• Re: 2m discussion and tra

    From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JIMMY ANDERSON on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11:26:00
    Jimmy,

    Okay - you've encouraged me. :-) Every time I get in the truck now
    to change job sites (I work IT for a public school district - in
    and out of ALL the buildings) I will make a call...

    As noted, I'm only on the air in the evenings...but with storms coming
    in late today lasting through Thursday, I'll be QRT until Friday
    morning.

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JIMMY ANDERSON on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11:28:00
    Jimmy,

    Yeah - I have interests that other people that share them are also
    NOT interested in HAM, so it's harder for me to get a conversation. :-)

    H.A.M. -- have another meal, and you don't call us late for dinner.


    I like sci-fi (espescially Star Wars and time travel), comic books, JA>action movies... I never hear those things on the air...

    If there's a sci-fi net, I'm not aware of it. Two of my specialty nets
    each week are on trains, and on food.

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Daryl Stout on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 13:36:00
    Daryl Stout wrote to Jimmy Anderson <=-

    Jimmy,

    Okay - you've encouraged me. :-) Every time I get in the truck now
    to change job sites (I work IT for a public school district - in
    and out of ALL the buildings) I will make a call...

    As noted, I'm only on the air in the evenings...but with storms
    coming in late today lasting through Thursday, I'll be QRT until Friday morning.

    Sorry if we've talked about this lately - are you on echonet at all?
    Or just DSTAR (sp?).





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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Daryl Stout on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 13:37:00
    Daryl Stout wrote to Jimmy Anderson <=-

    Yeah - I have interests that other people that share them are also
    NOT interested in HAM, so it's harder for me to get a conversation. :-)

    I like sci-fi (espescially Star Wars and time travel), comic books,
    action movies... I never hear those things on the air...

    If there's a sci-fi net, I'm not aware of it. Two of my specialty
    nets each week are on trains, and on food.

    I had not idea there were nets for specific topics!!!




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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JIMMY ANDERSON on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 14:31:00
    Jimmy,

    Sorry if we've talked about this lately - are you on echonet at all?
    Or just DSTAR (sp?).

    Never heard of Echonet...but I know what Echolink is. However, I'm not
    on it that often. Most of my time is on D-Star or D-Rats...but I'll be
    QRT tonight into Friday, due to thunderstorms.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JIMMY ANDERSON on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 14:35:00
    Jimmy,

    I had not idea there were nets for specific topics!!!

    Besides ham radio, there's trains, food, astronomy, Bible Study,
    camping, scouting, motorcycles, satellite, computers, military, weather, trivia, swap nets (for buying, selling, and trading ham radio gear), and
    more.

    Daryl

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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Daryl Stout on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 22:09:00
    Daryl Stout wrote to Jimmy Anderson <=-

    Jimmy,

    Sorry if we've talked about this lately - are you on echonet at all?
    Or just DSTAR (sp?).

    Never heard of Echonet...but I know what Echolink is. However, I'm
    not on it that often. Most of my time is on D-Star or D-Rats...but I'll
    be QRT tonight into Friday, due to thunderstorms.

    Whoops - yeah - echolink :-)




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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Daryl Stout on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 22:10:00
    Daryl Stout wrote to Jimmy Anderson <=-

    Jimmy,

    I had not idea there were nets for specific topics!!!

    Besides ham radio, there's trains, food, astronomy, Bible Study, camping, scouting, motorcycles, satellite, computers, military,
    weather, trivia, swap nets (for buying, selling, and trading ham radio gear), and more.

    Hmm... Bible Study - will have to look into that one...




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  • From Holger Granholm@2:20/228 to Jimmy Anderson on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:38:00
    In a message on 04-16-19 Jimmy Anderson said to Holger Granholm:

    Hello Jimmy,

    WHY, WHY?

    Okay - you've encouraged me. :-) Every time I get in the truck now
    to change job sites (I work IT for a public school district - in
    and out of ALL the buildings) I will make a call...

    Holger Granholm wrote to Sean Dennis <=-

    In a message on 08-27-18 Sean Dennis said to Jimmy Anderson:

    Why are you taking up this matter from aug. 2018??


    Have a nice day,

    Holger


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  • From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to Holger Granholm on Thursday, April 18, 2019 10:50:01
    Hello Holger,

    17 Apr 19 12:38 at you wrote to Jimmy Anderson:

    Why are you taking up this matter from aug. 2018??

    Better late than never?

    Later,
    Sean

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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Holger Granholm on Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:42:00
    Holger Granholm wrote to Jimmy Anderson <=-

    In a message on 04-16-19 Jimmy Anderson said to Holger Granholm:

    Hello Jimmy,

    WHY, WHY?

    Okay - you've encouraged me. :-) Every time I get in the truck now
    to change job sites (I work IT for a public school district - in
    and out of ALL the buildings) I will make a call...

    Holger Granholm wrote to Sean Dennis <=-

    In a message on 08-27-18 Sean Dennis said to Jimmy Anderson:

    Why are you taking up this matter from aug. 2018??

    Because I was AFB (away from BBS'ing) for a LONG time and it
    was still of interest to me.

    Sorry if that offended you... Wasn't my intent.

    And on the topic of calling - I've been turning my radio on to see
    what I can do/get. Too much static yesterday to understand the other
    person - today I hit the repeater that's tied in to other repeaters
    across Tennessee. Made a contact with Trey in Middle Tennessee (I'm
    in West Tennessee), so that was cool.





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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Sean Dennis on Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:43:00
    Sean Dennis wrote to Holger Granholm <=-

    Hello Holger,

    17 Apr 19 12:38 at you wrote to Jimmy Anderson:

    Why are you taking up this matter from aug. 2018??

    Better late than never?

    Yeah, and it was a 'new' message to me, since I was offline
    since before it was sent. :-)





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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JIMMY ANDERSON on Thursday, April 18, 2019 15:06:00
    Jimmy,

    Hmm... Bible Study - will have to look into that one...

    That isn't in my net list, but there may be a similar one on CQ100.

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Daryl Stout on Thursday, April 18, 2019 22:07:00
    Daryl Stout wrote to Jimmy Anderson <=-

    Jimmy,

    Hmm... Bible Study - will have to look into that one...

    That isn't in my net list, but there may be a similar one on CQ100.

    Okay - googled that and wound up going down a couple of rabbit holes... :-)

    Found an SDR but Windows only (I'm a Mac user) - found one for Mac, but
    it's a 'virtual' radio - doesn't actually use the air like echolink does.

    Found a smart phone walkie talkie app that is kinda cool. It's also
    virtual, but you can use it around the world 'public' or you can
    make a private 20 character code and share that code with your
    friends and use it as a PTT walkie talkie for a group - that's
    kinda cool!

    So is there an actual HF type SDR that I can use online without
    an actual, physical radio? Like echonet, I guess...





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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JIMMY ANDERSON on Friday, April 19, 2019 12:23:00
    Jimmy,

    That isn't in my net list, but there may be a similar one on CQ100.

    Okay - googled that and wound up going down a couple of rabbit holes... :-)

    Go to www.w2blc.net/cq100nets.htm for a list. I didn't see a Bible
    Study net, per se...but 2 possible Christian related nets.

