Fall 2010

Monday, 12-6-10 at 23:58 MST

The semester is winding to a close. I have quite a bit to do before the end of the semester, but it’s still my favorite time of the year.
WX Report: 40.6°F, 28% humidity, partly cloudy.
NWS Forecast: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind around 5 mph.

Thursday, 12-2-10 at 23:48 MST

It has been a long time since I last posted.
WX Report: 33.4°F, 24% humidity, mostly clear.
NWS Forecast: Mostly clear, with a low around 31. Calm wind.
Time for a monthly update:
Books read: 2 – Gangsters and Goodfellas by Henry Hill and Gus Russo, and a book on do it yourself plumbing.
Books of the Bible Read: 8 – Hebrews, James, Peter I, II, John I, II, III, Jude
Periodicals Read: 5
HF Contacts made: 116
Monthly average: 56.5%
Miles Biked: 6.310
Farthest Distance Traveled: Flagstaff, AZ
Biggest Accomplishment: registering for the NI class in January

Monday, 11-22-10 at 22:48 MST

This week is really hectic. I’m spending a lot of it sending back malfunctioning equipment.
WX Report: 40.3°F, 26% humidity, mostly clear.
NWS Forecast: Mostly clear, with a low around 27. West wind around 5 mph.

Sunday, 11-21-10 at 18:34 MST

So far, I’m up to 113 QSOs in 46 zones. There’s only a little over an hour left in the contest, but I’m taking a quick break.
WX Report: 56.5°F, 23% humidity, windy.
NWS Forecast: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. South wind between 10 and 15 mph.

Sabbath, 11-20-10 at 15:53 MST

I am playing in the SSB Sweeptakes contest, like I do every year. The Sweepstakes was my intro back into amateur radio way back in 2001. I participated in 1992, and a few other years, but I got back into radio in 2001 when I thought ‘who still uses this?’ and made quite a few contacts that year. Ever since, I’ve made it a point to operate in the SSB Sweepstakes contest on my own (not as part of a club).
WX Report: 60.1°F, 32% humidity, mostly sunny.
NWS Forecast: Mostly sunny, with a steady temperature around 63. South wind around 15 mph.

Wednesday, 11-17-10 at 11:13 MST

I’ve been busy this week so far, but I did get to hang out with Jimmy until the wee hours of the night. Hooray for El Camino!
WX Report: 49.8°F, 31% humidity, mostly sunny.
NWS Forecast: Sunny, with a high near 59. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Tuesday, 11-16-10 at 7:48 MST

This week will be incredibly busy, seeing as how I have two presentations due this week. I missed class last week, when we picked times in both classes, so having not been there, I’m first.
WX Report: 39.07°F, 33% humidity, mostly sunny.
NWS Forecast: Sunny, with a high near 62. Calm wind becoming west between 5 and 10 mph.

Monday, 11-15-10 at 6:23 MST

Happy Birthday, Joey!
WX Report: 43.9°F, 35% humidity, mostly clear.
NWS Forecast: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Sunday, 11-14-10 at 22:33 MST

Last week, we got a new mouse. It escaped in my car coming home. She now lives in a warm house instead of the cold car. I can’t believe she was still alive and around, but I caught her yesterday!!!
My garden is almost done for the year. I still water the broccoli, which is still producing, but everything else is dead.
WX Report: 47.3°F, 29% humidity, mostly cloudy.
NWS Forecast: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Sunday, 11-7-10 at 11:18 MST

Last night was part of an ongoing adventure. I will post the whole story when it has concluded.
WX Report: 58.6°F, 31% humidity, mostly sunny.
NWS Forecast: Sunny, with a high near 73. South wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Time for a monthly update:
Books read: In the middle of a bunch
Books of the Bible Read: 8; Phillipians, Collosians, Thessalonians I, II, Timothy I, II, Titus, and Philemon
Periodicals Read: 0 – I’m in the middle of 5 or so, but I keep putting them down and picking up another.
HF Contacts made: 39
Monthly average: 49.3%
Miles Biked: 5.630
Farthest Distance Traveled: Long Beach, CA
Biggest Accomplishment: I’m not sure

Wednesday, 11-3-10 at 23:18 MDT

Spent the day on the mountain blowing things up. Woohoo!
I updated my Socorro logs. More updates to come.
WX Report: 52.5°F, 33% humidity, clear.
NWS Forecast: Clear, with a low around 35. Calm wind.

