impedances you are dealing with, 1:1 is the best choice.† If you DO know the impedance you are dealing with, 4:1 or even 9:1 may be the best choice.† But the fact is I donít know, which is why Iím going to get a kick-ass AA 230 PRO antenna analyzer, and just PRAY itís the one Art Bell uses.† Nevertheless, people who have built successful multiband dipoles without hardly trying, like Moody WQ6I, used 4:1 baluns.† So I will try that.† I never argue with success.† My ATR-30 that I fried used a 1:1 internal current balun, and my current external current-balun is a 1:1. †John and Joe did convince me to get the balun and the ladder line the hell out of the shack and away from the rig.† So the coax jumper now runs through the wall, outside to the balun.† I know Orv K6UEY would agree that best practice is ladder line OUTSIDE the shack.† I spent about an hour and a half on the phone with Palstar Paul, owner and design engineer.† He was very generous with his time and know how.† But that is another story.
Sunday April 22
The Cary KD7KAU Net
KN6Z, KD7KAU, AG7G
So, the reason I precipitated in this net is because my antenna is back up, ladder line this time instead of coax, but now I think Iíve fried my tuner or amp or both.† Iíve never been able to figure out how to feed a simple dipole with ladder line.† Never mind that dumber people than I do it all the time, I just canít hack it.† Through ignorance, miscalculation, or misunderstanding of something I read, probably all three, I tried to tune up my resonant 80 meter-dipole on 40 using a VERY unfavorable length of ladder line.† Avoid odd integral multiples of a quarter wavelength.† Yeah, yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blahÖ well, I didnít.† Ok?† Can I GO NOW?† Iím gonna open up the tuner to see if I can see the aftermath of whatever caused the room to fill with a very bad smell.† No, I donít have to drop my pants.† Anyhow, the tuner finds a match as long the amp is not in line, but when the amp is in line, even at VERY low power, the tuner and amp spark and sizzle on any freq.† I can operate fine barefoot, but forget the amp.
But all that happened Monday.† Sunday night I was running the amp on 3808 without problems.† Duane AG7G was back in town, sick and wounded, after his Big Baja family adventure.† He came home with some kind of chest ailment, and a second degree burn on his arm.† He got his dune buggy stuck in the sand, and while trying to lift it out, he burned his arm on the muffler.† He also kept hurting himself on poky yucca plants, such as when geocaching.† He scored some valium surprisingly easily at a Mexi pharmacia.† He just asked some dope for some dope to help him sleep, and they gave it to him.† I just donít think itís so easy in TJ.† Just after Duane left town, a package showed up in our mailbox down on the fancy paved road.† It was from Duane, and in it was the coolest little pocket flask.† Shiny stainless, I guess, or maybe even chrome, with a pic of a tower and beam, and my call letters.† The curve of the flask fits my ass perfectly, which explains why when I was in Frisco with the Duane gang, he kept touching my butt.† I thought he was just copy-catting the homosexuals in Frisco who liked my shapely little booty, but no, Duane was being a sly devil and was just sizing up my ass.† Getting a ďfeelĒ for the contour so he could order my custom fit flask.† I donít know what Iíve done to deserve more free stuff, but THANK YOU Duane AG7G.
Duane axed Cary KD7KAU to fill us in on the love triangle.† The love triangle is no more, but Cary remains friends with the female vertex, and plays music in a little band with her.† Next he hooked up with a 30-year-old, but after burning brightly for a few months, the relationship burned out.† Well, I bet he got to suit up a few times, eh?† Yeah, baby, you know he did.† Now heís with a 51-year-old who has every kind of cancer there is, but apparently is feeling pretty good at the moment, and is actually putting on weight.
So, anyway, for the moment I am OFF THE AIR.† AGAIN!† I can throw up a quickie dipole, or I can lower the big mast and re-attach the coax.† I may have fried the tuner, as discussed, but the dipole is resonant on 80, so I guess the internal tuner can handle things, but Iíll have to watch the SWR carefully.
Thursday April 18, 2013
ANTENNA REPORT:† I indicated in my last entry that I could put the antenna back up in no time.† Well, itís still DOWN.† Whenever Iíve had time to work on it, weíve had bad weather.† I have the replacement section of aluminum for the mast, but itís all lying on the ground.† Supposed to be warm and sunny this weekend, so Iíll try to get it up in the air then.
Sunday April 7
WARFA† Early in the evening I checked in with WARFA.† There were the usual recordings jammers.† Forrest KJ7XP checked me in.† The jamming made it difficult to talk to Forrest, but they couldnít touch Moody WQ6I.† Moody reported that KN6Z was only one of two, 50+ stations he heard that night.
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net
KN6Z, KD7KAU, K7PRS, AF6D, WB6GGY, WQ6I
We enjoyed talking to Cary KD7KAU, but I canít remember what we talked about.† We did discuss some astronomy books and articles.† Thereís been a disgusting belching jammer around the band lately, and he joined us this night, but he ran out of gas fairly quickly.† Rick WB6JRV, a guy who joined us a few weeks ago when we were talking about my Art Bell loop fantasy, is well connected and got hold of 1700 feet of surplus number 10 insulated stranded copper wire, which he gave to me, gratis.† Wow, thanks Rick.† What a relief.† I was waiting for someone to just give me the wire.† A lot has been given to or done for me in my life, that I didnít have to work for, and I sure donít want to have to start now.
We had high winds here Monday, and it blew my antenna down.† No matter, it was a quicky crappy installation anyway.† I can put it back up in no time, but I do have to buy another aluminum section for the mast, which bent.
Thursday April 4
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, AG7G, WQ6I, KG6ZAM, WB6WQK, K6TXH, KG6ZOA, WA7BZI, KG6MTM, N6LN
When I turned on the radio tonight, Duane AG7G and Anna KG6ZOA were talking about Annaís tune-a-phobia.† Tuna phobia.† Anna is a scared to tune up an amp.† So I guess thatís why she doesnít get herself an amp.† So Duane tried to give her a pep talk, and volunteer some hams to buy her an amp.† I think Moody WQ6I should buy her an amp.† If Moody would sell just one lug nut off of his coach, he could buy her an amp.† Somehow we started talking about how the hell airplanes can fly upside down.† It opened a whole can-o-worms.† Anyway, it attracted the attention of John WA7BZI, former commercial pilot and radio broadcaster.† He was an interesting guy to have around.† But he DID NOT want to talk about UFOs.† I axed him if he ever saw one, but he ignored the question.† Then Steve K6TXH went berserko, and hammered away on the UFO question until the veins in his face were popping.† Steve also did some vein popping screaming for a half hour at Moody WQ6I to turn down his audio input.† While on the subject of audio, Steve commented on the distortion inherent in the W2IHY boxes.† Me and my buddy Art Bell use the IHY boxes, and I think Moody and Duane, too.† So Steve tried to discuss the problem, which is the LM308, a single supply op amp.† Single supply op amps apparently typically have a distortion problem.† Well, Duane shut that shit down PRONTO!† No single supply op amp talk on the Art Bell Afterglow Net, no way.† Duane grabbed the controls and plunged us into tax talk.† I brought the subject up later, and Duane permitted Steve a short dissertation.† So, tax talk led to North Korea and WAR.† Wowee wow wow, everybody was screaming, and disagreeing, about everything.† Steve was spiraling right into orbit.† I must say, as much ragging as Steve did about Moodyís audio, Moody was most charitable in that he actually did turn some knob er other on his audio chain just to placate Steve.† We also had an assortment of garbled, slobbery jammers.† One was really muffled and one was a howling falsetto jammer.† Steve thought the falsetto was Mush Mouth.† So we spent some time analyzing and insulting the jammers.† Tonight will be Duane AG7Gís last appearance until April 22.† To end the night, we enjoyed another rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, courtesy the Maestro.† Mush Mouth accompanied on vocals.
Monday April 1
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, AG7G, N6LN, KG6ZAM, WG6K, K6TXH, KQ6DE
We kicked things off with signal and audio reports.† Jack N6LN A-Bíd his vertical and loop, and his good mic and his Jabra headset.† Moody WQ6I axed me if Iíd made any improvements on my antenna. †He said I was +50 at his QTH.† Jackís loop was definitely better than his vertical tonight.† Apparently he did some work on his loop.† He stuck to the vertical tonight because he could hear Duane AG7G better on it.† I was at San Diego Materials Sales today, looking at 20 ft sections of aluminum tubing, for the masts Iím going to build for my Art Bell loop.† The cool thing is that if I spend at least $300, they will deliver the stuff all the way from National City out to Jamul, FOR FREE!† I will definitely be spending more than $300.† About twenty minutes tonight was devoted to income and property taxes.† Then things moved on to Duaneís interest in geo caching.† Jack axed Duane how he gains from doing this.† I think Duane probably just does it because he thinks itís fun.†† I read some reports on guvíment funded scientific studies and projects.† For example, a $384,949 grant for research on ďPlasticity in Duck Penis Length.Ē† And $2.6 million to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.† Someone axed Steve K6TXH how he gets along with his neighbors, to which he answered, Fine, except for Brenda.† He said her husband likes him a lot, and looks at him ďÖlike he wants to Ďdoí me.Ē† Steve axed me about my well water quality, and I said it was above the acceptable level for some harmful organism.† So everybody gave me a ton of advice on what to do about that.† People started taking shots at Easter and religion and Catholicism, and I told Steve that he should go into a confessional and do his anti-religion rant to a priest.† The freq really started getting ridiculous then.† We started talking about cloning extinct animals, and that led to suggestions of cloning dead popes and Jesus (from DNA off of the Shroud of Turin).† Everybody signed, and the Maestro gave another spirited and inspiring performance of the National Anthem.
Sunday March 31
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net orÖ The Little People Rise Again!† 3636
KN6Z, KD7KAU, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, K6MJD, W5HO
Wowee Wow Wow.†† Cary KD7KAU emailed me and said he was back on the air, so we made a sked for tonight on 3808.† We quickly slid on down to see the 3636 gang.† A bunch of other former Little People joined us.† Cary filled us all in on his Pro II problems, his resurrected antenna, his music, and his love life.† We all got onto a musical jag and that was fun and interesting.† The QSO really ran the gamut.† Good camaraderie, too.† Really a bit oí the old.† Cary will join us again on 3636 next Sun at 11:30.† There have been reports of Hot Water and Bruce Rat on 3636, recently.† Perhaps they will find us next Sunday.† Be there or be square.
I tried to check in to 7255 today, but I wasnít being heard, or else I was being ignored.† Oh, man, there was really a lot of bravado and testosterone in the air.† Somebody axed where Steve K6TXH was.† Another answered that he was mainly a 75 meter player.† A minor player.† A minor leaguer.† A light weight.† The station went on to say that those 75 meter guys could never hang with the tough guys on 7255.† I kept trying to check in because I was totally going to kick this guyís ass.† I was going to show him what a bunch of bad asses we are on 75 meters, but I wasnít getting out.† I hope I can get all my 75 meter friends to go down there with me and kick some asses on 7255.
Thursday March 28
Art Bell Afterglow Net† 3808
KN6Z, AG7G, N6LN, KE6PEJ, KG6ZAM, N7JG, WQ6I, K7PRS, N3WVB
The QSO started off pretty up beat, and managed to stay that way most of the night.† That usually gets people into the tent.† Duane AG7G and I talked happy talk about country life and varmints.† Then Chuck N3WVB outta Pittsburg joined us.† He was running a two-wavelength loop, and it was fun talking to him about it.† He stayed with us for quite a while.† Then Jack N6LN jumped in and fired up his own loop for our listening pleasure.† It did not out perform his vertical, at least not at my QTH.† Jack has posted a hamcams pic of himself enjoying a lovely beverage and listening to the welfare rolls on his Jabra headset.† There was also quite a bit of interest tonight in my a.r.Drone 2.0.† Iíve brought it up before, but nobody much cared.† So anyway, tonight everybody was full of questions, and I tried my best to answer them all.† I told Moody WQ6I to buy his grandbrats a.r.Drones and iPads (as control devices) for Christmas.† Thatís only about a K-buck per kid.† It was really nice to have Porta John K7PRS with us on the Afterglow freq tonight.† I heard Jack and Stan WG6K today on 7255, but not at the same time.† I went down there to hear some nasty shit and weirdness, but all I found was those two and a bunch of other polite people.† WARFA is coming up the first week of May.† Moody wants me to bring the drone.† I am contemplating acquiring another bottle of absinthe and taking it, too.† But is it wise to mix drones and absinthe?† WARFA is NOT about drinking, make no mistake.† Nobody is EVER drunk there.† But the drone is a VERY delicate piece of machinery.† I just donít know.† The QSO finished up in the usual fashion and place: buttholes.† We were sort of bemoaning old age, and Duane, who recently turned 50, has not yet turned in his butthole for The Procedure.† I reached 55 and had not yet done it, so Kaiser threatened to send the Butthole Nazis to haul me away in chains.† They were most insistent.† I had resolved in my 40s to do the prudent thing and get that done at 50, but these things just seem to get put off somehow.
Monday March 25
Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, AG7G, N6LN, N6MTP, K6PEJ, WQ6I, KG7APH, WB7WQK, KG6ZAM, KG6ZOA
Well, the QSO did not get off to an auspicious start.† After Jack N6LN had given an entertaining account of his trip to San Diego and his stay at the Haunted Hotel Del Coronado, the QSO fell into a very deep rut.† I didnít think anybody else would join us, but somehow, some way, Art Bell came up.† I mean, who on 3808 would just pull Art Bell right out of his ass?† So we started talking about The Man, and the paranormal.† Well, that pulled in some bidness, including a bunch of falsetto jammers.† We also talked about one of the all-time great 75 meter characters, Orv K6UEY.† In fact, we spent quite a lot of time tonight talking about other hams, even more than usual.
Thursday March 21
Art Bell Afterglow Net
I blew off Duane and got involved with 3840.† I came back down to 3808 after about a half hour, but Duane was gone.† Sorry about that Duane.† So, anyway, I continued with those lunatics on 3840.† They are truly a plague.† A blight on ham radio.† I did enjoy some interesting exchanges though with Steve K6TXH on the subject of fish on antianxiety drugs.† That crap is getting into the ocean, and itís slowing perch reaction time and decreasing shelter-seeking behavior.† So they are not anxious enough down there, and therefore they are going to get overfished cuz they are chilled out and easy to catch, and the drugs, now concentrated in fish, are going to get back into people and we will lose our anxiety.† And I am really anxious about that.
Monday March 18
Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, AG7G, N6LN, WQ6I
We talked about my adventures lately looking at comet PANSTARRS with my buddy, Dave.† We also talked about the November eclipse he wants to go to see in Uganda.† Duane AG7G is recently back in town after his very successful trip to McKinney, TX.† He gave us a report.† Duane wondered out loud where people like comrade Mike AA8KB have been lately.† I pointed out once again that if we could get W6OBB back with us, all the cool people would show up again.† But I canít convince Duane that having all those fun and fascinating people back would make it more than worth putting up with the things that he doesnít like about an Art Bell QSO (as if itís believable that there is anything not to like).† The rest of the QSO was spent talking about other hams, taxation, and troubles in Africa.†
Monday March 11
Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, K7PRS, N6LN, WB7WQK, WA7BZI, K6TXH, N6MTP, KE6RDR, KG6TA, KG6ZOA, WG6K
John K7PRS and I kicked it off and held the fort for a while.† I axed John some questions about his history in Prescott.† His family goes back several generations in Prescott.† Jack N6LN checked in and started talking aircraft, and everybody followed suit.† That thread had a long life.† Jack was using a Jabra 9350 E headset tonight, along with Stan WG6Kís Station Manager.† It sounded good.† Jack tried two other headsets before having success with the 9350 E.† The E is critical.† Iíve had the Station Manager sitting on my table for a long time, and I sure do enjoy looking at it.† Itís catching on.† More and more people will be running it, and I will keep looking at mine.† Then we talked about the Anza earthquake for a while, and earthquakes in general.† By the end of the evening attention had turned to antennas, Moody WQ6Iís in particular.† He is using a rotatable dipole on 75 at about 60 feet, and I guess I knew that, but I didnít know the amazing details.† Itís really just the boom for his multi band yagi.† The amazing thing is that the boom/dipole is only 36 feet long!† How the hell does he get that huge signal on 75 out of 36 stinking feet of dipole?† Heís cheating somehow, I just know it.
Sunday March 10
Low Down and High Smelliní Net
KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WB6JRV
I gave the gang an update on whatís going on around here.† Organization and storage of junk that weíve brought to this QTH continues.† Iíve been practicing very difficult music from West Side Story, for an upcoming pair of concerts, one at Cuyamaca College and one at the Poway Center for the Perfoming Arts.† Iím preparing to grow my dipole into an ever larger loop, and Iíve been looking for wire.† I wonder what kind of wire Art Bell uses.† I want that kind.† The guys gave me some tips for procuring large quantities of wire cheap.† The gang axed me some questions about the recent meteor that exploded over Russia.† I faked it pretty well.† I was telling the gang that BZ wants a bunch of pigs and chickens and a horse and shit, but I donít want the hassle of caring for all that shit.† Anyway, Moody WQ6I thinks she is the Eddie Albert analog, and I am the Eva Gabor analog.† And thatís about right.† A new guy joined us tonight: Rick WB6JRV, maritime mobile in Marina Del Ray.† He actually lives near my college, but sails up the coast in his sailboat to work during the day.† God, what a loser.† Itís 2 a.m. as I type this, and Iím listening to the same fight between Steve K6TXH and, like, EVERBODY on 3840, that I was listening to at 11:30, before I checked in to the Low Down and High Smelliní Net.† Theyíve been talking about shitting in each otherís mouths, and tight assholes.† Steve says his asshole is so tight that he canít even shit.† Maybe heís just constipated.
Monday March 4
The Lame-Ass Half-Hour, Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, VA7ANB, AG7G, N6LN, KG6ZAM.
