8/14/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was my first day back to Magdalena Schools.  I was able to get a few questions answered, and started out my week.  It looks like I will be able to work 15 hours a week, and will cover an AVID class or two (depending on the day), the Math Analysis class, an Algebra II class (on certain days), and the Chemistry class.

Yesterday was also the first day of my new transit schedule.  I returned to NMT, updated my calendar, and got on the bus.  We arrived in time to catch the 5:51 pm train in Belen, instead of the 7:01 pm train, so I arrived in Albuquerque earlier (and farther north!)  I made it home by 7:45 pm, and it was still light outside.  I actually beat JoAnna and Joey home!

I checked into an amateur radio net on my way home.

In the evening, JoAnna and I talked and watched the sunset by the small thunderstorm that had formed near my house.

I don’t remember laying down, but I did, because I woke up when my alarm sounded this morning.

Overall, it was a good day.

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8/13/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning at the Duke City Hamfest again.  The only session I attended was another Skywarn Training, hosted by the Albuquerque NWS.  I like attending these, as I get referenced quite a bit for storms and storm chasing.

In the afternoon, I did some shopping and some cooking and cleaning.  I made jalapeno and cream cheese wrapped in turkey bacon, caprese, breakfast hash with hamburger, potatoes and peppers from my garden, and green Thai curry with ground turkey.

I also sat outside in the evening and posted to several of my blogs.  I also applied for a few more jobs on UpWork, so we will see how that goes.

Overall, it was a good day.  I will start at Magdalena tomorrow, and am looking forward to it.

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8/12/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day at the Duke City Hamfest, Albuquerque’s largest annual ham radio event.

At Duke City Hamfest, I attended a lecture on coaxial cable, another on STEM projects that happened this summer at Valley High School, an ARRL Forum, and another on kit building in remote locations.  The instructor of the last session has a hobby of building radio and electronic kits at parks, libraries and restaurants, which proves that you don’t need a fancy bench and all to be a “homebrewer” of electronics.

After the final presentation, I went into a class where we built a small 20 meter transceiver.  I have not tested it yet, but I think it looks good.  This particular kit had no soldering involved.  I will test the transmit side, as I do not have a high impedance set of earphones for the receive side.

In the evening, we went to Solid Grounds Coffee House and listened to Eileen and Cross Country, which was an excellent country band.  I highly recommend this band, if you ever get a chance to hear them.

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8/10/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro, finishing up the move from the storage space.  Finally, it is all done.  I have like two emails to send (which I will do sometime soon), and it is finished.

After I finished with the move, I worked on the absorption column software in the Unit Operations Lab.  I am about 1/2 done with it at this point, though there is still a lot to go.  Not to mention, I also have the distillation column and the heat exchanger software to write, safety equipment to order and chemicals to order.

In the afternoon, I ran into a first responder who was in town for explosives training.  He is a ham radio operator, so we had a good time talking radio.  He had emailed me and asked to tour the college club’s radio station, so we spent an hour or so chatting in the radio station.

I missed the bus, so I worked on a few more things before heading to my brother’s house for the evening.

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7/29/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we drove from Peoria, IL, to Joplin, MO, on a windy path to operate amateur radio equipment from more counties in Illinois and Missouri.

We started out the day by chatting with my friend and former student, Renee, who had been kind enough to let us stay at her house Friday evening.  We had a very nice visit with her, and it was good to catch up.  I think it has been three years or so since I last saw her.

In the afternoon, we drove through Illinois and Missouri along state routes, and saw the scenic rural areas of both of these states.  I operated the amateur radio equipment, and added several new counties to my logbook.

In the evening, we had a nice dinner at the Missouri Hick BBQ in Cuba, MO.  This is an excellent place, and we try to stop whenever we can.  The weather was so pleasant last night that we sat on the upstairs outdoor patio.

After dinner, we drove to Joplin, MO, for the night, and stayed at the EconoLodge.  There was no International Space Station (ISS) pass, unfortunately, but we still had a great trip.

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7/23/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we spent the day on the road from Guymon, OK, to Fort Scott, KS.  We have named this trip the “Nerd Olympics, 2017” thanks to all of the nerdy things we have done along the way.

First, we left Guymon and plotted a route through southern Kansas.  It was designed for me to operate my amateur radio equipment in a bunch of new counties.  I only talked to a few people in each county, but I did operate from a handful of new counties.

Along our route, we passed through the town of Moline, KS, which had a sign boasting of the “Oldest Swinging Bridge in Kansas.”  With that, we had to stop.

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This creek was quite neat in itself.  We watched crawdads, minnows and pond skimmers running along the surface of the water.

Also, the gravel around the creek was completely full of fossils.  I found a good crinoid stem, and JoAnna found a handful of other fossils.

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While I looked around at the crawdads and the fossils, it occurred to me that there was probably a geocache nearby.  I downloaded the app and went on a quest, and found the magnetic box under the bridge.

After that, we packed up and continued towards Fort Scott.  Along the way, we detoured to drive into a new county.  When I had finished operating from that county, we found another geocache and signed yet another logbook.

We then drove to Fort Scott, arriving right around sundown.

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We also watched several trains pass through town, including this one, that had a crew change as we arrived.

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In the late evening, we watched the International Space Station (ISS) appear to pass through the Big Dipper.

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7/17/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro, starting back to a semi-normal routine.

At NMT, I did quite a bit of reading. I started out by reading from two different LabVIEW books, finishing The LabVIEW Book of Style by Peter Blume.  This is an excellent reference for figuring out ways to organize and optimize LabVIEW code.

I also started reviving my LabVIEW network.  I signed up to take my recertifcation exam in August for Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer.  I admit that I am nervous about this (hence why I put it off for so long) as I don’t actually use it very often.  However, it is time to redevelop some of those skills again, so I read what I can.

I also am planning on attending the local LabVIEW user group meeting on Thursday.

I had lunch with my dynamo group and discussed a few of the changes that are happening with the hardware and software.

In the evening, I attended a webinar on amateur radio communication during hurricanes, hosted by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  I have not been active with hurricane nets, but I will listen again when there is one threatening landfall.

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