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  • A grueling day

    Posted on January 21st, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Lots of driving today and out on the road.  I am tired and want to go to bed.  I was reading the book “A wolf called Romeo”.  It is all about wolf who wandered into the area around Juneau, AK and started playing with the locals dogs and stealing the throw sticks the people threw out for their dogs to play with.  Interspersed are the authors comments and his travels around Alaska as a guide, amateur wolf enthusiast and all around nature lover.  It is quite good I think but then I am not a literary critic  but I know what I like to read: It is physically a paperback.

  • Raspberry Pi Security

    Posted on January 21st, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    My two new Pi Security CCTV are working just fine.  It is a bit surprising that for $60 you can make a device that works well.  It took a while to tweek it but as I become familiar with the controls I can make a very nice device.  The Pi CCTV does not work as well as my old Microsoft Skype Cam.  I am going to try and get one or two more of these cams as they become available on eBay. Yea, a winner.  Now I need to try some other type of web cams and make a testbed.

    The Pi’s are model 3 so I am streaming via wiFi and it works just fine. I love those Pi 3’s and they heald the price in spite of great product improvements.  Well, I just looked at my CCTV and they are working fine from outside the system.  This means I have to use the WAN IP to get in.  I am doing this vi my smartphone hotspot.

  • Kill-A-Watt: a new acqusition

    Posted on January 18th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Today, as a result of airport stuff, I bought a watt meter.  It was much cheaper than I thought it would be at $20.  I ran to the airport and hooked it up to my test subject and waited two hours.  Walla, I now have the information to solve the problem.  This device is quite amazing and I wished I would have bought one long before.  Now, I petitioned the Executive Committee to buy two more for use by The Hangar Partnership.

    I am watching the Defiance series on Amazon Prime and Season 2 is just about complete.  Next is The Man in the High Castle season 2.  BFN.



  • Foggy & Fort Wayne

    Posted on January 16th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    We drove to Fort Wayne this afternoon to visit the doctor for my first appointment of this year.  Doctor Urologist did his thing and then we went to Auburn for a Steak n Shake 5 Way Chile: My favorite for sure.

    Now I am in the Technical Room watching ” The Survivalist”.  A budget film set in the woods with little talking and plot.  I now see why it was rated at 3 stars.  In the end, of the three main characters only one was left. She walked to an area that looked like a peanal farm but was really a compound where she was voted on to see if she could join the group. That is where it ended. SAM is upstairs watching “The BFG” and this was a favorite of mine: The Big Friendly Giant.  However, the download I made stopped after 58 minutes so she is streaming it now.

    Another fun day at Gooseneck Lake.  Tomorrow will be a busy day.  I hope I wake up early so I can listen to the Little Red Barn Net on 3820 LSB.  Friend Dale is getting his Chemo treatment today thru Thursday.  I really feel for him as he has Lymphoma and a rare one at that.   Moore later.

  • Movies n Stuff

    Posted on January 13th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    I spent the day in the TR ( Technical Room ) fiddling with ham radio and the medic center procedures.  I discovered how to download  the movies to the media center so now I can get them upstairs for SAM to watch (she is watching one now).  Right now it is sort of a convoluted process but I will streamline that.  So here is the process:

    1. Select the video and download to the Movie directory folder on the Raspberry Pi 3 running Kodi. This takes about an hour.
    2. Next connect to the Pi with SFTP (or SSH) and move the Movie file to the Windows or Linux machine ( I use Bitvise SSH Client ).
    3. Next connect to SAM’s Notebook from My Win10 machine and move the files to SAM’s Notebook.
    4. At this point I connect SAM’s Notebook to the Living Room TV HDMI 3 input and use the built in Windows 10 player and play the video.

    I am using the TR more and more.  Last night I moved the computer speakers on the defunct Precision T5400 and connected them to the TV/Monitor.  My Notebook is connected to the monitor via HDMI.  This way I get to use the Extended Desktop feature.  The same monitor has a three way HDMI manual switch so I can have the Raspberry Pi under test, Notebook and Kodi Media Center.  Bottom line is it is becoming my Man Cave.

    I am deliberately moving away from Facebook and reconnecting with my three blogs.  Facebook is becoming a totally disgusting media. I have always heard that people would rapidly devolve when given total freedom with no consequences – well, we are here. Moore later.

  • Rain + Thunder

    Posted on January 12th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    I awoke early to the rumble of thunder and light to moderate rain with 40° temperatures. Wow, a couple of hours later it was raining hard.  In the end we received 0.8″ of rain and the temperatures dropped several degrees.  However, the day stayed overcast so we made plans to eat lunch and to have lunch at The Village because we had two free lunches we had won at an event.  After lunch we went to the “Then & Now” to window shop and perhaps a lamp for the Technical Room.

    Like I said, I awoke earlier than usualand made breakfast and beat a retreat to the Technical Room to listen to the Little Red Barn Net which starts at 0830.  So I checked in and then cruised the net for an hour.  Then I got down to work trying to get Fldigi running on my notebook computer.  Finally, by changing up various check box sequences I got it working  fine with my Icom IC-7200 HF rig. Yea, a winner.

    Now as I write, I am listening to the movie War Dogs.  This comes by way of the media center software Kodi running on a Raspberry Pi 3.  Actually the movie is better than I thought it would be.  The music is good and the Miami scenes were even better – I got to see many buildings I used to worked on fixing radio gear.  I hope I get to finish it tonight. It is a sad movie i a way since greed overcomes a young man and he puts that money in front of everything




  • Tuesday : Steuben County Aviation BOAC KANQ

    Posted on January 10th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Tonight was the BOAC meeting at KANQ.  A new BOAC President Randy Strebig was elected tonight.  Randy then appointed the VP, Treasurer and Secretary. The meeting was lightly attended by the public due to the inclimate weather and high winds. TSA Hangar LP had an opportunity to comment but declined because there was nothing to discuss. Most of the BOAC meeting was related to finances, Obstacle Obstruction mitigation and 2017 improvement plans.

