Sunday, November 28, 2010

World-wide Radio Contest...

This weekend I participated in the annual CQWW DX Contest. This is a 48 hour contest where hams from all over the world contact each other.

The chart at right shows the breakdown of my contacts by continent.

Africa is always the hardest continent to reach, but I still managed to have 7% of my contacts from that area, including The Gambia, Cape Verde, plus the Canary and Madeira Islands.

Altogether I had 135 contacts from around the world in 50 different countries. That is a very modest score, but then again, my station is also very modest!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving at the Duffy's...

Kristen and Chris Duffy hosted our Thanksgiving Day dinner in Riverside this year, assisted by their children, Kayla and Kristopher. A 25 pound turkey with all the trimmings done to perfection. This was actually the second turkey Chris prepared as an earlier bird was donated by the Duffy's to a worthy cause.

Also enjoying the feast were Larry and Carrie Cordray and their daughter Haylie.

We had a nice surprise when our son Bill in Ketchikan, Alaska called to wish us all a happy holiday. His family just returned from 10 days in Seattle where he was in training.

The food was excellent... the "kids" did a great job... and Robbin and I enjoyed the day with all of them!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Made In... EGYPT ???

So, we were out shopping at the Dollar Store last night and I found this interesting item on the shelf... Temmy's Cereal.

Never heard of them? Neither have I. So, I took a look at the back of the box and, amazingly, this product is made in EGYPT!

How they can possibly make, ship, distribute and sell a box of cereal from Egypt for $1 defies logic.

No, I didn't buy any in case you were wondering!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Beach at Carlsbad...

Yesterday a big group of us showed up at Carrie & Kelly's house in Carlsbad to celebrate the 1st Birthday of their daughter Ava (I'm sure Carrie will post photos).

On the way home I took granddaughters Haylie and Kayla to the beach near Carlsbad Village. Got this near-sunset photo with the cellphone.