    Found an SDR but Windows only (I'm a Mac user) - found one for Mac, but JA>it's a 'virtual' radio - doesn't actually use the air like echolink does.

    SDR: Software Defined Radio -- but if your XYL won't let you buy or
    use it, it's "Spousally Declined Radio" (hi hi).

    Found a smart phone walkie talkie app that is kinda cool. It's also JA>virtual, but you can use it around the world 'public' or you can
    make a private 20 character code and share that code with your
    friends and use it as a PTT walkie talkie for a group - that's
    kinda cool!

    Interesting. The battery probably runs down real quick, though.

    So is there an actual HF type SDR that I can use online without
    an actual, physical radio? Like echonet, I guess...

    Do you mean Echolink??

    As for the HF type SDR, I have no idea.

    The closest thing you could get would be CQ100, but it's $39 a year.
    I do the QCWA CQ100 Net on Friday mornings. CQ100 simulates operations
    on several HF bands, but no RF actually occurs. And, unlike real HF,
    Novices up through Amateur Extra, can use it.

    ... Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

    <DING!>

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Daryl Stout on Friday, April 19, 2019 18:00:00
    Daryl Stout wrote to Jimmy Anderson <=-

    Jimmy,

    That isn't in my net list, but there may be a similar one on CQ100.

    Okay - googled that and wound up going down a couple of rabbit holes... :-)

    Go to www.w2blc.net/cq100nets.htm for a list. I didn't see a Bible
    Study net, per se...but 2 possible Christian related nets.

    Got it - thx for the link!

    Found an SDR but Windows only (I'm a Mac user) - found one for Mac, but
    it's a 'virtual' radio - doesn't actually use the air like echolink does.

    SDR: Software Defined Radio -- but if your XYL won't let you buy or
    use it, it's "Spousally Declined Radio" (hi hi).

    LOL - the one I found for Windows appears to actually be the 'real thing'
    where you can talk HF using the Internet. Is there something like that
    that's NOT D-Star that you know of? For MAC I mean?

    Found a smart phone walkie talkie app that is kinda cool. It's also
    virtual, but you can use it around the world 'public' or you can
    make a private 20 character code and share that code with your
    friends and use it as a PTT walkie talkie for a group - that's
    kinda cool!

    Interesting. The battery probably runs down real quick, though.

    Yeah, probably, just like Pokemon Go or something like that that runs
    all the time.

    So is there an actual HF type SDR that I can use online without
    an actual, physical radio? Like echonet, I guess...

    Do you mean Echolink??

    Yeah, like that I guess...

    As for the HF type SDR, I have no idea.

    The closest thing you could get would be CQ100, but it's $39 a year.
    I do the QCWA CQ100 Net on Friday mornings. CQ100 simulates operations
    on several HF bands, but no RF actually occurs. And, unlike real HF, Novices up through Amateur Extra, can use it.

    Yeah - that link that goes to QSO net - that's the one I found on my own.
    So it is still not actual HF. Hmm...





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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JIMMY ANDERSON on Saturday, April 20, 2019 02:23:00
    Jimmy,

    Go to www.w2blc.net/cq100nets.htm for a list. I didn't see a Bible Study net, per se...but 2 possible Christian related nets.

    Got it - thx for the link!

    Glad to help. I was chatting on D-Rats last night with KC5FZG (he
    apparently doesn't have a mic at his computer, so that's how he checks
    into nets), and I told him about the BBS. He has snagged a lot of files
    out of my D-Rats Shared Folder...which is fine with me. I even have one
    in there as an information file on the BBS. Nothing like a shameless
    plug for your BBS...especially when ham radio and weather are the main
    themes. :)

    SDR: Software Defined Radio -- but if your XYL won't let you buy or use it, it's "Spousally Declined Radio" (hi hi).

    LOL - the one I found for Windows appears to actually be the 'real thing' JA>where you can talk HF using the Internet. Is there something like that JA>that's NOT D-Star that you know of? For MAC I mean?

    Not offhand. The only thing I know about an apple is that it's hard to
    eat with dentures, unless you use an apple coring device, where you can
    eat it in slivers. <G>

    Here I go...talking about food again...but, as I note on the D-Star
    Food Net that I run, "H.A.M. stands for H)ave A)nother M)eal"...and "You
    don't call us 'Late For Dinner'" (hi hi). Besides, with Field Day just
    over 2 months away, and getting into the heart of hamfest season, you
    have to keep the visitors and the operators well fed. And, yes, if you
    eat ham, you are cannibalistic (hi hi).

    Yeah, probably, just like Pokemon Go or something like that that runs
    all the time.

    I don't have any games on my smartphone. I use it to check email and
    weather data. I switched my main browser from Google Chrome to Mozilla
    Firefox. I've been pleasantly surprised with it, and wondered why I
    waited so long to do it. But, I've done that in the past, including:

    1) Buying a TNC at the Memphis, Tennessee hamfest 20 years ago, when it
    was at the fairgrounds...to use on packet. But, it sat in my closet for
    2 years.

    2) Upgrading from Windows 98 to XP -- then finally from Windows 7. With
    Windows 7 security updates and support ending in January, 2020,
    Microsoft is trying to get the holdouts to upgrade to Windows 10. Right
    now, I can't afford to do so...even off of Amazon. $200 per copy, and
    needing 1 for each computer, makes a rather steep proposition...I could
    buy a nice rig for that.

    3) Not getting into D-Star and D-Rats when I first had the chance to do
    so. The latter allows you to chat, exchange messages, and transfer
    files, in real time. Some nets meet in "chat rooms" (you can also set up
    a "private chat" with another ham), and the conversation gets busy.

    4) Changing from Google Chrome to Mozilla Firefox. Google has taken
    forever and a day to load, and Firefox works much faster.

    I used to use Facebook and Messenger on my phone, but don't anymore.
    I've gotten so where I use an add-on called "Fluff Busting Purity". It
    filters out all the ads, group suggestions, and other "garbage" that you
    may not want to see, as you browse Facebook. Right now, I only get on
    there to:

    A) Upload the "Net Menu" of D-Star, D-Rats, and Echolink Nets (with
    links to CQ100, D-Star HF, and DMR Nets) to the D-Star Users, D-Star
    Nets, and DMR Nets groups.

    B) Take checkins for the Arklatex D-Star Net in its respective
    group...I'll soon do the same with the QCWA group and its D-Star Net,
    once it moves to the QuadNet array on May 5.

    C) Post the link to the "Rail Passengers Association" News Hotline to
    the D-Star Trains Net, and the Railfans R Us groups.

    I was spending too much time on there, although I did obtain a bunch
    of graphical files for areas on the BBS.

    Do you mean Echolink??

    Yeah, like that I guess...

    Not sure. The only times I get on Echolink are to check into The
    Millennium Net, the Handi-Hams Midday Net, and the Skywarn Hurricane
    Prep Net. There was a utility called EchoAnswer, but it doesn't work
    right under Windows 7...it was a Virtual Answering Machine for Echolink.
    I also had EchoTime, a shareware product, basically the forerunner of
    the freeware program EchoProducer. Neither of those are registerable
    anymore.

