FM Transmitters for everyone

Last night I went to work at 9:40 pm. I got home at 20 till 6 this morning. I slept till about 9:10. I am tired.
I work at a radio station. I have transmitter problems. Here’s the deal: On an FM transmitter, basically you have the exciter, which puts out about 10 watts, which is FM stereo, on the frequency, the same thing you pick up on your radio, only at low power. then you have your intermediate power amp (IPA), which takes this 10 watts and cranks it up to about 200. The comes the final power amp (FPA) which takes this 200 watts and increases it to 3000 watts (depending on your transmitter) and sends it to your antenna. You control everything by controling the amount of power that goes to your IPA with a little knob like a volume knob on your radio.
Well, I had low power. I had been watching it drop off slowly for months and figured the tube in my final power amp was dying, as it was very old. When I got there to do the work (in the middle of the night), I found that I didn’t have enough power coming out of my IPA, But I decided to change the tube anyway, because it was so old, and changing the tube is a really big job, and I had allotted the time for it. When I got done, as expected, I still had low power. Like I said, I didn’t have enough power coming out of my IPA, only about 60 watts instead of 200. I had good 10 watts into my IPA. So I changed the IPA. Now I can get plenty of power. BUT, the old IPA has some different connectors on it than the new one, so I have to take the connectors off the old IPA and put them on the new IPA. Also, I have high reflected power between the IPA and the FPA, which probably caused the problem in the first place. So I have to repair the FPA so it doesn’t fry my new IPA. I am running at low power so the reflected is lower than the manufacturers minimum.
It’s really fun actually.

Religion vs. Spirituality

To me, the important thing is spirituality. Spirituality is much different than religion. Spirituality is contact with God as one understands God. I think no human can fully comprehend God. We can only be aware of and try to improve our understanding of God. I think religion is someone saying “God told me to tell you this, and you have to believe it above all else”. The person (or group) telling us what we must believe may or may not have any spirituality or contact with God themselves, they may merely be reciting an interpertation of what they were told!

I think that most organized religions are extremely poor sources for spirituality. I think it is good to question what we have been told ever since we were born.

A persons sense of “Something Greater” or a “Higher Power” is their connection with God. I believe all humans are hardwired with a direct connection with God, but they can easily become unaware of this connection and not so easily find it. I think a lot of people are unaware of this connection, especially hardcore religious people, trying to force their beliefs upon others.

I do not claim to know any more than anyone else, I am speaking from my experience and what I have learned.

Also, I am using the word God for lack of a better word. One can use any word one wants. God is what I call the creator of the universe.

Science compliments spirituality. Both seek the absolute truth. The purpose of science is to find the one physical law that governs the entire universe. Nowadays, science has many laws, some are contradictory, and therefore cannot all be true. I think that if humanity exists long enough, they will find that this one absolute law of physics and God are the same thing. Humanity may end before we figure it out. All we can do is continue as best we can, and not take ourselves so seriously.

It seems to me that the worlds religious leaders (for the most part) want to keep you away from science. They may deny it, and tell you to procede, but when you contradict their teachings they will discourage you from further pursuits. They want you to only believe what they tell you. They threaten you with grave consequences if you fail to comply. They don’t sem to care about the truth, they only seem to care about ensuring you believe what they believe. Many of them do believe what they say bacause they have been told the same thing over and over since they were infants by people who were told the same thing since THEY were infants. They do not know any better.

When a person accepts something as true, they tend to quit looking further, their mind closes. If this so called truth is in fact not true, they will seldom become aware of it. They believe unquestioningly, which to me is the most dangerous thing on earth.

A closed mind thinks it’s open and an open mind suspects it may be closed.

Finally it rained

last night it rained for the first time in a long time. I took my dog for a walk, looking up in the sky letting the rain hit my face, tripping on stuff because I was looking up and not watching where I was going.
Since it was cloudy, the Astronomical Society meeting was canceled, but I am glad we got the rain. It hardly rains at all anymore.

night snorkel

Tonight I went for a night snorkel across the street. It was very nice. there were a lot of bioluminesence. (I call them lumens) and I saw an octopus hunting. When they hunt they move around and make themselves into a tent over rocks, coral and crevasses and holes. Any little niche where fish may hide. Then they reach in and any fish swim out and get caught in the “tent”. then the octopus closes up on them and he has his dinner! A lot of times when he (or she) stretches out to make the tent, their body gets so thin you can actually see through it and can see the fish inside! This page has a lot of links about boluminesence:
http://www.herper.com/Bioluminescence.html
It’s also just fun to turn off your light and wiggle and gyrate in the water and look at your body because the lumens come on when the water they are in gets disturbed. You can make a real starshow!


Thursday lunch spot. Posted by Hello This is a picture I took while I was on my lunch hour yesterday. There was a good aluminium section at the end of a dock that was wrecked by a storm. I had to balance and walk out there on two pieces of wood. The water was about 6 feet deep at the end where I was and I had my phone, camera, towel and book, none of which I wanted to get wet. Aren’t I lucky to be able to spend my lunch hour in such a great spot? By the way, this is at Spotts Public Beach.

North Side Beach

My Shadow on the beach from last week Posted by Hello

Last week I took this picture of my shadow on the beach at Northside. I was at an Outside Broadcast and got all my equipment set up and had a few minutes to spare so I walked across the street and took this pic with my now famous phone camera.

Today I went to work at my regular time of 7:30. It was hard to wake up at 5:30, my usual wake up time. These two girls at work had a big fight and I was right there. It really stressed me out. I was there for the whole thing and I don’t even know what started it.

Lets see how this comes out.