THE LITTLE PEOPLE LOG

 

Where life is beautiful all the time.

 

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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???

 

Amp Repair Story

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flying Dish video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl4OuRvxzMY.

 

I havenít been writing on this page lately because I canít FTP pix anymore.I donít know what the problem is, but itís kind of sapped my enthusiasm.

 

WARFA REPORTSat May 16

Saturday afternoon I dropped off BZ and her mom at the cruise ship terminal here in San Diego.They are taking a local cruise up the coast to Avalon, SF, Victoria BC, and Vancouver.They are flying home from Vancouver on Memorial Day.I had shit out a few little balls of fire that morning, from a recent overload of chili sauce recently, but the volcanic activity seemed to have calmed down by the time BZ and I picked up her mom.After I dumped them at the dock, I headed north for WARFA, and the volcanism started again.It was very insistent, so I go off the freeway almost before I got started, and pulled into a 76 station.Well, the menís room was locked, and the clerk informed me that some guy had left the key locked in the restroom.Shit.Or DONíT SHIT!So I walked across the driveway to a MacDonaldís.A guy got out of his car and headed in ahead of me, and sure enough, he went straight into the restroom, which I discovered had only one stall, and started shitting his brains out, which is what I wanted to do.Mother Fucker.Well, across the highway was an ungodly public-park-shitter, so I decided Iíd just have to face that.Once in the car, the seismic activity relented, so I drove over to my momís house instead, and shit my own brains out at her house.There was smoke coming out of my ass when I was done, so I took advantage of the shower right next to the cracked and smoking toilet.That done, I headed once again for WARFA.I stopped in Pasadena for a nostalgia tour, and dinner at my favorite North Woods on Rosemead.I got to WARA around eight, but nothing was going on at the usual camping area.The WARFA station and goings on were going on in the rec hall.I snuck in quietly and sat down.Moody was addressing the crowd, who were rapt, awed, slack-jawed.After a few minutes, Moody noticed me slumping in the back, and acknowledged me.I caught some of the music.A young lady, very good on guitar, played and sang to us her own compositions.Then a gifted young man played the HELL out of the upright piano.He canít read music, I found out from him later, but his ear is enough.Both of those marvelous young musicians are somehow blood relatives of Moody WQ6I.I axed Moody about this, but I didnít really understand.I donít doubt they are Moody relations.Moodyís family is very talented.But I just couldnít fucking understand what the hell Moody was talking about.They are either nieces and nephews, or cousins, or grandchildren, or something.John K7PRS showed me a great article in the current QST, on the problem of figuring out how much of your amplifier output power actually gets to the antenna.The analysis was aided by modeling software.The results discussed were very sobering.So I studied that article for a long time, in the mostly empty rec hall, while the two musicians who performed earlier just jammed with each other for fun.Incredibly good improvisation.One starts playing something, and the other complements it.Real time.After the jam session, John and I discussed the QST article.There were other hams at WARFA I hadnít seen in a while, including Dave WA6UHA.And I had my first eyeball that night with Phil WB6GGY.I didnít even know who he was until John introduced us.One of the hams there that night pooped his pants on the way to WARFA two years ago.I had forgotten that episode.He didnít have any clean clothes with him.He had had some kind of intestinal ailment, and it overcame him.Itís odd that he should recount that story on the very same day that I had had a series of episodes of shitting out of brains, and a very close call on the freeway, myself.I love writing shit about shittting, and talking shit about shittting.And the little aforementioned coincidence provides even more excuse to do so.

 

Monday May 18

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, AA8KB, AG7G, N6LN

 

We did another review of WARFA.I interrogated Moody WQ6I on how the young musicians at WARFA were related to him.I donít really get it.Mike AA8KB said I had 10 dB on Moody.WARFA Tom remarked Sunday night on how loud I was.Moody made the same remark the same night.Coincidentally, I have finished enlarging the Loop.It is now 1200 feet around, vs 800 feet previously.Mike AA8KB posed a question for the group: can a magnetic field be used to pull the cap off a bottle without modifying the cap.We decided that it can be done.Why the hell not?

 

Sunday May 17

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, AA8KB, AG7G, KB7TG, K6SP?

 

All I can remember is some talk about Thorium reactors.It would take ten hours to read all the websites debunking Thorium reactors.Some guy calling himself K6SP checked in, but apparently he was borrowing somebody elseís call.When he was challenged, he sounded suspicious.Dirty.

 

Sunday May 3

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, AA8KB, K7ORJ, AG7G, WB6GGY, KD7KAU, AE6OF

 

Iím reporting on this, like, two weeks after the fact, and I just donít give a shit any more.We talked about the Dish project, of course, and Steve, Dish benefactor.I met Steveís Tucson bud, John W7 Big Bowl Movement.John showed me pix of his incredible EME installation.I wonder if John poops all the time.In the WARFA report, above, I discuss poop.John is reputed to be illiterate, but it could just be a rumor.He apparently never lets anybody catch him reading, if he indeed does any.Duane AG7G expounded on ham fests, and how stinky they are.The hams stink.John K7PRS took exception to that.His experience has been different.Hams that poop their pants stink.

 

Th April 20

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, AA8KB, K7ORJ, AG7G, AE6OF (squawk, squawk, growl, growl)

 

Itís time for another assault on the DISH, so I brought the gang up to date on that.We talked some astronomy.Solar system astronomy, and telescopes.Marxist Mike is very excited about Saturnís appearance in Scorpius.Heís trying to take a pic.My students took pix of the Moon through telescopes at school tonight.And we talked rigs and audio and sushi.And we talked about the hot girls at my school who are too hot this time of year and are stripping down.Duane AG7G wanted to know just how short the skirts get.I told him I need a micrometer to measure the hemline to butt cheek distance.And we marveled at WARFAís skyrocketing check-ins total.Not only is there new blood, but people from long ago are coming back.And there was ever so much more.And our dear friend Paul AE6OF checked in late, thanks to Moody WQ6Iís good ear.Paul, you sound like two horny tomcats fighting in the middle of the night.If you are going to be a ham radio star, you gotta do something about that, dude.You gotta git you some Art Bell audio.

 

Sun April 26

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, KD7KAU, K7PRS, W6MVM, KB7TG, W6PHO, AE6OF

 

I didnít stay in long tonight.Have to get up early Monday.Moody WQ6I axed me about the Dish schedule during WARFA, so I reiterated that for the Collective tonight.Moody and John K7PRS want me to bring my base trombone to the WARFA retreat in May to add that fat brass sound to the band.Base trombone is a VERY fat sounding horn.WARFA had 51 check-ins tonight.WARFA has scored over 50, pretty consistently lately.John reports that there are a lot of new call signs.Moody and I talked grits.I had some fabulous grits at a Creole restaurant in Downtown Disney Saturday night.The group has four Mikes now: Marxist Mike, Montana Mike, Music Mike and Captain Mike.Paul AE6OF came limping in, buzzing and squealing tonight.We barely copied him, but you made it, Paul.

 

Tue April 21

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, KD7KAU, KF6RM, K7PRS, W6MVM, KD7SKK, AE6OF, VE6XX, VE7MTI, N6LN

 

Dish talk.Nobodyís tired of it yet.We met a few new people tonight who were lucky enough to stumble onto us.WARFA went well tonight.53 check ins.We strained to hear/understand Paul AE6OF, but nobody could copy a word.So I canít make you the star tonight, Paul.I improvised a song about Art Bell and played it over the air, but ďI love you, Art BellĒ were the only lyrics I could come up with.Toward the end there was some environmental bellyaching associated with oil and recycled-plastic decking.And some shit about desalination and the Gibbs Free Energy.The Gibbs free energy is the energy available to do work.Some energy released in a chemical reaction is wasted in just increasing entropy.

 

Sun April 19

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, KD7KAU, KF6RM, K7PRS

 

Dish talk.Yeah, sorry about that.John K7PRS recommended I get a machine called a cut off tool.OUCH.Iím not sure I want one of those.But apparently cutting mine off will expedite the DISHmantling.And we talked about Cary KD7KAUís weird Savannah cats.They are a monstrous hybrid of some kind.