We discussed the pic above, and I answered some questions about it and gave some particulars.† We also talked about Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day, currently on the cover of Rolling Stone.† He got all fucked up on booze and drugs and had a huge melt-down during a show.† And we were most concerned about O.J., currently on the cover of the National Enquirer.† He was attacked by a couple of skinheads, and only had some ass-kissing homosexuals to protect him.† And that just kicked the shit out of all of us.† We just packed up and went to bed, like the frail old men that we are.
My dadís birthday was Sunday March 3.† So my mom and brother and Becky and I got some flowers and drove to Holy Cross Cemetery where my dad is buried.† The place was closed.† A sign showed no Sunday hours.† Weíve been going to that cemetery for over four years, and weíve never encountered this problem.† I guess we never went before on Sunday.† Is this a Catholic thing?† Itís a Catholic cemetery.† Or is it just this Catholic cemetery that is closed on Sunday?
Wednesday March 3
Low Down and High Smelliní Net† 3636.
KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WA1OXT, N1FM.†
Wow, New England and Florida were booming in tonight.
Monday Feb 25
The Little People RELOADED
KN6Z, AG7G, K6TXH, AF6D, N6MTP, KE6PEJ, N6MTP, VR2HF, KG6ZOA, KG6ZAM, AE7J, WQ6I, WB7WQK, AC0SJ, AG6IS.
Because of the big crowd tonight, Iím going to give a sentimental nod to the good olí days and call the net tonight the Little People Net.† Duane AG7G and I shouldered the burden for the first part of the net.† Eventually Chip KE6PEJ joined us.† I told Duane about the fortune I spent on exercise equipment today, and it took only five minutes for that conversation to arrive at its logical conclusion: buttholes, bidets, and toilets.† All QSOs end up there.† Then Bob AF6D dropped in, and it warmed my heart how well he and Duane got along.† I held my breath, let me tell you.† Actually, it was Bob and Steve K6TXH who got into it.† Bob was pontificating on the Donner shoot out, and Steveís skeptical inquiry into how Bob knows all this shit was not appreciated.† So some shit went down for a while, and it really got the jammers worked up.† We had the Rachel jammer, the Oh Baby jammer, and the Yuck, Yuck, Yuck jammer all on freq together tonight.† Actually, Duane thinks theyíre all the same guy.† I tried to torture Duane a bit by talking to Bob about American Idol, but the show is dying and Bob ainít watching anymore.† Bob reported that Rachel has been upgraded from in-remission to survivor.† Sheís being home schooled because of trouble sheís having in school due to some acronym.† We then moved on to a long discussion of the Oscars, and the movies that won.† The QSO wandered all over the place until very late.† Fifteen ignorant CBer night.
My mom has a big-ass mouse in her garage, so we got a big-ass mouse trap to catch it.† I baited the trap with peanut butter.† Youíll all be happy to know that I used organic peanut butter.† Itís healthier for the mouse.
On a different front, I moved a filing cabinet from my momís to Jamul.† I took the drawers out before I moved it.† So it sat around for a couple of days at the new QTH, before I decided to put the drawers back in.† I struggled and struggled and cursed and swore and gave up and went back to it and did it all over again, but I could not figure out how to get those damn drawers back in.† That night I was walking down the hall to take a piss and stopped momentarily to stare at the devil filing cabinet, when I noticed it was upside down.
Thursday Feb 21
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net
KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I
Everybody was signing just as I tuned up to check in, but I did get on in time exchange greetings with everybody.
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, N6LN, AG7G, KG6ZAM, WQ6I, KQ6OJ, VR2HF, KE6BEJ
This QSO was so long ago, I canít remember much.† We had some laughs over some tabloid stories on Drudge.† I know we had a good time, but I just canít recall why.† Jack N6LN is already experimenting with his wireless headset, which he intends to use with Stan WG6Kís Station Manager device.† I have the device, but I donít have the wireless headset.† Jack got his headset off of Ebay for a fourth the retail price, but Iím sure I will bend over and pay the bloody butthole price for a new one, which is what my buddy Art Bell would do.† I expect Iíll have the Station Manager and the headset sitting around for months before I do anything with them, and by that time one or both devices will be damaged from lying around the house forgotten and unprotected.†
Monday Feb 18
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, N6MTP, AG7G, K6TXH, KG6ZOA, KI6IMN, WQ6I
Duane AG7G and I had to carry the ďnetĒ for a full hour before we got any help.† We just small talked about the itty bitty things going on in each of our lives, until John KI6IMN checked in.† We could barely hear him and he wasnít exactly forthcoming with his call, so I made some remarks insinuating that he was a bootlegger.†† Well, he wasnít too happy with my assholeness, but I must plead innocent as I was abused as a child, moreover Iíve been hanging out on 3840 and 7255 too much lately, and itís been turning me into an asshole.† John is in Vista, in North County San Diego.† Duane AG7G wasnít really very friendly to John either, sort of making fun of his weak signal and undoubtedly small penis.† John informed us that he was a retired ďboss,Ē and he knows how to handle jerks like Duane and me.† Oh, God, I just hate bosses.† Theyíre always kicking my ass.† John did warm up to us as the QSO went on, because he obviously discovered how cool we are.† We explained to John the evolution of the names of our group.† He also took a look at this web page.† John stuck with us all evening and I think really enjoyed himself.† The QSO was all over the place tonight.† I just donít know how to summarize it.† It got political for a while, and there was some discussion of national health care, and policing the world, but mostly the QSO was just light fun.† Moody WQ6I came dragging in just as we were all signing.
Friday Feb 15
7255 Chip On The Shoulder Net
KN6Z, N6MTP, K7ZAR, KD6UOG, KK6FR, KY6W, ?CFJ, W7EIM
Oh, man, there is something wrong with these people.† I was just reading the mail for a while, listening to the sacrilege.† Some of these fuckers were saying that homosexuality ought to be a requirement for becoming a Catholic priest or altered boy.† It was, like, sinful, man.† These guys are going to Hell.† One of the guys was bellyaching and preaching about some type of shit that goes down regularly on freq, and remarked, ďWhen it becomes not radio, itís not radio.Ē† I could not agree more, but I think he is taking a very safe position.† I axed politely for some call signs for the log, and I got some polite responses, but KY6W and ?CFJ blasted me with some fast CW, right out of the blue, doubling with each other.† I was informed that those two only ID with CW.† I wonder if they can actually send CW without an automatic IDer.† Though I did get kudos on my audio, oh, man, some of the guys on this freq are NOT polite at all.† This net definitely has something wrong with it, and I think itís the people.† After a while, when I think they thought I had left, there was some discussion of whether I could copy code, and 3808 (although it was not referred to as the Art Bell Afterglow Net, nor by any other name).† Some pretty flattering things were said.† Some of the 7255 crew think there are some pretty cool guys on 3808.† They also referred on and off to ďthe bone head,Ē but I canít imagine who that could be.
Later on 3840
KN6Z, N6MTP, KG6ZAM, K7ZAR, K6TXH, W6BOE, W4AKO
I axed Greg K7ZAR to give me the poop on the 7255 players, because I think there is something wrong with them, but Greg did not want to get into it.† Greg did say heíd heard I was a teacher, and axed me about my job.† So I filled him in, and then he gave me an enthusiastic account of some missile tracking he used to do as part of his job.
Thursday Feb 14
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, AG7G, KG6ZAM, N6MTP, VR2HF, W7JBM
Itís taken so long for me to get busy writing this up, I cainít hardly Ďmember what happened.† I axed what people did for Valen Times Day, and Duane AG7G and Moody WQ6I gave me the low down on their dinners with the XYLs.† Champagne, fillets, and chocolates.† We also talked quite a bit about the meteor explosion over Siberia, and the asteroid fly by.† I think the 1200 people injured by the meteor is Godís punishment for the homosexuals.
Monday Feb 11
Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, AG7G, N6MTP, N6LN, WQ6I
Uhh, well, Duane AG7G and I started things off with our two man round table.† It was fine bidness, and I was ok with everything he said, and he was ok with everything I said, and we both really felt good about it.† We were honestly ok on everything.† It seems like most of the night was spent talking about pissing people off with oneís bullshit opinions about other peopleís bullshit religions.† Moody WQ6I informed us that some of the Little People who left the fold did not like their religious beliefs challenged.† If I was a true believer, and not just a hoper or pretender, I wouldnít care what anybody thought.† Iíd be floating an inch off the ground all day long.† I think it unwise to openly object to attacks on your fantasy, because God will see and doubt your belief and you will burn.† I want to compile a list of things you CANNOT SAY on the Art Bell Afterglow Net.† Numero Uno, of course, is that you cannot say any bad shit about Art Bell.† Duh.† And you canít rub somebodyís bullshit superstition in their face, especially if they are old and worried that they are holding a pretty weak hand against The Void.† There are certain people who would also like to prohibit talk of weather, forest fires, audio, and old menís ailments.† Happy talk, thatís all thatís allowed from now on.† Save the rest for the therapistís couch.
Sunday Feb 10
3825 Dream-Up-Bullshit-Theories-As-Fast-As-You-Can Net
KN6Z, K6TXH, K7ZAR, N6MTP, N3WVB, KC6NFV, WQ6I.
Oh, man, this net really reeked, but I do like the people.† Iíve never heard such stupid shit from some pretty smart people.† Mike N6MTP from the Little People days wanted me to pipe up and contribute some stupid shit myself.† Well, that I can do.† So I proposed that the Universe is only five minutes old, God having created it five minutes ago, with the appearance of great age, the fossil record in place, etc., and our brains complete with the memories of a lifetime.† All we have is our memories as evidence that we have lived a long life, but those memories could have been created for us five minutes ago.† There isnít a shred of supporting evidence for my theory, and it is utterly unfalsifiable.† The point being that anybody can make up similarly untestable crap all day long, which is what the net tonight was all about.† Later, things sobered up.† I remarked that a research group is analyzing the randomness of radioactive decay, electronic noise, and other natural processes assumed to be random, to see if the statistical properties really are random.† If they are not, then it may be because this physical reality we all believe in is just somebodyís computation.† Steve K6TXH made the interesting point that truly random processes may appear non-random due to the limited resolution of computers.† Still, if the randomness is sufficiently non-random, it wouldnít be explainable by computer resolution limitations alone. †More and more, physicists are saying that the Universe looks like a giant computation.† The net continued on for a while, sensibly.† I enjoyed some antenna modeling talk with Steve and Greg K7ZAR, especially when Art Bell and The Loop came up, but the net finally went off the deep end again.† Moody WQ6I checked in very late, and we all enjoyed some signal reports and audio testing with him.† Everyone was most complementary of my signal and audio, and wanted details on my rig and antenna.
BZ and I dine at the Red Fox Room often, as Iíve mentioned many times.† The interior dates from the 1500ís, and was imported from Britain.† Anyway, across the street is a Russian restaurant called the Pomegranate, and we have had our eye on it for a long time.† We finally tried it Friday night, and it was absolutely out of this world.† Saturday night we ate at the Red Fox.† We had a nice booth, but I was bugged because my new shirt had an itchy tag in the back, small though it was.† We had no decent cutting tools, but I did have a serrated steak knife.† So I grabbed the tag with my left hand, pulled it around to the left side of my neck -- twisting the collar -- and started sawing with my right hand.† Well, I carved through the tag and right into my neck.† So now Iíve got this blood oozing out of my neck, in public.† It wasnít pulsing, so I guess I didnít cut through any main cables.† I pressed on the wound with my hand, but blood was dribbling through my fingers.† I axed for another napkin, and thought about tying it around my neck as a tourniquet, but that seemed problematic.† So I just pressed the napkin hard against my neck.† By the time we got out of there, I had mostly staunched the flow.† I ditched the bloody napkin in the restroom trash can.† For desert, we decided to go across the street to the Russian place again.† Weíd had a delicious desert there the night before, and wanted more.† So we went in and ordered ďToad Sweat.Ē† Itís two mounds of ice cream surrounded by fruit.† Olga the waitress tells you to lick your finger and punch a hole in each mound.† Into the holes they pour this incredibly spicy-hot chocolate syrup.† Well, my neck started to squirt when it was time to punch these holes.† I think I got excited and my blood pressure went up, starting the bleeding again.† So I grabbed my neck, hoping Olga hadnít noticed this river of blood erupting from under my ear.† I turned my wound away from the waitress, but then stupidly used my bloody hand and finger to punch red holes into the white-as-virgin-snow ice cream.† Olga looked horrified, so I told her that instead of licking my finger, I bit the end off.† She just walked away, and I was afraid she would get the manager, or the cops, so I put some bloody money on the table, took a quick bloody bite of ďToad Sweat,Ē and we bolted for the door.† BZ didnít want any ice cream.† I walked out the door with one of their nice napkins against my neck, dripping blood.† We left that place looking like a crime scene.† I think weíre going to stay away from the Ruskies for a while.
Thursday Feb 7
The Art Bell Afterglow Net (The name of the net is in dispute.)
KN6Z, WG6K, N6LN, AG7G, VR2HF, AG6IS, AC6W, KR7RR
Well we had a fine bidness QSO tonight.† Initially, Duane AG7G and I tried to reproduce the cool AM roundtable they have on 3870.† It sure is fine bidness, and we are ok on it.† Duane AG7G and I talked about The Killer in So. Cal. for a while.† Stan WG6K joined us, and he axed me if I had tried out his device.† Jack N6LN and Duane must have misunderstood something I wrote about Stanís smoky product, and, taking the opportunity of having Stan on freq, started busting my balls in front of Stan by axing me about my alleged complaints about smoke.† I tried to play it all down and deflect the conversation, but Stan seemed concerned about the smoke.† We continued talking about Stanís Station Manager and its use, and wireless headsets.† Then talk turned to my sizeable lot, and if BZ wants a pony.† Stan mentioned his kidís Chevy Volt.† I think itís his kidís.† Anyway, that ignited another iteration of electric car debate.† The gang was also interested in babalicious accounts of babaliciousness at school, so I told them that I have a Miss California runner-up in my class.† At least, that is what one of my students says.† Iíll have a closer look at her.† Sheís statuesque and attractive, to be sure, but Miss Cal caliber?† I dunno.† Dan VR2HF wants to write a book on the rise and fall of the Little People.† Heís fishing for material.†
Wednesday Feb 6
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net
KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY
We mostly talked about antennas, at least while I was on freq.† Art Bell hangs out on 145.555 simplex, so we were musing over how much antenna and how much tower and how much power one would need to work Art on two meter simplex from San Diego.
Tuesday Feb 5
KN6Z, K6TXH, KG6ZAM, KC7CQP, K7DV, W5HO
It just breaks my heart to hear these cocksuckers destroying ham radio, so I checked in just to tear them a new asshole.† But I got distracted somehow, and wound up reading to them Californiaís definition of hearsay evidence.† Steve K6TXH and Phil KC7CQP were arguing on and on over whether a copís testimony against Phil was hearsay or not.† Phil says it was hearsay, but it sounds to me like the cop testified as an eye witless.† He said he saw Phil maneuver without signaling.† I donít think the copís testimony was hearsay.† Anyway, soon after I checked in, we dropped the whole bidness.† Steve reported something cool: there is a Velveeta macaroni and cheese commercial running that features ham radio.† Wowee wow wow.† I canít wait to see it.† Iíll definitely need a change of underwear when I do see it.† Steve started singing Dust in the Wind for some reason, so I whipped out my guitar and played it for the gang.† They all were most impressed and complimentary.† It instantly ingratiated me with the CBers, and suddenly people wanted to know my name and call.† So I made some new friends.† Some old friends dropped in to say hi, as well, such as Dry Vagina Jackalope, and Larry W5HO.† Larry says he gets on a couple times a week these days.† Phil KC7CQP is located in Pahrump, and, like the rest of the CBers, was blown away by my huge signal.† So I gave him the lowdown on my rig and antenna.† Naturally the QSO turned to Art Bell, with Phil being in Pahrump and all.† I axed him if he knew The Man, and as a matter of fact they are good friends.† I axed him to pass along my regards next time he talks to Art.† Art hangs out regularly on 145.555 simplex, so I need to put up a high two meter antenna, and get me a big two meter amp.† Steve reported favorable results on his vee reflector experiment.† The reflector is about a half wavelength of wire, underneath his vee.† Mostly on the ground.† I think Iíll try that.† Sounds easy enough to do. †We all discussed my plan to slowly grow my vee into a full size Art Bell-loop.† Steve was most enthusiastic.† We finished the QSO with a discussion of a possible return to the Moon, and why we should do it.† Helium 3, for example.† That really morphed into all things Apollo, and lunar.† I met Buzz Aldrin a few years ago at the Aerospace Museum here in San Diego.† We mused at the fun I could have had if Iíd had Stan WG6K along to get in Buzzís face and tell him he had not really been to the Moon.† These cocksuckers gave me the warmest of welcomes tonight, and an equally warm send off when I signed.
Monday Feb 4
Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, AG7G, KG6ZOA
Duane and I spent an hour or so talking about our recent real-estate acquisitions.† We also talked about a movie we like, called Being John Malkovich.† I told Duane about an email I got this morning from a former student, axing me if Iíd be interested in going on a date with her boyfriendís mom.† I should have replied: Sure, as long as sheís a virgin.† Just as we signed, Anna KG6ZOA checked in.† I keep calling her the ďfalsetto jammer,Ē until I realize I am talking to a female.
