Hopefully everybody was able to get out and enjoy yesterday. I heard it hit 80° which is awesome! I was able to get out and try to get some fishing done but the wind was very bad. So needless to say I did not have much luck. This weekend it’s supposed to rain a lot. I was just outside and it is very cold and very wet.
I plan on redoing the Rockford scanner website a bit this weekend. I might redesign it or I just might add content. I have not made up my mind on which route I want to take. I want to make it more user-friendly for everybody. Hopefully I can get that done this weekend or very soon. Among to do a lot of research before I do and figure out what’s the best way for everybody to use the website before I start making any changes.
March 20 was my dad’s birthday he would’ve been 58. I miss him a lot and it is hard to believe he’s been gone that long. August 2014. Gone but never forgotten. A lot of good memories he taught me many things in his legacy lives on with me and my brother. I went fishing on his birthday in memory of him. He used to take me fishing all the time when I was younger. I know he’s up in heaven looking down on us fishing for the big ones with my uncle again. I can just imagine just how big the fish are up there, LOL. I love you dad forever and beyond!
I was able to find some new fishing spots to fish this year. I am really looking forward to fishing a lot this year. I only catch and release. I want the fish I catch, I want my daughters to catch when they get older. So I always catch and release. I do it for the sport and the relaxation. Many great fishing areas in the area, I just have to wait a little bit for the water temperatures to rise before the fish really become active. Heck you never know I might turn my website into a fishing blog, LOL.
I have a lot of research to do ahead of me in reference to redoing my Rockford scanner website. I guess I should pop off of here. I hope everybody enjoys there weekend.
I am using this voice to text Dragon software so I apologize ahead of time if there are any errors below. I purchased this Dragon software so I can just talk and do my blogs while I multitask and do other things. So hopefully it was well worth the money. We will find out shortly.
Not a whole lot has been going on here just kicking back and relaxing in trying to enjoy life as much as possible. A local ham radio operator W9GD Gene, passed away a few days back and it really opens up your eyes again just how much we take life for granted. I was able to talk to him when I first got my ham radio license he was one of my first contacts. I enjoyed listening to him on the local nets. His DX reports were great. I had many ragchews with him since I have been licensed. He was a very smart man indeed. Jimmy last night on the fun net attributed the net to him. I was able to hear many great stories about him from others. W9GD may you rest in peace and fly high with the angels above.
I’ve been waiting for it to warm up a bit. We were pretty spoiled over the winter time. It is not too bad outside just windy and cold. I so cannot wait for it to be in the 80s and 90s again. I was talking to somebody on the ham radio the other day and they were down in Florida and they were complaining that it was 80° outside. All I could do was shake my head and laugh. What I would give to have that kind of weather again. We did have snow the other day but it did not last too long. My daughter went outside and played in the backyard in the snow and made some snow angels. The snow was the fluffy kind so it did not pack enough to make a snowman. We were hoping to build a snowman. Hopefully the snow stays away now and the temperatures rise.
Hopefully everybody change their batteries in their CO detectors and smoke alarms when they set the clocks ahead last weekend. This new time change is taking a little bit to get use to. I do enjoy a getting darker later at night now. But at the same time I enjoy looking at the stars so it takes an hour away from that. Won’t be too much longer before I’m able to lay down in the backyard for many hours on end and just stare at the stars. I so cannot wait for it to warm up. Laying down and looking up at the stars is one of the most peaceful things you could ever do . It is so relaxing and peaceful and beautiful. You realize we are just a little speck in this humongous universe. Who knows what lies out in the stars and beyond.
I have been wanting to watch a Chicago Cubs game since baseball has started back up again. But I have yet to do so. I believe it is only spring training right now or preseason so things really wouldn’t matter anyways. But it sure would be nice to watch a Cubs game again. I went to go watch one yesterday by the time I realize it was on it was already in the eighth inning. The Cubs were up 7 to 2. I do not know what the final score was. Hopefully they play today and I’m able to watch one of the games if not today then sometime soon.
