Hi all. Besides it being the 31st anniversary of Freddie’s death, it is also the 9th anniversary of my first post ever in my first blog. I had done a few that day and I will give you the first two of them, entitled “Who Am I” Pt’s 1 and 2. Admittedly, there will be a lot less Queen here, but the idea was to introduce myself and I give some revealing information about myself, I have never told anyone else on other blogs.
If you don’t know who I am right now, you will in the next few posts or so. My name is Gord and I was born blind at birth with a birth weight of 2 pounds and 6 ounces. I was 3 months premature and was put in an incubator when I was cut out. To give you an idea of when I was born, the first Queen album was a month away from being released and it was 3 years after The Beatles broke up.
My main interests are: music, Ham Radio, vehicles and how they operate, hockey and I am a bit of a news junky.
My favourite bands are: Metallica, Slipknot, Queen and Tool. My favourite TV show is The Simpsons and my favourite characters are: the entire Simpsons family, Krusty The Clown, Mr. Burns, Auto Man and Nelson Muntz.
My favourite actors on the show are: well, everyone I guess. If I had to choose it would have to be a toss up between Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith. In fact, it was her blog which inspired me to want to go for my own and she deserves many thanks for it. She used to have a blog called Gobbing Off on Tumbler. I read it and it was well done. Unfortunately I can’t see any of the posts anymore and of course, I can’t she any of the pictures that she had posted.
Hi all. In my last post I mentioned how I came into the world and my favourite bands and TV show. I do have other interests that I try to keep up with.
One of the more lesser known public broadcasts heard on radio is a service provided by both NOAA Weather Radio in the US and Weatheradio Canada in well, Canada. These can only be heard on receivers which can tune into 7 frequencies in the 162.400 to 162.550 MHz range. These include: standalone Weather Radios, Marine radios, some CB and GMRS radios, Police Scanners and lately Ham transceivers.
I have been into it since 1988 and in 2011 I started my own newsletter which talks about it and other related topics.
I do all the writing and a friend of mine does the secondary co-editing for me. I also do other work relating to it including: making phone calls and sending out emails to various people who help me with their own contributions in each issue.
This leads to my hobby as a licensed Ham Radio operator. I have been a Ham for 4 years and my call is VA3WXA. The WX is for weather and the A is for alert. However some people misconstrue it for amateur, intentionally just to piss me off.
I chose it because I am also a trained weather spotter. All though I haven’t really had a chance to use what I have been tought yet.
If you live in Canada you can go to CANWARN training sessions each spring across the country. If you live in the US, you can go to SKYWARN training sessions across the country, also in the spring. Both these programs are volunteer driven by both Environment Canada and The National Weather Service. Both CANWARN trained and Skywarn trained spotters have helped out with detection of severe weather of many types throughout the year.
If you would like to learn about my newsletter you can go to https://weatheradiolistenersnewsletter.wordpress.com/ and there is a lot of stuff to go through but it is worth the read.
This reminds me, I have heard and read somewhere that Roger likes to go sailing and I wonder if he also had to learn how to operate a VHF marine radio on the VHF marine band, similar to how pilots use radios to talk on, while on their planes on the VHF aircraft band. If you are not a scanner listener, or a ham radio operator (ham) that may be over your head, but so is having to learn the words which are used for the phonetic alphabet. I wonder if Brian knows anything about ham radio and whether he had considered getting into the hobby. Anyway, I digress.
That is just about it for now. Talk to you later. By.