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  1. Brian D

    If you had one of these...

    You were Upper Middle Class in your neighborhood.
  2. Brian D

    Worked the ISS tonight

    The ISS was passing by to the north at a low altitude. Onboard the ISS is a radio setup to receive signals from Hams and rebroadcast them. Tonight I managed to access that radio and worked a guy in San Francisco area, one guy about 40 miles to my east, and a guy in Denver CO. Used 5 watts and my...
  3. Brian D

    Weak signal reception

    While out sailing one day I picked up a very weak and noisy signal on my VHF. I could hear someone actually calling me by my name. I tried to answer but the signal was too weak. Here is how the conversation went. Distant Station (DS): ..ail...ng ...sel... ...kar...a ca... ...o... ...e...r me...
  4. Brian D

    Interesting video

  5. Brian D

    Heads up... really

    Heads up folks, and I really mean it. The Chinese launched a rocket the other day and the main engine got into a very low orbit. It wasn't suppose to do that. So, it is coming back down to earth. The problem, no one can say were or when. Reports are Saturday, but it is still unknown where it...
  6. Brian D

    CQD CQD SOS DE MGY MGY - Titanic Sinking

    Back in 1912 when the Titanic sank, the main mode of communications was Morse Code. In order for the radio operators to send messages quickly, they had to master the code at a rate of 40 words per minute (wpm). There were no computers or electronic keyers available at the time, it was done all...
  7. Brian D

    COVID restriction violation

    Crew to be arrested for not social distancing and not wearing masks. Film at 11!
  8. Brian D

    There is one in every harbour...

  9. Brian D

    Poor Kermit

  10. Brian D

    Happy Nowruz

    Nowruz is the Persian New Year. It is based off the solar spring equinox. This is a 3000 year old tradition which is celebrated by Persians, and many others, around the world. In the 1970's, I lived and went to school in Iran. I was asked by the Art and Drama teacher if I would play the Haji...
  11. Brian D

    Small hole filler

    I have some devices attached inside the lazarette that I plan on moving. They are attached with screws (maybe less than .25" diameter). Once the device is moved it will leave several small holes in the fiberglass. How does one go about filling those holes, (important) and, how does one make the...
  12. Brian D

    76 years ago today, on an island

    Six Marines raised a second flag on Japanese homeland territory for the first time during World War II, replacing a smaller flag that was raised a few hours before. The flag raising on Iwo Jima became the symbol of determination for a nation thrust into a war they did not want. The flag raisers...
  13. Brian D

    Space Weather

    Not sure if you cover this topic, but it does concern GPS users, and terrestrial communications, but not so much VHF.
  14. Brian D

    Riddle me this...

    Yep, it is winter again. LOL
  15. Brian D

    Furthest North, South, East, and West States?

    Similar to the Time thread, the question is raised... In the United States - The Northern most State is _________ The Southern most State is _________ The Eastern most State is __________ The Western most state is _________
  16. Brian D

    Boating Card

    For my fellow California sailors... Do you have your CA Boating Card yet? I have a few more years (I think) before I am required to get one. What about you guys?
  17. Brian D

    Two new toys for testing antennas

    I recently picked up two devices (not really toys) for testing and viewing what my antenna(s) see. Both were less than $60 and I think are a must on a sailboat. NanoVNA The NanoVNA is a small, compact Vector Network Analyzer. This tool has many functions, but the one(s) most notable for the...
  18. Brian D

    COVID Testing

    I wasn’t allowed to say anything until today, but it's now okay for me to share that I have volunteered for the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer. The vaccine is the one that has been developed in Russia. It is in 6 different stages and I received my first dose this morning at 06:20 am, and I...
  19. Brian D

    Today is the day...

  20. Brian D

    1900 containers lost at sea

    Not sure if this has been posted yet. Sailors in the Pacific beware. Quote The Japanese container ship ONE Apus has lost more than 1900 containers on Monday evening, 30 November. This happened when the 14,000-TEU ship ran into a storm on the Pacific Ocean. Forty lost containers were said to...