Sunday Feb 3
AM Roundtable 3870
KN6Z, K6MJD, WJ6W, WB6YEC, AC6CG, N6BMI, N6SDX, K6FMB
There were more stations than this on, but this is who was left when I signed in.† In summary, the QSO went like this: Ok, Glenn, real good.† Ok on your tumors.† Ok on your prostate.† Ok on your house burning down.† Ok on you being ok on the shit Iím ok on.† Real fine bidness.† I canít remember who it goes to nextÖ
Well, actually, there was more to it than that.† I enjoyed talking to former Little People Mark K6MJD again.† Heís ok.† Real good.† Real good on being Mark.† He was very pleased to work me again, and I was real good on that.† Fine bidness.† I updated Mark on my secret new QTH.† Yep, I did.† Real good.† It was fine bidness telling him all about it.† He was ok on it, too.† I love it when people donít argue with me, but are just fucking ok with every God damned thing I say, and thatís why I love the AM guys on 3870.† Itís comfort radio.† And Iím ok on it.† These guys like to talk about AM radio.† Thatís what their deal is, and let me tell you, their deal is NOT Art Bell.† I couldnít get them to talk about Art Bell or even the Super Bowl.† Where the hell do these guys get off not talking about Art Bell?† Who do they think they are?† They are not famous, not influential, and nobody will much notice or care when they are dead.† An affiliation with someone whose name means something is the closest they will ever get, but at the rate they are going, they will not get even that.
So, anyway, screw those guys.† I took a break and then tried to find the Low Down and High Smelliní Net, but there was this powerful ESSB east-coast station right on 3636.† Weird.† Sounded great, though.† Later I found the Low Downers on 3640.† We had:
KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, W7HW
The guys were about to sign when I jumped in, but the new action seemed to recharge their batteries and they stuck around a while longer.† When Hot Water bubbled up from the noise, it was good for even more fun.† Or bullshit.† Or something.† It was categorical, whatever it was.† Hot Water remarked that he liked the way I could ďagitateĒ a frequency.† Me?† Huh?† Hot Water, I specialize in being bland, not provocative, uninteresting and inoffensive.† What really blew everybody away was Hot Waterís first question: ďGlenn, howís your hair?Ē† WTF?† I told him that while dying the gray out of my temples, I screwed up somehow and wound up with orange bands on the sides of my head.† Hot Water also remarked that ďÖGlenn guided me into this situation.Ē† And he stated so, categorically.† He was talking about his involvement with the Little People, or perhaps 75 meter bullshit, generally.† I axed Hot Water about the Super Bowl, but he doesnít give a shit.† The shit that he doesnít give doesnít amount to as much shit not given as that which he doesnít give about Art Bell, but he still REALLY doesnít give a shit about the Super Bowl.† He gives a shit about Nascar.† Where the hell does Hot Water get off not caring about Art Bell?† Oops, wait, I already did that.† See above.† Well, besides catching up with Hot Waterís latest situation, I gave a report on my latest station upgrade.† My 220 line and my coax have been lying outside on the ground in front of the house, and pulled through a window when it was time for radio.† They are now safely and conveniently routed through the attic, and down through the closet ceiling, and out the closet door to the rig.† I REALLY need to get this station grounded.† Thatís the next thing.† BZ and I hosted a Super Bowl party today for some of BZís extended family and in-laws.† Lots of good booze and food.† It put me to sleep before the Super Bowl was even over.† But that power outage was just too much to take.
Thursday Jan 31
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, AG7G, N6LN, KG6ZOA, K6RBN, WQ6I
Wowee Wow Wow.† We had a LADY on freq tonight.† Anna KG6ZOA.† God, I was so embarrassed.† I mean, the other guys are such animals.† I wish they could show some class and refinement once in a while.† A least when a sensitive lady is around.† The guys axed me about the start of the new semester, hoping Iím sure for stories of babaliciousness.† So I told them a babalicious story.† I received in the mail today the much coveted WG6K Station Manger + (SM+).† I wonder if Stan would accept a return for deodorizing.† I wish Stan would make his wife smoke outside.† By the time I got the box open, I had tumors on my hands.† I was reading part of the SM+ operation manual over the air.† God, Iím not sure I can figure out how to use the damn thing.† Iím afraid Stan is going to think that Iím an idiot, so I might have to somehow fake its use on the air.† Like whistle into the mic to simulate the IDer.† I could just degrade my audio somehow to simulate the use of a wireless headset.† Duane AG7G discussed his upcoming trips to Dallas and Cabo.† Dallas is going to be bidness, and Cabo is going to be fun.† We also discussed Duaneís Art Bell sighting on 20 meters.† Art was talking to somebody in Alaska, and was apparently 50+ at Duaneís QTH.† Duane didnít see how that was possible unless Art was running illegal power, but Iím sure that shit wasnít going on.† Art would NEVER do that.† That would be disgracing the fraternity, the brotherhood, of ham radio.† Art just buys those huge amps so he can run them into dummy loads and heat the shack.† It gets cold in Pahrump in the winter.† Jack N6LN made some remarks about environmentally friendly Shuttle-foam, which falls off easier than the evil Freon foam, so I did some reading and found an interesting list of Columbia-disaster myths: http://sts107.com/kooks%20and%20myths/kooks.htm.
Wednesday Jan 30
The Short Attention Span Net† 3740
KN6Z, WG6K, WQ6I, NI6R, K7ZAR, K7NUT, N6NWX, KR3RR, VE7FWP, VE7UB.
Wowee Wow Wow.† What a great group we had on Stanís freq this night.† I was listening to Stan and one other guy for a while, when I finally I checked in.† I mentioned that K7ZAR and I had a long Star Trek QSO a couple years ago.† So we started talking ST, and Stan mentioned that the issue of peeing and pooping is never addressed on ST.† Well, one thing leads to another, and pretty soon we were talking about the problems one might encounter in combat when Nature calls.† And how inconvenient it must be for women in combat to take off their clothes to take a piss in the middle of a fire fight.† Bodily fluids always draw a crowd, and so we had a bunch of cool entertaining people on freq in no time.† We really spent a lot of time talking about peeing.† I think my greatest contribution to ham radio has been bodily fluids and related topics.† It always gets people into the tent.† Stan told us about an article he was reading about the stoned heads on Ether Island.† Two thirds of these damn things are under ground.† They have bodies, but you canít see them because they are below the surface.† Nobody knows how they got buried, but there is plenty of arguing about it. †Stan turned us on to a music download site: SPOTIFY.† So we screwed around with that for a while.† Speaking of music, Redwood City Bill N6NWX is an accomplished pianist.† Check out his honky-tonk video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FVuTu0GxIY.† Bill pretty much just plays by ear.† I wish I could do that.† What a magical talent.† We had a bunch of crazy Canadians on freq tonight, too.† They talk aboot crazy shit.† And something brought Moody WQ6I out of the woodwork, but I canít remember what it was.† It was a great night of radio.† Good signals and good conversation.
Monday Jan 28
The Art Bell Afterglow Net† 3808
KN6Z.† Nobody showed up, so I slid on down to Stan WG6Kís freq 3740, and joined the Short Attention Span Net.† Stan was hosting our old buddy ďthe captainĒ KR3RR, and WA7PRC and K7NUG.† Later on, Jack N6LN joined us, and Duane AG7G.† Duane tried to get some shit going with Stan by axing Stan why he answers a question with a question, but it really wasnít good for much fun.† Stanís been around, and is not easily baited.† We talked a bit about my piano prof back in the late 70ís, a prevert who lusted after Yours Truly.† Putting up with it got me a dinner with Van Cliburn and his entourage, after a performance with the San Diego Symphony, because the piano prof had been long-time friends and had gone to school with Van.† We also talked about life in fashionable Jamul, and all the border patrol action around here.†
Saturday Jan 26
The Low Down and High Smelliní Net
KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS
Thursday Jan 24
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, N6LN, AG7G, KI6PYY
Monday Jan 21
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z.† Nobody else showed up.† Fuck them.† So I slid down to Stanís freq:
The Short Attention Span Net
KN6Z, WG6K, AG7G, AE7J, KE3RR, K6THX.
We talked about a lotta shit, including an article in the 125th anniversary issue of National Geographic, about turds.
Friday Jan 18
The Low Down Net
KN6Z, WB6GGY, K7PRS.† I signed on briefly to say hi, and get some signal reports.
Thursday Jan 17
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, N6LN, AG7G, W6MTP, WQ6I, WB7WQK, W6ELB, N7EAA.† We talked about my new digs some more, and Duane AG7Gís new purchase, and Jack N6LNís plans for a real estate investment.† It was fun meeting some new people tonight, and some old friends, like Mike W6MTP.† We enjoyed having Moody WQ6I with us, too.† Moody told us about some jamming attacks heís been enjoying lately.† I read a tabloid story about a woman who tried to murder her lover with her humungas boobs.† We also talke some about the Brady Bunch, and Art Bell.† Oh, thank God for Art Bell chat.
Wednesday Jan 16
The Short Attention Span Net
KN6Z, WG6K, W6DTW, VE7ANB, K7NUT.† I collected some signal reports.† We talked about the constitutional dollar, among other things.
Tuesday Jan 15
The Short Attention Span Net
KN6Z, WG6K, VR2HF, K7NUT, WA7PRC.† We talked about outdoor security systems, and related matters.† Band was dead tonight.† Nothiní going on.† I picked up a copy of a grocery store tabloid, and read some stories, which was good for a few laughs.
Monday Jan 14
The Short Attention Span Net
KN6Z, WG6K, W6DTW, KR7RR, AG7G, N6VNI.† I list myself first, even if itís somebody elseís net.† I listened to Jack N6LN and Duane AG7G talk about taxation up on 3808 for a while, and then slid down to say hi to Stan.† I talked to Stan a bit about his talk-o-meter.† As usual of late, Iím interested in my Jamul-signal report.† I threw up my Jamul vee in, like, 30 min, in the dark.† Itís really working well.† Later on, Duane AG7G dropped in, as well as some other stations.† George N6VNI in La Habre gave me a +60, and thatís why he kicks ass.† I guess we sort of finished off talking about Piers Morganís whoopiní of Alex Jones in their gun debate.
Sunday Jan 13
The Art Bell Afterglow Net 3808
KN6Z, AG7G, N6LN.† Well, tonight we mostly talked about Jamul (Huh-mool), and whether you can see the ocean from here, or any islands.† We also discussed Duane AG7Gís new digs in fashionable Mckinney, TX, and if heís lost his mind.† There wasnít much else going on, on the band.† The Low Downers were not down low, at least not on 3636, and Stan WG6Kís gang was MIA as well.† Iím thinking of evolving my vee into a large loop (a temple, really), starting small, and seeing at what point, if any, there is a benefit.† Maybe add on a half-wavelength of wire to start, forming a one-wavelenth loop.† A one-wavelength loop at my momís house did no better than a vee at the same height.† But I still think thatís a good starting point for the new experiment.† My antennas may be half-assed, but at least Iím methodical about it.
Saturday Jan 12
The Low Down Net 3636
KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, AG7G, W7HW, VE7FWP, VE7ANB.† Wowee wow wow.† We really enjoyed a bit oí the old, tonight.† It was practically the Little People all over again.† I was interested in signal reports tonight, and it looks like my temporary Vee at 38 feet is doing very well.† Hot Water W7HW says he is going to be around again, and Moody WQ6I told us that Bob K6AII is promising to get on freq again as well.† Adrian VE7ANB was most enthusiatic about my plan to erect a full-size Art Bell loop.† As I type this at 1 a.m., I am listening to the CBers on 3843.† OMG, what a bunch of red neck losers.
Thursday Jan 10
The Art Bell Afterglow Net 3808
KN6Z, AG7G, WG6K, N6LN and The Peanut Gallery.† Yeah, we had a sizable peanut gallery Thursday night.† I threw up a quickie antenna just to get back on the air, with a better one to come, but my signal wasnít that great at Duaneís QTH, apparently.† Duane was as loud as usual, and Stan WG6K was booming in.† Apparently my signal was normal at Stanís.† I could barely hear Jack N6LN, and he could barely hear me.† I could sure hear the Europeans booming on on 75 that night.† I want to get my Vee back up to at least 60 feet, as it was a few years ago.† Duane wants me to put up a Rohn, but that just doesnít make economic sense to me.† For a tenth the price, I can hoist me wire on aluminum poles, arr, which is what Iíve always done.† Duane should get a job as a Big Guvíment spender.† Heís got big ideas for other peopleís money.
Thursday Dec 27
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, AG7G, JA5AQC, N6LN vi WA7LIE, WQ6I.† The Afterglow got off to a pretty slow start, tonight.† Duane AG7G and I shot the shit about his Dallas trip, what we did on Christmas, and my cool new AR.DRONE 2.0, and the iPad I bought to fly it.† The iPad cost almost three times what the damn drone cost.† I really donít have much use for an iPad, except to fly a drone, which I will probably tire of in about a week.† Everybody wants me to fly it over nieghborís yards surrounding babalicious babes sunbathing, and shoot video from the drone cam.† Masaru JA5AQC from somewhere in Japan checked in.† We donít get much Japanese action on 75.† Steve K6TXH pugged the hole, when Masaru left.† Steve talked to Duane about Texas rednecks, and terrible places to live in Texas.† I told a joke about the Greatful Dead, and so we stayed on that subject for a while.† Then Jack N6LN via WA7LIE checked in from PI.† He told us how his vacation is going over there.† He was watching a tropical sunset while he talked to us.† When Iím on an exotic vacation, the furthest thing from my mind is talking to ex-Little People over the internet.† Steve wanted to hear about the gross shit he thought Jack must be eating over there, but Jack said there were some pretty nice buffets around.† Moody WQ6I had been sand bagging for a while, I think, and jumped in late in the QSO.†
I got this nice email from SWL ORV K6UEY:
Contrails were mentioned in the Log so I thought I would add this tidbit! When I did my patriotic duty of serving my 8 years in our armed forces I was in the Air Force. I was assigned to a Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Travis AFB near Sacramento. We had Saber jets when I first got there the F86D all weather Interceptor. While there we up graded and was the second Squadron to get the(then NEW) F102 Delta Jet Fighter.Stationed there at Travis was also a Strategic Air Command (SAC) squadron. The bombers B36's would go on 18 to 36 hour training missions, I flew on one 18 hour mission, we flew from Travis to SF and did a simulated bomb run then to Salt Lake city ,then around to Wyoming, across Montana .up through Idaho and down through Washington, Oregon, and back to California. It was quite an experience to fly in that 10 engine monster the B36!
We were most of the time in the area of 35 to 45K and made big Contrails. During the flight they would scramble the Interceptors and do an intercept on us as they would an approaching enemy. This was a standard practice, the bomber would try to confuse the tracking Radar to evade the intercept, and of course it was their job to find us and intercept! So when you see the contrails that look like they cross it may be the Air Force training on how to protect the country if we are ever invaded! Of course now the big threat is Missiles and that requires a totally different approach !
To everyone the BEST DX es a Very Merry Christmas to ALL , The Ole SWL'er ORV K6UEY
Tuesday Dec 25
I think it was on this night that I heard Jack N6LN, straight from PI, via WA7LIE.† He was talking to somebody on Stanís freq, I think.† I also heard the Entity W6EZV recently, on Stanís freq, axing Stan where the hell the Little People were.† Theyíre H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, Greg.† There are no Little People.
Monday Dec 24† Christmas Eve
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z once again had a very nice QSO all by himself on this Holy night.† No bullshit check-ins, or people talkiní shit I donít wanna hear, or shit somebody else doesnít wanna hear.† Just me and the baby Jesus.
Thursday Dec 20† ONE day until the end of the world.
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, AG7G, WG6K, KG6ZAM.† Duane AG7G had only been home from his Dallas house-hunting trip for about 20 min, when he turned on the radio just to feel a bit oí the olí Art Bell afterglow.† He looked at nearly twenty houses down Dallas way, and actually put an offer on a house in a little dump called McKinney.† So it was a very productive trip.† We all spent some time talking about McKinney, and why the hell anybody would want to live there. †It has actually made some ďtop tenĒ lists.† Stan WG6K sent around some pix of U-turn contrails from jet airliners.† We speculated on why they might make U-turns.† Somehow we got on the subject of Star Trek; I guess it had something to do with a mini black hole destroying the Earth.† Stan then mused about the lack of bathrooms on the Enterprise, or any apparent need for them.† It was then suggested that shit could just be beamed right out of the insides of the crew.† I suggested that it could be beamed into a Klingon starship, perhaps right into the bowels of the Klingons.† The QSO finally had arrived at its logical conclusion.† The point of convergence of all former-Little People QSOs. We cracked a few jokes about the end of the world, and called it a night.
Monday Dec 17† FOUR days until the end of the world.
The Low Down Net
KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS† I am used to talking to myself on the Castaways Net, so I really didnít need these Low Down guys to help me out, but what the hell, they were there, so I talked to Ďem.† I axed Phil WB6GGY about his perrenial laryngitus, and if his doctor has suggested that Phil just try shutting up for a while.† Apparently Phil is pretty used to hearing this advice, especially from his wife.† I talked with Porta John K7PRS for quite a while about EME on 2m and 432 MHz.† Iím sure we will be talking more about that.† Itís something I want to try.† But Iím not interested in doing it via digital modes.† I want to actually hear my own signal bounce back.† I want to do high gain, high power EME.† I want to be the Art Bell of EME.† I want to do ESSB EME.† I want to do EME audio testing.† I want to start an EME audio net.† John told me the ten GHz EME guys actually work each other off of specific, targeted regions of the Moonís surface.† Wowee wow wow.† Thatís a narrow beam.† The whole damn Moon is only a half degree in angular diameter as it is.† We also talked some weather.† You know, in defense of weather reports, theyíre not so bad.† They take very little time, and have a certain amount of variety, unlike much of what we endure on 75 m nets.† And they donít piss people off.† Well, I can think of one person they piss off.
Friday Dec 14
The Castaways Net
KN6Z† I had another lovely QSO with myself, on the deeeeeefunct Castaways Net.† I talked to myself about the shocking cover of the current issue of Science News: Homosexuals.† The cover is pink, and on it there are a couple of daddies with their ďchildren:Ē two little girls.† The article discusses the social effects of new household arrangements.† I also exchanged weather reports with myself.† Wowee wow wow, is it ever cold down here in San Diego.† Lots of rain and traffic accidents, too.† I listened to the Low Down Net for a little while, then went up to 3840 and listened to the CBers on 3840.† Steve K6TXH was taking on the entire frequency.† ďI like chicks.† I got plenty of sperm for the chicks.Ē† They were talking about burlap wedgies and balls and shit.† Oh man, it was really a low brow QSO.† I think my lonely Castaways QSO was the best thing on the band.† Polite, stimulating, and I agreed with everything I said.
