Archive for December, 2005

Happy New Year 2006

December 31, 2005

As previously reported, the LSU women handed the Ohio State women their first loss of the year. The same thing almost happened to the men. With just 2 1/2 minutes left, the Buckeyes trailed the Tigers by 10, but mounted a furious comeback for a 78-76 win. Matt Sylvester, hero of last year’s upset win over Illinois, was hero again as he hit a 3-pointer with 5.5 seconds left for the win.

The Blue Jackets have won three in-a-row, including last night’s 3-2 win in Chicago. Columbus scored 3 goals in the first period, then held on for the win. They are in Detroit tonight.

Right around the holidays, a number of hams operate near lighthouses all over the world. I have contacted several of them in the United States and Canada. Bonnie is a big lighthouse fan, and loves the QSL cards with pictures of the lighthouses that were “activated”.

My friend, DD6VSF has met an interesting young lady during his visit on Norderney Island, and they are getting to know each other.

I hope everyone reading this has a Happy New Year! See you in 2006

Entry for December 28, 2005

December 28, 2005

The Blue Jackets’ got their overtime luck back Monday night. Nikolai Zherdev scored a goal with 30 seconds left in regulation to tie Chicago 3-3. Then, in overtime, Jaroslav Balastik scored the winning goal.

Bonnie and I had a whirlwind Christmas. After dinner at her house, we headed to Columbus in off-and-on mist to visit my sister and brother and their families. Monday, we visited the youngest nephews until about noon, when we made the return trip. Had moderately good conditions on HF on both days, and I made a number of contacts.

I continue to be off work (until January 3) and have been doing a number of things around the house.

My friend DD6VSF is on Norderney Island, off the coast of Germany. Many hams like to work as many different islands as possible, and Sven has made hundreds of contacts. He got permission to put some antennas on top of the hotel where he is staying.

Happy Holidays 2005

December 23, 2005

I want to wish everyone reading this a joyous holiday season!

The Blue Jackets’ overtime luck finally ran out Tuesday night, as they lost a shootout in Detroit. They were the last team in the NHL to have not lost in overtime.

Wednesday, Columbus had a 3-2 lead over Dallas after 2 periods. At intermission, I came back in the shack, and noticed that the six-meter amateur band was open. It tends to get lively right around the summer and winter solstice, and a month or so before and after. I called CQ and worked 8 Texas stations. When I went back to the living room, Dallas had taken a 5-3 lead! So, the Stars came up with three quick goals. 5-3 was the final score.

I had bought a pressure washer this fall, and was anxious to try it out washing my cars. I was able to do that today as the temperature got into the low 50s with lots of sunshine. There is a special detergent for car washing, and it it dispensed from a tank on the washer. It is a poor substitute for a good hand wash job with a sponge or rag. But it is nice on a winter day to get the salt and dirt off without getting your hands wet.

I’ll be back after Christmas with a report on our travels and visits with family. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Entry for December 19, 2005

December 19, 2005

The LSU women’s basketball team went on a little road trip, and handed Ohio State and Kentucky their first losses of the year. In both cases, by huge margins. I don’t watch enough women’s basketball to know how LSU compares with Tennessee and Duke (who are rated higher), but for now I am calling LSU the top women’s team out there :).

The Ohio State men’s team is still undefeated. Saturday they played Iowa State in a brand-new arena in Des Moines. After trailing 60-52 late, the Bucks rallied for a 70-67 win.

I (and everyone I know) was pleasantly surprised at Kentucky’s upset win over Louisville Saturday afternoon. We gave them up for dead way too soon :-).

Entry for December 12, 2005

December 12, 2005

Another big overtime win for the Blue Jackets yesterday afternoon. This time the New Jersey Devils were the victim. Bryan Berard scored with 13.6 seconds left for a 3-2 win. Gerard Gallant is an incredible 11-1-4 in overtime games since taking over as head coach.

I also got to see the Ohio State women’s basketball team for the first time, as they won 68-57 at USC.

Entry for December 10, 2005 part 3

December 10, 2005

Kentucky has had a couple tough losses to big rivals North Carolina and Indiana. The team is down a bit this year. The UK women, and Ohio State men’s and women’s teams are all still undefeated.

There is a new HF rig in the shack, a Kenwood TS-530S. It is a bit low on output power but is otherwise in excellent shape. I also have an Icom dual-band HT coming, with a lot of nice accessories. A setup like that is expensive to acquire new.

With my previous optometrist having gone out of business, I had my annual eye exam with a different doctor, who happens to be an opthalmologist who accepts my insurance. He said my eyes are in great shape. I have been wearing the same glasses for many years, as my prescription has not changed in ages.

I’ve been playing with a new ham radio software program called “DX4WIN”. It looks great. Does logging, contest logging, digital modes, etc. Using it, I have my computer set up to have my radio automatically send Morse code.

Entry for December 10, 2005 part 2

December 10, 2005

IBM offers its employees a nice way to thank each other for assistance on the job, called, not surprisingly, the “IBM Thanks” program :-). Recipients get to choose an item from an extensive catalog. In one day, I had two of my fellow employees give me a “thanks” award. Of course, I am only two happy to help anyone, but I don’t mind choosing items from the catalog, either :-). I chose a jacket and a battery-operated clock radio.

Bonnie’s daughters have had a lot of problems with cysts on their backs and other areas. One of the twins had surgery recently to remove several of them. So far, the doctors have been unable to determine why this is such a problem for them. The doctor who did the surgery has determined that a rare kind of staph infection may be the culprit. If so, there may be something that can be done to reduce or eliminate the occurences of these cysts.

Entry for December 10, 2005 part 1

December 10, 2005

It’s been awhile since I’ve written here, so there is a lot to catch up on.

As long as I’ve lived in central Kentucky, I’ve never been to Renfro Valley. Bonnie and I went down there last night to see their annual Christmas show. My friend Mike was hired a few weeks back to play keyboard there. Also, the sister of one of Bonnie’s friends has worked there for years as a singer. So, we knew TWO people that were members of the cast. They put on a great show and we enjoyed it.

The Blue Jackets have had a couple shootout wins lately, one at Minnesota, and another at home against the Islanders. But, they are still way down in the standings. With a lot of good players injured, I am hoping they will play better when everyone gets healthy.