Just Not Enough Time In The Day

It seems like forever that I’ve posted anything here but with work being so demanding so much of the time, I just don’t feel like getting on here much when I get home.  Things have been going well but just not having enough time to post online much.  A blog is something that I need the desktop for. If you’ve ever tried writing a long letter with an iPad, you’ll see it is not that easy.

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here. We are having it at our house this year so we should have a few cars this time. Unfortunately living in a cul de sac, doesn’t leave a lot of room for parking so we may have to make other arrangements for parking.  I am really disappointed that my brother has to work and cannot make it but we’ll still be able to talk on the ham radio.

Just in case you missed it, my brother got his ham radio license this year.  My dad and I are both very excited for him.  This has been something that we’ve been trying to get done for a very long time.  This week we tried to turn our heater on for the first time this year just to find out that it was cycling on and off.  After much troubleshooting, it was determined to be the thermostat.  After replacing it, the heater works great now.

Now that we are back in the city, we were able to reinstall a real house phone the way it is supposed to be. Man, I hate not having a home phone line.  It amazes me how many people say they don’t want one but not me. I’ve never heard a cell phone that had decent enough audio quality to be able to carry on a conversation without it turning garbled or chopping out.  I like a real high fidelity audio where I can hear the background noises.  Also, if someone kicks down the front door, all a person has to do is hit 911 and the police know where you are. Cell phones are usually locked and not as easy as a simple button to open up. If you are in an emergency, unlocking a cell phone is not very convenient.

People think I am crazy and maybe I am but it feels so good to be back in the city where I can get things done without having to drive for many miles to get it done.  If I want to run to the store, I can be there in five minutes.  It is really convenient.  Well I guess I’ve blabbed long enough so I better get this posted.


Test Post from New WordPress App

I just downloaded the new WordPress app for iPhone and it has a new look to its compose window. I just wanted to give it a try and see how it works. By the way, Happy November. It is hard for me to believe that it is already November and we have still not used our heater this year. I am sitting out enjoying this pretty Sunday morning on the back porch listening to the IRLP repeater. There is some guy in California talking to another guy in Springfield, Missouri. It really is a nice morning. I will go ahead and post this test message.

K5FVL Repeater in Stillwater

I’ve been noticing lately that I am receiving this repeater from a distance on 147.255 MHz not knowing where it was coming from.  I heard it give its call sign as K5FVL several times and discovered it was in Stillwater.  I am able to key this repeater at times with a handie talkie from Del City.  I am curious how high this repeater is because that is quite a distance to be able to reach with a handie talkie.  I do understand that we have a slight ducting this morning but even on bad conditions, I am hearing this repeater coming back on my very poor antenna.  If anyone knows anything about this repeater, I am curious to know if it is very high and really closer than Stillwater.  It has a pretty good signal into Del City nearly all the time.

Raspberry Pi Streaming Audio

Last week I completed an experiment with setting up a streaming audio computer using a Raspberry Pi.  I used a USB audio adapter and Raspian operating system to stream our Del City ARS, 146.7 MHz repeater to This live stream signed on at 12:01 AM September 27, 2015.

Raspberry Pi computer for streaming audio

This setup works great for low power 24 hour streaming.  It does a pretty good job with very low hum.  I sometimes listen to our stream on my mobile police scanner app.  When I am at work, I can hear our stream over the Internet and not have to use my radio because the signal is very weak in my work. The streaming audio is a compliment to our newly recently installed Raspberry Pi IRLP nodes as shown below.  If you want to listen to it, just go to and click on listen.  Select the state of Oklahoma and then select Oklahoma County.  There you will see one listed as “W5DEL 146.7000 MHz Repeater and IRLP / Echolink Nodes“. Untitled

This little plastic dish contains two Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) nodes for each of our repeaters.  The one on the left is our node 3013 that is connected to our 146.7 MHz repeater. The one on the right is node 4122 that is connected to our 443.3 repeater.  They both work wonderfully and are so cheap to run since they both pull about 5 watts a piece.  We are very pleased and love how they can be left on 24 hours a day without worrying about them overheating.

This is the sort of thing that I love experimenting with.  Both ham radio and the Internet have been hobbies of mine for many years.  This sort of technology allows me to use both.  I hope you enjoy it.

I’ve Made it a Month without Posting

While it wasn’t a goal or anything, it has been about a month since I’ve posted anything on this blog.  I think what has happened is that over time, I’ve had arguments with enough people and had enough social events occur that I’ve been reluctant to speak my mind on anything.

