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Welcome! This is basically a personal web site, not unlike the millions of others in cyberspace. In the past, I used it for coordinating volunteer communications for the Western States 100 mile Endurance Run" and for the Tevis 100 mile Endurance Ride in the Sierra Nevada. I retired from that volunteer job following the 2004 events, and Ralph, W6RWL, stepped up and took over the task. The communications coordination web pages have been moved to the above sites where you'll find links to them.
I am a Vietnam combat veteran. Regardless of how you feel about our current military adventures, I'd really like you to pay a brief visit to the Support Our Troops link. Governments (in our case, elected and appointed civilians) make national policy, and sometimes our military men and women are called on to implement those policies. They didn't make the policies, they're just there trying to make them work. The mail, packages, and support we got from American strangers in the mid-60's meant the world to us, and it still does to our troops today.
Somewhere around 90% or more of all Americans will require a blood transfusion or blood products at some point in their lives. Many will require multiple units. Of all American adults 16 or older, over half would likely be eligible to donate blood and blood products. Of those, around 10% or a little less actually do donate blood on a regular basis. If asked, "Name people who save other peoples' lives," most folks would say "firefighters," "doctors, nurses, and paramedics," "lifeguards," "sometimes police officers," and maybe even a soldier or two. They're missing the single largest group ... Blood Donors! There's only one source of blood and blood products. If you'd feel good saving someone's life, visit your local blood bank today. If you'd like an overview of the procedures and process, click here for a quick tour.
The Solar Status flags are courtesy of N3KL and Ham QSL, and are of interest mainly to amateur radio operators. The Solar X-Ray status is derived from the analysis of the last 24 hours of 5-minute samples from the GOES Satellites in the 1 - 8 angstrom range. The Geomagnetic Activity is represented by the mid-latitude planetary K index (Kp) based on analysis of the last 24 hours of 3 hour mid-latitude samples of Kp. Clicking on the indicators will take you to the raw data and graphs. The categories are assigned based on the following limits assigned by NOAA:
|X-RAY FLUX||PLANETARY INDEX|
|NORMAL:||Ix < 1.0E-6 W/m^2||QUIET:||Kp < 4|
|ACTIVE:||1.0E-6 <= Ix < 1.0E-5 W/m^2||UNSETTLED:||Kp = 4|
|M-CLASS FLARE:||1.0E-5 <= Ix < 1.0E-4 W/m^2||STORM:||Kp > 4|
|X-CLASS FLARE||1.0E-4 <= Ix < 1.0E-3 W/m^2|
|MEGA FLARE||Ix > 1.0E-3 W/m^2|
(N3KL notes that the class "MEGA-FLARE" was defined by Kevin Loch when the site went up to describe flares over X-Class (very rare), and is not a NOAA class)
Navigating the Site
Nearly all of the pages on this site will have a navigation panel like the one on the left. This panel functions sort of similar to Windows Explorer ... you click on a link, you go to that page, and the panel on that page will expand into the sub-pages below it. The page you are currently viewing will probably be highlighted in boldface red (being totally colorblind, I'm careful when making absolute statements about colors). This navigation panel allows you to move up and down within the site hierarchy. Your browser's "Back" and "Forward" buttons will also work normally.
You will also find links embedded in text and sometimes in photos, such as the picture in the upper left corner. These links are shortcuts and take you directly to the opening page for that subject, saving you having to navigate up and down the hierarchy of all this award-winning drivel. I've tried to standardize the presentation styles so that the visual cues will be more helpful too. Having read a book about "How Not To Design A Web Site," I've changed a few things in the original design, however this site may still be the poster child for that book.
Thanks for visiting.
For those interested, the photo at the top of this page is of the crest of the Sierra Nevada at an elevation of about 10,000' (3,000 meters). It was taken from Interstate 80 at Yuba Gap (~5,000'), looking ENE.
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