Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

December 15, 2017

6 Meter Ham Radio “The Magic Band”

Filed under: 6 Meter,Ham Radio — rmay4 @ 7:27 am





Loop antennas can work great.
A good log book site is to use QRZ.com.
50.140 SSB is a hot spot.
Go to DXMAPS.com to see activity


GD-77 Radiodity

Filed under: DMR,Ham Radio — rmay4 @ 7:19 am



October 10, 2017

How to configure keyboard on my Lenovo T520

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 6:50 am

There are a couple of usability issues with the key board. First of all, the CTRL key has been difficult for me because it is to the right the Fn key. I am used to it being the most outside key on that side. There appears to be a fix for that in the BIOS. I tried and it worked on mine. Boot up and press the F1 key to access the BIOS. Under CONFIG there is an option swap the FN and CTRL keys. Enable this and press F10 to save and exit. Allow your machine to boot normally and they should be swapped from now on.

The other is that mine arrived with the functions of the home and delete key swapped. At first I was thinking I would just swap they keys but they are not the same size, so I will have to re-map them. I will update with best solution I found when finished.

December 29, 2016

Pacifc Northwest Ham Radio Repeaters

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 6:40 am

These are the local repeaters that I find useful to have on my scanner.

This is the link to the Western Oregon Repeater Club

Timber Oregon: Timber -KJ7IY 145.2700

Here is the list of current repeaters from the Western Oregon Repeater Club

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Great list of Portland Oregon Emergency & Medical Scanner Frequencies

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 6:07 am

I got this from: http://www.pcconnectnw.com/freq.html

These listed frequencies are those which I have programmed into my handheld scanner. The PTD TRS are all the frequencies used by Bureau of Emergency Communications with Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire Bureau and American Medical Response Northwest (contracted Paramedic Service for Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, Oregon).


Scanner Frequencies




American Medical Response F-1 69




American Medical Response F-2 70




4 72


5 73


6 74


7 75


8 76


9 77


10 78




CCOM F1 79




CCOM F2 80




CCOM F3 81


CCOM F4 82




CCOM F5 83








PFD F1 85


18 86


19 87


20 88




CCSO F1 89




CCSO F2 90




CCSO F3 91


CCSO F4 92




CCSO F5 93




CCSO F6 94




Oregon State Police 95


28 96


29 97


30 98








USFS CH4 100

















Scanner info for Portland Oregon area

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 6:03 am

As a kid I remember when my dad got his first police scanner from Radio Shack and then going back out to buy the crystals as we could afford them to hear one more channel! It was amazing to be able to hear the police and fire chatter on the scanner. The whole idea of radio intrigued me. Later, we had one car that had a CB and I was able to talk to other people. As I got older, I was able to buy my own CB for my first car. That was my first adventure into two way radio. I wish I had the presence of Ham radio in my life at that time but it was not. Today, I am still pretty much a teenage kid when I turn a radio on and it starts squawking away with some invisible people chatting away. As time goes on, I find I really enjoy talking on the magic wireless box but I find I enjoy as much and often even more just listening in. Sitting and viewing through a window of sound into someone else’s like and activities. As the world and life comes back around I find myself looking researching and saving to buy another crystal. Today, my crystals are trunking scanners and antennas, etc.

I will record some of the frequencies I have found in this area to listen to and most cost effective equipment I have found as I, like most of you, do not have a bottomless supply of funds to pursue hobbies.