    The Millennium Net originally start on both 6 meters and on Echolink.
    But, after the passing of one of the nets founders 2 years ago, the net
    went to Echolink only. We still get a nice group of folks chatting in a roundtable format each week (the only time the node for it is up), and
    they gave me the idea for an Echolink Nets Page 12 years ago. I've
    expanded that to include D-Star and D-Rats Nets...but also provide links
    to a "Nets Menu" with this information, plus links to CQ100, D-Star,
    DMR, and D-Star HF Nets. I've done very little with DMR, and spend most
    of my time with D-Star and D-Rats.

    Yeah - that link that goes to QSO net - that's the one I found on my own. JA>So it is still not actual HF. Hmm...

    No, but for some new hams, "mic fright" is a very real threat. Also,
    for those hams who've had to move to an assisted living center,
    nursing home, or into an HOA, with CC&R's, it still lets one enjoy the
    ham radio hobby, without all the gear. Unlike regular HF, where you have
    to have a Technician Class license, to use "a sliver" of 80, 40, 15, and
    10 meters" for CW only...and another sliver of 10 meters for SSB...but
    have to be a General or higher to get far more...CQ100 allows Novice
    Class hams and up to use it. I've even done PSK31 with it.

    There is a yearly fee (currently $39), but paid subscribers can use
    the service for free on Sunday, and they get an add-on called QSO-TV --
    sort of like a VoIP version of Amateur Television. While I've seen some
    "wild pictures" on there, one ham in Canada just constructed band pass
    filters for 2 meters and 6 meters, and he sent an image of the circuit
    board, as well as the box it was in. Folks also "checkin to the net" via
    that addon.

    I do the QCWA (Quarter Century Wireless Association) CQ100 Net on
    Friday mornings at 10am Central Time, and it's on the same frequency as
    their 20 meter HF net, which is at 2000 UTC on Sunday. But, lately, HF propagation has been in the toilet, as it were. I also do the QCWA
    D-Star Net at 4pm Central Time on Sunday, on Reflector 26A...but
    starting May 5, it'll move to the QuadNet Array (I'll be on X-Reflector
    757A), where we can also pick up DMR, WIRES, and System Fusion users. Go
    to www.openquad.net for details.

    As for QCWA itself, if one has been licensed at least 25 years (for
    2019, it's ANY TIME in 1994 or earlier), and is currently licensed, they
    can join the organization. Details are at www.qcwa.org -- I'm a member
    of the national organization, and the Arklatex Chapter.

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Daryl Stout on Saturday, April 20, 2019 08:55:00
    Daryl Stout wrote to Jimmy Anderson <=-

    that's NOT D-Star that you know of? For MAC I mean?

    Not offhand. The only thing I know about an apple is that it's hard
    to eat with dentures, unless you use an apple coring device, where you
    can eat it in slivers. <G>

    LOL :-)

    you have to keep the visitors and the operators well fed. And, yes, if
    you eat ham, you are cannibalistic (hi hi).

    :-)

    Yeah, probably, just like Pokemon Go or something like that that runs
    all the time.

    I don't have any games on my smartphone. I use it to check email and weather data. I switched my main browser from Google Chrome to Mozilla Firefox. I've been pleasantly surprised with it, and wondered why I
    waited so long to do it. But, I've done that in the past, including:

    Well I have an iPhone, so I use Safari for the browser. Since I have a
    Mac laptop, it shares saved passwords and history and bookmarks and...

    1) Buying a TNC at the Memphis, Tennessee hamfest 20 years ago, when it was at the fairgrounds...to use on packet. But, it sat in my closet for
    2 years.

    TNC?

    2) Upgrading from Windows 98 to XP -- then finally from Windows 7. With Windows 7 security updates and support ending in January, 2020,
    Microsoft is trying to get the holdouts to upgrade to Windows 10. Right now, I can't afford to do so...even off of Amazon. $200 per copy, and needing 1 for each computer, makes a rather steep proposition...I could buy a nice rig for that.

    I thought Win10 was a free upgrade from 7? I know for a while there it
    would force itself? Was that a period of free or something?

    3) Not getting into D-Star and D-Rats when I first had the chance to do so. The latter allows you to chat, exchange messages, and transfer
    files, in real time. Some nets meet in "chat rooms" (you can also set
    up a "private chat" with another ham), and the conversation gets busy.

    Speaking of money, that's why I never did anything with D-Star. For what
    it would cost to get into I could buy other stuff that I like or need. :-)
    I collect comics so I have a small budget for that every month, plus I
    play the Star Wars X-Wing miniatures game. I don't spend a ton with it,
    but I do spend some, plus some gas to drive for tourneys and such...

    4) Changing from Google Chrome to Mozilla Firefox. Google has taken forever and a day to load, and Firefox works much faster.

    On your phone? I use Safari on laptop as well as phone, but I do
    use Chrome for Google based stuff at work. We are a Google Apps for
    Education school system, and the admin stuff works better with
    Chrome, plus I can keep my logins seperate. :-)

    Never was a fan of Firefox, but that's a Ford/Chevy issue to me. :-)

    I used to use Facebook and Messenger on my phone, but don't anymore. I've gotten so where I use an add-on called "Fluff Busting Purity". It filters out all the ads, group suggestions, and other "garbage" that
    you may not want to see, as you browse Facebook. Right now, I only get
    on there to:

    I always learn new stuff from you. :-) Just installed FB Purity and will
    see how it goes!

    A) Upload the "Net Menu" of D-Star, D-Rats, and Echolink Nets (with
    links to CQ100, D-Star HF, and DMR Nets) to the D-Star Users, D-Star
    Nets, and DMR Nets groups.

    B) Take checkins for the Arklatex D-Star Net in its respective group...I'll soon do the same with the QCWA group and its D-Star Net,
    once it moves to the QuadNet array on May 5.

    C) Post the link to the "Rail Passengers Association" News Hotline to
    the D-Star Trains Net, and the Railfans R Us groups.

    I was spending too much time on there, although I did obtain a bunch
    of graphical files for areas on the BBS.

    Yeah, I'm not a FB 'fan,' but not a hater either. It turns out that the podcasts I listen to all have groups there for chat/discussion/feedback
    so it's the default place to 'talk' to people.

    Do you mean Echolink??

    Yeah, like that I guess...

    Not sure. The only times I get on Echolink are to check into The

    I've gotten on there a few times just to play around. One of my early
    times I made a connection with someone in Corinth Mississippi. He was
    sitting outside the local tire shop waiting for it to open and didn't
    know their local repeater was connected to echolink, so I was sitting
    with my laptop talking over the air to him. :-)

    I've done very little with DMR, and
    spend most of my time with D-Star and D-Rats.

