Supporting Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

summer solsticeBecause the Earth is tilted 23.4 degrees the noon sun appears to rise and fall in the sky over the course of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, the sun will reach its northernmost point in the sky – known as the summer solstice – on Saturday June 21st, marking the official first day of summer.  It is also the longest day of the year.

QUESTION:

In hours, minutes and seconds, how long is the longest day of the year?   In other words, how much time is there between sunrise and sunset here in Los Angeles on the longest day of the year?

(Remember, don’t cheat by looking up the answer. Just give us your best guess.  Also, Price is Right rules are in effect, so the person who is closest to the correct answer without going over will be the winner).

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Gossamer AlbatrossOn this date in history, June 12, 1979, the first successful crossing of the English Channel in a human-powered aircraft took place.  Bryan Allen flew the Gossamer Albatross across the English Channel powered only by the pilot pedaling a bicycle-like contraption that drove a large two-bladed propeller.

QUESTION:

How long did it take to fly across the English Channel in the first human-powered aircraft?

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presidential sealTonight, we have United States Presidential trivia:

  • He was the first President to be born in a log cabin.
  • He was the first President to ride on a railroad train.
  • He was the first President someone tried to assassinate.
  • He was the first Governor of Florida.
  • He killed a man in a dual.

QUESTION:

Who is this United States President?

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 One Dollar BillQUESTION:

How many Presidents have their image on both US currency paper bills (Federal Reserve Notes) and coins?

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Metric SystemHere in the good old U.S. we measure things by feet, gallons, pounds, and degrees Fahrenheit also known as the Imperial system of measurement.

QUESTION:

How many countries in the world have not adopted the Metric system?

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HotWell, in case you haven’t noticed, it’s been pretty darn hot here in Los Angeles the past few days with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees in downtown LA. Before it starts to cool off this weekend, I thought I’d hit you up with a hot weather question.

QUESTION:

What was the highest recorded temperature in downtown Los Angeles?

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Mallard Steam LocomotiveOn May 10, 1904, the steam locomotive City of Truro became the first steam engine in Europe to exceed 100 miles per hour.   The speed record for steam locomotives was set some years later.

QUESTION:

What is the speed record for a steam locomotive (in miles per hour)?

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