It becomes tiresome to sit around worrying about upsetting someone anytime I say something.  That is how Facebook has become for me.  I keep my stream very strict on what gets through as well as who can see my posts.  On rare occasions I’ll post some breaking news such as “I’m at 7-11”.  It seems that whether it is family or friends/acquaintances, that we are living in the days where people are offended at virtually everything.

I’ve even been chewed out for not saying anything as though my non response was an offense.  It is tough to have any sort of relationships in that kind of world. I don’t have the energy or desire to argue with people.  It seems as though my response to any issue of substance these days is “No comment”.

Scary Days We are Living

I have to admit that in recent days, I’ve been in a continuous state of frustration with how American citizens have been bullied into political correctness.  Let’s get something straight, political correctness is incorrect morally.  It seems as though our media has been playing this game for quite some time where if a person has an opinion that coincides with what the Bible says, they are tarred and feathered as some sort of backwards kook.  They are badgered into submission as someone that is dangerous.  We now have a whole generation of people that now believe this crazy backward thought pattern is the correct way of thinking.

On the rare time they cannot get people to comply with their way of thinking, they bully them and try to attack their customers, employers, etc.  The only difference that I can see from the Soviet Union is that in that country, the attacks and badgering was from the state and not from the culture.  That is quickly changing with the lady in Kentucky.  We now have the state badgering someone for having a belief system different than the culture.  I completely stand behind her and think she is unfortunately being harassed by a bunch of bullies.

Make no mistake, our culture likes to speak of coexisting and love but the reality is they will run you down with their car and back over you time after time if that is what it takes to shut you up in your Christian views.  Our American culture has become evil and will stop at nothing to silence a Christian.  Unfortunately, the young people, have been indoctrinated to think that being a Christian is a kook and likely going to be some terrorist or something.  They know so little about Christianity to know that the Bible forbids any of the stuff that they fear.

The reality is that without God, there is no moral right and wrong. Everything is subjective opinion.  If you take God out of the picture then anyone that believes that anything is sinful, is labeled a dangerous terrorist.  To them, anyone that would dare put limits on what a person does is truly a bigot that deserves to be silenced.  On one hand, it is incomprehensible that we’ve come to this.  It is unbelievable how a culture could have morphed into Sodom and Gomorra so quickly. On the other hand, the Bible told us it would be like this.  We should not be surprised.  In fact, in short order it will get much worse.

And then many shall be offended, and betray one another, and shall hate one another. Matthew 24:10 KJV

This is exactly what is happening right here in America.  I never thought I would see the day where just simply having a difference of opinion would get someone accused of hate and judgment.  I once posted on Facebook that I was not into tattoos and shortly I was being attacked for judging those with tattoos.  So now that I’ve come out of the closet on my dislike of okra, does this mean that I hate anyone that partakes in eating okra?  Am I judging those that eat okra?  Of course not but that is where we’ve become.

Let us not forget this scary scripture in the same chapter…

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. Matthew 24:9 KJV

I use to read this and think “Some day it is going to get really bad but thankfully it will be after I am gone”.  I no longer feel that way because now I am convinced that it will happen in my lifetime.  People are already being ostracized for their faith in Jesus.  Christians in America are already being jailed for standing on the word of God.  So far we have not reached the level of killing people for Jesus’ name but I am convinced that we’ll be there in my lifetime.  If a person doesn’t believe that it is an evil spirit over the world they just have to look at the big picture.  People kill thousands of people in the name of Islam, yet the culture defends Islam.

At worst Christianity has some individuals that are dishonest but have killed no one for hundreds of years, yet people hate Christianity.  Islam believes that homosexuals should be killed, yet the culture defends Islam.  Christianity forbids killing them, yet the culture hates Christianity.  The culture is evil and so anything supporting Jesus is looked upon as evil.  We should not be surprised.  I could go on and on but the message is clear.  To be a Christian in modern America is being seen as a danger to the culture and in some cases are portrayed as terrorists.  The scary times forecasted in the Bible are here. Now!

Storm Cellar Installed

Storm cellar installation 8/5/2015

This past week we had a storm shelter installed in the backyard so we are ready for storm season.  In keeping with a normal summer, just about the time we get a storm shelter installed, we go back into our drought.

Back in May we had 19 inches of rain and now the ground is so dry that we have cracks in the dirt.  This is one of those shelters that is partially raised but has dirt piled around it.  It is our plan to sod the dirt so that grass grows back quickly.  As you can see, the heavy machinery ruined the rest of the grass in the yard.  It also left deep grooves in the front and back yards.  I am hopeful that the ground springs back after some watering. I’ve filled the grooves with dirt so that hopefully it will smooth out soon. I am very happy to get this shelter installed as it was the last projects that I wanted to get done after our move. I just wanted share the picture so family and friends can see it.