    I might have told you but there was a local 'interest' in DMR several
    months ago. I never got into it, as I don't have a DMR radio, and then
    interest seemed to die out just as fast, so no reason to get into it.
    :-)

    No, but for some new hams, "mic fright" is a very real threat. Also,

    I've been on stage off and on since I was 14 years old - got over 'mic
    fright' a loooong time ago - LOL.

    for those hams who've had to move to an assisted living center,
    nursing home, or into an HOA, with CC&R's, it still lets one enjoy the
    ham radio hobby, without all the gear. Unlike regular HF, where you
    have to have a Technician Class license, to use "a sliver" of 80, 40,
    15, and 10 meters" for CW only...and another sliver of 10 meters for SSB...but have to be a General or higher to get far more...CQ100 allows Novice Class hams and up to use it. I've even done PSK31 with it.

    Yeah, that makes sense! I guess it's like us using the echonets to 'talk'
    when we could email directly. I'm not dialing up, but I am 'connecting'
    to a BBS with software, etc. And I'm using an offline mail reader, though
    time on the BBS is no longer limited like in the old days. :-)

    There is a yearly fee (currently $39), but paid subscribers can use
    the service for free on Sunday, and they get an add-on called QSO-TV -- sort of like a VoIP version of Amateur Television. While I've seen some "wild pictures" on there, one ham in Canada just constructed band pass filters for 2 meters and 6 meters, and he sent an image of the circuit board, as well as the box it was in. Folks also "checkin to the net"
    via that addon.

    Hmm... I may have to give it a whirl then... I was turned off by the
    Windows Only part of it, but I do have the capacity to run Windows on
    my Mac via Parallels. I used to have to do it a LOT for work, but as
    time has gone on we've managed to move more and more away from "windows
    only" things...

    I do the QCWA (Quarter Century Wireless Association) CQ100 Net on
    Friday mornings at 10am Central Time, and it's on the same frequency as their 20 meter HF net, which is at 2000 UTC on Sunday. But, lately, HF propagation has been in the toilet, as it were. I also do the QCWA
    D-Star Net at 4pm Central Time on Sunday, on Reflector 26A...but
    starting May 5, it'll move to the QuadNet Array (I'll be on X-Reflector 757A), where we can also pick up DMR, WIRES, and System Fusion users.
    Go to www.openquad.net for details.

    More interesting stuff! Thanks! I always get a ton of info from you. :-)

    As for QCWA itself, if one has been licensed at least 25 years (for 2019, it's ANY TIME in 1994 or earlier), and is currently licensed,
    they can join the organization. Details are at www.qcwa.org -- I'm a member of the national organization, and the Arklatex Chapter.





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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JIMMY ANDERSON on Saturday, April 20, 2019 12:41:00
    Jimmy,

    TNC?

    Terminal Node Controller. It's basically "a modem for ham radio", used
    in applications like packet and APRS.

    Speaking of APRS, I have a QST set up with D-Rats to send out my GPS
    location at the bottom of every hour...so, I'm visible on aprs.fi (just
    look for WX4QZ in Little Rock, Arkansas).

    I thought Win10 was a free upgrade from 7? I know for a while there it JA>would force itself? Was that a period of free or something?

    They did that initially, but I think that offer has long since
    expired. It'd be nice if it was back, though.

    Speaking of money, that's why I never did anything with D-Star. For what JA>it would cost to get into I could buy other stuff that I like or need. :-)

    You can get a ThumbDV from Northwest Digital Radio for under $150.
    That's cheaper than a DV Dongle ($200) or a basic DT-Star HT (well over
    $400). After all, hams are "frugal cheapskates". <G>

    I collect comics so I have a small budget for that every month, plus I JA>play the Star Wars X-Wing miniatures game. I don't spend a ton with it, JA>but I do spend some, plus some gas to drive for tourneys and such...

    I never was a fan of comics or a bookworm, but my late XYL was a
    bookworm.

    On your phone? I use Safari on laptop as well as phone, but I do
    use Chrome for Google based stuff at work. We are a Google Apps for JA>Education school system, and the admin stuff works better with
    Chrome, plus I can keep my logins seperate. :-)

    Yep...Firefox for Android. I also use the Dashlane Password Manager.
    That way, it creates funky passwords for me, and remembers them for me.

    Never was a fan of Firefox, but that's a Ford/Chevy issue to me. :-)

    I never thought I would be, but it loads so much faster than Chrome.

    I always learn new stuff from you. :-) Just installed FB Purity and will JA>see how it goes!

    It'll take a good bit of tweaking before you get it to where you want
    it. But, it's a free web browser on. Of course, Facebook is NOT happy
    that YOU HAVE CONTROL over what you see, instead of it being them. Yet,
    they're wasting their time sending me ads...I can barely survive
    financially now.

    Plus, at times, I got ads for feminine hygiene products. Being a
    widower nearly 12 years now (and probably until the day I die), I want
    to know "what am I supposed to do with stuff like that??!!". :P

    Yeah, I'm not a FB 'fan,' but not a hater either. It turns out that the JA>podcasts I listen to all have groups there for chat/discussion/feedback JA>so it's the default place to 'talk' to people.

    I never got into podcasts. To me, a podcast is plaster on a container
    for peas. <G>

    I've gotten on there a few times just to play around. One of my early JA>times I made a connection with someone in Corinth Mississippi. He was JA>sitting outside the local tire shop waiting for it to open and didn't JA>know their local repeater was connected to echolink, so I was sitting JA>with my laptop talking over the air to him. :-)

    I've used the smartphone app when I'm away from the QTH and the shack.

    I might have told you but there was a local 'interest' in DMR several JA>months ago. I never got into it, as I don't have a DMR radio, and then JA>interest seemed to die out just as fast, so no reason to get into it.

    To me, DMR "Doesn't Mean Radio". I've done very little with it, and
    will likely stay with D-Star and D-Rats as my main modes...although I am
    on packet radio at WX4QZ@NS2B.#WNY.NY.USA.NOAM -- the original packet
    BBS I was on is QRT, since the Sysop and his XYL are now Silent Keys.
    The BBS I'm on has a digital net every Monday night at 8pm Eastern Time.
    If you want, email me at either wx4qz@arrl.net or wx1der@gmail.com --
    and ask for "The PCL Net" and "The E.D. Net"...the latter was a funny
    net after I had first gotten my previous callsign...and what another ham thought E.D. actually meant!! <BG>.

    I've been on stage off and on since I was 14 years old - got over 'mic JA>fright' a loooong time ago - LOL.

    I remember being in theatre arts in high school and college. And, no
    matter how many plays I was in, right before coming out on stage, I
    wondered "You dumb $***!! Why are you doing this again??!!" <G>.

    Yeah, that makes sense! I guess it's like us using the echonets to 'talk' JA>when we could email directly. I'm not dialing up, but I am 'connecting' JA>to a BBS with software, etc. And I'm using an offline mail reader, though JA>time on the BBS is no longer limited like in the old days. :-)

    My BBS is the only one I logon to. As with other hobbies, it's a HOBBY...though some consider it an OBSESSION. I've never really set up a
    sked, but have offered it to some hams to contact me, and I'd do one.
    But, everyone is so busy nowadays. Then, you have summer vacation, etc.
    coming up soon...never mind folks going to Hamvention.

    If I could get a financial benefit, I'd love to do one FINAL out of
    state trip via Amtrak to the Duke City Hamfest in Albuquerque in September...but, I'm not overly optimistic.

