Happy New Year 2016

Can you believe it is already 2016?  This year went pretty quick and was also a great year for us.  It was nice to have a year where most things went well and everyone had great health.  I am very thankful for the year we had in 2015 and look forward to an even better year in 2016.  God has been so good to us and has blessed us in so many ways.  I pray that all of our family and friends will have great health and prosperity in 2016.  Even more importantly they will come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives.  After all, you can earn money until your dying day but when the day comes to spend eternity, none of it will even matter.

I am thankful to God for allowing me to come to Jesus in 1986, 30 years ago when I had no direction in life.  I’ve made more than my fair share of bad decisions and thankfully God is good enough to forgive them.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 KJV

I may not have everything this world has to offer but I have even better with the saving grace of Jesus’ death on the cross as payment for my personal sins.  I can’t think of anything better than that.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 KJV

You too can have that assurance by believing in the gospel that is that Jesus’ death on the cross saved all of us that have faith and believe.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10 KJV

Happy Mother’s Day

Me and Mom

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day.  It is days like this that make me miss my mom so much.  My mom went to be with Jesus on February 24th, 2005.  She was a great mom and to this day has an impact on my life.  My mom was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico (Fair Acres) and met my dad while he was stationed at Holomon AFB near Alamogordo, New Mexico.  She moved back to Oklahoma City when he finished his time in the Air Force in 1962 though her heart was always in New Mexico.  She sacrificed and moved here for my dad and lived the rest of her life here.  She did not like people taking her picture and I honored her wishes but have found that by doing that, we have very few pictures of her.  Those that I do have are priceless.  While I look pretty scary in that outfit :), the fact that my mom is in it, makes it worth more than all I have.  While my beautiful wife Sunday is the new woman in my life, my mom will always be in my heart.  I love you mom!

 

Happy Birthday Dad

My dad's 75th Birthday

Yesterday we celebrated my dad’s 75th Birthday in Del City.  He is doing well and healthy as can be.  My dad has always kept active and does not like to lay around.  I can remember when I was young and still in school, he would not put up with sleeping in all day.  I have learned this lesson from him myself.  We had a great visit yesterday and hope to have many many more.  We usually have a big party for him but this year we didn’t because my sister is getting married tomorrow so we’ll all be there together to see her marriage.  Many people could not afford to meet together that close together.  Not everyone has the money to travel that far just two days apart.  My dad is a good sport and understands.

Happy Birthday Sunday

Sunday getting ready to go to Lawton

I just wanted to wish my beautiful wife a wonderful happy birthday.  She has been a wonderful part of my life for more than 20 years.  My wife has been an incredible influence on those that she touches because she always puts others before her.  I aspire to be the giving person that she is.  She is such a giving person that I am so blessed to have her as my wife. I love you Sunday.

Good Bye Friend

Last Day

The last few months I have been posting about selling the house.  Today, July 30, 2010 we closed on the sale of our house.  This photo was taken at 9:00 AM this morning, just two hours before turning the keys over to the new owner.  This was our first real home and a bit sad to move but also allows for a greater opportunity of a better home.  This was the house that we moved into when we came back from the Air Force in 1999.  We now live in an apartment in Midwest City for the next year while our house is being built.  For those of you that know us personally, our phone numbers are the same and this web site will remain.  Our kids spent most of their childhood years in this house.  We have been so busy trying to get the house in sellable order.  Also we have been just as busy at work preparing for some very important meetings.  With all this going on, I have not had a lot of time to post on this blog.

I can say that my wife and I have been over our heads in work with a new project every day.  If anyone has ever needed a vacation, it is us.  If you are considering selling a house, be prepared for a lot of work and patience.  Looking back, it went relatively smooth though a lot of stress.  Now that the sale is complete, we can finally catch our breath.

I will continue to post on this page in the future despite my lack of activity in the last few months.  Now we have a lot of things to put away.  What a mess!  I hope to be back into a normal pattern again soon.  Thanks for continuing to check the page even though I have not been online much.

Tinker Air Show

Thunderbirds at Tinker Air Show 2010

Last week there was an air show at Tinker AFB.  The days prior to the show had the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds practicing in the area.  I took this photo from my front yard as the Thunderbirds were practicing overhead.  As enjoyable as it was to watch, it was very humid making it very uncomfortable to sit out for a long time.  I took many photos like this one on my Flickr page.  If you click on the image, you can see the whole group.

We Did It!

For Sale
Today, June 24th, 2010 we put the house up for sale.  Actually we did on June 21st but the sign was placed in the yard today.  We have worked for a long time to get it ready to sell so we can move to another place.  This is a mixed feeling moment since we have been in this house for the last 11 years.  On the other hand, we are very excited.  It has been so hot and humid that it has been very uncomfortable to work.  Let’s just hope that it sells fast.  It has been a long journey to get here.

Summer in Oklahoma City

Summer in Oklahoma City

 

I guess it is that time again.  The photo above shows the temperature as 109 degrees while the National Weather Service only listed the high as 105.  Oklahoma gets a little of both cold and hot.  This is fairly common temperatures to get in summer though it only happens about two weeks each year.  The average high on the hottest day of the year is 94 degrees though we have periods of much warmer like this.  Just thought I would share this.