Thursday Dec 13
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
I threw my call out a few times between 12 and 12:15, but heard nothing.† I saw an email too late that Duane AG7G would not be available til 12:30, but I was gone by then.† I slid down to the Low Down Net and listened to Moody WQ6I, Phil WB6GGY, and John K7PRS for a while.† Weíre having a winter storm in San Diego, and itís really cold.† I gave a final exam tonight, and the room was freezing.† I tried to turn up the thermostat in the classroom, but I never have any luck with classroom thermostats.† Wed night I was listening to the AMI net on 3870.† Itís an AM net that meets Wednesdays at 8.† Billy N6YW and Mark K6MJD checked in.† That AM net is the most excruciatingly slow net I have ever heard.† The check-ins take soooooooooo long, not because there are so terribley many stations, but because net control just talks and talks and talks and says nothing.† It goes on and on and on, and thatís before they even start the ďround table.Ē† If I were a lot younger, I might precipitate, but I just donít have enough time left now.† I could check out waiting to check in.† One reason Iíd like to play is that AM guys are all about audio, and I love that shit.† Yeah, me and Art Bell.† We love that shit.
Tuesday Dec 11
The Low Down Net
KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY
I gave the Low Down Gang a report on the travel plans of a couple of the members of the Art Bell Afterglow Gang.† I also gave the Low Downs the low down on my down-winding semester.† John K7PRS informed me of a talk up his way, at Northrup-Grumman, open to the public, on the replacement for the Hubble telescope.† But, alas, I have to give a final that night.† Moody WQ6I discussed the near-tropical weather conditions of some islands off the coast of Washington State.† We agree that Duane AG7G should just stay there in the winter.† Moody thinks the weather in Dallas in the winter can be pretty damn bad.† I read an email from SWL Orv K6UEY.† He wishes everyone a joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year, but did not bitch about anything.† I felt cheated.† We did NOT talk about Art Bell, and so what might have been a very nice QSO, ended in tragedy.† The Low Down Net has been attracting the likes of WARFA Billy N6YW, Conrad N7EN, and Big Bear Bob AF6D.
Monday Dec 10
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, AG7G, N6LN.† We talked about Duane AG7Gís upcoming trip to Dallas, and Jack N6LNís upcoming trip to the Phillipines.† We also read a few bizarre Drudge stories.
Friday Dec 8
The Castaways Net
KN6Z† While I was enjoying a QSO with myself on the Castaways Net, I listened to Stan WG6Kís group.† He ticked off a long list of stations that had been on freq this night.† Stan has the premier group on the band now.† We all ought to just join his net, and do our squabbling there.
Thursday Dec 7
Art Bell Afterflow Net
KN6Z, AG7G, KG6ZAM† The net was pretty slow.† Duane AG7G talked about his upcoming trip to Dallas, to scope out snowbird houses.† My eyelids were very heavy early, and the whole thing collapsed about 1 a.m.
Wed Dec 6
Well, our band played the big, Christmas concert Wed night.† We teamed up with the other college in our district.† They are larger, and were the original college.† Our campus opened somewhat later.† Anyway, they played three, then we played three, then we teamed up for some honest to God Christmas music.† Medleys, acutally, of Christmas carols.† One medly, called ďMinor Alterations,Ē was very interesting, because all the carols were in minor keys, giving the whole thing a menacing sound.† Scary Christmas.† ďHe knows if youíve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake, or Santa will break your little neck while you sleep.Ē† La La La La La.† I played pretty well.† Didnít kick myself as much as I usually do after the show.† I had a short solo in the first piece, which I played well, but then I sort of let down as I sat back to just enjoy the concert.† So I blew some easy stuff.† Itís hard to maintain concentration when the heatís off.† My mom and Becky came to the show, as well as my best bud Dave, and his latest internet woman.† We had a big crowd, and they were very appreciative.
Tuesday Dec 5
3636 (I donít think they like being called the Moody Doods, so Iím going to knock that off.)
KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY.† I joined the gang for a while before going to bed, and we all had a nice chat.† We talked about shit they donít like.† I also heard some stories of recent trouble around the band.
Hereís a story about a rare debilitating condition afflicting women, marked by continuous sexual arousal: http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/medicine/article1264559.ece.† So, um, how would a concerned citizen go about meeting these women?
Monday Dec 4
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, N6LN, AG7G, KG6ZAM, VR2HF, WG6K, VR2HF, K6TXH.
Duane kicked things off by giving a report on his QSO with the Moody Doods.† Then he gave us a weather report.† And then we talked about the coming end of the world.† We were excited to learn that the only safe place to hide is Bugarach, France, where an alien spaceship waits in its garage to pick up true believers and spirit them away to safety.† Duane also talked about his search for a snowbird hideout in Dallas.† Stan WG6K joined us late, and made up a bunch of theories of reality, for our enjoyment.† Duane was hesistant to invent any realities of his own, because last time he did he apparently pissed Stan off and Stan stormed out of the room.† Dan VR2HF was on freq temporarily, but his internet link was cutting out so he gave up.† Steve KG6TXH hit the frequency bellowing some unintellible shit, at which point the whole QSO shifted to pot talk.
Friday Nov 30
The Castaways Net
KN6Z, N6LN, AG7G, KG6ZAM, WQ6I, K7PRS, KL3DO, K7RI, N6DCN.
So once again a truce was called, and some of the refugees from the Little People Net got together tonight to walk on eggshells for a while.† It certainly started out cordial.† I gave a weather report.† At least one station checked in axing for a signal/audio report.† That was nice and familiar and comforting.† We avoided getting too cerebral.† Duane AG7G did mention that John K7PRS was mad because of Duaneís making fun of the Lord, with his ďZombie JesusĒ jokes.† But John was on freq and said that that was NOT the case.† So they exchanged a couple of salvos, and it really felt good.† Just like old times.† They each told each other that the other was too weak to copy.† We wondered out loud what had become of Hot Water and Mal.† Moody WQ6I floated the idea of launching a surprise antenna-building attack on Orv K6UEY.† But I have already promised Orv that there would be no surprise visits.† Apparently some of the Good Olí Boys from the old Bell Guard can be found these days down/up on 160, early in the evening.† Including The One, Himself.† Well, I obviously need a longer antenna if I want to feel that old magic again, the comraderie shared by people privilaged to know somebody who matters.†† When KL3DO checked in we all got a thrill, because we initially thought it was the legendary, the far out, K6LDO.† Narco Dave.† Dammit, half the hams on the radio are strung out on dope all the time, and Iíve gotta deal with life clean and straight, most of the time.† My opioid receptors canít take this shit any more.
Monday Nov 26
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, N6LN, AG7G, KG6ZAM.† Conditions were not too good tonight.† We opened with some talk about the Moody Dudes, but it wasnít gossip, just observations on their operations.† I read a couple of political rants emailed to me by the all knowing, all seeing Orv K6UEY.† That triggered a short discussion of taxes and Obamacare.† Then we moved on to a story about a man who choked to death on roaches, immediately following a roach eating contest in Miami.† We also discussed some research debunking common assumptions about female porn stars, among them low self esteem.† And we had some laughs over a story about a guy who discovered after 19 years of marriage that his wife was a man.
I was waiting to board a boat a couple of weeks ago, to be part of a memorial scattering of cremains at sea.† I was sitting in my car in a parking lot in Oceanside.† I was watching this refuse raider going from trash can to trash can, digging for treasure.† So I decided to leave him some.† I got an empty water bottle and deposited in it some of my very own golden essence.† I then took it to the nearest trash can and dropped it in.† When the garbage gopher got to my can and reached in and pulled out this Bottle-O-Piss, he just went ape shit.† I mean, it triggered this bizzare rant.† He was babbling at the ground and at the sky and to himself and whomever.† Whatever he was saying was unintelligible, but I could tell it was like a ďWhat is this world coming to?Ē sort of rant.† All over a mere Bottle-O-Piss.† And Iíll bet that guy has done some innapropriate pissing in his time.† I couldnít believe the scene he made.† OMG, people are so weird, arenít they?
Sunday Nov 25
Hi Glenn, et al
Not sure to whom to address this to since the net seems to have scattered all over creation on the band.
Was looking at the log and noticed the indentations and wondered if they had some sort of symbolism or just sloppy typing!
Not much new here I think I have figured out where I can put my antenna,not the best but being limited to living in the city I just try to make the best of it. I do my best designing when I am laying in bed staring at the ceiling,now the trick is to convert it to a material action!
I noticed a lot of talk about Art Bell,that would be enough to keep me off the air.You would think after 40 plus years he would have the courtesy to reply to my E mails !!!
Well I am going to work on lengthen my telomere and try again getting older in a better fashion!!
Very best DX es 73 to all, the ole swl'er ORV
From Martin S.:
I can voice almost freddy Mercury today along with a few others playing around.
The Carry on is what he needed to do. Or realize at that time.
He died too young.
One other question, a bit politcal.
There are a number of educatiion administrations that are lessing part time workers to a lower to work week hourly requirement.
Knowing I also am getting old can we take care of ourselves?
Also from Martin:
Happy Thanksgiving and tell B Z She is #1.
Keep up the good work.
Saturday Nov 24
Moody Dudes 3636
KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS.† The MDs were just signing when I checked in.† Moody WQ6I has been away, but is back in town, and back on the air.† John K7PRS and I had a brief QSO on EME matters.† We all sort of briefed each other on what weíve been doing, where weíve been on the band, and whose heard Art Bell, and where.† Now, just let me be clear on one thing.† The Moody Dudes are NOT the Little People Net.† If you guys hear me down there, do not come down trying to check in to the Little People Net.† The Moody Dudes is NOT the latest incarnation of the Little People Net.† The Moody Dudes are no more the Little People Net, than is the Art Bell Afterglow Net, or the Castaways Net.† These nets have nothing whatsoever to do with the Little People Net.† If you want to check in to the Little People Net, then you can just tune to 3680, and suck an egg.
Friday Nov 23
KN6Z.† No other check-ins.† I had a great QSO, though.† No belly-aching or boring sermons.† The entire QSO was about Art Bell.† Saturday, everybody take a moment to remember Freddie Mercury.
Thursday Nov 22
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
KN6Z, AG7G, WG6K, KG6TXH, and a bunch of CBers.† Duane AG7G and I hooked up initially on 3805, but moved up to partake of some of the shit on 3840.† There was lots of talk up there about penises and guns (redundant, I know), so we got bored and moved down to 3836.† All that shit going on, on 3840, just makes me ashamed to call myself a ham radio operator.† Youíd think they would at least clean up the language for Thanksgiving, but no.† No way.† We all gave reports on our Thanksgiving dinners, but I sensed loginess.† I had, like, three dinners myself.† After the dinner reports, Stan WG6K bailed, and none of the rest of us had anything to say, so we all went QRT.† Steve KG6TXH did report an amicable exchange he enjoyed, with the great Art Bell W6OBB, on 75 m.† But apparently word spread quickly that Art was on the air, and that was that.
Tuesday Nov. 20
The Art Bell Afterglow Net
Tuesday: KN6Z, N6LN, AG7G, WG6K, and KG6ZAM were on 3805 tonight.† The QSO was very exciting as we mostly talked about the great Art Bell.† Jack N6LN reported that he actually talked to W6OBB on 160 m recently.† Mack and Scotty were on freq with him.† Wowee wow wow.† Iím going to have to start monitoring 160.
Friday Nov. 16
Science News NOOZE
The best of the Nov. 3 issue† Added Nov. 16
Male DNA Found in Female Brains
Fetal cells may be able to slip through blood-brain barrier
Children live on in their mothersí brains for decades, and not just as memories.† Scientists have found pockets of male DNA, presumably from boy fetuses, in the brain tissue of deceased elderly women.† So far, cells from fetuses have turned up in womenís blood, livers, lungs, heart and other organs, so finding male DNA in the brain isnít a complete shock.† Male cells from a fetus could have broken through the blood-brain barrier Ė a wall that protects the fragile brain from pathogens in the blood, but that shouldnít be possible.† Other possible ways male cells entered the females in the study: cells from a boy twin ended up moving into his sisterís body during gestation; male cells came from an organ donation, blood transfusion, or an older brother who had previously occupied the same uterus as the woman.
Thursday Nov. 15
The Art Bell Afterglow Net 3805
Tonight the stations afterglowing were KN6Z, AG7G, N6LN, KG6ZAM, W6CBS.† Jack N6LN has a new Heil mic, but I canít remember the number.† I guess itís a better match to his new 7600 than his PR-40, the mic that Art Bell and I use.† There was some Prop 30 talk and some green car talk tonight, briefly.† I broched the topic of shockingly sheer and clingy leggings that the girls are wearing now, with nothing covering their butts.† I read a related story on Drudge, about a high school trying to get the girls to stop wearing their shockingly sheer clingy leggings in their asses, and exposing said asses to the boys.† So, there was all the usual discussion you might expect from refugees from the Little People Net.† A new guy joined us tonight, Bill W6CBS in San Carlos.† Heís a broadcast engineer, and has big yacht.† He told us about his boat and answered our questions.† He knows our buddy Ryck, N6DQ.† I read an SWL Mike email, but most of it nobody could figure out.
Monday Nov. 12
The Art Bell Afterglow Net 3805
Duane AG7G and I had a very nice QSO which included travel talk (especially re Rome) and poppy growing.
Sunday Nov. 11
Itís like, 1:15 in the a.m., and Iím listening to Stan WG6K talking about his audio, and forceable rape.† Earlier, I was watching TheLord of the Rings: The Return of the King.† At the end, Smeagol/Gollum fights Frodo for the Ring, on the edge of a precipace inside Mount Doom.† So then I turned on Bill Mar.† Bill Mar was saying how the Republicans are like the Beach Boys: all their fans are dying.† So guest James Carville starts rubbing his chrome dome and cackling in this high screachy voice.† It suddenly occurred to me how MUCH Carville looks and sounds like Smeagol.† So I googled ďCarville Smeagol,Ē and got this pic:
This guy Ken, that Stan is talking to, is telling poor Stan that heís a ďfucking idiot.Ē† And that Stan is ďignorant.Ē† Stan says Ken is a biggot.† Stan has been advocating in the QSO a parentís option of aborting a child up through the age of 18.† This idea is just giving Ken shit fits, and Ken continues to make ad homo-nym attacks on sweet gentle mad abortionist Stanly.† Stan points out that the Bible says you can stone to death your children for misbehaving, so aborting them during childhood would be consistent with that.†
I am deeply saddened and broken hearted that the great brotherhood/franternity of ham radio has come to this.† People telling Stan that heís a fucking idiot.† I just donít see how I can go on with this sharade.† The† Little People either canít get along, or have no interest in each otherís boring conversation any more.† Hams are telling Stan that heís a fucking idiot.† Iím going to sell off my radios and just die.† Somebody, for Godís sake, put me on the Ham Radio Heaven list after Iím gone.
Saturday Nov. 10
Science News NOOZE
The best of the Nov. 3 issue†
Superfast Star Orbits Galaxy Center
Close encounter with black hole can test general relativity
SO-102 orbits the Milky Wayís central black hole with the fastest time yet, just 11.5 years for one orbit.† Itís elliptical orbit periodically takes it very close to the black hole.† Einsteinís theory of general relativity is unfit to describe the singularity, the point of infinite density general relativity predicts, at the center of the black hole.† By observing the star as it passes near the black hole, scientists may detect small errors in relativityís predictions of the starís motion, indicating that the limit of spacetime curvature for which general relativity is valid has been reached.
Friday Nov. 9
The Castaways Net 3805
The Castaways Net is a bunch of refugees from the Little People Net.† We had a good group, really a bit oí the old: KN6Z, KG6ZAM, K7PRS, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K6AII, KK4Q (formerly KO6M, and sold me one of my 950s), N6LN, AG7G, KC6ZOA, W5HO, K6MJD.† When the coast seemed clear, I gave a weather report.† Itís cold down here.† Weíre having a winter storm.† John K7PRS told a story of a college chemical-prank.† Moody WQ6I gave us the low-down on his day tomorrow, including a big crab boil.† Jack N6LN has a new 7600, and we talked with him about its features and performance.† John KG6ZAM did a bit of mock whining about not being informed about the meeting time of the new, Castaways Net.† I was invited, but I did not know who else was invited, so I just kept my mouth shut about it.† The votingís done, election day is past, but there was still some afterglow debate about Prop 30 and related issues.† The subject of the latest Bond movie came up.† Apparently there is a fruity scene involving Bond and a villain.† The actor playing Bond insists Bond isnít GAY.† Iím reading a book called ďDouble Cross,Ē about the D-Day spies.† Wow, spies in real life are nothing like Bond.† They are a bunch of unreliable traitorous bums and losers.† The Prop 30 talk drove away half the gang, and when ZAM and I started gushing over Art Bell and the Great Chair (see hamcams), the QSO was finished for good.† Ten ignorant Castaway night.
Thursday Nov. 8
The Art Bell Afterglow Net 3805
The Science News report below was written while QSOing with Duane AG7G, Jack N6LN, K7NUT, and John KG6ZAM.† There was talk most gratifying tonight about the great Art Bell and the Loop and the good olí, bad olí days of Art Bell jealousy and rivalry.† It seemed dreadful at the time, but I wish we could go back and do it all again.† It was more fun than what we have now, which is nothing.
Kitty Tragedy: I was driving down a dark rural road the other night, with BZ following behind in her vehicle.† A cat darted out and I ran over it.† I heard multiple thumps under my car.† It was horrific.† I thought I had hit a rabbit.† So I stopped a ways farther down the road, and saw in my rear view mirror that BZ had stopped and backed up.† The cat was still flopping around, and cat/animal lover BZ had no choice but to euthanize the cat with her car, over and over again.† It was grizzly.† The irony of the whole thing was that I was wearing my ďFriends of CatsĒ tee-shirt.
