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Fourth of July

Part of the vetting for Eastside Firecorps included taking the first set of FEMA‘s Incident Command System (ICS) courses online: ICS 100 – Introduction to Incident Command System ICS 200 – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents ICS 700 Introduction to the National Incident Management System ICS 800 National Response Framework The overarching …

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RFI

Tracked down my first RFI this evening! This squiggly thing: was showing up when I was on 160M and was caused by the charger for my Macbook. The squiggle would start moving down frequency until the radio stopped transmitting (and the computer driving the sound out).

Field Day 2018

There were scant formalized opportunities for field day this year as local clubs either didn’t have a formal program (Redmond) or weren’t actively open (Issaquah), so I joined my friend K7IP in Ocean Shores to mess around with radios and do some geocaching.   We operated from the public beach south of town.  (4WD very helpful …

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Fire Training Support

Part of my volunteer work for Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Corps involved helping out with non-suppression activities at the Washington State fire training facility east of Seattle.  Activities included everything from setting up tables, carting crates of water around to different stops, running errands, and filling air bottles. This is a model used to …

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Is (New Technology) is Killing (My Hobby)?

<tl;dr> Betteridge’s law of headlines applies, “No.” </tl;dr> In the ham radio communities, a rash of posts are going around about how FT8 / the Internet / Millenials / Nobel-prize physicists are destroying amateur radio: K0NR’s Is the Internet destroying amateur radio? N0SSC’s Millennials are killing ham radio PE4BAS’ Is FT-8 damaging amateur radio? NZ0T’s Did Joe Taylor K1JT Destroy …

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Fruit and Vegetables

Over on Facebook, several of my friends were posting this meme of ten favorite albums, “no explanations.”  The “no explanations” aspect of the record meme made it just a bunch of random covers someone posted. Since I have an eclectic, arguably terrible music tastes, I started my own un-meme using fruits an vegetables.  I’m also going …

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Hippie Bowls

Hippie Bowls are roasted vegetables over a grain, topped with a lemon-hummus sauce.  It’s become a once-a-week dinner because it’s sooooo easy to make and I love the tastes involve. Hippie Bowls: 2 heads-worth of broccoli florets 1 head-worth of cauliflower florets 2T olive oil Two pinches of grey salt Parsley to garnish 1C quinoa …

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Lemon ricotta pancakes

The original recipe is from Cook’s Illustrated, and is a pretty tasty diversion from the standard buttermilk pancake.  To offset the weight of the ricotta, you fold in extra, whipped whites. Lemon ricotta pancakes (original source Cook’s Illustrated) 1 C all-purpose flour 3/4 t baking soda 3/4 t salt 1 1/2 C whole-milk ricotta 3 …

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Aash-e-Reshteh

Janet and I took the Persian Cuisine demo cooking class at the local hippie grocery store last week.  I reproduced two of the recipes: Khoresh-e kadu Halvai-o Alu ba Morgh (Braised butternut squash and chicken stew with prunes and walnuts) and Aash-e-Reshteh (beans, fresh greens and noodle soup). Aash-e-reshteh (beans, fresh greens & noodle soup) …

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Setting up FT8

(Updated 2019-12-08) First, download and install the latest distribution from the WSJT-X project page. The documentation is well-written and useful. Second, verify your system clock is set accurately. Seriously. The FT8 cycles are 15 seconds, of which 12.6 seconds are transmit, 0.5 – 1 seconds of decode & lookup, and the rest left up to …

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