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Outside

Batman says:

Outside, the place not inside, not in your house, car, office, tent, bus, camper…you get the idea (if not, leave now, you’ll be bored). God created us outside, we have always been apart of the outside world, and most people, if they are honest, will admit they are happier when outside enjoying Gods creations.

When I was young (go on, make the jokes, but I was actually young, of course that was before cell phones and more than 3 channels on the tele) I spent every waking moment outdoors, traipsing through the woods, running barefoot everywhere, doing fun stuff. I actually had working trap-line before the hunters with dogs whined and got steel leg hold traps outlawed (if u can’t kill a deer without chasing it with dogs till it’s exhausted, then shoot it, maybe you need to rethink your hunting prowess).We kids ran all day, outside and pitched a fit when it was dark and Mom called us home to get a bath and go to bed. Never in our wildest dreams could we imagine sitting in front of a television screen and ‘playing’ games all day (we had Clue, Sorry, Monopoly board games and others for rainy days). Video games, even had they been around back then, I’m willing to bet would not have done as well with us as this last couple generations. The problem is the parents, they allow the television to be a fix all baby sitter. Parents do not take responsibility for their kids (I’ll give you the few rare ones that do, but in my job I see it daily) actions, they don’t set firm limits and when their kids act out they blame everyone else but themselves. Read a quote from an actor, don’t remember who but it goes “Respect is taught at home,If a child is disrespectful, it’s your fault, It’s not societies fault or a video games fault, it’s Yours”We were taught respect or we got a belt period. Think we grew up ok getting a spanking that we deserved. Anyways I got off on another post for later, this was headed in the right direction then a squirrel ran by and I was distracted.Outside, anyways back to that, I cannot imagine a more harsh punishment to a child of my time than to be told he or she could not go outside and play. It was as if the world turned upside down. Today, and today’s parents, their punishment consists of repeatedly telling their kids over and over not to do the same thing they keep doing. When the punishment is much simpler. Make them go outside and play, not to a friends to play videos, but outside in your yard or park and actually spend time outside in God’s masterpiece creation. I’m willing to bet that if you do this enough, video games will become second fiddle to being outside and physically having fun with their friends. As for the adults, don’t care what you say or do, you to need to get outdoors as much as possible, to rejuvenate your soul. God made this planet not only to live on, he made it for us to enjoy being out on. I am a firm believer that every time I go outside, even for a short period, that it takes worry and stress off my mind and body. If this were Peach’s post she could find a scripture instantly to match this ramble, sorry if have to look for one it will take a week.I will leave you all with this thought, think back, when you were young, on a trip or walk with your parents. Then think where you were when you had the most exciting and interesting fun together, I’m betting you were outside someplace. Folks, God made it for us, don’t waste it by staying inside looking out, go Outside and experience it.

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Upgrade

Batman says:

Peach and I have decided to upgrade our ham licenses from Technician to General, which will like I explained in an earlier post, allow us more frequencies to converse on when we pass the test. “There’s a Test?? You know I stink at tests!!” to which Peach does as she always does, rolls her eyes and tells me to be serious, which kinda leads to the reason for this post (the test part not the me trying to be serious, which if you ask Peach, I rarely am).

I have often wondered what twisted personalities develop questions for Ham tests, I mean, if you look at them on the face they are a mixed jumble of technical jargon that the normal person has no clue what the meaning is (I’ll give a few examples in a bit). Now before all you Ham enthusiasts get all uppity, finish reading. There are two types of Ham operators, generally, I believe (leaving out the preppers, not because they don’t count but, because they mostly are using Ham for preparation for society collapse, good on ya for being prepared.) My two types are people that just want to turn on a radio, find some people talking and have a fun conversation, making new “contacts” and hopefully lifelong friendships. The other type also enjoys the same things, but these are the technical ones, the ones that desire to use computers, tinker with new equipment, find new ways to do things, which generally improves Ham radio for most others (except when it comes to tests).

