Chatterbox Winter 2017-2018

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Posted by Deggesty on Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:53 AM

Growing up 50 miles south of Charlotte, I would go to sleep at night listening to the broadcast from the ballroom in the Roosevelt Hotel from WWL in New Orleans (I had a pillow speaker)--and wake up in the morning hearing the station in Kannapolis (30 miles north of Charlotte). 

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Posted by Norm48327 on Saturday, January 13, 2018 11:36 AM

Mookie,

I have Canadian friends living in both Alberta and Ontario.  Altough I have suggested to them they keep those cold winds north of forty nine they have ignored my requests. In their efforts to keep reasonably warm they propell those cold winds across the American prairies.

Bundle up girl. The Canadian chill is hitting Michigan too.

I am ready for April.

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Posted by Mookie on Saturday, January 13, 2018 12:24 PM

Norm - I think April should come right after October.  

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Saturday, January 13, 2018 4:30 PM

April's not always a picnic either. Our wedding was on April 7th.s Some guests didn't make it on account of the blizzard.

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Posted by mudchicken on Saturday, January 13, 2018 5:25 PM

Mooks: I thins I found the freezer door yesterday in Salina, KS ... Driving across I-70 from Denver, you go from dry roads and cold to four inches of blowing cold and stupid cold between Ellsworth and Salina. The highway suddenly was full of semis in the ditches.

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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:41 PM

Norm48327
The Canadian chill is hitting Michigan too.

And now in northern New York, where we're enjoying beautiful clear skies and mega-radiational cooling.  Currently (9:40PM) it's -7.3F.  

About ten inches of snow overnight, which wouldn't be bad, but with the north wind, I get a pretty solid drift right in front of the garage door.  I don't think the truck would push through it, either.

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Saturday, January 13, 2018 9:06 PM

tree68

Here's that creek:

Sandy Creek, Ellisburg, NY

 

Larry, I presume the highway department plows eventually cleared the road. Did anyone hit that ice while driving? Coming upon that at night could be disasterous.

 

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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, January 13, 2018 9:29 PM

Electroliner 1935
Larry, I presume the highway department plows eventually cleared the road. Did anyone hit that ice while driving? Coming upon that at night could be disasterous.

They used loaders.  

Not sure what time it actually flooded.  It's a state highway, but not a major thoroughfare.

But no, you wouldn't want to hit it...

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, January 15, 2018 3:14 PM

afternoon

Still snowing here in NW Ohio.After lunch Ns had a frieght go east with plenty of Green tractors in the mix.They had empty cars to pick uptown when I left work.Plows were working out on the roads too.Time for chores here at home.

stay safe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Monday, January 15, 2018 8:45 PM

Joe:  Oh, Deere!

I'm currently hoping to see my first 2018-built freight car.  My target is some UCRY (Utah Central) stack cars that I know are being built.  Earlier orders of these cars have come east under load on BNSF, so that's where I'm tending to go a little more frequently.  (Oh, for the weather and the energy to bike the six or so miles over hill and over dale like I used to!)

Passed my physical today, with slight anemia noted.  Also, I seem to be settling--my height has dropped by a couple of inches.  No corresponding drop in the weight...how long before I'm wider than I am tall?  Tomorrow I visit the radiation oncologist for my semi-annual consultation.  I already know that my PSA levels are still undetectable (my regular doctor mentioned that today).

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Posted by ChuckCobleigh on Monday, January 15, 2018 9:01 PM

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I already know that my PSA levels are still undetectable (my regular doctor mentioned that today).

"Zero-point-zero" was not so good for John Blutarski, but in this context it is sparkling.  Let's hope that it keeps down in that region.

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 7:37 AM

It's so cold..... we're freezing our cabooses off! Proof-  I haven't seen a caboose in like, forever.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 3:08 PM

afternoon

Murphy the caboose for Csx to use around Defiance gets lonely in the yard quite a bit.I had to wait on the NS local uptown when I got off of work today.Matt was on time today.Chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 8:43 PM

Murphy Siding

It's so cold..... we're freezing our cabooses off! Proof-  I haven't seen a caboose in like, forever.

A local equipment rental outfit had on their marquee - "Every Train has a Caboose."  I still haven't stopped in to correct them...

If you want cold, you could have joined me at the pump panel of our engine early this morning as we tried in vain to save a house built in 1850.  A malfunction in a wood burning furnace following a power outage was the probably cause.

It was about 7 degrees.  Freezing hoses and frozen ground were concerns.

Due to the numerous void spaces that the fire had no problem finding, we ended up bringing in a track hoe to tear the building down.

I'm tired, and will sleep well tonight, even after a four hour nap after we got everything back in service.

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 7:41 AM

Spent the past two weekends racing, first in Homestead, FL and then in Sebring, FL.  While the visible hurricane damage is not as severe as I had witnessed back in 2006 after the multiple hurricanes including Katrina had struck Southern Florida, what I witnessed this year was damage to the large advertising signs - mostly the type that have a aluminum light box to hold the lighting elements and a large plastic cover that displays the verbiage on both sides of the light box.  Very few seem to have either survived and/or been repaired since the storms happening in the middle of August.

Locals may know where these businees are, however, outsiders have no idea unless you can see the name on the building.

         

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 3:37 PM

afternoon

Ns had a stack train in the siding when I left work.Also a sperry doddlebug looks like it didn't get very far today as well.I don't know if they tested our track into our warehouse or not.One of the bosses is a railfan too.It could come in out of the cold at least.Chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by BOB WITHORN on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 5:39 PM

So Balt, how'd ya do?