Flickr! What Happened?

UPDATE: Apparently the pictures are still set correctly but when I view them on my stream, they appear as though they have all gone private.




I have more than 25,000 photos on Flick and just noticed this morning that all of them but three shown above have been taken off public view.  This is completely unacceptable.  Do you know how long it will take me to go through 25,000 photos to change the permissions?  I’ve kept Flickr for ten years because they have an awesome way to embed images into a blog post, preventing me from filling up my storage on the blog hosting site.  I have hundreds of photos on my blog over the last ten years that will be unavailable with the photos in “private”.  This is unbelievable!

When I drop it down to “Family” view, it appears they are still there as it shows 161 pages.  When I put it to “Friends”, it shows 141 pages.  I don’t recall setting a single photo to friends only.  There are many set to family only but I think 161 pages is a little high.  Since I use Flickr as a backup of all of my photos, there are many scanned documents that I don’t want public and that I want to be “private” for just me. I cannot simply select all photos and move them to public because I don’t know which photos that I want to keep private without going through every single photo.  This really angers me.

About a month and a half, I got an invite to Google Photos and I accepted not knowing exactly what it was for.  I installed the app on both my PC and my phone.  It backed up every single photo that I have taken but put every one of them on private. They stay on private until I select a few and share them and then only those people can see those particular photos.  It was a great tool because now I could see every photo that I have on my phone without filling up the storage.  I really love this so when I saw Flickr’s new “Uploadr”, I installed it.  It did exactly the same thing as Google Photos.  It kept them private but there were just too many to go through in a short amount of time.  With our move, I just haven’t had time to mess with it.

Flickr recently added the “Camera Roll” in addition to the existing “Photo Stream”. When I go to the page, it defaults to the “Camera Roll”.  The Camera Roll shows every photo that I have listed by date of upload.  Since I’ve not gone to the “Photo Stream” in a while, I’ve not noticed until today that my photos were set to private.  I have no idea how long ago this happened but it may explain why I’ve not been getting favorites, or comments for a while.  Does anyone know a way to set it back to the old settings without moving all of them to public?  I have way too many hours invested in this thing to have to start all over.

A few days ago, I got an email from Flickr thanking me for being a Pro member and guaranteed me the same price for the next two years.  They had stopped offering the Pro packages over a year ago.  This email said that they were going to begin offering it again but the price would no longer be $24.95 a year but $49.99 per year. As a current Pro member, mine would be locked for two years before also going to $49.99.  I am worried that all of my blog posts that contain pictures will not be available.  The last time I changed a status of a photo that was on my blog, I could not simply change it back and all was good.  I had to go back to Flickr and get new code to embed in the post.

I have way too many posts for that.  Flickr, help!

First Post after Move

My wife and I sold our house in Choctaw in an attempt to downsize.  We have been living in an apartment for the last couple of months and just closed on the purchase of a new home last week.  God is really good to us.  We got everything we wanted in a house in the city AND no home owners association (HOA) or even restrictive covenants.  This way I can still practice my Amateur Radio hobby without having to worry about some all powerful HOA.

It has been a very busy four months with selling the other house and buying a new one.  It certainly has been satisfying though. Last night I started installing window blinds in every window in the house.  I managed to get four of them installed before bed time.  We are finally in a place that not only matches our size but also matches our budget. :)

God has also blessed us with a very wet year.  While the intense humidity and mosquitoes are a big hassle, it is a small price to pay to end the drought.  It seems like the last four or five years, we’ve been under a burn ban and some sort of fire warning.  It really got old waking up, stepping out of the house and smelling grass fires year round.  Praise be to God for bringing back the rains.

A Week Without Facebook and Google+

After that last week of our country turning into Sodom and Gomorrah, I’ve had a lot of time to think.  A person can only take so much provocation before they respond.  I’ve been fed up with the homosexual community and their intolerant tolerance shoving their fingers in the eye of everyone hoping for them to respond.

We have sat idle for years while these people redefine terms, label everyone that disagrees with them and allow them to call any dissenting opinions hatred.  Well you are wrong.  You are the ones that are an ugly person that pushes  your depraved beliefs on everyone else and then pokes your finger in their eye waiting for someone to respond negatively so you can accuse them of hate speech.  It is just the opposite.  Most people can agree to disagree with someone and live in peace but the homosexual community cannot and will not live in peace with anyone.

