Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!

Speak about starting a year off right. I am still being sloppy with my typecasts.
I noticed typos after posting again.  I need to add typing proficiency to my goals; 100% accuracy. The Tippa was also my 2015 gift.  I would not mind 2 of them, but I only have one.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Post Man Fit the Entire Fox Typewriter Company Into My Mail Box

I did not notice I mis-spelled Luxe until I had this uploaded.

The pages are perfectly straight. I could not get the book to lay exactly straight and aligned in my scanner so they display a bit tilted.

I planned a longer typecast, but I used Mead Erasable Bond Typing Paper that was so thin, even folded in half, that it would not feed properly through my Montana.

The calendar was from a Kikstarter project. I do not know if it is still available.

I got the book from Tyler's Blog.  Here is the link to the book.

At one time I chose my Hermes Baby over this typewriter.  Then I cleaned and lubricated both of them.  (Both have hard platens and soft feed rollers.)  Now I prefer this one over the Hermes. The Montana Luxe is a much nicer typer and loads paper without the paper catching on the ribbon covers.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


If you read my blog and no longer see your blog link on my blog, and for anyone who uses my blog to go to other blogs I follow and was using my link list, I mistakenly zapped it last night when I was removing links to blogs that no longer exist.  I will be rebuilding the list over the next few nights.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

It Sure Is Easier to Post When I Get a Typewirter

No wonder I have not been writing. Needless to say Mrs. M has been getting quite angry over my clutter.

I did organize my radio desk.  Does that count?
 The top row is my secondary equipment and on the bottom is my primary equipment.  The top is a Yaesu FT-101ZD complete station except for the YP-150 dummy load / wattmeter.

The Drake 7-Line is almost complete.  I need to get a CW-75 keyer to replace the MFJ sitting on the external VFO.  In 2017 I hope to get the L-7 amplifier just so I have one.  I did not want to spend the money to get the one on Ebay last week for a great price and it was like new.  It even had made in USA Eimac finals in it!
Mrs. M would have killed me since I recently had a TenTec 422 from my friend's  dad's estate follow me home.

I am planning a post on my radio blog on the Drake and my friend's dad. He was one of my ham radio elmers and is now a SK.  Silent Key.  When we move on to our eternal ham radio shack whether or not we still use the Morse Code we are still a Silent Key.

Funny how there are different terms for different losses in Radio and TV.  Radio stations that go off the air as many daytimers did; they become silent.  TV stations that go off the air; they go dark.

How do we describe the demise of AT&T and the Bell System?  AT&T as we know it is no longer the mighty communications giant they once were.  It all started before SBE communications bought them. Remember the lopsided stupid decision with MCI?

This is one of the amplifiers I am going to modify. I got it last year and thought I'd have it on the air by Thanksgiving 2015.  Almost by this Thanksgiving, but we have other plans.

Another jewel in my radio collection.  This one only will need a vacuum relay to meet my standards.  It is not broadcast quality, but I have no room for a nice RCA, Collins, Gates, or other commercial a.m. transmitter.  I did in PA.  I had two 500w transmitters in the living room and an F.M. in the back living room. The studio was the dining room.  No Mrs. M back then in the days of fun.

There is a saying that one must get the clutter out of their life to be happy.  I would if I had room for things!

Too much junk!!!! NO! Radios and typewriters everywhere.  It is only junk to the uninformed.

This is all the damage at our house from the hurricane.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Do you really want to vote for....

First one's from Facebook, second from Snopes.

Imagine this as the President.  Then there is Trump!  Yuk! The election needs to start over.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Back to Normal...Sort-of

Great weather yesterday and today. 

I've always liked the day after severe thunderstorms when I lived in the North.  There were a few trying times during tornadoes, but the same nice sunny days immediately after.  Here in Florida we seldom get the nice low humidity days.  At least the daytime high temperature seldom reaches the 90s F or mid 30s C. 

Today is getting back to normal as I get ready to do a bit more cleaning in the yard.  A bit of a late start since it is always better to get an early morning start before the afternoon heat, but after a full day of working outside cutting trees and clearing storm debris yesterday I may be lazy and only do a minimum of work.

We only had some tree branches fall, damage to my anemometer, and a broken outdoor light.  A tree fell on the neighbor's SUV, and another house had some roof damage.

Our electric went out Thursday night, and it was restored by about 07:30 hours E.D.T. yesterday.  Like the Mayor of New Orleans when Katrina hit the city, I did not follow my emergency plan so I did not have a generator ready.  No big problem though as most everything I have is on battery backup which can last up to 36 hours.  By next time even the refridge will be on battery.  I have the converter sitting in the garage. We can do without air conditioning for a few days.  Without a/c longer than a few days after a storm though can be unbearable or fill one's house with mildew.  Older houses are not so bad as they were built with thicker walls, different roofing, and larger windows that can be opened.  They are also ventilated differently. 

Our house has windows that can be opened, but they are small.  For example, houses in the north are well lit by only window light.  Here houses are more like caves with a small opening.  The new houses have bigger and better window lighting, but the widows are fixed and the only way to open them is to break them.  Some houses have a combination of windows types. Our house without air conditioning causes things to mildew even with fans circulating air.

I will not go into why I hate living in Florida since most readers of this blog know as soon as I can I'll be back in the North.  We were quite ready to move until I got the job I have.  So I will probably be stuck here until I can retire to the North unlike many Northerners who think Florida is a nice place to live.  I prefer Arizona if I am to live in any place south.  New Mexico is nice too. Either are better than here.  You must like heat and humidity to enjoy Florida. Oh, and lots of bugs (mosquitoes!) and lizards, snakes, and buzzards.  OK, the North has gnats.

Mrs. says it's time to get to putting things back in place.  I agree.  Next post will be a typecast or pencast.