Archive for December, 2008

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2008

I want to wish all readers a Happy New Year!

Ohio State got off to a good start in the Big Ten, knocking off Iowa 68-65. The Bucks now go on the road to Minnesota and Michigan State.

The Blue Jackets recorded their second straight shutout winning Monday night in Los Angeles 2-0. Tonight Columbus visits Anaheim for the second of six-straight road games.

New pictures were added to my Flickr page today:

In the “Cars” collection:

GCMC trip to Marietta OH
Homestead-Miami Speedway

In the “Railroad” collection:

North Alabama Railroad Museum
Gold Coast Railroad Museum
RJ Corman Steam Engine

In the “Lighthouses” collection:

Cape Florida Lighthouse

In the “Miscellaneous” collection:

Huntsville Botanical Gardens
Edison-Ford Winter Estates
Fort Myers Slough Preserve

Entry for December 30, 2008

December 30, 2008

I visited Tom, K4IE this morning. He has built something called a linearly loaded vertical that he has used sucessfully on 80 and 160 meters. I would like to build one of these myself for 80.

Pictures uploaded today:

In the “Cars” collection:

2004 Reds’ Opening Day Parade
Deal’s Gap

In the “Lighthouses” collection:

Mission Point
Grand Traverse
Sanibel Island
Port Boca Grande
Boca Grande Entrance Rear Range

In the “Railroad” collection:

Cinergy Model Railroad
Seminole Gulf Railroad
Fort Myers Museum

In the “Radio” collection:

Museum of Radio and Technology

In the “Miscellaneous” collection:

Corkscrew Swamp Nature Santuary
Captain Doug’s Airboat Rides

Entry for December 29, 2008

December 29, 2008

Ohio State is not the only team to be embarrassed at home recently. A fine young Georgetown team beat Connecticut in Hartford tonight.

I’ve posted a bunch more pictures on Flickr today. In the Miscellaneous collection, look for the following sets:

Franklin Park Conservatory
Niagara Falls
Ohio River Locks near Vevay IN

In the lighthouse collection:

Perry Monument
South Bass Island
Port Clinton
Marblehead
Vermillion
Fairport Harbor
Fairport Harbor West Breakwater
Presque Isle PA
Presque Isle PA North Pierhead
Buffalo Main & North Breakwater
Grand Island Front Range
Fort Niagara
30 Mile Point
Charlotte-Genesee
Big Sodus Point & Sodus Outer
Oswego West Pierhead
Selkirk
Stony Point (Henderson)
Tibbetts Point
Dunkirk

Entry for December 28, 2008

December 28, 2008

The Blue Jackets turned things around last night in beating Philadelphia 3-0. Steve Mason got his third career shutout.

I have posted a bunch of pictures that I took at horse farms during the summer of 2003. On my Flickr page, look at the “Horse Farms” collection.

Entry for December 27, 2008

December 27, 2008

I hope everyone had a great Christmas!

The Blue Jackets have not scored a goal since Manny Malhotra had that goal taken away in overtime in Dallas. Losses to Phoenix and Los Angeles have brought the string of consecutive losses to three. The Jackets host Philadephia tonight before going back out on the road.

Ohio State just suffered its first loss of the season as West Virginia won big in Columbus. The Mountaineers were another opponent in common with Kentucky. The Cats beat West Virginia in a tournament in Las Vegas earlier this season.

Kentucky had what appeared to be an easy breather against Florida Atlantic today, but only won by 7. The Cats’ defensive intensity was lacking in this game.

Entry for December 20, 2008

December 20, 2008

A couple of key injuries that are going to “hurt”.

Derick Brassard dislocated his right shoulder in a fight in the Columbus-Dallas game Thursday night. He has been one of the top rookies in the NHL so far this season. Not sure yet how long he’ll be out.

David Lighty broke his foot in the Jacksonville-Ohio State game.

Earlier today, Ohio State beat Iona and Kentucky beat Appalachian State.

Speaking of the Columbus-Dallas game, the Jackets rallied from two goals down to tie it. In overtime, Manny Malhotra appeared to have the game winner which the on-ice officials declared to be a goal. But, the Toronto War Room overruled, saying the puck was put in with a “distinct kicking motion”. Video replay indicated that it was an extremely poor call.

The Jackets visit Phoenix tonight.

Entry for December 18, 2008

December 18, 2008

The Blue Jackets picked up a huge overtime win over San Jose in Nationwide Arena last night. That is 5 in-a-row at home. Tonight Columbus will be in Dallas.

Ohio State stayed unbeaten by beating Jacksonville last night.

I operated the ARRL Ten-Meter contest over the weekend. Of course, ten meters is not in particularly good shape at this point in the sunspot cycle. But I did manage to make 68 contacts. I used my Yaesu FT-817 running 5 watts.

Entry for December 17, 2008

December 17, 2008

I am now on vacation until January 5th. One would think that I will be able to do a better job keeping this blog up-to-date. Then again, maybe not :-).

I got my first look at the Kentucky women’s team last Friday night as they lost to East Tennessee State. The Cats really missed Carly Ormerod who was out with an injury.

The Ohio State men have stayed unbeaten by beating Butler 54-51. The Bucks take on Jacksonville tonight.

UK notched wins against Mississippi Valley and Indiana.

After a miserable road trip out west, the Blue Jackets have won four-in-a-row at home with wins over Nashville and the Islanders. Tonight’s visit by San Jose will be a severe challenge to this streak. Steve Mason has continued to look awesome.

Lexington GlobalTuner

December 15, 2008

I have put an Icom IC-PCR1000 receiver on the web for public use via the GlobalTuners web site. You must register with GT to use their receivers, but registration is free.

Currently, the receiver only has an antenna for VHF/UHF, so it will work best on those frequencies. In the future I hope to add a shortwave antenna.

Santa will be talking to hospitalized children Monday and Tuesday night via ham radio. You can listen to Santa and the kids on the Lexington GlobalTuner. They will start around 6:00 PM EST Monday Dec. 15 and 6:30 PM EST on Tuesday Dec. 16.

Entry for December 07, 2008 part 2

December 7, 2008

Ohio State traveled to Indianapolis yesterday and beat seventh-ranked Notre Dame. The Bucks have raised some eyebrows this season with two away-from-home wins over ranked opponents.

Michigan evidently has a team to be reckoned with as they have beaten UCLA and Duke this year.

The Blue Jackets will play in Anaheim tonight. They are currently 0-2 on a western road trip.