11th October 2018
Picture No 41
In a previous Blog I explained that I had been sorting out bits and pieces and had found the picture of me at the zoo with monkey. Well something I also found was my old Psion Series 5MX which I used a lot when I worked at Kodak Ltd. The Psion and the Palm PDA were such useful devices, it such a shame that the mobile phone rendered them obsolete.
I must appogise for some of the picture being out of focus, it was late tonight and I was in a hurry to write the blog/picture.
Somebody who follows my blog brought me one of these,
Also somebody else who follows my blog had a collection of various electronic devices in a cupboard behind his desk.
10th October 2018
Picture No 40
Last Friday my friend Nik popped over on his Triumph motorcycle for a coffee and chat. The first thing that he handed me was a bag of venison sausages!. Tonight’s evening meal was Cassoulet made with some of Nik’s venison sausages, it was yummy.
9th October 2018
Picture No 39
I was surprised that nobody guessed the title of the film that book was written about. This picture reveals all, it’s “Where Eagles Dare”.
8th October 2018
Picture No 38
Today’s picture is of a book that arrived today from Amazon. As well as listening to music, I try to read at least one book a month. The book that arrived is “Broadsword Calling Danny Boy” by Geoff Dyer. The book is about a film that is in my top 10 of films. I’ll let you work out what the film is….
7th October 2018
Picture No 37
Today’s picture is of a couple of CDs’ that I’m listening to in the car. The artist is John Martyn.
The CD’s are;
- John Martyn – One World
- John Martyn – Solid Air
- May You Never The Very Best of – John Martyn
The album that I’m playing the most in the car is, May You Never – The Very Best of John Martyn, the track that gets played over and over again, is the title track of the album May you Never.
After about 18 months of part-time employment, tomorrow I re-start full-time employment at a different Charity. Instead of getting off the A41 at the Chesham/Berkhampstead turning, I will be carrying down the A41 onto Wendover.
Wish me luck
6th October 2018
Picture No 36
Today’s picture is a picture of a picture. I had planned to park the car in the Verulamium museum’s car park and walk into St Albans with Gaynor, but because it’s been raining all day, I stayed at home instead.
I used the opportunity to sort out the mass of paperwork you seem to acquire, in doing so I found tucked amongst all the bit’s and pieces some old photographs of me when I was very young.
This picture is of me at London Zoo with my Nan (my Dad’s Mum), holding a monkey on a lead, the monkey then gets put of your shoulder for a photograph. Well I don’t have the picture of the monkey on my shouldern because I let go of the monkey, who promply ran off. I never did find out what happend to the monkey !!!.
Two little monkeys
5th October 2018
Picture No 35
Today’s picture is the exact opposite of yesterday’s picture of the Drake TR-4C. The Drake was full of valves, resistors, capacitors and other electronic hardware. The American Elecraft KX3 pictured, has a certain amount of electronic hardware inside, but really relies on an imbedded software system provides most of the functions previously undertaken by hardware. I don’t want to get too deeply into explaining SDR, that I will to another time.
Enough of radio, tomorrow I have some good news to tell you.
4th October 2018
Picture No 34
Today I have spent the day tidying my “shack” a term that is used by radio amateurs for the place where they operate their equipment from. I switched on my old American made Drake TR-4C transceiver which was state of the art in 1977. I spent some time listening the 40M amateur band (7MHz), mainy to amatuers from all over europe.
The term transceiver means that the transmitter and receiver are housed in the same box, Transmitter receiver. Before the advent of transceivers most amateurs used separates, i.e one box for the transmitter and one box for the receiver. Tomorrow I will show you something abit more modern.
3rd October 2018
Picture No 33
Today’s picture is one of our glass ornaments. I was replacing the lock on one of glass display cabinets at the Hospice’s Charity shop in Abbotts Langley, when the glass elephant caught my eye. I ended up buying the elephant. I think that I will need a macro lens for my camera if I keep taking close-up shots like this.
I’m hoping that over the next months my photography will start to improve.
2nd October 2018
Picture No 32
Look what turned up in the post today. I have been successfully assessed to drive a minibus for other charities, I won’t need it in my future role.