Archive for July, 2006

Entry for July 31, 2006

July 31, 2006

Despite the heat and humidity, we spent most of the weekend in southern Indiana. Had a couple things we wanted to do there.

The Indiana Railway Museum has a rail excursion over 20 miles of former Southern Railway line through the Hoosier National Forest south of French Lick. I had heard people talk about it for years. It wasn’t bad, although the scenery was not as good as I had hoped. The volunteers at the museum did a great job of running the train, which had about 200 passengers. Visit their web site at:

Saturday night we took in the show at the Ross Country Jamboree in Scottsburg, about 30 miles north of Louisville. My friend KA4MKG has been playing keyboard there for several months. The featured artists were the Kinman family, a man and his son and daughter. Very talented and funny. Visit the Ross Country Jamboree web site at and visit KA4MKG’s web site at

Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society

July 24, 2006

After a cloudy and rainy Saturday, Bonnie and I headed to Cincinnati yesterday as members of the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society opened their layouts to the public for viewing. It was a beautiful day, and we got to see some nice train layouts.

Visit their web site at

Take a look at the information about The Big Train Project. They have secured an 80,000 square-foot building for a permanent garden railroad display. Should be awesome once they get it up and running.

Europe on 50 MHz.

July 18, 2006

Last night I worked a station in France on 50 MHz (the six-meter amateur band). First time I had worked Europe on six in 30 years as a ham. The most common mode of propagation on six meters depends on refractions off the E-layer of the ionosphere. Since the E layer is so low in the sky, it takes several hops to get to Europe. It takes two hops just to get to the US west coast from here. The E layer gets ionized enough to propagate 50 MHz signals only sporadically, and so the propagation mode is called “sporadic-E” (abbreviated “Es”). In order to get multiple hops, you have to have multiple E clouds on the path to the target station. Es is common in summer time but it takes “getting all your ducks in a row” to work over very long distances.


There was a VHF contest over the weekend. Six meters was in great shape. I made about 40 contacts Saturday and 75 Sunday, even though I wasn’t planning to enter the contest and try for a big score.


There are three museums in the old Fayette County courthouse, and Bonnie and I visited all three of them Saturday morning. They are: The Lexington History Museum, The Lexington Public Safety Museum, and the Lexington Pharmacy Museum. All were interesting, and provided a nice look at how things were around here decades ago. The sad thing about my advanced age is that I remember a lot of the things in the museum :-). Was able to tell the curators about how things were way back in the ’70s :-). I actually may have some pharmacy artifacts that will be of interest to the pharmacy museum.

Entry for July 12, 2006

July 12, 2006

Vincent was baptized Sunday afternoon. I was godfather.


We had a nice weekend in Ohio. With warm temperatures and mostly sunny skies, we got a lot of swimming in. My brother is building a putting green in his backyard, and I helped with that.


Monday, we went to Celina, Ohio and saw a lighthouse that is on the shore of a small lake. It was another beautiful day, and we travelled a lot of miles with the top down on the Miata. I got to see some parts of Ohio that I had not visited before.


Happy Birthday, Bonnie!

July 6, 2006

Happy Birthday to Bonnie, the love of my life!

I hope everyone had a safe and fun Independence Day. Bonnie had a cookout, plus her Uncle Walter fried fish that he had caught in Florida earlier in the year.

I have put up some new pictures. Look for the following folders in my photo area:

Milwaukee Pierhead lighthouse
North Point Milwaukee lighthouse
Port Washington lighthouse
Port Washington Breakwater lighthouse
Manitowoc lighthouse
Green Bay WI - National Railroad Museum

Aviation Museum of Kentucky

July 3, 2006

2006 is more than half over. It’s hot, and I have mostly been staying inside in the air conditioning. Been drinking a lot of water, as my urologist suggests.

On Saturday morning, Bonnie and I went to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. It is well worth a visit for anyone who is even remotely interested in aviation. They have a number of excellent displays. A volunteer named Bob gave us a great personalized tour. I will eventually put the pictures I took in my photo area.

Bonnie is having a fish fry on the 4th. Next weekend is Vince’s baptism, and I am godfather.