Charles W. Moore

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  • St. Pete Farmers Market

    Posted on February 18th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Today was the farmers market downtown and we went to meet up with Jerry & Carolyn M.  We decided to meet up with each other at the Sundial and arrived just as the yoga group was breaking up.  I have never seen so many young people in town before – Wow!   Well, we saw the Sundial, which was not reflecting the correct time, and decided to walk the marina fence line to look at boats.  A lot of the boats on the line were the same ones we saw 3 years ago.  A quick tour of the market showed us prices that were higher than the stores by quite a bit. Then it was on to lunch at the restaurant near the marina and home for a nap.  I am now refreshed and ready to write this blog.

    It is raining lightly as I watch the squirrel searching around for a stray nut or two and all the while keeping and eye on the Macadamia Nut tree that is just past full bloom.  At the absolute peak of becoming ripe the nuts are stripped from the tree in the full view of the owners, leaving not one nut for the homeowner.  We have seen this for many years and there is nothing to be done about it.  The dozen or so Oranges are getting ripe too but it will be another month or so before the small, tart fruits are ready to eat.

    This morning I ordered a replacement billfold from Amazon and it should be here on Monday.  My old one is becoming very ragged and worn and a new one is long over due.  TTYL Moore

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  • Boyd Nature Preserve & KSPG airport

    Posted on February 15th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Today started off lazy enough but by noon we had had enough and decided to go to Boyd Nature Preserve in SE St. Petersburg.  This place has lots of trails and the longest is 5 Km.  We walked about 3 Km of which about half were on grass.  Along the way we saw a giant Armadillo, actually two of them, near a lake and if you go you will see them too. They do not move much!

    Afterwards, we were hungry and this one Indian restaurant sounded good but when we got there it turned out to be just a residential neighborhood.  Looks like someone might be trying to fool the IRS or something.  So we went to the next best place – an airport diner – named Albert Whitted Airport Diner.  Man that place was good.  Wednesday specializes in hamburgers and they are giants of about 1/3 – 1/2# and only $6.  This will be our Wednesday lunch bunch place.

    I just had a long chat with K1QKR about airplanes and amateur radio stuff.  Cheers & Moore later.

     

     

     

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  • Monday, Monday

    Posted on February 13th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    This might be Tuesday but it might be Monday.  After a very lazy morning and a text or three to Jess, we went out to look at an antique shop that SAM has eye’d a few days ago.  A quick go through showed a little treasure shop.  I actually bought some Corning Ware that was of the square style about 2″ deep, SAM said they were 2 3/4 cup size.  Anyway, I intend to use them for oatmeal breakfasts that I microwave:  1/3 cup oatmeal, 1/4 cup raisins, a handful of walnuts and, sometimes, some coconut sugar of about 1/8 cup, all with 3/4 cup water for 2.5 minutes high power.

    I just got off the amateur radio talking with a gent that was at the state fair and he did not know if livestock was at the fair.  Later a guy came on and told me there was, indeed, animals that are farmed  in Florida.  Ah, the ignorance of some people about the state fair.

    I made two begleri today.  They are devices that have two weights at each end and a practitioner flips these thing real fast.  One is amazed at the good guys manipulation of the device.  I, of course, am so slow and will never be able to do this since my eye/hand/ brain connection does not allow this type of thing:  I am also a ponderous thinker, just like Newton, and cannot do these things.  One of these things had too short of string so I made it into a key ring for SAM. Quote – Begleri (Greek: μπεγλέρι) is a small skill toy consisting of one or more beads at either end of a short string or fine chain. The toy can be flipped and twirled around the fingers to perform tricks – endquote.

    I used “monkey fists” with 3/4″ steel balls at each end.  Making this device is sort of a therapy for me and I hope to make sufficient amounts of various lengths and in a rainbow of colors.  This keeps my mind occupied in times of trouble and turmoil.

     

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  • Just another beautiful warm Sunday.

