Today is the 100 day of the administration of the new President.
Or as I like to call it, day 100 of America Held Hostage.
Pundits and Partizan’s a like are commenting today on how Hussein Obama is doing.
This morning I heard the White House spin machine on a couple of different channels, and they have him walking on water and healing the lame.
So I thought I would put my 0.02 worth in. Like anyone wants to hear it.
In the first 100 days of President Hussein we have lost half of our wealth, half of our personal freedoms, been labeled a terrorist and have seen the POTUS bow down to a foreign leader.
If you don’t know what Chicago politics are like, your getting a taste. Blojo trained Obama well.
In short, I fear for my country in the next 1360 days.
Well I realized that I had failed to mention that the D3C came home with me the other day. We have been playing around with it in the drive way a little trying to learn how to run it and all the little things that go along with owing a dozer.
Ok so the DHS has all but sent me my terrorist name tag. So the Glen Beck produced video expresses my feelings today about the direction our government is headed.
To me this seems a little to close to reality, it gives me chills.
Well after some experimenting and trial and error, I got the TinyTrak 4 working good enough to suit me, for now.
I hooked it up to the Icom 2720 and after some mods found that it was working fine. My next experiment is to use the smart beaconing and see if it does a better job of following me as I make so many turns and such.
All in all, Well Done Byonics! I like it, it works and I can say that while I am not an APRS expert yet, I am well on my way to understanding the process.
Now, time for the Signalink sound card interface for PSK31, Olivia and the rest of the HF digital modes!!!!
Well I have operated two days with the TT4 and so far I can say that I am not unhappy with it. I cant say that I am happy either, but having said that understand that most of my problems is me, not the TT4. With little time to experiment I am doing the equivalent of hunt and peck with the settings.
I am having trouble understanding the setup instructions, mainly because I have very little knowledge of APRS “language” and verbiage. And the net is a wealth of information if you are techno savvy in the “language”. I am not. So I have to experiment, read, experiment read again, test and then start all over. Doing so in short one hour burst when I am not tied up with something else.
I will get it nailed down though. I have complete confidence that when I get the clutter out of my head and get down to it, it will all fall in place. Or I will continue to him my head against the wall at an odd hour or two a day and keep plugging along. “Do or do not, there is no try.” said Yoda. And to him I say 10-4.
You retain and learn more when you fail or mess up something. That has always been the way I have learned computers and GPS. I have complete confidence in the TT4. I have little confidence in my knowledge of it right now……but that will change.
Do, there is no do not.
Are you economically disadvantaged? (aren’t we all?)
Own a gun?
Go to church?
Vote for republican candidates?
Believe in the Constitution?
Believe in States Rights over the Feds?
Hold conservative values?
Belong to the “wrong” club/lodge/PAC, drink beer at the wrong tavern or bar, have the wrong bumper sticker or window sticker on your pick up truck?
Believe our country is headed down the wrong path?
Then guess what? Obama and DHS consider you a terrorist.
Of note is:
The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in “rightwing extremist activity,” saying the economic recession, the election of America’s first black president and the return of a few disgruntled war veterans could swell the ranks of white-power militias.
A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines “rightwing extremism in the United States” as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.
“It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” the warning says.
I guess it is only fair: I DON’T trust my Government, so they don’t trust me.
I finally jumped into APRS, be it not head over heels, but I did jump in.
I purchased a Tiny Track 4 APRS TNC from Byonics last week to beginning experimenting with APRS. It was an eventuality with all the work I do with GPS but I just couldn’t seem to justify the purchase of a radio just to do APRS.
I have used APRS on long trips last winter by borrowing a Kenwood radio from W9FX. It worked great for out trips and was a real life saver in Orlando when we got lost. But I couldn’t see the need for a radio for GPS for just running around the country side.
I had been looking at the TT4 for some time and decided that not only was the price right for me but that the idea was right also. Use a radio I already had to do something that I don’t always need or have a use for so to speak. Save money and utilize resources better. What a novel concept.
There is a learning curve with the TT4. Or maybe its more of a learning curve for me to get all the lingo and programming concepts into my head. But either way I am slowing getting it into my head as I read and experiment with it. And I am about ready to go live with my first test.
I think APRS has a place in EmComms and CAP. EmComms will use it and use it effectively. CAP will, in typical fashion, screw up and make sure that APRS is not an option for its SAR efforts. Why? Because it makes sense.
I will keep you all updated on my progress with the TT4 over the next few weeks. I had better get it working, as I am going to give a short presentation on it at the next SILWA meeting!