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Communication detox….a brief thought

July 22, 2014

garfieldThe only sound heard was the cawing of the ravens as they circled the camp. George awoke and within minutes felt the emotional drag of something absent…. He wondered around the cabin in a daze looking for something but not knowing what. As he made his way to the kitchen to make some coffee he turned again looking for something, something that was missing. It was like when you misplaced your car keys a feeling of something being there on your mind but just out of reach. Then George realized that it was his constant companion, an alter ergo of sorts…….it was his phone, computer and instant news on the television that was missing, and this was because George has gone cold-turkey and enrolled at a communication detox camp!

Yes maybe a flight of fancy but when you consider that the youth of today have a problem writing in cursive and in retail stores employees stumble without the aid of the cash register or calculator. Or consider when was the last time you went for more than an hour without a cell-phone call or text? Can you even remember how long ago you sat in silence without the TV or radio being on?

It is no wonder that more and more of the population is suffering from stress when your every minute is saturated with an invasion of noise and the emotional pressure to respond. Wouldn’t it be great if that camp George went to is real? A place where there are no cell phones, computers, television or radio to break the absolute silence. A place that for a week you could go and never think about how someone would feel if you did not answer their call, text or tweet.

Hey wait a minute I live in just such a place
maybe I should put up a sign
communication junkie detox center?


The Angels want their HAARP back!

July 19, 2014


In an article published on July 10th in ‘The Astrophysical Journal’ it was reported that the radio telescope at Arecibo received a signal burst from beyond the edge of our galaxy. The signal was deemed a reply to transmissions sent from HAARP in Alaska, and interpreted as a warning to not discontinue those our transmissions. How those transmissions from HAARP could have made the 100,000 light year journey, to the edge of our galaxy, in the 7 years since the 2007 activation of HAARP remains a mystery. One technician, the infamous Art Bella PHD, explained it simply as a mater of the transmission traversing a quantum singularity and popping out on the edge of our known universe.

Yes part of that first paragraph is fiction, but then again considering the signals transmitted from HAARP travel at 186,000 miles a second they may indeed one day reach a planet with intelligent life….we just have to be patient. However if the US Air Force has its way HAARP will remain silent. As of June 2014 the last transmissions from HAARP have ended and the Air Force is due to demolish the $300 million dollar facility. HAARP did get a “death row reprieve” and will not be bulldozed until May 2015 but as far as the Air Force is concerned it is still destined for the scrap pile.

Barring conspiracy theories some of the research conducted at HAARP addresses improving the reliability and performance of communication and navigation systems such as GPS. It has also looked at advancing underwater and underground research which may lead to improve methods for submarine communication or the ability to remotely sense and map the mineral content of the terrestrial subsurface.

The main instrument at HAARP is the IRI or Ionospheric Research Instrument. This is a high power, (3.6 megawatts), high-frequency phased array radio transmitter with a set of 180 antennas covering 33 acres. This IRI is used to temporarily energize a small portion of the ionosphere. The study of these energized areas yields important information for understanding natural ionospheric processes, and may one day help understand ways to mitigate ionospheric disruption due to solar activity.

Entities such as the University of Alaska Fairbanks and others have expressed interest in keeping the facility open and used for research but for some reason the Air Force wants to dismantle the facility. Could the thousands of conspiracy buffs be right that it holds a top secrete agenda or many gadgets and gizmos that the Air Force and DARPA or the NSA wants to keep hidden?

University of Alaska Professor and researcher at HAARP Chris Fallen has said “that a letter writing campaign organized by the Geophysical Institute at UAF has succeeded in delaying irreversible demolition of HAARP…..and that the US Government at all levels is receptive to citizen input” Personally I do not understand why the US Air Force would rather destroy a 300 million dollar investment rather than donate it to private entities for research.

If you believe that HAARP should have a new lease on life I urge you to contact:
The Honorable Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000

Chris at Harp

Noah’s Ark now sailing in Alaskan waters.

July 15, 2014

We loaded every animal we could find from the surrounding woodlands into the boat and now many of the valley’s families were either cutting extra supplies of wood or harvesting whatever crops the rains have not destroyed. The boat, aka Ark, was nearing completion and it was just in the nick of time. Because the rivers and streams that had been flooding the valley for weeks were now washing away most of the homes and cabins.

OK maybe that is a bit of a stretch but after almost 13 of the last 15 days having rain in them and the month of June breaking a 100 year record for rain, one does begin to think about getting their boat ready. Yes I know the last posting was about ‘global warming’ and how hot it had been but almost as soon as that posting was published the weather pattern changed. So now I am going with ‘climate change’ instead of the global warming theory. Since I do not have an inflated ego and can accept that I sometimes back the wrong horse, plus the fact that temperatures are now running in the mid 50′s to 60′s every day and that the rain has caused a genetic change by forming webbed feet in humans…I know when to say I am wrong.

More to the point this inexorable constant rain, dampness and raw cooler weather has sapped my energy and creativeness for writing and I am, once again, at a loss for words. So I humbly submit to you these three photographs I have been experimenting with and hope you find them of interest, and ask that you patiently ignore the loss of my written words.




Global warming hits Alaska

July 6, 2014

Snow on America’s highest mountain, Denali, has been observed melting!


Too hot for lemonade?