 

 

Wed April 15

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, K7PRS, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K6ORJ, KD7KAU, AG7G

 

Cary KD7KAU just retired, so he says heíll be on freq with us frequently.Otherwise it was just more dish talk.I was pooped tonight having performed a concert with the college wind ensemble earlier in the evening.Duane AG7G has been away, I guess, and wanted to get caught up on the DISH.I told him I thought it would take one more trip to finish dismantling, and an additional trip to get some very necessary coaching from the Giver of the Dish on how to make those motors and mount move.The motors are in moderately poor shape, as in FUCKED UP.And I want to talk to the Giver about the feed.When all thatís done, I will schedule the crane once more, and drive out there with my neighbor who has a big truck and a 35,000 lb capacity flatbed trailer.So I guess three more trips.The Art Bell Celebrity Loop has been shoved off the front page by this madcap dish adventure.The last of the supporting masts for the Loop is UP.Now I just have to add the 400 feet of additional wire and the Loop will be done.1200 feet.

 

Mon April 13

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z and the usual gang.

 

Iíve been most remiss in logging the Bored QSOs.I canít remember who was in on this night.All we talk about lately when I check in is the DISH.

 

 

Mon April 6

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, K7PRS, AA8KB, KB1UM, WB6GGY, AE6OF, WQ6I, KF7RM

 

Paul AE6OF wants some God-damned recognition.He sees his call listed in this blog, but nothing is ever said about his contribution to the QSO.Well, Paul, dude, it ainít personal.Most of the time nobody can understand you.Your audio is unintelligible.Now, on this night, I could understand most of what you said.So Iíll pay you some lip service.Paul axed me about building or somehow obtaining an ďobservatory,Ē but I didnít know if he was talking about an optical telescope, or a radio telescope such as the dish I am acquiring; or a building with a dome, either for the optical scope or the radio dish.I really didnít understand him, but not because I couldnít make out what he was saying.Paul also wanted to know the status of the dish project, so I gave him the lowdown.So, Paul, there you are.You are the star and sole subject of tonightís entry.

 

 

Sun April 5

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, K7PRS, AA8KB, K7ORJ, WB6GGY, W6PHO, WQ6I, AF6D, WI2R, KB7TG

 

As usual, when I checked in, everybody wanted the latest on the dish project.Iíll be returning to Sierra Vista in two or three weeks to finish DISHmantling.And a couple weeks later Iíll truck it all home somehow.My neighbor has offered to drive me in his truck to SV, pulling his 35,000 lb flatbed trailer.Iíll rent the crane again, load up the shit, and haul ass home.My neighbor wants to dig me a deep hole with one of his big machines, and help me fill it with concrete and rebar.Heís got mixers and rebar all ready.And a huge auger and back hoe.There was quite a bit of talk tonight about windoms and baluns and hole-digging theory.The final mast required to enlarge the Art Bell Celebrity Loop is rigged and ready to raise.Once itís up, Iíll string the remaining 400 feet of wire and the loop will be done at last.It will be 1200 feet, as big as I can make it.I can then focus my attention on the EME superstation project.I want to be the Art Bell of San Diego EME.

 

 

Wed Mar 25

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, K7PRS, AA8KB, K7ORJ, WB6GGY, AG7G, W6MVM, WQ6I

 

It appears the dish mission is scrubbed.I canít get the crane scheduled.I keep pestering the company, but the crane op just wonít return my calls.Itís likely he knows Iím a ham, and just wonít deal with dorks and weirdos.Tonight the gang talked about the blitzortung.org lightning site I give below.And we speculated on the air disaster currently in the news.

 

Tue Mar 24

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, K7PRS, AA8KB, KF7RM, K7ORJ, WB6GGY, AG7G, W6MVM, KB1UM, N6YW, K7JRL

 

I didnít want to dominate the QSO again with dish dishcussion, but people wanted to talk dish.So I dished it out.As new people checked in, I had to redo the dishcussion.We dishcussed what paperwork Iím going to have to file in order to get permission to relocate the birdís nest thatís crammed into a little nook in the tower.We talked some about the recent air-disaster in the news.The really big news is that WARFA Billy N6YW has moved from Venice to Tucson.He left his woman of seventeen years, and is now with his high school sweetheart of thirty-five years ago.Then people started talking about what sorts of astronomical objects I can observe with the dish, such as quasars.And that led to accretion disk physics.Then the next thing I knew, we were on to politics and presidential candidates.Marxist Mike got some grilling on the subject.I talked Marx and Hegel and the spread of socialism worldwide, with Mike.Mike turned us onto this cool lightning site: http://www.blitzortung.org/Webpages/index.php?lang=en&page_0=30.And if you are a religious professional who has decided itís all just bullshit and now you are in crisis and donít want to have to flip burgers for a living and need a support group, check this out: http://clergyproject.org/.Somehow after a brief sojourn into atheism, we got back into Marxist theory, and various other systems and philosophy.

 

Mon Mar 23

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, AA8KB, WB6GGY, KB7TG

 

Another brief hullo.I got in pretty late and people were checking out.

 

Sun Mar 22

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, AA8KB, WB6GGY, N6LN, W1WY

 

Just a brief hullo.I was just in after an ass-kicking drive from Eloy, AZ, and I was pooped.

 

Th Mar 19

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, AA8KB, KF7RM, KK7HO, K7ORJ, AF6D, WB6GGY, N6LN

 

I hijacked the QSO tonight and forced everybody to talk about my attempt this week to DISHmantle W7CIís 700 lb 30-foot dish, mounted 16 feet high.Iím insane.

 

Tue Mar 17

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, AA8KB, KB1UM, K6AII, KF7RM

 

Tonight was all about my DISHmantling mission coming next week, Spring break.

 

Mon Mar 16

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, AG7G, N6LN, AA8KB, KB1UM, K6AII

 

The opening gambit was fusion, but I canít remember why.Then right on cue, Duane AG7G started talking thorium.Then Music Mike KB1UM had to answer some questions about pot-growing laws in Colorado.We also helped Mike with some antenna tests.Gutter vs sloper.What great names for a pair of fighters, eh?Gutter and Sloper.WARFA was reviewed.Sundayís count was 55.Wowee wow wow.And then we spent a lot of time talking about dead Nimoy, Spock, and Star Trek.

 

Mon Mar 9

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, K6ORJ, AA8KB, AG7G, KF7RM, N6LN, K6ORJ

 

When I tuned in Duane AG7G was leading a riveting QSO on repeaters.Attention quickly shifted to my 30-foot dish salvage project.Then there was a bunch of shit I canít remember.Umm, then John K7JRL brought up the breast milk ice cream story of three years ago.And we couldnít contain our excitement about Art Bellís new podcast show, coming in July.

 

Sun Mar 8

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, K6ORJ, AA8KB, AG7G, KF7RM, KB7TG, K6ORJ, KB1UM

 

We talked about big dishes tonight.Iím considering acquiring a 30-foot dish for 432 Mhz EME.John K7PRS turned me on to a source.I may have to round up some illegals to help me with this thing for cheap.Marxist Mike AA8KB debated with John K7PRS over whether the Arecibo Puerto Rico 1000-foot dish was ever used to detect Moon-reflected leakage of Soviet VHF/UHF transmissions.John thinks itís the stuff of the Art Bell show.

 

Wed Mar 4

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, K6ORJ, AA8KB, AG7G, KF7RM, KB7TG

 

Moody WQ6I got some exciting poop about Art Bell off of Face Book.Artís making some moves on possible bumper music for a possible new show.Bumper music is expensive to play.We did a review of the 3840 zoo, and their antagonists, such as the Sherriff.Duane AG7G found an OBB chat site: bellgab.com.Thatís about all I can remember.

 

Mon Mar 2

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS, K6ORJ, N6LN, AB8ZF, KB1UM, AA8KB, AG7G

 

Tonight we talked about REGULATION, mostly.Iíd say it went nowhere but around and around.It was talk of government regulation of the internet that got Marxist Mike AA8KB out of bed.Mike KB1UM checked in, barefoot, and went BACK to bed.Jerry AB8NF, near Akron, introduced himself and then blew us off.We did have some fun talking about the free-for-all on 3908 Sunday, after WARFA.

 

Sat Feb 28

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS, K7PRS, W6MVM, K7JRL, N6ZZO, AF6D, N6LN, W6PHO/AE, K6MJD!!!