Science News NOOZE
The best of the Nov. 3 issue† Added Nov. 8
Human-Neandertal Matings Dated
Cross-species preversions happened in later Stone Age
Well, theyíre at it again.†† Iíve reported on it before.† Humans and neandertals are doing it and doing it, or at least were.† A new study suggests that present-day Europeans share more genes with now-extinct Neandertals than do living Africans, at least partly because of interbreeding that took place sometime between 37,000 and 86,000 years ago.† Cross-species mating occurred when Stone Age humans left Africa and encountered Neandertals, or possibly a close Neandertal relative, upon reaching the Middle East and Europe in the latter part of the Stone Age.
Science News NOOZE
The best of the Nov. 3 issue
Earth-Sized Planet Found in Alpha Centauri
Nearest known extrasolar world is 4.4 light-years away
An Earth-sized planet has been discovered circling a star in the system, just 4.4 light-years away.† The planetís mass is similar to Earthís, but its orbit is not.† Tucked in close to its staró25 times closer than the Earth is to the sunóthe planet is likely a roasted world incapable of hosting life.† The rocky planet circles Alpha Centauri B, a star just a bit smaller and dimmer than the sun.† The planet circles the star in just 3.2 days.† Being snuggled so close to the star means that the planet has a surface temperature of around 1200 degrees Celsius.† A rocky planet so close to Alpha Centauri B suggest there could be more planets in the same system, but farther out, in a zone where life could exist.
Threw out my call a few times on 3805, but nothing heard.† I wanted to announce that I am joining the race for President of the United States.† I have figured out how to please all of the people all of the time: SOLAR POWERED OFF SHORE OIL DRILLING!!!
Science News NOOZE
The best of the Nov. 3 issue
Probes of Quantum World, Cell Fate, Molecular Messages Win Nobels
Science prizes recognize studies of natureís essence
In choosing the 2012 winners of the worldís most prestigious scientific honors,† the Nobel Prize committees focused on fundamentals: This yearís awards went to researchers who explored nature at the most basic levels.
The physics award went to a pair of researchers who developed ways to trap and examine individual particles of matter or light.† The chemistry prize recognized the discovery and characterization of a type of molecule that is central to countless interactions between cells and their environment, from the fight-or-flight response triggered by adrenaline to the detection of light in the eye.† And the Nobel in physiology or medicine went to researchers who showed that an adult cellís identity can be erased, leaving behind a blank slate capable of developing into any number of specialized forms.
Itís like, 12:20 a.m. (Nov. 1), and Iím listening to Stan WG6K talk about cayenne pepper.† Duane AG7G and one other station are also on freq.† There isnít shit going on anywhere else on the band.† I mean, cayenne pepper is the most interesting thing going on, on 75 meters.† Apparently the yearly fantasy about doing War of the Worlds on 3740, did not become reality again.† Stan remarked on this annual Halloween FAIL.†
My momís sister died today. †She was 88.† Sheís the eldest of my momís siblings.† The eldest of my dadís siblings also died on Halloween.† Weird.
I really hate needing to use the potty at the local Y where I work out.† I see horrors no man was meant to see.† Today I had to face the locker room once again, in order to use the restroom side of the room.† Thereís a row of sinks on the wall opposite the urinals.† So I walk in there to take this piss, and there is a big fat NFL-sized brother standing in front of the sinks, horrifyingly naked.† He had a blow drier in his hand, and was using it to dry his armpits, his big fat ass, and his hairy dick.† Jesus.† Oh, Jesus.† Why should I have to be subjected to that?† Most of the men who shower get dressed on the locker room side, then do their bidness at the sinks.† Or at least they don a towel before walking to the sinks.† Thereís just no call for the horrors I saw.† So after my little pee pee, I walked to a sink to wash up, and tried get as far from this bizarre freak show as I could.† It was very uncomfortable, because we had a mirror in front of us, making it hard to avoid eye contact, or catching a glimpse of something terribly upsetting, like watching a wet dick swinging in the hot wind.† I was terribly concerned that this personís intent was for innocent eyeís like mine to see his repulsive nakedness, while he wielded that blow dryer in preverted ways.
By this evening, I was recovered from the locker room trauma.† BZ made up my eyes, and I put on a kooky outfit, and we went to the weirdest place we know for Halloween dinner: the Red Fox Room.† Itís always full of LGBTs, and freaks of all sorts.† I fully expected everybody to be dressed up for trick-or-treat.† Well, shit, it was mostly heterosexual couples, mostly NOT dressed up.† It was like, I was this lone dork in a costume.† The waitress did remark that she really liked my make-up.
And I have some good news: ORV LIVES!!!† Yes, Orv K6UEY come SWL, is listening and remarked in an email that the gang is nowhere to be found these days.† Heís somewhat interested in the book Iíve mentioned here, The Spiritual Brain, and whether it deals with life after death.† It certainly does.†
Science News NOOZE
The best of the Oct 6 issue
Laser-Sharp Light Zaps Tumors† Added Oct. 30
Infrared approach may offer radiation therapy alternative
Claiming a scalpel-like precision, Canadian scientists have delivered lightning-fast laser pulses of infrared light to obliterated tumors in animals.† Whereas conventional radiation therapy delivers cell-killing radiation to all cells throughout a beamís path, the new approach causes no damage to tissue surrounding a targeted tumor.† The laserís impact on affected tissue is exactly like X-rays.† Both types of radiation unleash electrons that deposit lethal amounts of energy.† Both also induce the production of free radicals, molecular fragments that kill cells.† The technique is currently only useful for tumors no deeper than about two centimeters.
Amber-Tombed Mites Look Familiar† Added Oct. 30
Oldest arthropods sealed in resin similar to modern forms
Two tiny mites trapped in fossilized tree resin have smashed the record for ancient amber-preserved arthropods, a group of critters that includes beetles (I misspelled ďBeatles,Ē below, as ďBeetlesĒ), butterflies, spiders and shrimp.† At 230 million years old, the mite fossils are about 100 million years older than previous finds and indicate that mitesí basic body blueprint was built to last.† Dinosaurs have come and gone, but mites have hardly changed.† Their body form is quite similar to what we see in gall mites today.† Mites do seem to have made major adaptations to their diet.† Unlike modern gall mites, which feast mostly on flowering plants, the Triassic ones chowed on conifers.† 70,000 amber droplets from the Dolomite Alps of Italy were examined.† Only three housed anthropods.
Saturday Oct 27
Thursday afternoon one of our biology profs, a very sweet, petite young woman, axed me if Iíd sit in on her Sustainability Committee meeting Friday morning.† She said there would be a catered lunch.† Well, normally I donít want anything to do with that campus on Friday, not to mention that I wouldnít want to do 25 minutes worth of polluting driving over there, and 25 more minutes driving† back, if we are trying to be green.† But sheís a good friend and I was planning on being on campus anyway for a talk by Ken Scott, music producer and engineer for the Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, and a number of other big names.† I told her there was no way I was getting up early for her meeting, and if I made the scene at all, it would be late morning.† So thatís what happened.† I walked in about 11:30 and everybody was sitting in the dark trying to read their papers.† Itís greener to sit in the dark.† Well, ok, there was some window light.† I didnít have to sit through very much of that greenness, before it was time for lunch.† One green issue is formaldehyde cats and piglets.† They are dissected and discarded and the chemical preservatives are a green problem.† Foaming-at-the-mouth animal advocate BZ thinks the obvious solution is to simply stop trafficking in dead animals.
At 1 pm I headed over to our beautiful theater in the Performing Arts Department.† It was full of Music Industry students.† Ken Scottís new memoir was on sale in the lobby, so I picked up a copy for $25.† He gave a fascinating talk, with a really good accompanying slide show.† I was surprised that almost nobody else my age was at the talk.† There are lots of old farts on campus, and we all love the music of our day; a lot of people missed a real treat.† Ken talked for about 90 min, then took questions for an additional hour.† The Performing Arts Dept chair, the guy I take guitar lessons from, finally put a stop to the grilling.† Ken is no spring chicken, and he was getting tired, but he was most generous with his time, and really appreciated everybodyís interest.† He signed my book, out in the lobby, and thanked me for buying his book and coming to the presentation.† Youíre wondering if I played the Art Bell card, arenít you?† Heh, heh.† Donít think I didnít consider it.† After all, part of the talk was about audio, and Iím sure in the Q & A I could have found an excuse to mention my good buddy Art Bell.† ďYou know, Ken, speaking of great audioÖĒ†
Thursday Oct 25
Well, the big chemical magic show, which was part of our Mole Day celebration this past Tuesday, was the usual sensation, though we havenít done it in three years.† I hired a professional homosexual, covered with tattoos, and with a bunch of metal in his face, to come to my orifice and, um, do me.† Do my eyes with scary make-up.† Heís the head make-up honcho at a local beauty college.† He also runs his own scary-make-up bidness.† All the subtle colors used do not show up in BZís crappy cell cam pix.† The color of my hooded cape is purple, which BZís crappy cell cam canít capture accurately.† An assortment of deans and even the college president were at the show, and wanted to pose for pix with the big star.
I recently finished a book that I have mentioned here before, called ďThe Spiritual Brain.Ē† Fabulous book, brilliant author (a neuroscientist), but, as I suspected, he turned out to be a superstitious lunatic.† But thatís ok, the book is full of great stuff, and I highly recommend it.† So waddya know, now there is ANOTHER neuroscientist in the news cashing in on the same scam.† I think his book is called, ďProof of Heaven.Ē† He was on Nightline Wednesday night.† I wonder how many of these guys are going to cash in on books they write, telling people what they want to hear.
As I write this I am listening to Stan WG6K talk to Duane AG7G about his conduit.† But Iím not getting involved.† Going to bed.
Sunday Oct 21
OH, MAN, have I been busy, but the worst is over.† The Instructional Program Review and Planning report is done, at last.† God, that was stressful.† Iím being well paid to do it, so I couldnít really just do the usual half-ass job I do on things I donít like to do.† There is a full-time faculty request form that Iíve completed as well, that goes with the report, but the IPRP committee hasnít finished their own grading rubric for full-time faculty requests, so that form isnít due until Nov. 30.
Iíve gotten out of the habit of writing here because the Little People Net is dead, and Iíve just been too busy.† The concert is behind me now, as well, but I still have to prepare for the big Severus Snape show on Tue.† I need to arrange for some elaborate eye make-up, and there isnít much time left.
Science News NOOZE
The best of the Oct 6 issue
Well-Placed Orb Could Host life† Added Oct 21
Planet potentially the first in a newly recognized class
A potentially habitable planet has been discovered orbiting the star Gliese 163, 50 light-years away.† The planet is roughly seven times as massive as the Earth, and resides near the inner edge of the starís habitable zone.† The habitable zone around a star is the region in which planets could orbit and not be so far from the star that water on the planet is all frozen, or so close to the star that water vaporizes away.† The planet receives 30 to 40 percent more energy than the earth receives from the sun.† The size of the planet is yet unknown, so itís density is unknown, and without a density it is hard to guess at its composition, but scientists speculate that it is a mix of water and rock.† The planet takes about 26 days to orbit its star.† The star is an M dwarf, much smaller and dimmer and redder than the sun.† Most stars are M dwarfs.† When you look up at the sky tonight, the really close stars you donít even see.† You are looking right through a cloud of M dwarfs too dim to see, at much brighter stars much farther away.† The reason the planet goes around its star in such a short time is that to be in the habitable zone of a really dim star, a planet has to be really close, and the closer to the star a planet is, the faster it goes and the shorter the distance around.
75 Meter Report: Sunday Oct 7
Wow.† Nobodyís on.† Only Stan WG6Kís gang.† But people are still pinging this page, even though I havenít written anything in over a week.† What are you people reading?† This is the Page With No Point.†
I have a couple of Science News issues to report on, so Science is back!† And so is plagiarism.†
School report: I was telling one of my classes that Helium 3 is an energy treasure far more precious than gold, just waiting for people to scrape it up off the Moon.† It comes in the solar wind, and has collected in the first meter or so of the lunar surface.† A girl sitting in the front row axed me if it could be replaced once weíve taken it.† I guess she was worried about whether helium 3 was a sustainable lunar resource.† I told her that people would barely make a micro dent in the total lunar supply of helium 3 (as if the lunar inhabitants care).† She axed me in all seriousness, if there was an organization analogous to PETA, that protects the Moon.
Adventures with BZ: BZ and I made the scene at the La Mesa Oktoberfest this past Friday night.† Parking is out of the question, so we park at a San Diego Trolley stop, and ride in.† Very easy, except for us.† Recall that the last time we tried to take a train, the Euro Star, we missed it.† We paid hundreds more for more tix, then couldnít get off it in time at Dover, and were dragged all the way to London.† Well, the San Diego Trolley is a very modest, easy to use train system.† Still, we got on the wrong damn train.† Had to get off and catch another back, and then get on the right train.† We just canít stop fucking up on trains.
Sunday night we went out to the Red Sea Restaurant, an Ethiopian place.† The people are very nice there, and they like us.† We offer helpful bidness advice, like turning the ďclosedĒ sign over during bidness hours, so people will stop in once in a while.† BZ and I had been there quite a while, waiting for our food to come out, when a stream of Ethiopians started trickling in.† These people got food almost as soon as they sat down.† More Ethiopians came in, and they got food.† BZ and I were left to starve.† In an Ethiopian restaurant, the white people were the only ones starving.† Thatís some fucked up shit, man.† That ainít how itís síposed to work.†
STAND BY FOR SCIENCE!!!† Coming soon to a pointless web page near you.
75 Meter Report: Friday Sep 28
Our full-time physicist retired, so I am the entire full-time Physical Sciences faculty.† We also have part-timers, but I, being the full-timer, have to write this God awful report, called the Instructional Program Review and Planning report.† Thereís a template that I write it into, but it still sucks.† Its onerousness is exceeded only by its odiousness.† So I was working on this damn thing Friday night, and decided to turn on the radio.† On 3812 I heard Jack N6LN axing Steve why he wasnít down on 3740 torturing Stan.† Jack axed where I was, and remarked that ďGlenn is the glue that holds it all together.Ē† Holds what together?† I am like the old dried glue on an abandoned billboard, somewhere between Barstow and Vegas.† So I spun the knob on down to 3636, and listened to the Moody Dudes.† Moody was plotting an invasion of 3812, just to be neighborly, and to pitch WARFA this coming weekend.† While Moody was up there, I heard him and Steve have a most cordial and friendly, mutually respectful exchange.† Whoa.† It wasnít all that long ago that Duane AG7G and Bob AF6D were making nice.† WTF?† Why the thaw?† Global Warming?† Is this some kind of Ham Radio Spring?† I think my presence on freq just brings out the worst in people.† When Iím gone, everybody makes love, not war.
Iím reading a book Iíve mentioned on this page before, called The Spiritual Brain.† Itís really got some amazingly cool shit in it.† For example, hereís some choice shit that will bake your noodle [The following observation was made by Leon Wieseltier while reviewing materialist philosopher Daniel Dennettís Breaking the Spell (2006)]: ďIf reason is a product of natural selection, then how much confidence can we have in a rational argument for natural selection?† The power of reason is owed to the independence of reason, and to nothing else.Ē Ok, so much for Darwin.†
Hereís another great tidbit: A finding from one study was that ďÖtreatments for conditions such as angina or bronchial asthma often worked well as long as the patient and the physician believed in them, even though the treatment itself was later discarded after systematic investigation as medically useless.† Indeed, in the case of angina, the treatments declined in value when physicians stopped believing in them.† No doubt the physicianís uncertainty was either subtly or bluntly conveyed to the patient [book cited a reference here].† Indeed, in one study published in Lancet (1990), men who did not take their placebos regularly were more likely to die than men who did [book cited a reference here].Ē
So say your prayers, if you believe in that, and take your phony pills, or youíll die.
The Drain Net:
Weíve been trying to decide on a new name for the group.† The Drain Net is just a working name, and Duane doesnít like it, anyway.† I think heíd prefer The Duane Net.† It would make no diff to Elmer Fudd.† Hereís some Iíve thought of:
The Art Bell Net
The Friends of Art Bell Net
The People Who Wish They Were Art Bell Net
The People Who Wish Art Bell Would Return Net
The People Who Donít Care Anything About Art Bell But Who Talk About Him and Think About Him Obsessively Net
I think Iíve listed all the names that could POSSIBLEY be considered suitable.† All we have to do now is winnow it down.
Monday 9/24/12:† KN6Z, AG7G, AF6D, KJ6KDD, N6LN, K7WET, VA7BCR.
Friday 9/21/12: KN6Z, VA7MJS, KG6ZAM, AG7G, N6LN, KG6ZOA, K6TXH, KG6TT, K7DHD.
Thursday 9/20/12: KN6Z, W6WBJ, K6TXH, AG7G, WG6K, KG6ZAM.
Tuesday 9/18/12: KN6Z, AG7G, VA7BCR, W7JBM.
Friday 9/14/12: KN6Z, AG7G, KG6ZAM, N6RVV, AD5SU, WQ6I
Thursday 9/13/12:† KN6Z, AG7G, WG6K, KR3RR, KG6ZAM, VA7BCR
Tue 9/11/12:† The station once again known as KN6Z, AG7G, WQ6I, VA7BCR.
Friday 9/8/12:† The station formerly known as KN6Z, AG7G, WG6K, N6LN, VR2HF, N6YW, AA8KB.
Thursday 9/6/12: The station formerly known as KN6Z, AG7G, WG6K, N6LN, KB1UM, VR2HF.
Wednesday 9/5/12: KN6Z, AG7G, WG6K
Friday 8/31/12: KN6Z, AG7G, N6LN, VR2HF, AA8KB, AE6OF.