    Posted on February 12th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    We went to Suncost this morning and met an elderly gentleman and his wife who live adjacent to the church facilities.  Afterwards, we drove over there just to take a look.  To mee it looked sparsely populated but to SAM it looked “populated”.  Anyway, the gentleman named Jerry said there were many open condos.  Monthly fees are around $200± month plus all the utilities.  From the looks of things it has not been updated since the 1970’s and everything was basic white and two story; however, there was a nice sized grocery just next door and within old people walking distance so that was a plus.  I did not see any golf carts so it may not be a golf cart friendly place and we saw no dogs either. We now have two condo groups to check out for details.

    This afternoon was slow but we went to West Marine to look for some epoxy with low viscosity so it will penetrate the cracks in the Diamond X50-A antenna that arrived broken.  We will see!  I may wait until I get back home to really repair it.  I would like to epoxy it back into a structural solid column and after that wrap some fiberglass around it for additional strength.

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  • Many Multiple Garage Sales

    Posted on February 11th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    We went out to Treasure Island this AM.  the area was Capri and, wow, what a bunch of Garage Sales.  We walked and walked and I actually bought a 420 rod and reel set.  The reel is sort of suspect but the owner said the line was good and would work with 30# fish on a 8″ shinner and a 16 oz. weight.

    NOTE:  I have had the rod & reel for a week now and not even got a leader for it or a spoon or anything.  First of all I need a license now.  Florida changed their law.  Too bad.

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  • Hamcation Orlando

    Posted on February 11th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    VE3ORY and I went to Hamcation in Orlando Friday 2-10-17.  SAM stayed home and went to multiple garage sales.  Late in the afternoon I realized I was very dehydrated by a late stop in the head.  I tried to re-hydrate quickly by drinking multiple bottles of H2O and I guessed it worked until I was in a looooong line of traffic on the I-4 and had to pee.  OK, let us leave it at there and the rest of the trip back to St. Pete was slow but uneventful.

    Back home, I felt dehydrated but the recurring events to the pee pot showed different.  I was glad for this as it was traumatizing to have so extremely colored urine in weeks past.  I am back on super-hydration to keep it all flowing and non-burning.

    Currently I am re-reading “Life on the Mississipi”.  I enjoy this very much and wish I could have enjoyed some of the events.  Actually, I am not so removed form this era as to not relate to it at all.  As a young kid, I read with my cousins Jim and John, “Pecks Bad Boy” at night in the hot, hot beadroom until we fell asleep around 0100 hours when the temperature dropped.

    I am really hoping this survives me as sort of a legacy to the future.  This is a bleak era when the Trump Card is yet to be played so we await the fall of the hammer.  Cheers to you all, once it is in the electronic net it is never really dead, so Personally, I have never been Trump ed. Bye for Moore.

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  • Another 5 Way Chili day

    Posted on February 9th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    WOW and I spelled Chile as chili: We went to SteaknShake again today.  I always get the same meal – 5 Way Chile.  We went there yesterday too and returned today because their 5 Way was very well prepared.  Same for today.  You would expect a little consistency between store but this is not the case.  Some are good, some are bad and some are really, really poor.  This store SnS North is consistently good.  The exact same scenario applies to Sonny’s.

    After eating we returned home and I took a short nap and then messed around on the computer before tking a short 20 minute walk.  Then it was time to prepare for the trip to Orlando Hamvention with a Amateur Radio Operator.  This will be a day trip and hopefully I do not return home with anything expensive.  This little jaunt will give me a chance to try out my portable Allstar node.  I have not really used it on the road and moving in real life.

    My security cctv is operational using the Raspberry Pi, Microsoft Lifecam and motionEye software.  It works just like the others and the Lifecam is great and if you have just a little light it will see in the dark..  I bought it off of eBay for $25.  Ok, it is getting time for bed and an ealier than normal rise tomorrow.  Cheers.

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  • New Allstar Node Software

    Posted on February 4th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Objective:  Upgrade Allstar from hamvoip 1.02/1.7 to latest 1.5 version.  This is not a cookbook.  It is a narrative.

    Issue: No Wired Internet, tether or Router/Switch by which to get an IP to be able to Putty into the PI

    What I have:  Smartphone w hotspot for internet but the Pi is not natively activated for wireless.