 

Wowee wow wow, can you believe Fire Marshal Mark K6MJD dropped in?Heís been collecting vintage radios.We implored him to join us again soon.Be a regular, just like in the good olí days of Art Bell.Dave W6PHO/AE is a retired history-prof from San Jose State, and he just today scored his Extra.Make room on 3636 for one more advanced degree.Dave creates reality.He likes making things up.Thatís his job.Heís an HISTORIAN.I tried to get a great Yuma story out of John K7PRS and/or Moody WQ6I, but what I got wasnít worth typing.Johnís XYL Kathy gave a presentation at the Yuma Hamvention.She demonstrated on a captured WARFA jammer, how to tear a jammer a new asshole.And then she demonstrated it again.And again.John picked up a Motorola signal generator for $2.00.Big spender.John, Moody, and Bob K6AII pigged out at some Yuma all-you-can-eat hog palace called the Golden Corral.Or maybe it was the Golden Shower.Moody seemed unsure of the name.Moody was just gushing tonight over the best QSO heís ever heard, on 3740: Stan WG6K vs Duane AG7G on all of history from the Big Bang through the present, and theory vs reality.Bob AF6D gave a Rachel report, sheís doing great.CHOC classifies her a ďsurvivor.ĒBob, however, is going under the knife to fix his fucked-up back.Heís getting a laminectomy, and heís not looking forward to the long painful recovery.Kathy got one, and the outcome was apparently marvelous.Sheís a new woman.She eats jammers raw.

 

 

Tue Feb 17

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS, AA8KB, W1YW, AF6D, N6QE, AC0V, K7PRS, KB7TG

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

I dropped in for a little while.I wanted to weigh in on the hammer problem from last night.Bob AF6D was talking Step IR and double bazooka antennas.And we got on the topic of a Myth Busters rip off show thatís airing presently.I wasnít paying a lot of attention tonight, because I was practicing some Percy Grainger on my horn.

 

 

Sunday Feb 15

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS, AA8KB, W1WY, N6LN, VE3SQT, VE7UB, AD6SL, K6ORJ

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile

 

Iím typing this a day late, and canít remember what went down Sunday.We tallied the WARFA score: 82 check-ins Sunday night, unofficially.Jeezus, what a rout.We had a San Diego County local join us, Jim W1WY in Pine Valley.I told Jim I was taking my students to Pine Valley this Friday for our field trip.I haul my huge scope up there.So I invited Jim.I canít remember anything else about Sunday.As I type this the Monday night gang is discussing how to calculate how much force a typical hammer blow exerts.The problem has been done.Just look it up on the internet.The only hard part of the calculation is guessing how much time the hammer spends decelerating to zero velocity once in contact with a nail, anvil, or scull.

 

 

Sunday Feb 8

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS, KB7TG, AA8KB, KE4PER, W6MVM, KF4RM, K7JRL, N6LN

 

We continued the accursed 450 ohm vs open line debate.Itís really running out of steam.John K7PRS thinks that open wire has advantages over 450 ohm, but loss is not one.Not a significant one, anyway.And thatís ALL Iíve been saying.Marxist Mike AA8KB is continuing his measurements of 450 ohm line loss.I would sure like to see some data on open wire loss under adverse conditions, but Mike doesnít happen to have a bunch of open wire lying around.This shit turned into a really good QSO.Some really smart knowledgeable people on freq examined Mikeís method and results very carefully.It really turned into an informative can of worms, at least for me.Somehow I get the feeling that Karl Marx was against 450 ohm line.Perhaps because it was expensive, requiring sophisticated materials and manufacturing, and made by the proletariat who could not afford it, and enjoyed by the bourgeoisie who enslave the proletariat.And speaking of Marx, has anyone ever seen Karl Marx in the same room with Jerry Garcia?NO!!!Think about it.

 

 

Tuesday Feb 3

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, W6MVM, KD6GN, AD6SL, K7PRS, K6AII, AG7G, KB7TG, AA8KB, N6LN

 

Havenít been doing the WARFA post mortem, lately.Getting boring.Last Thursday I tried to make it more sporting by spotting the jammers ten dB, checking in barefoot, but I got in on the first or second call.So Sunday I tried spotting the jammers 20 dB, checking in QRP, but I still got in after a few tries.I guess Thursday Iíll check in on my dummy load.We had some fun talking to Hawaii stations during the post-WARFA net.We talked to the guy who accepts the blame for bringing Greg K7ZAR to the Big Island.Greg is apparently living in Vegas and is bound for Utah.He can smoke some shit with the Mormons.Then we talked pot and drugs.Big group on Bored Collective tonight.All the usual suspects, and more.Marxist Mike cussed and discussed his antennas with Duane AG7G.Duane, typically generous, offered to trade rigs with Moody WQ6I, if Moodyís 7800 is too complicated for Moody to operate.Carter KD6GN is one of the new kids.Heís been listening for a while, and recognizes the quality of the Collective.He really admires us, and Iím not even sure if he knows we know Art Bell.I mean, we are Art Bell insiders.Jack N6LN checked in near the end of the evening.Heís got himself a new Alpha.He WAS running 600 watts or so previously, but NOW heís running full power, and he melted his antenna.Mr. Diplomacy, Mr. Warmth, Mr. Duane, remarked that we (the Collective) donít fire enough of his neurons, which is why he has to have his computer on during our fascinating round table.Then he had the nerve to ax Marxist Mike to send pix of his antenna.Can you believe that muther fucker?I hope Mikeís pix are enough to stimulate Duaneís mighty brain.Duaneís neighbors complain about RFI if Duane just THINKS too hard.

 

 

450 Ohm Window Line, Continued (Oh no, not that!)

 

Does anybody still give a shit?Did anybody EVER give a shit?Should we go another round?Mike AA8KB says itís a very important issue.OK, letís put on the gloves.

 

The graph Mike offers in his link below shows that high SWR is no reason to prefer open line to 450 ohm window.At 10:1 SWR, 450 ohm is only slightly more lossy than open wire at 10:1.From the ARRL Antenna Book, the loss per 100 feet is 0.1 dB for open wire line and 0.16 dB for 450 ohm.Youíll have to do some extrapolating to use Mikeís graph, because it doesnít go below 0.2 dB matched loss, but it looks to me like the additional loss at 10:1 for 0.1 dB matched loss is about 0.50 dB and the additional loss at 10:1 for 0.16 matched loss is about 0.55 dB.(If you donít trust extrapolating, just use the formula that generated the graph.It is easily found by doing some googling.)Only 0.05 dB more loss for 450 ohm compared to open wire.So there is only a small additional loss penalty at 10:1 SWR for either 450 ohm or open wire, and almost no advantage at all for open wire over window line.My loop is 3:1 on all bands except 160.160 is 5:1 or 6:1.So I totally ainít worrying.

 

But what if you live under water?Like Duane AG7G?The issue then is how does wet 450 ohm do compared to wet open wire?And I mean wet as in pouring rain.Foggy wet 450 ohm, or post-rain wet 450 ohm, is not wet enough to matter.I have found data for 450 ohm in heavy rain (discussed below), but no such data for open wire.

 

Here is a good link:http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=29985.This guy has made some careful measurements of loss for 300 ohm twin lead and 450 ohm window line, under various conditions, in order to settle a few arguments and resolve some discordant published results.His measured loss for ďwet (such as it is)Ē window line at 9:1 SWR is less than my own semi empirical/semi theoretical and fully half-assed guesstimate I made in my semenal 450 ohm treatise, below, for a MATCHED line.Heís had the same problem I have had with 450 ohm: he canít get it wet.He can get it wet if he puts soap on it, or jerks off on it, and loss does go up significantly for good wetting, so be careful about operating when itís raining soapy water.To get 450 ohm to look lossy, without soap, you have to put it out in the pouring rain.At 9:1 SWR, in pouring rain, 450 ohm line exhibits around 2 dB loss per 100 feet at 27 Mhz.Thatís significant.But how much operating do you do in pouring rain?And how bad is this loss compared to open wire in pouring rain?We need data for open wire in pouring rain.

 

Now, if your particular application requires open wire line for whatever reason, then I guess youíll use it.But if the issue is loss, then in dry San Diego conditions, Iíll stick with 450 ohm.Me and Art Bell.

 

 

Mike AA8KB doesnít agree with me.Can you believe the gall?Below I present his rebuttal to my defense of 450 ohm window line.

 

You know, I was into this argument pretty heavily with a guy upstate who used to fix radios.

I threatened to do this test myself, based on a laboratory that simulates amateur radio transmission line implementation as closely as possible. This guy and I ended up getting into a pretty serious fight about Ku-band LNBs instead, so I never followed-through with my threat.

To name only ONE thing wrong with your "conclusion" -- and YOU should know -- that your assumption of 5.4% mass-change might differ from real conditions in so many ways due to differences in surface-tension of droplets forming in supersaturated air vs. whatever the fuck you did.

