USCG Auxiliary In Arkansas

Personal | Posted by Richard June 28th, 2012

I have created a new site for my activities and information related to the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Click on ‘Coast Guard’ above or here.

Life Changes To Arkansas

Personal | Posted by Richard May 23rd, 2012

Cody and I moved from California to Arkansas the first of May 2012.  We are staying in Russellville while our house is being built on Lake Dardanelle close to Dardanelle.  We look forward to this project and am sure there will be some updates here.

We spent 13 wonderful years in California, but it was time to move back to family and friends — which always makes the move nice.

I will have to find new subjects for my photography.

The Radio That Started Everything

Amateur Radio | Posted by Richard September 16th, 2010

philcoradioMany, many and more years ago the family Thanksgiving was at Aunt Mamie’s house.   I was 12 or so.  In any case, was looking forward to FOOD which was always plenty on holidays.  Once we ate and everyone settled down, I saw an AM radio sitting in the corner of the den.  I turned it on to listen, but there was a band I was not familiar with — SW (Shortwave).  I turned the band switch to SW and spun the dial   What was this?  Moscow?  BBC?  Cuba?  All up and down the bands I was hearing stations from around the world just as if they were local.  I was at that point hooked on shortwave and eventually ham radio.  Not only did that experience become my main hobby, it also directed me down the road of communications and broadcasting.  All because I was bored on Thanksgiving Day.

Then, just a few weeks ago I spied a 1947 Philco 1230 AM/FM/SW console on craigslist for sale.  Just like the one I remembered a long time ago.  So, I grabbed it in non-working condition.  But, a couple replacement tubes and a few capacitors later…. it is now sitting in my house again spilling audio and memories of days long ago.

MNC Jets

Uncategorized, Work | Posted by Richard September 13th, 2010

photo-2New stadium, but so far the show has gone very well.  Uh well, now rain delay.

Published In November 1985

History, Programming and Hints | Posted by Richard February 5th, 2010

See article here.    Some of the software is here.


Do I Look Like My Great-Grandfather?

History | Posted by Richard January 26th, 2010


Download YouTube Videos with Mac

Programming and Hints, Uncategorized | Posted by Richard January 3rd, 2010

hintslogoThere is an easy way to download YouTube or other videos with Safari.

Open the page with the movie and press Command-Option-A, which shows the Activity window. If you’re also loading other sites, you’ll see a list of them. This window gives a lot of information on a web site.

Scroll until you find the YouTube page and click on the arrow to show details about what is being loaded.

You will see an element whose size is large over 0.5MB and if still playing is growing.

Double-click on it even if it is still loading.

Safari will download it.

When the download is over, navigate to the file in the Finder which will probably be called get_video and add the extension .flv to its name if needed.
Now you can play it with VLC or convert it to a format other than .flv.

Channel Islands Dolphin Audio

Uncategorized | Posted by admin December 28th, 2009


Cody, Shannon, Ken, Sharon and I went for a boat ride yesterday. We got into a huge pod of dolphins. Pictures, of course. But here an audio of them….

Channel Island Dolphin Audio


Amateur Radio | Posted by admin December 27th, 2009

Live Channel Islands WebCam

There is currently a webcam positioned to look out the master bedroom window shooting the channel with my zodiac and Silverton boat. You can see streaming video from the link on the homepage.

Watch for boats to go by…

Snow in WDC!

Travel, Work | Posted by Richard December 16th, 2009

Our last Monday Night Football show was in Washington, DC.  Needless to say, it was the weekend they got 24″ of snow….