Here is a post with many of the best medical and emergency frequencies in the Portland and surrounding areas : https://wordpress.com/post/rmay4.wordpress.com/711

There is a very active Ham Radio group in this area and this page lists many of the local repeaters and other stations I have in my scanner as well: https://wordpress.com/post/rmay4.wordpress.com/719

October 24, 2016

How to Live a Happy and Successful Life

Filed under: Bible Study — rmay4 @ 4:29 pm
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As I read this, it occurs to me that it contains most of the lessons ever needed to live a happy and successful life by watching and examining the process of a group of people make a researching and making a descision that will ultimately grant them success or destruction. I find myself in this narrative in both positive and negative ways. What do you see?  The undelined texts are for emphasis. The bold text are my comments and observations.
Jeremiah 42:5 – 43:3
1 Then all the military leaders, including Johanan son of Kareah and Jezaniah son of Hoshaiah, and all the people, from the least to the greatest, approached 2 Jeremiah the prophet. They said, “Please pray to the Lord your God for us. As you can see, we are only a tiny remnant compared to what we were before. 3 Pray that the Lord your God will show us what to do and where to go.”

4 “All right,” Jeremiah replied. “I will pray to the Lord your God, as you have asked, and I will tell you everything he says. I will hide nothing from you.”
5 Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the Lord your God be a faithful witness against us if we refuse to obey whatever he tells us to do! 6 Whether we like it or not, we will obey the Lord our God to whom we are sending you with our plea. For if we obey him, everything will turn out well for us.”
It is amazing to me that we can not enjoy obeying God. I there was a point that even Christ came to this point at bit right before the cross. We all reach this crisis at times I guess not to compare my crisis to Christ’s but the principle.  
7 Ten days later the Lord gave his reply to Jeremiah.
Even Jeremiah had to wait 10 days for an answer.  I do not understand this type of delay. This is a note to me.  I often look for and make a decision in minutes or hours. Like the Israel in the wilderness,  if God does not move,  stay put. This is another principle for life but tough in my right now life and world. Help me Lord. 
8 So he called for Johanan son of Kareah and the other military leaders, and for all the people, from the least to the greatest. 9 He said to them, “You sent me to the Lord, the God of Israel, with your request, and this is his reply: 10 ‘Stay here in this land. If you do, I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you. For I am sorry about all the punishment I have had to bring upon you. 11 Do not fear the king of Babylon anymore,’ says the Lord. ‘For I am with you and will save you and rescue you from his power.
God  is always trying to get us not to fear. Fear is at the base of so much sin.  First there is the sin of not trusting.  Fear makes it hard to listen and wait patiently for the Lord and to trust him.  This will lead us to justify and make an immediate decision which will lead us further into sin and farther from God’s calling and blessing for my life. 
The New Testimate tells that love cast out fear. So if love is the solution for fear, then lack of love is a cause if not the cause of fear. Look at 2 Cor 13 for a definition of love. It is not selfish for one thing which why I believe God commands us to love him and love others. This love is the solution for our fear and all that comes with it.
God wanted them to stay and depend on him. They wanted to rely on themselves and something they can see and is right now comfort and relief.  Good wanted them to stay and trust him and become something great. Fear will cause them to sin and not allow the blessing of God in their lives.
12 I will be merciful to you by making him kind, so he will let you stay here in your land.’
It is easy to see how God can effect us who look to him but we often doubt he can effect the hearts and minds of people who do not seek him. God can control the heart and mind of anyone he wants. He allows me to choose and self determine but that is his grace and love. He can dominate and control and will on my behalf if I allow his plan and blessing in my life.
13 “But if you refuse to obey the Lord your God, and if you say, ‘We will not stay here; 14 instead, we will go to Egypt where we will be free from war, the call to arms, and hunger,’ 15 then hear the Lord’s message to the remnant of Judah. This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘If you are determined to go to Egypt and live there, 16 the very war and famine you fear will catch up to you, and you will die there.
Ironically, we are usually correct in our fear. The thing that we fear and do not trust God for is aound the corner. Does this mean if we did not fear it, it might not be there?
17 That is the fate awaiting every one of you who insists on going to live in Egypt. Yes, you will die from war, famine, and disease. None of you will escape the disaster I will bring upon you there.’
18 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘Just as my anger and fury have been poured out on the people of Jerusalem, so they will be poured out on you when you enter Egypt. You will be an object of damnation, horror, cursing, and mockery. And you will never see your homeland again.’