Do you know that transmission-line loss changes dramatically as the SWR on that line changes? That alone would rule it out for most people that have well above a 2:1 right out of the gate.  We already know this is the case for you.

http://www.astrosurf.com/luxorion/Radio/dwg-loss-swr.gif.

So I've already pretty-well worked through a methodology to do this. In short, I'll put some up out there, and run it a ways, suspending it in the air using mason (nylon) twine.

I have coax going out there already that I can hook to my scope.  To interface the scope, I'll have a 1:1 isolation transformer, a 520-ohm resistor will be the load, and I'll measure the RF voltage across the resistor.

I'll be able to use my Tektronix TDS 380 (commercial-class) to measure RF voltage going in and coming out to within a mV or two so we can get your misinformation off the Internets ASAP.

Thanks for the needed bit of inspiration!

By the way, I saw a link on the Internets that was eham - I think - where there was quite the shit fight over this there too.

Mike                                  

 

 

450 Ohm Window Line, in Conclusion:

 

In the Sunday Jan 11 entry, below, I reproduce a report of a measurement made comparing open wire transmission line loss vs. window line loss.The result was about 0.1 dB greater loss for window line, at 30 Mhz.Why then bother with the bother of open wire line?, I impertinently axed.Mike AA8KB made the argument that the loss will be greater if the window line gets wet from rain or dew, and that old window line wets better than new.Moreover, ďFuck Ladder Line!ĒI would point out that while itís raining, there is a concentration of falling water in the air around the conductors in the open wire line, that cannot be ignored.But letís say itís stopped raining.I found some ten-year-old window line lying in the filth beside my momís house, exposed to the elements, for ten years.That window line no doubt carried the voice of Art Bell, back in the glory days, when Art was the center of all things and everyone (almost) knew their place.I cut off a piece of the window lineís plastic insulation and submerged it in water and let it drip for a minute.It didnít hold on to much water.Dry, the piece of insulation weighed 12.89 g; wet, it weighed 13.59 g.Thatís an increase in weight of 5.4%.The density of water is about the same as most plastics, so we can say that the volume of water sticking to the insulation is about 5.4% of the volume of the piece of insulation.The dielectric constant of water is about 25 times that of most plastics, and dielectric loss is directly proportional to dielectric constant, so we can say further that water on the window line insulation will be 25 times as lossy as the insulation, PER UNIT VOLUME.But the volume of the adhering water is only 5.4% of the volume of the insulation, so the waterís contribution to the total dielectric loss is apparently 0.054 x 25 = 1.35.In other words, the dielectric loss due to the water adhering to the window line is 1.35 times the loss due to the window line insulation.It follows that wet window line is going to have 2.35 times more loss than dry window line.The loss per 100 ft of 450 ohm window line is 0.16 dB.By delta dB = 10 log [(Power 1)/(Power 2)], 0.16 dB loss gives a power ratio 0.96.That is, after the 0.16 dB loss, you have 96% of your power left.So if we lose 2.35 times more power for wet window line as for dry, we will be down to 100% - 2.35(4%) = 90.6 % = 0.906.10 log (0.906) = 0.43 dB loss for the wet window line.Big deal.If itís cold enough that layer upon layer of water can freeze on the window line (as in the pic above), building up a volume of water on the window line comparable to the volume of window line insulation, then youíll get serious dielectric loss.But unless you are getting ice on your transmission line, I am unpersuaded that there is much advantage in using open wire line, even if you live in a rain forest.

 

If you are skeptical of any of my unsupported assertions, well then:

 

1.     FUCK YOU!!!

2.     If number 1 is unsatisfactory, then I will send you the relevant links.

3.     If you cannot see how I reached my conclusions based on the links, then I can help with the reasoning or derivations.

4.     If you STILL cannot understand my results, please see number 1.Thank you.

 

Wednesday Jan 28

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, W6MVM, KK7TV, N6RC

 

I didnít precipitate much tonight.I was writing up my 450 ohm defense while I was listening to the gang.They were seriously into some deep repair talk.May I introduce Randy KK7TV in Cave Creek, AZ, and Dick N6RC in Tucson.

 

Monday Jan 25

 

The Bored Collective3636

Impedance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, AA8K(G)B, K6AII, WB6GGY, W6MVM, KB1UM, AG7G, K7JRL

 

Mike KB1UM suggested the above modification to our slogan.I think it is brilliant.We talked a bit tonight about the Snowmass repeater.Bob K6AII wanted to know if Mike KB1UM could hit it.We had a helluva time, however, understanding Bobís pronunciation of ďSnowmass.ĒPhil WB6GGY was using a stock hand mic and sounding terrible.Everybody took turns telling Phil how bad he sounded.And then everybody took a second turn.Talk went on and on about Philís crappy audio and crappy mic.Captain Mike W6MVM is having some kind of problem with his 6300, and we went on and on about it.I heard groaning and sighing on freq, and I knew before he checked in that it was none other than resident malcontent Duane AG7G.Duane got fed up with the hardware talk pretty quickly, and declared himself QSY.Shortly thereafter, ironically, Music Mike and Comrade Mike got onto dueling soapboxes and slugged it out over the Muslims.Muslim shit is right up Duaneís alley.The whole freq revolted, however, and shut down the ranting about Muslims.The gang wanted some ďfun,Ē so they went back to the 6300 problem.Tonightís QSO was strictly tech talk.Flex theory, ALC theory, mic testing, everything.Bob wants us to all collaborate on an article about ALC, that will straighten out the entire ham radio world.THEN, John K7PRS changed mics and started EQing and we went on and on audio testing with him.It was heaven.He was testing a PR-40 mic, the kind Art Bell and I use.I then changed the subject to small loops, much smaller than a wavelength.I axed the gang about the theory of how these small loops null out signals so well, and what the benefit is of using inductive coupling.The answer to the latter was not nearly as straightforward as I expected.All articles Iíve read describe small loops that are inductively coupled to the rig, but with no discussion of why.

 

 

Tuesday Jan 20

 

The Bored Collective 3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, AA8KB,K6AII, WB6GGY, W6MVM, KB1UM, AG7G, K6TXH, KY6W

 

3840 luminaries, Steve ďWho appointed YOU net control?Ē K6TXH and Don KY6W, joined us tonight.Steve is a big fan of South Pacific, as am I, and I reported to him that I received in the mail today the original reel to reel tapes of the 1973 Pasadena High School performance, in the orchestra for which I performed on my trombone.Those tapes have been in a vault for decades, and I happened upon them on EBay.I also got the 1974 performance of The King and I, in which I also blew my horn.Only a few yearsí worth of these tapes are available, right around the time I was a student.Itís just unbelievable luck that Iíve been researching old PHS stuff just at the time the caretaker of the tapes decided to put them up for sale on Ebay.Dirt cheap, too.Comrade Mike and I talked 450 ohm window line again.My mix of old and new window line stays dry even when everything else is soaked with dew.Mike says old window line is bound to get wet, but I canít get it wet even when I pour water on it.In my next installment I will report my calculation of the additional power loss per unit length of window line, due to a few drops of water on the line (and a few drops is all that will ever stick to my line in the worst case scenario).We did the WARFA post mortem: Comrade Mike concludes that the jammers are ďcontained.ĒSort of like the contents of a cat box.There was some token jamming tonight on the super-secret publically announced auxiliary frequency.Whatís the point?Is it to let WARFA know that the jammers are smart enough to find the secret freq?

 

Sunday Jan 18

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, AA8KB,K6AII, WB6GGY, W6MVM

 

We talked long and hard about jazz and super-secret, anti-jammer mini loops.I canít remember what the hell else we talked about.I waited too long to write this entry.

 

Thursday Jan 15

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, AG7G, AA8KB, W6UA, KB1UM, K6AII, K6VLF

 

We mostly just talked about my dwarf novae astronomy project.People just kept axing me questions about it, so I kept talking.The WARFA post mortem tonight was mostly just a lot of yawning.Sunday, 41 check-ins; Tuesday, 56 check-ins; this night an estimated 62 check-ins.BTW, where did the jammers go tonight?They started off with a bang, and then just disappeared like roaches under a bright light.Did they run off to confession?Duane AG7G thinks the jammers are getting tired and bored.