    Hmm... I may have to give it a whirl then... I was turned off by the JA>Windows Only part of it, but I do have the capacity to run Windows on
    my Mac via Parallels. I used to have to do it a LOT for work, but as
    time has gone on we've managed to move more and more away from "windows JA>only" things...

    That may be the one drawback (Windows). But, to me, it's another way
    to communicate. Yet, I'm only on the air for nets...which is usually in
    the evenings.

    More interesting stuff! Thanks! I always get a ton of info from you. :-)

    That'll be a dollar two ninety-eight processing fee. Oops...I forgot!!
    No pecuniary interest on ham radio!! (hi hi).

    Daryl

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  • From Holger Granholm@2:20/228 to Jimmy Anderson on Saturday, April 20, 2019 11:30:00
    In a message on 04-19-19 Jimmy Anderson said to Daryl Stout:

    Hello Jimmy,

    Found a smart phone walkie talkie app that is kinda cool. It's also
    virtual, but you can use it around the world 'public' or you can
    make a private 20 character code and share that code with your
    friends and use it as a PTT walkie talkie for a group - that's
    kinda cool!

    Dunno where you found the term 'Walkie Talkie' but hand-helds are called
    Handie Talkies.

    Walkie talkies used inthe WW II were back pack units carried by one or
    two men depending on size and weight of the units. The battery pack was
    in the second back pack.

    Handie talkies were hand-held units, usually running on 30 MHz on
    internal batteries.

    You see, I was born before the WW II and therefore know the terms.


    Have a good Easter,

    Holger


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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Daryl Stout on Saturday, April 20, 2019 23:26:00
    Daryl Stout wrote to Jimmy Anderson <=-

    I collect comics so I have a small budget for that every month, plus I
    play the Star Wars X-Wing miniatures game. I don't spend a ton with it,
    but I do spend some, plus some gas to drive for tourneys and such...

    I never was a fan of comics or a bookworm, but my late XYL was a bookworm.

    I used to read a lot more than I do now. I still enjoy it, but I don't
    get to as many books as I used to...

    Yep...Firefox for Android. I also use the Dashlane Password Manager. That way, it creates funky passwords for me, and remembers them for me.

    Yeah - Safari does that for me as well.

    callsign...and what another ham thought E.D. actually meant!! <BG>.

    LOL

    I've been on stage off and on since I was 14 years old - got over 'mic
    fright' a loooong time ago - LOL.

    I remember being in theatre arts in high school and college. And, no matter how many plays I was in, right before coming out on stage, I wondered "You dumb $***!! Why are you doing this again??!!" <G>.

    LOL - I was in a play in November - that was a first for me! I meant
    as a musician for years, and as a singer/songwriter for the past several
    years now.

    My BBS is the only one I logon to. As with other hobbies, it's a HOBBY...though some consider it an OBSESSION. I've never really set up
    a sked, but have offered it to some hams to contact me, and I'd do one. But, everyone is so busy nowadays. Then, you have summer vacation, etc. coming up soon...never mind folks going to Hamvention.

    The one in Bartlett was a couple of weeks ago, but we didn't go. I have
    fond memories of going there with my wife over a couple of years, but
    really no reason to go this time. :-)

    We also went to Huntsville a few years ago, but only once. It was fun,
    but not planning to go back for that. It's just not a major thing for
    us, for several reasons.

    We are planning to go to Superman Days again in Metropolis in June.
    Looking forward to that!

    If I could get a financial benefit, I'd love to do one FINAL out of state trip via Amtrak to the Duke City Hamfest in Albuquerque in September...but, I'm not overly optimistic.

    We've never ridden on the train - we've talked about it before,
    but never did it. Our son lives in Indy now, and the train goes to
    St. Louis.

    More interesting stuff! Thanks! I always get a ton of info from you. :-)

    That'll be a dollar two ninety-eight processing fee. Oops...I
    forgot!! No pecuniary interest on ham radio!! (hi hi).

    :-)





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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JIMMY ANDERSON on Sunday, April 21, 2019 08:35:00
    Jimmy,

    I used to read a lot more than I do now. I still enjoy it, but I don't JA>get to as many books as I used to...

    I multi-task...I read in the bathroom <G>. Or like the cartoon where
    the individual is on the toilet, and the caption says "Crap!! I forgot
    my smartphone!!" :P

    Yeah - Safari does that for me as well.

    Amazing how many have such weak passwords. Bots have tried to get into
    the BBS, but with the recent addition of a CAPTCHA routine, they never
    get there. Before that, Synchronet had a deal where if they logged on
    with a certain name such as "Root, Sysop, Admin", etc., they were
    immediately disconnected.

    callsign...and what another ham thought E.D. actually meant!! <BG>.

    LOL

    I can relate to "electronic doofus", and to the widely known meaning.


    LOL - I was in a play in November - that was a first for me! I meant
    as a musician for years, and as a singer/songwriter for the past several JA>years now.

    I was in several in high school and college. We had "a co-ed dressing
    room", but you didn't have time "to take inventory" of the opposite
    gender. You were trying to change your costume, and be ready to go back
    on stage again in short order.

    The one in Bartlett was a couple of weeks ago, but we didn't go. I have JA>fond memories of going there with my wife over a couple of years, but JA>really no reason to go this time. :-)

    I don't have the money, and the long drives or rides are very hard on
    me, physically. At least in a Sleeping Car Roomette on Amtrak, I can
    stretch out, where my legs don't cramp up.

    We also went to Huntsville a few years ago, but only once. It was fun, JA>but not planning to go back for that. It's just not a major thing for
    us, for several reasons.

    Huntsville had far too much walking for me...although I'm nearly 70
    poinds lighter now than what I was back then.

    We are planning to go to Superman Days again in Metropolis in June. JA>Looking forward to that!

    The Daily Planet will have the blurbs on the prizes, no doubt. <G>

    We've never ridden on the train - we've talked about it before,
    but never did it. Our son lives in Indy now, and the train goes to
    St. Louis.

    "The Hoosier State" will be DISCONTINUED July 1, so one could only get
    to Indianapolis from Chicago will be 3 days a week on "The Cardinal".
    So, make your plans accordingly. "The City Of New Orleans" is the same
    consist the serves "The Texas Eagle"...the former through Memphis, and
    the latter through Little Rock...both of those run daily.

    ... I found a piano stool. I thought they were housebroken.

    Playing too much Rhapsody In Pew. :P

    Daryl

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  • From Mike Powell@1:2320/105 to HOLGER GRANHOLM on Sunday, April 21, 2019 11:11:00
    Handie talkies were hand-held units, usually running on 30 MHz on
    internal batteries.

    In the states, we call those walkie talkies, too. At least we have since
    at least the 1970's when, as a kid, it was something to have a pair. :)

    Mike

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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Holger Granholm on Sunday, April 21, 2019 23:01:00
    Holger Granholm wrote to Jimmy Anderson <=-

    Found a smart phone walkie talkie app that is kinda cool. It's also
    virtual, but you can use it around the world 'public' or you can
    make a private 20 character code and share that code with your
    friends and use it as a PTT walkie talkie for a group - that's
    kinda cool!

