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Counting Down June 28, 2012

Posted by n5rmj in Bethel.
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It is one week until the Fourth of July and one month until the Olympic Games. We haven’t had many requests for yard space for the Fourth of July this year. Bethel Amateur Radio Klub will have the prime spot at the top of our driveway, directly across the street from the ballfield at Pinky’s Park. But I haven’t received any requests for yard space yet from the VFW or any of the other groups. Check out the satellite view of our street to see where the folks in Bethel and many surrounding villages celebrate our country’s birthday. Also, as usual, Patty, Natalie and I will be busy the whole day supporting the church’s booth and activities as well as taking care of our front yard. Clean up along our part of the street will take a couple of hours once the party dies down and folks head home. Then it’s just counting down to the Opening Ceremony in London. Unfortunately, we will just be watching on TV and the Internet for this Olympiad but maybe we’ll have some tickets for Rio in 2016…

World Cup 2010 Teams June 15, 2010

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Natalie is a fan of Italy in the FIFA World Cup 2010

Natalie is a fan of Italy.

I am a long time fan of Germany. Patty is a fan of the USA and several other teams, including Germany, but chose the USA for her Bud United face paint portrait. But when Natalie saw mommy get her face painted at Bud United, she asked her daddy to help her get her face painted too. When I asked Natalie which country she wanted and suggested USA or Germany, she said, “No, I want that one,” and pointed to Italy’s flag. Not a bad choice. Definitely one of the top 10 teams in the world. Plus, her mommy has a grandmother from Naples. Her daddy has been to Italy seven times, including three visits to Naples. And her pappy (daddy’s father) has mtDNA from Tuscany. It might not be that long before Natalie decides to ask daddy to buy plane tickets for Italy.

Daylight around the clock June 13, 2010

Posted by n5rmj in Bethel, Natalie.
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Days are now more than 19 hours long. There is no black sky at night. The sun sits just below the horizon for a few hours making a long, continuous sunset and sunrise between midnight and 4:00am Alaska Time. Natalie is asking to go to the playground everynight saying, “Let’s go, it’s morning time” at eight or nine o’clock at night.

Natalie’s test results are all normal March 12, 2010

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So far, the doctors have still found no cause for Natalie’s intestinal bleeding. Since the bleeding stopped before we returned to Bethel, there is hope that this was just a one time event. We have some concern that the bleeding may be related to the use of amoxicillin oral suspension for children, which Natalie began taking for an ear infection three days before the bleeding started. Natalie is acting normal most of the time but occasionally complains of pain in the lower right quadrant of her abdomen where her appendix used to be. We will be sending Natalie back to school on Monday.

Natalie out of surgery March 6, 2010

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Natalie is out of surgery and feeling fine. We still do not know what is causing the bleeding but the Pediatric GI specialist removed her appendix as a biopsy to run pathology tests rather than take a piece of her intestine. He found some inflamed areas but still has not found a definitive cause for her bleeding. The pathology tests may help solve the mystery. Since Meckel’s divertculitis has been ruled out, as the Meckel’s diverticulum structure was not found, the source must be something that has not yet shown up in tests.

Delmarva district tartan registered March 1, 2010

Posted by n5rmj in Ancestry, Celtic.
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The Scottish Register of Tartans has approved my registration request for the Delmarva district tartan. The Delmarva tartan is now listed in the register and can be woven without restrictions. The Registry shows the following information, along with a computer graphic depiction of the tartan:

Reference: 10158
Designer: Jones, R Mark
Tartan date: 05/02/2010
Registration date: 25 February 2010
Category: District
Registration notes: A tartan for use by anyone descended from the original settlers of the lands along the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The tartan is associated with the Delmarva peninsula of the United States, comprised of lands from the states of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, especially Somerset County, Maryland and Accomack County, Virginia.

Delmarva District Tartan

Delmarva Tartan Registration

N5RMJ in Bethel, Alaska November 21, 2009

Posted by n5rmj in Introduction.
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I am an Amateur Extra Class amateur radio operator licensee in my early fifties but I am very new to the amateur radio hobby. My interests include QRP, antennas, DX, Shortwave Listening, CW (Morse code) and emergency communications. Most of my air time is via my Yaesu VX-5R, a very capable 5 watt tri-band FM handheld. I have passed the Element 3 (General) and Element 4 (Amateur Extra) theory tests thanks to a General License class offered by the Antietam Radio Association in Hagerstown, Maryland during March and April 2003. Take a look at the Bethel Amateur Radio Klub page for more information about the state of the hobby in the Alaskan bush.

My wife and I moved from Maryland to Bethel, Alaska in July 2005. Living in the bush has been something I have wanted to do since I was in elementary school. In January 2007 we were given our daughter, who we named Natalie Maureen. Natalie is a Yupik Eskimo. We live in the heart of Yupik Eskimo lands and we enjoy the subsistance lifestyle. My family loves to fish and we greatly enjoy spending time on the Kuskokwim River in the summer when the sun shines brightly for 20 hours a day. 

In addition to amateur radio, I also enjoy public service through the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, a civilian volunteer arm of the United States Coast Guard. During 2004 I served as Vice Flotilla Commander for the Capitol Flotilla in Washington DC. I served in the U.S. Navy on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in the late 1970s. I am a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of AMVETS. I am also a former Red Crosser, employed as a network engineer at the national data center. By joining the Red Cross, I followed in the tradition of one of my maternal great great grandmothers, an immigrant from Varel, Germany, who worked with Clara Barton and later became one of the ‘Gray Ladies‘ following the First World War.

My best friend and beautiful wife, Patty, is from Guatemala, an intensely beautiful country full of warm, friendly people. I plan to operate a mobile station from our home in Zona 11 in Guatemala City, as well as from Guatemala’s second largest city, Quetzaltenango, and Guatemala’s oldest city, Antigua, on our next trip. Further in the future, I am also looking forward to getting on the air from some rather exotic locations in Guatemala such as the Pacaya volcano, San Felipe Castle and atop Mundo Perdido, a Mayan temple in the Tikal National Park, during trips over the next few years. 

Best regards,