 

 

Sunday Jan 11

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS, AG7G, K6LK, W6SQ, W6MVM, AA8KB

 

When I got in I guess it was time to talk Star Trek.How did we get on that?I think Comrade Mike was trying to think of somebodyís name, and it sounded like ďGary Seven,Ē a guest character on the original ST.I mentioned Gary Seven, and we warped out on an exhaustive trek into Trek.ST was enough to pull Duane AG7G out of the woodwork.He likes it better than Star Wars.Of course we did the customary WARFA post mortem.The covered wagons had the Indians surrounded tonight, Iíd say.41 check-ins, up from the average of 25 that has been holding for, like, a year.But 41 is nothing unusual lately.Then John K7PRS and Mike started twisting my arm to build some open wire line to feed my loop, rather than the 450 ohm window line commonly used.Whatís the advantage?Hereís a post from an open-wire-vs.-window-line thread on QTH.com:

 

I made the measurements about ten years ago when I worked at Ten-Tec.

The comparison was made between 6" open wire line with ceramic spacers

every 10', Zo about 650 ohms, and450 ohm ladder line. Frequency was

65Mhz, the upper limit of the HP-601.I used a Boonton rf voltmeter

as the detector. Johnson matchboxes were used at each end to make the

bal-un transition and transform back to 50 ohms.Identical parallel

250' runs of each were measured.The difference was 0.5dB favoring

the open wire, which translates to 0.092dB/100' difference at 30 MHz.

 

Poly does two things: it provides a support/insulation role and makes

the spreaders easily, and as a dielectric, it slightly reduces the

spacing necessary to get to 450 ohms.The higher the impedance, the

lower the loss.Windowing the line lowers the weight and the loss -

both the initial dielectric loss and the 'aging loss'.

 

Polypropylene is an outstanding rf dielectric provided it is not

exposed to uv radiation which causes it (and most other plastics) to

become brittle which decreases strength, causes surface cracks which

permit ingress of contaminants.The brown opaque fillers added to

prevent uv deterioration do increase the loss somewhat.Like many

other things in life, nothing is simple!

 

 

It is difficult to get good quality 450 ohm open wire line. It is hard

to keep it from twisting shorted on long horizontal runs. The

ladderline is inexpensive, easily obtainable at good quality. And it

won't short by twisting.

 

So whatís the advantage using open wire line?

 

Mike and Duane and I finished off the night with Muslims, and if they mostly want to cut off heads and blow shit up.I quoted some data from a Pew Research poll of 14,000 Muslims over 14 countries.I guess they couldnít be devout Muslims, because they mostly donít want to kill folks for dissing their bullshit superstition.

 

Tuesday Jan 6, 2015

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS, AG7G, W7UA, AA6SC, KB1UM, K6AII, N6LN

 

Thereís a new kid in town, Stan AA6SC in Mohave.Heís as sane as the rest of us, which I hope he takes as a compliment.Stan has a long history in Pasadena and Sierra Madre, as have I, so we had a great time comparing notes on our experiences in the area.Stan was talking ďmicrocosmicsĒ earlier on during the net.He was relating something he had read on the Quora Digest.So far I canít make heads nor tails of what itís about.Iím afraid the gang told him that I would have something interesting to say about it.Duane AG7G did his best tonight to cope with the ponderous and elephantine ďround tableĒ protocol.Especially sluggish with the big group we had tonight.We did the usual WARFA post mortem.I havenít updated my WARFA jamming graph, because the plateau of about 75 check-ins a week has been holding steady for a long time, but things might be changing.WARFA took 393 check-ins over the past 13 weeks, vs only 262 check-ins for the 13 weeks previous to that.Thatís huge.Thatís 50%.I warned in my semenal report of a few months ago that the jammers cannot let WARFA just keep hanging around, or they will start clawing their way back.WARFAís fun canít just be spoiled, their MORAL must be broken, if they are to be destroyed.The current trend in check-ins clearly calls for more jammers, more power, and bigger antennas.

 

Tuesday Jan 6, 2015

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS, K7JRL, AG7G, KD7BCW

 

We welcomed home Duane AG7G, tonight.Heís been in Hawaii.What a loser.I bet he had a lousy time.We also welcomed back Ben KD7BCW to the frequency.Heís come around twice recently, and we hope he keeps it up.Dave W6UHA sent me an email informing me of his observations of comet Lovejoy, currently in the constellation of Orion.Dave I guess is heading off to China for another fabulous adventure.What a loser.I bet he will have a lousy time.We talked to Moody some about his tonsil exam.He had his tonsils inspected via LONG PATH, and it really pooped him out.I mean it POOPED HIM OUT.But he got a clean bill of health, and I foresee we will have him to kick around for a good long time to come.The Emmanuel Goldstein of the 21st century took a lot of bashing toward the end of the party.Who will be the next boogeyman?

 

Friday Jan 2, 2015

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, W7UA, WQ6I, K6VLF, WB6GGY, K7PRS, VE7SQ, WJ6Q, AD6SL

 

I was cleaning up my astronomy mess tonight, bringing stuff like the laptop back into the shack, when I turned on the rig and heard Moody WQ6I mention California City John WJ6Q.Wowee wow wow, I had tune up and say hi to John.Well, before I could butt in, Pat W7UA axed if ďthat guyĒ with the well pump problem was around.He had some thoughts about my problem that he wanted to share with me.So I announced myself.Pat said he didnít want to take up a lot of our time Ė the same thing he said last night when he wanted to audio test with us and then spent an hour on it Ė and then gave an hourís dissertation on well pumps, without taking a breath.That brought out all the pump heads with an opinion.God, I didnít know there were so many pump heads out there just bursting to pontificate pump problems.So they all got me straightened out.I didnít really need all the advice.I discovered last night a breaker was off down by the well.I reset the three breakers, but I must have fucked up, because today the well pump repair man reset the breaker himself, and the pump started.All for only $110.00.Yes, I turned the breakers to the ďoffĒ position before I switched them ďon.ĒStill, I obviously fucked up somewhere.I also got some good info from the repair guy, for my money.Since he had the pressure switch opened up, I had him instruct me on its workings.I appreciate all the well-wishing from the well beings who wished me well on the well-being of my well.I thank you all.And thanks again to pump head Pat.Pat said he laid awake much of the night last night thinking about me and my well.After all this well-wishing was done, I finally remembered that I checked in to talk to Cal City John.I axed John about a guy I knew from the scouts in the early seventies, who was now a practicing dentist in Cal City.I told John his name and John said this guy has been his dentist for, like, 35 years.So I told John to pass on my regards.I havenít communicated with the guy, well, since probably 1973.Astronomers Bob VE7SQ and Kevin AD6SL axed me about my RX Andromedae monitoring project.That turned into another huge can of worms.They want me to build a phased array using telescopes.An optical phased array.Donít hold your breath, guys.Send me the 7K for the second telescope, and Iíll think about it.And then somebody wanted to talk about some gigantic planet or other unidentified object that recently has been seen crashing into the Sun.Coast to Coast stuff.I dunno, man, ask Art Bell.

 

Thursday Jan 1, 2015

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, AA8KB, KD7SKK, WQ6I, K7JRL, WB6GGY, K7PRS, K9LPK, W6UA

 

Well, good olí Pat W6UA checked in tonight axing for a ďquickĒ audio check.Heh, heh.An hour later his quick audio check was done.We really punished him.Ok, though, I love this shit.It could only have been better if it had been Art Bell.Tonightís WARFA was analyzed.Mike AA8KB stands outside of firing range, and just casts his hook into the battle, pulling out one check-in after another.Mike takes exception to my conclusion that the high score Tuesday night indicates that the jamming is effective.He argues that his far flung location enables him to check in stations all over the country.But I countered that he has been helping out all month, not just on the clear frequency night.Well, he then argued that we have had some magical solstice propagation advantage of late.I canít control for that or even quantify it.I stand by my conclusion that the jamming is effective, i.e., the check-ins count is higher on light jamming nights.Moody WQ6I added that some nights when the jamming is bad, the net is cut short.Well, ok, but we donít have the data on that.My conclusion is based on quantitative data that I have, and not all kinda shit that I donít have or that canít be quantified, God dammit.Donít contradict me or Iíll fucking cut you out of this web page.My well pump has crapped out and BZ and I are hauling buckets of water inside to fill the shitters.God, the well pump fixit men are soooooo busy around here that itís hard to get any help.You have to wait so long for assistance that backed up turds start tumbling over the rim of the toilet.The gang gave me a range of advice.I walked down to the pump and did discover that one of the breakers was off.So I switched it on.At the time of this writing it has been over an hour since I switched on the breaker, but it has done no good.Fuck.Happy fucking New Year.