19 “Listen, you remnant of Judah. The Lord has told you: ‘Do not go to Egypt!’ Don’t forget this warning I have given you today. 20 For you were not being honest when you sent me to pray to the Lord your God for you. You said, ‘Just tell us what the Lord our God says, and we will do it!’ 21 And today I have told you exactly what he said, but you will not obey the Lord your God any better now than you have in the past. 22 So you can be sure that you will die from war, famine, and disease in Egypt, where you insist on going.”
Jeremiah Taken to Egypt

43 When Jeremiah had finished giving this message from the Lord their God to all the people, 2 Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the other proud men said to Jeremiah, “You lie! The Lord our God hasn’t forbidden us to go to Egypt! 3 Baruch son of Neriah has convinced you to say this, because he wants us to stay here and be killed by the Babylonians or be carried off into exile.”
Be very careful to not rationalize away God’s word.  They did not say “we will not obey God” that would be obvious. They re-defined, re-interpreted, justify and explain away.  This was the serpent in the garden.  We lie to ourselves so we can belive what we want.  This maybe our greatest danger because once we convince ourselves of this alternative truth, we actually do not believe we are doing wrong and we can make God’s word say anything we want it to. Justification and denial, the same two weapons against truth that allow an alcoholic to continue and blame others and feel they are ok. In so many other ways I have used these tools to re-interpret what God says or wants in and for my life. Scripture tells us that only God knows our hearts and they are deep dark waters that even we do not know. God shine your light in my heart to remove that which offends you.

Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
    and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Psalm 139:23-24

Filed under: Bible Study,Christianity — rmay4 @ 4:17 pm
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Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
    and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

August 14, 2016

​Hiking near Seaside Oregon

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 7:49 pm

We are planning a couple days in Gearhart and wanted to do a little hiking while there. Here are some of the options we found. We should have a fun trip .


http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=881018 half mile walk in seaside


http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/soapstone-lake-trail 3.8 mile hike easy 

Soapstone Lake-

-1.5 miles (plus a .9 mile loop around the lake)

-Elevation gain 250 Feet

-Clatsop State Forest-Soapstone Lake

Directions: Highway 26 west to Highway 53, head south 4.8 miles and turn left on gravel road signed-Soapstone Trailhead. Follow gravel road to trail head.



http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/oregon-beaches 3.4 miles seaside

http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=881018 half mile walk in seaside

Bloom Lake 1.4 mileshttp://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/bloom-lake-trail

Haystack Rock hike
Ecola: The trail to Crescent Beach, a rock-lined cove between Chapman and Ecola points, is one of the park’s gems. Another is the trail that connects Ecola Point with Indian Beach, with its glimpses of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse perched on an island a mile offshore. This state park is on the north side of Cannon Beach.
Nehalem river area several trails and camping train tracks. 
Oswald West: The state park just north of Manzanita has two classic sections of the Oregon Coast Trail. The trail to the Cape Falcon headland takes in views of Cape Meares, Short Sand Beach and Neahkahnie Mountain. The hike to the top of Neahkahnie Mountain is the park’s other gem.

Bayocean Spit: Separating Tillamook Bay from the ocean, Bayocean Spit has a surprisingly remote feel because the only land access to the spit is from the south. That leaves a four-mile walk to the spit’s tip, farther than most hikers like to go in the sand. But if you do make it that far, return on the bay side, where an old road makes for easier walking.

Cape Lookout: One of Oregon’s best whale-watching sites, Cape Lookout State Park juts two miles into the ocean north of Pacific City. On a calm spring day, you can nearly always spot Alaska-bound whales spouting off the tip of the cape. Watch for resident whales in summer, too.

