July 14, 2014
commentary, geek, Personal
CB, Citizen's Band Radio, dream, Ham radio, HF, kc6yru, kcq 0821, kcq 0827, skip
I seldom remember my dreams. They fade as I wake, if I recall them at all. Today I awoke remembering the dream that just ended, and it starred my old CB radio.
I own a Cobra CAM 88 Citizen’s Band radio. It’s a 23 channel, tube type AM transceiver, and I have a Silver Eagle D-104 power mic connected to it. I bought the radio used in the mid-to-late 1970′s from my buddy Marc Cooper, who I believe got it from his uncle. It’s probably a mid-60′s radio.
In my dream, I was showing the radio to a friend, and hooked it up to try it out. Now, I haven’t even turned on a CB radio in probably ten years or more, let alone keyed one up and talked. But I did in this dream, and heard distant stations coming in by skip. (skip is when a radio signal bounces off the ionosphere and travels much farther than normal. When sunspot activity is high, you can hear stations from the east coast easier than you can hear locals. High power amplifiers add to the noise factor!)
The odd thing about this dream is More
July 5, 2014
9-1-1, commentary, Personal
9-1-1, 911, dispatch, Jim Reeves, TCSO, tulare county sheriff, twenty years a dispatcher
I walked into the building at 7am, July 5, 1994, for the first time as an employee. Communications Operator I. Three months of training lay ahead, and a year’s worth of probation. The place was the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, the room was in the basement, in a space originally designed to be a gymnasium / weight lifting room. As of today, I’ve put in 20 years in that cramped space.
July 3, 2014
El Paso, father and son, Jim Reeves, jimmiejoe, throwback thursday
Early to mid 1958, El Paso, Texas. Dad is 19, and is stationed at Biggs Air Force Base. Big Jimmie and Little Jimmie.
June 26, 2014
family, Jimmie Joe Reeves, throwbackthursday, Wanda Bergman Reeves, Woodlake
Jimmie Joe Reeves, Sr. 20, Jimmie Joe Reeves, Jr. (me) not yet 1, Wanda Faye Bergman Reeves, 19
At my maternal grandparents home, outside of Woodlake, California
June 19, 2014
commentary, News, Personal
centennial park, gay porterville, LGBT, porterville, Pride Month, pride rally
At Gay Porterville’s rally Tuesday, June 17, I got caught in the newspaper’s picture. This image appeared in the Porterville Recorder’s print edition today.
See my Alternating Currents blog for the story of the rally, here.
The entire photo after the jump.
June 2, 2014
Amy Shuklian, Bob Link, City Hall, E.Warren Gubler, Greg Collins, LGBT, Pride Month, Resolution of Recognition, Steven Nelsen, visalia
Members of the LGBT and straight ally community were on hand for the 3rd presentation to recognize Pride Month in the City of Visalia, California. Accepting for the entire community, Dr. Steve Palmer and Joan Palmer, co-presidents of Tulare-Kings PFLAG.
Text of the Resolution
City of Visalia Resolution 6-2-14
Resolution of Recognition of local Activities held in honor of LGBT Month
Whereas, Visalia has a diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communityy which includes individuals from all walks of life; and
whereas, the Visalia Pride Lions Club is holding a recognition dinner this month where they are presenting the second annual “HEART OF A LION” award; and
Whereas, scholarships will be presented this month to LGBT students, and to students who have LGBT family members; and
Whereas, LGBT month will also be celebrated with a fund raising dance to raise money to support future scholarships for LGBT students and their families.
Now, therefore, the City Council of the City of Visalia recognizes all the organizations that are supporting the local activities in honor of LGBT month including PFLAG of Tulare and Kings Counties, COS Pride, Gay-Straight Alliance at Visalia schools and the Pride Lion’s Club of Visalia; and
Furthermore, wishes these organizations every success with their local support endeavors honoring LGBT month.
Steven Nelsen, Mayor
E. Warren Gubler, Vice-Mayor
Greg Collins, Councilmember
Bob Link, Councilmember
Amy Shuklian, Councilmember