 

Tuesday Dec 30

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, KK6HWB, N6VNI, K7PRS, WB6GGY, K7JRL, AA8KB, K6AII, KY6W, W6MVM, WQ6I, KB1UM

 

I guess the opening gambit tonight was Capitan Mike W6MVMís boat.Itís fucked up somehow.Iím not sure if itís afloat or on the bottom.WARFA caught a break tonight, so we discussed that.Only the third stringers showed up to meet WARFA tonight, or should I say ďstringer.ĒPathetic.Like a single gnat at a pick nick.No passion, no commitment.WARFA decided to extend the net to the traditional two hours, because QRM was minimal, but the third stringer pooped out.There was snoring on freq when the third stringer disappeared, and the snoring went on well after the frequency was abandoned.Apparently itís a recording that has been heard before.Forty-nine check-ins.That the count was much higher than the nightly average reveals two things: 1) The jamming is effective.2) WARFA is intact: the WARFA stations are out there and still interested, but many just canít get in.As I type this Iím listening to the HHH net being jammed by CW CQing; no ID, needless to say.We did a lot of testing tonight of Music Mikeís rain gutter and sloper.Itís fascinating to hear how the changes he makes affects the sent and received signals between Mike and the rest of the group.God, I love that shit.We talked with Mike at length about piano voicing, tuning, and temperament.The temperament issue is very interesting.If you tune for the best sounding chords, then the octaves are not going to be exactly a factor of two apart in freq (if my understanding of this is correct).Comrade Mike AA8KB mentioned high mountains with big telescopes on top, and that got us talking about Mauna Kea (to the top of which Music Mike has been) and other big mountains and our experiences at dizzying altitudes.We met some cool new people tonight, and we hope they come back.

 

Monday Dec 29

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, KD7BCW!!!, K7PRS, WQ6I, AD6SL, WB6GGY, AG7G

 

I donít remember much about this QSO.I do remember the BIG NEWS, though: Ben KD7BCW on freq.Ben sounds in good health and good spirits.No more kids on the way, apparently.Ben is doing some antenna work.I guess a couple of Yagis are going up.I wanted to ax for some juicy Art Bell poop, but I never got to it.Ben says that now that he knows where we are, heíll be back.

 

Sunday Dec 21

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, AD6SL, K7PRS, WF7M, AG7G, N0PQK, AA8KB, K6VLF, KB1UM

 

When I tuned in, there wasnít much happening, but wowee wow wow, a buncha people came outta the woodwork.We did a WARFA post mortem.Jack N6LN was reported to have checked into WARFA.Jamming stimulates Beverage talk.Comrade Mike AA8KB has a couple of narrow beam Bevs pointed at So. Cal that shave northern California right off.Larry K6VLF made the Bored scene tonight.He does VLF experimentation, if you can believe that.Larry listens to atmospheric whistlers.We were also joined tonight by Mark WF7M in WA and John N0PQK in MN.By the end of the night we were still talking about Beverages and ferrites.Duane AG7G says they squirm and bite.

 

 

 

Saturday Dec 20

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, W7UA, K6AII, K7PRS, WB6GGY, N6VOH, W7UA, AA8KB

 

Small talk tonight.Antennas, radios.Barry N6VOH was just checking out as I checked in.I didnít get to meet him.Something fun DID finally happen: audio testing!!!We fixed Moody WQ6Iís audio.I was pretty lazy about keeping track of the talk tonight.Happy solstice all you Pagan bastards.Iíll see you in HELL.

 

Thursday Dec 18

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, AA8KB, K7PRS, KB1UM, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K6AII, AG7G, WG6K, KG6TT

 

Fun QSO, but I canít remember much about it.I may have had too many Keoki Coffeeís during WARFA.I threw up, barfed up, a quick Beverage antenna this afternoon.Stan WG6K says that what I have is not a Beverage, but merely a very low long wire.Whatever it is, the rejection off the sides compared to the ends is amazing.Comrade Mike has done some work for me on my Bev, and has sent me the details on how to upgrade my low long wire to a Bev.Wowee wow wow, WARFA got their asses kicked tonight.The jammers win this one.WARFA canít just stand flat footed in the middle of the ring and take the pounding.They gotta move and groove, dodge and weave, float like a butterflyÖI.e., use a second freq, or something.Donít just do the same thing over and over.Relay stations and net control gotta give the date and/or time every transmission.I myself was fooled by the recordings.If you donít make the jammers work, they will just start the recordings and go watch TV.The JW attacked again.Luckily, I was in bed again.BZ headed them off once again, and told them I was ďunavailable.Ē

 

Tue Dec 16

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WI2R, K7PRS, WQ6I, K6ORJ, AA8KB, AG7G

 

The Geminids meteor shower has been raging lately, and we talked about that.There was some WARFA talk, but I forgot what is was.Quartzfest http://www.quartzfest.org/php/main.php?Home is coming up this Jan.Is that a transvestite on their website?Moody WQ6I is talking about making the scene.Talk propagated to topics DX, such as best QTHís for DX.Duane AG7G was daydreaming out loud about exotic travel.He was doing some virtual travel via Googlemaps.Talk on this net inevitably turns to drugs.So we covered the gamut again.Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs.When nicotine comes up, you naturally think Mal N7MAL.We wondered if he was still alive (or still smoking; if one is true, then the other must be).Judging from QRZ, heís alive and smoking.While we were on the topic of hams, dead or alive, we thought about trying to conjure the great dead hams, such as Orv K6UEY.Some thought that some kind of sťance within the confines of my loop might conjure him.I got to know Frank WI2R tonight.Nice guy.I hope he comes back for more.His signal was really weak, and tough for Comrade Mike AA8KB to copy.Mike was somewhat hard on poor old Frank for his shitty antenna and signal, but thatís ok because Frankís shitty antennaís shitty reception protected him from Mikeís criticism.

 

Wed Dec 10 (I guess)

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, AG7G, K7PRS, AA8KB, WB6GGY, KD7SKK

 

This is another entry long after the fact.Moody WQ6I informed me that Captain Mike W6MVM is having trouble floating his boat, so the big boat ride to see the Parade of Lights is sunk.I guess if I want to see the parade Iíll just have to stand on the shore like the rest of the scum.I was axed by somebody what I would name my boat if I had one.Art Bell, what else?They said it had to be a girlie name.Ok, I dunno, how about Tinker Bell?Another famous Bell that I love.I think it was Duane AG7G and Comrade Mike AA8KB who compared notes on how they discovered Art Bell, and how their lives subsequently changed.I think you could make a heart-warming Christmas movie out of stories like that.Mike or Duane would be standing on the edge of a bridge on a cold bleak night, looking down into the rushing water below, and a ghostly image would appear and remark, ďhey, nice audio.ĒAnd then theyíd have a reason to go on.They would loot the building and loan, and blow the money on audio gear.

 

JW Report

 

Oh, Jeezus, they came back.The JW came back this past Saturday morning.I was sleeping very late, so BZ intercepted them at the gate to our little fenced-in yard.They elected not to open the gate and come to the front door, but to stand out there calling my name: Glenn, are you in there?Glenn, God wants us to talk to you!BZ just kept telling them that I wasnít available, and that I wouldnít be available for several hours, because I wasnít getting enough fiber.They persisted a bit, and then hit the road.BZ said that they were impressed with me the first time they ambushed me out on the antenna farm, and that they said, Guys ďlike himĒ usually wonít talk to us.Well, I did NOT talk to them about their superstition, or allow myself to be drawn into debate over how a miraculous thing like the oak tree in our yard could happen by chance.I was merely polite to some very nice old guys.They would have axed me if Iíd read the copy of The Watchtower, which they left with me on their first visit.I would not have had the heart to tell them that I did not read it, or that it wound up in the bottom of the tortoise box.Unless they can advise me on how to get a better seat in the Fiery Grandstand than Comrade Mike, then I frankly have noooooo bidness with them.

 

 

Monday Dec 8

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WB6GGY, WQ6I, AA8KB, AG7G, K6ORJ, KB1UM, K7PRS, W7UA, K6AII

 

When I checked in, Mike KB1UM was getting some advice on lighting protection from John K7PRS and Mike AA8KB.I axed Moody WQ6I if he was still coming down for the big boat ride with Captain Mike W6MVM, to view the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights.I guess heís coming.Music Mike KB1UM told us he once performed music on a boat that was in a parade of lights in SF, and his band won second place for live music.I reported on my dx adventure on 20 earlier this evening.I worked VU3WIJ.He has an amazing home brew station.Much of it he made for CHEAP.Heís got my call wrong (NK6Z) on his QRZ page.Conversation moved on to smoking and eating shit in Colorado.Pot talk is gateway conversation to harder topics, and sure enough, in no time we were talking about LSD and other hard drugs.We even discussed getting high on nutmeg.It was a big surprise when Pat W7UA checked in.He used to check in to the old Little People Net, before everybody started hating each other.

