Friday, May 24, 2019

One White Heron

A 2-ounce packet of an organic black tea, Dubliner's Breakfast, from White Heron Tea of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, found its way into my Christmas stocking. Santa knows.

I inferred this would be a hearty, rich brew, that would brace me for morning. Dubliners are Irish, no? Instead, I tasted a nuanced, fruity cup with less kick than anticipated or desired. The packet went into the afternoon collection, taking an honored place in the rotation especially when the mood was more cerebral than kinetic. Three and a half stars.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Distance Record on AO-92

On 2019-02-20 at 13:08Z, EB1AO and I completed a 4,936-km QSO between IN52pe and FN43rg, setting a distance record for the U/v repeater on AO-92. It was a -11° pass — Celsius (12°F… brrr). Really, it was a 1° pass — maximum elevation at my end.

Jose's map tells the story, though the time reported is his AOS, not QSO time.



We both recorded the contact. Mine is in Dropbox: eb1ao_AO-92.wav.
Thanks EB1AO. Thanks AMSAT-NA.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Red Claws vs. Drive, March 29, 2015

In this thrilling home finale to a division-topping regular season, Maine took its only lead of the game as the final seconds ticked away, yet minutes after the final buzzer the outcome was still unknown. Did the Grand Rapids buzzer-beater beat the buzzer or not? Finally, no. "It was still in my hand on my follow through," admitted the Drive's Kevin Murphy after seeing the replay. Maine won 108-107.

A real crowd-pleaser.

Good write-up by Glenn Jordan.