Archive for the 'Hobbies' Category


New Site

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

I’ll be adding the links shortly, but I’ve got a new site roughed out… it’s along the lines of the previous post. I thought it may not have enough frequent posting to really be an eventful site, but it will have more info than I can devote here…. onlineradiotv.com. A good deal of what I [...]

On the fence

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

I’ve got a lot of posts related to shortwave radio and radio broadcasts online (and tv broadcasts online.) Which got me to thinking how I wanted to organize the information. There’s a part of me that wants to just work it into the existing structure of this site, however…. I guess my organizational side says [...]

Flightgear multi platform open source flight simulator revisited

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

Ok – I was thinking I might have been a bit too dismissive of flightgear. So, I took a second look (and a third and fourth.) In fact, I found a source rpm of the 0.99 version and rebuilt it for Mandriva 2006 and installed. And went in search of scenery for the local area. [...]

X-Plane flight Simulator for Linux

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

I remember back when I was running Windows as my primary OS, one of my favorite diversions was Microsoft Flight Simulator (2000?) In fact, I clearly remember circumnavigating the globe in a Cessna in that program (landing at a small strip in Icelend, the old Hong Kong International airport and some airstrip in the Himalayas [...]

Shortwave Listening – Noise

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

We don’t live in a quiet world, cars, equipment, alarms, fans, tv’s radios, etc. etc. etc. We have a very noisy Radio Frequency world as well. All sorts of electronic devices can add to the cacophony that is natural RF noise. In my shortwave listening I’ve “crusaded” against RF noise in the house where at [...]

Shortwave Listening antenna

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

Ok – Now I’ve mentioned the Sony shortwave radio a couple times. It comes with a little (maybe 23 foot?) random wire antenna that really boosts reception over the internal “whip” antenna. In fact, I like using a wire antenna instead of the built in whip when possible. Let’s face it, the radio signals that [...]

Getting into Shortwave Radio Listening

Monday, December 19th, 2005

It’s not often that I get to talk about some of my hobbies on this site. The Genealogy sites are reserved for one of those hobbies, but time certainly takes it’s toll and frankly it’s hard to have much time for my hobbies these days. One of those that I’ve developed in the last few [...]

Very good shortware radio Sony ICF-SW7600GR

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

For many years I’d been curious about shortwave radio. Finally maybe five years ago, I broke down and bought a cheap ($30) shortwave radio to see what I could hear. It was ok. Probably among the best AM reception I had out of a radio, but it had analog tuning and a small dial, the [...]

Electronics and Surplus stuff

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

For some time I’ve meant to do a post on some of my favorite places to find odd electronics components (and surplus stuff…) Something about electronics components is that there’s so much potential… anyway, I just placed an order with All Electronics for a handful of odds and ends. They’re probably the newest place on [...]

Risk using Google Maps shut down.

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

I’m afraid it was something I expected would happen, *(although you always hope a company will look on such imitation as a form of flattery and be cooperative/excited about the new application of an old game idea…), but the implementation of the strategy game Risk using Google Maps has been shut down by a cease [...]

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