WWLS Grows at Expense of KATT

As an amateur (ham) radio operator I tend to pay attention to things involving radio and television broadcast in the Oklahoma City area. I spent my teenage years in the 1980’s listening to rock music KATT-FM 100.5. They are an icon of Oklahoma City as they have been on the air since I believe 1976. As a teenager in the ’80’s I was devastated when KXXY 96.1, then called 96X went country. They made their transition by playing the song “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” over and over again. They played it for something like 24 hours straight. In my eyes and my friend’s eyes it was a national crisis. At least we still had “The KATT” we could listen tol

I remember vividly it was 1982, 1983, or 1984 (my senior year) that KATT played an April Fools joke pretending to go country. They played country music for hours in the morning. This was serious to me as well as my friends. This was another national tragedy to me. I went to school wearing my Sony Walkman listening to it desperately hoping to hear some good news that it was not true. This crisis was the number one topic of discussion at Del City High School that day. No one could concentrate on learning at school when our country was enduring a crisis of this magnitude. An event of this size was worse than the Sooners losing the National Championship. Schools should be released in mourning of the loss of our beloved KATT. It was later revealed that it was just an April Fools joke but it made the national news because the phone lines were jammed for hours. This joke was perfectly timed shortly after the other station KXXY had changed to country feeding off the frenzy of that event. Now I am 42 years old and I really do not listen to rock music anymore preferring Christian to my old rock.

All these years later though, I still look at KATT as a part of my childhood memories and though I really do not listen to that kind of music anymore I still have a soft spot for them. With all the buzz of Oklahoma City getting a new NBA Basketball team I have been listening to WWLS-FM 97.9. I have grown to love this station as well although they are only 6,000 watts effective radiated power (ERP). Recently I have been hearing commercials advertising that WWLS would be changing from 97.9 to 98.1 and will be increasing their signal five times the current signal. I started doing some searching around on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) web site. I stumbled upon a page that shows WWLS changing their city of reference from Edmond, Oklahoma to The Village and increasing their power from 6,000 to 31,000 watts ERP. Their tower will be increasing from 315 feet, or 96 meters to 1541 feet, or 471 meters. This should increase their signal significantly around central Oklahoma.

After doing further searching I stumbled on another page that gives some extra details. This upgrade of WWLS FM could not have happened if a couple of other stations had not modified theirs stations. One of which is the KATT-FM radio station. As I spoke of before, they have been a long time station of Oklahoma City and have also been a powerful 100,000 watt ERP station. According to this new information, both WWLS, and KATT are owned by the same company, Citadel broadcasting. They have agreed to lower the power of KATT from 100,000 watts ERP to 31,000 watts ERP. In this same transaction, they move WWLS FM from 97.9 to 98.1 and increase their power from 6,000 watts ERP to 31,000 watts ERP.

I am not sure I like this arrangement as this cuts KATT’s signal down to less than a third of what it has been for more than 30 years. I like the increase in power of WWLS but not at the expense of KATT. I am not sure what the new coverage area will be but it must make an impact. I have received KATT near the Texas border in the past. I am sure there will be negligible difference if you live near the Oklahoma City metro but the fringe areas are surely likely to see changes. In the past KATT has always been a part of the group of power houses that had nearly 100 mile ranges. Like I said before, I really do not listen to that style of music anymore so my feelings on all this are mainly nostalgia. This has always been a hobby of mine. Anytime a new tower goes up in the Oklahoma City tower farm on the North East side, I usually go to the FCC web site to see what is going on. Anyway, I thought this was worthy news to share for those that are interested in radio.

We Have Power!

Well everyone, we finally have our power back on after six days.  The lights came on at 5:57 pm last night and we were just thrilled.  It is hard to describe how you feel short tempered and lack of patience when your power is off.  On Wednesday we went and bought us a generator at I-240 and Shields Blvd.  There were many trucks that had come from the Cummins manufacturer in Kansas that were selling generators right out of the truck.  We managed to pick up a 6500 watt generator for $599.99.  With the install kit and tax, it was a little over $750.00.  That was money well spent because at least we could run a TV, a couple of lights and our refrigerator.  The neighbor tapped in and she used her refrigerator, TV, and a light as well.  This has been a very eventful couple of weeks.

I had finals at OU this last week all while having gall bladder surgery on the fifth of December.  Then last weekend we had the worst ice storm in Oklahoma history.  I just checked the TV and found that there are still more than 100,000 people here in the Oklahoma City metro with no power.  We need to keep those people in our prayers.  Thanks to you Jack, for offering to let us stay with you.  We appreciated the offer but we did have gas heat and already bought the generator.

My tower has some slight damage to the guy wires.  There was a branch about 8 inches thick that landed on the top guy wire and really shook the tower up and pulled up one of the anchor rods on the opposite side about 10 inches.  The guy wires are swaying about 3 to 4 feet in any direction so for all intents and purposes there are no guy wires holding it up.  It is pretty much standing on its own.  I have a 6 meter, 2 meter, 70 cm antenna that is pretty  much destroyed.  Both of my HF antennas are destroyed but thankfully they were just dipoles.  The most expensive one of the two was an Alpha Delta DXB-PLUS that runs about $250.00.  We have had five inches of rain in the past week so my back and front yards are just mud holes.  I hate to go out there and work because you sink into the grass.

We had another snowstorm, if you want to call it that, this morning where we had a coating on the cars.  My dad, W5QO is still without power over at his house.  I still have our WIN System repeater off the air because I have not had a chance to inspect the antenna after the tree branch landed on the tower.  The nightmare is almost over.  We seemed to have lost a week with all this going on.  I just looked at the calendar and realized that Christmas is only a week away.  What a busy week.  Sunday is inventorying all of the lost food in the refrigerators and freezers to claim on the insurance.  It was pretty scary the first time we opened them up.  Today we are doing laundry all day trying to get caught up on this whole week of sitting in the dark.  I am going back to work on Monday for the first time since before my surgery.  It will be good to get back to normal.  I think that pretty much covers the damage and what we have been doing this past week.  I will keep you posted.

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