    Before we digress too far a few prerequisites could be in order if you have an existing node. The listed below will help considerably.

    • Read out your existing simpleusb.conf file and cutnpaste to whatever computer you are using.  Then save the file: I did and was glad.
    • Know that you will be asked whether you want to Install Asterisk or Not. I said Yes
    • Have your existing node number and password from Allstar.org.

    My Solution: I borrowed an old Linksys router with a 4 port switch. Activate the Router and plug your computer into the LAN switch side and make sure you can get into the admin of the router.  Enter the Admin of the router (usually, 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1) enter the user name and password.  Look for something like LAN Clients that shows the currently attached LAN devices.

    Now, attach the Pi 3 to Router LAN switch and power on the Pi 3 with the Allstar 1.5 version image installed on the microSD.  Refresh the display monitoring the Router admin LAN client section.  You should see the Pi 3 IP Address that may look like 192.168.1.xxx.

    Next Putty into 192.168.1.xxx:222 using root and password root. When you do this you will be presented with a screen asking if this is the First Time run.  If it is then answer yes. This will result in a series of questions you must answer and for which the above prerequisites will com in handy.  At some point the questions will end with a reboot request.  ( I use Bitvise which is a very nice free integrated SSH/SFTP client).

    When the reboot occurs and the putty is reconnected. a “new menu” will be presented.  Of the whole list the most important will be the wireless activation (remember the router is still connected).  Go to the Wireless section and go to it.  This will result in a search for  wireless networks nearby so you will need to chose one and connect to it with the necessary credentials(usually a wpa2 password).  After this is successful you will need to reboot the Pi.  As soon as you start the reboot, disconnect the wired cable from the router (this is important to do this quickly).

    When the router has rebooted it will announce the IP and if everything was done correctly the wireless IP will be announced.  Now you can putty in with the new IP and modify whatever is desired.  In my case I went to /etc/asterisk and copied simpleusb.conf to simpleusb.conf.xxx.  Then I edited by using nano simpleusb.conf.  I did this because I entered the incorrect configuration data from the menu. I was not ready with config data on usb or usbinvert.  If you do change anything be sure to cntl-O and then cntl-X out of the edit node.

    After this I entered the “new menu” and selected simpleusb tune menu and set the Rx & Tx levels.  When done I put out a test call and all levels were good.  All in all, it was a reasonably seamless upgrade.  It is nice to be able to enter the CLI from the menu.

     

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  • Flat Tire et. al.

    Posted on February 3rd, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    The car is sitting in the driveway with three big screws stuck through the rear passenger tire.  Well, at least that forced me to look at the rear tires that I always thought were better than they really are.  So, tomorrow I willneed to bite the bullet and buy 4 new tires.  I don’t know but the OEM tires I have been buying only last of 20 – 25K miles front and 40K rear.  I am leaning towards Michelin but could be persuaded away from this thought.  I’ll spend the night doing comparative reviews.

    SAM went north to Largo to some garage sales while I stayed at home and repaired the back fence plus copying the old Allstar node software and recopying to a new microSD card. This seems like duck soup but it actually became complicated.  I also tried the bridged mode to try and install the new 1.5 Crompton software but no joy.  So the day aent out on a sort of sour note.

    NOTE: Today, 4 February, we took the car to the tire place to get the Michelin tires.  Sorry Charlie, they won’t be in until Monday.  The tire man gave me a temporary tire to use while we wait and even put the spare doughnut back in the trunk, in place and tied down.  We re going in Monday at 1100 hrs to get them.  Yea, no more hydroplaning down the road.  The two back tires were in pretty bad shape and almost bald.  The fronts are OK but will be replaced.

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  • Another Amateur Lunch

    Posted on February 2nd, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    We had lunch with Don KG4LMP and his wife today at the American Legion.  What a beautiful spot right on the intercoastal across from Maderia Beach.  Again the hours stretched out effortlessly.  The place was packed and the music had just started when we left.  I was told this is the biggest AL Post in the USA and I believe it.

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