    Dunno where you found the term 'Walkie Talkie' but hand-helds are
    called Handie Talkies.

    Personally I don't care for that term - sounds 'cheesy' to me -
    I prefer Handheld Transiever when you're talking about HAM.

    But above, I was actually referring to an app that has 'walkie
    talkie' in the name of it.

    Have a good Easter,

    You too!



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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Daryl Stout on Sunday, April 21, 2019 23:08:00
    Daryl Stout wrote to Jimmy Anderson <=-

    I used to read a lot more than I do now. I still enjoy it, but I don't
    get to as many books as I used to...

    I multi-task...I read in the bathroom <G>. Or like the cartoon where
    the individual is on the toilet, and the caption says "Crap!! I forgot
    my smartphone!!" :P

    LOL - yeah, I can relate :-)

    LOL - I was in a play in November - that was a first for me! I meant
    as a musician for years, and as a singer/songwriter for the past several
    years now.

    I was in several in high school and college. We had "a co-ed dressing room", but you didn't have time "to take inventory" of the opposite gender. You were trying to change your costume, and be ready to go back
    on stage again in short order.

    LOL - yeah, we didn't strip in front of each other, but quick shirt changes
    and things like that back stage were common. But as long as it's professional
    I have no problems with it.

    The one in Bartlett was a couple of weeks ago, but we didn't go. I have
    fond memories of going there with my wife over a couple of years, but
    really no reason to go this time. :-)

    I don't have the money, and the long drives or rides are very hard on me, physically. At least in a Sleeping Car Roomette on Amtrak, I can stretch out, where my legs don't cramp up.

    Yeah, I can see that. Money has been tight for us too. Last couple of
    years have seen some unusual medical issues that have taken more out
    of pocket than normal...

    We also went to Huntsville a few years ago, but only once. It was fun,
    but not planning to go back for that. It's just not a major thing for
    us, for several reasons.

    Huntsville had far too much walking for me...although I'm nearly 70 poinds lighter now than what I was back then.

    Man that's awesome!!! But Huntsville was still not nearly as big as
    walking through GenCon the two times I've been there. :-)

    We've never ridden on the train - we've talked about it before,
    but never did it. Our son lives in Indy now, and the train goes to
    St. Louis.

    "The Hoosier State" will be DISCONTINUED July 1, so one could only
    get to Indianapolis from Chicago will be 3 days a week on "The
    Cardinal". So, make your plans accordingly. "The City Of New Orleans"
    is the same consist the serves "The Texas Eagle"...the former through Memphis, and the latter through Little Rock...both of those run daily.

    Hmm... So we could theroetically ride from Newbern (we have an Amtrack
    station just 20 or 25 minutes from here) to Chicago, then change to a
    train to Indy?





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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Mike Powell on Sunday, April 21, 2019 23:09:00
    Mike Powell wrote to Holger Granholm <=-

    Handie talkies were hand-held units, usually running on 30 MHz on
    internal batteries.

    In the states, we call those walkie talkies, too. At least we have
    since at least the 1970's when, as a kid, it was something to have a
    pair. :)

    My brothers and I had a pair and come to find out they weren't very
    powerful, but if you were close to the truck you could hear them
    on Channel 17 on the CB. :-)




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  • From Mike Powell@1:2320/105 to JIMMY ANDERSON on Monday, April 22, 2019 20:02:00
    My brothers and I had a pair and come to find out they weren't very
    powerful, but if you were close to the truck you could hear them
    on Channel 17 on the CB. :-)

    I got my pair for christmas one year. One was larger than the other and
    also had an AM radio. I got more use out of that than anything. :) We
    tested them and it seemed like we were able to get somewhere between 1/4
    and 1/2 mile away from each other before they quit picking anything up.

    I used them more for spying on my sisters & their friends than I did to actually communicate with anyone else. They were not near as interesting
    as I imagined them to be. :)

    Mike

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  • From Holger Granholm@2:20/228 to Mike Powell on Monday, April 22, 2019 09:39:00
    In a message on 04-21-19 Mike Powell said to Holger Granholm:

    Hi Mike,

    Handie talkies were hand-held units, usually running on 30 MHz on
    internal batteries.

    In the states, we call those walkie talkies, too. At least we have
    since at least the 1970's when, as a kid, it was something to have a
    pair. :)

    Hmmm, something went askew then. To me walkie-talkie is still back-pack.


    Have a nice day,

    Holger


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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Mike Powell on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 11:41:00
    Mike Powell wrote to Jimmy Anderson <=-

    My brothers and I had a pair and come to find out they weren't very powerful, but if you were close to the truck you could hear them
    on Channel 17 on the CB. :-)

    I got my pair for christmas one year. One was larger than the other
    and also had an AM radio. I got more use out of that than anything.
    :) We tested them and it seemed like we were able to get somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 mile away from each other before they quit picking anything up.

    Yeah - we couldn't use them over the hills very well, but if one of
    us was ON a hill we could really reach out! :-)

    I used them more for spying on my sisters & their friends than I did to actually communicate with anyone else. They were not near as
    interesting as I imagined them to be. :)

    LOL - such is the case with 'child technology,' eh? :-)

    Remember the little morse code generators? Well, a button that would
    generate a tone and the morse code alphabet was listed on a sticker
    on the unit most of the time.

    Never had one with an AM radio, but I did have a little AM radio
    'backpack' for my Six Million Dollar Man action figure! That was
    cool!





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  • From Mike Powell@1:2320/105 to JIMMY ANDERSON on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 19:38:00
    Remember the little morse code generators? Well, a button that would
    generate a tone and the morse code alphabet was listed on a sticker
    on the unit most of the time.

    Yes, mine had those, too. :) I enjoyed turning it on just to practice. I
    was in Cub Scouts back then, and they still taught some Morse Code back
    then.

    Never had one with an AM radio, but I did have a little AM radio
    'backpack' for my Six Million Dollar Man action figure! That was
    cool!

    I bet that was!

    Mike

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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Mike Powell on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 00:44:00
    Mike Powell wrote to Jimmy Anderson <=-

    Remember the little morse code generators? Well, a button that would generate a tone and the morse code alphabet was listed on a sticker
    on the unit most of the time.

    Yes, mine had those, too. :) I enjoyed turning it on just to
    practice. I was in Cub Scouts back then, and they still taught some
    Morse Code back then.

    I forgot about that! I was in the cub scouts too, and I learned
    the ASL alphabet, but never CW.

    Never had one with an AM radio, but I did have a little AM radio
    'backpack' for my Six Million Dollar Man action figure! That was
    cool!

    I bet that was!

    It was! I haven't thought about that in YEARS until your message.
    :-)

    * SLMR 2.1a * Why did CNN cancel that cool "Desert Storm" show?

    Oh man - I'm stealing that one. :-)




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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JIMMY ANDERSON on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 17:20:00
    Jimmy,

    I multi-task...I read in the bathroom <G>. Or like the cartoon where the individual is on the toilet, and the caption says "Crap!! I forgot my smartphone!!" :P

    LOL - yeah, I can relate :-)

    At some workplaces, that's the only time to make a phone call. I've
    been disabled for 15 years now, and unless I'm at a doctors appointment,
    in the ER, or in the hospital, my phone is on 24/7.