Love doesn’t win because you are filled with hate for anyone that has a different opinion.  Even a child that has not been indoctrinated by leftist groups knows that homosexuality makes no sense without any input from anyone.  We’ve often heard the saying of putting the square peg in the round hole.  This is similar because it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that two of the same do not go together.

It is often those that see themselves as intellectuals are the ones that are the most fooled.  They are too smart to believe in God but they are too stupid to not believe in Big Foot, UFO’s, homosexuality and whatever else crazy story there is.  To someone that has not or refuses to be indoctrinated by this stuff, you have no idea how stupid modern culture is.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, Romans 1:22 KJV

In the last six months, it seems like a circus.  I mean… Here we have some guy that use to be in the Olympics decides he wants to be a woman.  He and all of his followers are not smart enough to know that you cannot do that, no matter how much surgery you have done.  He will always be a man regardless of what medicine he takes, or what skin his has cut or pasted on.

There are people that can tell you the stats for a baseball game 30 years ago but cannot see common sense.  If you are familiar with this book called the Bible, you may remember a scripture in 2 Thessalonians…

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2 Thessalonians 2:11 KJV

The world is blind and cannot see it.  Interestingly enough, “Christians” have swallowed the politically correct pill and have come to believe the lie that if you point this out, then you are speaking hate.  Wake up!  Jesus was not passive when people were exchanging money in the church.  He got angry and turned over the tables.  It is okay to speak the truth. A person that hates, doesn’t care if you get hurt.  Someone that loves you will tell you the truth.  I see people claiming “Christianity” with rainbow profile pictures.  Wow!  I believe we are in the luke warm church.

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16 KJV

I am more concerned that we have Christians that will pile on you for telling the truth.  How can we possibly reach people if our own are telling us not to tell the truth.  I don’t hate anyone, including those that engage in homosexuality. I would be doing a disservice to not tell someone if they are doing something dangerous.  I am not piling on homosexuality as though I have no sin. I am responding to a relentless attack by those that are trying to push homosexuality on the rest of us and tell us that it is not sin. I would be just as indignant if someone was trying to say that stealing was not a sin.

I don’t spend a lot of time on that because I am not being told daily that I am a bigot because I think stealing is wrong.  I am not obsessed with homosexuality but rather responding. If I am told something that I clearly know is wrong, I respond.  If I am told the same lie 5,000 times, I respond 5,000 times.  We live in a culture that has forgotten God and so they have no basis or gauge to measure morality against.  In that environment, a group can repeat a lie over and over again to a point that people with no core values will believe.  There doesn’t have to be any facts involved, just emotional repetition.

This culture does not like people that have core values because they cannot be changed.  A depraved person wants acceptance of their depravity and so when you don’t accept it, they lash out and accuse you of hating.  Hate speech legislation was a crafty way they came in and stole your first amendment rights without you even knowing it.  Crimes are crimes regardless of motivation.  When a person commits an assault or murder, it doesn’t matter their motivation because it is already a crime.

If this is true, why do we need hate crimes (speech) legislation when a crime is already a crime?  If you open your eyes, you will see that it is because they want to silence anyone that disagrees with them.  You see, if you post something negatively against something you find immoral, they accuse you of hate speech and provoking people to violence against those that engage in this immoral behavior.  So they can now tell you legally to shut up and stop telling the truth because it is hate speech.  Suddenly your First Amendment right to free speech no longer exists because your thoughts are suspect.  Once you open the door to this, there is no end to where it can go.

In an environment like this, Adolf Hitler was able to convince the people that Jews were responsible for every negative thing and killing them was justified.  If there are no absolute core values of what is right and wrong, then all it takes is a media with an agenda to convince people that Jews or any group they find undesirable need to go. Soon enough, the people blindly follow.  It is remarkable to me how much the American people have been duped over the last 20 years.  It is absolutely frightening to me.

If in the span of less than 20 years, an entire nation can be convinced that homosexuality is acceptable, then what else can they do.  People that have moral values are going to be painted as hateful, spiteful and responsible for the ills of the world.  Soon, just like they stole our freedom of speech, we will be targeted like the Jews were in Hitler’s time.  If you think this is just conspiracy theory then get some old encyclopedias and old dictionaries before they are all gone.  You need to know how things were before this condition happened.

I am old enough to see where things were and how they are now.  The modern culture sees thing as they are as the reality when they are not.  Right is always right, regardless of the number of people believe it.  Wrong things don’t just become right because a relentless media and court system tell you so.

We need spend time in God’s word and learn what he says.  The world is lost and they want you to be lost with them.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2 KJV


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