Tuesday, 11-2-10 at 23:41 MDT

I attended the NI Technical Symposium in Albuquerque today. I missed last year’s but was able to attend this one. I think my favorite part this year was the talk on optical sensors that measured both strain and temperature.
I am slowly updating the Socorro QSOs page. I have a few more left…
WX Report: 47.57deg;F, 33% humidity, clear.
NWS Forecast: Clear, with a low around 36. North wind around 5 mph.

Monday, 11-1-10 at 23:47 MDT

I am not motivated to do anything tonight, for some reason. I have a ton of energy though, so it’s just unfocused energy.
CA QSOs updated. More updates to come.
WX Report: 49.8°F, 33% humidity, mostly clear.
NWS Forecast: Clear, with a low around 35. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.

Sunday, 10-31-10 at 14:41 MDT

Happy Halloween!
This month is already over, and I feel like I got a lot done… but not as much as I wanted to get done. November will be better. I’m doing good about setting realistic goals for myself each week, and I am meeting a lot of the important ones. I have let things like my Latin class fall by the wayside. I may see if I can still drop it.
WX Report: 66.0°F, 31% humidity, sunny.
NWS Forecast: Sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.

Friday, 10-30-10 at 23:58 MDT

This has been the least-updated month for this website in a long time. I promise I’ll do better sometime soon!
I had a nice visit with my brother and his roommate. We watched a few episodes of Most Extreme Elimination Challenge, which is always awesome.
WX Report: 54.7°F, 35% humidity, mostly clear.
NWS Forecast: Mostly clear, with a low around 39. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Tuesday, 10-19-10 at 23:34 MDT

I spent most of the evening cleaning the house. I think things are much more organized now, so that makes things easier to keep clean.
TARA picked up another 6 QSOs today (5 new states). Overall, it has been a slow contest so far.
WX Report: 56.1°F, 33% humidity, mostly clear.
NWS Forecast: Mostly clear, with a low around 44. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.

Monday, 10-18-10 at 23:56 MDT

Once again, another spectacularly late-night post. At least at my age. I remember the all nighter days of college, and now I turn into a pumpkin at midnight. What has happened?!
This week is the School Club Roundup (amateur radio contest). I made 7 contacts in 7 different states today. Hopefully, the band will be in better shape tomorrow.
I’m currently listening to Beethoven and working on my lesson plan for tomorrow. Nothing like waiting until the last minute! Tomorrow’s topic is on signal processing-for chemical engineers. It doesn’t have to be too in depth, but I’m still working on it anyway. I’m becoming happier and happier with my lesson plans this semester.
WX Report: 61.5°F, 31% humidity, mostly clear.
NWS Forecast: Isolated showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Sunday, 10-17-10 at 23:39 MDT

I haven’t updated this page in several weeks. Since I last posted, I’ve been and returned from Los Angeles, prepared for the ABET visit, and probably done another 100 things that aren’t coming to mind right now.
This week, you can expect more updates, I promise.
WX Report: 56.1°F, 34% humidity, partly cloudy.
NWS Forecast: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. West wind around 5 mph.

Friday, 10-1-10 at 23:50 MDT

Time for a monthly update:
Books read: 1; Electronics Demystified
Books of the Bible Read: 5; Romans, Corinthians I, II, Gallatians, Ephesians
Periodicals Read: 3
HF Contacts made: 238
Monthly average: 56.1%
Miles Biked: 12.000
Farthest Distance Traveled: Corrales, NM
Biggest Accomplishment: I made some real progress with my EMRTC project

Wednesday, 9-29-10 at 23:33 MDT

I feel like I’m moving in slow motion this week, even though I am getting a lot accomplished. There is so much more to do.
WX Report: 66.7°F, 29% humidity, mostly clear.
NWS Forecast: Clear, with a low around 58. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.

