Supporting Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

For more than 10 years I have been doing the weekly Net on Thursday nights, taking over the LAUSD Net started by Gary Franks, W6NVY, more than 20 years ago.

Well, I’ve decided it’s time to move on and give up my Net Control duties.

Steve, K6CRW, has been a great help by volunteering to do the nets every other week and, recently more often than that, when I have been tied up by “real life” events.

But, the time has come for me to pass the torch and let someone else take over as Net Control for these nets. I will continue through the end of the year, but will not do any nets after that.

If anyone would like to volunteer to help Steve out and take over Net Control duties on a semi-regular basis, please let us know. You can contact me via email at N6CIZ@ARRL.NET and let me know that you are interested. Steve and I can help you out and show you the ropes.

Moon Walking

On this date in history… On November 19, 1969, Apollo 12 Astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean became the third and fourth humans to walk on the moon.



In total, how many people have walked on the moon?

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If you follow social media you’ll note that the Red Holiday Cup of Starbucks created a big brew-ha-ha among those with nothing better to do, claiming that Starbucks is at war with Christmas and by extension Christians for not have more traditional holiday fair.  The cup in question is solid red with the green Starbucks logo on it.

Well today a competitor announced it’s rolling out a very holiday themed cup for the season and those who didn’t like the Starbucks cup see to like this one.


Our question tonight, name that competitor with the more favorable cup?
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Powers Place

The longest street in Los Angeles is Sepulveda Boulevard which runs for 26.4 miles through the city.


How long is the shortest street in Los Angeles?

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Is it a coincidence the Internet’s Birthday and National Cat Day are the same day?  Probably.  But the Internet was almost called the Catenet (pronounced “cat-en-et”) a term that came from the word catenated, which means to link together in a connected series.

Anyway, today is National Cat Day and the Internet’s Birthday.


How old is the Internet?

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pizzaIt was announced this week that an Ann-Arbor company has  introduced the first purpose-built vehicle aimed at revolutionizing pizza delivery.   The car is based upon a Chevy Spark  and has been optimized for Pizza Delivery.

QUESTION: How many pizza’s can it hold?

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I’ve got nothing better to do with my time so…



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Ford Model T

On this date in history… On October 1, 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Ford Model T to the world. The Model T was the first low-priced, mass-produced car with standard interchangeable parts. The first Model T had a 20-horsepower, four-cylinder engine, reached a top speed of about 45 miles per hour, got about 13 to 21 miles per gallon of gasoline and weighed 1,200 pounds. More than 15,000,000 Model T’s were built and sold.

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