    One controversial issue to be discussed and voted upon is the decommissioning of the NDB which is unmonitored at this time.  Any comments are to be directed to Randy Strebig BEFORE the next meeting. No input will be accepted during the next meeting.  Judging from what I heard it looks like the NDB will be decommissioned unless new input is received.  Call Randy Strebig at the following:

    PH:  260.424.5371

    Cell: 260.466.3961

    Fax: 260.422.9030



    The drive home was wet and windy.  I am now in the Technical Room writing this blog and listening to Allstar Node 27225. After this effort I think I will tackle my website page to update information.  Bye from Moore.

  • Technical Room: Closed for the Day

    Posted on January 9th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    OK, this is the last post for today.  I have enjoyed doing all the Facebook and Charles W. Moore blog posts.  Hopefully, some find it informative and entertaining.  For me it is a catharsis.  Cheers

  • Americans PTSD

    Posted on January 9th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    From 2012 Timeline I recently revisited but I still think it is appropriate:

    Jim Quote”””””””””””””””””””””””

    The economy, and the need for jobs, has been on everyone’s minds since 2007. Since nay-sayers of both parties are pointing fingers and throwing accusations once again about who caused this latest recession, let me illustrate (thanks in part to Wikipedia) what was to become a key reason for the economic collapse that hit all of us:
    In November of 1999, Congress repealed the Glass-Stegall Act (GSA) of 1934, with the establishment of what would become the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which eliminated the GSA restrictions against affiliations between commercial and investment banks. Furthermore, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, also known as the Financial Services Act, allowed banking institutions to provide a broader range of services, including underwriting and other dealing activities. Congress moved the GLB bill to a joint conference committee to work out the differences between the Senate and House versions. Democrats agreed to support the bill after Rep…ublicans agreed to strengthen provisions of the anti-redlining Community Reinvestment Act and address certain privacy concerns; the conference committee then finished its work by the beginning of November. On November 4, the final bill resolving the differences was passed by the Senate 90-8, and by the House 362-57. The legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on November 12, 1999.
    I wish to point out that Congress – BOTH Republicans & Democrats – with the blessing of then-President Clinton –did not solve a problem that had been festering for three decades. GREED. Greed by major banks and financial institutions to make more money. In fact, this GLB bill encouraged them to play the rules fast & loose, and, as a result, when banks failed, there was NO money in reserve. WE had to bail them out. WE are the government, and Congress acts on our behalf — leastwise, they are supposed to do so.
    I ask you to think seriously about who you will be selecting to represent you and me. Don’t look at red or blue — don’t look at R or D –look at the man or woman, and judge whether he can do the job he (or she) was sent to do. Please – turn the sound bites off — and THINK.

    End Jim Quote””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

    So there you go.  did anyone listen?  Did the public respond – yep, they sure did and that is what mad people do – blindly lash out at whatever pain they think they have.  What I really think is that the American people have PTSD.

  • Matthew 5:9

    Posted on January 9th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Matt 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers for they should be called children of God

    Barnes – Those who strive to prevent contention, strife, and war; who use their influence to reconcile opposing parties, and to prevent lawsuits and hostilities in families and neighborhoods.

    1 Cor 14:33 – For God is not a God of disorder, but of peace

    Want to be a Peacemaker?

    Being a Peacemaker requires a few things

    1. AVOID CARELESS CONFRONTATION – Some people just love to make trouble
      • we have to learn not to speak unless necessary – EVEN WHEN WE ARE RIGHT – not every thing deserves rebuttal or correction
        • if we want to be happy we have to learn to master our mouths…
        • we have to learn to be thoughtful – what is important?  what is WORTH my emotion, my words, my actions
      • refuse to live in the echo chamber of outrage – that might mean staying OFF Facebook completely lol
      • We have to learn to be the bigger person!  Just because we have been offended does not mean we need to rise to action.
      • The person we are to make peace with might just be a person who wishes to attack us – to make peace we must choose not to fight back.
        • Luke 6:27-28 27“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunicb either. 30Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.
      • This is what flows out of a deep rock bottom level of spiritual poverty – we deserve nothing SO WE DEMAND NOTHING
        • It is impossible to argue with someone who only wants what is best for you!
    2. Embrace Loving confrontation
      • Confrontation is necessary for a peacemaker – you cannot make peace by ignoring the truth.
      • HOWEVER if we confront in an inappropriate way we will NOT be peacemakers either
      • BEFORE YOU SPEAK ask yourself –
        • Is what I am about to say motivated by my love for this person?
        • Is what I am about to say worded in the kindest way?
        • Am I being mindful of my tone, body posture, facial expression?
        • Is what I am about to say a necessary and helpful statement?
        • God gave us two ears and one mouth to teach us to listen twice as much as we talk.
      • Sometimes Peacemaking requires that WE bear the cost of the crimes of others
    3. We live this way because Jesus lives this way FOR US
      • Give to those that do not deserve it
      • Pay for the offenses that have been done against us
      • Jesus made the greatest peace by taking in all our violence and giving us love.


    The prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

    Where there is injury, pardon;

    Where there is doubt, faith;

    Where there is despair, hope;

    Where there is darkness, light;

    And where there is sadness, joy,

    O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

    to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love.

    For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

    and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


    All Quoted from Fremont Community Church website

    Now here is another to question: Why are we not more compassionate? Pizzled