Birdwatch/Community Notes

In September, I was invited to participate in “Birdwatch,” now known as “Twitter Community Notes.” The concept is a misleading tweet can be annotated with additional information or context by the community. For example, consider this headline: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd holds press conference after agency says it seized enough fentanyl to kill 2.7 million people. WFLA, October 21, […]

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Parks on the Air

In addition to all of the geocaching I planned, I also thought I’d try activating some parks. Parks on the Air (POTA) is a program inspired by the ARRL National Parks on the Air program in 2016 by Sean Kutzko (KX9X) and Norm Fusaro (W3IZ). The idea is simply “everyday is field day,” that is, you take your radio crap […]

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Learn to Drive Syllabus – Suburbia and Beyond

Part 1: here. Part 2: here. Suburban practice:  30-45mph streets Goals: Be able to drive to (and park at) Trader Joe’s then Metropolitan Market and get back home.  Continue building good habits, two-way communication with parental unit in right seat Scanning and naming things to keep an eye on (e.g., pedestrians looking like they may cross, lights about to change, […]

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Field Day 2022

Paul (W7PEZ) and I worked field day as 2B EWA, that is, we set up with battery-powered equipment, everything self-contained. The national forest site near Cle Elum was fantastic – great view from a ledge, higher elevation (near 4000′) so it was cooler, very quiet, and trees to mount antennas. Paul brought his ICOM 7300 (HF) and a Yaesu 857 […]

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Learn to Drive Syllabus: Neighborhood

(A belated followup to Part 1. Part 3 is here.) Neighborhood Practice: 25mph streets Goals: Back out of and pull into our driveway. Complete point-to-point drives in a gentle environment, build good habits – speed control, scanning, and learning to recognize potential issues. Two-way communication with parental unit in right seat. For example, when I say stop, you need to […]

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Zucchini-Carrot waffles

This can also be made in a waffle maker. Ingredients: 3 zucchini, grated 2 carrots, peeled and grated 2t salt 3 eggs 1/2C flour 1t baking powder 1/2C feta 1T olive oil 3 chives, chopped (or use 1t dried leeks) 1/2 t dried dill butter (for frying) sour cream (optional topping) Place grated zucchini and carrots into a colander. Salt. […]

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