The first user type is a young child or adult introduced to Ham at school or by a friend of the family or at a field day etc. They become excited to talk to people around the world (yes it’s possible to do) and enjoy doing so. This type does not care how the radio works, does not care how many volts equal a millivolt, kilovolt, volt cola or whatever. They just want to be able to talk and make friends. They will probably never open a radio up to fix a bad diode or bulb, won’t build or adjust antennas, will buy what’s best and use it based on what’s in the instruction manual. They want to know the rules, so they can follow them and be good Ham operators, and generally are happy with the knowledge they have.

Type two, the tinkerers, question everything, look for ways to talk farther, improve speed, make antennas easier to adjust (tune). These are the people that over the years, have improved Ham radio two-fold over what it was capable of doing in the early days, and they continue to question and try and improve each time they have a moment.

I believe both types have their place and both add something to Ham radio, and now the reason for the ramble:

Who writes these tests? I mean seriously??!! Why does a person need to know how many nanofarad’s equal a picofarad just to talk on a radio to someone?? Why do I care how the efficiency of a RF power amplifier is determined? Answer is “I don’t” except to upgrade my license, based on God knows who’s idea of what knowledge I need to be licensed to talk on Ham radio legally. This is where the two sides butt heads, the one side could care less, the other thinks everyone should know.

It’s my blog post (when Peach lets me call it that) so I’m gonna go out on a limb, why not make the test relevant to what you can and cannot do? Questions about the rules, would in my humble opinion, better serve the Ham community and teach what’s proper. By all means, if your type 2 then go forth and prosper, keep up the good work, but that’s no reason to expect the average person to learn how to calculate how long a wire antenna needs to be to be resonant on 80 meters (use the online calculators out there it’s easier).

Peach and I will wade through the technical crap that we will never use, and we will pass our tests (confidence is key) even though we believe it’s not relevant to why we are doing it. It has gotten “easier”, they took out the Morse code requirement (CW) which is weird because it would actually be relevant to a lot of people.

Anyways, I have to go learn what a discriminator, a mixer and other things I will never use are, the test is next month and my mind doesn’t like being crammed with useless knowledge, even if I only have to retain it till I pass the test.

Y’all take care

The pic above is all Peach and I use to talk on the air, it’s all we need.

Oh, when you write to give me heck, please use decent language, sometimes little kids read these posts to

73 y’all

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Naps

Batman says:

Naps? Why post about naps?

Because naps are awesome, who doesn’t remember sitting and staring at the television with its mundane, and either graphically violent or oversexed shows and nodding off, waking up at the end, missing all the violence and sex, but a bit more refreshed? I sure do, I nap all the time πŸ‘πŸΌ. I strategically space my naps around times of hectic goings on so as not to be interrupted. Parties and such are not good napping times, too much noise and too many people. I like the in between times, right after you have done everything needed, but before the noise starts, or after, and before the clean up begins.

I’m just kidding (mostly). Sure I take a nap now and then, while in my recliner that Peach got me (thanks πŸ‘), but it’s not an everyday thing or every weekend even, just once in a blue moon, but whenever I do I always wake up refreshed. I can see why kids nap, and why we used to in school, it lets the body rest even for a short while, so we can go back at the daily work, play, whatever, with more energy and focus.

Here’s hoping you get to nap sometime soon, really should try it, makes the whole day better.

Anyways, try and keep it down, please with all the responses and likes (haha), I’m due my nap soon….

Stop cleaning house πŸ‘ your making quite the racket..

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People

Batman says:

Here in my home town we have several homeless people, they can be seen pretty much everywhere downtown during the day pan handling for money, but they are still people. They are dirty, rude, sometimes aggressive (mainly with each other) but people none the less, they live, breathe, hope, and dream I’m sure of a better life.

