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Ham Radio

Jan
03

I have finally decided to use CQR log http://cqrlog.com/  for logging contacts I make. Its a free program that natively runs on Linux. I have gone through and put most of my cotacts from my paper logs into it. I decieded to use it because it can talk to HDRlog, QRZ, and hamqth. I am using hamqth to auto fill teh fields when I log a new contact since its free compared to qrz. I am using HDRlog to provie a web version of my logbook. I have it displayed on the amateur radio tab on this site. I like that it maps out my contacts. 

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KE8ANU

Mar
15

I have successfully passed my  amateur radio Technician license and received my call sign. I have been exploring 2 meter repeaters. I am able to hit the Marysville repeater from my house. This has pretty good coverage throughout the county. I was also able to hit the 146.76 repeater in Columbus from Dublin with my hand-held radio.  I got to talk to my friend Joel (W3RAZ) on the "7-6 machine". I have been enjoying it so far. 

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Another Snow Day

Jan
09

The boys are off school again today. This time because of blowing and drifting snow causing bad road conditions. At least Nathan is feeling better and they can get outside and play. There is another cold front moving in today. I am hoping they will have school on Monday.  

  Boys Playing in Back Yard
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Oldman Winter is back

Jan
07

We are in a cold snap with a low temp predicted at -9 F and a windchill warning where windchill temps are -20 or colder. Schools are closed for Thursday January 8th. The boys are excited about another day off of school. They have been playing their Xbox quite a bit on their Christmas break. I hope the school isn't closed as many days as it was last winter. 

Backyard
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Independence Day

Jul
05

We had a nice Independence Day. We had a cook out with hamburgers, hotdogs, and cheddar brauts. The boys were in the parade with their cubscout pack and the boy scout troop. Here is a video of the parade.

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Clifton Cruise In

Jun
22

We had a fun adventure today. We started out towards Camp Clifton to pick up our oldest son. He was there for 5 days. He had a lot of fun there and met some new friends. Camp Clifton is a 4H summer camp. This past week the camp was full of 4H kids from Union county. The neat part about that is since everyone lives in the same county there is a good chance that the kids will be able to keep in contact with eachother after wards. After we got all the dirty clothes and other assorted camp essentials loaded up in the car I asked our boys if they wanted to go look at some old cars.

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Summer Time Adventures

Jun
14

Its summer time, The weather is good, kids are out out school, and families are taking trips to see and do things. We spent a weekend at Lake Hope in Vinton County. We rented a cabin at the state park. The cabin was nice. There was a charcoal grill out in the front of it and a fire ring behind it. It had 2 bedrooms, bathroom with a shower, a kitchen/livingroom area and a screened in back porch. It even had central air conditioning.

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Holiday Season

Dec
02

The holiday season is upon us. We had a very nice Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends. Sunday Dec 1st was the event the boys were excited to participate in, the Marysville Christmas Parade. They joined their fellow scouts marching in the parade and handing out candy. They really enjoyed it. I took a video of the parade incase you weren't able to attend it. I hope you enjoy it.

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Ohio Halloween Sites to see

Oct
26

I was checking out the facebook this evening and saw a picture of a halloween transformer display someone had posted. After reading the comments I found out it was in Cleveland Ohio ! That led me to search google for it and I came accross a page that listed that along with other Halloween attractions in North East Ohio.
http://findtimeforfun.com/must-see-halloween-displays-in-northeast-ohio/

 

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Ohio Linux Fest

Sep
17

This past weekend was the Ohio LInux Fest held at the Columbus Convention Center. I enjoyed attending it. I got to meet some new people and also see people I have met at the 10 previous events. The talks I went to were good. I thought Mark Spencer's morning keynote about Astrisk was inspiring. The IPV6 trobleshooting talk gave me a better understanding of the "unknowns" of IPV6 on the local network compared to familiar IPV4.  I also got to visit with people I met from previous years as well as meet new people.

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