Archive for September, 2008

What does Birthday, Volley Ball, and Moldova have in common?

This was a busy week end.  We celebrated Ana’s 12th birthday.  Ana invited some friends to stay over night.  It was a fun time.  Desire’ had a Volley Ball tournament this week end also.  The Clancy Cougars “red team” came in first place.  Congrats!  Carol and John were also very busy packing for their trip to Moldova next week. Wow!  Click HERE to see some pictures of this busy but fun week end.

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I don’t normally copy posts from other blogs, but I thought this one was worth mentioning.  This is from the ARRL web site at http://arrl.org


On Sunday, September 21, Bob Williams, N7ODM, of
Bozeman, Montana, was just tuning around on 40 meters, giving his rig a
test just before a scheduled QSO with his brother Rich, K7URU, in
Spokane, when he heard a faint CW signal around 1 PM (MDT): Glenn
Russell Ruby Jr, W7AU, of Corvallis, Oregon had broken his leg and was
using a portable radio and Morse code to send out a call for help.
Williams said he was able to understand the injured man’s code even
when his signal became very weak.

Click Here for Full Story at ARRL.org

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From Work Pictures

I’ve just returned from three days near the Port of Wildhorse, North of Havre, Montana.  The land is flat and goes forever.  The sunrises and sunsets were beautiful.  Click HERE to see my collection of beautiful Montana scenes that I’ve captured while traveling around the beautiful state of Montana.

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Yesterday, Carol and I had the last of our shots before our Missions Trip to Moldova.  Many of the incidental items are done, and we are wrapping up our preparations.  We haven’t actually started packing, and we are not sure how all the stuff we plan on bringing will fit into our suitcases.  Our last group meeting will be tomorrow after church.  The boxes are finally being checked off of our  “to do list”.  We “plan” on posting daily while we are in Moldova. Whether that becomes fact, remains to be seen.  Check our our Moldova page HERE.

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Christian Students everywhere use their First Amendment rights as they gather around the schools’ flag poles before school starts, on Wednesday, September 24. This is an annual event where students express their love and dependence on Jesus, and pray for teachers, fellow students, and administrators in a peaceful, non-invasive way.

Be bold and attend the “See You At The Pole” event at your school.  Visit the official “See You At The Pole” web site for more information about the event, and information about your religious liberties in proclaiming your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  And, we will “See You At The Pole”.

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Click to go to the "New" radio.McDougallsHome.net web site for Amateur Radio Station K7JM

Click to go to the 'New' radio.McDougallsHome.net web site of Amateur Radio Station K7JM

I am in the process of creating a new web site for my Amateur Radio activities.  It is in the very early stages, and will probably change often; but you can check it out by clicking HERE.  Eventually, I will be moving all of my Ham Radio posts over to that site.  The site address is:  http://radio.McDougallsHome.net .

John

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Click the picture to see more of this Montgomery Ward Airline Radio

Click the picture to see more of this Montgomery Ward Airline Radio

I love to collect old radio items. I don’t really go out of my way to find them, but when they find me, I am very interested in picking them up if they are not too hard on my bank account. I found this beauty at a garage sale today. There were a couple of other radios there also, but I have a family to feed so I purchased only one. The radio was from Montgomery Wards and has the label “Airline” on the back. I have not had a chance to really dig into the innards or look for information about the radio yet. The radio is a dual bander consisting of the broadcast band and the shortwave band from 5.75 to 17 Mhz. Click the picture to see a slide show of the details. If you know anything about this radio, please leave me a comment.

73,

John – K7JM

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My old Toshiba comes back to life with Xubuntu Linux

My old Toshiba comes back to life with Xubuntu Linux

My Xubuntu desktop.  Clean, pretty, slow on my old computer, but very usable.

My Xubuntu desktop. Clean, pretty, slow on my old computer, but very usable.

(Updated – Original Post Sept 1, 2008)

I have a quite old Toshiba laptop. Carol and I are going on a missions trip to Moldova in October.  Many on our team to Moldova are bringing a laptop computer along so they can check e-mail, use Skype, and other stuff. My old computer had Windows 98 on it and has never been connected to the Internet. I decided I would try to breathe some new life into it so I can send e-mail and post to this web site from Moldova. It was quite a challange since it only has 128 MB of memory and I have about 2 Gigabytes of hard disk storage available. I decided to try a trimmed down version of Ubuntu Linux. I run Ubuntu on our desktop computers at home and there is a derivative of it called Xubuntu (Zoo bune too) that is supposed to be ideal for older computers. It requires 196 MB of memory and I only have 128 MB. I searched the internet and found a procedure to do the job.

I scratched my head for a couple of days trying to figure out how to do it, and with many failed attempts, I finally succeded. If you are a computer guru, this is what I had to do. I have an USB WIFI adapter that I had to plug into the only USB slot in the computer. I installed a command line version of Xubuntu. That means NO graphics, no desktop, no menus, etc. Once I had that installed successfully, I had to do some manual changes to some files so it would recognize my WIFI USB plugin. Then I had to install the graphical desktop and modify some other files. In the end, it worked!

The computer is very useful, but with such limited resources, I have to push a button and wait for the screen to draw all of its pieces, but it DOES work. In fact I am writing this post on it right now!
I am also testing out an e-mail system that I can use to send this to my blog and it will be posted. So really, you are reading an e-mail message I sent to the blog. Pretty nifty eh?

To see more information about our trip to Moldova, go to www.McDougallsHome.net/moldova . Click the blue and white box on the upper right to check out our daily posts about our preparations and trip to Moldova. John

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Desire' in the Fall of 2007.

Desire' in the Fall of 2007.

Desire'' with her new unobstructed smile.

Desire' and her new unobstructed smile.

A few posts back, we caught a glimps of Alia’s new look with contacts.  Today, it is Desire’s turn.  She finally got her braces off after several months of false expectations that it might be sooner.  Click the pictures to see closer views of her smiles, one of which has no braces.  John

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