Cascade Head: A rare coastal grassland crowns the top of Cascade Head, where the view encompasses the Salmon River estuary and the long stretch of beach that fronts Lincoln City. The Nature Conservancy, which manages 300 acres atop the south side of the cape, asks that hikers stay on the trail to avoid trampling the rare Oregon silverspot butterfly and its habitat.
http://www.seasidevacationhomes.com/Hiking.htm  — tillamook head



August 13, 2016

The Blind Leading the Blind in Remote Computer Access and Repair

Filed under: Antivirus,Computing,How To,Linux,malware,Portable Apps,Settings — rmay4 @ 7:43 am

This is the beginning and a very rough draft of a project to explore the best ways to help anyone that is not tech savvy and when I am not so savvy myself as well keep and operate their computer and other electronics. This industry seems to have exploded since the last time I look at it and the options are many. I have started using Linux for more and more stuff and find that to be a useful tool for me in this process as well. This will cover Windows solutions,, cross platform solutions and web based solutions as well as mobile platforms under Android systems.

Trying to help the non-computer savy (i.e. parents or such) manage their computer. It becomes tough when they have issues that stop them from even logging in or connecting but here is the beginning of my search and results from my research and trials.

I started with the article found here (http://lifehacker.com/5846072/how-do-i-troubleshoot-my-parents-pc-remotely) at Lifehacker.com. It is old and dated but has some great info. Some of the options are relevant. The first one they mention is teamview which is relevant and maybe even more so as it is better than before and many of the other options are gone or costly for occasional used like this (i.e. Logmein no longer has a free option. Neither does GoToMyPC) Teamviewer also does not require much to install and set up. Specifically it does not require port fowarding and you can connect from your phone or tablet to the other PC.

Join.me – https://www.join.me/

This could be the easiest for quick attended and inpromptu assisting. It is the one I started with due to simplicity and familiarity.

Join.me is a meeting service (free and pay) from LogMeIn that also provides remote control. It’s convenient for impromptu support in that all you need on the controlling PC is a Web browser.

The process is simple:
The user with the computer that will host the meeting (and offer control) simply surfs to the Join.me site, selects Start Meeting, and downloads and executes the joinme.exe a file. After running said file, the meeting originator (computer desiring to be controlled) we see a 9 digit meeting number or pass coade. They will pass the provided passcode to the user or users on the other end, who in turn enter the passcode in the “Join Meeting” field on the Join.me homepage. The meeting originator’s desktop will appear in the browser. Once access to the originators screen is granted, remote access control can be granted as well. The host user can click on the small circle containing 3 dots at the top of the page and select “Share mouse control”or the guest can do the same to request it and then the host grant it. You can chat, send files, and more. This will give the guest who joined the ability to control the mouse and keyboard. That is it and you are in. It is simple, easy, and free requires little knowledge of computers at all to operate.

This does not require a download on the guests side, only the host who is wanting to be controlled. Easy-peasy, but note that Join.me isn’t suited for unattended remote control, which makes it only a partial replacement for LogMeIn.

I did also notice that it is not a perfect desktop share. As I was trying to install software and run programs remotely, there are things I could not see on the host PC. Pop windows asking for permission or other messages were almost never visible or accessible from the guest computer even when I had full access to share the screen and control the mouse and keyboard. This is where it shows its true colors and that it was primarily designed as a collarboration and team based tool. There was also more delay between me moving the mouse and it actually moving on the host computer. Enough that I clicked the wrong item several times.

All-in-all, it is a web based tool that does require installation and only the host computer has to download anything. It is a great tool that I am sure I will use again and reccomend for initial and light weight sharing of computers and resources. It will not however, be my goto solution. That falls to Teamviewer at this time.

TeamViewer — http://www.teamviewer.com/en/index.aspx

I used join.me to start the process repairing my parents computer but quickly moved to TeamViewer which operated in real time and responded much faster to mouse and keyboard input. As soon as I set up the short cut on the host PC, it became even easier to start up than Join.met. Believe me that easy and simple operation is important when dealing with people not that familiar with computers! I actually used join.me to download TeamViewer Portable on the host PC remotely so that I could run it with no install. They had so many isssues going on, that I was not sure their PC would install it properly anyway.

Team View is free for personal use and cross platform compatible, even the portable version I mentioned. Here are some of the other benefits of this program.

