Getting Back Into HAM radio

I know this sounds really dorky, but I love HAM radio. I have held my license for some time and really fallen out of the habit of using my radion for communications. That is something I cant see me doing any longer. However, I have some limitations at the moment.

  1. My current HT (Handy Talky) does not do digital modes and it seems that analogue is dying so I will have to upgrade
  2. I can’t put up a giant antenna array so I will have to stick to attic antenna or portable ones that I take up and put away
  3. I have way too many hobbies
  4. I am not a very patient person

I think the first two I can find workarounds for or fix really quickly, but the last two are real buggers.  I guess I am going to have to decide which is more important to me.

Maybe, just maybe, I should write a primer on how to get started on the digital modes and the joys of analogue to help those that are interested get started. Now that is an idea. I could make a post and then do QSOs with those that get into the hobby using my post.

Stay tuned for more on this one!

Sleepless Nights

I have far too many of these nights to when I can’t sleep. I have been/am on medication that should be helping, but I still can’t get to sleep. All I really want to do at the moment is write. I feel like I have a ton in my head and can’t get it out.

Let’s just hope I can fall asleep soon. Meetings come early in the morning.

Why I Hunt

As far as hobbies go this one seems really popular and really misunderstood. Some people think the only reason to hunt is to have a reason to get out of the house. Others see it as a way to commune with nature. While others see it as a way to get truly organic meat. Personally, I have my own reasons which I will explore a bit here, but will not even pretend to speak for the entire hunting community.

I have what Joe Rogan calls Adult Onset Hunting (AOH).  Meaning that when I was a younger I didn’t hunt at all. In fact, I went through a time in my life when I thought hunting was dumb. I thought that if you could go to the store and buy some meat why would you hunt? Obviously, this has changed as I got older.

The reasons why I hunt are pretty basic. As I have become older I have seen the need to become more self-sufficient in everything I do. That includes harvesting my own food. I want to be able to take the cleanest, healthiest, most organic meat possible. Not that I would quit eating store bought steak by any means. I still love my dead cow. It just means, that give the choice, I will choose deer over that cow.

There is also the relaxation part of the equation. There is something primal, relaxing and empowering about going into the woods and coming out with food for your family. Something, honest and wholesome about it as well. It takes our brain back to a time when this was how we functioned. There is also fellowship that happens in no other area. There is the cooking the harvest for the family and friends.

It also has to be mentioned that to hunt the way I like to do it requires me to exercise and make sure I am fit. It requires me to learn and sharpen my predator instincts.

Hunting is many things to many people. To me, it is a way to feed the family and friend, sharpen my mind, relax and have great fellowship. To others, it might mean something completely different, but it is hard to argue the quality of the food we get from this type of harvest of free-range game.

500 Words A Day

Recently, with the relaunch of this blog, I have decided to start writing at minimum 500 words a day. My thought was that this      would become more natural over time and lead to me knocking out posts much quicker. I read this someplace online and it seemed like a good challenge. Given the fact in order to meet the goal you must write.

Writing in and of itself has always been a friction point for me. I think this is due to me not feeling I am very good at it and I  suck at spelling. Accepting this challenge means that I will have to ignore all of that and just write. And Just writing is the     point. I will not be able to duck out of it or give myself an excuse. I will just write.

However, I don’t need these all to be in a blog post. Sometimes it might be beneficial to write in my personal journal. Others, in  my movie script. In the end of the day I will have written, got my thoughts on paper and made the world a better place… OK well   maybe that last part was a bit of hyperbole, You get the point.

So here is to me just getting off my butt and writing. I am not claiming I will be perfect here, but I will just write. This should be an interesting journey for both of us. Me because I will be forcing myself to write and you because you will never know what     will come out of my mouth next.

What will I write about? Well it reality it could be just about anything. I might work on my script and finally get this dang movie finished. I might write in my long neglected journal. I could fill the blog with post that are nothing more than drivel. You know   kinda like this one. In reality it will likely be a mixture of things. So sit back and enjoy.

ELR Training

I recently decided to start training for ELR (Extreme Long Range) shooting. As you might imagine, most of this is mastering fundamentals. There is a portion that I did not think off. I have to get myself into shape. And no, round is not the shape! I have to get my resting heart rate lower than where it is today.

I plan on starting to walk and run more. This should get my cardio under control and start lowering my resting heart rate. I hope to have it below 65 in two years.

If you have any suggestions please let me know.

Defining ourselves politicly

For many years most of my friends would tell you that I was a Liberal. I never seen myself this way and I couldn’t understand why others seem me in that way either. Now my friends would call me conservative, I still don’t understand why they see me that way. While what I feel is the most important has changed, my core values are still the same.

What are those core values and beliefs?

  1. Stand on your own two feet
  2. Follow the laws
  3. Treat people as you would like to be treated
  4. Don’t be a dick
  5. The 1st and 2nd amendments are absolute
  6. Logic should rule
  7. The people need to be protected from the government
  8. You earn what you are worth to an organization

I think that is about it. I am a simple man with simple guiding principles.

I, however, don’t think any of these make me a liberal or conservative. An example would be that I think a woman has a right to do what she wants with her own body. If you kill someone you should also be killed. See neither liberal or conservative.

Look the liberal side of the states want to turn this into a giant holy war against anyone that does not view the world just like they do. I just can’t stand that. We should all be tolerant of each other and realize that if this country rises or falls we rise and fall as one.

Its for these reasons that I hate commercial news. If you get your news, primarily from Fox, MSNBC or CNN you are doing it wrong. You are letting giant organizations with an agenda control what you think and you are their tool. If you do your own research and come to your own informed decisions than the news you read is the tool.