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Sailing The Hawaiin Islands

Author: David Thorson

Category: Travel

Sailing around the Hawaiian islands is not for the unwary, or the inexperienced The islands are isolated in the middle of the Pacific and seas can be rough, but the coastal views of the Big Island's volcanoes still spilling white hot lava into the sea, the sunsets off Maui or the North Beach of Oahu, the sheer cliffs of the Na Pali coast of Kauai rising 4000 feet straight out of the sea, all these can only be appreciated from the ocean Hawaii's Big Island - is the youngest of all six of the Hawaiian Islands and is still growing, possibly because it is home to one of the world's most active volcano's (Kilauea), the tallest sea mountain (Mauna Kea) and the most massive mountain in the world (Mauna Loa)...

Sailing Key West

Author: David Thorson

Category: Travel

It wasnít that long ago that the Florida keys could only be reached by boat and were inhabited mainly by wildlife and pirates, and perhaps itís the feeling of life lived on the wild side that gives the islands their appeal With the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, the keys have a tropical climate mitigated by the sea breeze The over 1700 islands are the remains of an age old coral reef, but surprisingly the landscape is not that of the typical tropical island...

Take A Boat Ride To The Tallest Mountain In The World

Author: David Thorson

Category: Travel

If I told you I planned to visit the highest mountain the world, you'd probably nod and smile, but if told you I planned to visit it on a boat, you'd think I'd finally lost it Mount Everest is thoroughly land locked, so unless there's another flood of biblical proportions and I am riding on Noahs Arc, an aquatic visit to the mountain seems very unlikely But there you would be wrong, because Mt Everest is not the tallest mountain in the world...

Boating The Island Of Sicily

Author: David Thorson

Category: Travel

One of the most beautiful places to take a boat is the Italian Island of Sicily Though now a part of Italy, for much of its history Sicily was Greek As a result it has a character entirely its own...

Sailing, The Hobby Of Adventure

Author: David Thorson

Category: Travel

There are many reasons to go sailing, it's a pursuit which appeals to many personalities, but these days sailing has one big advantage; a boat at sea is one place where conventional cellphone reception is defeated You can truly avoid the calls from your office and just concentrate on the sails and the sea But no matter how much you want to leave the world behind, never travel without a radio, and make sure before you leave that you know how it works...

Boat Trips - Try Catalina

Author: David Thorson

Category: Travel

Catalina is one of those islands with a unique and very relaxing atmosphere Whether it's the warm climate or the smell of fennel and eucalyptus, Catalina is one of those places you go to do nothing, or at least nothing that has anything to do with work Just off the Californian coast, Catalina is the largest of the Channel Islands of California, a chain which runs east west from Catalina to San Miguel, the flattest of the islands which is home to over 50,000 elephant seals...

The Mysterious Island of Corfu

Author: David Thorson

Category: Travel

If you are a sailor with a need for rest and relaxation, interesting things to see, a little ancient history, good restaurants and wine, sailing around the islands of sun, sea and romance could be just the thing for you Corfu is an island in the Ionian Sea and a good place to start your adventure Just off the west coast of Greece it has a warm climate that reaches its peak during July and August and is very green compared to the other Greek islands...

Radio Communication: Five Reasons to Learn More

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

The world is filled with invisible communications, from remote controls to television, radio, cellphones and even your wireless phone at home, communication surrounds us, but most of us know little about it Each one uses radio waves to communicate, but which is the most useful Should we all try to know a little more about radio...

Two Way Radio in an Age of Cell Phones

Author: David Thorson

Category: Automotive

Late in 2009 a woman was injured when her ATM rolled on top of her Fortunately she wasnít alone but her companions werenít able to get help because they were travelling in, a remote part of Arizona and had no cellphone coverage All was solved when her colleagues flagged down a car which happened to belonged to Hal Whiting, an experienced radio Ďhamí...

What is Radio?

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

The idea of electromagnetic radiation was first set out by Scottish Physicist James Clark Maxwell in 1865 he expanded on work done by Michael Faraday At the time no-one had a clue that they would lead to so many discoveries, including the radio filled world we live in now In fact, for the next few years, although several people worked on Maxwell's equations, and Heinrich Hertz famously proved the theory correct, no one had any idea that there were practical uses for electromagnetic waves...

What Use is Radio, I've Got a Cellphone

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

On June 4th 2010 a flash flood hit the Albert Pike recreation Area, a part of Ouachita National Forest around 75 miles from Little Rock in Arkansas The waters rose hard and fast, over eight feet per hour and with so much force it peeled the bark off trees As campers slept, the Little Missouri river flooded, the flood waters were 4ft deep by two am, by five a...

Why Radio Thrives on Crime

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

The story of radio begins with the telegraph and the solution of a crime The telegraph was first installed on the UK's revolutionary Great Western Railway Engineered by I...

Amateur Radio and Admiral Byrd

Author: David Thorson

Category: Travel

The use of radio on dangerous missions of exploration is not just a safety issue Explorers learned quickly that regular news reports created public interest in their expedition making it easier to raise funds for the future This had been illustrated by one of the early expeditions to the Arctic, the Macmillan expedition...

Amateur Radio Enthusiasts: Arthur Collins

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

Radio transmission has played a crucial part in the success of many expeditions and explorations In some cases radio has been used to summon help, in others it has simply been a means of contact, of sending back scientific and other information which might otherwise be lost if the expedition were to fail In 1924 a 31 year old John Reinartz was recruited as a radio operator for an expedition whose primary purpose was to complete a hydrographic survey of the region lying between Alaska and the North Pole...

