There are few things that I enjoy more than getting up before daylight on my day off. I went to take my son to work around 5:30 AM and then went out to breakfast with my wife and got back home before daylight. I came back to the house and turned on the WIN System on the IRLP and then flipped on the HF rig to listen to some stations. I am using my personal IRLP node 7734 that covers about three miles on 445.95 MHz. I have not been leaving it on the air when I am not using it but not sure if I want to leave it on full time. Currently I am listening to 18.140 MHz on 17 meters. There are some incredible signals coming in this morning. While listening to the radio, I am carrying on multiple conversations on Google+ and Facebook. It is nice to finally have a few minutes where I have no responsibilities. It is not often where I can just sit here and relax and not have fifty things waiting for me.
This blog has been a victim of my business where I just don’t have the time or when I do, I have nothing to say. Many people would be happy about me not having anything to say . I have not been active on the ham radio either since I stopped keeping a radio in the car when I lived in our old house. I just did not feel comfortable leaving a radio in the car in that neighborhood because our car had been broken into four times. Once I get home, I haven’t been feeling like going into the office and leave my wife alone. For that reason, I have not been on much other than just posting on a few social networking sites from the laptop while watching TV with my wife. I much prefer a desktop computer to a laptop but I have to be in the office to use it.
I did find some pretty cool things while being on Google+ and on Facebook. Google+ has a thing called Hangouts where you can create a video conference with you and one other person or many people. You can make it private or open to the public. It works very nice and is certainly worth a try. It also works with Android or iPhones where you can video conference into the group from your phone. Google+ has much fewer users than Facebook at the moment because it is only six months old. It is growing very fast.
Facebook has added Skype to their service where they have a plugin integrated into Facebook. It allows video calling with one other person. It does not allow multiple people at once though the video quality is certainly amazing. Where it comes in handy is that you get direct access to the more than 800 million Facebook users. While it does not allow multiple person video, it is very good quality and you get to tap into the many Facebook users.
I am still a social networking junkie and get scolded on each service for being seen on the other service. I have not sworn myself to one system because I enjoy both of them. I also enjoy Twitter, Tumblr among others. I’ve been telling people on there that I am going to have to join a 12 step program for addictions. .