Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

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
http://www.qsl.net/worc/

Timber Oregon: Timber -KJ7IY 145.2700
https://www.repeaterbook.com/repeaters/details.php?ID=114&state_id=41

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

PTD TRS

1

155.235

American Medical Response F-1 69

860.7125

2

155.220

American Medical Response F-2 70

860.4625

3

155.340

HEAR SYSTEM 71
4 72

860.2625

5 73

859.7125

6 74

859.4625

7 75

859.4375

8 76

859.2625

9 77

858.7375

10 78

858.7125

11

154.190

CCOM F1 79

858.4625

12

153.890

CCOM F2 80

858.4375

13

154.220

CCOM F3 81
14

154.325

CCOM F4 82

858.2625

15

153.830

CCOM F5 83

857.7375

16

154.430

PFD TAPOUT 84

857.4625

17

154.010

PFD F1 85

857.4375

18 86

857.2625

19 87

856.7375

20 88

856.4625

21

155.430

CCSO F1 89

856.2625

22

155.190

CCSO F2 90

854.7373

23

155.760

CCSO F3 91
24

155.610

CCSO F4 92

854.5875

25

156.780

CCSO F5 93

854.3125

26

155.295

CCSO F6 94

854.2875

27

154.935

Oregon State Police 95

853.4375

28 96

852.7875

29 97

852.6375

30 98

852.3875

31

170.525

USFS WHALEHEAD/LOW 99

852.2875

32

170.500

USFS CH4 100

851.2875

33

169.925

USFS BEAR SPRINGS
34

169.950

USFS ZIGZAG/COLUMBIA GORGE
35

151.925

TIMBERLINE
36

151.205

SKI PATROL
37

147.120

MT.HOOD HAM
38

155.805

SAR
39

146.960

GOAT MTN. HAM

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

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.everytrail.com/guide/historic-coast-mountain-hike-seaside-oregon

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

 
http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/saddle-mountain

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

http://www.oregonhikers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=12945
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://forestlegacy.org.s57429.gridserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Soapstone-Lake-Template.pdf&sa=U&ved=0ahUKEwjCzovw-8HOAhVQ3GMKHaTBCYMQFggYMAU&usg=AFQjCNETK0Z6sp5DlHof2BWDvXbwD_zEqQ

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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
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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.
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Nehalem river area several trails and camping train tracks. 
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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.
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http://www.seasidevacationhomes.com/Hiking.htm  — tillamook head
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February 15, 2016

Psalm 35:1-16

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 6:26 pm

11
Malicious witnesses testify against me.
They accuse me of crimes I know nothing about.
12
They repay me evil for good.
I am sick with despair.
13
Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them.
I denied myself by fasting for them,
but my prayers returned unanswered.
14
I was sad, as though they were my friends or family,
as if I were grieving for my own mother.
15
But they are glad now that I am in trouble;
they gleefully join together against me.
I am attacked by people I don’t even know;
they slander me constantly.
16
They mock me and call me names;
they snarl at me.

The idea of praying for those that hate you and loving your enemy was not a brand new concept conceived only in the New Testament. It is found also in the heart of David in the old. Moses also intercede on the behalf of the Israelites even when they attacked him. I would also say that since these two men were men who lived near to the heart of God, that this has always been the heart of God. That would also be supported by the fact that Jesus came to reveal God’s heart,  to live it out so it could be seen in perfect action not to create something new or different from God but a completed revelation of what has always been God’s heart snd his desire for us.

Proverbs 9:11-12

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 6:11 pm

Proverbs 9:11-12
New Living Translation (NLT)

11
Wisdom will multiply your days
and add years to your life.
12
If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit.
If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.

September 9, 2015

Linux Ubuntu Grub

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 7:36 am

The neat thing about grub is that installs at the time of a Linux install and allows you to install Linux along side windows or any other OS allowing you to use both and have have to make dramatic decisions. It allows “and” instead of “or”

Once you have this, you might find you want to edit it like I did and here is what I found to make it easy

http://askubuntu.com/questions/265010/how-do-i-edit-grub-menu

http://www.howtogeek.com/196655/how-to-configure-the-grub2-boot-loaders-settings/

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2

Linus Terminal

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 7:33 am

I have been using Linux for a bit and it is often my daily OS for my web browsing and email and even work on web based apps and sites.

I have taken the next step and have looked under the hood and found that I do not know so much once the GUI is off and terminal is open!

These are the current editors that I am trying to use.

vi for sure but it has no help and no menu and I have already screwed up things a couple times with it but I want to learn it anyway.

http://www.howtogeek.com/102468/a-beginners-guide-to-editing-text-files-with-vi/

Next is Nano

http://sourceforge.net/projects/nanolinux/

http://sourceforge.net/projects/nanolinux/

https://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/325049:linuxables-introduction-to-the-nano-text-editor

http://mintaka.sdsu.edu/reu/nano.html

https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Nano/Basics_Guide

http://www.nano-editor.org/dist/v2.2/nano.html

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/42980/the-beginners-guide-to-nano-the-linux-command-line-text-editor/

Also, there are many sites and videos to help with the commands and how to use terminal and the files I have edited:

http://puppylinux.org/wikka/BashCommands

http://puppylinux.org/wikka/CommandLine

http://www.brighthub.com/computing/linux/articles/63478.aspx

Linux or not?