Of course the snow is melting (a little) on America’s highest mountain, it is after all summer in Alaska. When I lived in Philadelphia August was the hot, humid, ‘dog days’ of summer, but here at the cabin high summer struck yesterday when the temperature passed the 80 degree mark. Yes I know my son in Texas is smiling right now thinking he would love to have 80 degrees for summertime high but this is Alaska….right?

Those of you that have been following my blog for a while know, except for the cost of heating oil, I love the winters in Alaska. My mantra of ‘no bugs, bears and tourists’ would be a tattoo on my body if I wasn’t such a coward. You know it is warm for me when I am seriously considering a road trip South to Anchorage or Talkeetna where the high temp’s are only reaching 70 degrees, even though it would cost about three hundred bucks.

Today was the first step to full summer for me because I had to bring in my refrigerator, ( cooler), from the entry way, to inside the cabin, because it was a few degrees cooler and the ice would melt slower. The final step for me, designating full summer, is to plug in my fan and try and think about the fact that it should be fall in about 7 weeks.

No….its not global warming melting the snow on Denali
just another summer here on the edge of heaven

One Alaskans politicaly incorrect observations

July 4, 2014

Photograph by Sal Veder AP

I wonder how many of you remember seeing on television newscasts the images of the Vietnam POW’s returning home. A number of the newscasts showed them walking on the tarmac along side massive military airplanes… then with open arms embracing wives and children with tears streaming down their faces. This scene was repeated a number of times after the end of the Vietnam war when our POW’s were released. Yes they did spend some time in a hospital making sure they were physically OK but after years in a Hanoi POW camp these men desperately wanted to be reunited with their families.

Why is Sgt Bowe Berdahl’s return to his family and the American public so different?
Why did we trade four important terrorist murders for Berdahl?
Why has he not told the American public thank you for his rescue?


At times I am a firm believer in the old military principle of “KISS”, ‘keep it sweet and simple’ so with
with just these next few words I hope to stir your minds to wonder ‘why’.

Our President is once again making a push
to get the ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act’ though congress.
I ask why not enforce the Immigration laws already on the books?


Does anyone find it strange that in the news lately we are hearing about al-Qaeda in Iraqi taking over a WMD, (weapons of mass destruction), factory. The talking heads are saying that the factory has many “old” biological weapons stored there, but we should not worry because they ‘believe’ al-Qaeda can not get the plant back in production.

I know I have a touch of ‘old-timers’ but……
didn’t they accuse Bush of lying about these same WMD factories?


Even in Alaska there seems to be no common sense when it comes to making fiscally responsible action. The government here has been working on different natural gas line proposals for years and has spent millions of dollars yet still no action has been taken. Yet Hundreds of families are leaving because it is just too expensive to heat our homes in the winter.

Maybe they should look for a plan that involves spending no government money.

Like giving the fuel the oil companies give us each year in royalties

to the people of Alaska at cost!

Sounds of silence for a lonely ‘ham’

July 1, 2014

DSCF1592.JPGNo sound is heard….
no talk, no news, no radio
sitting waiting for the water to boil
looking out the cabin window with a view monsters of old would covet
the fog drifting in and out of the trees with tendrils licking skyward
waiting…waiting for the scream that never comes
only the sound of rain drop by drop falling from the roof
hitting the ground below.

This brief posting is directed to my ham friends and followers of this blog to let them know I am still alive and well in the wilderness. It has been months since I have been able to have a good QSO, (aka..conversation for the non-ham), on the radio. For me the radio filled the need of being able to reach out to others around the world and those QSO’s indeed made the day a little brighter.

I have received a number of emails from hams I have spoken with asking to set up a time for another QSO. My problem is for some reason at my cabin the airwaves are dead. I have jokingly replied to them that either the NSA is blocking my transmissions and receptions or that elusive ‘dark matter’ that fills a large percentage of the universe has decided to coalesce directly over my cabin.

This posting is to let all of you know I am on the radio every day
checking to see if I can punch through that shroud covering my cabin
and once again rejoin the world of Amateur radio.




Just another Alaskan day

June 29, 2014

DSCF1569.JPGThough beneficial for the brief growing season and keeping forest fires at bay, and after what seemed like weeks of rain the sun has finally come out. You can see the results of just one brief rain shower in the picture on the left. My son, daughter and her boyfriend had recently shoveled three truckloads of gravel to cover my driveway however the rain, undaunted, proceeded to let me know I still needed quite a few more loads, and like any good man I have added that job to my list of ‘things to do’. However I am sure most men know what happens when something requiring that much work is placed on a ‘to do’ list *_*

If you read my last posting about my son’s visit to Alaska you know we have had a couple bears roaming the property. Today when I went down to get some coffee, at a neighbors, they informed me that yesterday they also had a close encounter with yet another bear. You may wonder how we know that these are different bears and not the same one, well at the present it is easy because the first one was a small black bear, the second one that came near Kara’s ‘Hit and Run’ store was a grizzly, the third one at the same location was a chocolate colored black bear and lastly yesterday a larger black bear.


I can only imagine what people would do in some states that do not allow the ‘open carry’ of handguns but here in Alaska walking around with a handgun is as natural as putting on sunglasses. You can see by the photograph that mine lately is never far out of reach….even when writing a posting for my blog.

Since this is another posting about Alaskan life in general and not one of my rants
I thought I would share with you a few pictures celebrating the sun
I took this morning while drinking my coffee