 

 

Wed Dec 3

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WB6GGY, WQ6I, AA8KB, KK6CJA, KD7SKK, KB1UM, K7PRS

 

Iím writing this up days after the fact.I canít remember too much about the QSO.Moody WQ6I has gotten a couple of emails from a female ham named Kim.She listens and approves of our little party, but she does not have the spectrum privileges to join us.Hopefully she will upgrade, join us, and get bored.I baked the hell out of some toll house cookies on this night.I didnít burn them, but they were just cooked to death.So I compared notes with John K7PRS on cookie baking.You really need to be disciplined and take the damn things out of the oven when the directions say to, gooey and runny though the cookies may be.Mike KB1UM has lost an important thumb drive that he always keeps near his computer.It just vanished into thin air.Itís the stuff of Coast to Coast.Mike got a couple of musical gigs for this month.He also needs to get to work on the second edition of his book.Or is it a NEW fix it book?Iím not sure.I still would like to get a copy of the first book, if he can get it autographed for me by Art Bell.Comrade Mike AA8KB kept me on the edge of my seat with some recordings of Art Bell on the ham radio, and some old recordings of Mike KB1UM audio testing.Really old stuff.I talked some EZ NEC with Comrade Mike.Mike has the Silver Dick version of EZ NEC, with the 1500 segment capability, so I guess Iím going to have to get that, or Mike is going to be looking down miles of nose at me.

 

Monday Dec 1

 

The Bored Collective3636

Resistance is futile.

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, K7PRS, AG7G, K6ORJ, W6MVM

 

Iím trying out a new name for the net.I made a joke about calling it the Borg Collective, but John K6PRS made a better joke by suggesting we call it the Bored Collective.So weíll see if it catches on.Mike W6MVM is hosting a fabulous party on one of his big boats.Itís going to be Dec. 14.Heís going to float some of us over to the San Diego Parade of Lights.Weíre not going to be in the parade, but we are going to spectate.Shawn N7TNP, son of Conrad, checked in and got some unsolicited audio help.I was once again enraptured.Had to change my underwear several times.Shawn is running the PR-40 and W2IHY boxes, just like me and Art Bell.We were so busy ďhelpingĒ Shawn with his audio, that we totally blew off K6ORJ when he tried to check in.We really can be selfish assholes when we are having an audio orgy.We wanted to help Shawn with his dadís Butternut, but Shawn knew better than to fuck up both his dadís audio settings AND his antenna.Shawn is going home to Oregon, and when he gets some power and a decent antenna, he is going to join the Bored Collective again.I saw Interstellar recently, and cussed and discussed it with the gang.We talked movies in general for a while, and somehow wound up talking about Tyson and Cosmos and Nova.Moody WQ6I has never seen E.T., or seen Nova on PBS.Moody, come out of your cave.I precipitated in my first ham radio contest recently: the Sweepstakes.I didnít submit a log, because I only had, like, seven stations, and I didnít think that was good enough to win, but I did exchange with these stations all the required info.It was fun.I might do it again.I was in the high power, single op category.Seven stations isnít much, but I got them all in less than one minute, because I have a good antenna.I pooped out pretty quickly, because I am not in shape for contesting, but my endurance will improve with practice, and I expect to break into double digits next time.

 

Friday Nov 28

 

The Low Down and High Smelliní Net3636

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, KB1UM, K7PRS, AG7G, N6LN, K6ORJ

 

I listened, enraptured, for about thirty minutes while the gang audio tested with Mike KB1UM.Then I jumped in.I had to jump in and out because I was making observations out on the driveway for my dwarf nova project, the photometry for which I am contributing to an observing campaign.The photometry supports Very Large Array observations of a number of dwarf novae.I chatted with Duane AG7G and John K7PRS about my likely vee/loop coupling.I need to put up a mast dedicated to supporting my vee, and get it the hell away from the loop, if I am going to A-B the two.Duane discussed his cake baking with John.Jack N6LN has been contemplating the people dropping dead around him, and remarked that it is sad and is bumming him out.Those people have gone on to glory.Nothing to fret about.They are with Orv now.And another treat tonight was a long rehash by Moody WQ6I and Duane, of the history of the final days of Ramona Bell and the shit that went down with GU around that time.In fact the post mortem went all the way back to the days of Orv K6UEY on 3830, and the problems that arose when Art and GU joined up.

 

Wed Nov 26

 

The Low Down and High Smelliní Net3636

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, WB6GGY, AA8KB, KB1UM, K7PRS, WI2R, AG7G, N7NTP, KD7SKK, N6LN

 

We had quite a party tonight.None of the usual friction.I told the gang a concert story.Just before the start of the concert, a French horn player and his chair and his horn tumbled off the back of the riser upon which he was sitting.Thank god the horn didnít break.Tonight we met Conrad N7ENís son, Shawn N7TNP.He sounds just like Conrad, and just as happy.We did a lot of antenna testing with Mike KB1UM.I love that shit.I hope we can do some audio testing next.Jack N6LN checked in late.We havenít heard from Jack in a while.He had some recommendations for Duane on what to read and how to better spend his time.We talked pianos with Music mike.I axed Mike some questions about his musical exploits of late.Apparently he doesnít want to teach any more, or play the cruise ship gig he had for a while.There is a lot of communicable disease on cruise ships, and Mike had more than his share.Mike also doesnít draw the type of crowd that buys a lot of booze.Mike is too classy for that cruise line, apparently.Mike should perform the type of show that the 80 meter crowd would like, then a lot of booze would get sold.

 

Wed Nov 19

 

The Low Down and High Smelliní Net3636

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, AG7G, KB1UM, AA8KB, WA1OXT, K6ORJ

 

The QSO tonight was just heavenly.I checked in to touch bases with Moody WQ6I, regarding the BIG SHEW in Poway this Sunday, and the big feed following.Moody wants to know where exactly to sit for the best view of my beautiful face.Then Duane AG7G checked in, and he gave us the poop on his local weather, his gallbladder, local repeaters, and all kinda great shit like that.Thatís how I knew this was going to be a great QSO.I just love that shit.What could be better?Art Bell, thatís what.Moody talked to us about his RV-loop dueling with Art.Bonnie Crystal told Moody some secret balun shit to do to his loop, which made him competitive with Art.Phil WB6GGY said he has a loop and a Pro II because of Art Bell.I was just in heaven listening to this shit.Loops and weather and Art Bell.Moody offered some fragmentary intelligence on Jim GU, but I donít know if itís accurate, so Iíll leave it out.Mike KB1UM checked-in running power, and a half-sloper.He was weaker overall on the sloper than the rain gutter.So he ABíd the two radiators for us, trying different things.We got into a huge antenna analysis over this.Mike is pretty discouraged that his half-sloper sucks compared to the rain gutter.We all think he should put in a counterpoise for the sloper.I told a story about how I was out in the yard working on my antenna, and making a very important cell phone call.An impressive looking SUV drove up the long dirt driveway, with three well-dressed dudes inside.They got out and seemed very interested in my antenna masts.I thought they might be from my insurance company, or maybe the power company.I thought they were going to give me some shit about my loop.I have never been so happy to talk to Jehovahís Witnesses in my life.Anyway, this story got us onto the subject of religion and creationism.Mike AA8KB and Duane then turned that into a long argument about Islam.The content was ok, but the fifteen minute doubles were killing the net.Moody stepped in and broke it up.Only the discipline of the round table can protect the net from this sort of thing.Only the discipline of the round table can keep Art Bell on the table, where he belongs.So we dumped the Muslims and talked more about the big shew on Sunday.Duane mentioned something along the way about the absolute truth of math.Well, donít get too comfortable until you have checked out Godelís incompleteness theorems: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del's_incompleteness_theorems.Iíve been lying awake nights worrying about this.