I have been watching NASCAR a lot this season. I missed many races last year. I have only missed Atlanta this year. I am on the fence about their new system. I like it but then again I don’t. It kinda makes things interesting during the race and makes the drivers race a little harder. Used to be they would race the full race and whoever got the checkered flag at the end won. Now they have these sessions divided up so dear in the race after so many laps whoever is leading wins the points for that session. It makes the drivers battle a little bit more and make the race more interesting. I don’t like it because it’s something new and I have to get used to it but I cannot complain.
I’m going to in this blog for today for now. I have not proofread anything above so I do apologize ahead of time if there are any errors because I’m using this new Dragon software. I hope everybody has a wonderful day and enjoys their weekend
Watched Nascar earlier today, was a pretty good race. A hell of a finish. I hate Joey Lagono but I think Kyle Busch was in the wrong on this one. Long story short, Keslowski was having issues on the last lap and Busch and Lagono were racing to the finish. Busch came up fast on Keslowski and went down into Lagono, instead of slowing down. They went into the corner and they were both going to fast. Lagono got loose and went up into Busch and spun him. busch got out and went ot the Lagonos pits and started throwing punches. They did an interview with Lagono afterwards, and as usual Lagono was being a di*k as usual and said “none to me” when asked about the fight. Trolling Busch. Yes, Busch was wrong for fighting, but was awesome to watch lol. I think with Lagono response, Busch will definitely have it out for him in the future.
Watched the Walking Dead. I can’t believe Morgan killed someone. It is about time. Understandable it was to avenge Benjamins death. I can’t wait for em to all fight against the saviors. The saviors are some bad people and killed off many good people this season. I wish there was more zombie stuff this season, so it been pretty boring overall. I hate saying that, because I watch the Walking Dead religiously. But this season been slow and kinda boring overall. There is only 3 episodes left this season, so hopefully these last 3 episodes will be more action. I think with Carol back with the king now, things are about to change and they will fight with everyone and take out the saviors! I think as popular as the saviors are, I think they won’t wipe them out completely and will return next season. Be interesting to see what happens these last 3 episodes.
We are getting snow as I type this. Been a pretty nice winter overall. Warm and hardly any snow. I think this is going to be the last snowfall of the season. I think mother nature wanted to remind us that it is still technically winter lol. They are calling for 4-7 inches. As of right now of typing this, it has barely covered the ground. Maybe an inch or so. I am hoping there will be enough to build another snowman and take my kids sledding. I was looking at the forecast and it is going to warm up soon. So this snow will not be around for long.
Watched the Walking Dead tonight. Pretty good episode! This season has been pretty slow and boring (I hate saying that but it is true) There hasn’t been many zombies on the show. And when there has been, there is not much. I am a huge horror fan, so more zombies the better.
Long story short, tonight’s episode had a few zombies on it and there were a few important key parts for the season in the episode as well. I don’t see there being much more episodes for this season. I wish it was on everyday, but its not lol. I LOVE this show!
Tonight episode kind of made it appear some key characters might die off in the future 🙁 I was pretty pissed when Hershel, Glen, Lori, etc… passed away in the past. They have definitely shown that key characters can and will be killed off at anytime.
I do not even recall the last time I blogged, sorry. So I do not know where to start from. 😛
This weekend has been good on the HF radio! They had a DX contest and I was able to work many DX stations!
Below is some of the DX stations I was able to work over the weekend.
Our weather was pretty nice overall. We have had a lot of warm weather. And severe weather the other day. A couple tornadoes to our south. We had some snow yesterday and now back to the 60’s again on Monday. Joys of Illinois weather in March, LOL. I guess there is a chance of severe weather on Monday as well. I haven’t looked at the forecast recently, so it probably has changed by now. We will see.
Nascar is on again later today! I am super stoked! They are racing down in Atlanta. It is going to be a good day 🙂 As always, I am rooting for the Stewart-Haas racing team. They won Daytona! Hopefully they can win Atlanta also 🙂
I was able to watch the NASCAR duels tonight. It has been a long time since I watched NASCAR. Was definitely good to see! I can’t wait until Sunday, for the first official race of the season, Daytona 500!