Amateur Radio: Why 10 Meter Radio?

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

If you dream of far away places with strange sounding names, the 10 meter radio may be exactly what you are looking for Ten meters is primarily a day time waveband; in the USA it is often possible to hear Europe in the morning, all of the Americas midday and the Pacific and East Asia in the evening Traffic varies considerably, but the major attraction of the ten meter band is that it is possible to make contact over very large distances, especially at times of high solar activity...

CB Radio, Nine Things You Need to Know

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

1 As long as you stick to CB radio you will not need a license and won't have to pass any exams You do have to have a copy of the FCC rules which govern Citizens Band radio use...

Is CB Radio Dead?

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

You might be forgiven for thinking that radio has had itís day No, Iím not talking about audio programs, Iím talking about real radio, the kind that helps us communicate across the world Once upon a time the radio world was the province of amateurs with crystals sets and earphones, but now radio has become hi-tech, a technology where powerful transmitters and receivers send signals to satellites, and extend the tendrils of technology throughout the world...

Ham Radio - A Fascinating Hobby

Author: David Thorson

Category: Advice

Ham Radio is a fascinating hobby Since licensing was first issued, many millions of radio licenses have been issued With the rapid development in radio and electronics in recent years, equipment has become cheaper, smaller and technically better...

History of 10 - 10

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

Everyone has heard of Amateur Radio, but have you heard of 'Ten - Ten International Net Inc' The 10 meter band is a part of the shortwave radio spectrum allocated for amateur radio use and is made up of frequencies stretching from 28 MHz - 29700 MHz...

Amateur Radio and the Walkie Talkie Bank Job

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

In these days of cellphone communication its is often difficult to remember that radio communication between two parties isn't private Any radio amateur knows that, but it seems that back in 1971 some bank robbers hadn't quite got the idea, so when Robert Rowland, an amateur radio enthusiast form Central London, settled down with his radio set and a nice cup of tea one Saturday night , he heard a much more interesting conversation than he was expecting We know, because he taped a large part of what he heard, and in 2008 he dug out the tapes so the event could be made into a film...

Ten Meter Radio and the Oscars

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

No, Iím not talking about the Academy Awards Amateur radio has itís own Oscars, but theyíre not awards given to glamorous movie stars, directors and writers In radio terminology an Oscar is a satellite...

Ten Things to Love About 10 Meter Radio

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

If youíve been bitten by the radio Ďbugí and enjoy using a CB radio why not move up to something with a little more range and power The ten meter waveband occupies the 28 to 297 MHz section of the electromagnetic spectrum and has many of the same characteristics as the 11 meter CB waveband, but there are some significant advantages to its use...

Amateur Radio - The Story Of The American Radio Relay League.

Author: David Thorson

Category: Short Stories

The American Radio Relay League was founded in 1914 and is the USA's largest membership organization for radio amateurs, with over 154,000 It is a non profit making organisation that provides both technical advice and assistance to amateur enthusiasts as well as supporting a number of educational programs throughout the US It is also the primary representative organization of amateur radio operators...

Amateur Radio in Disaster and Emergency Situations.

Author: David Thorson

Category: Short Stories

If you're a ham radio operator and have time on your hands, you might consider volunteering for Public Service, it is one of the most worth while things you could ever do Volunteering for Disaster and Emergencies would mean doing some training but you easily be instrumental in getting people rescued from a flood or organising a rescue team to dig people out of a collapsed building Why waste your talents...

10 - 10 What is It?

Author: David Thorson

Category: Short Stories

Ten - Ten International or just 10 - 10 for short is an organization of amateur radio operators which are dedicated to maintaining high levels of amateur radio and communication on the 10 meter amateur wave band (280-297 MHz)...

Amateur Radio: We've Got it Taped.

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

The thing about radio is that conversations aren't private, and as a result some conversations that should never be heard can reach a wide audience In this case, they were even put on tape On the night of 11 September 1971, a young man called Robert Rowland was sitting alone in his flat in Wimpole Street, Central London...

Ever Wonder What it Takes to Broadcast Radio From Your Own Home?

Author: David Thorson

Category: Advice

Ever since the beginning people began forming organizations, being lured by amatuer radio technology The big difference between ham radio and CB radio is that amateur radio setups can be up to 1000 watts and have unrestricted antennas The available wavebends are more diverse and less crowded and you can even obtain access to very specialized teletype and tv frequencies...

How Do You Obtain a Ham Radio License, And Start Transeiving?

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

After much thought, you have made the decision to obtain your Ham Radio license What steps do you need to follow now to verify that you have what you need in order to start broadcasting and transeiving on your new ten meter radio There are three different types of licenses that you can obtain and two of them have specific requirements in order to obtain them...

What Are the Differences Between a Gamma & A Beta Match When Tuning a CB Base Station?

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

There are several different signals that can be utilized in tuning a CB base station, but the two most popular signals are gamma and beta matches These signals have a few differences and I would like to explore them with you Both gamma and beta matches are used on Yagi antennas...

What Do You Need to Get Started in Ham Radio?

Author: David Thorson

Category: Computers and Technology

Starting your hobby as an amateur Ham Radio operator is often easy and just needs a little effort Becoming a Ham radio operator is a fun hobby and enriches your life by exposing you to different things There are only a few basic things that you would need in order to get started...