Sunday, 9-26-10 at 23:46 MDT

I updated my NM QSOs page again, several of my photo galleries (fixing broken links), and added photos to my TX QSOs page (county line signs).
Today was spent bouncing between housework, radio, preparing notes for my amateur radio class, testing EMRTC software, and updating my logbook.
WX Report: 67.6°F, 34% humidity, mostly clear.
NWS Forecast: Mostly clear, with a low around 53. Calm wind.

Thursday, 9-23-10 at 9:37 MDT

I woke up with a migrane this morning, so I slept in.
I fixed my antenna coax last night. At least my floor won’t be wet anymore!
WX Report: 62.4°F, 59% humidity, mostly sunny, an additional 0.3in of rain.
NWS Forecast: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before noon. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday, 9-22-10 at 23:54 MDT

My posts are creeping later and later again.
Note to self- put drip loops in all my antenna cables. The drip loops I had were unintentionally inside my office, so the floor is soaked.
WX Report: 65.1°F, 63% humidity, raining, 0.4in of rain so far.
NWS Forecast: Showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday, 9-21-10 at 23:50 MDT

I made a 10 meter contact today! I talked to Argentina on 28.370 MHz. It’s nice to see the occasional opening on 10 meters!
WX Report: 75.0°F, 41% humidity, partly cloudy.
NWS Forecast: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s to mid 60s.

Monday, 9-20-10 at 7:59 MDT

I had a nice visit with the family this weekend. I went to the school picnic, and then to the Albuquerque Objectivist Society meeting to present how they could advertise on the internet.
WX Report: 67.8°F, 48% humidity, sunny.
NWS Forecast: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 80s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday, 9-19-10 at 12:25 MDT

I have updated my TX QSO file and added photos to the Industrial Archeology page about a short excursion I had in Brownfield, TX.
WX Report: 79.0°F, 42% humidity, mostly sunny.
NWS Forecast: Mostly sunny late in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s to lower 90s. South winds 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday, 9-16-10 at 13:44 MDT

I updated my NM QSOs file, which is separate from my Socorro, NM file. I’ll hopefully update the Socorro one soon.
WX Report: 82.4°F, 25% humidity, partly cloudy, cumulonimbus to the east.
NWS Forecast: Mostly sunny in the morning…then partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower to mid 90s.

Monday, 9-13-10 at 23:33 MDT

We had our first air rifle practice of the year, but with 32 people showing up, I did not get to shoot. I helped coach some of the new shooters, which is also fun.
My amateur radio class is running this semester. I have three students, so hopefully there will be three new hams come October.
WX Report: 66.4°F, 51% humidity, mostly cloudy, 0.4 in rain.
NWS Forecast: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph in the evening.

Sunday, 9-12-10 at 23:47 MDT

Hey, it wasn’t at the last minute today!!
I posted an update. The photos from my trip to Austin, TX are up. I am experimenting with a (hopefully) more convenient way to browse the photos. I hope you like it!
WX Report: 70.0°F, 25% humidity, mostly clear.
NWS Forecast: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s to lower 60s.

Friday, 9-10-10 at 23:58 MDT

I need to learn to stop waiting until the last minutes of the day to post on here. I was hoping to finish another update, but it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to finish tonight.
WX Report: 71.2°F, 21% humidity, mostly clear.
NWS Forecast: Clear. Lows in the upper 40s to mid 50s. North winds 10 to 15 mph after midnight.

Thursday, 9-9-10 at 23:58 MDT

I attended the first (west side) Atlas Shrugged Reading Group!! There were four of us and the meeting went well.
WX Report: 76.8°F, 30% humidity, mostly clear.
NWS Forecast: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s to lower 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph in the evening.

Tuesday, 9-7-10 at 7:14 MDT

I haven’t posted here in a while. I was waiting to make a major update, and I finally finished that update. I present Storm Chase 2010!
WX Report: 66.9°F, 28% humidity, mostly sunny with a few scattered cumulus clouds.
NWS Forecast: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph shifting to the southeast 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Time for a monthly update:
Books read: In the middle of a bunch
Books of the Bible Read: 1, Acts
Periodicals Read: 9
HF Contacts made: 238
Monthly average: 61.4%
Miles Biked: 16.550
Farthest Distance Traveled: Austin, TX
Biggest Accomplishment: Making some good contacts at NI Week

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