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We recently acquired two 4-month old kittens (brothers) from the local shelter.  We had a cat for many years that passed away last fall.  Since then, my daughter has regained her fear of cats and dogs, so they’re as much therapy for her as enjoyment for everyone else in the family.  I grew up a dog person, however I will hold off getting one until I have a place of my own with room to run.  Cats are low maintenance, and let us go away for a weekend without needing to worry about care.

Since our last cat was an adult and never did much but lay around, we got two kittens this time.  What a difference - they tear around the house after each other like a couple lemurs, bumping into walls and sliding across the floor.  They are very entertaining, at least until night time when the chaos continues after we’ve gone to bed.

This is "Noodles", the clear leader of the two and the friendliest of the two so far.

This is "Noodles", the clear leader of the two and the friendliest of the two so far.

And this is "Butters", from South Park.  He is a lot more shy, and likes to keep his distance, unless of course "Noodles" is getting attention.

And this is "Butters". He is a lot more shy, and likes to keep his distance, unless of course "Noodles" is getting all the attention.

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This post was written by admin on February 18, 2009

Desecheo on 6M

I got K5D in the log this morning on a long burst when his signal came up for about 30 seconds.  It was a struggle and it’s apparent that he wasn’t hearing that well.  Here’s a MP3 of what he sounds like much of the time here:

k5d CQ on 6m

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This post was written by admin on February 16, 2009

6M ready for Desecheo

I installed a small, non-optimized, and somewhat resonant 3el 6M beam temporarily to try to work the K5D DXpedition on this band.  This morning, I heard a couple CQs from them on 50.106 Mhz but they weren’t copyable long enough to make a QSO.  I’ve got a pretty good shot in that direction, as you can see in the 2nd photo.

Here's the small 6m yagi on a 25ft tall push-up aluminum mast.  The antenna on the right is a sloping fan dipole for 10, 17, and 15m,  It usually gives me an S-unit advantage into Europe and South America over the verticals on these bands.

Here's the small 6m yagi on a 25ft tall push-up aluminum mast. The antenna on the left is a sloping fan dipole for 10, 17, and 15m, It usually gives me an S-unit advantage into Europe and South America over the verticals on these bands.

Here's my path toward Desecheo Is.....nothing but salt water.  Stock Island can be seen in the distance, with nothing but the Bahamas between it and KP5.

Here's my path toward Desecheo Is.....nothing but salt water. Stock Island can be seen in the distance, with nothing but the Bahamas between it and KP5.

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This post was written by admin on February 15, 2009

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FW5RE on 80m

FW5RE was QRV this morning on 80m with a good signal.

FW5RE 80m 05FEB09

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This post was written by admin on February 5, 2009

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The Brown Boobies of Cay Verde

My crew recently spent two weeks patrolling the southern Bahamas, and we spent some time anchored next to Cay Verde.  My Executive Officer and I spent some time exploring the island.  As we soon discovered, the island is inhabited only by birds, lizards, snakes, and crabs.  Brown boobies were nesting all over the island, most tending to a pair of eggs.

There is a small natural bridge on the southwest side of the cay, near the place where we landed.

There is a small natural bridge on the southwest side of the cay, near the place where we landed.

My XO walks along the beach with most of the small cay visible behind him.

My XO walks along the beach with most of the small cay visible behind him.

One of the thousands of nesting boobies all over the island

One of the thousands of nesting boobies all over the island

One of several snakes we saw, all of the same species.  I'm sure they ate well, feeding on bird eggs.  I imagine these snakes are an evasive species which probably arrived by ship at some time in the past.

One of several snakes we saw, all of the same species. I'm sure they ate well, feeding on bird eggs. I imagine these snakes are an evasive species which probably arrived by ship at some time in the past.

Here's the view of the northern side of the island, exposed to the prevailing seas

Here's the view of the northern side of the island, exposed to the prevailing seas

The CGC Pea Island at anchor, with a nesting booby in the foreground

The CGC Pea Island at anchor, with a nesting booby in the foreground

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This post was written by admin on February 4, 2009

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New design

Emerald waters

Emerald waters - I took this photo of the CGC Pea Island and her small boat from the shores of Anguilla Cay, one of the islands that make up the uninhabited Cay Sal group, part of the Bahamas.

I’ve changed the look of my web site.  I’ve upgraded to Wordpress, a blogging web software that’s very easy and straight forward to use.  It will allow me to make more frequent additions to my site.  I will transfer all my old stuff as time allows.  Meanwhile, my gallery is the most popular part of my site.  Click here to go there now.

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This post was written by admin on February 2, 2009