    LOL - yeah, we didn't strip in front of each other, but quick shirt changes JA>and things like that back stage were common. But as long as it's professiona JA>I have no problems with it.

    Besides, you had a job to do as an actor or actress. And at our age,
    we know "what's under the hood" -- and being a widower 12 years now, I
    know "we're the same from the back side". <G>

    Yeah, I can see that. Money has been tight for us too. Last couple of JA>years have seen some unusual medical issues that have taken more out
    of pocket than normal...

    I go in for an ultrasound next week, to see if I'm pregnant ... ...
    ... with more kidney stones (I hope not)...along with an X-Ray.

    Then, I have to undergo another Low-T Implant in the backside 2 weeks
    later. The Low-T for men, can lead to a host of other problems.

    One woman told me "If women can pass a baby, men can pass a kidney
    stone". I replied to her "But, unlike the female cervix, the male penis
    can not dilate!!". With your wife being an EMT, I'm sure she'd agree
    with that. If it could, talk about "self Viagra". :P

    Man that's awesome!!! But Huntsville was still not nearly as big as JA>walking through GenCon the two times I've been there. :-)

    If I could get into some good financial benefit this year, I'd like to
    take one final Amtrak trip to the Duke City Hamfest in Albuquerque in September. But, if I can't do that, the 2020 National Square Dance
    Convention will be in Spokane, Washington, and that'd be a really nice
    trip. Of course, I'd do Sleeping Car most of the way...the 2 exceptions
    would be on the Missouri River Runner between Saint Louis and Kansas
    City...and on the Lincoln Service between Chicago and Saint Louis. I'd
    rather spend the night in Saint Louis on the way back, than in Chicago.

    By going to Spokane, I'd likely square dance Thursday and Friday, and
    just spend Saturday with the local hams. I've "planned and dreamed" both
    trips, but wiithout the funds to pay for the tickets, both are "out of
    the question". However, one can't book a train trip until 11 months
    in advance of departure. So, if it ends up being the Spokane trip, it'd
    be late July before I could book it. Either way, I'd like to work Amtrak
    D-Star Railroad Mobile from the train.

    But, with all the stress I've gone through in the last year, with
    having to get my Mom into a nursing home, cashing in all the stocks,
    life insurance deals, etc., I've been on the verge of a nervous
    breakdown...and I feel that I DESERVE A NICE TRIP AS COMPENSATION. My
    brother wanted NOTHING to do with the financial crap...he can barely
    balance his own checkbook...but he wants his money. He always lived for himself, and in the present...so I'll have to pay for his funeral after
    he dies, as he didn't pre-arrange...like myself, my Mom, and my late
    father, did.

    Hmm... So we could theroetically ride from Newbern (we have an Amtrack JA>station just 20 or 25 minutes from here) to Chicago, then change to a JA>train to Indy?

    Correct. As noted, The Hoosier State will be terminated on July 1 (the
    state of Indiana is refusing to subsidize that corridor train), but The Cardinal will still serve the route between Chicago and Indianapolis
    (and on to Washington, DC) 3 days a week in each direction. Contact
    Amtrak at 1-800-872-7245 (1-800-USA-RAIL) or go to www.amtrak.com for
    details.

    While coach is cheaper, you don't have your privacy that you do in a
    sleeping car. Plus, except for the Silver Star Route, your meals in the
    Dining Car (excluding appetizers and alcoholic beverages) are included
    in the price of your ticket.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to MIKE POWELL on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 17:24:00
    Mike,

    I used them more for spying on my sisters & their friends than I did to MP>actually communicate with anyone else. They were not near as interesting MP>as I imagined them to be. :)

    With the APRS mode (available for Technician Class licensees and
    higher), with such things as a beacon from ones Terminal Node Controller (TNC)(a modem for ham radio)...or from their mobile rig...or from the
    APRS app for Android, or a GPS-X command with the D-Rats program, one
    can have their location out on aprs.fi around the clock. If I'm offline
    for storms (as I will be tonight through Thursday night), I won't show
    up.

    I have the APRS for Android app, but mainly have mine from the D-Rats utility. RATS is STAR spelled backwards...so it's a companion to D-Star.
    It allows hams to exchange message and files, and chat in real time.
    Some nets have chat rooms, or are on "ratflectors" (as opposed to
    reflectors on voice), and they can get rather busy. :)

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to MIKE POWELL on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 16:48:00
    Mike,

    Yes, mine had those, too. :) I enjoyed turning it on just to practice. I MP>was in Cub Scouts back then, and they still taught some Morse Code back MP>then.

    There are 2 funny stories I've heard over the years about Morse Code.

    1) I asked one area ham (who passed away several years ago), what his
    secret to learning Morse Code was. He replied "I learned all the dirty
    words first!!" <G>. Laughing, I said "Well, you can't say them on the
    air...but if it helps, more power to you!!". Sure enough, I was
    monitoring a conference server on the mode of Echolink, and this one
    club was doing a Morse Code class over the repeater. The first 4 letters
    they taught were the "S expletive". I thought "I'll be d@mned!!". :P
    But, when you looked at the dot and dash pattern (as ... .... .. - ), it
    made perfect sense.

    2) Four old boys were sitting at a restaurant table in Annapolis,
    Maryland, telling each other dirty jokes in CW (Continuous Wave, another
    name for Morse Code). This drop dead gorgerous, curvaceous, sexy female
    walked up to them, and admonished "You boys need to watch your
    language!! I teach CW at the Naval Academy across the street!!" and
    walked out!! They were as red as tomatoes!! <BG>

    I personally can send great, but lock up trying to receive.

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JIMMY ANDERSON on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 16:54:00
    Jimmy,

    I forgot about that! I was in the cub scouts too, and I learned
    the ASL alphabet, but never CW.

    There is such a video on YouTube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oidt3CYn9CA

    Or search for "Morse Code Sign Language" on YouTube...and look for
    Polyglot Stuart Jay Raj Mnidcraft Morse Code Sign Language Alphabet Song
    (it says to replay 3 times minimum). :) You feel like you want to
    "boogie" to the music. And with music, you can't use that on the air.

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Daryl Stout on Thursday, April 25, 2019 00:06:00
    Daryl Stout wrote to Jimmy Anderson <=-

    LOL - yeah, we didn't strip in front of each other, but quick shirt changes
    and things like that back stage were common. But as long as it's professiona
    I have no problems with it.

    Besides, you had a job to do as an actor or actress. And at our age,
    we know "what's under the hood" -- and being a widower 12 years now, I know "we're the same from the back side". <G>

    Exactly! It was all professional and no ogling or anything.

    Yeah, I can see that. Money has been tight for us too. Last couple of
    years have seen some unusual medical issues that have taken more out
    of pocket than normal...

    I go in for an ultrasound next week, to see if I'm pregnant ... ...
    ... with more kidney stones (I hope not)...along with an X-Ray.