No configuration
Start and use TeamViewer instantly. TeamViewer even works behind firewalls and automatically detects any proxy configuration.

Free for testing and personal use
Test TeamViewer for free, without having to provide any personal information. Also, use the software at home for personal use free of charge.

Cross-platform PC to PC, mobile to PC, and PC to mobile connections that support Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, Windows App, BlackBerry and a portable version.

Maximum compatibility
TeamViewer runs on a broad spectrum of operating systems ranging from state-of-the-art system software to older operating systems.

No configuration
Start and use TeamViewer instantly. TeamViewer even works behind firewalls and automatically detects any proxy configuration.

Easy to understand
Enjoy a state-of-the-art user interface that is clearly arranged, simple, touch-friendly, and quick to operate.

Unattended use
It can be installed and set up for unattended use.

This is now my go to software for remote access for my family members PC that I am trying to help trouble shoot or help them with.

There are many other applications that can assist with this and I have many listed after the break below. I also have links to websites that have info that I found to be helpful. There is even information and links about recovering PC that are in trouble from a remote location. I have not used most of these applications but wanted to list them for you here.

Good hunting and I hope my experience has helped.



Application Links:
RealVNC — http://www.realvnc.com/
WebEx Free — http://www.webex.com/

Website Links:












12 Excellent, Free Screen Sharing & Remote Access Tools You Haven’t Heard Of Yet

Quick Screen Share: Screen Sharing Without Client Software Or User Accounts [Cross-Platform]

Remote Desktop Roundup: TeamViewer vs. Splashtop vs. Windows RDP

How To Help Your Parents With Computers Remotely Without Freaking Out

The Best Tools to Easily Perform Remote Tech Support


Info on recovery and rebooting:

What it is dead and you need to recover or rescue it from that status. Obviously start with all the easy things like plugs, connectors, batteries, updates, security scans etc. Test the hardware if possible. If you are past all that and pretty sure it is software or can not get there becuase you are stopped by the software, you need a rescue disk of some kind.

There are several ways. First of all, is there a rescue USB drive or CD that was created on their machine when it was operating properly? If so, that is probably the place to start. Here is how to create one: http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/how-to-create-a-windows-rescue-usb-stick-984726



How to Create and Use a Recovery Drive or System Repair Disc in Windows 8 or 10



Downloaded the “Media Creation Tool” and use it to create the bootable “Upgrade/Install USB” to Win10. After upgrading the systems you can wipe them out and used the same device to do a “CLEAN” install of Win10 on all of the machines in your home.

USB Windows Installation Disk:

If you are looking to create the ultimate rescue USB here is an article on that:


Linux to the rescue: How to use Ubuntu to rescue a failed PC

Ubuntu has a Live CD option that creates a bootable CD and a non logging session that installs nothing and leaves nothing but is crazy powerful and will work on older machines that will not boot from a USB drive. Here is a great article: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/31804/the-10-cleverest-ways-to-use-linux-to-fix-your-windows-pc/

You can use it to make and image of the entire hard drive: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/


If there will boot from a thumb drive then you can create a full bootable version of Ubuntu that will allow you to install programs and save settings to the drive for future use.




Put Ubuntu on Flash Drive using Windows

Install Ubuntu On Your Computer Using a USB Flash Drive



If you do have access to your parents computer before you head off for college, you may consider setting up VNC, which is completely free remote management for Mac, Windows, and Linux, but does require that you set up port forwarding on your parents’ router (if they have one,) change the default port that VNC operates on, and lock down the connection with a username and password. Additionally, you’ll have to install the VNC server on their desktop and the client on yours. VNC is a great, completely free option that gives you a way to connect directly without a middleman in the way. Also, there are dozens of different VNC applications, so you can pick one that works on your OS and works best with your connection. However, VNC also means that if you have trouble connecting, you’re on your own figuring it out – there’s no support line to call if you or your parents have problems. If you want to go that route, here’s a guide that can help you get set up.


Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop has been included in every version of Windows from XP on.

It does require you to either do or talk the the other user through these two steps:

1) Enabling remote desktop (rt-click My Computer—>Properties—>Remote—>Allow Users to Connect Remotely…).

2) Browse to WhatIsMyIP.com to get the address you will use to connect.

If the computer to be controlled has a simple single connection from a computer to the internet modem, this should work. If it is connecting wirelessly or through a router, then port forwarding will need to be set up and that is usually too complicated to do over the phone and should be prepared in advance. For those that want to consider it, the default RDP port to forward is 3389.

RDP apps abound for computers, tablets and smartphones making it possible to easily support mom and pop from anywhere at a moments’ notice.

Nothing is more versatile and full featured than RDP, certainly nothing free.

The basic concept behind Windows Remote Desktop is to let users control their office computer remotely so that they can work from home. Hence, although all versions of Windows (Basic, Home, and so on) can establish a Remote Desktop connection and control a PC, only the Professional, Business, and Ultimate versions of Windows can be controlled.

As most office computers are one among many on a network, you need to have the office router tweaked to forward a port (3389) to the PC you want to control. You can edit the Registry to allow control of more than one PC by adding more ports, but that’s a very techie task.


Microsoft Live Mesh is a good consideration as well.  The live service lets it cut through firewalls easily. It’s also a very easy install since it is packaged in the Windows Updates in the optional catagory (simplifies the install and does so from a trusted source).

VNC comes in many flavors. Some with little to no support and require knowledge and experience to operate. It can be tricky to set up if you are trying to walk someone through it over the phone. Here is a good example.


Free for personal use

The widest platform support in the business. Control a huge range of Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX computers from practically any desktop, or from iOS, Android and Chrome-powered devices wherever you happen to be.

Amazingly versatile

Our customers use VNC to remotely access office computers from home, provide support to staff, customers or friends and family, collaborate on projects, demonstrate to classes, virtualize software or services, conduct automated tests, and much more. So whenever you need to connect people and devices, VNC provides the answer.

Intuitive to use

VNC is simplicity itself. There’s a VNC Server app for the computer you want to control, and a VNC Viewer app for the device you want to connect from. Connect the two, and VNC Server continuously transmits screen updates to VNC Viewer, which sends back your keyboard, mouse and touch inputs as you make them. And the user interface is available in English, French, German and Spanish.


VNC, or Virtual Network Computing, isn’t itself a product, but an open-source remote-control and display technology that’s implemented by Tight VNC (free), Ultra VNC (free) and RealVNC (free and pay), among other parties. VNC isn’t hard to use, but it’s not as simple as Join.me and TeamViewer, which don’t require user knowledge of IP addresses.

VNC is a good option if you need to control multiple PCs regularly.
To use VNC, install it on both the PCs you want to connect and then set them to listening. To control another PC, simply open the VNC viewer (client), enter the PC’s IP address, and have at it. You may also have to open port 5900 on your firewall and router, and to direct said port to the PC you want to control.

You can use VNC to connect to multiple PCs behind a public IP by opening and using more ports. Most VNC implementations install both the server and viewer software by default, so (as with TeamViewer) you can control in either direction.

Though it’s a tad difficult to set up, VNC is cross-platform (Windows, Mac, Linux), and it works extremely well once installed.


Another to research for the purpose is WebEx

WebEx Free: Not just for multiuser meetings.
Most users think of WebEx as a tool for multiuser boardroom meetings, but it’s also perfectly suitable for small-scale, live (not unattended) remote control and support. WebEx works a little differently from Join.me in that installing software is required at both ends, but that’s a relatively painless procedure.

Once users have joined the meeting, initially they can only view the originator’s desktop, but the originator can make another person the presenter, pass control over the mouse and keyboard, and share files, chat, and utilize webcams for face-to-face interaction. There’s a bit of a learning curve if you stray from the main features (available from the usual drop-down panel at the top of the display), but overall WebEx is quite easy to use.



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