 

Now, these JWís donít want me to burn in Hell, thatís why they came to the house to save me.But that whole episode in the yard with these guys got me thinking about how some kind of Earthly counseling is needed for the Damned, like me.Iím going down, I know that, but it has been on my mind lately that I want a better seat in the fiery grandstand than, say, Mike AA8KB, or Duane AG7G.But how to get that?What will the god I meet be the angriest about?Would he be more pissed off that I believed in no god, rather than the WRONG god.For example, what if I meet the god of Isis?It seems like he would want to cut my head off, I suppose making me even more dead than I already will be, if I worshiped the Christian god.Maybe heíd go easier on me if I just believed in no god.But who knows?What if this god thinks that Mike is some kind of wild-eyed Communist?What if this god doesnít like Commies?Then Mike should burn hotter and deeper than I, donít you think?And how about Duane?Heís some kind of half-assed Buddhist, I guess.What if God doesnít like Eastern religious bullshit?Then I think Duane will be mucking around down there with Mike.I just donít know what is going to happen.None of the Damned do.So we really need a Minister of the Damned to advise us on making the best of a bad situation, and Hell is going to be a bad situation.What about BZ?She took the JW literature and put it in the bottom of the tortoise box.Oh, sweet Jeezus.Thatís just in-your-face irreverence.I think she might be keeping some Bad Company with Mike and Duane.

 

 

Tue Nov 11

 

The Low Down and High Smelliní Net3636

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, W6MVM, AG7G, KB1UM, AA8KB

 

I jumped in with a thin film of brandy in the bottom of a cup, and toasted my grandpa (Roscoe V. Thurman, my dadís dad) for his service in the US Marines.I read an old San Diego Union article about him.He was highly decorated.And then I toasted Art Bell and thanked him for his service.And I thanked my dad for HIS service.And Moody WQ6I clanged a bell in honor of my dad and his dad.There wasnít a dry eye in the house.I had the whole day off today, and Tuesday is normally my heaviest day.More than half of my teaching hours for the week are on Tuesday.So goofing off all day today was heaven.Itís the closest Iíll ever get, anyway.Ebola and recent Ebola victims and potential Ebola victims came up in conversation.Then we started talking about longest running TV series.I guess cuz I mentioned one of the creators of The Simpsons is dying of colon cancer.The Simpsons is a very long running series.Fourteen episodes.A match for Bonanza.When Duane AG7G checked in, Captain Mike W6MVM checked out.Now, I donít know if there was a causal connection, but Duane seemed to think so.Comrade Mike AA8KB and I talked about school and the long strange trip of being raised Catholic.Wowee wow wow, we really went to Hell, didnít we?Ok, well, maybe not YET.Mike was very surprised that when I was confirmed, I/we were given the option of taking a pledge that we would not drink alcohol.I just slumped down in the pew so the Bishop would not see me blowing off the pledge.I wonder if I had taken it, how much it would have improved my chances of getting into Heaven.Perhaps my chances would have improved from 0.0%, to 0.00%.Music Mike KB1UM joined the party, so I read an article about how your chances of prostate cancer go down the more women that you screw.Mike is going to be stuck indoors because of weather for a long time, so I suggested he make good use of the time by fucking his brains out.Keep your prostate empty.Squirt out the carcinogens and crystal structures in the prostate fluid.Do not do this with homosexuals, as the benefit disappears, possibly from the trauma of being rammed up the ass.Iím afraid Disneyland Anal Pass holders may have an increased risk of prostate cancer.Duane joined in the school daze discussion.We talked about prehistoric computer games, such as Lunar Lander.I liked that one very much.It was just a command line game, in its earliest incarnation.Then Comrade Mike and I got into a long and interesting (in my opinion) antenna modeling discussion.

 

Saturday Nov 8

 

The Low Down and High Smelliní Net3636

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, KD6SL, KB1UM

 

We talked about my loop, mostly, at least after I checked in.John K7PRS recommends a 9:1 balun for my 450-ohm-ladder-line-fed antennas, because 450/50 = 9.Before I invest in one of those, Iím going to put the antenna analyzer on the lines and see what impedance the rig actually sees.I canít operate power on 160, because even though the tuner finds a match, I still hear sparking in the amp.The 9:1 may be the answer, but Iíve got to investigate further.Kevin KD6SL thinks I ought to stick to dipoles on 20, because the radiation pattern of the loop on 20 is so flower petal-like.The loop absolutely clobbers my vee on 20 in all directions, so Iíll be sticking with the loop on 20.I would like to build a three element quad, which would give the loop a better run for its money on 20.John doesnít think the loop could stand up to a beam at 100 feet, but thatís hardly fair.My loop is only 62 feet high.I would like to get on the ANZA dx net some night with Moody WQ6I, and get some signal reports for use in comparing his SteppIR with my loop.The loopís advantage over the vee starts disappearing fast around 5 MHz, but is still significant at 5 MHz.As the freq goes down, the loop and vee are both shorter and lower in terms of wavelength.So I am going to try an experiment.I am going to lower the loop significantly, and see if the loopís advantage over the vee at 5 MHz is significantly reduced.If so, I will conclude that a major contributing factor in the loop having such a small edge over the vee at 3.5 Mhz, is that the loop is just not high enough.If, however, the low loop is still much better than the vee, then I will conclude the that the reason the loop has such a small edge over the vee at 3.5 Mhz is because the 1000 foot loop is TOO SMALL.Further, if the conclusion is that the loop is too small, I will predict that when I add the additional 500 feet, doubling the enclosed area, that the loop will finally show a significant edge over the vee at 3.5 MHz.

 

Thursday Nov 6

 

The Low Down and High Smelliní Net3636

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, KB1UM, AF6D, W6MVM, AA8KB, AG7G, K6ORJ

 

This QSO was really for the birds.I mean, I really wanted to give these guys the bird.I tuned in, hoping to hear weather reports, signal reports, Art Bell reports, and other exciting stuff, but these fuckers were talking about BIRDS!Wowee wow wow, Iím nothing if not a bird lover, so I checked in.I mentioned in passing that the high winds predicted around here, that I expected would knock my loop around, did not materialize.I also mentioned that I watch the forecast on weather.gov and like the site very much.Well, Comrade Mike AA8KB has a huge bone for unisysweather.com.I guess itís got all kinds of bells and whistles and power and flexibility.Iím sure weather.gov canít do all that shit.So fuck weather.gov.Be sure you are wearing your reinforced underwear before you dare to use Mikeís BIG BONE unisysweather.com.Low-tech Duane AG7G says he just looks out the window for his weather data.WARFA, WARFA jamming, and the Sherriff came up again.I guess Duane has pissed off the Sherriff, and now the Sheriff is monitoring Duaneís ďsignal levels.ĒWhoa, Daddy!, has Duane got trouble now.When the Sherriff starts watching your signal levels, you are fucked, man.You know you are fucked.I brought up Rolling Stoneís top 100 vocalists of all time.You can find the list on the internet, but you gotta subscribe to the mag to get the discussion.Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger are in the top ten.How is it that those guys even make the list at all?Why isnít Sonny Bono in the top ten, or at least on the list, if Dylan and Jagger are?Now I am well aware that Dylan and Jagger are among the greatest rockers of all time, but are they very good singers?Urethra Franklin was number one.Thatís fine.At least sheís a great singer.Duane twisted Mike KB1UMís arm for some exposition on life in Colorado.Mike has been working some parties and restaurants, but has no permanent gig at this time.Mike is dating a woman from some hell hole called Arvada.Itís a very long drive from where Mike lives.Susan will be driving over to Mikeís for their next date, and I hope Mike prepares well by looking over unisysweather.com.

 

 

Sunday Nov 2

 

The Low Down and High Smelliní Net3636

 

KN6Z, WQ6I, K7PRS, WB6GGY, KB1UM, AF6D, W6MVM

 

Repeaters, repeaters, repeaters.Thatís why I checked in.But then the conversation shifted to Mike W6MVMís new boat-location.I wish he had checked with me on that, because now BZ and I canít come down and see free Humphreyís concerts.Mikeís boat is at a different marina.I reported on minor wind damage to one of my loop masts, and that deflected the conversation to antennas.Bob AF6D had some questions for the group, about bazookas.There was tons of doubling tonight.Jeezus.Mike KB1UM has hooked up with a new woman.Her name is Susan and he met her online.That is so romantic, donít you think?I hope for some stories from Mike about romancing Susan.I played an A minor and an E minor on my guitar, over the air, and Mike named the chords without hesitation.Bob told us a story about a guy in the hospital, who had a fifteen inch dick.Nurses were coming around and taking peeks under the sheet.I donít know the setup for this story.Who the guy was or how Bob knows about him, I donít know, so if you want the details, or just want to talk dick, talk to Bob.