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 7:23 am

This is not really a question for me, I am going to use Linux, Mostly at this point, I have several old computers and I started installing using it. So far I have been using different versions of Puppy and Ubuntu,

I started with Puppy because it is the easiest to run from a thumb drive or CD and not have to install or make actual changes to the PC that you are running it on. I got to learn about it and gain confidence before I passed the point of no return and formatted a HD!

I am going to list some links and resources below that I am using to research light weight versions to consider.

http://www.puppylinux.com/index.html

http://lubuntu.net/ (the current project of interest in lightweight Ubuntu distros)

http://pointlinux.org/ (reported to be small and fast and effective)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xubuntu

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiny_Core_Linux

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damn_Small_Linux

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightweight_Linux_distribution

https://www.linux.com/news/software/applications/780781-6-excellent-lightweight-linux-distros-for-x86-and-arm

http://www.ubuntu-mini-remix.org/

http://tinycorelinux.net/

http://distro.ibiblio.org/baslinux/

http://lightlinux.blogspot.com/2009/02/lightweight-ubuntu-derivatives-for-old.html

http://askubuntu.com/questions/79555/what-is-the-smallest-installed-size-ubuntu-based-distribution

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/15.04/release/

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/14.04/release/

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=xubuntu

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xubuntu

http://xubuntu.org/

http://www.edubuntu.org/

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2111380

http://www.ubuntu.com/about/about-ubuntu/flavours

http://www.googlubuntu.com/

http://askubuntu.com/questions/79555/what-is-the-smallest-installed-size-ubuntu-based-distribution

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/8-of-the-best-tiny-linux-distros-683552

https://blog.docker.com/2015/02/the-new-minimalist-operating-systems/

http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/202945/what-is-the-smallest-linux-distribution-by-installation-size

https://www.slax.org/

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/8-of-the-best-tiny-linux-distros-683552

https://www.linux.com/news/software/applications/780781-6-excellent-lightweight-linux-distros-for-x86-and-arm

August 27, 2015

Public Assistance, Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC…

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 8:36 am

Wow, with a title like that, how do you react. There are some that immediately jump up and praise the good of welfare and unemployment. Some of you just threw up in your mouth at the thought of it. I react both ways at the same time. I have never been on unemployment. I have usually had more than one job at a time. There was a time when my kids were young that we did qualify for and get food assistance for a few months. If I lost my job today, I would probably have another in a day or so but if I could not, would I be glad for unemployment? Yep I would. But, is there a cost. I tell you there is a cost that most do not realize. I do not talk about the time I was on public assistance much. I never forgot and although it was very limited in size and time frame, mostly milk and diapers, it can change how you (I) feel about your (my) self. It is not fun and I think that it is healthy. I think we should not feel relaxed about this. I found some quotes on the matter that I want to share.

http://federalsafetynet.com/poverty-quotes.html

Benjamin Franklin on compassion

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“To relieve the misfortunes of our fellow creatures is concurring with the Deity; it is godlike; but, if we provide encouragement for laziness, and supports for folly, may we not be found fighting against the order of God and Nature, which perhaps has appointed want and misery as the proper punishments for, and cautions against, as well as necessary consequences of, idleness and extravagance?  Whenever we attempt to amend the scheme of Providence, and to interfere with the government of the world, we had need be very circumspect, lest we do more harm than good “
Benjamin Franklin (Smyth, writings of Benjamin Franklin, 3:135)

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. — I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
Benjamin Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, November 1766

Margaret Thatcher on Entitlements

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I think we have gone through a period when too many children and people have been given to understand “I have a problem, it is the Government’s job to cope with it!” or “I have a problem, I will go and get a grant to cope with it!” “I am homeless, the Government must house me!” and so they are casting their problems on society and who is society? There is no such thing! There are individual men and women and there are families and no government can do anything except through people and people look to themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then also to help look after our neighbour and life is a reciprocal business and people have got the entitlements too much in mind without the obligations, because there is no such thing as an entitlement unless someone has first met an obligation and it is, I think, one of the tragedies in which many of the benefits we give, which were meant to reassure people that if they were sick or ill there was a safety net and there was help, that many of the benefits which were meant to help people who were unfortunate—“It is all right. We joined together and we have these insurance schemes to look after it”. That was the objective, but somehow there are some people who have been manipulating the system and so some of those help and benefits that were meant to say to people: “All right, if you cannot get a job, you shall have a basic standard of living!” but when people come and say: “But what is the point of working? I can get as much on the dole!” You say: “Look” It is not from the dole. It is your neighbor who is supplying it and if you can earn your own living then really you have a duty to do it and you will feel very much better!”

Interview for Woman’s Own  September 23, 1987

There are many more quotes and lessons from history but the bottom line seems to be that the more is done to relieve poverty, the more it enforces it. Yet, all agree it is good and right to care for the poor. The  question is most often in the defining of what is actually help. What some see as help, others see as damning them instead.
Should I feel bad about being on public assistance? I think I should in a good healthy way. Not in a self focused or self pity filled way. Not in a way that embarrassed at how I might look or appear but that I had to take resources that belonged to others.  In a way that gives me an appreciation that it was there at that time but a determination that I will work and plan and be responsible to not be there again and to also determine to help others and to encourage others to do the same.
Remember public assistance does not come from thin air. It is not from a magical tree that my parents accused of believing that money grew on. It comes from the sweat and blisters and aching back of my neighbor. Think of it as so and treat it as so. Be respectful of the gift. It is not something we are to feel entitled to or deserving of. It is a gift from my neighbor to get me across the bridge to a better time. Repay them by quickly crossing that bridge and taking some other people with me!
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