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 5:47 PM

BOB WITHORN
So Balt, how'd ya do?

3rd on Saturday, 4th on Sunday when the car broke - nothing big but caused me to stop on track.  Sebring can break any car!

Homestead the prior weekend was a constant thrash!  Changes I made didn't work and I had to go back to the original configuration - after I blew up two clutch belts and didn't set a qualifying time on Friday or Saturday and missed Saturday's race.  Ran Sunday and got a 3rd.

         

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Posted by mudchicken on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 5:51 PM

(and then there is Cincinnati's WLW, "the blowtorch" - whose original broadcasting facility north of town was later the 'Voice of America" through the efforts of Powell Crosley.)

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Thursday, January 18, 2018 1:17 PM

mudchicken
(and then there is Cincinnati's WLW, "the blowtorch" - whose original broadcasting facility north of town was later the 'Voice of America" through the efforts of Powell Crosley.)

The Voice of America's transmitters were separate from the 700 kHz transmitter but it was on the same farm near Mason OH. The original WLW transmitter was a 500,000 Watt transmitter that had downspouts talking to people. Any joint of dissimilar metals nearby could act as a receiver. When the FCC put a 50,000 Watt limit on broadcasters, the original 50,000 Watt exciter of the final 500.000 Watt final stage became the transmitter. It feeds a 747 ft metal tower built in 1933. Later in the fifties, WLW put a newer higher fidelity transmitter in service. The WLW AM transmitter fed a single tall antenna.

See http://www.j-hawkins.com/wlw.shtml

The VOA had multiple antennas that are/were wires strung between muliple wood poles. They were spread over a mile square area. When I toured it back in the fifties, it was wierd to hear large transformers that were over 7 ft tall and about 15 ft square talking. See more at:

http://www.voamuseum.org/the-museum/what-to-see/?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, January 18, 2018 1:41 PM

Found WLW's tower on Acme Mapper:  39°21′11″N 84°19′30″W

It is a beast!

A short distance west I find VOA MetroPark, which I presume is where the

VOA facilities were located.

Interesting stuff!

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, January 18, 2018 3:46 PM

afternoon

WLW 38 states and 2 planets.....

Mamma had a bad tire this morning.The plot thickens on Ns in Archbold.The sperry doddlebug is still near our warehouse.In the siding track is a stack train.The engines are separated.Don't know if the lead unit or 2nd unit has a problem.Have chores and errands and mammas tire to do so I'm taking Friday off.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by mudchicken on Thursday, January 18, 2018 5:15 PM

Test Post: How long Till It Hits The Newswire Dept. - seems that the FCC is stupidly going to allow ground based transmitters (after killing this a few years back) on a frequency close enough to mess with the GPS L1-band (1575MHz) for Ligado (successors to LightSquared TelCom)...DOT is already yelling "foul!" along with just about every surveyor in the US. The new transmitters effectively jam GPS and by association, PTC. I bet the knucklehead Dems in the senate and congress, in their push to find out why PTC isn't already up and running 100%, have no idea this crap is going on (beyond all that cash to their re-election campaign keeps showing up under the table) How long till this hits the newswire?SoapBoxSoapBoxSoapBox

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Friday, January 19, 2018 7:22 AM

The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing.Whistling

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, January 19, 2018 11:29 AM

It's a problem those of us in the ham radio commuity know all too well.  We don't "own" a lot of bandwidth, but there are plenty of folks who look at what we do have and see dollar signs.

Few realize that hams are (and have proven to be during recent events) the back-up when cell and other data networks go down.  I can talk to a lot of people using a 12 volt battery powered radio and a portable antenna.  I did that last fall during a contest from a location with zero commercial infrastructure.  We can send data and pictures, too.

But we're just a bunch of geeks who are wasting bandwidth someone else could be making money on...

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, January 19, 2018 3:35 PM

afternoon

Ns was busy again by work today.An Ns eastbound was having a bad day.Stuck brakes on the 5th car from the rear of the train.Also the 2nd locomotive needed repair too.I saw the conductor and took him back to the head end of the train.Mamma's tire got replaced now maybe things can get back to normal.Chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by Mookie on Friday, January 19, 2018 3:47 PM

Good for you, Joe.  Even a short train - it would still be an uncomfortable walk, first out and then back.  Wonder if there has ever been a BO like that on the 1st or 2nd car from the head end?

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Posted by erikem on Friday, January 19, 2018 9:47 PM

mudchicken

 - seems that the FCC is stupidly going to allow ground based transmitters (after killing this a few years back) on a frequency close enough to mess with the GPS L1-band (1575MHz) for Ligado (successors to LightSquared TelCom)

Oh for Pete's sake....

{Censored} MBA and lawyer types who have no clue on how radio works and why the {Censored} bands adjacent to the GPS downlink bands were set aside for space comms ONLY.

On the other hand, maybe Lidado may opening themselves (and their customers) to being sued every time a GPS receiver glitches.

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Posted by Deggesty on Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:14 AM

Last night, one of the local guessers wore the white coat that his father (who worked for the same station) wore when he was going to predict snow. When I looked out the window this morning, I saw that it indeed snew (if the past tense of "throw" is "threw", why is the past tense of "snow" not "snew"?)

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Posted by Norm48327 on Saturday, January 20, 2018 11:04 AM

Johnny,

We are currently enjoying a reprieve from the cold, snowy, blowy ravan ravenges of winter weather. C'mon April. I hate to wish away  a couple months of my life but I am tired of the cold. Perhaps I should drive to Florida to visit a high school friend of fifty years.

Norm


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