    Let's hope for a healthy baby... THEM. :-)

    Hmm... So we could theroetically ride from Newbern (we have an Amtrack
    station just 20 or 25 minutes from here) to Chicago, then change to a
    train to Indy?

    Correct. As noted, The Hoosier State will be terminated on July 1
    (the state of Indiana is refusing to subsidize that corridor train),
    but The Cardinal will still serve the route between Chicago and Indianapolis (and on to Washington, DC) 3 days a week in each
    direction. Contact Amtrak at 1-800-872-7245 (1-800-USA-RAIL) or go to www.amtrak.com for details.

    While coach is cheaper, you don't have your privacy that you do in a sleeping car. Plus, except for the Silver Star Route, your meals in the Dining Car (excluding appetizers and alcoholic beverages) are included
    in the price of your ticket.

    Great info! Thanks! I will check on that!




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  • From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to Daryl Stout on Thursday, April 25, 2019 13:38:25
    Hello Daryl,

    24 Apr 19 16:48 at you wrote to MIKE POWELL:

    2) Four old boys were sitting at a restaurant table in Annapolis, Maryland, telling each other dirty jokes in CW (Continuous Wave,
    another name for Morse Code). This drop dead gorgerous, curvaceous,
    sexy female walked up to them, and admonished "You boys need to watch
    your language!! I teach CW at the Naval Academy across the street!!"
    and walked out!! They were as red as tomatoes!! <BG>

    That would be me if I knew CW. :P

    73 DE KD5COL,
    Sean
    kd5col.us

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  • From Mike Powell@1:2320/105 to DARYL STOUT on Thursday, April 25, 2019 18:52:00
    2) Four old boys were sitting at a restaurant table in Annapolis,
    Maryland, telling each other dirty jokes in CW (Continuous Wave, another
    name for Morse Code). This drop dead gorgerous, curvaceous, sexy female walked up to them, and admonished "You boys need to watch your
    language!! I teach CW at the Naval Academy across the street!!" and
    walked out!! They were as red as tomatoes!! <BG>

    LOL, that is a good one.

    Mike

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JIMMY ANDERSON on Thursday, April 25, 2019 21:58:00
    Jimmy,

    Besides, you had a job to do as an actor or actress. And at our age, we know "what's under the hood" -- and being a widower 12 years now, I know "we're the same from the back side". <G>

    Exactly! It was all professional and no ogling or anything.

    You don't have time to do that. Speaking of ogling (dirty old hams
    need love, too <G>)...several years ago, we were providing
    communications for the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure Run for breast
    cancer research. I was to be Net Control, and they were razzing me, that
    "I was going downtown to oogle at all the good looking women"...and, admittedly, there were a lot of them!! ;)

    But, the "fun" stopped, when we got a report of "a woman getting
    trampled". I thought "How are we going to get her out of there??", as
    there were at least 40,000 runners, etc. downtown. It turned out that
    she was claustrophobic!! I wondered "What in the world is a
    claustrophobic person doing in the middle of an event like this??!!".

    We had a heck of a time getting an ambulance to her...and I understand
    she had to be hospitalized for a bit. They quit using the hams for communications several years ago.

    Let's hope for a healthy baby... THEM. :-)

    They'll be boys..."Sly And The Family Stone" (hi hi).

    Great info! Thanks! I will check on that!

    Good luck on that.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to SEAN DENNIS on Thursday, April 25, 2019 21:58:00
    Hello Daryl,

    Hi, Sean...

    That would be me if I knew CW. :P

    You mean it doesn't stand for country western?? <BG>

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to MIKE POWELL on Thursday, April 25, 2019 21:58:00
    Mike,

    2) Four old boys were sitting at a restaurant table in Annapolis,
    Maryland, telling each other dirty jokes in CW (Continuous Wave, another MP>> name for Morse Code). This drop dead gorgerous, curvaceous, sexy female MP>> walked up to them, and admonished "You boys need to watch your
    language!! I teach CW at the Naval Academy across the street!!" and
    walked out!! They were as red as tomatoes!! <BG>

    LOL, that is a good one.

    And, it's a true story.

    Daryl
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  • From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to Daryl Stout on Sunday, April 28, 2019 20:29:56
    Daryl Stout wrote to SEAN DENNIS <=-

    You mean it doesn't stand for country western?? <BG>

    "We play both kinds of music here, country and western!"

    73 DE KD5COL,
    Sean


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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to SEAN DENNIS on Sunday, April 28, 2019 22:59:00
    Sean,

    You mean it doesn't stand for country western?? <BG>

    "We play both kinds of music here, country and western!"

    Really.

    I saw a picture in "The Radiogram", the monthly newsletter of the
    Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) Club in Ravenna, Ohio. It
    showed "A Homemade Raspberry Pi FT8" -- but it was a literal raspberry
    pie!! So, I found an image of a pineapple upside down cheesecake from
    The Cheesecake Factory, and titled it "My alternative to a Raspberry
    Pi". :P

    After all...H.A.M. stands for "Have Another Meal", and you don't call
    us "Late For Dinner"...otherwise, we have to do the dishes (hi hi).

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Holger Granholm on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12:57:00
    Okay - you've encouraged me. :-) Every time I get in the truck now
    to change job sites (I work IT for a public school district - in
    and out of ALL the buildings) I will make a call...

    If you build it, they will come ?




    Holger Granholm wrote to Sean Dennis <=-

    In a message on 08-27-18 Sean Dennis said to Jimmy Anderson:

    Hi Sean,

    Well, I did, but I never got a reply. Not sure if this was something
    that others heard about or tried?

    I listened but as usual, nothing...

    You don't create activity by just listening.
    Jimmy is on the right track. Opening your mouth may create activity.


    CU AGN, Sam, OH0NC

    aka Holger


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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Holger Granholm on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12:59:00
    Holger Granholm wrote to Sean Dennis <=-

    This (OH0) is a small community so everybody has talked everybody else
    and unless something special comes up there's nothing to talk about.

    Yeah - I have interests that other people that share them are also
    NOT interested in HAM, so it's harder for me to get a conversation. :-)

    I like sci-fi (espescially Star Wars and time travel), comic books,
    action movies... I never hear those things on the air...




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  • From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to Daryl Stout on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 10:45:04
    Hello Daryl,

    28 Apr 19 22:59 at you wrote to me:

    Sean,

    You mean it doesn't stand for country western?? <BG>

    "We play both kinds of music here, country and western!"

    Really.

    That's a quote from the original "The Blues Brothers" movie.

    After all...H.A.M. stands for "Have Another Meal", and you don't
    call us "Late For Dinner"...otherwise, we have to do the dishes (hi
    hi).

    You don't see too many thin amateur radio operators do you? :D

    73,
    Sean KD5COL
    https://www.kd5col.us

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to SEAN DENNIS on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 18:43:00
    Hello Daryl,

    Hi, Sean...

    That's a quote from the original "The Blues Brothers" movie.

    I missed that one.

    After all...H.A.M. stands for "Have Another Meal", and you don't
    call us "Late For Dinner"...otherwise, we have to do the dishes (hi hi).

    You don't see too many thin amateur radio operators do you? :D

    That's true.

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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