Welcome to the WB8CAC Dull and

Boring Page!

Dedicated to Ham Radio, Skydiving, and Weirdness in General!

 

URGENT NOTICE: Anyone who bought my book: "A Crash Course in Skydiving" needs to make an important correction. In the second paragraph on page 68, change the words "State zipcode" to "Pull ripcord." I apologize for any problems this error may have caused.

 

I WAS RECENTLY ASKED IF I EVER MADE WATER JUMPS. I DID SOME DIGGING AND CAME UP WITH A PICTURE OF ONE I DID. THIS ONE WAS INSANE. I USED TO JUMP INTO A BOAT RACE IN BAY CITY, MICH EVERY YEAR. IT USUALLY WENT WELL. I SURVIVED THE ONE PICTURED, BUT IT WAS STUPID.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURE ABOVE AND TO THE RIGHT, YOU WILL SEE HOW I RIGGED FLAGS FOR EXHIBITION JUMPS. THE FLAGS ARE ON A ROPE WITH A 15 POUND WEIGHT HOLDING THE ROPE DOWN.

IN THE WATER JUMP (PICTURED LEFT) WHEN I HIT THE WATER THE ROPE AND WEIGHT TANGLED AROUND MY FEET, MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO SWIM. ALSO, THE PICKUP BOAT FAILED TO SHOW UP. OH WELL, IF YA CAN'T SWIM A COUPLE HUNDRED FEET WITH YOUR FEET TIED TOGETHER WHILE DRAGGING A PARACHUTE THROUGH THE WATER..... DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME.

I STOPPED CARRYING FLAGS ON WATER JUMPS AFTER THIS ONE.

FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION. . . it comes free with the software.

Newer-est: The world's newest Knight Kit T-60 transmitter!

Newer-er: My most recent clone of the Ameco AC-1 transmitter!

Newer:Thanks to K9YK the mystery military receiver HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED!

Old: Jane Fonda urinal stickers!

WEIRD THOUGHT FOR THIS YEAR:

The glass isn't half full OR half empty. It's twice as big as it needs to be.

WEIRD THOUGHT FOR NEXT YEAR:

When all else fails, sell it on ebay.

Don't be afraid to try something new. Remember: The Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic was built by professionals!

 

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OK, I know that anyone that has been to this site more than once realizes that I have several tons of old tube type (boatanchor) ham gear laying around here. Eventually, the entire house will be sucked into the basement by the black hole created by this stuff going critical. Here's a picture of the Heathkit position (still my favorite). Heathkit Apache transmitter, Mohawk receiver, Marauder transmitter, two ( Yes, two of them ) Warrior amplifiers, and the ever present Hammarlund HQ-129X. Thanks to Steve WA3JJT for the donation of the Apache / Mohawk pair. Steve and I met on the air 36 + years ago. We're both fanatics regarding this type of equipment. If you run into Steve (from Erie, PA) say hello for me.

 

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WB8CAC Main main operating position

Changes, changes, changes. I am attempting to eliminate all solid state RF equipment. Pulled the Yaesu FGR-7 off line and added a newer Hammarlund HQ-129X. It arrived as a basket case but is now fully up to ( if not better than ) specifications. I paired it with the Drake 2-NT transmitter to its right. They work great together. And YES, I realize there is a transistor in the 2-NT, but all important stages are tubes. Below is the Collins S-Line station with the Heath SB-200 Amplifier. The antenna tuner is a MFJ-986. Antennas include a few dipoles, a G5RV and a small vert.

 

 

 

 

In case you've never heard of www.wheresgeorge.com, you should really check out the site. It's tons of fun. You mark all your paper money with a rubber stamp or handwritten note asking the finder to go to the site and enter the serial number. Then you are notified of all the places your money shows up. On the site you can get all kinds of fun statistics about where the bills go. Even if you don't join, if you ever find a bill marked www.wheresgeorge.com, PLEASE go to the site and enter it. Somebody somewhere wants to know where it went. Below is a map showing what states my bills have showed up in:

Legend:

Number of HitsState Color
No Hits   
Less than 2   
2 to 2   
3 to 9   
10 to 19   
20 or more   

 

HELP ! ! !

HAVE YOU SEEN LARRY ? ? ?

 

WHERE'S LARRY? Larry is in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really angry. She told him "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in less then 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE!!" The next morning Larry got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift - wrapped in the middle of the driveway. Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought the box back in the house. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale. Larry has been missing since October 7, 2006.

 

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Most of the recent page errors were generated on 26 MARCH 2011 while under the influence of BENGAY fumes. Address all complaints, comments, death threats, great deals on used cars, used deals on great cars, escape plans, martian roadkill recipes, winning lottery numbers, phone numbers of lottery winners, and other misc. weirdness to:

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CLAIMER: Ok, I admit it, everything is my fault (even the part about the french toast sticking to the side of the rhinoceros). I am NOT sorry, and given the chance I'll do it all again. If the rest of those people didn't want their swimming pools filled with lime Jell-o, then they should have kept them out of my microwave. Further, if the world ever needs more turtle wax, you can just about bet that I'll be right there squeezing turtles with the rest of them. To top it all off, I still wear clothes made from the hide of the almost extinct nauga. SO THERE! If you had any sense of decency you'd turn your computer off right now and go tear a tag off of a mattress (if anyone complains tell them I said it was ok).

 

For best possible viewing of the page, use a green screen monochrome monitor at 1 X 0.75 resolution. Set power to "off."

 

 

Pictures of the staff here. Left is the station manager Amy ( also know as Cujo Kitty).

Picture right is a rare shot of me. Don't tell anyone you saw it.

 

 

 

 

AND NOW, the semi-mandatory list of links you probably couldn't care less about:

 

Find the Age of Your Vibroplex Key

The Amazing Ameco AC-1 Transmitter

United states Parachute Association

FISTS: Morse Code Preservation Society

All Kinds of Veterans' Information

The Truth About The Aliens (Well umm errr Sorta)

 

 

 

 

Click on images for info on these organizations.

 

 

Biographical BS

If you feel like sending me E-Mail about dull and boring things please click the link below. If you're into ham radio, maybe we can meet on the air and discuss dullness and boringdom. I've been involved in ham radio and short wave listening since 1965. I was first licensed as WN8CAC. When I upgraded to general class my call became WB8CAC. Later I was driven temporarily insane when I passed the Amateur Extra Class exam in 1979 and let the FCC change my call to AI8J. I don't really think AI8J is a call sign. I think the US government, in their infinite wisdom, accidently assigned me a spark plug number. Fortunately, I was stricken same and got my old call back ( as a vanity call ) in 2001. I held a First Class Radiotelephone Operator license ( back when they still had those things ), but now it is simply a General Radiotelephone Operator License. I operate mostly CW and am FISTS member 6970 ( for those who don't know, FISTS is a society dedicated to preserving and encouraging the use of morse code an the amateur radio frequencies). I now spend a great deal of time restoring and operating antique ( pronounce that "boat anchor" ) ham gear.

I started skydiving in the Army in 1973 at Camp Casey Korea. I instructed at a civilian parachute center in Michigan for several years. I also spent a number of years making exhibition jumps into air shows, special events or whatever somebody would pay me to jump into, on to, or near. My USPA license number is D-7782 ( they don't call it "expert" any more, but that's what mine says on it ). I am a member of POPS, the Parachutists Over Phorty Society. My POPS number is 7664. I also hold a private pilot certificate with instrument airplane rating.

If you want to discuss any of this sort of dull and boring stuff on the air, drop me an E-Mail, brush the dust off your code key and let's chat.

 

 

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