Tuesday 8/21/12: KN6Z, AG7G.
Saturday 8/18/12: KN6Z, AG7G, N6LN, WG6K, AA8KB, WQ6I, VE7UB.
Wednesday 8/15/12: KN6Z, AG7G, W5HO.
Monday 8/13/12: KN6Z, AG7G, N6LN, W5HO.
Thursday 8/9/12: KN6Z, AG7G, AE6OF.
Wednesday 8/8/12: KN6Z, AG7G, KB1UM, N6LN, AE6OF, VR2HF, WQ6I, WG6K.
Tuesday 8/7/12: Turned on the radio, heard nothing.
Science News NOOZE.† I LOST MY COPY OF THE LATEST SCIENCE NEWS,† SO THIS FEATURE IS TEMPORARILY FUCKED.
Iím a bit short on things to write about here, given that I donít have my magazine, or anybody to talk to on the radio.† I was cruising Kaiser looking for a charming man in a white coat, willing to probe my Wishing Well, and I found one.† Afterward, he left me a lovely parting gift at the pharmacy.† I had my Science News with me, and took it into the pharmacy, but I left without it.
So, what can I say here?† Iím reading a book by a brilliant neuroscientist, called The Spiritual Brain.† Basically, he tries to validate his religion scientifically. †Iíve read a couple of other books like this.† Theyíre great reads.† Very provocative.† If you donít think materialism can explain consciousness, then youíre free to make up any supernatural shit you want.† I would like to write about the book, here, eventually.
The best of the 8/25 issue.
How Elephants Call Long-Distance† Added 9/14
Air rushing through larynx produces infrasonic tones
Too low for humans to hear, the infrasonic components of elephantsí calls have at times been attributed to a process similar to a catís contented thrum.† But new measurements made by blowing air through the voice box, or larynx, of a dead zoo elephant suggest that the mechanism is actually an analog to a person speaking or singing.† Elephants can get their rumbles going just by exhaling air through their vocal tracts.† As air passed through the disembodied larynx in the lab, flapping vocal cords re-created sounds similar to an elephantís infrasonic blast in the lowest-pitched vibration, called the fundamental frequency.† These infrasonic tones can reach up to 10 kilometers under ideal conditions in air and vibrate via the ground too, theoretically going much farther.
Galilee: Jesus Employs Cheap Trick To Walk On Water
Walking On Water Mystery Solved† Added 9/11
Friction helps surface of cornstarch solution push back
Dump enough cornstarch into a swimming pool, and you can trot across the waterís surface.† Scientists now know the secret of this party trick.† When struck by a foot, the particles suspended in the water jam together like snow piling up in front of a snowplow.† The compaction forms a hard patch that can push back with the same amount of bone-crushing pressure concentrated at the tip of a high heel.† A hand can slide in gently, without much resistance.† But smack the surface hard, and it smacks back.† X-rays of the opaque muck reveal how the stuff moves beneath the surface.† Simulations based on the data suggest that the initial impact squeezes water out of the spaces between particles.† Friction between the particles then takes over.† They stick together in an expanding front that behaves like a solid, pushing back against a probe (or foot).† Understanding how cornstarch solutions behave will help other researchers who try to make ďliquidĒ body armor by soaking Kevlar in similar suspensions.
Tangled Roots† Added 9/7
Mingling among Stone Age peoples muddies humansí evolutionary story
DNA extracted from a tiny, fossil finger-bone, unveiled a humanlike population that interbred with people in East Asia at least 44,000 years ago.† Denisovans supplied nearly 5 percent of the genes of native groups now living in Australia, New Guinea and on several nearby islands.† That molecular shocker followed a revelation that the genetic instruction books of people from Australia to the Americas contain a roughly 2.5 percent contribution from Neandertals, modern humansí evolutionary cousins that died out around 30,000 years ago.† DNA evidence that humans were doing it with Neandertals and closely related Denisovans has sparked a scientific consensus that members of mobile human groups interbred with closely related populations in the Homo genus during the Stone Age.† The question is no longer, When did ancient populations such as Neandertals go extinct? but What happened to those populations as a result of interbreeding?† A dominant theory holding that humans evolved in Africa and left on neat one-way routes to Asia and Europe has to be revised.† Instead, these ancient people must have followed a tangled web of paths taking them to other continents and sometimes reversing course.† During these travels, humans encountered Neandertals, Denisovans and probably other humanlike populations that were already traipsing interconnected avenues through Asia and Europe.
Mideast Violence Goes Way Back† Added 9/6
Head wounds common in region for last 6,000 years
Head-bashing hostilities haunted the Middle East long before the regionís current conflicts arose.† Skulls of people who occupied the lands of Israel and the West Bank over the last 6,000 years display a consistently high rate of serious injuries.† Skull injuries vary in frequency from about 1 percent to 25 percent at ancient sites around the world.† Among human skulls previously excavated in Israel and the West Bank, 25 percent of individuals had suffered severe head wounds.† Theyíre just bashing each other in the head much more than the rest of the world, and always have been.
Test Decodes Dolphinsí Sonar Skill† Added 9/5
Nonlinear math may explain ability to ďseeĒ through bubbles
By adjusting the volume of sonar clicks, then processing the echoes, dolphins might have solved a problem that still stymies human-made sonar: how to peer through frothy water.† Researchers cloaked a submerged steel ball with a froth of bubbles.† Then they sent out short bursts of sound similar to dolphin clicks, collected the echoes, and processed the data mathematically to figure out the steel ballís location.† It worked like a charm.† The findings could allow sonar for mine-hunting submarines to see more clearly in murky shallow waters.† Bubbles scatter sonar so effectively, it has been heretofore (means ďup to now,Ē but sounds smarter) impossible to ďseeĒ through them with sonar.† And yet scientists have observed dolphins blowing bubble nets Ė dense clouds of tiny bubbles Ė while hunting fish.† The researchers used nonlinear mathematics to process the simulated dolphin sonar returns.† Dolphin brains might be using nonlinear math to decipher bubble-scattered sonar signals.
Male Circumcision Lowers HIV Rate† Added 9/3
An increase in male circumcision in the South African community of Orange Farm coincides with lower overall HIV rates among adult men, a new study finds.† Meanwhile, a report from Kenya bolsters earlier findings that circumcised young men are less than half as likely as their uncircumcised peers to acquire HIV.† The results are consistent over five and a half years of follow-up, suggesting the protective effect is sustained.† Many people in Africa think that circumcision equates to becoming a Muslim.† The results of these studies has made a significant impression on the public, and now becoming Muslim isnít looking so bad, when the alternative is dying of AIDS.
Safer Sex Through Soap Operas†† Added 9/2
Women who watched a 12-part dramatic video series that promoted safer sexual decisions had 19 percent fewer risky sexual encounters Ė unprotected sex with men they identified as promiscuous or drug users Ė than those who received text messages about preventing HIV.† The soap opera series was like a more responsible version of Sex and the City.† The women loved the videos.† They watched most of them two or three times.
Depressed? Turn out the lights.†† Added 8/31
Night lights may foster depression
Chronic exposure to light at night unleashes depression, at least in Siberian Hamsters. Hamsters exposed to dim light at night lost their intense desire for sweet drinks, a sign that they no longer get pleasure out of activities they once enjoyed. When thrown into water, the night-light hamsters struggle to get out for much less time than the control group. They just float, depressed. Too damn depressed to struggle. Examination of tissue from the hippocampus Ė a brain structure that plays a role in depression Ė showed that animals that got light at night sported fewer nerve cell protrusions known as dendritic spines. These structures mark sites of communication between cells. Such spine reductions are consistent with what is seen in humans with major depression. [I thought hamsters were nocturnal. If so, they must all be depressed.]
Science Digest Digest
Itís what the mole rats do!
The best of the 8/11/12 issue.
Simulation helps forecast fighting in Afghanistan Added 8/14
Using secret US. Military logs made public by WikiLeaks, scientists have created a mathematical simulation that may help predict the intensity and whereabouts of future insurgent activity. The approach is the same as that typically used by epidemiologists to predict the spread of a virus or disease outbreak. But instead of using data on the where and when of newly infected individuals, the researchers used details from the Afghan War Diary Ė 75,000 logs of military actions. The program has predicted insurgent activity fairly well.
Moon patterns finally explained [Swirly things on the Moon.] Added 8/14
New research suggests that swirling designs on the dusty lunar surface might be the product of electric fields generated by magnetic bubbles. The Moonís crust has a weak magnetic field in spots. When the raging solar wind hits this isolated fields, or bubbles, the positive and negative particles in the solar wind, traveling in close pairs, are split apart (moving charged particles feel a force when they hit a magnetic field.). This charge separation creates a mighty electric field, which is a much more powerful deflector of incoming particles than the Moonís wimpy magnetic field. So the upshot is, the magnet bubbles are protecting patches of soil, keeping it silvery and young looking. A laboratory experiment using a plasma wind tunnel supports the theory.
Hubble spots a fifth Pluto moon Added 8/15
Pluto, disgraced dwarf masquerading as a planet and exposed as a fraud, has another little friend: P5. Catchy name, too. The fifth moon of Pluto is between 10 and 24 km in diameter. About as big as a city. Hubble has been staring intently at Pluto lately, to help astronomers detect any potential hazards to NASAís New Horizons spacecraft as it flies by the dwarf planet in 2015.
Dark matter filament illuminated Added 8/16
The indirect detection of a filament (or cord) of dark matter connecting two galaxy clusters supports the theory that galaxy clusters grow at the intersections of dark matter filaments. Ninety percent of the matter in the universe is dark. The cord was detected indirectly by observing its gravitational effects on light from more distant sources.
Early stars made sight yet unseen Added 8/18
The very first stars to form in the Universe are far away in time, and too far away in space to be observable in the visible spectrum. Simulations show that the effect of primordial starsí radiation on surrounding hydrogen may cause the hydrogen to emit a radio signal observable from Earth, but the signal is at a lower frequency than radio telescope detectors normally observe. The enormous Square Kilometer Array now under development on two continents, could do the job. It will be a way to indirectly observe the very first stars ever to exist.
Some brains may be primed for pain Added 8/19
Some people suffer chronic back pain after a back injury, some do not. A study done at Northwestern U. shows that people whose pain turns chronic, have an unusually strong connection between two parts of their brains: the nucleus accumbens and the prefrontal cortex. This study may also link chronic pain development to the brainís addiction circuitry, which includes the nucleus accumbens. Chronic pain may stem from the brain essentially becoming addicted to pain. You might as well face it, youíre addicted to pain.
Memories clutter brain in amnesia Added 8/20
In a paradoxical twist, people with amnesia can get bogged down by too many memories. Amnesiacs with damage to the perirhinal cortex, who were given very similar pictures to discriminate between, did as well as normal people for a while, but then the amnesiacs performance plummeted. Paradoxically, the amnesiacs were getting confused by too many memories. As the participants saw more and more objects, memories of irrelevant features of objects from previous pictures started to clog up the works, interfering with the present task. The results blur the line between memory and perception in the brain.
Trout nose cells sniff magnetism Added 8/22
Cells plucked from a troutís snout can swivel like tiny compasses to line up with a nearby magnet. In fish, magnetic fields can stimulate brain cells that connect to the nasal cavity. About one to four of every 10,000 free-floating nasal tissue cells responds to a rotating magnetic field, changing orientation as the field direction changes. Chains of the iron-rich mineral magnetite were found glued inside each magnetic cellís membrane. Forces on the magnetite, from Earthís magnetic field, could stimulate the fishís brain, helping it to navigate. Magnetite has also been found in yellowfin tuna, and will be searched for in the nasal tissue of other animals, such as birds.
Space trek cuts signs of aging Added 8/23
Tiny, transparent nematodes that spent a gravity-free 11 days Ė equivalent to about 16 years for a person Ė en route to and aboard the International Space Station appeared to age much more slowly than earthbound worms. Just the opposite of what you might expect, given that humans degenerate during long space flights. The worms muscles did not degrade, and clumps of aging-related proteins known as Q35 aggregates did not build up in them as much as in worms on the ground, indicating that worms donít age as fast in space as on Earth. The activity of 199 genes was lowered, including a number of crucial ones for which lowered activity (by mutation) for earthbound worms is known to extend the lives of those worms. Still other genes with lowered activity due to the space flight might affect how worms perceive their environment, leading the nematodes to reduce their metabolism and extend their life spans.
STOP THE PRESSES!!!
Added 8/24 We interrupt this report to change the name of this report. I donít subscribe to Science Digest. Never have. The magazine hasnít existed since 1986, although there is an online version still published. I wish BZ had tipped me off: ďYou know, youíre making a fool of yourself (again).Ē Iím changing the name of this report to Science News Nooze. Or Science Snooze.
Science News Nooze
The Brain Set Free
Lifting neural constraints could turn back time, making way for youthful flexibility
Added 8/29: Neural connections are easy for the young brain to form and destroy, making the young brain very flexible. With age, these connections crystalize, making the adult brain very efficient, but not flexible. Youíre really good at what you know, but itís hard to learn new tricks, like another language. In the last few years, researchers have found ways to soften the stone, recapturing some of the lost magic of a young brain. Studies suggest techniques that dissolve structures that pin brain cells in place, interrupt molecular stop signals and tweak the rush of nerve cell activity, restoring the brainís youthful glow. For example, a type of brain crap with the texture of cartilage, that forms on the neurons, and restricts their ability to form new connections, is called perineuronal nets. That stuff could be manipulated to return people to a childlike state, in which rapid learning or recovery can happen. Also implicated in brain freeze is Myelin: fatty shit that wraps around the axons of the neurons, speeding signals along, but at the price of less flexibility. Scraping that shit off nerve cells in mice restores plasticity. The article goes on and on, but donít get excited. Youíll be dead before you can benefit. Dead and demented
The jerkiness in these youtubes is not present in my raw video.
Really boring Amsterdam video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWMts4xZA-E&feature=youtu.be. Added 7/31.
BZ crabs about her fish eggs, while enjoying the spectacular view atop our London hotel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ4DnjHFf-o&feature=youtu.be. Added 7/25.
Eating breakfast at a brasserie on Rue Cler, Paris: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LljsosJFSnc&feature=youtu.be. Added 7/25.
The scene outside a Copenhagen bar, in which we had just enjoyed some brown ale and sourpuss Danes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3LQ3pQfPII&feature=youtu.be. Added 7/20.
Charming little hustler cons me out of two whole Euros, outside the Loo, in Paris: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuwwGu1H8qs. Added 7/16.
Hereís a vid of a book in Copenhagen, about pussy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQNICfStMEw&list=UUW_02ADYMBFWeTzRdX-YL_g&index=1&feature=plcp.
KN6Z and BZ in an Oslo ice bar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InbK34Ds1KE&feature=autoplay&list=UUW_02ADYMBFWeTzRdX-YL_g&playnext=1.
KN6Z and BZ storm Omaha Beach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gsGikK0kXA&feature=youtu.be.
Science Digest Digest
Do what the mole rats do!
July 28 issue (Digestorís notes in brackets [ ]):
Higgs boson fills last gap in list of basic particles.
The last particle needed in the Standard Model has been found, or at least itís existence has been inferred from its decay products. The Higgs field was predicted to pop into existence shortly after the Big Bang, when spacetime underwent a phase transition. The fields effects are transmitted via a particle, the Higgs boson. The Higgs field gives particles mass, i.e., the property of something resisting a change in motion. [The Standard Model is incomplete. It includes three of the four forces of nature, but not gravity.]
Peacock pomp makes a rumble
Peacocks showing off their feathers make a rumble too low for humans to hear. Other peafowl can hear it. Peafowl are thus the first birds known to make and perceive noises below human hearing. [In Paris there are no peafowl, just foul pee.]
Chicks fare worse in noisier nests
More bluebird chicks die in nests in noisy areas than do chicks in quiet places [e.g., 3680 these days]. The chicks begging for food in noisy areas are getting drowned out by the noise, and mommy and daddy bluebird are not getting the message.
Case for cold-blooded dinos dims
Certain clues on bones, about bone growth, that were thought only to be present in cold blooded animals, have now been found in mammals. So the fact that these bone markings are found on dino bones no longer can be considered as evidence for cold bloodedness.
Ozone raises cardiovascular risk
Exposure to ozone raises blood levels of certain inflammatory agents, increasing risk of cardiovascular disease.
Practice piano while you sleep.
Performance on piano or other musical instruments is known to improve if you sleep soon after practice. Even more benefit is achieved if you listen to the music you practiced while you sleep.
Testosterone is slimming for men
Men given replacement doses of testosterone lose weight. The article also concludes that testosteroneís decline is not greatly governed by age. The whore moanís decline is more closely linked to obesity, diabetes and depression.
Male contraceptive shows promise
Testosterone is known lower sperm counts in men [Bizzare. I thought too little testosterone made men impudent.]. But there is still enough sperm to get you in trouble. Combining testosterone with a sin-thetic whore moan, Nesterone, reduces sperm counts far more effectively, in many cases to undetectable levels.
Evolution make noise into music
6000 people listened to bad sounding audio loops, and voted thumbs down on the loops they hated, and the remainder were mixed together and played again, and voted on again, etc., etc. After 500 generations, good tunes had evolved.
Lead stymies condor comeback
The small fragile California-condor-population is threatened by lead exposure. The birds are eating carcasses with lead ammo in them, and getting sick. [Now, the condors are having enough trouble as it is, so please donít shoot them. But if you do, at least use lead-free bullets.]
Parents aid fry with low pH
A species of anemonefish is showing more resistance to the effects of water temperature rise and increasing pH due to higher CO2 absorption, than expected. As temperatures and acidity are increased in the laboratory, the current generation suffers, but the next generation does not. As ocean temperatures rise and acidity increases, the fish should do better than previously expected.
Sea rise speeds up on East Coast
From 1980 to 2009, sea levels along about 1000 km of coast rose about 2 mm/year faster than they did from 1950 to 1979 Ė about three times the average global acceleration over that period. [So donít put away those snorkels just yet.]
