Jun 26

Field Day 2016 Is Done. Easily Bored People Should Exit The Building Now.

Just like the headline says: Field Day 2016 is over and done with. Phew!

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I, of course, got out to the Field Day Site around noon last Friday to open the gate and accept the Porta Potty. The weather was pretty crappy with wind and drizzle for most of the afternoon. Cleared up but stayed windy while I was setting my “shack” up. SWMBO joined me for the two nights! (That is always cool!)

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Saturday we had me and AD7DY-Omer as the only Hams taking part in Field Day, but a butt-ton of visitors (including a Judge). Later in the afternoon AF7VT-Ric set up his station and started transmitting. AD7DY-Omer worked 40-meters (like he always does), AF7VT-Ric worked 20-meters voice, and I was working 20-meters PSK31. (And I actually made the first contact of our group this year. Unusual.)

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Saturday evening K7TIT-Dan came out and joined us for awhile. I don’t know if he worked any contacts or not. He did do the GOTA station at Kneeland Park in Shelton and made quite a few contacts from there during the day. Good job! N7YGE-Jerry came out and set up a Packet Station and showed everyone what that’s all about.

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Today I kind of just ran down; and I didn’t even stay up that late the night before! Ric & Omer had stayed up most of the night. I made Bacon and Eggs (scrambled) for all of us so we could start the day with a full stomach. Not that it did any good in my case. Guess I’m getting Old. But the Wx was perfect this weekend! Warm!

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So, around 1100 I shut everything down, loaded all my “stuff” back into the Caravan and Truck, and came home. First things first! Hot Shower! Then I unloaded the Caravan and Truck and started putting everything away. SWMBO came out and helped me clean up.

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And now we’re just lounging around resting and gathering our strenght for this coming week. Y’all can check out the pictures Ric & I took of this weekend on our Flicker site. (When I get off my Old Ass and post them.)

Will probably go to bed early tonight. Afterall, I’m turning 64 tomorrow.

And we even had the usual MCARC Sunday Evening Chat Net. Talk about dedicated!

Jun 23

Well, That Wasn’t So Bad. Mostly.

Combing2aLeft the house at 0900 for my appointment at Madigan. Left early cause I’ve never been to Madigan and I’ve heard lots of story’s about how hard parking is to find. Got there by 1000 and there was a butt-ton of empty spaces; as long as you didn’t mind parking kind of out there. Lot’s of people were driving up close to the building trying to find a “closer” spot. Dipshidiots. Park out, walk in.

Anyway, had some time to waste just walking around. Checked in. Was in for my appointment on time. Guy checked me for PAD (Periferial Artery Disease?) but everything checked out okay. Not bad for a almost 64 year old Vintage104asedentary ex-smoker. Afterwards he set me up for an appointment to check the main artery (senior moment) and my corotids before going in to see the actual Doctor. All that starts 15 Jul at 0630 in the A.M. (Which means getting out of the house by 0500.)

Stopped at MacDonald’s cause I was hungry and am home now. Think I’ll take apart my radio/rig and mount it in the Caravan and I won’t have to do that tomorrow.

Was coming back from filling the gas can, and came up behind a woman doing 5 mph on our 15 mph dirt road. So I went to go around her. She tried cutting me off, and when that didn’t work, stayed right beside me until I had to slow down. She fell in behind me and stayed on my ass all the way to my house.  Cussed me out for bcc06bdriving unsafe and passing her on a dirt road where “you have no control and people walk” and more. If anyone made it unsafe it was she; by speeding up and trying not to let me pass her. Dipshidiot. (I knew what I was doing. Road was clear of everything but her.) You don’t want people passing you? Do the fucking speed limit.

I’m almost expecting her husband to show up. If he does, I’m going to call 911 and say that there’s someone on my property threatening me and I want to know if I can shoot him legally? If the Cops show up they’re welcome to look at the dashcam video.

My Syma X5C drone came in today. Charged the battery and gave it a test flight. I still like to run into things. It’s light! And tough; since I’ve already run into multiple things and it’s still working. Don’t like the USB charging though. I’ll give it a better test this weekend at Field Day.

I got to pick SWMBO up at the QFC tonight. That’s always nice. She ate in my room while watching “Real Steel” and that was cool too.

But, not, this old guy (Old Guy) is gonna go lay down and read a bit.

Jun 21

We Had Lightning And Thunder Last Night!

Devil Girl From MarsAnd it was cooooooool! Started right about 2200 (or so) and lasted all of 10 minutes; but it was coooooooool! Except for it (usually) starting fires around here, I could live with a bit more lightning and thunder. (And I’d still be a Storm Chaser if I could.)

SWMBO had the day off for a dental appointment this morning. I made a run to Harbor Freight in Tacoma (for a new generator) then headed for COSTCO in Gig Harbor. Invited SWMBO to lunch and she met me there. Spent $150 of the Club’s money on Hot Dogs and stuff for Field Day this weekend. And we spent about the same for stuff we needed. Then, after a lot of the numbing had worn off her jaw, I took her to Qdoba’s for lunch. (I don’t really like Qdoba’s, but she does. And her happiness is worth eating one foo-foo Mexican meal occasionally.)

Stopped by the digger rental place on the highway between Gorst & Belfair and got everything set up for a digger tomorrow. Got home and unloaded her car and got my new generator running.

Devil Girl From MarsThe digger rental place delivered the digger today and told me to call them tomorrow when I’m through with it. Cool. Already spread out that pile of rocks I had just sitting there waiting for me to do that. Yep, gonna take a butt-ton of smaller stuff to keep the Caravan from sinking into it. Will do that tomorrow.

Not a whole lot going on now. SWMBO is sitting in the library reading (on her phone) and I’m “playing” in my room. Had to reboot my computer cause one of my drives just disappeared for awhile. Hope I don’t have another drive going bad. I use the Hell out of them though.

The MCARC 10-meter Tuesday Evening Chat Net went okay for only 4 of us checking in. I almost heard everybody!

Jun 20

We Spent HOURS Without Internet!

Vintage102aWell, a couple of hours anyway. Workmen were putting in a new phone line for my neighbor and they (accidently) cut mine. Luckily, I let them know just before they hauled ass outta here thinking they were finished. Took them a couple of hours to find the break and repair it.

But, what HELL I went through not being able to check my e-mail. Unable to browse the Net. I’m traumatized. My life will never return to NORMAL.

Nah, I checked my mail on my 4-G tablet and did stuff outside in the warm sunshine. It was almost like being a kid again. Except for being really Old. But me and the Dog took off all our clothes and went for a walk and by the time we got back the Internet was fixed. They did a great job and were totally responsive to getting the problem fixed. If I had had to call CenturyLink I’d be lucky if it was fixed by 2018. Dec.

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Not a whole heck of a lot going on around here. Made a Bank & PO run before the workmen started tearing up our road. After they started I was pretty much stuck at the house; but that’s okay. I’d rather be here anyway. Did get my usual chores done also.

DevilGirl02aOh, worked on my little generator some more. Took the fuel bell thingie off and made sure all that was cleaned out. Gas is getting through the float thingie. (Look, I’d be the first to admit I’m about as much a mechanic as a left-handed lug wrench. Don’t start!) It still will only run when I spray ether directly in the intake. Looks like I’ll need to buy another for this weekend; I just don’t have time to drop it off and get it fixed before Field Day.

And that’s pretty much it. Really.