I bought my fishing license today as well! I plan on doing a lot of fishing this year. More time away and relax and have some fun. 2016 I invested many hours working. I think 2017 is going to be kicked back and more relaxing for the most part. I plan on it anyways, lol.
The weather has been super nice lately. We had a thunderstorm a little bit ago! Nothing big, just a small thunderstorm. But heck, it is a thunderstorm in February!
I been thinking about renewing my coast to coast am subscription. I dunno yet. I listen to if a lot and it would be nice to listen to the archives as well. For awhile there, they were doing a lot of political crap, so I was being turned off by it. But now they are starting to do more of my stuff, the paranormal. So I been rethinking my subscription.
A long overdue blog here. I apologize for not blogging as much as I should be.
I been able to work several school clubs during the roundup this week on HF. Been good to hear the younger generation work the ham radios! I was able to ragchew with a few as well. Some them operators were working the contest fast, spitting out the contacts. Was amazing to hear. They are definitely natural ham radio operators!
The only DX I made recently, was to Canada. I actually was running QRP (5 watts) and made it to the northern half of Canada on SSB. My jaw kinda dropped (literally) when that happened! I kinda know my setup range and how far I get out with the recent band conditions. And I was utterly amazed at 5 watts.
I came across a food net on 7.220 in the afternoons. Met some great guys on there.
Also been working the nightwatch net as well.
Supposed to be a solar storm hitting soon. That is supposed to knock the band conditions way down in the dirt again 🙁 I am not looking forward to that at all. So I been trying to get my radio time in, before it hits. Last one that hit knocked the conditions out for awhile.
Friend of mine posted this on their social media, so i thought I would do it since I had a few minutes. So here it goes:
Why not take a break and learn about each other?
1. Who are you named after? My uncle who passed away
2. Last time you cried? Last night
3. Do you like your handwriting? I do, others hate it LOL
4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Ham
6. Longest relationship? 16 years
7. Do you still have your tonsils? Yes
8. Would you Bungee jump? Probably
9. What is your favorite kind of cereal? Shredded Wheat
10. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Most the time
11. Do you think you’re strong? Nah, others think I am though
12. Favorite ice cream? Probably Chocolate
13. What is the first thing you notice about someone? Eyes
14. Football or baseball? Football
15. What color pants are you wearing? Dark colored
16. Last thing you ate? Arbys
17. What are you listening to? Ham radio
18. If you were a crayon what color would you be? Black
19. What is your Favorite Smell? Strawberries and Champagne lotion
20. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? Daughter
21. Hair color? Brown
22. Eye color? Baby Blue
23. Favorite foods to eat? I like a baked potato
24. Scary movies or happy endings? Scary for sure
25. Last movie you watched? We’re The Millers
26. What color shirt are you wearing? Grey
27. Favorite holiday? 4th of July
28. Night owl or morning person? Night Owl
29. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
30. Dogs or cats? Cats! I don’t own any though 🙁
Not too much going on here. I been playing on HF radio a bit. Checked into the OMISS net and made my Alaska/North Pole contact (WL7X) I been needing for my Work All States award! I thought for sure my Alaska would be the very last state for my WAS. I was able to make the contact.
Not only that, I was able to work Maine earlier today (AA1XD) and was able to mark off Maine for my WAS. The band conditions have been opening up a bit. Enough to play on HF again. So I been working HF to work on WAS award.
I only need 7 more states for my WAS award. They are DE, HI, LA, NE, SD, VT, WY.
I can’t wait for this award. Still be some time before I get it. But conditions are improving on HF, so hopefully not to long 🙂
I played a bit up on HF radio Saturday. Band conditions been poor lately, so its been like a month since I made my last contact. Saturday I made a few contacts. The first one was a National Parks On The Air (N4CD) then I worked a World War event station (WW1USA) and then I worked a Battleship (NJ2BB) I was pretty happy. Saturday was also Winter field day, but I only worked one field day station and that was (N4EH)