And we also have a self named, self proclaimed ‘transient watch’ group. Their sole mission in life seems to be to follow these homeless people around day and night (stalking & harassing), waiting on them to violate a City ordinance or violate a law, then call the police. If the police don’t IMMEDIATELY show up and handle the situation the way this group thinks it should be handled, the take to facecrook (Facebook for those that couldn’t make the connection) and rant and rave about how the police aren’t doing anything to help with the transient population. This group is comprised of fine upstanding citizens (that was sarcasm folks) who believe they are making a difference (they aren’t) and they believe they will somehow make the police do what they want (they won’t) if they keep at it.

Some enterprising lawyer is eventually going to find one of these ‘transients’ and show them the stalking law, or some civil harassment law, and they are going to take this ‘transient watch group’ to task. And because of all the documented calls from this group (who’s main complainer doesn’t even live in the town) to the police, are public record, they have made the evidence for any such case that much easier to obtain.

There are proponents for both sides, me I’m kinda in the middle, I know the homeless (most of them anyways) don’t want to live that way, but they don’t really try and change it. They can be an eyesore in a tourist town, but to be honest, of the two groups, I’ll take the homeless over the high and mighty ‘transient watch’ group who have forgotten what Christian charity and just plain good human beings are supposed to act like.

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Ham (again)

Batman says:

Sooo again on the subject of ham radio operators, which Peach and I both are. Last time I posted about this was about how some hams have no (or little) in the way of manners when it comes to usage. Let me see if I can expound a bit but first let me explain who can do what on a ham radio.

There are three ‘classes’ of operators (the novice class for the most part doesn’t exist anymore)

The hierarchy goes like this from highest to lowest (in the range of frequencies you can legally use)

Amateur Extra

General

Technician

Now Peach and I are Technician class operators (studying to move to General) and as such we are extremely limited on what frequencies we can talk on (although there are proposals to open more up to technicians). We spend 98% of the time on what it known as 2 meter, sometimes we are on ‘simplex’ but it’s mainly line-of-sight so it’s use is limited.

2 meter however, if used through a repeater, can be used to talk all over town and to some extent, neighboring towns. Repeaters, basically take your signal and rebroadcast it so it can be heard farther (in a nutshell) I’m sure the technical geeks will pitch a fit and say it’s more complicated than that…don’t care really…it’s a signal booster, basically. Repeaters are put up by amateur radio clubs mainly, and sometimes by individuals, to be used freely by all (in most areas), and here lies the ‘rub’ so to speak.

Members, not all mind you, but certain few, seem to always be on the repeater, and when I say always, I’m talking pretty much 24/7. If they are not talking to each other, when they hear someone talking they find it necessary to get in on the conversation. Hams are generally social, so at most times this isn’t an issue, but when it’s obviously two family members conversing, the urge to butt in should probably be suppressed. It takes time for some hams to feel comfortable with their new skill set and they are mostly comfortable conversing with close friends or family, not strangers (in my line of work I speak on a radio all the time and for years it was able to be heard on scanners so myself it doesn’t bother).

We as hams are always trying to get more people to become hams, and join the thousands of others around the world. But here lately, the rudeness, the ‘taking over of the repeaters, has tainted some from wanting to participate. This type of usage is not what was intended I’m sure, and I hope for the sake of good radio it doesn’t last.

This type of behavior on basically the only frequency Peach and I can use is to be honest, the only reason we are trying to upgrade to General class. There we have many more ‘bands’ and frequencies to choose from if we need to do more than say ‘hello and I Love’ you to each other.

Now this sounds like I’m unsociable, and that’s not the case at all. I do like talking to others on the radio, I listen to the higher bands I’m not allowed to transmit on all the time, wishing I could talk to that guy in New Zealand or lady in Europe. But there are times I would like to say hi to Peach, see if she needs anything from town while I’m there, without being interrupted by the repeater hogs with hellos and who are you’s, don’t think I’ve ever heard you on here before and such, and if you are an unfamiliar female voice, it’s 50 times worse. Have some decency and radio etiquette at times and met some new voices talk to who they are comfortable with, and eventually they will expand their pool of contacts to maybe include even you.

Anyways, rant over, one day soon we will upgrade and be able to find a frequency where we can talk about the grocery list in peace…. I hope anyways