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Coast Guard Hard Hit by Shutdown

Posted by wonderwarthog | Mon Dec 31, 2018, 07:29 PM (8 replies)


Woke up at 5 a.m. and found a flat on my CVPI. (Tactical black retired interceptor, 2010 Crown Vic.)

Got a ride later, came back with Green Slime and an air can.

Got the tire up, and headed down the dirt road 2 miles to my mechanic.

That thumping sound and a sick feeling, tire went flat again, turned out to be a rim bead leak.

Got lug nuts loose, went to jack her up, and discovered the bottle truck jack I bought won't fit under the car.

Called another buddy, 20 minutes later 3 known Trump supporters show up in...

a pickup truck.

10 minutes later, down the road I went.

Bought them lunch.

I will never live this down.

EDIT - During the time I was waiting for them, two nice people stopped on the dirt road in the middle of nowhere and offered help.

The nicest people in the world are in the country.

Posted by wonderwarthog | Mon Dec 31, 2018, 04:53 PM (6 replies)

Dancing Airport Taxiway Worker, Passenger's Love Him!
Posted by wonderwarthog | Fri Dec 28, 2018, 08:41 PM (0 replies)

Pacific nations lose shortwave radio services that evade dictators, warn of natural disasters

The ABC has argued the shortwave transmissions, which can travel thousands of kilometres and be picked up by low-cost transmitters run on batteries or solar power, are outdated. Michael Mason, ABC’s Director of Radio said:

While shortwave technology has served audiences well for many decades, it is now nearly a century old and serves a very limited audience. The ABC is seeking efficiencies and will instead service this audience through modern technology.

The problem is, of course, that in remote places in the Pacific, particularly in Melanesian nations such as Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, there is no access to an FM signal, limited internet and, where internet is available, it is expensive.


How shortwave evades censors
The ABC has said it will replace international shortwave services with digital services including a web stream, in-country FM transmitters, an Australia Plus expats app and partner websites and apps such as TuneIn radio and vTurner.

There was no mention of the use of updates to shortwave technologies, such as Digital Radio Mondiale, which is being used by Radio New Zealand, or using shortwave for digital data transmission, which can’t be censored or jammed.

The move away from shortwave to FM transmissions and digital and mobile services has been accelerated despite the fact that FM frequencies can easily be shut down by disaffected political leaders, as happened in Fiji in 2009 on the order of then self-appointed Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

It was a matter of national pride at the time for the ABC to be providing independent information for Fijians via shortwave, with then managing director of the corporation, Mark Scott, highlighting a text message sent from inside Fiji to the ABC, which read “We are trying to listen to you online but are having difficulty. Please keep broadcasting. You are all we have”.

Posted by wonderwarthog | Wed Dec 26, 2018, 07:14 PM (5 replies)

Virgin HEATHKIT unboxing - assembly!

You dont see much of this anymore!

Deoxit was necessary as this unit had been stored so long!

RCA magic eye tube never before opened at 8:30 or so...

Posted by wonderwarthog | Wed Dec 26, 2018, 11:29 AM (2 replies)

Merry Christmas....

Posted by wonderwarthog | Mon Dec 24, 2018, 04:02 PM (0 replies)

Raven Rock - Pennsylvania's "Area 51"

"The Underground Pentagon"

Lots of strange going ons at Blue Ridge Summit...

Posted by wonderwarthog | Sun Dec 23, 2018, 10:45 PM (4 replies)

Signal Corps - Nerves of the Army


Posted by wonderwarthog | Sun Dec 23, 2018, 10:32 PM (2 replies)

Flushing 240 lb. of Mercury Down the Toilet

Don't try this at home...

Posted by wonderwarthog | Sun Dec 23, 2018, 07:47 PM (7 replies)

Santa flies over the border

Arizona man plays Santa after finding Nogales girl's Christmas wish list tied to balloon
By Gloria Knott Arizona Daily Star Dec 21, 2018 Updated 2 hrs ago

An 8-year-old girl’s holiday wishes came true this week after a Patagonia man found a wish list she wrote to Santa.

On Sunday, Randy Heiss was walking his dog in a remote area near his Patagonia home when he found a red balloon tangled in a desert plant.

At first he thought it was trash. But then he realized it was a balloon, and attached to the ribbon was a note.

“Lo and behold, it was from a little girl,” Heiss says.
Posted by wonderwarthog | Sat Dec 22, 2018, 11:00 PM (3 replies)
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