Tomato breeding sacrifices taste
Tomatoes are not tasting so good lately. Farmers are using the uniformity of greenness of the unripe tomato as an indicator of when to harvest. But, unfortunately, the tomatoes with greener stem areas are the ones more likely to have an important gene for good taste. So the farmers are inadvertently selecting against the good-tasting tomatoes. Unripe tomatoes are getting more and more uniformly green, and ripening into bad tasting ones.
Inflation on trial
Cosmic inflation has been a very successful and helpful theory, but there are kooks out there who think we should be careful not to take it for granted. Two long standing problems with the Big Bang are that the Universe is implausibly uniform in temperature after only 14 billion years, and that spacetime is implausibly flat. Cosmic inflation gave the Universe a big stretch, resulting in the local area we see being very uniform in temperature and very flat. The worries about Cosmic Inflation are that it doesnít jibe well with String Theory, and that it requires density fluctuations (which later led to the condensation of galaxies) in the early universe that are smaller in scale than the Planck length. We have no physical theory that can predict or describe anything going on in a space smaller than the Planck length, so Inflation extrapolates into an unknown realm, and kooks think that is risky. But even the kooks think Inflation may well be right.
Catching a cancer
Researchers have uncovered about half a dozen viruses that, while going about their sole mission of replicating, happen to trigger cancer, e.g., cervical, liver, lymphoma, etc. The official figure for the percentage of human cancers caused by viruses is around 20 percent, but thatís mostly a guess.
Natureís secrets foretold
ďSomehow, humans fiddling with squiggles on paper figured out what you would find if you spent billions of dollars on a machine to create temperatures of a million billion degrees. Scientists figured out one of natureís deepest secrets just using their heads. ĎThis is an enormous triumph for mathematical methods to make predictions for things in the real world,í says physicist Brian Greene. ĎThis Higgs particle has been a hypothetical mathematical symbol in our equations for 40 years.í During that time most physicists came to believe in the Higgs bosonís existence as an article of scientific faith. Without it, something was desperately wrong with the entire framework of scienceís understanding of the universe. Had the Higgs boson not materialized when the Higgs field was properly probed, it would have been as though Voldemort had succeeded in killing Harry Potter.Ē
And I think that is the best of the current issue of Science Digest.
Monday 8/6/12: KN6Z, AG7G, N6LN, VA7BCR, KD7IBE, WQ6I, WG6K, Mike in WA, AF6D, AE6OF.
We celebrated my birthday early again, this past weekend. BZ and I already celebrated my 8/29 bday at Steakhouse 55, up at the Mouse, two or three weeks ago. BZ spent a fortune on that party, and I think that was THE BEST bday dinner Iíve ever had. I always get my fav dead meat: NY steak. So next it was my momís turn to take me out for an early bday dinner. We drove the hour north to Fiore at Harrahís, in Valley Center. It was at Harrahís that BZ, Moody WQ6I, and wife, Norma, and I saw BB, and did he ever suck. So I dropped off my mom, brother, and BZ in front of the casino entrance, and I, the birthday boy, had to drive off and park and walk all the way back. On my way through the casino, I stopped and looked fondly at the two-cent slot machine that I caught Mr. High Roller, Moody, playing back when we all went to the concert. Heís got every casino and hotel manager in his pocket, and gets a fortune in comps, just for playing pennies. Anyway, this machine is no longer a two-cent machine. It is now a one-cent machine. Iím sure playing it would be beneath Moody, now. So at Fiore I ordered the usual, NY steak. Fiore is an even bigger ass-reaming than Steakhouse 55. Last time I was at Fiore, which was when we were there to meet Moody, the NY steak I got was the best Iíd ever had. But great as it was this last time, I think Steakhouse 55, or maybe I should say Steakhose 55, wins this round.
Friday 8/3/12: KN6Z, AG7G, W7HW, AE6OF, AA8KB, N6LN, WQ6I, N6THN Bruce mobile, K3GA Ed in AZ. Duane AG7G washed down the rest of his space cookie tonight, with some brandy and some kinda other shit. In other action we covered the Olympics, environmentalism, social programs, the Shadow Government, antennas. Standard fare. I guess the eveningís best was Hot Waterís story about the local transvestite mayor. He came to Hot Waterís garage sale. He was wearing a pony tail, tank top (with big boobs underneath), and a short skirt. He shaved his legs for Hot Waterís event. We had some fun talking about that. Jack N6LN mentioned General Johnson Jameson, of crap chili maker fame, and we had some laughs recalling that classic ďArt Bell interview.Ē Oh, yeah, and we did another iteration of Chick Fil-A.
Thursday 8/2/12: KN6Z, AE6OF, KR3RR, WG6K, and new check-in, Brian VE6XX, in Calgary. Duane AG7G doubled his dose of space cookie tonight, but not much more happened than happened last night. He didnít go crazy and jump out off a bridge or anything.
Wednesday 8/1/12: KN6Z, N7MAL, AG7G, AE6OF, W5HO. Duane AG7G threatened to eat a little more of his space cookie, but it was only a threat.
Monday 7/30/12: KN6Z, N7MAL, W5HO, KB1UM, WQ6I, AE6OF. Duane AG7G took a small bite of a Space Cookie, on a full stomach, and reported on it. He got a small buzz.
Sunday 7/29/12: KN6Z, N6THN, KR7RR, AE6OF, KB1UM, WQ6I, N7MAL, WJ6Q, VR2HF. I had a nice chat with Duane AG7G, but nobody else cared to precipitate. And then just as Duane and I gave up and were about to sign, all these snakes in the grass suddenly slithered out and decided they wanted to help. Well fuck that. Iím just not going to write about it. Iím not some kind of bullshit short order cook. This blog is like fine cuisine. You canít get a side of fries with this blog. Duane is going to report on his Space Cookie Voyage Monday night, so everybody be sure to check in. I may mix myself my favorite Vicodin and Absinthe cocktail, and join him on his trip.
Friday 7/27/12: KN6Z, AA8KB, AE6OF, AG7G, WQ6I, N6LN, VR2HF, KC0NZM, AD6SL. Nine isnít enough, but Iíll write something anyway. Well, we opened the proceedings with the Olympics opening ceremonies. Apparently many of us saw at least some of it. It was interminable, but there were some good moments. I donít think anybody on freq was too excited about it. Iíd say Mr. Bean and Paul McCartney were the highlights, and the fireworks. I had my new issue of Science News open tonight, and was telling the Little People what some of the stories were. Fully three stories were devoted to the ďGod Particle:Ē the Higgs boson. I havenít read the stories yet. And there is also a long story about some crazy heretics who are questioning the theory of erCosmic Inflation. But Iíll give the skinny on that when Iíve read it. There was a short article on the latest work on a male contraceptive. Apparently Nestorone combined with testosterone is driving down sperm counts far more effectively than testosterone and a placebo. Many of the men on the two whore moans had no detectable sperm. The whore moans are gels, applied to the skin. So everyone was very excited about that. Mike AA8KB was talking about an old Brit sitcom, Coronation Street, which he is stealing for free from a satellite. Dan VR2HF told us about a new sci fi show from Canada, called Continuum. Itís a time travel show. He says itís good. Mike sent me some pix of his weather station, that was hit by lightning. He had the remains sitting in his kitchen sink. Mike implicitly threatened to start talking about ozone depletion, not as dreary as global warming, but bad enough. I clammed up, and the subject died. Mike told us about some cool stuff he is doing with his satellite dish and spectrum analyzer. Thatís how we finished. Oh, and Moody WQ6I and Dan want to eyeball Mike at this yearís hamvention in Dayton.
Thursday 7/26/12: KN6Z, AG7G, W5HO, AD5SU, VA7BCR. Virtually every night is a FAIL now, so I see no reason to continue with that. Tonight was notable in that Bike Mike, a.k.a. Williams Mike AD5SU was on freq after a long hibiscus.
Tuesday 7/24/12: KN6Z, KR7RR, AG7G, WQ6I, N6THN, AE6OF. Six ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL.
Monday 7/23/12: KN6Z, WG6K, AG7G, WQ6I, N7MAL, W5HO. N6THN actually was on freq as well, tonight, but that was early and no one answered his call. Six or so ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL.
Friday 7/20/12: KN6Z, WJ6Q, AG7G, AA8KB, WQ6I, K7REA, AA7MF, WG6K, N6LN. Nine ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL. We had a very enjoyable time tonight. There were quite a few people, and many of us hadnít talked to one another for a long time. It was fun hearing Moody WQ6I and Stan WG6K again, and of course itís been great to have Mike AA8KB back on freq recently. We started off the evening talking about the weather, and ended it talking about barometric pressure.
Thursday 7/19/12: I lay down for a nap at 11:45, but did not wake up til 12:30. Nobody was on the radio. I try again Friday.
Tuesday 7/17/12: KN6Z, AG7G, WJ6Q, AF6D, VR2HF. Five ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL. Though tonight was a fail, it is worth mentioning that Duane AG7G and Bob AF6D got along famously tonight. They had the nicest, politest QSO you can imagine. It just warmed my heart.
Monday 7/16/12: KN6Z, AG7G, N6LN, KB1UM, W5HO. Five ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL.
Thursday 7/12/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, AG7G, N6LN, AF6D, AE6OF. So, Iím back from Europe. There were some rough spots, but we had a blast. I spent the whole evening telling the tale and answering questions. I expect Iíll be doing more of that over the next few nights. Five ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL.
Friday 6/22/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, AG7G, WB6GGY, N7TXI, N6LN, AA8KB, KB1UM. John K7PRSís brat Peter, N7TXI, checked in, operating Johnís station in Prescott. John was listening to the net from Palm Springs, via internet. Moody WQ6I was also listening via internet. He sent me an email. Jack N6LN and Duane AG7G talked a while about the imminent collapse of everything. Jack busted some unnamed balls for sucking instead of lactating. In a democracy, a sufficiently large block of people who feel like a free ride can vote that the remainder have to support them. Thatís how we do it. If you donít like it, move to Cuba. Everythingís free. Those selfish Krauts, who have caused more than their share of trouble in this world, should support Greece and everybody else, too. I figure they owe us. Peter and I reminisced a bit about our meeting a couple of WARFAís ago. It was too noisy tonight to converse easily with the far-flung Mikeís, Music and Red. Stan WG6K dropped in after most everybody was out the door. Stan and I talked about life on Earth, and what a happy and unlikely set of circumcisions allow complex life to exist here. And we mused about whether life could make a go of it someplace much less hospital. Eight ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL. I should not have done a write-up. It will spoil Duane, and he will come to expect it, which will lead to more whining if I donít write. But I was feeling charitable, and have to stay up all night anyway, as I try rotate to a Eurozone sleep pattern, so I wrote some shit. And with that, as Howard Beale would say, I just ran out of bullshit.
Thursday 6/21/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, AG7G, WB6GGY, KR7RR, N6LN, AA8KB, AE6OF, VA7BCR. We had a fun and kooky night with Red Menace Mike AA8KB, adding his unique flavor to our predictable and repetitious QSO. ďClass warfare.Ē You only get that shit from Mike. Nine ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL.
Wednesday 6/20/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, N7MAL, AG7G, AF6D, VA7BCR, N7EEH. Don N7EEH joined us for the first time tonight, and treated us to a story about a very freaky paranormal experience he had when he was in a hospital in Japan during his Vietnam service. Apparently when we die the ceiling opens up and we pass through a big brown intestine. Iíd say more, but not on a 100% FAIL night like this one. Seven ignorant CBers.
Tuesday I was so not on freq, but apparently Socialist Mike AA8KB WAS here.
Monday 6/18/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, N7MAL, W5HO, KR7RR, KB1UM, AG7G. Even if we had enough people to justify a write up, Iíd be too embarrassed. We hit a new low tonight. 100% FAIL.
Sunday 6/17/12: KN6Z and some other people, but who careís?
Wednesday 6/13/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, AG7G, AE6OF, KB1UM, VA7BCR. We read Conrad emails and Orv emails tonight. I also had a very nice QSO with Duane AG7G, about Euro travel, but tonight still added up to nothiní but a 100% FAIL. I did take my 14 inch up to the foothills tonight, and it bullseyed my project star, U Cep. So Friday is the big eclipse. Iíll get some photometric data, and a couple of images to show yíall the change in brightness. The binary eclipses every 2 Ĺ days, so there are continuous opportunities. Tomorrow night Iíll be making the scene at the San Diego County Fair with my buddy, Dave. I may be too late to check into the net. Hereís a link showing off Music Mike KB1UMís talent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_a1n0gfeTw.
Tuesday 6/12/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, N7MAL, AG7G, AE6OF, KB1UM, W5HO, KR7RR, VR2HF, VA7BCR. I didnít think I was going to have to write anything tonight, but as the evening sputtered along people came straggling in one at a time until we had over ten. John ďThe CaptainĒ KR7RR stumbled in, and it was a breath of fresh air, because we normally have to listen to the same boring opinions over and over. John is in the natural gas biz, and we axed him some questions about natural gas vehicles, and where the hell you get them refueled. He had a lot to say and it was very interesting. I took a small telescope up to our local foothills early tonight to lay some ground work for photometric measurements Iíd like to make with my large scope. There is a lot of valuable, publishable work you can do with a 14 inch scope and a CCD camera. Anyway, this little scope I took out tonight, which is one of the ones we use at school, didnít point worth a diddly dink. How the hell didnít I know that? I try to teach students with this junk. I had to just pack up and come home. So I told the gang some shit about what photometry is and what I have in mind for my photometry project. Dan VR2HF also dropped in and added something new to the usually boring QSO. He mostly told us what heís been up to, including his recent adventures in the States and at Dayton. It was great because we are just starved for something, anything, new. Movies came up, which is usually gets people involved in the QSO. We spent quite a bit of time on ďHaywire,Ē but also discussed ďThe Dictator,Ē and ďPromethius.Ē Eleven ignorant CBer night.
Monday 6/12/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, N7MAL, AG7G, KB1UM. Deafening noise tonight. No matter, nobody showed up anyway. The net died a mercifully early death. Five ignorant CBer night.
Thursday 6/7/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7MAL, AG7G, WG6K, AE6OF, KB1UM, KA8WMU, AF6D, W7HW, N6LN. As soon as I turned on the radio tonight I heard Duane AG7G and Bob AF6D talking about the subject of boring subjects. Duane was probably running down a litany of shit for Bob, that Duane thinks is boring. I guess Wed night is being considered for ďboring shit night.Ē Hot Water axed me about my anniversary at the Marine Room. How much each meal was, etc. I gave him the run down on the whole experience. Jack N6LN axed me about my Venus transit pics. Stan WG6K finally dropped in, and attention turned to the stock market for a while. Then we got onto the subject of lies you tell to your kids, like Santa Clause, Easter Bunny, 911, WMD, the moon landing, etc. A newly minted Extra joined us tonight: Harvey KA8WMU, in Eugene, OR. Weapons of Mass Urination. What if 300 million Americans all at once unloaded about a pint each of pee on the enemy. That could be pretty effective. Well, anyway, Harveyís signal was way too weak to suit certain high-power snobs, so he was told grow some nads on his signal before coming back. Thirteen ignorant CBer night.
Wednesday 6/6/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7MAL, AG7G, WG6K, AE6OF, KB1UM. We had a good and I got a lot of help converting between image formats. Thanks especially to Mal N7MAL for going to a lot of trouble on my behalf. 100% FAIL.
Monday 6/4/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7MAL, KN6RN, AG7G, WG6K, W6FH, N6LN. Well, there was a big fight tonight, and a lot of doubling, and a lot of talk about the transit, and a whole lot of talk about Hampsterdam and smoking shit. The whole night was banal and categorical, and, besides that, big words. I, being the only one left on freq with any class, read some history about French astronomer, Le Genitil. He was a real dick. Ten ignorant CBer night. 100% borderline FAIL.
Sunday 6/3/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7MAL, AG7G, KB1UM, W6EZV. Eight ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL. Condolences to Greg W6EZV on the recent loss of both his parents.
Friday 6/1/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7MAL, AE7US, AG7G, WG6K, AE7J, K6MJD, W5HO, VA7BCR. I checked in late tonight because BZ and I were making the scene at the Red Fox Room, having a drink and listening to a couple of old dudes who call themselves ďNew Directions.Ē They play standards, and itís the same damn standards every time we are there. There are no ďnew directionsĒ in sight. Mark K6MJD is back in town. Heís been down under, and gave us a report on his trip. He did Sydney and Melbourne and got all the way up to the Great Barrier Reef. Jack N6LN was down in San Diego for a day during Memorial Day weekend, making the scene at the World Famous San Diego Zoo. So I axed him what he did and if he got a pic of his family on Art Bell-Ass Rock, a rock in front of the zoo sign, that Art Bell put his royal ass on. No. No ass rock. I canít believe anybody would take on Memorial Day weekend traffic, to be here, and blow off Art Bell-ass rock We were all pleased to hear Hot Water on freq tonight. We were worried that he might be in some kind of hot water. We talked about some face-eating faÖ, no, that would be mean and hurtful, Öface eating homosexuals that we read about on Drudge, tonight. Speaking of that, BZ and I recently celebrated our 15th anniversary of not being married. We went to the Marine Room in La Jolla, just down the road from Mittís place. We invited Mitt, but his handlers said he couldnít make it. We even played the Art Bell card. Mitt must think heís really big shit. Anyway, the Marine Room was the scene of our first date. What does this have to do with face eating? There was cow face on the menu. Thatís right, beef cheek. Tempting, but I passed it up for Fillet Mignon and Maine Lobster. $68.00. Iíve never spent so much on a meal in my life, but it was the big 15, so what the hell? We finished off the evening talking about the ertransit of Venus, coming up this Tuesday at around 3 p.m. PST. As the QSO deteriorated, Dan VA7BCR was giving Persona Non Grata a ration of shit for making it hard to check in to the ďGod Damn Net.Ē Heís confused. This is the Little People Net. Even Stan WG6K was giving PNG some kinder, gentler shit about taking over the freq. And on top of that shit somebody was music jamming. Thirteen ignorant CBer night.
Coming through Kanab, UT, BZ and I have a run in with Kanabís finest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RciPrq2x8dM&feature=youtu.be.
Wednesday 5/30/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, AG7G, KB1UM, N7MAL, VA7BCR, AF6D, WG6K. Tonight we wanked over Bob AF6Dís FT-5000, which he doesnít even have yet. I think heís just jerking us around. Or off. Stan WG6K was telling us that potheads donít dream, so when amateur radioís premier pothead dropped in, we axed him about his dreams. It appears that he dreams. We talked a bit more about the eclipse. Below is a link to my eclipse video. We enjoyed emails tonight from SWLís Mike and Orv. Later in the evening the QSO really got raunchy (imagine that), and included an amateur radio public service announcement about promoting genetic diversity by practicing safe sex with your sister. I will not be on the air Thursday, but I will be back on freq with all the freaks Friday. Ten ignorant CBer night. 100% borderline FAIL.
Monday 5/28/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, AG7G, KB1UM, N7MAL. Seven ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL. I am so glad tonight was a fail, even though the QSO lasted til, like, 2:30, because I would just be too ashamed to report on it. Check out my latest youtube, of the annular eclipse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNRaL5LHy7A
Friday 5/25/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, AG7G, N6LN, KB1UM, N6PNG. Eight ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL. I got an email from our long-lost bud, Cary KD7KAU. Here it is:
Figured I should drop you a note telling you I am still alive. My antenna has been down for almost 2 years and I have been too busy (and lazy) to put it back up. I am getting the parts together to put it back up though, so hopefully not too much longer before you hear my golden tones on the air :)
A quick synopsis of what is going on with me:
I am no longer in love with Mishy at the pottery studio, but I still do the raku on saturday mornings. And we have formed a "studio band". I play bass, she plays guitar and sings. We are looking for a drummer. We are still good friends, but that is what it is. Friends.
I do have a new love interest though. I met her at the studio. Her name is Tracy, she is smart, beautiful, vibrant, sexy and YOUNG. She is 30 yrs old and why she loves me...I can't possibly know. But she does and it is a dream come true for me, since I will be 65 next week. Maybe it has to do with a past life he had together/ Oh and she into the UFO/ET thing too. That is what brought us together. And we have been together for about 6 months now. Yay for UFOs :)
I am running short of time here. Going up to the studio with Tracy here in a bit. SO, I will say 73 for now. Tell all the guys I said Hi.
Hope to catch you on air soon.
Tuesday 5/22/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7EN, AG7G, W5HO, N7MAL AE7J. We talked mostly physics and astronomy tonight. Dark matter and the EPR paradox. Nine ignorant CBer night. 100 % FAIL.
Monday 5/21/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7EN, AG7G, N6LN, AE6OF, W6FH. Well, the gang of course wanted all the poop on the anal ellipse trip, so I laid down the anal poop. Iíll have more pix to show soon, and two or three youtubes. Iíll write about the trip after Iíve recovered from same. Ten ignorant CBer night. 100% borderline FAIL.
I got an email from my school recently, which I posted below along with my reaction, so that Orv K6UEY may read and provide feedback:
SUBJECT: Presenters Needed for Faculty Burn-out Panel
For Fall 2012 Staff Development, AFT wants to help instructors better handle job stress and defeat faculty burnout. We are looking for presenters who can do the following: help faculty identify the signs of burn-out, give tips/advice on how to manage stress so burn-out does not occur, and provide ideas for resources faculty could access if they are suffering from burn-out already. The presentation will run about 1 Ĺ hours and will be presented at Mesa College and Grossmont College. If you are interested in presenting, please contactÖ blah blah blah (my blahs)
We donít a freakiní burnout panel, we need more vacation! Now, Orv, dear, donít you agree?
Thursday 5/17/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7EN, AG7G, WG6K, N7MAL, K7DAN (Dayton). Off duty tonight. Iíll be gone til Monday chasing the eclipse.
Tuesday 5/15/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7EN, AG7G, WG6K. Seven ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL. No matter, nobody wanted to talk anyway.
Monday 5/14/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7EN, AG7G, N6LN, AF6D, WG6K. Nine ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL.
Sunday 5/13/12: KN6Z, K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, W5HO, N7MAL, W6EZV. Seven ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL.
Friday 5/11/12: K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7EN, AG7G, N6LN, W5HO, KK7TV, K7MJD, N7MAL, WA7PZR, KB1UM. John K7PRS kicked things off tonight giving Duane AG7G some shit about trying to dictate what we will talk about. Why is there so much whining about Duaneís whining about the subject matter? Just talk about whatever you want. Thatís what I do. I talk about the weather, my prostate, American Idol, LOTR, and Duane hates that shit, but weíre still friends. I mentioned to the gang that I found a brand new NexImage Solar System Imager in one of my piles of junk, but couldnít remember buying it. So we started talking about Astronomy and my classes and our school telescopes and cameras and telescopes in general. As usual, people wanted the rabbit-shooting report. The bunnies think my plastic BBs are errant lady bugs, judging by their reaction to a direct hit. Nick WA7PZR axed us about transistors and tubes and which is a voltage amplifier and which is a current amplifier. Seems like an odd question. Amplifiers amplify the power in a signal. There was quite a bit of completely forgettable shit tonight, as well, and Iíve already forgotten it. Twelve ignorant CBer night.
Tuesday 5/8/12: K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7EN, N7MAL, AG7G, N6LN, AF6D, W5HO, WG6K, AE6OF. Wow, as soon as I got on freq the fur started flying when Duane AG7G and Bob AF6D had a difference of opinion on whether this net is a round table or a free-for-all. Bob did not want to be fucked with tonight, and said so. Duane didnít think Bobís coax talk was interesting enough to meet the high standards of conversation around here. Speaking of which, when Stan WG6K checked in, he told us about his ďgreyĒ water system at home, and we were all very concerned that pee and poop are spraying out of his sprinkler onto his lawn. We think his bath/shower water is probably contaminated with the filth hiding in the unmentionable cracks and crevices in Stanís and his wifeís bodies. That shit gets on the lawn and then his granddaughter does summer salts in Stanís filth. Itís horrifying. The child rolls around in a bio hazard. The gang went on and on tonight about a hypothetical object falling in a tunnel through the Earth, and what the speed and acceleration are at different points in the Earth. It was really boring. It would have been much more interesting to talk about what would happen if you dropped a small chunk of a neutron star on the Earth: it would pass easily through the Earth, burst up out of the ground on the other side, and then fall back, making the Earth into a Swiss cheese as the Earth rotates. I read an article near the end of the evening about Zombie Jesus. We will all go to Hell for it. At the bitter end Duane mused about why people in this group who want to talk about ďnothing (Translation: shit that doesnít interest Duane.),Ē want to mix with the people who want to talk about ďsomething (Translation: what Duane wants to talk about.).Ē We agreed that it is our common history with Art Bell. We all dearly love him and miss him, and our little lives are nothing without Him. We will be losing Moody WQ6I for a month or more, when he leaves on his big road trip, 6/8 or so, so enjoy him while you can Twelve ignorant CBer night.
Monday I fell asleep on the couch.
Sunday 5/6/12: K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7EN, N7MAL, AG7G, N6LN, AF6D, VA7BCR, WQ6I, AF6D. I guess we kicked things off tonight talking about Duane AG7Gís youtube of the Brady house. Jack N6LN talked briefly about the election of the new French president, a socialist, and its impact on the stock market. The bulk of the evening was spent listening to Duane aninterview Persona Au Gratin, regarding his legal battles with The Entity, and his opinions about, and Pollo Loco encounter with, GU. Duane and PAG went on and on about the idiocy of religion, then went on and on about some supernatural shit of their own. My eyes started rolling back in my head, though I wasnít sleepy yet, so I picked up my guitar for a while. They drifted back toward reality, and wanted me to weigh in on what happens to waste heat. Speaking of waste heat, these long supernatural rants just heat the planet, and have a huge carbon footprint. We finished off the evening talking about penis bones and getting your fingers shitty from toilet paper for candy asses, that falls apart in your crack. We expect SWL Orv to tear us new ass hole as he usually does when we talk too much to PAG. Death comes to town: I found out today that my late dadís only surviving brother (80), who has pancreatic and liver cancer, has only three weeks to live. And I also found out today that my momís sisterís husband (87), who has been in pain for a long time with spinal problems, has leukemia. Nobody gets out of this alive. Eleven ignorant CBer night.
Friday 5/4/12: K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7MAL, AG7G, K6MJD. Six ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL.
Tuesday 5/1/12. Workers unite! Isnít that what Red Mike AA8KB used to say on May Day? K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7EN, N7MAL, KB1UM, AG7G. We opened up with a post mortem of the shit that went down last night. Appropriately enough, it happened on May Day. May Day on freq. Porta John K7PRS says if any more of that shit happens on freq, heís not coming back. Duane AG7G and I thought it was an agreeable break in the monotony of the QSO. If it werenít for the weird people on ham radio, why bother? Tonightís QSO ended very early, fortunately. Eight ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL.
Monday 4/30/12. , WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7EN, N7MAL, AG7G, VA7GS, AE7J. It was moderately boring tonight, but at the end of the evening, Boatless Joe AE7J gave Gord VA7GS a shit storm of shit about talking Canadian law on a damn U.S. ham freq. Boatless Joe says Gord has no damn right to be spouting that Canadian law shit on good olí U.S. spectrum. Persona Au Gratin was right in the middle of it, acting the Voice of Reason. I had signed off about 1:30, because I have an early day tomorrow, but things got so weird I just couldnít stop listening. I was still up at 2:00. Nine ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL.
Sunday 4/29/12. K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, N7EN, N6LN, W6EZV, N7MAL, KB1UM, AG7G. Well, first things first: tonight Jack N6LN congratulated me on my boobs (see Hamcams). I then reported on my date today with my buddy, Dave. We celebrated his birthday. I bought a new Airsoft BB gun for motivating rabbits. Itís CO2 powered, and has a large carbon footprint. The spring powered, greener gun that I bought a couple of weeks ago is a piece of shit, less powerful, and is all jammed up already, but is more accurate. So we talked about the strange trajectories of the BBs that come out of the new gun. Duane AG7G and family are back home tonight, having spent over a week in San Diego, with a brief excursion into helL.A. So we did a post mortem on their trip. They accomplished a lot, and Iíd say every outing was a success. They visited the World Famous San Diego Zoo, with me, and sat with me on Art Bell Ass Rock out in front of the zoo. The next day they took a brunch cruise on San Diego Bay, and then did Earth Fair in Balboa Park, with BZ and I. The next day they went up to the local mountains with me and looked through my telescope. Later in the week they went to Lego Land in Carlsbad, the La Brea Tar Pits, and visited Jack N6LN in L.A. So theyíve made the scene in So. Cal. a couple of times recently. Ten ignorant CBer night. 100% borderline FAIL.
Friday 4/27/12. K7PRS, WB6GGY, WQ6I, K7MJD, N7EN, W6FH. 100% FAIL. It certainly was cool hearing from San Diego local, Mark K7MJD. Itís been a long time.
Tuesday WB6GGY, K7PRS, AE6OF, N7EN, N7MAL. Five ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL. The QSO died, mercifully, after about a half hour.
Monday night KN6Z was out with AG7G and family.
Sunday 4/22/12. K7PRS, WQ6I, WB6GGY, WG6K, N7EN, N7MAL. Duane AG7G is in town. BZ and I have been having fun with him and his family. As for the net tonight, we had fun, but six ignorant CBers is still a 100% FAIL.
Monday night KN6Z, WB6GGY, WQ6I, AG7G, N7EN, K7PRS, N6LN, AF6D, VR2HF, N6YW, AE7J, N7MAL, VA7BCR. We had a lot of fun tonight. Billy N6YW, currently at WARFA, made the scene on freq tonight. The gang had a lot of questions to ax me tonight, and I guess it was a good night for it because I was hamming under the influence of more than one mind altering chemical, and therefore more talkative than usual. They wanted to hear stories about my students, for one thing, but surprisingly not stories of the dress code variety. It was a gloriously warm day on campus today and the poor dears were hot, but only I know what the girls did about it. Dan VR2HF axed me a question about ďastronomy philosophy.Ē I gave him a long-winded answer, but again, I was chemically impaired. Duane AG7G and I did some more firming up of plans for his visit with us down here in San Dexico. Duane wanted some advice on eateries and noo-kyoo-ler power plant touring. Ironically weíve had some good groups on freq lately, just as Iíve de-gridified the LPL due to lack of interest in our dying net. Who knows, maybe the de-gridification will stimulate the once-a-monthers to check in more often so as to appear to be part of the group. A few weeks ago I was enjoying a romantic sunset with my buddy Dave, and here is an animation he did of that very sunset: http://astrostop.com/Sunset%20Animations/Sunset-Animations.htm. Thirteen ignorant CBer night.
Sunday night 4/15/12. KN6Z, WB6GGY, WQ6I, AG7G, N7EN, K7PRS, WG6K, KB1UM, N7EN, N7MAL, W6RAT,W6FH, KQ6DE. Tonight Duane AG7G was more chipper than usual for a Sunday. Surprising considering heís been oh so very ill over the weekend. So he sought help at a cock us. God, thatís the LAST place Iíd go for medical help. You might come out sicker than you went in. Anyway, he gave us a report on his activities at the cock us. And he took his innocent daughter with him! Jeezus, Duane, I canít believe that one. Moody WQ6I was at a shindig tonight at the Mouse Hotel. His daughter was receiving some kind of honor. He didnít leave the Mouse til about 11:30, yet still got home in time for the Little People Net. Moody axed me a question about an inland source of water washing over a beach at Camp Pendleton, but I had no answer. Its proximity to San Onofre got us onto the subject of the noo-kyoo-ler reactor there. The reactor is at least partially shut down right now, and the local EnVIronmentaLists are trying to ensure that it stays that way. Stan WG6K was talking a lot tonight about an I.D.er with unique features, that he might build and market. Steve KQ6DE remarked that it should be able to tell hams when to take their medicine. That is the most brilliant idea Iíve heard on this freq in a year. E Thirteen ignorant CBer night.
Friday night KN6Z checked in at 12:15. WB6GGY, WQ6I, AG7G, N7EN, K7PRS, N6LN, WG6K, N6LN, and KD7BCW(!). Tonight we talked about the weather, and that was fascinating. And then we moved on to the income tax rate Obama pays, and a case of cannibalism in Brazil. We also talked about the stupendous cost of health care for the homeless and prisoners. Prisoners get better healthcare than many law abiding citizens. Then Duane AG7G axed me to look at Far Out Dave LDOís pic on Facebook. I never could find his pic, but apparently those damn dirty apes cut up his brain. Duane says Daveís got a big craniotomy scar on his head. I hope the surgery doesnít make Dave any less far out. We like him far out. We were all taken by surprise when none other than Ben KD7BCW checked in. Something that hasnít happened in an age. Benís running some kind of temporary antenna. I highly recommend yíall watch this two minute video, ďSpiders on Drugs:Ē http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHzdsFiBbFc. Ten ignorant CBer night. 100% borderline FAIL.
Thursday night I played my guitar and listened to Duane AG7G whine about how ďthe Ďcult leaderí is letting us down.Ē Then he spent some time trying to sell Stan WG6K on the Big Bang Theory -- not the show, the theory. Stan would have none of it.
Wednesday night I went to bed ridiculously early, and Iím glad I did.
Tuesday night KN6Z checked in at 12:15. WB6GGY, WQ6I, AG7G, W5HO, N7MAL, N7EN, K7PRS, KE6MRG/AE. Nine ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL. No matter, nothing amusing happened besides a reading of Orvís latest email.
Monday night KN6Z checked in at 12:15. WB6GGY, WQ6I, AG7G, W5HO, N7MAL, N7EN, K7PRS, N6LN, VR2HF. Half bailed as soon as Persona Au Gratin checked in, which was early. Tonight we spent a LOT of time talking about geese. Duane AG7G had axed me what kind of TV I liked to watch, and I mentioned some old shows that I used to watch, like China Beach, and went on to remark that China Beach starred Dena Delany, the girlfriend in Fly Away Home, a movie Duane likes. Well, Fly Away Home is a heartwarming story about a little girl who teaches her pet geese to fly south by training them to follow her in her ultra-light. That triggered a shit storm of goose shit. We talked about the movie, analyzed it, relived it, and wept. We continued to talk about geese in general, our experiences with geese, and goose physics. Jack N6LN, for example, offered that geese have the same weight to fuel ratio as B-52s. When you talk geese, you are on a slippery slope to the butthole, and we always wind up there as surely as the sun rises, except where it never shines. Dan VR2HF checked in just bursting his buttons with pride about the colonoscopy he just had, and that got us into our comfort zone. So we retold all the obvious butthole jokes. I knew at that point the QSO had peaked, and it was time to get out, so I signed off. Ten ignorant CBer night. 100 % borderline FAIL.
Sunday night KN6Z checked in at 12:15. WB6GGY, WQ6I, AG7G, W5HO, N7MAL, AF6D, K7PRS, W6EZV Duane AG7G was being his usual irreverent self, tonight, referring to Easter as ďZombification Day.Ē He was axing all kinda uncomfortable questions about ďthe zombieĒ and his trip into the sky. I think Duane is just trying to guarantee himself a spot in Hell, which is pretty much what The Entity said when he checked in. I was trying to enjoy The Ten Commandments yesterday, but watching that with BZ is like watching it with Bill Marr or, well, Duane. I think some atheists need sensitivity training. Duane and I spent about a half hour signing off, as we mixed signing off with firming up plans for our get together at the World Famous San Diego Zoo, and other things we might do together while he is in the Southland. Nine ignorant CBer night. 100% FAIL.